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I’m a big fan of the show Adventure Time, not only for it’s incredibly clever plot line that speaks to all age groups but sometimes for it’s amazing songs. In the latest episode, Finn and Jake’s adorable robotic friend BMO shares his favorite song, “No Wonder I.” Who knew BMO has such amazing taste? This single off of Washington band LAKE‘s upcoming album Circular Doorway is a fuzzy mellow ball of sweet sweet music. Singer Ashley Eriksson floats in like the scent of fresh spring flowers floating through the wind carrying nothing but good vibes and love. Accompanied by a gentle yet steady drumbeat, like some happy creature skipping down the sidewalk, this song is as catchy as they come. Know wonder BMO loves this song. Check it out below and hear more by the band here.
LAKE – No Wonder I
…And we’re back. There have been lots of travels and adventure in the last week or so, but now we’re here and we’ve picked up some new music along the way. One such band is Secret Colours. Combining a retro psychedelic sound with a twist of 90s rock, this band knows how to make a slick single. A simple riff and a quiet voice turn into a sort of mantra that travels throughout the song, keeping it grounded throughout its electronic twists and turns and chill drumbeats. It’s not often a song can take the heavy sounds of the 60s and slide them into a dark velvety package but “Blackhole” is just that. Check out the strange and retro video for the single above, and look for their sophomore album, Peach May 28th.
Bravestation released an amazing album last summer, but it looks like they’ve been busy at work sine then. Today, they released their new single “All We Have is Us” off of their upcoming EP IV. In typical Bravestation fashion, the song moves to the beat of electric drum kits and steel drums. Like some tropical paradise from the past under a moonlit sky, “All We Have is Us” moves with a swift passion. In the few months since their album, it even seems like they’ve evolved. Their sound used to be a launching from the shore, reaching for distant lands, but his new song is that arrival from the waters into this strange paradise. Look for the EP May 15th, download here, and listen below
Bravestation – All We Have is Us
Somewhere in between the dramatic and powerful sound of early Genesis, 80s angst and singer Antony lies Blaue Blume. This singer form Copenhagen has but one released song under his belt, and boy is it a good one. ”On New Year’s Eve” is strange and fragile, a song with dark undertones and a delicate voice, skipping from note to note as if the melody could shatter at any moment due to the desperate voice. It’s the setting sun, dark and fleeting which quickly becomes darkness and then the dawn, dancing into a new and mystery day. It’s enveloping and you can hear it below. Hopefully we’ll here more about this guy soon.
Blaue Blume – On New Year’s Eve
“Say it slowly, you still shine like a diamond”
So I’m a sucker for synths. When used correctly, they can add just as much or more meaning to a song than any acoustic instrument. This is where Lightning Dust come in. On their sparse new single, “Diamond,” fat synths roll along to a sparse drum kit beat in typical 80s fashion. Amber Webber takes the higher end of the spectrum, singing a love song of sweet nothings. It’s a tried and true formula, that gets me every time. A smooth love song for those summer nights on the hood of your car, music blasting from the radio. You can check out the single above and look for the full album Fantasy June 25th.
Heyward Howkins is always a special treat. It’s mellow music with a meaning; the kind of music you use to explain things that your own words can’t quite match. His debut LP was one of our favorites of last year, and I’m positive this new one will be just as good if not better. We already got a glimpse with the single “Praline Country” and now we get another taste with his acoustic session for On the Hills. ”Flimsy Stock” is a curious little song, I think of romance (it’s hard to tell when listening to Howkins). Two lovers made of delicate, frail material, growing slow and awkwardly. It’s great to watch him play along on his guitar, his “ooohs” reverberating in the creaky room and his strums his guitar in his typical fashion. Check out the video above and look for the new LP, hopefully this summer.
Hearing Favela’s self titled debut can only make me think of warm summer nights, which is just what is needed during this extended winter. While the cold winds blow outside my window, I sit inside looking at the dark sky and Favela’s sweeping tracks seem to melt away the cold. In it’s brief less-than-twelve-minute set, this three track EP builds a strong foundation for this new electronic artist. But it’s the closing track, “Onwards/Upwards” that really gets me. Sweeping electric guitar riffs blend with pulsating synths, a seamless mix that creates a soothing and encompassing sound. Meanwhile, drum-kits tap out their beat over the soaring, reverberating voice that represents Favela echoing, “please keep me grounded, but don’t stop me future-lookin.” Favela stretches upwards like a dark kite in the night sky, grasping at air as he climbs higher and higher, hoping that steady hands hold the strings below. It’s a beautiful EP that can be downloaded for free here. For a small, warm glimpse, check out the song below.
Favela – Onwards/Upwards
“Hello it’s only me, I come and go with minimal flair.” So says Ben Garett, the man behind Fryars. It’s a quiet greeting, a whisper of presence that you can only glimpse before it’s gone. That’s how the mournful ballad begins, before the beat picks up behind the steady kick-kick-snare of a melancholic drum. It’s the soulful sound of isolation, of feeling out in the cold. ”On Your Own” Garett’s Ozzy-esque voice melds beautifully with the instruments to create a mix of electronics, rock and perhaps even a little late 50s love ballads. But what’s most interesting about this song is the pronouns. As Garett switches between first and second person, we feel at times like listeners hearing the depressing tales of Garett’s loneliness, at other times like the one who is lonely. If you wanna get down with some blue music, check out the song below and look for the album later this year.
Fryars – On Your Own
The Mast never cease to amaze me, coming back stronger and more defined with each new single and their latest, “Emerald” truly is a dark electronic gem. A slick and slow downtempo beat starts off this hazy song. Oozing synths come in and out as a voice transports you into a new world, “sitting on an emerald, under the aquarium sky.” It’s easy to make a solid beat, but it takes a rare group to create one that can blast you through outer-space and into another time and place, a song that you can dance to or just sit and enjoy with stars in your eyes and smoke drifting out of your mouth. Check it out for yourself below and if you like the song, you can check out the video here or download the single here.
The Mast – Emerald
Fyfe is back with a new single and the same electronic goodness. ”St. Tropez” starts on a gentler note than his previous single and if I didn’t know Fyfe, I’d say the song was primed to be an indie rock jam. But like I said, this is Fyfe and the song quickly shifts from clean electric guitars, to electronic drums kits and a distorted guitar that could almost be called “wompy.” Horns blare a sunny declaration of the triumph that is Fyfe’s music. It’s clear from this single that he makes a comfortable home in the house of electronic and rock music, combining them in an eclectic way like no other artist. If “Solace” was his entrance into the music scene, “St. Tropez” is the flag on the ground, staking proud territory in the music scene. Check out the single below and look for the premiere EP Solace April 7th.
Fyfe – St. Tropez