Brooklyn’s Lucius perform "Go Home" for Lawrence, Kansas High School’s amazing Room 125 Classroom Sessions. It’s both sweet and stylish, and it sounds great re-imagined for this setting. Their Wildewoman LP was released at the end of last year, and that’s available here.
On March 16th of 2013, Loraine, Ohio’s Jason Molina died. April 22nd of this year will be the day that Farewell Transmission: The Music of Jason Molina will be released, a double album which will feature Mr. Molina’s music performed by My Morning Jacket, Sarah Jaffe, Jim and Jennie & The Pinetops and many others. Here Minneapolis band Communist Daughter perform "Hold on Magnolia" for Sofar Sounds. It’s a beautiful and sad reminder of what we lost. You can learn more about the project and pre-order the record here.
Sophia Mitiku is a half-Korean, half-Ethiopian singer and songwriter who has lived all over the world, and this is her secretive-sounding song "The Hollow". Although still in its demo form, it sounds rich and layered, spooky and tuneful, and gloriously independent. It was brought into the light by the Fat Cat Records Demo series, and you can download it there.
Maria Anastassiou has made a video for "Desolation Row", the new single from The Magnetic North’s Hannah Peel. The images may be elusive and fast moving, but the song sounds like a love returning home. Fabricstate is the name of her new record, available here, now.
"Astronaut" is another glossy and aerodynamic track from L.A.’s Paris Carney. Never oversung or overproduced, it shimmers with quiet sophistication and likability. The hits keep coming. You can download this one right now via the link above.
Seattle’s La Luz tell the story of their recent struggles and eventual triumph, and then they play their "Pink Slime" single like a beautiful blur. It’s wonderful to see how organically and directly they produce their spacey and vaporous Surf Rock. The debut LP is called It’s Alive, out now on Hardly Art.
Toronto’s Lowell has produced and directed the clip for her new single "Palm Trees", in which blurred, associative images hide in static snows and rays of light. It’s hazy and evocative, like the song, which is shot dreamily, like Continental Pop with gauze on the lens. Take deep breaths and see the song in your mind. Her I Killed Sara V EP is out now on Arts & Crafts. Via Best Fit.
Neon Bunny takes a quieter, texturally softer and self-reliant approach to K-Pop, and her new single, translated as "It’s You", is a plush and weighty blanket, ideal for escaping beneath. Envelop yourself in it anytime — maybe tonight. You can download this single here. Via Dazed Digital.
Initially the low end pounds, earthy and aggressive, then the singing dances in and out of the wispiest clouds. The listener is stretched, like in a science-fiction dream, across the dome of the sky. "Backwards and Upwards" is the aptly-named new single from Ramona Lisa, the solo project of Caroline Polachek, and her experimentalism is never alienating. She’ll be releasing an album called Arcadia on April 14th via Terrible Records.
The vintage synth sound that fuels "My Mistake" could have come from Johnny Jewel’s subconscious, but more likely from the backstreets of Nina’s native Berlin. Watching the soft electronic showers fall as they’re lit by the glow of the streetlamps is so relaxing. Her forthcoming EP will also be called My Mistake, released on April 7th via Aztec Records.