Pop

Flaunt – “Something Different”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016

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Together Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito form the duo Flaunt, a self-described mysterious a/v collective who turn out some pretty r&b inspired music. Next year they will release their new EP The Antics Of More Youthful Times, and have given us a taste of the new release in the form of the rather smooth “Something Different.”

Over elements of tropical elements, they deliver clear-minded vocals that seems so effortless yet so carefully constructed.

Take a listen to a stream of “Something Different” below.
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Greta Salome – “Row”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016

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Greta Salóme is a singer/songwriter/violinist from Iceland. Trained as a classical violinist, she spices things up with a flair for pop music that creates something that is most certainly unique to her.

Take for instance her most recent track, “Row.” There’s a chilly atmosphere to the sound that is well complimented by her classical mindset. The icy bounce of the synths go along with the pop-minded verses and build, that result in something memorable and fresh.

Take a listen to “Row” below via the stream, and scroll down even further for it’s official music video.
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Ramsey – “See You Bleed”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2016 — with 1 comment

Ramsey

“See You Bleed” is a raw and personal take from upcoming Los Angeles experimental singer-songwriter Ramsey. Her dark and unique vocals push through expected boundaries found on pop songs, creating something uniquely her own. She’s able to tap into a dark and almost haunting atmosphere that sticks wish you, creating an interesting contrast to the vocal performance that she pairs with it.

It’s always good to see an artist producing and writing all the songs in house, creating something that you can identify directly as her own, allowing her music to stand out from the pact.

Stream “See You Bleed” below.
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Vanessa Carlton at City Winery [December 1, 2015]

By Ross Bernhardt, December 3rd 2015

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Ask a random person to name three Vanessa Carlton songs, and many would probably struggle to name more than the song she’s most associated with, “A Thousand Miles.” I would fit into that category, though I can round out the trio with two of her other hits, “Ordinary Day” and “White Houses.” While I love all three of those songs, as a teenage boy with a twin sister, I never specifically sought out her music, but kept myself familiar enough with the basics.

But Vanessa Carlton is so much more than those popular songs. Those are over a decade old, and with five studio albums out (including her latest release, Liberman, from October of this year) she has a rich discography that showcases her evolution from those early days. On Tuesday, December 1, Carlton played the second of two sold-out album release shows at Manhattan’s City Winery, and I got to see firsthand just how deft a musician and performer Carlton really is.

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Halsey at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015

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Ashley Frangipane seems to have a blossoming career as the rising pop star Halsey. I came into her performance never hearing any of her music before. Her style of pop is hook friendly, with electronic undertones that give her a somewhat different spin on the genre, almost like a radio friendly Purity Ring or Sylvan Esso.

She’ll release her debut album Badlands on August 28 via Astralwerks Records. She’s also booked to open for Imagine Dragons tour later this year, so it’s safe to say that she’s well on her way to much bigger things.
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[new]: POP ETC – Running In Circles

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2015

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It’s been a while since we heard from POP ETC. They released their first album as POP ETC in 2012 after changing their name from The Morning Benders. Since then, the trio has kept relatively quiet, aside from releasing a few covers here and there on soundcloud.

Here we are in 2015 and they’re one of the first bands to make a move. They have released a brand new single called “Running In Circles.” It dabbles hard in a 80s synth-led sound, delivering perfect pop hooks with a late night new wave vibe. This would have been a perfect companion while playing GTA Miami Vice.

“Running In Circles” is the first track from a new album that we can hopefully expect later in the year. It just may be the best thing that they boys have released as POP ETC.

I’ve posted the stream below, as well as the music video which stars Wushu master, Sifu Chen Ying. If you like what you hear, go ahead and purchase the track on iTunes.
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Cosby – Heartracer

By Will Oliver, October 27th 2014

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Crosby is the synthpop duo out of Richmond, Virgina comprised of brothers Chris and Chip Cosby. It was just last year that they released their debut album In Flight.

They quickly returned with a follow-up single titled “Heartracer” that is an epic ode to 80s snyth-pop that calls to mind acts like Passion Pit and The Killers. Cosby aim big and they hit the mark in all the right ways.

Enjoy “Heartracer” below.
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Artist To Watch: Ryn Weaver

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014 — with 2 comments

Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver sent the internet into a frenzy with the release of her debut single “OctaHate.” While its a good pop song (and features production from a team that includes Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit, Cashmere Cat, and BenZel), it’s “Promises”, the title track of her debut EP Promises that has pleased my ears.

It’s a big song in scope, but it’s done so in such a manner that feels intimate in the sense that she’s singing to you. It’s hard to ignore the similarities in “Promises” to a Florence and The Machine song, from the style to her vocals, but it’s a compliment if anything.

There are a lot of people speculating about her background (she used to release music under her real name Aryn Wüthrich), and how she was able to obtain such big names to produce her as a newcomer, but honestly, who gives a shit? (If you do care, she responded to this very question in the Stereogum comment section) The music speaks for herself, and I’m digging “Promises” quite hard. The EP was released on new indie label Friends Keep Secrets, so take that for what its worth.

Stream both “Promises” and “OcaHate” below. You can also find the entire EP streaming below.

“Promises”:

“OctaHate”:

Paperwhite – Take Me Back

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014

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In a music landscape full of synth-pop bands pumping out 80s-friendly jams, do we really need another one? Well, when you get songs as good as Paperwhite’s “Take Me Back,” then sure, we can make an exception.

Paperwhite consists of brother and sister Katie and Ben Marshall. On “Take Me Back” they are perfectly in sync creating plenty of magical moments. What starts off as a airy and dreamy M83-esque soundscape, turns into a free flowing synth-based journey that is easy on the ears.

Stream it below.
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Band To Watch: Kate Boy

By Will Oliver, September 3rd 2014 — with 1 comment

Kate Boy

Kate Boy started in 2011 when Kate Akhurst moved from Australia to Stockhold, Sweden, looking for a change of pace for her music. It was there that she met producers Markus Dextegen and Hampus Nordgren, and Kate Boy was founded. Soon after, they started releasing music together, grabbing the attention of the music world instantly with successful electro-pop singles “Northern Lights,” “The Way We Are,” and “In Your Eyes.”

Earlier in the summer they came back with their biggest moment yet, the juggernaut pop monster that is “Self Control.” Everything that we love about pop songs is packed into its wonderful world of throbbing synths, pop hooks, and confident delivery. I’ve had this bad boy on repeat all day, and I bet you’ll be doing the same in no time.

You can stream the studio version, as well as the new live version that they just released as a video. Both are posted below.
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