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Child Actor – Against The Night

June 17, 2014

Based on the quality of their work, I would have figured the dreamy electro duo Child Actor would’ve been an international sensation by now alongside other similar acts like Purity Ring and Young Wonder. To me it’s not really a matter of if it’s going to happen, but when for the young and ever-so gifted Max Heath and Natalie Plaza. They’ve got a follow up to my second favorite LP of 2012, Victory, that’s obviously one of my most anticipated on the year. We got our first glimpse at what’s in store with the release of the new single “Against The Night”. Not that I was expecting anything less, but this most recent offering does nothing but amp up my excitement for a record I, quite frankly, am expecting a hell of lot from. And If it’s anything as good as this euphoric, synth pop gem then their sophomore LP Never Die is set up to be one of the best on the year.

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The Midnight Hollow – Her Morning Glow

June 16, 2014

This has been a big year for certain sounds, but grand folk rock tracks like that presented to us today by NYC’s The Midnight Hollow have been much harder to come by. From what I can see this is just their second track to be released as The Midnight Hollow, but it’s got enough substance and enthusiasm to help get this budding project from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Spencer Draeger some new found attention. And based on their Soundcloud page, it looks like they’ve got a whole LP’s worth of new material to be released this year. So if this track has any kind of impact on you like it does us, be sure to keep an eye on this exciting group for more new tunes in the coming future.

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Tomas Barfod – Aftermath (feat. Nina K)

June 12, 2014

Tomas Barfod‘s debut LP was undoubtedly one of my favorite records from 2012. Tracks like “Broken Glass” and “November Skies” cemented this electro producer early on as one of my favorite up and coming acts. And after giving us a nice introduction with an EP earlier this year, he’s finally out with his much awaited sophomore record, Love Me. It features a whole lot of the talented vocalist Nina K, whose voice compliments Barfod’s beautiful melodies perfectly. Such is the case with tracks like “Aftermath”, where the swirling orchestrated synths and droning bass offer enough to lose yourself for the entire 5:18. And during a slightly lackluster week of album releases, I’m even more grateful for acts like Tomas Barfod whose fantastic new record is bound to gain him plenty of newfound attention from electro pop fans across the globe.

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Circa Waves – Stuck In My Teeth

June 11, 2014

One of the pleasant discoveries of this week comes from Liverpool’s Circa Waves. It looks like their stuff has been out for a bit across the pond, but yesterday marked the release of their debut EP in the states. I was immediately drawn in to the absurdly catchy power pop elements of tracks like “Stuck In My Teeth”, quite reminiscent of a group like Surfer Blood. And at a time where most acts attempting to emulate this sound come off as cheesy and unoriginal, I’m thankful for groups like Circa Waves who showcase a ton of promise with an EP that’s bound to get a lot of play time this summer.

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Tiny Victories – Drinking With Your Ghost

June 10, 2014

Within this week’s releases comes a debut record I’ve been waiting for for quite some time. Tiny Victories won me over in grand fashion with their 2012 debut EP Those Of Us Still Alive, but after playing that to the point of exhaustion, I began wondering when the debut LP from this Brooklyn synth pop act would finally emerge. Well the long wait is over this week and I couldn’t be more pleased after getting my hands on their brand new record, Haunts. It starts off with a bang with tracks like our featured one “Drinking With Your Ghost”, which proves that power pop with substance is still very much alive and well. Up until this point Tiny Victories have been more of a “flying under the radar” type of band, but I think that’s all bound to change as people make their way toward this very solid debut effort from a still very much new and intriguing act.

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TV Girl – The Blonde

June 6, 2014

TV Girl has a solid knack for putting together thoughtful, heartfelt melodies while still never taking themselves too seriously. I got into this LA based dream

pop outfit a couple years ago, but it’s after I heard their Lonely Women EP last year when things really clicked for me. They’ve followed that up with their debut French Exit LP released this week, and I’m thrilled to discover that it’s just as great as I’d hoped. Tracks like “The Blonde” feature that trademark dreamy, chill, synth-oriented sound that I know and love so much from this group. And with a debut record this solid, I can’t wait to see where TV Girl goes from here as their enchanting sound continues to catch on.

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Blackbird Blackbird – Feel It In My Bones

June 5, 2014

Perhaps the most consistent electronic producer over the last four or so years has been Blackbird Blackbird. His 2010 debut Summer Heart was one of the first records to get the chillwave genre in motion, and if you haven’t heard it yet I really couldn’t emphasize it enough. He’s back this week with his third LP titled Tangerine Sky that I am really starting to get a feel for on my second go-around. While almost all 12 tracks bring something fresh to the table, the one I seem to keep coming back to is “Feel It In My Bones”. It starts out with a nice arpeggiated synth groove, but it really gets going when that dreamy guitar melody kicks in to compliment it — and I especially love the shift back to the bass line around 2:40 that adds a whole nother element to this already gorgeous track. So while Blackbird Blackbird has already cemented himself as one of my favorite electronic acts, it’s great to see him continue to push the boundaries of his work with a record as exceptional as Tangerine Sky.

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Miracle Fortress – Here’s To Feeling Good All the Time

June 4, 2014

Miracle Fortress is one of those acts that’s just waiting to break out into the spotlight. If you haven’t heard his phenomenal 2011 sophomore record Was I The Wave?, then I’d highly suggest jumping on it. Tracks like “Tracers” were one of my favorites from the whole year alongside other absurdly catchy gems like “Everything Works”. He’s finally back this week with his first track since that release, and while it’s a bit more of an acquired taste than his previous stuff, I’ve grown to really appreciate it over the last day or so. I haven’t heard anything about a new LP yet, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll get a shot at hearing more new tunes from Miracle Fortress, AKA Graham Van Pelt, before the year’s end.

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Bedtimes – It’s A Trick

June 3, 2014

California based electronic producer Bedtimes is out with his debut EP It’s A Trick that we’ve been making ourselves familiar with as of last week. It’s a collection of four dreamy, chill, and surprisingly though-provoking tunes that have enough substance and originality to them for me to conclude this guy’s got a bright future in store for himself. The title track “It’s A Trick” is a deep jam about overcoming the fear of death by utilizing and controlling your mind in the right ways. And while the production of this track is top notch, it’s the heartfelt message conveyed that I, as a fellow deep-thinking existentialist, can appreciate the most.

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Melanie Martinez – Dead To Me

May 30, 2014

When I first heard Melanie Martinez, I figured I was listening to another up-and-coming synth pop act similar to the likes of Lorde when she first started out. But what I soon learned through her Facebook page was that she’s already got quite the massive and well established fanbase. That might partially be because of her 2012 appearance on the TV show The Voice, and I think it’s fair to assume she’s the best thing to ever come out of that series. Well she’s out now with her debut Dollhouse EP and it’s one that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying throughout the week. Perhaps no track moreso than “Dead To Me”, a soulful RnB jam that’s highlighted by some nice production and the obviously fantastic vocals of Martinez. And while she’s already a bigger name than I had realized, she’s got the kind of universally appreciated sound that could soon turn her into the next international pop sensation.

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