Is Tropical have taken a turn of direction of late, which the mellow electro-indie rock track with the racey video ‘Dancing Anymore’ proved. The bands new album ‘I’m Leaving’ is no exception, gone are the sweeping guitars and distorted vocals, in their place is a clean cut almost nostalgic take on Brit Pop. Channeling the likes of The Verve and Suede with a electro tinged edge. Brit Pop through rose-tinted glasses of the last 15 years you could say.
All that said, opening track ‘Lover’s Cave’ makes a nice bridge between the three pieces previous release ‘Native To’ and this new sound. With its pounding guitar and sutble electro elements, it helps to lead the ear towards the new cleaner sound. and with ‘Dancing Anymore’ acting as a sort of sonic barrier as the second track, the change in direction doesn’t seem as drastic or as jarring as it might have been.
By the time you reach track six the saccharin sweet ‘Sun Sun’ with it’s twinkling percussion and smiley vocals, you’re totally signed up to the three-somes new cleaner, poppier and altogether different sound. You’ll find yourself thinking ‘Native To’ who ?
‘I’m Leaving’ is out today via Kitsuné/PIAS. Read more
New amazing debut track from American duo Puddel. ‘Downtown’ blends ambient soundscapes with hip hop inspired beats which ripple, bubble and pulsate with glitchy electro fragments, all framed by a haunting wailing vocal, which is interrupted by an almost choral chorus. Taking influences from Purity Ring, and James Blake, the track is available to stream and download for free now.
Scandi downtempo pop threesome, NONONO are back with a new track ‘Down Under’. Since falling into our consciousness about 6 months ago with the fierce track ‘Like The Wind’, NONONO have built up a legion of followers.
Comprised of previous Incona Pop and Beatrice Eli producers, with the vocal talents of Stina Wäppling. ‘Down Under’ combines rough guitar licks with dirty electro elements and plenty of percussion all rounded off with Stina’s husky restrained vocals, which are quintessentially Scandinavian. Which is sure to pick them up plenty of comparisons to the likes of The Knife, Lykke Li and any other Scandinavian vocalist you care to think of.
Amazing new track and video ‘Red’ from Brighton five-piece Phoria. Taking bits of Sigur Ros, The Shins, Elbow and putting it all together into a delicate, ephemeral package that makes sweeping moves from the minimalist into all out soaring expansiveness. ‘Red’ is taken from the bands new EP ‘Bloodworks’ which is avaliable to download and stream now.
We’ll take any excuse to talk about an artist we’re in love with, just check out all the Alunageorge posts from the last two a half years for example. So when this rather chilled out dubby and spacey remix of Aussie producer turned singer/songwriter KLP landed in our inbox, we thought why not. Smooth and expansive, remixed by Glasgow Native The Revenge it’s taken from a new remix EP out May 27th via Chookie Music.