Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Showcasing a deft mix of jangle-pop and synth-laden pop, "Human" is a captivating new track from dream-pop trio Raised By Dinosaurs . Think Wild Nothing's guitar work combined with the lush nocturnal synth edge of Chromatics. A South American dream-pop trio based in San Francisco, Raised By Dinosaurs exist to ponder the “everyday fear of being irrelevant.” Their first EP 'Night Terrors' (released 11/23/17) is a tragically upbeat exploration of a wiser yet more jaded persona that evolves as youth and vitality begin to fade. Collaborating remotely from Brazil, guitarist Henrique St.Clair incorporates an experimental dreamy tone to the melodies, distancing the group away from the upbeat nature of pop and towards a gloomier, more self-reflective vibe. Singer/songwriter Marcello Manso haunts lead vocalist Sol Diaz through each track like the shadow of a memory she struggles to let go of, her own voice gradually degenerating into the electronic composition of the songs, becoming like technology and trends, unavoidably obsolete.
Raised By Dinosaurs is the creative brain child of longtime friends Marcello and Henrique. As Henrique entered into a new phase of his life, becoming a father, the two took it upon themselves to record music that addressed the fear we all must deal with in time, the anxiety of that life is perhaps meaningless. “Human “ was written to express empathy to the new generation that will eventually also become obsolete. “Human” is soothing and sweet, a lullaby from one generation to the next.
Gibberish is the experimental-psych duo of Derek and Lorie Bromley. Formed in their spare bedroom in Arkansas before moving to Los Angeles (where they now reside), Gibberish started out with looping live drums through effects, with Lorie playing bass and keys and Derek rounding things out with a melody and guitar after looping some sort of distorted beat. They enjoy surrounding their songs in textured, spacey blankets, but having a core of rhythmic, lo-fi percussive sounds anchoring the wafty synths and sparkling guitars.
“The new album Kneehigh was written right after we moved from Arkansas to Los Angeles,” the duo explains. “It’s about being in a sort of survival mode that we also felt was mirrored in a lot of ways by society at large around this time.”
“Feet Wet” begins in a luxurious psych-pop haze, gently leading to mellow vocals just prior to the one-minute mark, after an exotic and shimmering introduction of fluttering acoustics and sweeping vocal harmonies. The next four minutes showcase a budding, gorgeous sound that breaks around 02:23, though just briefly until it unleashes cathedral-sized psych-pop bliss in the final minute. It’s an excellent, majestic effort that shows what Gibberish do well: developmental psych-pop with a magical feel.
Kayobe has just released his new single "Sun Don't Shine".
"My new single “Sun Don’t Shine” started as you can imagine: on a rainy day. I came back to my home studio after writing the day off otherwise and started messing around. Eventually, I came up with the beat, which was inspired by minimal dark electronic and hip-hop influences. After I came up with the beat I met and connected with Olive B. We went through a bunch of beats and ideas the first time we met up. “Sun Don’t Shine” really grabbed her attention so it was the first thing we decided to collaborate on. We wrote the lyrics on the track and her voice ended up being an incredible fit for the style of the song; her character really soared over the minimal nature of the beat.
After releasing their first single back in 2016, VEiiLA returns with, as dark as the title suggests, their brand new EP “Dive”. The track list includes 5 absolutely new records and a fresh reworked version of RDMV STR. About a year off since the previous release wasn’t spent in vain: besides studio work, VEiiLA played a handful of shows, sharing the stage with such acts like The Neighborhood, Sian Evans of Kosheen, Alex Clare, Above & Beyond and ATB, and released a number of videos, bringing their live sound to the new dimension.
“We are heroes. We are savages.” With the new EP VEiiLA rediscovers their so-called music for introverts in the new, darker and more intimate shape. Songs like Dive and Never Come Back are soaking with sadness yet remaining charged with energy. On the other hand Mantra, a hypnotic techno anthem, being the most “cheerful” in the album, as well as RDMV STR, bring darkness to the realm of rebel and a dead certain desire to make it their own way. The album’s title “Dive” reflects a state of solitude and edginess of a character behind those songs: whether your whole life is like cliff diving or you need to dive into the darkest depths of your soul to find yourself, these sounds will be with you.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!