With all this talk about 2016 being such a horrible year, at least the music didn’t suck.
Here’s my Top 50, built from my collection of monthly playlists. Listen, like and share.
See you in 2017,
Barely keeping up here, but here’s what I managed to put together for the Best Of June.
Check out new music from Rationale, Gypsy & The Cat, Peter Bjorn and John along with IMF newcomers Krief and Maggie Rogers.
Gypsy & the Cat push forcefully into the synth-spangled future with their latest single “Life”, from their impending third album Virtual Islands, out Friday 5 August.
Initially much more sombre in mood than the album’s previous singles “Inside Your Mind” & “I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else“, “Life” nevertheless follows along the same theme: self-determination through independence, despite isolation. The result is defiant and bold, with Gypsy & the Cat deftly exploring their capacity for light and shade.
Indeed, frontman Xavier Bacash is “the most proud of this track“. Bacash also asserts that Japan’s influence (where much of Virtual Islands was conceived) is the most evident in “Life”.
Gypsy & The Cat are out on the town again with the Cat Head in the latest video for track “I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else”. The quasi-feline figure that stalked the streets of Tokyo in “Inside Your Mind“, pursued by none other than Gypsy & the Cat‘s Lionel and Xavier, has returned. But everything isn’t quite as it seems…
Gypsy & The Cat’s Xavier Bacash explains the video concept was created by the duo’s director and friend Thom Lawrence, who was ultimately conducted by the song itself. “The video highlights escapism in all of our quotidian days. We all at some point want someone else’s car or house or hair or job or life; it’s a very normal mental process in the everyday,” he says.
“At the golf range, we felt it was important to show how people are so close to each other and out for the same thing, but at the same time they are like islands that won’t ever touch or speak.”
“I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else” is the first official single from Gypsy & the Cat‘s forthcoming third LP Virtual Islands.
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Looking for a new playlist? Check out Indie Music Filter’s “Best Of March 2016” playlists below.
March is statistically such a great time for new music, as you can tell by the size of this months’ group. I had to trim a few from the list, but what’s left, is the cream of the crop from the blogs last month. Tons of new discoveries including Romes, WILDES, Rostam, Teleman plus new tracks from IMF faves Anna Of The North, M83, Oyster Kids, Still Parade and Great Good Fine OK.