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Weekly Gems 24

Weslee – Boy Like You

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Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.

Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom

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Scene Writers vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby

Scene Writers

Exciting Berlin-based duo Scene Writers (aka Christian Huerter and Sebastian Nouvortne) take inspiration from the art amidst the urban sprawl of Berlin.

They have produced a vibrant re-work of 3 Burners‘ ‘Real Life Baby’, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Kungs, Draper

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joan – Tokyo

joan - Tokyo

We are still massively crushing on duo joan.

Continuing their knack for producing heartbreaking pop songs with a retro twist, ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by that moment of falling for someone but your time is running out. ​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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Argonaut & Wasp – Radio Sound

Argonaut & Wasp

Boom! Argonaut & Wasp are back with a funky new number called ‘Radio Sound’.

It is part of a double single, and combines elements of alternative, pop, indie, and funk to provide a bright sound, inspired by the bustling streets of Brooklyn.

It is released on the band’s own Bang! Jango Records.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Bad Sounds, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders

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ELD – Desire

ELD - Desire

Swedish trio ELD share their brilliant new single ‘Desire’.

Creating a big emotions and an anthemic sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The National, ‘Desire’ amalgamates electronica with post punk elements, and even enters the shoegaze realm in parts.

Listen below and prepare to be blown away.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Ulrich Schnauss

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Amanda Mair – Empty Blockings

Amanda Mair

Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.

In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,

“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”

It’s out now via Despotz Records.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Zola Jesus

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Boneage – Drown In The Summer

Boneage

Boneage

Slotting in nicely next to fellow Russian, Zola Jesus, is Moscow-based duo, Boneage.

Boneage is formed by sound producer Leo Vasilets, who has enlisted talent and 21-old, Dani D, on vocals.

Listen to ‘Drown In The Summer’ below.

Sounds like: Zola Jesus

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Priest – Broken

Priest - Broken

Priest – Broken

It’s been a while since we wrote about some synth pop, but it’s spring time, so why not!

Florida-based synth pop duo Priest (formerly X priest X) have released brand new track ‘Broken’.

It’s modern pop that glides subtly between 80s lo-fi pop and sharply syncopated rhythms that fit like a glove for a John Hughes film soundtrack.

It is second single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Priest’, which is to be released on 5 May via Swedish label Emotion.

Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Crozet, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College

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X Priest X – Dark Sun

X Priest X

X Priest X

X priest X is the project of vocalist Madeline Priest and producers Chandler Strang and David Kazyk. The trio have only been working together in Florida for 1 year.

Following on from the Grimes-influenced sound of their first demo track, ‘Samurai’, is the demo of ‘Dark Sun’; a dazzling ’80’s style synthpop and movie-worthy track.

And just because we love it, have a listen to ‘Samurai’ below:

It’s hard to believe that in the short space of 1 year, X Priest X have created 2 killer tracks, and they are only demos! We can’t wait to hear more!

Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College

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Indiana – Mess Around

Indiana

Indiana

Indiana. Singer of songs, raider of arks. Or so it says on her facebook.

Indiana is a self-taught Nottingham-born singer/songwriter, who first started playing piano when she accidentally stumbled upon her sister’s dusty piano in storage.

She played ‘Blind As I Am‘ at her first gig in the Old Market Square in Nottingham as part of the Future Sound of Nottingham semi-finals. We were there and it was truly amazing to watch Indiana combine her powerful vocals with beautifully delicate piano and electronica.

With ‘Blind As I Am’ announced as one of BBC Introducing Picks of 2013, Indiana’s new single ‘Mess Around’ is no exception.

The video for ‘Mess Around’ is dark and mysterious. Indiana switches between playing an ice queen and a wicked witch, both of whom are taunting what we can only assume is an ex-boyfriend. This is one dark electronic fairytale. All that is missing is the poisonous apple.

The ‘Mess Around’ EP has an expected release date of 27 October 2013 via Sony Music, but you can pre-order it on iTunes now. The single will be backed by remixes from Le Youth, Etherwood, Raider and Hucci.

Sounds like: OH Land, Portishead, Alex Clare, Jamie Woon, Zola Jesus

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Zola Jesus – Fall Back

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Russian-American born Nika Roza Dailove AKA, Zola Jesus, has unveiled new track Fall Back’. It is from the new album ‘Versions’, due for release August 19 2013 on Sacred Bones Records and available to order here.

‘Fall back’ is, like the whole ‘Versions’ album, recorded with the legendary JG Thirlwell and the New York string group, Mivos Quartet. It is the only song out of the ten on ‘Versions’ which is completely new; the other nine as previous Zola Jesus songs, arranged for string quartet.

Throughout ‘Fall back’ we hear the signature mournful, emotive vocals of Nika, which are wonderfully capturing. The string addition doesn’t really seem to be working in harmonic unison with her vocals, instead it sounds like there are two contrasting songs being played at the same time. The violin melody in particular just sounds like it is hitting the wrong notes at times. Perhaps the desired effect was to have a clash of juxtaposing, disjointed notes and unconventional chord sequences, but it’s not for someone who loves the beauty of Zola Jesus’ epic harmonies. It is however, still a very beautiful song; highly progressive and the chorus introductions are most satisfyingly uplifting. The discordant feel of the tune emulates the subject of the song which cries mournfully throughout, ‘I would do anything to be with you’.

Sounds like; London Grammar, Esben and the Witch, Banks
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