Multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, has been making music out of his home studio in Georgia for close to 10 years. His album Mister Mellow was released a few months ago on Stones Throw Records, accompanied by a visual album on DVD.
Conceived over the course of 2 years, Mister Mellow is intensely personal (Greene’s only collaborator was mix engineer Cole MGN) – but the ideas and observations found within the album speak to a much larger shared experience that is affecting an entire generation. The album was influenced by old classics as well as the experimental collage techniques of musique concrète. Styles as diverse as free jazz, house, hip-hop and psych are combined together to create a busy, chaotic mix.
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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.
With their subtle mix of alternative psychedelic lo-fi and dreamy chillwave, Danish duo Slowes create evocative pop soundscapes with an electronic twist. Jack Kilburn (vocals) and Anders Hamann (drums) formed Slowes in 2015, under the name More, and have since released two singles: “I Need You” and “Sweet”.
With a string of live performances scheduled over the summer, as well as a couple more singles expected before the end of the year, the boys are keeping busy ahead of the release of their highly anticipated debut EP in early 2017.
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Fall into a blissful whirl of dreamy visions and sun-kissed harmonies with Malmö-based artist David Alexander, better known as Summer Heart. On his latest EP, About a Feeling, the young musician provides chill pop vibes with mellow vocals that still gives a scintillating increase of your heartbeat.
Summer Heart - A Million Times
Summer Heart has also produced a handful of remixes for other artists such as Work Drugs, Sameblod or Simian Ghost. Check out his reinterpretation of Sameblod’s anthem of a single “Loud” just below…
Sameblod - Loud (Summer Heart Remix)
If you like what you hear, check out Summer Heart’s official site or Facebook for more info. Buy their album on BandCamp or
California-based lo-fi rock band Bodies of Water are back with a new album, Twist Again, relased last month on Thousand Tongues Records. More intimate and somewhat darker than the band’s previous albums, Twist Again is still filled with sunny melodies and breezy 60s pop sounds. You can stream the whole album now on Soundcloud.
After the departure of founding members Kyle Gladden and Jessica Conklin, the married core of the band (David and Meredith Metcalf) focused on their ABBA-tastic side project Music Go Music, with the project’s debut Expressions released in 2009. Then they built their own studio and started work on Twist Again. David and Meredith’s harmonizing vocals bring a more personal and private touch to the album, which explores the conflict between heavenly love and earthly love.
Bodies of Water - Like A Stranger
Bodies of Water - Open Rhythms
But this isn’t bedroom indie-pop: Twist Again incorporates elements of rock, disco and folk, plus mariachi fanfares and vibrant choruses! Surprisingly enough all these elements work perfectly together, making BoW’s new album a very pleasant listen, probably one of the most underrated albums of this first half of 2011.
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