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.
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.
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Australian band Safia has been active since 2012, releasing a string of singles as well as remixes for other artists. Band members Ben Woolner, Michael Bell and Harry Sayers met at Radford College in Canberra and cite James Blake, Chet Faker, Purity Ring and Disclosure as their main influences.
“Together, Locked Safely” is taken off Safia’s album Internal, out now on Virgin EMI Records. The album was self-produced and mixed by Eric J Dubowsky and debuted at number 2 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
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Australian electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes has only been working together for about 2 years but their musical palette is quite broad, with influences ranging from hip-hop, blues and funk, to psychedelic, electronic and dance. New single “Pieces” sees them significantly progress by introducing Tech-house influences, drawing inspiration from Caribou, The Presets and LCD Soundsystem.
With solid 4/4 beats, escalating arpeggio and vocals awash with reverb, the track shines a different light on the band’s creative depth but their pop sensibilities and smart approach to songwriting still remain intact.
Bonus track: “Superficial Light”
With more new material up their sleeve, this is an act to keep an eye on in the coming months. Find out more on their Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy the music on
Australia’s most loved electronic act PNAU is back with “Chameleon”, their first single in 4 years. This new electrifying tune is produced by Sam Littlemore (co-producer of PNAU’s 2007 self-titled album and now an integral part of the band) and features the addition of Kira Devine, previously a dancer and back-up singer for Lauryn Hill, on vocals bringing a new layer to the band’s vision.
To know PNAU is to know that their creative process cannot be bundled into just one song and this is why the single comes with a handpicked selection of remixes courtesy of some of the world’s most prolific DJs.
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