Italy has always excelled at giving up with the goods when it comes to scuzzy dream-pop.
Cue Eugenia Post Meridiem, a band that was conceived in summer 2017 when Eugenia (vocals, guitar) met Matteo (bass), Giovanni (guitar, keys) and Matteo (drums, percussions).
Fast forward to 2019, where the band have just released their new single, ‘Low Tide’. It’s a song that showcases Eugenia’s wonderful voice and remarkable songwriting potentials as well the band’s ability to draw indie, folk, soul influences and a pronounced inclination to 60s and 70s psychedelic contaminations.
‘Low Tide’ is out now via Factory Flaws.
Sounds like: Annabel Allum, Thyla, Zola Jesus, Wolf Alice
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
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.”
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
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’.