Dear Lorde. Please meet your male match. Toronto-based Est-Her.
Est-Her left his career as a professional ballet dancer to pursue music. His sophomore release ‘Last Minute Wedding’ was produced with French producer Porter Elvinger and arrives with a highly intense short film self-directed alongside Ram Accoumeh.
Speaking about his writing process, Est-Her explains,
“When I’m writing, I always have some film playing in the background. When I finish each track, I splice together these supercuts from either scenes of films that I love, or random clips I think best suits the song. For ‘Last Minute Wedding,’ I started compiling a ton of home movies of weddings taped on VHS, and sped them up to look like a flip book.”
Sounds like: Lorde, Talos, The 1975, GEMS, Deptford Goth, Dan Flynn
Another Los Angeles-pop songstress, TRACE has just shared her new single, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ – a song about first impressions.
TRACE is the daughter of Vietnamese pop icon Carol Kim, and has always been surrounded by music. Despite trying not to follow in her mum’s footsteps, TRACE couldn’t resist penning tracks and recording them in the bathroom.
Listen to one of the results below.
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Tove Lo, Broods, GEMS, Lykke Li, Phantogram, So Below, Jessie Ware, LUEM, Cat Power, Lorde, James Blake, Banks
Rock musicians-turned electronic producers Polarbearz share ‘Recognize’. Despite being located in the distant Lapland and writing a song about being different, the duo have managed to create music that sounds so on point.
Meet BEFFROI, a downright dark and downtempo electronic duo comprised of Rori and Valentin.
Their new single ‘Jade’ has an overall pop feel, combined with a slight touch of some bass-laden beats.
Speaking about the track Rori says,
“When Val first sent me Jade’s instrumental, I was driving by one of those red-light districts Belgium is famous for. Watching all those lonely souls interacting in hopes of finding instant satisfaction got me inspired. I then came up with those lyrics about this guy feeling numb & empty; desperately seeking answers about love & feeling mechanisms. The only time he finds closure is when he enters the ‘Jade’, but it never last long.”
Sounds like: Phantogram, GEMS, Kate Boy, Portishead
Another Montreal-based band to be included in this week’s SubmitHub gems.
Meet indie folk band, The Franklin Electric, who have shared their video for ‘Burning Flame’, a cinematic showpiece filmed in Toronto.
“This was a spontaneous last minute addition to the record about the fire that feeds us and brings us to do all the things we do, or ignore the things we don’t do but wish we had. A voice inside most of us that can easily be ignored but the burn is a constant reminder. This video was all about the casting! I walked in the day of the shoot and met George, who plays the main role in this music video. He is the most endearing, honest, pure, yet driven 17 year old kid I have ever met. From that moment I was sold on the director’s story & concept. I invite you to meet George for yourself.”
It’s taken from their sophomore album, ‘Blue Ceilings’.
Is it bad that we want to keep ÄTNA all to ourselves? Why? Because their music creates such intimacy when you listen to it through beautifully sung songs and beaten beats enhanced by bright and bizarre electronic sounds.
Inéz and Demian met in Dresden, Eastern Germany. Inéz loves minimalism and the puristic sound of a piano while Demian loves to mess it up. The two opposing forces combined as ÄTNA.
Listen to ‘Remission’ below.
Sounds like: London Grammar, GEMS, Austra, Enya, Björk, Vök
Brother/sister duo Good Girl and the Bad Times share brooding new track ‘Keep Your Yesterdays’.
Having lived apart in respective cities, New York and London, the siblings, Jenny and Eli, decided to save up funds to fly Jenny home to record some music.
After borrowing some old synths from a few friends, they built a small studio in Eli’s bedroom and started working on an album. The result is eight songs, including this single, which is “a plea for world-weary hearts to sink into new love.”
BATTS is the project of Australian-based artist Tanya Batt.
Cue the beautiful video for their ambient track, ‘For Now’, which has used free footage from NASA’s archives.
“The aim of this song was to try and sonically create a feeling of floating through space, so naturally BATTS wanted to pair it with space footage and spent many hours going through space footage and nasa archives to find footage she felt suited.”
Sounds like: London Grammar, Ficci, GEMS, MS MR, Daughter, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, MØ, SOHN, Broods, M83