All There – You’ve Changed [Los Angeles, US]

Experimental / Electronic / Pop

allthereOpening with a piano part that feels like a sad smile, you can immediately tell this song isn’t going to make things easy for you–but that’s a good thing. All There, the album lovingly put together by the minds of Maxton Stenstrom (Infinitefreefall), Pilot Chmielarczyk, Mysell Quintana (Echo Vessel), and Luke Kim (Copys), takes you through the story of a relationship falling apart and the lives of the two people (Jon and Emily) broken up into acts that correspond with the changing seasons; changing being a very important word here. The production of the song is paramount to putting us into the hearts of the two soon to be past-lovers and in that creates an emotional soundscape you get lost in. As You’ve Changed progresses, you can notice the beat ever-so-slightly different come the end of the song; echoed vocals make the heft of each word in such a strained relationship heavily felt. It’s the kind of song that tells a story you can really feel moving along. It’s definitely pop, and though it’s of the sorrowful variety, it’s still so damn sweet. The album was released today, and it’s an emotionally challenging listen, but it’s so, so worth it.

Stream and purchase of the album is available here.

Wilsen – Oblivion (Grimes Cover) [New York, US]

Dream Pop / Folk / Downtempo / Covers

If like myself you’ve enjoyed Claire Boucher (Grimes) but been completely mystified over how Oblivion scored Pitchfork’s song of the year, listen to this cover and perhaps it might clarify things. It sure helped convince me.
New York based group Wilsen’s version has rendered the track much more folksy and approachable, drawing out a tender bone-chilling quality. Fans of Daughter and Cat Power are sure to catch on their sound quickly. It’s no wonder they’ve been the supporting act for Daughter’s tour. 

Enough said, check it out yourself.

I’m gonna go ahead and post another track of theirs, Dusk below because it’s just too good. Lead vocalist Tasmin Wilson’s voice is simply ethereal.

Needless to say these guys are gonna be huge.

If you like what you’ve heard, check out their soundcloud here, personally I can’t get enough of them.

The Neighbourhood – $TING [California, US]

Downtempo / Indie Rock / Alternative

These guys are on a roll and nothing’s gonna stop them. Single after amazing single, it’s like they’ve got some hidden music sweatshop operation going on. Lucky for us, unlike most sweatshops, this one features hardcore quality control. Not to be patronising the least bit, but these guys seem to have a limitless supply of new material and excellence. Like their other tracks, the band continues making music that denotes a dark noir atmosphere. $TING however, has a much slower tempo than most of their tracks and features skilfully planted distortions. If you’re interested enough check out the lyrics as well, they’re dark and sincere as hell.

“Don’t take this the wrong way”

If you aren’t there yet, jump on the bandwagon at their soundcloud here.

Little Children (Linus Lutti) – Falling / Distant Shouts [Stockholm, SE]

Indie / Folk / Downtempo / Dream Pop

If you’re looking for music to accompany a rainy day or a mature lullaby to blissfully fall asleep to that’s not extensively dull, Stockholm’s Little Children would be a great place to start. After Distant Shouts was briefly featured on medical series Grey’s Anatomy it’s received quite some attention but still far from enough. Fans of Bon Iver, Kodaline and The Vaccines should be able to seamlessly embrace the dreamy atmosphere the music conveys that manages to capture both a homely folksy sound; and an almost gloomy sincerity.

As usual if you like what you’ve heard so far, show them some support at their soundcloud here

Daughter – Love Lost (Ta-Ku Edit) [Perth, AU]

Indie / Electronic / Downtempo / Trap

What’s there not to love about an Australian collab of DJ Ta-Ku taking one of Daughter’s tracks under his own wing? The result, as expected is nothing short of exceptional. Despite Daughter tracks being quite popular prey to remixes. (I use the word “prey” alluding to numerous disappointing precedents.) This one is definitely something different. The original melody of the track is not overpowered but runs alongside with the trap elements. The hard hitting beats and ethereal vocals penetrate with ease creating a bone-chilling (read: goosebumps) effect.

In a nutshell, this edit really exemplifies simplicity at its best.

Grab the track for free at his soundcloud here and don’t forget to show him some love!