Tobias Jesso Jr – Just A Dream

Tobias Jesso Jr, an emerging songwriter who is currently working with former Girls bassist Chet ‘JR’ White, shared this rather beautiful demo earlier in the week, called Just A Dream.
Armed with just a piano and his own Paul McCartney-esque vocals, Tobias Jesso Jr has recorded a heartwarming and sentimental track in which he opens up about the hopes and fears he felt upon having a kid.

“I can’t explain the world to you. I can’t explain the things that people choose to do. There’s a thing called hate and there’s a thing called love too, like the love I have for your mom and for you. My baby, she looked at me and she smiled.”

Isn’t that just wonderful? I think so. Hopefully this will appear on the album in which himself and JR White are working on at the moment.
Listen to Just A Dream below, and if you feel like playing along to it, here’s the sheet music. Tune of the week.

BANKS – Waiting Game

While I haven’t really taken to BANKS as quickly as most other blogs (I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was), I think her latest offering Waiting Game could be the start of something between us!
Produced by the enormously talented SOHN, Waiting Game will feature on BANKS forthcoming EP on Harvest Records/Good Years. BANKS sultry vocals hit hard alongside SOHN’s dark and menacing production, creating a really pensive pop ballad.
Take some time out and listen to it below, it’ll be worth it.

BANKS upcoming EP is slated for a release later this Summer.

HAIM Announce Debut Album, Days Are Gone

HAIM have at last announced full details of their highly-anticipated debut album, Days Are Gone. The LA sisters will release the album on September 30th through Columbia.
The album will feature the band’s previous singles Forever, Don’t Save Me, Falling, and The Wire, which you can stream below.

1. Falling
2. Forever
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don’t Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name

Pre-order Days Are Gone here.

Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry

Mutual Benefit, the moniker of Boston native Jordan Lee, has shared his astonishing new single Advanced Falconry, and it’s one of the prettiest songs I’ve stumbled upon in recent memory.
Taken from his forthcoming full-length, Love’s Crushing Diamond, Advanced Falconry is a simply beautiful folk song with pretty string arrangements and warm harmonies.
Everything on this track, from the violin drenched in melancholy, to Lee’s gently plucked banjo is just perfect.

Listen to Advanced Falconry below, and I’ll keep you posted on a release date for Love’s Crushing Diamond.

Check out Mutual Benefit’s Bandcamp for more stunning material.

Bam Spacey – River & Gryning

Malmö based producer Magnus Johansson, aka Bam Spacey, released his River EP last week on Ceremony Recordings. The four-song EP contains two lovely tracks, River and Gryning, which you can stream below.
Both River and Gryning (English translation: Dawn) are loaded with dreamy synths and gorgeous melodies. Perfect Sunday afternoon listening.

Bam Spacey’s River EP was released July 30. Grab your copy here.