Credit: Pierre Voisin
This weekend’s selection is our first in a while. After the long break, we’re here to share new music that’s simultaneously lifted us up, grounded and humbled us, and sent us soaring out into the abyss (even if it feels like the apocalypse).
Read on and listen below.
Recorded in the depths of a basement in Utah, Tyler Harris aka future.exboyfriend explores themes of loss, love and solitude through catchy bedroom pop. This is Harris’s first solo release, where “Party In a Lonely Head” fills sonic space with sweeping synths, thought-provoking lyrics, and distinguished vocals. Written while Harris was confronting a significant change in his personal world, the narrative’s an easy one to relate to right about now.
For fans of: Tame Impala, Portugal. the man, Parcels
Kyle Bolender shares “Derealize” a new release from the new album, Calvary. Trusty, monotonous vocals meld into sweeping repetitive guitars throughout this soft angsty banger. The album was lovingly released on cassette through an Indianapolis tape label called Gossip For Gentlemen.
For fans of: Mantles, Women, Preoccupations
One of our favorites, Tokyo Tea Room, return with the dreamy single “Half The Man”. This one showcases the band’s trademark psych-pop soundscapes through swirling synths, hypnotic guitars, and feather-light vocals.
For fans of: Reptaliens, Radio Dept., Wild Nothing
“Wishing” is another new one from Wray, eliciting moods of the dark, the poorly lit, and the overtly lustful. Hopeful melodies sway in and out until the end, leaving listeners hungry for more from the Alabama trio.
For fans of: Crumb, Dignan Porch, Yumi Zouma
English duo 18pm share another catchy and fast-moving single, “Control”. Seemingly minimal and super raw, this single conjures up so much nostalgia. This kind of lo fi pop is suitable to act as a mantra.
For fans of: Sports Coach, California Carpool, Blank Dogs
Doud slowly eases us with “Baby”, a beautifully off-beat single where you can visualize an emotive musician crooning from the top of a mountainside in North Carolina.
For fans of: Homeshake, Toro y Moi, Mild High Club
Predominantly recorded on a trip to Tanzania a few years back, Kutiman shares a new single called “Copasavana”. It’s trippy. It’s hypnotic. It’s spiraling. New pathways of jazz, psychedelia and circular meditative zone-outs are now available for your listening pleasure.
For fans of: Khruangbin, anything put out by Sublime Frequencies and Awesome Tapes from Africa
Derek Simpson slowly winds us up with the sultry single “Hide + Seek”. Here’s another slow jam aspiring to transcend both space and time. The single promises a care-free and intoxicating intimacy you’re often destined to find in secret gardens or smoke-filled bedrooms.
For fans of: Vansire, Deaf Dreamer, Clairo
Young Norwegian producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Whose Rules made this warped pop escapade in an abandoned cabin somewhere on outside of Oslo. “Malarkey” will probably have you turning your head to the side, where it’ll stay and it’s for the best.
For fans of: Gus Dapperton, Mac DeMarco, Thundercat
Sam Wright‘s “Sand” continues our beloved surfy, dreamy vibe where the musicians narrates a story about the ocean and a lover. It’s upbeat atmosphere lends itself to a hopeful perspective, one we could all use a bit more of at the moment.
For fans of: BOYO, Part Time, girl in red
“Everyone Lied” is a new one from LA-based Dorvin Borman. This single is meant to be rugged and frantic, though holding onto Borman’s dreamy psych pop tradition with a hint of paranoia.
For fans of: John Maus, Lotus Plaza, Eyedress