Without warning, Virgina-based electronic artist Evenings released a new 5-track EP called Gardener last Thursday. You might think that with such a nonchalant release, it would be full of old drafts, or half-finished ideas of songs. That’s where you’d be wrong, because each track is an evolving deep dive into severe vibe creation that has been a staple of Evenings since day one. Listen to EP highlight “Shepherd’s_” below, and snag the EP via his Bandcamp.
Phoenix-based Pro Teens make warm, somehow lazily calculated tunes, their latest being “Puberty.” It’s something we can all relate to, one of life’s few certainties. With lines like, “control yourself / get to know yourself,” you could almost imagine it being the title track to a John Hughes movie. The video, created and uploaded unbeknownst to the band, features some pretty amazing found footage of some circa ’90s teens coming of age, intercut with animations of all the wonderful things that go on inside our bodies during that pivotal time.
You can listen to their makeshift EP, made up of “everything so far” that they’ve recorded.
Faith Harding channels her musical prowess into a project called Novelty Daughter. Her knack for production is matched only by her counterintuitive, versatile, and beautiful vocals. And if that wasn’t enough for you to fall head over heels, the lyrical strength she exhibits surely will. A staple artist in the Stereocure lineup, Faith is working on her debut full-length album to be released in early 2015. In the meantime, she’s provided us with something substantial to tide us over. Below is the B-side of her latest single, “Impatiens.” You can hear the A-side here.
Self-proclaimed mutant pop maven Moon Bounce has graced us once again with his special brand of freak electronic future-pop. “Fool” is another one of the warped gems that seem to be effortlessly falling out of Corey Regensburg’s bag of tricks these days.
To sweeten the deal, the single is being digitally released through Moon Bounce’s label Grind Select via a limited edition lottery ticket. Players can scratch off their ticket to reveal a code that could mean winning prizes like exclusive tracks, limited edition merch, guest list spots, and more. If you’re feeling lucky, grab one here.
Nashville duo Foreign Fields make music that demands quiet contemplation. Their debut album Anywhere But Where I Am released over two years ago now, was like a beautiful look out over a snowy landscape, so peaceful, so beautiful, and so rich that for a minute you could almost hear the absence of sound as the snow fell around you.
They’ve just released a new single, “Little Lover,” and it is a certain evolution of their signature style. Eric Hillman’s smooth-as-butter falsetto lofts over this track in a way that I can only describe as intoxicating. The video below, directed by Aaron Joseph, is the perfect psychedelic interpretation of the song, and makes a perfect companion.
“Ease Away” is the second single from Melbourne, Australia-based electronic project Leisure Suite. The group is made up of Mitchell Wood, Su Zechen, and vocalist Bridgette Le. “Ease Away” is particularly personal in its contemplative tempo, slow burning the plea for something to make the pain go away. The feeling is far too familiar to most of us, and Bridgette’s smooth, fragile, and yet powerful voice serves to both call forth that pain, and remind me that we have it within ourselves to “ease it all away.”
Persona La Ave was a staple for any music blogger circa 2010. Dylan Dawkins has been making his own style of music for years now, and every release promises to keep you on your toes. But no matter what direction he’s experimenting with, there seems to be an underlying theme of pure funk. It’s been a while since we last heard from him, but it looks like he’s found a new home at MJ MJ Records. They’re releasing his latest EP, Temptation / Relation, and it’s the first time he’s been on cassette since 2010.
Grab the EP and/or the cassette here.
Swedish producer duo Gidge take their time unraveling this eight-minute masterpiece, weaving together electronic soundscapes with live instrumentation in a way that seems effortless. That blaring horn that introduces the track acts as a sort of anchor throughout, as we’re taken from one serene moment to another, building ultimately to a triumphant climax that takes two full minutes to billow out. You can pre-order their upcoming album Autumn Bells from Atomnation and get the download of “Norrland” when you do.
The video for Suno Deko‘s single “Thrown Color” takes the title theme quite literally. David Courtright faces the camera wearing all white, secures his safety goggles and proceeds to actually throw color. The result is a beautiful rainbow of bright colors spattering his entire body, and the sheet behind him—until he tears it down and traipses around in the woods. The visuals, directed by Jonathan Bouknight, are a perfect counterpart to the track’s complex orchestra of sound.
Suno Deko’s latest EP Thrown Color is available now via Stratosfear Records.