Opening with a taut guitar, filtered through some Sun Studios slapback, and the ethereal voice of Norway musician Gunhild Jarwson Tekle and some highly Kate Bush-esque synth paddings, "Ricochet" by guns, appears to be a study in contrasts. But appearances are nothing if not deceiving. The song finds pop cohesion in its mood and hooks.
On the cusp of summer, Lorna has released "In Amber," a love letter to their home of Nottingham UK and a glistening, lush, harmony-soaked pop song about how sad songs can make you feel so good.
For his latest release, Kyle Wall, who works under the name Wharfer, put down his phone (he recorded his debut on it) and fleshed out his spare folk sound with some gorgeous pedal-steel guitar (courtesy of Jonathan Lam), a fine counterpoint to his riveting baritone and haunting images.
Produced by in-demand rocker Ty Segall, the first single from La Luz's forthcoming album "Weirdo Shrine" is thrilling, noisy and beautifully melodic surf rock.
The punchy, urgent sound of "Quarterback," the latest single from KOPECKY, proves that the Nashville, Tennessee band is more than ready to take on bigger, broader musical vistas and audiences.
Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter Josh Gilligan embraces the sweet folk style of James Taylor and Paul Simon, and channels it into a highly personal and nostalgic (in a true way) sound with the track "Old and Tired Ground."
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.
Charlie Barnes sometimes calls his music "death pop," which is probably more than a little ironic. With echoes of Rufus Wainwright, the Beatles and maybe even a little bit of Queen, "Sing to God" is an explosion of orchestral indie-rock.