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Night Drive – Trapeze Artist Regrets

Night Drive - Trapeze Artist Regrets

We have just been transported straight back to The Mighty Boosh days, where dark synth rock was cool. Well, we’ll let you into a secret. It still is cool and Night Drive would agree, having just dropped ‘Trapeze Artist Regrets’.

The Austin-based duo – comprised of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon – combine lo-fi sounds with sci-fi sensibilities,

“Trapeze Artist Regrets was never suppose to happen. We were writing something else for a short film and became bored, so we changed the bpm, started shifting things around and all of the sudden we had this groove we liked. We just started working backwards from there. The title came first, a sorta metaphor for disaster; it’s about watching someone you care about make the same mistake over and over again and not being able to do anything about it. Just hoping they pull through.”

Night Drive’s debut album is out June 16th via Roll Call Records.

Sounds like: M83, Neon Indian, Twin Shadow, Son Lux, Interpol

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MISSIO – Twisted

MISSIO

MISSIO

Meet MISSIO.

Formed by Matthew Brue & David Butler, the duo are feeling a little ‘Twisted’ today, as they release their next single.

Operatic vocals, with dark electronic undertones, Brue from MISSIO opens up to us about the truth behind the track;

“The song is a precursor to the story of my life involving addiction to drugs and alcohol. ‘Twisted’ represents the personal realization that I view myself differently than the rest of the world views me. It describes the unintentional and intentional comments my family made growing up about the type of person they thought I should be. This ultimately leads to the pre-chorus where I confront these comments with the truth of my own reality. I’m uncontrollable, emotional, chaotically proportional, I’m visceral, reloadable, I’m crazy.”

Co-produced with Dwight A. Baker, ‘Twisted’ is out tomorrow via Taste And Tone, a really cool label who release one new track a month.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Thom Yorke, Boxed In, Nordic Giants

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Cloudchord – Forever For Now

Cloudchord

Cloudchord

What do you get if you combine elements of shoegaze, jazz, low-fi, glitch and indie? ‘Forever For Now’ by the Austin-based Cloudchord of course.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this might sound too much like a mishmash of varying genres, as ‘Forever For Now’ is a highly catchy number, suitable for a Majestic Casual generation.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Washed Out, Chet Faker

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Light Wheel – I Want to Expand

Light Wheel

Light Wheel

Light Wheel is a musical duo from Austin, Texas, comprised of vocalist Tyagaraja and producer Evan Dunivan.

Their latest release is called ‘I Want To Expand’. It’s a dynamic number, and one that perfectly showcases Tyagaraja and Evan’s talents in their individual fields.

On production, we have gorgeous tinges of electronic new wave, eclectic rhythms and colourful soundscapes. On vocals, we have soulful falsettos full of ambition.

They are planning on releasing their six-track EP in April. Watch this space.

Sounds like: New Order, The Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Yeasayer

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Carly Van Skaik – Behind The Velvet Curtain

Carly Van Skaik

Carly Van Skaik

The now Los Angeles-based Carly Van Skaik first discovered her love of live music during her time at college in Austin. It wasn’t until returning to Los Angeles in 2011 that she began writing her own material, and quickly fell into the Los Angeles music world.

Her biggest influences are Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Mazzy Star, and Warpaint.

Her single ‘Behind The Velvet Curtain’ is a well composed production of soulful, buttery vocals. It has been produced by Jeremy Lawrence and recorded and mixed by Dan Burns.

Sounds like: Be Forest, MS MR, Mazzy Star, Warpaint

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