This weekend selection is meant to take in on your own. Switch to airplane mode, pour yourself herbal tea and let these tracks lead into your own sort of meditation.
Read and listen on below.
New Zealanders Marlins Dreaming share their playful single, “Cheeky Kids” – a warm ease out of sunny days into colder nights. This one keeps you cozy via teasing instrumentals and charged vocals. Stay for the concluding solo, leave once you’ve repeated several times.
For fans of: Born Ruffians, the Kooks, Vampire Weekend
Weird-pop boy band Ménage à Trois” just released their debut album and this hot single, “All Night Long”. If you could imagine your favorite radio hit from the ’90s trapped inside the ocean but everyone is breathing and warm and laughing, then you’re on the same wavelength as us with this one.
For fans of: Blood Orange, Connan Mockasin, Ready for the World
Psychedelia-inspired New Orleans-based Sweater Creep brings a curious spin to modern day indie. With their spicy single, “Wire Talk” uses layers of delicate guitar melodies, resounding vocals and one moment of quiet between to break up the tension.
For fans of: King Krule, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter
Oliver Tree is an LA-based singer/songwriter/producer who has worked with Whethan to create “Enemy.” The team of producers somehow made aggression sound meaningful and totally intentional. What starts out as a dramatic piano ballad turns into a blast of layered vocals.
For fans of: *We actually have no idea who else you would listen to. This is our first wild card.*
Corrections are a post-dream pop act from Australia. “Shout” feels melancholic and romantic. Corrections give a description of “a city whitewashed in sunlight” and when we close our eyes while listening, this makes more sense than anything else.
For fans of: Ride, Slowdive, the Clean
NYC vibers Shiffley share their indiepop dream, “Up & Down”. The single is packed with convincing melodies, warm vocal harmonies and swaying keyboard exchanges. Weekend challenge: listen to this without swaying.
For fans of: Tokyo Police Club, Two Door Cinema, Local Natives
Detroit born, Portland based Leo Nite slides his new single, “Crystallized”, over to offer for the electro soul world. Nite’s ambient, reverb-washed vocals are the easiest part to consume, but the song in its entirety makes Leo Nite well-desired.
For fans of: Toro Y Moi, Homeshake, Neon Indian
New Jersey-based producer Justin Lombardo mixes r&b with soul with bedroom pop with lofi groovy soundscapes to bring us what we have right now, which is “baby”, and it’s real nice.
For fans of: Homeshake, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Lyves is the alias of Francesca Bergami and is what we imagine Enya would sound like if she indulged in electronic and r&b. “Cover Me” is Bergami’s latest release and “speaks about the internal conflict that can arise between wanting stability and security vs independence”.
For fans of: Rhye, Sade, FKA Twigs
Chicago up-and-comer Ivory Nicole Miller, aka Geminii, shares “Alone”, a lo-fi r&b soother produced by B Young. Geminii’s relaxed way of singing “you’ll never be alone” through atmospheric and vibey soundscapes somehow brushes dramatic situations out of mind.
For fans of: Lauryn Hill, Amel Larrieux, Floetry