Christa Vi - Give & Take
Sometimes electronic music catches me off guard and makes me forget about guitars for a few scant minutes. Australian/German artist Christa Vi (now in East London) does just that with her brand of bewitching synthpop. And, wow, that vocal delivery. Toss in a curious obsession with origami to leave me entirely compelled. The combining of multiple art disciplines in one package fascinates me. A quick scan through her Bandcamp reveals she's prolific, several EPs and singles over the past 3-4 years. Makeshift Happiness is her debut long player, and the 1st track, 'Give & Take' is just about perfect. Give it a spin below.
Super Paradise - The F.C.
London based band Super Paradise released their debut LP, Quençebo, about 2 weeks ago on Jigsaw Records. The album is the brainchild of Milan native Francesco Roma, with Nico Spreafico providing backing vocals. Since both moving to the UK, they recruited Juliet Styles to play keys and Bradley Smith on drums to round out the live act. On the album, blending so many genres -- synthpop, garage, pysch, dream pop, and even some shoegaze -- seems a haughty task, but they have pulled it off with aplomb. Seems as if I have another band on my "must see" list next time I am in London. More please! For now, please enjoy the yip-friendly lead track, 'The F.C.' below.
Grammar - Michigan
Massachusetts-based Grammar (Barrie Lindsay) have shared their 2nd single, 'Michigan', following up 'Americana' from earlier this year. The new track was inspired by the stunning movie, The Virgin Suicides, translating its story and production to music. Beautifully I might add. I can only hope we don't have to wait too long for another offering from this talented artist. Stream 'Michigan' below.
Dead Naked Hippies - Lights Out
As far as band names are concerned, Leeds based Dead Naked Hippies has a great one. But it doesn't mean much if the music doesn't hold up. They took care of that with their first single, the powerful 'Lights Out'. With this first offering and a few live shows under their belts, the band is kicking the door down to 2017. Big things await, and I'm eager to follow along. Find 'Lights Out' below.
Linnea Olsson - Weekend
I'm a sucker for a cello. Blame it all on the 90's band, Tattle Tale. So when I see a press release describing an artist's sonic journey as "cello driven fantasy pop", I'm all in. Linnea Olsson has worked with several big names in the industry, I won't name names, but it is an impressive resume. After listening to 'Weekend', I can see why. It's sparkling pop music, accentuated with the lovely strains of a cello. Find it below.
Team Picture - Potpourri Headache
Leeds based alt-rockers are back with their 3rd and final release of the year, 'Potpourri Headache'. After catching my ear with 'CLASSIC:M' and 'Birthday Blues' they have become a band I'm excited to watch in 2017. They're trying to make 2017 happen in a big way too -- they have a Live at Leeds performance confirmed, a few support act gigs on the books, and new material on the way. Pour it on! Give 'Potpourri Headache' a spin below.