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.
if matt & kim weren’t enough of a feel-good summer party band, blog favorite teen daze has reworked their latest single “block after block” (from 2010’s sidewalks) into a glittering synth pop jam that yet again proves that vancouver’s jamison is the best chillwaver around. lap-pop doesn’t get any better than this, and there’s no way this track – among others – shouldn’t work their way onto your grilling-burgers-on-the-roof-at-sunset mix. peek a listen and a download after the jump (via CoS).
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try as we might, sometimes great music slips past us. such is the case with evenings, real name nathan broaddus, a virginia resident whose 2010 self-released ep north dorm escaped our attention until now. perhaps it’s because the idea of instrumental chillwave beyond teen daze seems like a waste of time. thankfully, with evenings, this is far from the case. “friend [lover]” is a relaxed, downtempo groover that frolics between distant, lustful memories and quiet, mournful introspection. it’s as much a self-examination as it is a slowdance masterpiece, and its lush synths and vocal samples form a sonic palette that’s as rich and textured as a midsummer night. after the jump, stream the ep, watch the video, and enjoy a free download of “friend [lover].”
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yohuna is the reverb-soaked solo project of wisconsinite johanne swanson. over the course of four songs, swanson conducts an orchestra of beats and sweeping synth washes that sound like they’ve been recorded in a church at the bottom of the ocean. over all of this are the haunting echoes of swanson’s voice, that duck and curtail betwixt the compositions like a dove fleeing sunlight. that may be a lot of alliteration to swallow in one paragraph, but there’s really no other way to describe revery, her debut ep. it’s a work of astonishing beauty. stream below, with a free download of standout “mateo.”
revery is out now on bandcamp.
toronto threesome austra specializes in a very danceable form of gothy disco-pop, helmed by the operatic voice of frontwoman katie stelmanis. the band’s past is typically vague, but in this case the music can speak for itself. haunting, beautiful, and above all, catchy, the band’s lead single “lose it” is a swirling blend of everything you could ever want from electropop: thudding beats, floating synths, and vocals to die for. seriously. this girl has some friggin’ pipes. listen and download below.
feel it break is out may 17 on domino.