When I get e-mails from Oakland, CA’s Jackson Phillips, it feels like a breath of fresh air, even before hitting play on the soundcloud link. Here’s our second listen to Day Wave in “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” (following the incredibly debut “Drag“), which today sounded like Youth Lagoon mixed with a generous dose of Generationals.
Carelessly entering “Youth” in my Spotify browser in hopes of getting right to Daughter was one of those good mistakes in life. That’s how I found Wolf Colony, a mysterious singer-songwriter based in New York who works with producer Neal Sarin to deliver rich alluring tracks.
He has a relaxing low-key feel like The xx but perhaps with a few extra rays of sunshine –great for lounging around after a long day of work or just staring at the ceiling. The more you listen, the more addicting his voice gets. Good thing he released his debut full-length album last March.
“Hunter” by London-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kari Jahnsen (aka Farao). Shot in Snowdonia in Wales, “Hunter” was directed by Berlin-based visual artist Irrum.
“We wanted to use the wild and majestic nature in Wales as a way of reinforcing the dramatic soundscape of the song, combined with unsettling elements like reptiles, naked bodies on the ground, blood and people staring at you,” Jahnsen says of the video, “The song is about conquering and oppression, and we wanted to reflect that by making a video that leaves the viewer feeling intimidated and hopefully a little anxious.”
One night the stars aligned and 21 year-old vocalist Alina Baraz found her way to Danish producer Galimatias’ ears. Together they released this sultry hit along with seven others in their EP titled Urban Flora. This dreamy EP is to indie-electronica lovers as smooth wine is to wine connoisseurs…or so I would assume. I’m not quite at that point in my life yet.
Baraz is only 21-years old and is definitely one to keep an eye out for. While Galimatia’s beats are comparable to those of maybe Flume or Fantastic Mr Fox, I haven’t yet been able to find match-ups for Baraz’s voice. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so hooked.
Give it a listen.
“If You Wanna Stay” by Australian band The Griswolds, from their debut album Be Impressive. The DIY video had the band buying a shitty car and head a few hours south of Sydney to film for 3 days straight with no sleep. The entire crew were friends of the band, setting the table on set for one big party.