"The Good Life" is a phosphorescent and welcoming single from Elizabeth Rose, a singer, songwriter and producer from Sydney, New South Wales. It’s the sound of a twinkling satellite. Lie on your back and watch it pass. The single is available now digitally.
Hong Kong-born producer and Yale Student Sunik Kim is Beat Culture, and he’s teamed up with Brooklyn’s Psychic Twin to record the spectral, dizzying and dazzling "Drifter". The track is taut and tough, and the melody emanates from behind a veil. The Drifter b/w Shibuya single will be released on January 21st both digitally and on 7” from B3SCI Records.
It’s not like METRIC have to do a lot of shouting to be noticed, but what’s wonderful about this is how they allow the song to be secondary to the story. This is the extraordinary video for "Lost Kitten", which was produced with the assistance of Canada’s MuchFACT. It’s an incredible thing to look at, and you can’t help but doing so. The ending is beautiful. Synthetica and Synthetica Reflections are both out.
Special Problems directed the new video for "Overdose", one of many plush tracks on Little Daylight’s recent Tunnel Vision EP. Filmed in stark black and white and glowing color, it’s in constant motion, like the song. Pop music that’s unafraid and stylishly made — that was the sound of 2013. The EP is out now.
Originally from Leeds but currently living in New Cross, Clare Kelly writes jazzy, guitar-based pop songs with old souls, sweetly sung. This is "He Won’t Forgive", in which guitars create syncopated rhythms and clean melodies, and her very nice voice projects moonlight upon the garden path. It sounds like independence and creativity.
Each song in this new strand is direct and honest, alive and classic. "Whenever You Want It" is the most recent diamond from Clare Maguire, and it finds strength in simplicity, candor, and love for music above all. It’s the sound of forty years ago, and now, and tomorrow.
Lorde, “Team”. I know full well that I can be too sentimental, but let’s not say goodbye to 2013 just yet. She was a considerable part of the sound of it, and a lot more, I think. Pure Heroine is out now.
Here’s Sydney’s ILUKA with her single "Sweet Marianne", and it contains so many good things — 60s pop, aerodynamic electronics, and a diving, soaring melody. This is very, very likable — a handmade and very stylish epic. Her Glory Days EP is out now, and you can download this one right here.
Brooklyn’s suave French Horn Rebellion have fused with Brooklyn’s sophisticated Savoir Adore to create "The Fire", a well-groomed and very cool new song. It sounds like wearing your favorite sweater with a short skirt. You can grab a free download of it now.
Martha Brown, b.k.a. Banoffee is from Melbourne, and she has a five-track EP due early next year. "Reign Down" will appear thereupon, and Alice Glenn has directed its video, which somehow manages to be as irresistible as the idiosyncratic, satiny and soulful song. Hang tight — it will be released by Two Bright Lakes. Via The Fader.