the still-mysterious and not even slightly kitschy iamamiwhoami finally released their debut, kin, after over 2 years of cockteasing. the biggest news? it’s pretty damn good. most of the good songs will be old news to fans who’ve been following the project’s much-hyped youtube page, but there are still a few surprises peppered along the nine tracks of kin to keep cynical parties from changing their tune. most notable is “sever,” a slow-grooving blend of the knife and portishead that takes all the pop-infused momentum of the project and utterly demolishes it in favor of jonna lee’s vocals and a plodding analog synth. peep in on the video below.
portuguese beat-maker joão pedro costa works under the moniker of LASERS, a project that’s rooted deep in ambience and instrumental hip-hop. the conglomeration of frenetic beats and spaced-out synths calls to mind a collaboration between baths and boards of canada, but LASERS is more than the sum of his influences. his debut ep is a deceptive 11 tracks (seven remixes pad out the back end, including one from blog favorite sun glitters), but the four originals fuse wintry, wistful synths with biting percussion, evoking equally frigid mountaintops and the sun setting over a distant, watery horizon. if shoegaze and electropop had a baby, LASERS should stand as a proud parent. check out “paris” and “porto” below:
what the hell? what the hell is this? a post? yeah, bitches, i’m back. hopefully, for a while, because there’s been a shitload of great new music that’s been making waves this year. let’s kick things off with goldroom, the solo project of los angeles-based josh legg (formerly of nightwaves). solo, legg’s work has all the qualities of the chillwave movement, namely balearic beats and swirling, dreamy synths. but on “fifteen,” legg’s beach pop takes on a cinematic focus on nu-disco, complete with chant-along chorus and handclaps. sublime. for fans of teen daze, m83, and new build.