Kentucky-based crooner James Friley, better known as Idiot Glee, has a new number out that I’ve been spinning all weekend and I’ve decided it’s time to post it. ‘Pinkwood’ is Friley’s first offering of new material since his shamefully underrated 2011 debut LP Paddywhack. It’s got a really chilled out melody, and the laid back vocals throughout are blissful. Friley is longing for love on this track, but the way his delivers the tracks clever songwriting is very smooth indeed. Worth a listen. Life Without Jazz is out on February 26 via Hop Hop.
‘Habits’ is the latest offering from Philadelphia based experimental indie-pop musician Gracie and it’s easily one of the best tunes I’ve heard in quite a while. ‘Habits’ is the second cut from his forthcoming Bleeder EP, which is out next month, following his previous release ‘Creature Pleaser’. Everything about this tune I dig. From the first notes of his keyboard to Andrew Balasia’s excellent vocals to the Wilco-esque sonic-arrangements at the 3:11 mark. Expect to hear a lot more from this guy. Stream and download below.
Jason Chung and Chaz Bundick, aka Nosaj Thing and Toro y Moi, have collaborated together on ‘Try’, a track taken from Nosaj Thing’s upcoming Home LP. I’m a massive fan of both artist and neither have let me down with this stunning track.
Iceland producer Ólafur Arnalds‘ new track ‘This Place Was A Shelter’ is a perfect example of why he is one of the most in-demand young composers working at the moment (check out his work on The Hunger Games soundtrack). Straying slightly away from the gentle ambiance of his earlier recording, he’s going down a more dark and dramatic route with this new track. Between the ominous piano and his own vocals, it’s a chilling and fascinating release.
This new track is taken from Olafur’s forthcoming album For Now I Am Winter, which is out February 25 via Mercury Classics.
The Legendary Lightness are a three-piece indie group from Zurich and they have a gorgeous new song out called ‘World Full Of You’. I urge you all to stop what you’re doing and give this one a listen. It’s a beautiful written track, sung with a deep baritone reminding me of The National. The video accompanying ‘World Full Of You’ was shot, rather stunningly, by Adrian Winkler at the famous outdoor Velodrome in Zurich.
Their new album drops February 2 via Anker Platten.
Ambient artists Foxes in Fiction and Benoît Pioulard have collaborated together on a beautiful track called ‘Ground Glass’. ‘Ground Glass’ is a reverb drenched mix of ambient and shoegaze with the end result being completely mesmerizing.
Well, this is just fucking brilliant! Mozart’s Sister is the solo project of Montreal-based musician Caila Thompson-Hannant. What caught my attention instantly while I was listening to her new self-titled track was the charisma/confidence in her vocals, reminiscent to artists like Robyn and Kate Bush. ‘Mozart’s Sister’ is truly addictive track. It’s a modern ode to 80’s pop with some really great, sparkling synths, and a melody so infectious it’ll be a miracle it doesn’t get stuck in your head. Great lyrics too.
Her ‘Hello’ EP is released February 25 through Merok Records, a label who discovered the likes of Crystal Castles, Klaxons and SALEM.
One of London’s brightest newcomers Niall Galvin, aka Only Real, posted a new track called ‘Blood Carpet’ today. I absolutely loved his previous single ‘Backseat Kissers’ (out January 28th) and this is another absolute diamond. Technically ‘Blood Carpet’ is an old song but it’s getting the 7″ treatment and is set to feature on his debut album. His rapping on this track sound so smooth and I’m digging that breezy guitar as well as the choruses of ‘ooh I can’t forget you at all.’ Fresh.