I’m excited to be posting some more great music from Ryn Weaver. Take a listen to the title track from the singer, songwriter and producer’s debut album “The Fool” (June 16 on Mad Love/Interscope Records). “OctaHate” was such a massive first single for an artist who came completely out of nowhere; it had a lot of us wondering how anyone could follow such an entrance. A few listens in and I’m convinced this track just may stand up to her first.
When Weaver first burst on the blogs, I felt there was little to no bio info and an incredible amount of speculation as to how her career started. Well, officially from this press release in my inbox, Weaver was born and raised in southern California and started experimenting with music as a child, moving on to writing and producing as a teenager. While living in New York in 2009, Weaver met producer Benny Blanco and later reconnected with him in Los Angeles. After hearing Weaver’s music, Blanco introduced her to Michael Angelakos (of Passion Pit) and the three began working together soon after.
Weaver will embark on her first U.S. headline tour this summer, with dates including Los Angeles’ El Rey, New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom and festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Firefly and more. More details and tickets here.
There’s always so much effort put into making a music project come to live that people tend to forget how tough it can be. Especially when you live in a rough city like London. Rebel Kites are one of those bands that fought against all odds and actually managed to create one of the most beautiful EPs I’ve heard in a long, long time. They had to endure “living on beans in a Hackney Wick warehouse” and it took them two full years, but ‘The Witnessing’ is finally out, and it’s incredible.
Rebel Kites describe their music as “Cinematic Folk Rock and beyond”, and I couldn’t describe it better. All four tracks of the EP are meticulously crafted and sound big, complex, universal, mind-expanding, so much so that I could easily imagine it as the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson movie or something of the sort.
It’s hard to pick one of the four tracks to talk about, since they’re all pretty much perfect. So go and listen to ‘The Witnessing’ EP, indulge on the richness of Rebel Kites‘ music and support them as much as you can, so that brilliant musicians like them don’t have to live on beans forever.
The EP is now available to download from Bandcamp.
Every once in a while, I get an invite to something I just can’t turn down.
Last night, I was able to attend the launch party for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 at Sound Academy, where Alt-J (∆) performed as a surprise guest. It was a short 45 minute set to a mixed room of fans and telecom industry folk, and featured great performances of their standout singles “Left Hand Free”, “Breezeblocks” and the show opener “Hunger of the Pine”.
All I needed was that opener. Wow, what an incredible song.
More photos over at Indie88
I could listen to the top 50 on the Hype Machine all day, it’s really really great right now. Here’s a few highlights from this week’s #trending songs.
I’d admit this song has really grown on me since popping up in my inbox earlier this week. Check out the latest from Toronto’s Young Empires with “The Gates”.
The Japanese House is 19-year-old Londoner named Amber Bain, who with productino help from George Daniel and Matthew Healy of The 1975, gives us the beautiful single “Teeth”.
L.A. quartet Mansions On The Moon are back with some signature dance pop in “Don’t Tell”.
I didn’t even have to check the Hype Machine top 50 to know “Drag” would be charting on it. Every other blog I follow has featured that song from Day Wave in the past 24 hours, reminding me you can’t just sit on something so good.
Guess I’ll have to react a bit quick when great new bands reach out with their singles. Let’s help get this track climb higher!