I can’t say I would have ever expected one of my favorite songs of the year to come from this gal, but it makes a little more sense when once you learn that this amazingly lush new jam was produced by none other than Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. Most certainly it’s a welcome change of pace from her previous mega-pop mainstream sounds. And while we’re on the subject of Rostam, still I find myself waiting for his long-awaited debut LP that was supposed to come out way back in 2013!
Right from the beginning with his debut S/T EP, I knew Austrialia-based Govs was on to something special. If you’ve yet to hear “Merseybeat”, that single is worth its own write-up alone. But this week we’re thrilled to see Govs, AKA Josiah Birrell, is finally back with his first single of 2015, and man is it one brilliant tune. “6teenDRE’am” is the kind of song that can really hit you to your core if you’re willing to let it. And living up to its name, this song is the epitome of a dream pop tune if I’ve ever heard one. We’ll be on the lookout for more great tunes from this talented act before the release of that much anticipated debut LP out in August.
It’s only fitting that we return from our month long hiatus with one of Lower Frequencies’ all time favorite groups, Folly & The Hunter. This Montreal-based 4-piece has a knack for creating folk music with some serious substance, and it’s no surprise that their new record Awake is as lovely and elegant as we hoped for. And the brilliant title track “Awake” has all the signature elements that you’d expect from a Folly & The Hunter track. From the blissful vocal harmonies to the encapsulating piano melody, this is a tune that is destined to attract a broad audience. And on that note, we’re hopeful this is the record that transforms Folly from acclaimed Canadian folk act to international superstars.
Similar to our recently featured Jean Tonique, Taste Nasa is a part of that disco funk revival that’s taken hold over the past few years. And funky indeed is his spectacular debut EP that absolutely grooves from start to finish. I’m especially fond of today’s featured “I’d Like To Be Your Girl” which I think has more than enough potential to be a long time classic. What’s most certainly clear is that this gifted New Zealand native is ready to take on the big time with a debut record this epic.
Having already worked with huge names like Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten and Son Lux, Brooklyn-based Cat Martino was already-well established in the scene by
the time she decided to start up a band of her own. And what began as some playful experimentation with different electro pop beats alongside her friend and multi-instrumentalist Sven Britt quickly morphed into today’s Stranger Cat project. Together this intriguing duo has created quite the impressive debut LP that’s sure to attract any fans of acts like White Sea, Child Actor, Bat For Lashes, and iamamiwhoami. See for yourself why we’re so high on Stranger Cat with their sonically mesmerizing tune “Unzip Your Skin”.
American Wrestlers debut LP seemed to come out of nowhere as one of the first indie rock gems of the new year. And speaking of gems, it’s the opening track to this highly impressive debut that’s been on repeat all week. Gary Mclure, the man behind the American Wrestlers moniker, clearly has a knack for making some lo-fi indie rock with substance — and that couldn’t be more apparent than with the elegant and ever-so charming “There’s No One Crying Over Me Either”. It took a change of scenery and the start of a family for this Scottish-native to really hit his stride, but with the American Wrestlers brand now on its feet, I expect this exciting solo project to make quite the splash as soon as the general public catches on.
After what’s been a relatively lackluster start to the year in terms of great new music, it’s Ryn Weaver’s amazing new track “The Fool” that’s here to give me hope that all is not lost for 2015. Sometimes a great new song takes some repetitive listening for it to really click, but when it comes to this absolutely phenomenal tune, I knew pretty much right off the bat that this was an early Best of 2015 contender. And while I’ve enjoyed pretty much every one of her songs up to this point, it’s this glowing title track to her upcoming debut LP that’s most demonstrative of Ryn taking that big next step from acclaimed indie pop act to international superstar. Oh and if you’re lucky enough to be at Coachella, you can catch her set tomorrow (Sat.) at 1:15 at the Mojave Stage.
The clear-cut funkiest jam of 2015 so far undoubtedly goes to Jean Tonique’s “Fame For Sale”. And it’s quite evident that Jean was channeling his inner Earth Wind & Fire when he put together this absolutely phenomenal tune. Based out of Paris, I hadn’t heard much about this up and coming act until the release of his brand new You EP, but the infectiously groovy sound found on this record is sure to have a big impact on the disco-house scene once folks catch on to it. And if the EP is not enough, it appears he’s got a pretty well-established Soundcloud catalog that we’re excited to delve into this weekend.
We first caught on to Evan Voytas back in 2012 with the release of his Feel Me EP. It’s a very solid record that we’ve found ourselves coming back to quite often since then. From his distinct, falsetto-driven vocals to his consistently catchy melodies, Voytas is an act that we believe is on the cusp of really making it big. That’s why we were thrilled to see him come out with a couple great new jams this week. The beautiful, enganging “Disappear Into The Stars” is definitely one of his more heartfelt tunes we’ve heard from this L.A. based act – and it sure is refreshing to know that at least some of our favorite artists are able to take a few years off and still come out with music with some real substance. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that these two new singles signify an upcoming EP/LP is on the way as well.