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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Young Summer – Alright

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is the project of Washington-based musician, Bobbie Allen.

Resilient from her teens, Bobbie taught herself guitar and got through debilitating stage fright by-way-of open mic nights and club dates. This is perhaps why the Young Summer sound gives off three times as much oomph as you’d expect from a solo artist.

The first track from her new EP is a summery jam called ‘Alright’. It’s about unrequited love and follows Young Summer’s three year hiatus.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ

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Susanne Sundfør – Delirious

Susanne Sundfør has released yet another new synthtastic pop song; ‘Delirious’, taken from her forthcoming album Ten Love Songs due for released 16th February 2015 through Sonnet Sound via Kobalt.

The tune is a complex, changing and intense pop song, beginning in fear, building in urgency and ending in pure ecstatic elevation.  Delicious pulsating synths, cinematic string accompaniments are all present in this stunning track, contributing to the only way to describe 'Delirious'; Epic. 

UK and European tour dates are as follows:

March
3rd Scala, London
11th Kerk, Ghent
12th Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne
14th Paradiso, Amsterdam
16th Terrace Hill, Hamburg
17th Berghain Kantine, Berlin
19th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen
20st Kägelbanan, Stockholm

Preorder the album Ten Love Songs here.

Sounds like: Vaults, Young Ejecta, OH Land, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes, Maps, Young Summer Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | MySpace | YouTube

SUSANNE SUNDFØR – FADE AWAY

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Norwegian songstress Susanne Sundfør’s latest tune ‘Fade Away’ is an 80s-influenced pop song with distinctive, wild vocals at the core, carrying the pain of two lovers drifting apart.

The video, made by Swedish director Laerke Herthoni, is set in a smokey, unfamiliar dystopia, finding Susanne in a dream-like state surrounded by passing silhouettes. Additionally Sundfør has announced a highly anticipated London show at The Lexington 3rd March 2015.

This also follows swiftly on from the release of a remix EP last week, with ‘Fade Away’ being reworked by Big Black Delta, Bjorn Torske, Coucheron and Maps. Her forthcoming new album ‘Ten Love Songs’ released on 16th February 2015 through Sonnet Sound via Kobalt.

Sounds like: Vaults, Young Ejecta, OH Land, Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes, Maps, Young Summer
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