One thing you’ll never hear anyone say about Iyes is “all their songs sound the same.” They truly are a dynamic duo. The two hailing from Brighton, UK first caught my attention with their track, “Glow” and they’ve done it again with their debut EP titled Part One. Throughout the four tracks I’ve picked up on subtle influences from Disclosure, MS MR, and maybe even The Paper Kites in their toned down acoustic piece, “No Love”. Check out their mystical electro-vibes in this refreshingly diverse EP.
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Perhaps the most anticipated release of this fall is Chvrches‘ sophomore album, Every Open Eye. Last month, Lauren Mayberry (vocals), Martin Doherty (synths), and Iain Cook (guitar) gave us a little teaser with the single, “Leave a Trace”, and now they bring us one step closer with “Never Ending Circles”.
What I love about the album so far is Mayberry’s new voice. And not voice like vocals but voice as in her stance in this world. She exudes a newfound strength and assertiveness in her tone that’s both empowering and inspirational. In the past, Mayberry has spoken out about topics that are typically left undiscussed like rape and misogyny. Perhaps this album serves as an extension of her proclamation; especially given some of the titles on the track list like ‘Playing Dead’ and ‘Bow Down.’
Check out “Never Ending Circles” below. Enjoy, and thanks Chvrches for being so awesome!
Lanks‘ EP comprises six easy-listening tracks for those times when you just want to wind down, do some individual work at your desk, hang out with friends, or do anything for that matter. Lanks (Will Cuming) hails from Melbourne where he is also a member of a seven-member Indie Rock band called Farrow. In his solo endeavors he often emulates the sounds of Bon Iver, The xx, and Chet Faker to name a few, but is quickly making a name for himself with his bewitching falsettos and addicting ambient style.
Go ahead and click repeat now so you don’t feel abandoned when the sixth track comes to an end.
RHODES (David Rhodes) takes us on a journey with his delicately raspy vocals in this emotional track. “I wrote the song about running away from something and wanted the momentum of the percussion to feel like I was never turning back,” he said in an interview with TIME.
RHODES is an indie singer-songwriter from the UK who tends to carry a somber tone throughout his pieces. He released his first EP in 2013 with Charlie Fink and James Kenohsa of Noah and the Whale.
This music video below was shot in Cyprus, and though I shamefully get a little sea sick for a moment every time I watch it, it’s so mesmerizing that I keep coming back.