We're already halfway through another year of new music released in 2015. We've compiled all of KDHX's most-spun new albums, and we hope you find some of your favorites (or further justify them).
Steven Fox left behind Seattle and made a home in South East Asia, where he's been a prolific and successful multi-media artist and entrepeneur. As the driving force of Secret Friend, he returned to the States to record eclectic, studio-savvy pop music, including the new track "Blue Sky," featuring vocals by Kelly Jones.
Featuring the wailing vocals of Lizzie Clapper, an eerie denouement and searing, synthetic drone throughout, "Salt and the Spring" is San Francisco band Hidden in the Sun's most ambitious, collaborative and challenging track to date.
Backlit by a half dozen white discs ringed in a kaleidoscopic rainbow glow and wielding their instruments of psychedelic delight, Unknown Mortal Orchestra brought sounds to life that were less "down the rabbit hole" and more "up the tractor beam."
On the new track "Queen Mary," producer Bradley Will's electronic minimalism provides the tension. The voice of Austin, Texas' Francine Thirteen provides the searing, provocative beauty: “What good is your crown / With your heart on the ground? / Oh Mary…."
On the new track "LiberTeens," Malmö, Sweden-based indie-pop Emerald Park fuses playful, autotuned electronic music with straightup alternative rock flourishes for a pretty bracing mashup.
Haelos features the combined talents of Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith and Lotti Benardout, three Londoners making fluid and misty electronic pop with a cinematic feel ala Portishead and Massive Attack. The sound is especially alluring on the new band's cover of the Beloved's '80s classic "The Sun Rising."
Steve Benjamins' latest effort takes a more contemplative, electronic turn, and while the dynamics of the new track "Sightlines" are more subtle than some of his previous pop-oriented releases, the effect can still be musically stunning.
Dreamy and absolutely dancy, "Clicks In" by Caralis marks a departure for Dan Frau, best known as leader of UK alt-rock band Anison. The electronic-pop sound, crafted by producer John Merriman, falls and rises somewhere between Muse and Broken Bells.