Indietronica continues to discover underground talent, giving a platform for artists like B O K E H to share their music.
B O K E H is the musical project of New Zealand-based Chloë Lewer, who returns with the poignant video for ‘Great Heights’.
Set in the 1980/90s, the slow-drive number is distinctly calmer than her second release ‘Don’t Leave The Fire‘, but a song that highlights Chloë’s polished vocals and knack for purposeful songwriting – something that Chloë should never be too shy to showcase.
We all have those moments at the traffic lights when the amber light strikes. Do we slam the breaks on or speed on through the looming red light? Luckily for us, 21 year old Norwegian native, MagnusBechmann is willing to take the risk and “go all in” with his music.
The result is the playful indietronica track, ‘Bruises’.
Sounds like: Kid Astray, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club
Well, this is a cool story about Elektrisk Gønner.
The project was originally formed in 2010 when producer Benjamin Løzninger teamed up with a young unknown Danish singer named MØ to record an album remotely over the course of 12 days from either side of the Atlantic Ocean.
As we know, MØ then went on to be signed to Sony, following which Benjamin relocated to Brooklyn and recruited singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and model Skyler Cocco for the new Elektrisk Gønner line-up.
One of the new tracks is called ‘Money’ and it’s out now via Kaleidoscope / Nordic Records.
Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Austra, Goldfrapp, Karen O
Talented Israel-born, London-based producers OJ & Fridel have teamed up with electronic singer BYFYN on ‘Feel My Love’.
The producers have already worked with established Top 40 artists, as well as setting up a creative hub and collaborative project called Soho Sonic, where they help develop young producers and musicians in London.
The first release from the hub is this haunting pop piece, and one that we are very excited about.
Introducing Los Angeles-based duo LAYNE (aka lead-singer/guitarist Layne Putnam and drummer Alex Rosca).
Their new song ‘The Fog’ follows on from the viral success of their previous two singles, ‘Good’ and ‘Somebody’, and has everything you’d want from a decent electro pop track – lush vocals, bright lyrics, and catchy hooks sculptured around modern production.
Moscow based Boneage share curious new track ‘G.N.P.M’ which stands for ‘Good Nights – Pale Mornings’. It follows on from the spiritual single, ‘Crystal Rainbows’.
Speaking to the duo, we were told ‘G.N.P.M’ is about MDMA (also the name of their EP – ‘My Dreams Mean All’, out now) – that feeling you have when you are high, followed by the downward spiral of reality the following morning.
We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.
Dream Lake – Midnight Sun
Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.
This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.
US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (TheWar on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, LocalNatives).
Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey
Taking us for a ride is B O K E H, the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand-raised, Berlin-based actress/musician, Chloë Lewer.
It’s hard to believe that Chloë grew up being too shy to sing in front of anyone. Instead, she opted for acting. However, this was to later change after an encounter with a filmmaker who persuaded her to start a ukulele busking adventure with him in Berlin. This developed into a touring band called Charity Children.
Chloë was to later team up with Dutch writer/producer, Wouter Rentema (the drummer of Charity Children), and the pair spent the summer of 2016 locked inside various studios about the German capital and recording synths in a disused chapel in The Netherlands under the alias of B O K E H.
The video for B O K E H’s second single, ‘Don’t Leave The Fire’, showcases her sweet harmonies and fuzzy synths, all under a disco-lit backdrop of stolen hearts and go-karts.
‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ is the lead single from her EP, out now.
Norweigian artists, Röyksopp and SusanneSundfør are no strangers to working together, having collaborated on ‘Running To The Sea’ and ‘Save Me’.
New number, ‘Never Ever’, is a highly danceable, electronic track, seeing Röyksopp return in full force.
“The track has its own cosmos and its own place.” says Svein Berge. “The whole idea of us going away from the whole album concept was that we do have many musical expressions that we want to do,” says Torbjørn. “One of them might be a club track, but we don’t necessarily want to do an album of it. It’s that way with ‘Never Ever’ – we love it, but we don’t need 12 tracks like it.”
Sounds like: Robyn, Digitalism, Fever Ray, Little Boots, Goldfrapp
Tasmanian musician, Calypso, has just dropped her self-titled, debut EP.
Of the EP, Calypso says,
“I suppose the main themes behind the EP would be growth and change…whether that’s within a relationship or within oneself. I think it’s a reflection on how life is constantly moving, and you have to adapt to your surroundings and learn how to survive through the changes.
The EP is also about the push & pull of love, how we can connect with other people and how we can move apart from one another as well. I hope the EP can take the listener on a bit of a journey, as they connect and relate to the words and the music through their own personal experiences.”
Each track has been influenced by old and new music, and we’re pretty sure would include the following tracks in Calypso’s’ ‘Winter in Tassie’ playlist.
Elderbrook – Be There Soon
This is the type of song I can listen to over and over again and not get sick of, chilled relaxed vibes.
Mansionair – Hold Me Down
Just a nice song to listen to when I’m in a nice song kind of mood.
Cub Sport – Only Friend
This song makes me feel happy and sad at the same time.
Pavel Dovgal – Faust
I really like the strings in this song and the intensity of the music.
Les Loups – White Clips
I like the rise and falls and the chorus is catchy and easy to listen to.
Yacht – Psychic City
This songs puts me in a good mood when I’m cold and stuck in a Tassie winter.
Dream Koala – Odyssey
I love this guys voice and the way the song builds up at the end. Its just an all round beautiful song.
Bea – Filthy Believer
Good memories from this track, long tassie nights with music to keep us company.
Elderbrook x andhim – how many times
I put Elderbrook in here twice because I’ve only just discovered him and I think his music cool.
Ngaiire – Once
I saw Ngaiire playing the other night as part of the Festival of Voices and she was absolutely incredible.
Sounds like: London Grammar, Goldfrapp, Lucius, LKA, REMMI