This is a single that represents Cora Kim quite well in my opinion; a tasteful mix of all the reoccurring elements in her music from synth pop to Korean folk to trip hop and r&b. Sonically, this song leaves a lot of open space for the eclectic instruments involved to breath and groove, leaving us feeling like we are being lifted out of our moment in time and cast into the realm she has prepared. Her delicate vocals dance around the beat and are equal parts rhythmic and melodic. The instrumental is comprised of high tuned drums and bright synths, among other percussive elements, that make for a very colorful and light landscape. All around a great production and developed sound. @thinknotsleep
Elephant Stone’s self titled album is made up of pop and rock, summer rays and ice cream cones. It’s the stuff you wish for when you think of the hazy days that wait for you. June, July and August are going to be filled with the sounds of Elephant Stone, a sort of updated version of The Shins, if you may. It’s about time someone decided to give this genre an upgrade. @LeahLovecat
Caught in the slow-dance vein of Seventeen Evergreens earliest work, Continue by Human Bodies brings us melodic intervention in graceful form. The build to epic standing is patient and filled with the hooks necessary for glued intervention while the band seems caught in a meditative state making it hard to separate their more formulaic tracks from ‘Slow Wave’. @Dingusonmusic
Another great find thanks to this years’ NXNE lineup. Bliss is an alternative-pop band from Montreal, piano driven soulful songs under a blanket of spacey guitar and keys. Vocalist Abigail de Burgh Galwey brings a Florence Welch/Adele twist to the bands’ melancholy yet radio friendly tunes. Their most recent release has 5 solid tracks to win over all of North America and anyone lucky to be in attendance to this years’ festival will surely see that Bliss is a new force to be reckoned with. @thinknotsleep
A new discovery from the NXNE festival lineup is local Montreal based big indie ensemble, Archery Guild. The band has 2 tracks that are up streaming on their bandcamp in promotion for their upcoming full-length and are making their way over to Toronto this June to take part in the festivities. Chaotic and lovely at once, over 9 members permanently make up the guild although just as many outsiders have taken part to record and perform on tracks. Let’s not even think about the funding it’d take to get these dudes on tour. Cool songs though…a little heavy on The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene (blame Canada) sound but always fun to hear a bunch of energetic youngsters gang together with numerous instruments from horns to strings to guitars and anything else they can get their hands on. @thinknotsleep
Lambs is fuzzy psych rock brought to you by the Canadian winds. This is something I’m rather enjoying on this cold, snowy day in Brooklyn. It’s immediately raising my spirits and crushing any bad thought that may try to ruin this flow. I downloaded this immediately after track one and have been listening to this for the past hour and I don’t intend on stopping. @LeahLovecat
Now this is what I like. A song thats short and sweet with just the right amount of kick, ‘Chain Reaction’ is two and a half minutes of garage rock bliss. What more do you need? An overindulgent guitar solo? Five minutes of a chorus repeat? No. All you need is this: two minutes of dance worthy fuzz pop that guaranteed to give you a boost that will rocket you through the day. @LeahLovecat
Walltapper is an SEM Label rare candy. This Jazz-infused, electronic set of dance tracks incorporates a wide range of musical styles that otherwise remain unbound by the standard club song structure. It’s this alignment that creates a friendly listen, inspiring movement with grace. And, graceful as it is, this movement is rapid. It constantly shifts energy, changes posture and relays a new sense of urgency to the listener that makes Monaco subway perfection. @Dingusonmusic
I have stumbled upon the Francophone bluegrass album of my dreams. This tight eight-piece, with guest musicians on a few of the tracks, is producing cajun music that sounds like it traveled from Acadia down through the South and right back up to Canada. The lead female vocalist’s tone would fit just as easily in a punk band, especially when she wails in tracks like ‘Ramone-moi.’ For now all I can do is tap along, but you can bet when I get home I am breaking out the air fiddle. @AshleyCanino
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