“Solace” is the debut song from 23-year London-based singer/songwriter f y f e, and what a promising start it is. “Solace” is packed with soft pop melodies, perfect guitar lines filtering in and out and some understated electronics. But it is undoubtedly f y f e’s vocals and that pretty irresistible chorus that grab my attention the most.
His debut is out March. Can’t wait for that.
Electronic producer Ifan Dafydd is back with “Celwydd,” his first track since releasing ‘Treehouse’ last February. “Celwydd,” which is the Welsh word for ‘lie’, is a sample-heavy recording, featuring a haunting vocal effect courtesy of singer Alys Williams. The synths are chopped and cut up in a similar style to that of James Blake and Jacques Greene and I am really into it.
Beach Fossils can do no wrong in my eyes, everything I’ve ever heard by this band is reverb-drenched gold. They have just released the second single from their forthcoming album Clash The Truth, and it’s another excellent slice of sun-soaked lo-fi indie. The Brooklyn-based group have been incredibly consistent over the last couple of years with albums like their self-titled debut Beach Fossils and their full debut What A Pleasure making waves on the blog scene and in the process damaging my ‘repeat’ button. ‘Generational Synthetic’ is the groups hazy yet bouncy new single and for the bassline and drums alone it’s worth checking out.
I just stumbled upon this new duo from Barcelona while I was doing my daily rounds on SoundCloud. The duo, consisting of Cristina Checa and Eloi Caballé, go by the name Desert and this is their new track. Self-titling a song after yourself is always a pretty ballsy statement, but I’ll let it slide this time as I’m digging this track. There’s a lot going on on ‘Desert’, with a collection of hazy synths and pop melodies, and the vocals sound just perfect throughout. Worth a listen.
Greek musician Sillyboy has a great video out for his new song ‘Coast to Coast’. The track was taken from his most recent album Nature of Things, which is also well worth checking out. The Athens-based musician is a clever songwriter with an ear for a decent alt-rock melody too.
Listen to a previously unreleased track from Brighton-based dream pop outfit Fear of Men. It’s called ‘Seer’, it’s extremely pretty and it will feature on the groups upcoming Early Fragments singles collection. due February 12.
Youth Lagoon, aka Trevor Powers, just dropped the first cut off his forthcoming sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse. Having recently announced that Wondrous Bughouse will be released March 5 via Fat Possum, he began streaming ‘Dropla’ earlier. ‘Dropla’ clocks in at just under six minutes in length and while there is echoes of 2011’s Year Of Hibernation, the xylophone and child like piano on ‘Dropla’ makes it feel slightly more optimistic. I’m really diggin’ it.
DIANA‘s outstanding debut-single ‘Born Again’ is finally getting a physical release at the end of the month. It will be available on limited 12″ and you can pre-order it from Rough Trade now. The B-side to the track will feature this pretty dope remix from Doldrums. In comparison to the original, it’s chopped up beautifully and I am liking it a lot.