Chad VanGaalen is set to release his sixth LP ‘Light Information’ on September 8 via the Sub Pop imprint. As someone who is no stranger to the darker themes of life, VanGaalen’s latest single ‘Mind Hijacker’s Curse’ can ironically be translated into a sort of hopeful idea of allowing one to experience through the mind of another. Couple this with a spacey, semi-haunting indie palette and you have another musical roller coaster packaged with Chad VanGaalen’s imprint all over it.
Judging from all of the tracks that Ghostpoet has shared taken from his new LP ‘Dark Days & Canapés’, we’re definitely in for a pleasurable ride. Whilst his lead single ‘Immigrant Boogie’ found the South London native tapping into a post-punk sound, his latest song ‘Dopamine If I Do’ is a jazzy and gorgeously constructed piece flowing with lush strings and piano play that reflects Ghostpoet’s continued growth as a well-rounded artist.
NYC band Ice Balloons are consistently dubbed as a super group. To an extent that may be true but the group are first and foremost friends who have come together to create art with absolute freedom and room to explore. Consisting of Sean Kennerly of Samiam, TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Sean Powell of Fuckemos, Midnight Masses’ Giselle Reiber, B.A. Miale, Rob Bryn of Wild Yaks and Dan Scinta, their music is a collage of riotous punk, New York no wave, garage rock and noise all rolled up into one event of a listen. To call it energetic would be an understatement and in terms of their stage show, well let’s just say that it is probably one of the liveliest performances one could see…ever! Wilder than wild, the ‘common fly’ charges about on stage singing vocals and at some point in the show there may even be sparks popping and flying about on his body.
wrtch is the moniker of Ambrosia Bartošekulva, whose artistry is inspired by her own experiences as a creative, activist and sex worker. Preppering for the release of her album ‘Rabbit Holes [andotherexits]’, her lead track from the LP is the haunting tune titled ‘goodgirlnicehooker’. A nocturnal cutting of minimalism, the experimental tune is a window into Bartošekulva’s world which has been in close proximity with death itself.
EMA unveils the video for her haunting single ‘Breathalyzer’. Directed by Alicia Gordon, the story revolves around a girl and a girl riding in the backseat of a car whilst getting blasted out of their mind on drugs. Eventually the girl gets out of the car to find a restroom, eventually having to face herself and deal with her choices.
A solid fixture in the Polish music scene, Piotr Bejnar has released his new LP simply titled ‘Album’. Comprised of twelve tracks, Bejnar creates a gumbo blend of experimental electronica, bass, dance, smokey jazz and more. Like a scientist in the lab, there is a high level of alchemy with his production as songs weave between unorthodox orchestrations to more semi-traditional pieces that embed classical down to bossa.
Jazz music has definitely gone through its share of phases over the years. Whilst a resurrected interest in the genre manifested through late 80s and 90s Hip-Hop, as well as the rare groove and acid jazz scene of the same period, the music slowly took backseat to various modern and not so modern forms of music. However, in this day and age, it takes an almost Godsent act to be able to brilliantly bridge the gaps between the past and present, doing it in a manner that is classically respected and currently accessible. Perhaps Swiss singer Lucia Cadotsch was sent down from the Heavens. With her 2016 critically acclaimed ‘Speak Low’ LP placing the singer among the top tier list of current jazz singers, her latest record ‘Speak Low Renditions’ perfectly restructures the album into experimental works of art that sounds like nothing else at the moment.
It’s been two years since Mercury-nominated artist Ghostpoet released his critically acclaimed album ‘Shedding Skin’. Having consistently taken his sound in various directions, the magical question was, where would Ghostpoet sonically venture with a new release? His new single ‘Immigrant Boogie’ finds the South London native treading the waters of darker, post-punk-driven production. Touching on the delicate topic of men and women crossing borders for a better life, the haunting soundscape provides the perfect backing for Ghostpoet’s narrative which coincides brilliantly with the current political climate.
Zurich-based JPTR is a hybrid. What appears to be one is actually two, a third if you factor in other components and what you hear can even be a masking of sorts. Comprised of KIU and IKARU,the group, which stresses the visual emphasis just as much as the sonic one, operate in the form of a collective pushing the boundaries of art. Nothing could be more evident than their self-titled debut LP. Musically JPTR flows in the manner of avant-garde pop, using drums and vocals as the weight of the Read more […]
The Physics House Band are creating some of the most interesting music out at the moment. Having previously shared their mind-blowing single ‘Calypso’, the trio have now brought forth the video to the cut. Combining clips of various vibrant images mixed with a live session, the song itself is taken from The Physics House Band’s upcoming mini-album ‘Mercury Fountain’, out the 21st of April via Small Pond Records.