Video Premiere: SWOLL – “Unwound”

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2019

Photo by Kevin Chambers

Baltimore natives SWOLL began as a collaboration between Matt Dowling and Ben Schurr and last year they released their first bit of music before they even began playing shows.

Their self-titled debut album came not long after and the band toured in support of the album, becoming more of a band and less of a bedroom recording project, recruiting synth player Erik Sleight and lighting artist Zak Forrest to give their live shows a new direction.
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That Gum U Like – “Ballad Of A Boy”

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2019

That Gum U Like is a husband-and-wife duo based out of Brazil, whose name is a clever Twin Peaks reference.

They consider themselves a dream-pop/shoegaze band, with references from groups like Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and others. You can hear a bit from their effervescent and dreamy single “Ballad of a Boy,” that takes the listener to a far and away place of lush sincerity. It’s got a well-built support system of swirling synths and electronics that are built around the clean cut vocals that are perfectly suited for the track.

Enjoy a stream of “Ballad Of A Boy” posted below.
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Shallou, the project of Los Angeles-based electornic musician Joe Boston has been growing a devoted following of late, as proven with his sold out performance at Bowery Ballroom in November.

He’s recently hit back with his atmospheric offering that blends the world of electronic with some more thoughtful ambient sounds that combine powerfully with the vocals of featured vocalist Emmit Fenn.

Enjoy a listen to “All Your Days” below.
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High Tides – “Summer Reflections”

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2019

The brutal chill of winter is still around us, but it’s made a little bit more tolerable with the summery sounds of acts such as High Tides.

The duo of Warren Kroll and Steven Lutes will return with their new album as High Tides, Paradise Daze, which will come out on March 8th via Rad Cult.

We previously shared album cut “Swaying Palms” and today we return with the equally summery named track “Summer Reflections” that has a bit of a throwback chillwave sound and also something of a late night feel, something you may here in-between shows on say, Adult Swim.

Take a listen to “Summer Reflections” below and find the LP available to preorder from Bandcamp.
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Datarock – “The One”

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2019

Noweighen electro rockers Datarock released their new EP A Fool at Forty is a Fool Indeed yesterday, which features their lively new single “The One” that sounds like a big-minded cross between David Bowie and LCD Soundsystem.

The track and EP follow the band’s new album Face the Brutality, which was released last year and was their first in nine years.

Enjoy a listen to “The One” below and stay tuned for more new music from the band coming next month.
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Cathedrals – “Jump In”

By Will Oliver, February 15th 2019

San Francisco electro-pop duo Cathedrals have been consistently releasing a steady stream of singles every other month or so.

Today they keep the winning streak going with the delightful and infectious new power pop dance anthem “Jump In,” which features some strong vocals and sugary electronics that work together perfectly.

Here’s a little bit about the song directly from the band:

With “Jump In”, we didn’t want to write a straightforward love song since, for us at least, love hasn’t always been simple or predictable. We wanted to explore that feeling of standing on the precipice of the unknown – looking into the face of something that could turn out to be beautiful or ugly, and taking that leap anyway. We thought, what better way to capture that idea than to release the song on Valentines Day. It’s not a hallmark card; it’s real life, full of joy and uncertainty and sometimes pain. Here’s to feeling it, to jumping in, whatever the cost.

Enjoy a listen to “Jump In” below.
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Bonobo – “Ibrik”

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2019

It’s been two years since Bonobo’s latest album Migration, which made it nice to get new music from the producer last month in the form of “Ibrik.”

The track’s release came ahead of the release of ‘fabric presents Bonobo’, the highly anticipated inaugural entry in fabric Records’ new mix series.

The track features all the texture and atmosphere that has once come to expect from a Bonobo song, with plenty of chill and dance aspects that lead the listener to the warm summer months that wait for us soon enough.

Enjoy a listen to “Ibrik” below.
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Millionyoung – “Work”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2019

Miami-based producer Millionyoung is someone we caught many years ago when he opened up for Two Door Cinema Club at The Bell House way back in 2010.

He’s released his fair share of new releases since then and has returned with his brand new single “Work,” which has is sights set on much warmer summer months that linger on the horizon in all of our minds right about now.

The fun and dance-friendly track is ultra chill and it’s release will kick-off a handful of singles planned for the first half of the year, followed by his fifth full length release, New Elevation, slated for late 2019.

Enjoy a listen to “Work” below.
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SION – “Old Pattern”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2019

Producer SION released three new songs last Friday, including the beautiful and atmospheric “Old Pattern,” the track we are hightling with you all today.

The track taps into some pure emotivate and touching soundscapes that paint a vivid picture, even without any vocals, outside of a spoken word sample. You’re brought on an emotional journey, one that provides a chill tone that is totally soothing and calming.

Find SION’s description of the track below, along with a stream of the track and find the other songs available to hear over at his Soundcloud page.

This song is a reminder that it’s okay to feel and it’s okay to surrender. It’s all a beautiful part of this human experience. I made this song when I was going through some stuff. I had a huge calling to make music during that time and this is what came out of it. It was a lot trusting and letting go. Even though I was feeling a lot stuff, my soul came through. Which I hope will remind everyone who listens that we are always connected in every moment no matter what we are feeling. And to never doubt that connection.Things come up not to hurt us, but to make us grow.

High Tides – “Swaying Palms”

By Will Oliver, January 29th 2019

High Tides, the duo of Warren Kroll and Steven Lutes, will return on March 8th with new album Paradise Daze, which will be released via Rad Cult.

“Swaying Palms” is a new song from the album and a perfect antidote to the bitter cold of winter. The track almost had an early blog daze callback to some chillwave elements, a dreamy journey that puts the mind at ease as well as to a much sunnier and idealistic setting.

Enjoy a stream of the track below and find the album available to preorder at Bandcamp.
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