L.A. Girlfriend’s “Gentlemen” is such a good song — bright and dusky, melancholic and energetic, sonorous, and deceptively complex. Here’s the joyous and kindhearted video, which is pure charm. The VIVA LP is out now. Have fun this radiantly warm weekend…
Badlands, “Sleeping Beauty”. Hit play, and make your way to the Black Lodge. It’s mysterious, a little dark, hazy and poetic, pleasantly sticking around your subconscious. You can download it now by clicking the above link.
Toronto’s Holly Dodson has a band called Parallels, and they make glamorous and very likable electronic indie pop that scales mountainsides, leaps off, and flies. This is the video for “Things Fall Apart”, proving once again that well-written, -sung and -recorded songs sound timeless. The Things Fall Apart EP is short, sweet, and out now, as is their very good XII LP.
The sun is out, and warm, and it seems likely to stay. Time to take comfort in pop music, so we’ll start the weekend with “You’re in Love”, a chocolate covered strawberry of gleeful pop from Australia’s Betty Who. It will make you happy and sad, but be sure to sing along. Her new EP is called The Movement, and you can download it free right now. Via The Guardian.
Sometimes singers truly can take your breath away, and this is one of those times. Shropshire’s Mara Carlyle has covered Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” at St John’s at Hackney for the SOUND:CHECK series, and gorgeous barely begins to describe it. Surely the setting adds to the drama, but a voice this exquisite will sound good anywhere. Also worth noting is that the profits from these events go to the ChildHope charity.
“Fool Me Once” is a new track by Chicago’s Nylo, and it’s been sprinkled with stardust and heartbreak. She sounds like an R&B nightingale — those melodies rise and flutter, fall, and fly away. You can download the track now, and be sure to listen to her Memories Speak EP — it’s really worth it.
“No One” is a Maxwell song, and New York’s indie R&B chanteuseAlison Valentine has covered it very gracefully. The production by Moon Boots is polished, and it sounds like neon, city and star lights. You can download it using the link above.
“Polyethers” is an impressive new track from Py, whose Tripping on Wisdom mixtape dropped last year to sincere acclaim. This one sounds great — it’s delicately produced, current, and soulfully sung. A hit, I think. You’ll be able to download it from June 30th via Champion Records.
“The end of the story” is polished French pop from Helena Noguerra that hides a wink and a wry sense of humor. It sounds self-assured and elegant and impressive. So cool. Her new album will be called Année Zéro, scheduled for an August 26th release.
This is the mysterious video for London Grammar’s sad and moving “Wasting My Young Years”. Yet in spite of their world weariness, nothing sounds more heartwarming than talent and promise. Metal & Dust Recordings will release the single on June 16th.