March 26th
2:04 PM

Beach Heart: “Hold On, Let Go”

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Louisville-based musician Beach Heart put out a stunning effort with his “The End EP” on Bandcamp last week. While all songs do have something special, the EP’s first track "Hold On, Let Go" caught us the most. 

Imagine a mixture of lo-fi production, Owl-City-esque vocals and shimmering melodies, combined with a small but solid dose of shoegaze – that’s what this track is like. It’s chilling and somehow disturbing at the same time. It’s a worthwhile ride. — Lukas Hermann

March 25th
9:52 PM

Colleagues: “Tears”

We vaguely remember writing about Stockholm’s Colleagues back in November 2012, when the five-piece dropped their first single “Parents’ House”. After not hearing too much from their side last year, Colleagues now return with “Tears”, an absolute synth pop standout, which sometimes recalls us of the likes of San Francisco outfit Lemonade. On “Tears, vivid vocals match brilliantly well with dynamic synthesizers, while sparkling beats capture a summer vibe we’re all so much looking forward to.

Colleagues’ debut single Tears / Parents’ House is out on April 14th via London’s brand new label In Stereo Records. — Johan Baeten

March 19th
8:08 PM

Austrian electronic duo Wælder recently started offering their EP Firn on Bandcamp. Available not just as a download, but also pressed on high-quality 10” vinyl, the four songs on Firn are a great mixture of intense vocals, lush, but at the same time destructive beats, and pure synthesizer sounds.

Visual artist Giana Virginia shot the minimalist, disturbing video for the EP’s eponymous single "Firn". Visually exploring the intense expression of emotions and sufferings by the human skin, the three-minute trip is a very unique, worthwhile visual experience and a captivating reason to support the artists by buying a copy of their EP. — Lukas Hermann

2:02 PM

It’s been a while since we last heard wavering drums and trashing guitars on this very site - but today we’re back with noise thanks to the London via Brighton duo playlounge. On “waves and waves and waves”, the second revealed track lifted from the band’s upcoming debut album pilot, playlounge divides the song in two different stellar atmospheres and feelings. There’s the strong part in which loud vocals and breathless drums and guitars alternate, while other parts in the song suggest a quieter sphere, in which the vocals become intimate and soft with echoing guitars in the background.

You can watch the wobbly visuals for “waves and waves and waves" above. pilot is out on April 14th via Dog Knights Productions. — Johan Baeten

March 17th
11:26 PM

In the midst of these busy weeks at school and work, we definitely didn’t want you to miss Yohuna's first ever music video. The visuals kick off with Yohuna putting on dark purple lipstick before heading into town (convinced yet?), something that creates some kind of spooky atmosphere. The song, “Creep Date”, is a dark and experimental trip in which gloomy synth tones and distorted guitars match surprisingly well. 

Creep Date" is taken from Crash Symbols' Clubhouse Split, out now. — Johan Baeten

5:34 PM

Oscar & The Wolf: “Undress”

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Just released today, Oscar & The Wolf have a new album track by the name of “Undress” for your Monday listening pleasure. This new track reveals a taste of what is coming on their debut full-length album Entity coming out through PIAS on April 28th this spring. A sensual electronic, borderline R&B, and dark jazzy feel compliment the lush and expressive vocal capabilities of Max Colombie well.

Gaining experience from working with the influential Leo Abrahams, Oscar & The Wolf are truly working to create a gorgeous representation of their music; and this new single exemplifies just that. Transition back into your weekly groove with these stunning new sounds from Oscar & The Wolf, foreshadowing a lovely debut in the near future. — Athylia Paremski 

March 16th
9:34 PM

Marika Hackman: “Deep Green”

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UK artist, Marika Hackman, just released her single “Deep Green”. Known for her intrinsically dark and gorgeous lyrics, this new single follows the trend. She plays with more natural, religious, and tactile phrases that contrast with her honey-like vocals. As rhythmic drumming, percussion, and guitar lead the accompaniment, Miss Hackman sweetly sings, “Batteries and holy ghosts, buried in my bag of bones. She said they would help me to grow, said feeding the stomach is feeding the soul.”

Deep Green” is the first song lifted from her stunning upcoming EP, Deaf Heat, set to be released on April 14th via the label Dirty Hit. Her enigmatic journey in experimenting with different styles of folk-inspired sound is one that we hope to follow. Miss Hackman’s long-awaited debut full-length album will be coming out around Autumn 2014, and until then you can check out her lovely past EP, this new single streaming below, and await the upcoming spring EP release. — Athylia Paremski

March 12th
5:24 PM

Belgian four-piece Midnight Swim describe themselves as “the lo-fi synthpop soundtrack to a tropical island in the South Pacific”, and in fact, there’s only truth in that sentence, as their debut single “Sun Sun" was inspired by this very picture, shot by an Australian photographer named Nathalie Nguyen.

Sun Sun" quickly recalls us of synthpop outfits like Cut Copy, yet Midnight Sun manage to create a specific atmosphere with their echoing, bright guitar chords and their solid and clever percussions. Overall, "Sun Sun" truly is a stellar and sunny pop song. 

You might want to sing along to Midnight Swim while watching the visuals for “Sun Sun" above. Don’t worry, the band’s made sure you can. — Johan Baeten