R. MISSING – UNSUMMERING (Lo-FI/Darkwave – US

R. Missing

Enigmatic New York-based project R. Missing unveiled their debut EP last March to great reviews. Released via Terminal Echo, Unsummering explores shadowy soundscapes filled with gloomy synth lines, moody beats and hazily deadpan vocals.

Sometimes compared to The Knife, Austra or Velvet Underground, R. Missing is the latest musical venture from indie band The Ropes. Under this new moniker, vocalist Sharon Shy and musician Toppy expand on their previous palette of nihilistic Morrisey tinged lyricism and go one shade darker. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly programmed electronic drum beats.


You can follow R. Missing on Facebook and SoundCloud. The Unsummering EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

LASTLINGS – VERSES (Indie/Electronica – Australia)

Lastlings

Lastlings are siblings Amy and Joshua Dowling, an indie electro duo from Gold Coast, Australia. Last March they released their second EP, Verses, on the newly launched imprint Exist Recordings, founded by Danny Harley from the Kite String Tangle. The EP features singles “You”, “Time” and brand new tune “Urges”, which is already a favourite with their ever-expanding fan base.

The pair have a particular talent for combining dreamlike pop soundscapes, elegant beats and steamy R&B grooves. This unique mix provides an ideal backdrop for Amy’s sensual, breathy vocals which make this collection of electro gems so incredibly addictive.


Lastlings explain “Verses is a collection of works that embodies our experiences over the past year. Ultimately, we hope to be able to provoke thoughts and emotions that would otherwise go unfelt and allow our listeners to draw their own conclusions based on their own imaginations.”

Lastlings have recently been on tour with Glass Animals and RÜFÜS, as well as wrapping their first headline tour, but they’re going to be at ‘Big Pineapple Music Festival’ in May so get there.

Listen to their music on SoundCloud or follow them on Facebook. Buy the Verses EP on

VÖK – FIGURE (Alt/Electro – Iceland)

Vök

Following two critically acclaimed EPs Tension (2013) and Circles (2015), Icelandic alternative electro band Vök will release their highly anticipated debut album Figure on April 28 via Nettwerk Records. Mostly written in their home studio and recorded with producer and Jack Garratt collaborator Brett Cox, the album sees the Reykjavík-based band taking their sound to new heights.

With influences ranging from from The Weeknd’s intimist RnB to Little Dragon‘s quirky electronica, Figure spans a whole spectrum of emotions and sounds, full of distorted pulses, near-whispered melodies, echoing guitars and dreamy hooks.

Vök took their time to deliver this first album but they are now ready to share it with their fans and the four-piece will be touring extensively throughout 2017 to bring it clubs and concert halls across Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, UK and more).

Listen to more music on SoundCloud and follow them on Facebook. Buy the album on

ISAAC DELUSION – RUST & GOLD (Indie – France)

Isaac Delusion

French duo gone five-piece Isaac Delusion have a new line-up, a new label, a new album but one thing hasn’t changed, they are still passionate artists dedicated to continually exploring new musical landscapes. Out on April 7th via Parisian boutique label Microqlima, the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album was three long years in the making but the result is simply breathtaking.

Rust & Gold features twelve slices of hybrid pop that stand out for their rare simplicity and honesty. In a genre-bending tour de force Isaac Delusion deliver stories of love and longing, life and spirituality, cut for daydreaming and road tripping across the continents.

Find out more on Isaac Delusion’s Facebook and listen to more music on SoundCloud. Buy Gold & Rust on Bandcamp or

POWERS – HEAVY (Synth/NuDisco – US)

Powers
L.A.-based alternative duo Powers recently premiered “Heavy”, a new track taken off their upcoming debut album, Alpha, which is due out later this year on Republic Records. With its late 70’s New York bass line and deliciously retro string arrangements, “Heavy” is a bittersweet number about the struggle of relationships and how toxic they can sometimes be. It’s a “battle between logic and desire” says vocalist Crista Ru, who co-founded Powers with co-vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mike Del Rio back in 2014.

For Powers, bringing songs to life means tapping into their own eclectic backgrounds from playing in underground punk bands in New York City to co-writing for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Citing the cut-and-paste art of Robert Rauschenberg and Terry Gilliam among their longtime influences, they’ve taken a collage-like approach to constructing crystalline pop.

For more info, music and your dates, check out their official site or Facebook. Buy the music on

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