Den-Mate – “Fall”

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2017 Electronic Indie Listen Stream

Den-Mate is the project of Washington, D.C. artist Jules Hale. In April she released her new EP Entropii via Babe City Records.

The EP’s first single “Fall” shares a lot in common with another group based in D.C., our friends in GEMS. “Fall” is similar to a lot of the dark ethereal electronic sounds they create but done with her own stamp and signature sound. Hale so easily summons up this dark atmosphere and matches it with more uplifting, spiritual vocals, that shape-shift into something pop-minded, yet also darkly textural.

Take a listen to “Fall” below and take a listen to the entire EP over at bandcamp.

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Haux – “Touch”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017 Electronic Indie Listen Stream

Haux is the project of photographer-turned-musician Woodson Black who resides the The Berkshires of Massachusetts.

He recently returned with “Touch” an electronic fusion of folk-rock that is every bit as emotive as it is pop-minded as it is well textured in production flourishes. Something of a love song for the internet age, made with as much human emotion as possible.

“Touch” follows the release of his sophomore EP All We’ve Known last year. Take a listen to “Touch” below and head to his soundcloud to stream the rest of his work.

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Madrid producer Santiago Lizón produces under the moniker Crisopa. He recently caught my attention with his latest track, “I Am The Lord Of These Ruins.”

Opening with some soothing sounds, the song soon opens the door for some gentle rising waves of sound, that gradually build into something rather beautiful, totally overwhelming the senses. There’s a lot of emotional layers packed into this song, one that can be most easily described as eternally blissful.

Take a listen to “I Am The Lord Of These Ruins” below.

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Febueder – “Morning Yawn”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017 Indie Listen Stream

Febueder are an English trio featuring lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey, percussionist Samuel Keysell, and Toby Ingram on bass. Earlier this month they released their new EP From An Album.

“Morning Yawn” is the first single taken from the EP. Featuring a dark atmosphere that echoing vocals that sit somewhere between the worlds of Alt-J and Foals, a great thing depending on where you stand on those artists (who we both love). Smooth, confident, and sultry, “Morning Yawn” would be one well of a way to wake up in the morning.

Take a listen to “Morning Yawn” below, and if you like what you hear, grab the EP from iTunes.

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Draumr is the project of Paris-based musician Gabriel Cheurfa. My introduction to Draumr came via the colorful music video for the equally colorful track “Hydrangeas.” It’s a synth-led psych-pop gem that is like a child between Toro y Moi and Tame Impala.

Not only does the track rule through the finest explorations of dream-pop, it features a memorable video companion thanks to the work of artists Kathleen Ponsard & Ivan Herrera, members of the Chroniques Cosmiques Collective, who both animated and directed the video.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more chill track this weekend. Grab a cold one, dig in, and let your mind go wherever the hell it takes you.

Find the video posted below, along with a soundcloud embed.

Melby – “Pat”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017 Indie Listen Stream

Melby are a quartet from Stockholm, Sweden, who caught the attention of blogs with their single, “Human.” This year they returned with their debut EP Melby, which was released on May 19 via Rama Lama Records.

“Pat” is the EP’s single and for good reason. It’s smartly constructed with an easy-going charm that features soothing vocals over some tightly constructed riffs. It’s a pure delight on the ears, that leaves you wanting to come back for immediate seconds.

Stream “Pat” below and head to the Rama Lama Records Shop to grab the EP on vinyl, limited to just 100 copies.
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Yellow House is the project of Emile van Dango, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. After trying to venture through the various genre waves that flood the music scene in Cape Town, van Dango instead opted to dream up a unique universe of his own.

He’s released his debut EP A Carnival of Fears, and based on the lush dreaminess of EP cut “”It Feels the Same Everyday,” it seems like he’s certainly lived up to his promise of dreaming up his own universe. From the vocals, to the electronic swirls that graciously welcome that groovy bassline, this song is an absolute delight to sink into.

Take a listen to “It Feels the Same Everyday” below, and head to his bandcamp to stream the full EP and give it a purchase if you like what you hear.

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Last year Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf released The Magician (via Anti Records) which ended up being one of my favorites albums of the year, as well as one that I still play in regular rotation. So I was totally ok with him extending his tour in support of the album until this year, which brought him back to us in New York for a sold out performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 17.

The setlist was similar to his much smaller show at Rough Trade NYC last December, but with the order of the songs being quite different this time around. It was another sharp performance from Shauf and his band, which had expanded to include a few extra players, which helped flesh out the songs even more.

Find the setlist posted below, along with some more photos from the performance.

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All photos by Ross Bernhardt

The TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 festival descended upon New York City with a bevy of speakers, events and a hackathon for three days that put a spotlight on startups and disruptive technologies. To put a bow on things, Jidenna and Local Natives put on a closing concert at Webster Hall for attendees.

Local Natives kicked things off for a crowd that was very small for them. This is a group that sold out two night at Terminal 5 last November, so seeing them perform in a space that was holding maybe 400 people at its fullest felt like a real treat. I understand why the crowd was as small as it was. The festival had just wrapped up, people might have had travel plans, people might not have known who either group was (after talking with some people in the crowd, many had never heard of Local Natives). That didn’t matter, since the band played like the place was fully booked. The short set included old favorites “Wide Eyes,” “Airplanes” and “Who Knows, Who Cares” as well as new favorites like “Past Lives, “Coins” and “Dark Days.”

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Eliza & The Delusionals are a rock group out of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, led by Eliza Klatt. Their recently released “Single” is a track that is totally worth your time.

A mix of a garage rock stomper with some hooky pop-vocals, “Salt” is an addictive force of energy that would’ve been right at home in the 90’s but feels even more well needed today, a much smarter pop song than anything you’ll hear on the radio, at least here in the US.

Find the official music video for “Salt” posted below, along with the soundcloud stream.

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