Tag Archives: Joanna Newsom

Weekly Gems 35

TESHA – Dreams

TESHA

Brooklyn-based TESHA shares her mesmerising new single, ‘Dreams’.

TESHA effortlessly displays breathless vocal whispers with imaginary Japanese strings and a steady electronic backbeat.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Björk, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

LUMINAR – Stand Down

Luminar

Dutch production duo LUMINAR shares ‘Stand Down’,

A slow starter, but bare with it, as ‘Stand Down’ does build and burn into a stream of dream pop with spacious synths and drums.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Sigur Rós, London Grammar

Facebook | SoundCloud | Instagram

Nina June – Out to Sea

Nina June - Out To Sea

Finding artistic inspiration during a 700 mile solitary walk through France and Spain, while listening to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero 7, Nina June has created the cinematic pop song, ‘Out To Sea’.

Listen below.

Nina June’s album BON VOYAGE is out today.

Sounds like: Rhye, Seinabo Sey

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

Superheart – After Midnight

Superheart - After Midnight

Superheart‘s new single ‘After Midnight’ has a serious sense of nostalgia to it, despite us not hearing it before today.

It reminds us a little of the music from The Beach soundtrack thanks to its warming vocals and subtly powerful tropical licks.

Sounds like: Brian Eno, Sugar Ray

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden

Adorned in flowers and a “no sweat” approach in his press shot, Joshua Worden oozes an effortlessly cool approach to his music.

Joshua’s new single release ‘Tennessee’ is both raw and organic, yet electronic and processed, and we’re not the slightest bit confused…in fact we can’t get enough of his nonchalant vibe.

Sounds like: The Strokes, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Jamie Woon, Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

Retro Kid – Retro Kid (RK Version)

Retro Kid

So it turns out you can make music from literally anywhere, including a studio with equipment sitting on ironing boards!

Usually one for more indietronica stuff, the bedroom producer Retro Kid has pulled this one out the bag for his DJ set, which is to be aired on BBC Introducing’s Big Bangers weekend on 29 March.

The track takes influence from the many late nights in Copenhagen and was largely produced with a headache the day after.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jungle, Hot Chip, Little Dragon

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Instagram

JINKA – Countdown Forever

JINKA

Berlin-based artist JINKA shares the experimental and rather sporadic ‘Countdown Forever’, full of plonky synth sounds.

Speaking about the track, JINKA states,

“Countdown Forever is about an illusional state of infinite hedonistic experience. The title is paradoxical. But just because something is paradoxical it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea of it. I think, what I generally do when I’m writing is that I try to take a different perspective on the mundane, dip crude reality into some sort of surreal glossing, romanticize it without smoothening the contours.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | YouTube | Instagram

Ofelia K – Killing Me

Ofelia K

Ofelia K

Los Angeles-based Ofelia K creates wistful pop music.

In her track ‘Killing Me’, and like the female character with a similar name in Hamlet, Ofelia considers the highs and lows of falling in love, pondering her decisions.

Sounds like: Dominique, So Below, Joanna Newsom

Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | Instagram

KYOTI – Curved Edge Straight Line

KYOTI

KYOTI

London based art-pop project KYOTI share the beautiful visuals for ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’.

The trio base their image and artwork on the abstractness of an ordinary, mundane world. Specifically inspired by British Modernist sculptors like Barbara Hepworth and the surrealist optical illusions of M.C. Escher, KYOTI balance their aesthetic with the over-arching impact of contemporary pop music, citing artists like Hot Chip and Joanna Newsom amongst their influences.

Original vocals layered over jazz electronica, alongside intelligent lyrics and minimalistic tendencies, ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’ creatively combines rich synth textures with thoughtful storytelling, exploring the theme of dependency on both substances and other people.

Sounds like: Hot Chip, SOHN, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie, Honne, Dead Ceremony

Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | YouTube

Continue reading

Alice Jemima – Liquorice

Alice Jemima

Alice Jemima

Meet your new favourite artist. Alice Jemima.

Inspired by the likes of The xx and Shura (they share the same drummer live) Jemima describes her debut Liquorice EP as being about “Relationships, terrible nights out and her early experiences of the record industry.”

‘Liquorice is a song about trying to please other people, and then drifting off into this imaginary world to try and please yourself.  I wrote this at a time when I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I think women especially feel like they should look a certain way or try to be something else, and I was definitely feeling it that day. The video is a fantastic testament to the song, I instantly fell in love with 2Doors (the directors) vision – it’s vibrant and colourful, slightly weird and quirky and most importantly it’s fun and it doesn’t take itself too seriously – which is something I’m a firm believer of :)’

‘Liquorice’ has been taken from her debut EP of the same name released on 17 June via Sunday Best.

Tour Dates

11th June 2016– The Rescue Rooms-  Nottingham (supporting Ladyhawke)
15th June 2016– The Sebright Arms – London.
18th June 2016– The Haunt- Brighton (supporting Ladyhawke)
29th July 2016– Camp Bestival- The Big Top
06th Aug 2016 – East London Fringe Festival- Sunday Best Stage
08th Sep 2016– Bestival- The Big Top

Sounds like: Uffie, Alev Lenz, Joanna Newsom, The XX, Shura

Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | YouTube

Continue reading