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.
“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.
Maybe it’s the glorious sunshine mixed with soaking rain, but this new Katy B track just keeps growing. “What Love is Made Of” is totally under control, and it never resorts to cliché. Talent and taste always prevail. It’s not out quite yet, so we’ll just hold tight.
The video, directed by Natalie Rae Robison, is urbane, energetic, kinetic and strong. The song melts and bubbles and glows. It’s “Jewel” by Vancouver’s Gold & Youth, and the whole thing’s very cool. The wonderful Arts & Crafts released their Beyond Wilderness album today, so get it and everything by Dan Mangan while you’re at it.
Maya Jane Coles wrote it, produced it, mixed it and engineered it. The awesome Karin Park sang it, and it sounds raspy and chic. It’s “Everything”, and it glows like embers left from raging fires. You can buy the single right now on iTunes, and the debut album Comfort is due in July, and it could be seismic.
Wall will be writing wonderful songs for a very long time, and Woman’s Hour are pioneering minimalist electronic pop-soul. Wall’s “Shoestring” is the patient, and the operation is a success. By the end it’s even taking the steps two at a time.
Helsinki’s Phantom push pop boundaries, using electronics to bend convention and avoid cliché. This is a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” entirely re-imagined. It’s skittering, but buttery, and as always it exhibits a deep understanding of soul.
Guildford’s Emily Underhill has remixed Syrenica’s soaring track “Hide”, hiding it away somewhere private while emphasizing the darkness and soul. It’s bold, creative, transformative, and it sounds great. Check out more from Ms. Underhill here.
Munich is one of our favorite places in the world. It’s also home to CLAIRE, and this is the song and accompanying clip for their sun-dappled single “Games”. It’s a very likable song that sounds big. They’ll be touring with Chvrches, which sounds like fun, and we’re looking forward to more. Via BLOCTRL.