Vie En Ville is the project of Aaron Atkins, a musician hailing from San Francisco, California. Drawing influence from the likes of Oasis, Roxy Music, New Order, and The Smiths, Aaron's music is a delicate mixture of ambiance and melody. As a passionate lover of classical music and a student of Opera, Atkins brings a very meticulous approach to the production of his music. He takes much of his inspiration from the words spoken through the bustle of life in the city, which provides him with the stories he uses in his songs once called "powerfully minimalist". Currently, Aaron is working on completing a small collection of songs aimed to form a solid introduction to his style and approach to music-making.
On the track itself, Aaron says the following: "This is the second single I've released with this project, and I was going for a dancer, '80s disco vibe based on some really shiny keys and an aggressive chorus. I know the Bee Gees don't get a whole lot of love in the music press, but I was actually pretty inspired by tracks like "Tragedy" that just had a huge, shameless chorus."
Pekoe Cat is multi-instrumentalist/producer Kyle Woolven. Pekoe Cat is the biggest thing to come out of Belleville, Ontario, since those guys got on the news for stealing Tim Hortons cups. Woolven is driven to create and progress, so he can make better music. With the release of his new album 'Digital Chaos', Woolven is hoping that people will take his music more seriously than he takes himself. He also hopes to make it to 40 Twitter followers.
His musical beginnings were rather evident. "When I was two I would jam on my mini guitar while singing "La Bamba." At fourteen I started on guitar for real. I've always loved the creation process and eventually had to start teaching myself other instruments in order to get the ideas out of my head. I couldn't form a band because I'm extremely anti-social, a reoccurring theme in 'Digital Chaos'."
Ontario based electro project DAVIDS premiere “Crown of Burrs. The song propels forward with a combination of industrial grooves and rock riffs, while the vocals arrive from a new wave nightmare. ‘Crown of Burrs’ is a song that is perpetually building and it races to an elevated height.
"The inspiration for “Crown of Burrs” came after a long night of indigestion, caused by a Reuben sandwich of questionable freshness that I’d purchased at a roadside kiosk just outside of Birtle, Manitoba in August 1998. At one point I was vomiting with such ferocity out of the back of the camper that I heard an audible POP! in my spine. I lost consciousness. When I finally came to the bass line for the song was already in my mind, and it looped there for the remainder of the trip. Once I’d gotten home and dropped off the last of the scout troop I barricaded myself in the makeshift studio I’d cobbled together in a dumpster behind the local Giant Tiger. 19 years later I emerged, finished track in hand, with a pet rat that I’d taught to speak. His name is Brad and we are quite happy. Enjoy the song. Thank you. "
Today Swedish indie-rockers Kaskelott release their haunting and beautiful music video/short film “Flourish” by director Eric Ivar Persson. Definitely worth watching! It is a melancholic homage to 90s Sweden, old school sci-fi and longing away.
"Late Bloomer" was recorded by James Whitten (Pears, Thou, Gland, Donovan Wolfington) and mastered by Carl Saff. Static Masks are a four piece with two vocalists. They tend to get put in the math rock, shoegaze, indie categories. With a goal to make "interesting" and "beautiful" music, Static Masks blend melody and complexity with some nontraditional song structures to create their own version of progressive pop music.
On Saturday, May 20, multi-instrumentalist and lauded bass player Erik Kramer released his debut studio endeavor, an EP entitled ‘Missed the Boat.’ The Brooklyn-based musician has an especially eclectic sound, one that employs the talent of a slew of musicians: saxophone, trombone, viola, trumpet, back-up vocalists - they’re all there. An experimental record through and through, ‘Missed the Boat’ is an indie record quite unlike anything else that’s come across my desk in recent months.