‘The Natural World’ is the latest from London-based electronic-pop outfit Cymbals, one of my favourite bands around at the moment. Following up on the success of their previous single, the 9-minute long freak-out ‘Like An Animal’, ‘The Natural World’ is another irresistible combination of post-punk with a dance-pop vibe. So addictive.
Norwich-based indie pop group, Maglia Rosa Group, kindly sent me a link to their debut EP Nighthawks earlier today. The EP’s title track and lead single instantly caught my attention. It’s a dark and mysterious love song, with Daisy Lawrence absolutely nailing that Kate Bush style vocal range better than most I have heard. The musical arrangements are reminiscent of the Wild Beasts and the track really does sound great the more I play it.
Maglia Rosa Group’s debut EP Nighthawks is out now. Check it out.
‘Lights’ is the mesmerising new single by soon-to-be-huge London-based duo Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews, aka Alpines. “Mesmerising” doesn’t even do this song justice, to be honest. ‘Lights’ is quite simply one of the most stunning songs I have heard in long, long time. Catherine Pockson’s ethereal vocals soar beautifully over a melancholic piano line and Bob Matthews guitar sounds like he’s either using a cello bow like Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós, or an EBow, either way it sounds great. They release their debut album later this year, expect big things.
Australian duo Jack Milas and Oli Chang base themselves in New York these days and perform as High Highs. I posted their previous single, the beautifully harmonious ‘Once Around The House’, and I may have compared them to Fleet Foxes as well. Keeping me intrigued, they’ve changed it up a bit with their new cut, ‘In A Dream’, and if the title doesn’t give it away then allow me to go on. ‘In A Dream’ is a blissful piece of warm, inviting pop that is sure to catch some well deserved buzz for these guys. At times it reminds me of Teen Dazes excellent Surface EP, in that it’s just so blissfully chill. Check out their SoundCloud for more and keep an ear out for the bands forthcoming LP Open Season, out Jan 29.
South Cali hip-hop duo Dag Savage dropped their self-titled EP last week. If you haven’t already checked it out, they’ve made one of its highlights ‘When It Rains’ available for free download. Johaz and Exile link up to create a soulful jam with an old sample and a smooth chorus backed by labelmate Aloe Blac. This is an absolute gem of a track. Stream and download below.
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.