The Fauve is the expressive new project from Hayley Taylor.
Originally an acoustic indie/rock singer, Taylor has taken the leap into electronica. But she hasn’t done it lightly. No, Hayley has started by collaborating with musicians like The Bravery‘s Anthony Burulcich, John Morrical (Santigold, Charli XCX, Mr. Little Jeans), and Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson) to create a audacious electronic sound full of shimmering electronics and fiery drumbeats.
Los Angeles alternative girlband, MUNA return with a video for ‘Winterbreak’, which features Ione Skye of ‘Say Anything’ fame.
Speaking about the video, MUNA says:
“The ‘Winterbreak’ video is about the dual experience of belonging and non-belonging involved in returning to a former home. Often when we’ve visited the places we grew up in, we’ve found ourselves in the strange space between nostalgia and total regression. We visit familiar places in which we no longer fit, surround ourselves with familiar people with whom we don’t necessarily connect anymore, and engage in familiar activities that might normally strike us as incredibly immature. Despite being in the same world we were immersed in as children and adolescents, there is a sense there that almost everything about ‘home’ has changed. Generally for us, the only solace has been really great friends. So we tried to show some of that.”
Their debut, ‘The Loudspeaker EP’, will arrive on 6 May via RCA Records.
Sounds like: KALEIDA, The Levity, Paperwhite, Monogem, Shura, Solange, Charli XCX, Kita Alexander, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Palmedo, Prinze George, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap
Hans Island is the new collective project of Canadian producer Mawhs and recently Scandinavian Soul Awards nominated singer Marie Dahlstrøm.
Working miles apart doesn’t restrict a flow of ideas between the two, and ‘Break Free’ proves just this. The release is a minimalistic R&B-influenced track with an unusually upbeat vibe, courtesy of Marie’s falsetto vocals full of nostalgia.
‘Break Free’ is available from today on their self-titled EP.
Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Gorgon City, V V, The Carpenters, Monogem, Prinze George
Emo-synth duo, P’ARIS releases their new track ‘Focus’.
It has Willa singing the lead, and features additional production from Ekali. ‘Focus’ is about two people experiencing the loss of a pregnancy, all the time trying to focus about making sure the relationship doesn’t suffer while each person is processing the loss in their own way.
Head over to the Soundcloud for a free download of ‘Focus’.
Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Kyla La Grange, Prinze George, Kid Astray, MS MR, Indiana, X Priest X, Years & Years, Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Pistol Shrimp
Taking it down a notch, the girls draw deeper into their musical souls to create more of a minimal sound, but one that still has the discernible, powerful lead vocals we love.
‘Detune’ is the first single to be taken from their second EP.
Sounds like: Aquilo, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Human League, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Evvy, Monogem, Paperwhite, Chvrches, Palmedo, Prinze George, Nina Yasmineh, Day Wave, Poliça, Rhye, MS MR, Roisin Murphy
Melbourne-based songstress MYAMI returns with another cracker, ‘I Oh I’.
Like with ‘Soldier‘, this track has been produced by Wayfarer//.
MYAMI still cites influences from old school soul singers with ‘I Oh I’ and this can be see from the trap style drums sneaking in at times, but essentially ‘I Oh I’ is a slightly more modern and edgier take on the traditional R&B.
MYAMI says about the track,
“The confusion of growing up as a competitive teenager and trying to figure out who you are amongst the jungle of voices telling you who to be. The song is a flash back to look at the person I was, growing up in the often toxic surroundings of a teenage girls life”.
CHVRCHES return after a nine month break with a new gem, ‘Leave A Trace’.
Staying true to what made them such a successful trio in the first place, ‘Leave A Trace’ has strong repetitive vocals (courtesy of Lauren Mayberry, who really has a knack of getting her point across), crammed in over unique luscious sounds.
It’s fair to say that CHVRCHES will be leaving some serious musical traces, once again.
And check out the luscious Goldroom remix (added 17 Dec).
Sounds like: Kate Boy, Avec Sans, Purity Ring, Vogue Dots, R.A.B.B.I.I., Kaleida, Gems, IYES, For Esmé, ALMA, Pale Hands, Acre Tarn, Prinze George, Leitbur, Monogem, PALMEDO, NONONO, Still Corners, MUNA