The dewy folktronica tones of Swedish-raised artist Emma Elisabeth have immediately struck a chord with us.
Her slightly eery single ‘Soul Traveller’ is the first release from her coming debut album, something that was not initially planned by Emma during her creative outburst in Berlin, where she now resides.
She plays SXSW, as follows:
Barracuda Backyard on Monday, March 12 from 8:30 PM to 9:10 PM
Esther’s Follies on Friday, March 16, Time TBA
Barracuda, German Haus Event, March 10 from 22.10 PM to 22.50 PM
Second Play Stage – SFA / Thursday 15th / 4:00pm (stripped back set)
Second Play Stage – Hilton Cannon + Bell / Friday 16th / 6:00pm (stripped back set)
Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør
Kasbo is an exciting Swedish producer whose music fits nicely alongside the likes of ODESZA and Aquilo.
His current release ‘Aldrig Mer’ (translating to ‘No More’ in English) combines organic elements including real instrument recordings and electronic synths, as well as the boundless vocals of rising UK duo TENDER.
Expect Kasbo’s debut album to come out on Foreign Family Collective/Counter Records on 23 March.
Cub Sport‘s new single ‘Good Guys Go’, questions just that – unreciprocated love, unfortunately a common theme in a lot of relationships.
The neon video, directed by Joe Agius is shot in real time with one roaming camera, and tries to capture an intense feeling of loss, inspired by images from fashion magazines and music videos by Michael Jackson, TLC, and Perfume Genius.
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.
Partners working together is generally not advised, except when a pair can create incredible music.
Cue husband/wife duo, Flora Cash.
Initially living apart, Flora Cash now reside together in Stockholm. We’re not entirely sure where the couple lived prior to Stockholm, but their music could be described as Western tinged folk meets atmospheric Scandi.
Sounds like: Laurel, Lana Del Rey, Lucius, Bon Iver, Johnny Cash
‘My Dreams’ reminds us a little of 90’s pop with its soft guitar riffs and eloquent piano keys.
Of the track, RAINE explains,
“My Dreams is about a dream I had of a woman who came to me and told me exactly who I was going to be. It was the most beautiful feeling – like meeting your ideal self and knowing what life would be like without doubt or fear for the future.”
“I believe dreams come from our subconscious, so it’s almost like I can’t take credit for writing this one. I just tried to capture the incredible feeling of hope this dream gave me.”
Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa
It’s not surprising that RAINE (aka Jaqui Rae Stewart) creates strong and powerful music, considering that her name has been taken form the word, ‘moraine’, which describes the deposits of rock and soil that are left behind by a glacier as it shifts across the land over time.
Growing up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, Jaqui surrounds herself with nature; a heavy influence in her new EP, ‘My Dreams’.
Taken from her EP, is ‘Age Of Innocence’, a track that gives out a positive and compelling message.
Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa
SHAED is a trio comprised of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee.
New single, ‘Thunder’, is a supreme track full of belting harmonies and blistering synths.
It’s out now via Photo Finish Records (MisterWives, Mowgli’s, Marian Hill).
9/09 – Providence, RI @ The Met Cafe (tickets)
9/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (tickets)
9/11 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater (tickets)
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (tickets)
9/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Social (tickets)
9/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (tickets)
9/17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (tickets)
9/18 – Dallas, TX @ Club DADA (tickets)
9/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Cresent Ballroom (tickets)
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (tickets)
9/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (tickets)
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (tickets)
9/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater (tickets)
9/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets)
10/01 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (tickets)
10/02 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater (tickets)
10/04 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (tickets)
10/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/06 – Minneapolis, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic (tickets)
10/09 – Columbus, OH @ The A+R Music Bar (tickets)
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (tickets)
10/12 – New York, NY @ Webster (tickets)
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (tickets)
Sounds like: Rae Morris, Sia, Marian Hill, VÉRITÉ, Laura Welsh, Laurel