“All the Evil” is a delightfully wicked little cauldron from Toronto’s Martha Meredith, and her first single as For Esmé. It bubbles mysteriously with indie attitude, big melodies and assertive singing. She sounds quite capable of conjuring much, much more…
She gets compared to a lot of different people — I would’ve said Laura Nyro or Judee Sill, but I think she sounds like herself. There’s a beautiful little tremolo in her voice, and a lot of style. “Changing Faces” is a new song from Clare Maguire, and again this unfussy version sounds pretty well complete. Via TLOBF.
When TAR was in its first bloom, Julia Holter was one of the artists we featured — on the very first day, I believe. That’s why it’s nice to see and hear new things from her, and this is the orchestral “Finale”, accompanied with a film by Rick Bahto. The end of an era simply offers the chance to begin another…
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…
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.
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.
It’s just a demo at the moment, but close your eyes and imagine Mikky Ekko’s “Disappear” when it’s finished. Does it sound like something big, atmospheric, and a little sexy? I can’t explain why, but he reminds me of Jeff Buckley.
Say Lou Lou’s “Julian” is such a cinematic song, and director Philippe Tempelman has carried the dark, urban drama into the very good, very expensive-looking video. This will make its way onto a lot of Summer playlists. The single, backed with “Fool of Me”, is out now from à Deux.
Mt Eden is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, and it’s home to Lorde, whose “Royals” is a supremely confident, whipsmart, and humane burst of pop. It’s also dynamically-produced and insanely addictive. Some people are born with it. The Love Club is the title of her EP, available now.