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.
Remixed in sparkling, snapping fashion by Autograf, "All We Need" by Seattle electropop duo ODESZA hits the dance floor with bent and bright hooks.
A clacking, bumbing, glitching, body-moving cover of…Fleet Foxes? No, you haven't fallen down the mashup rabbit hole. You've just found EDM pop artist Goldroom (aka Josh Legg from Los Angeles) and his surprising take on "Mykonos."
Dub reggae meets psychedelic synth pop, and the two produce instant fireworks through the waves of Danish dark wave on "Going Out" by Dinner (singer and producer Anders Rhedin).
Think you know indie dance-pop? Think again. The frenetic, time-signature-shifting electro bop sound of "You Only Like What You Know" by Beardyman unleashes all of Darren Foreman's beatboxing, looping and loopy talents.
The simple tones that open "Every Drop" are signifiers of the aesthetic purity that Thad Kopec yearns for -- and finds in this warmly unfolding, deceptively lush, acoustic-electronic song.
Swedish band Blind Lake is Lotta Wenglén (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals) and Måns Wieslander (guitar, drums, bass, vocals), a duo who, on the new track "Walk Beside Me," seems less interested in making synth-pop singles than in making psychedelic, ambient and, yes, synth-pop soundtracks for contemporay film noirs that exist only in their and their listeners minds.
What first impresses on "Blameless," the new single by St. Louis-based electronic-music group CaveofswordS, is simply the melody: the way it flows in and out and around and through the host of percussive and synthetic textures. The melody is carried by Sunyatta McDermott's seraphic voice, but it's also absolutely inseparable from each musical element. In short: "Blameless" is glorious.
On the new track "Stacks on Stacks," the minimalism of electronic-pop band Bouquet serves as a wide and open canvas for subtle textures and just as subtle but always vivid strokes of emotion and harmony.