Born in the small city of Tours, the Parisian artist has managed to make his project grow and change live show after live show, putting out two EPs under the name “A Light Goes Out”. A lover of orchestral pop and lush, meticulous arrangements à la Belle & Sebastian or Neil Hannon, Sylvain has enriched his compositions through the magic of musical encounters over the years. From a string trio to a brass one, from an acoustic, pared-down formula to a rock ensemble, ALGO has worn many costumes in order to serve the baroque ambitions of this small but big-hearted pop. The last two years have been a ballet between “I” and “We”, finally turning ALGO into a family of strings, horns, drums and guitars taking to the stage and the studio.
NEXT SHOW : Showcase on Saturday, April 28 at the Passerelle.2, Paris XI
Nuela is known for her soulful vocals and captivating stage presence and landed 11 TV placements off of her debut album alone. The singles from her 2018 Juno Award nominated sophomore album garnered attention from media outlets like The FADER and were played in heavy rotation on KCRW and CBC Radio. She also added an additional 4 TV placements to her name including ESPN and "Jane The Virgin".
"'Do It Right' came out of a session in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-nominated writer/producer Rob Kleiner. We want to create an upbeat, snappy tune that had some attitude. The song is a bit cheeky and basically says 'if you’re gonna do it, better do it right.' So if you’re gonna try and step to me, step correctly ;)"
"Righteous Woman" a new album by For Esmé drops on May 25. “Doubtmouth” her new single moves through the doubt that chokes us, and the labels that shrink us, to find a voice and body that refuses to be quieted.
"I hate confrontation — probably more than anything. Unfortunately, I find it is an unavoidable and increasingly important part of being a woman who stands up for herself. When faced with it, I find I over analyze, overthink, and work too hard to justify my feelings of discontent — full of a fear that I will be labeled too much of something: too confident, too opinionated, too naive, too demanding, a bitch. I’m struck by how much less men seem filled with those same fears in return.
Since studying psychology at Queen’s University, I have always been fascinated by psych studies – especially as they relate to women. I love exploring the scientific basis to an abstract feeling... The resulting relief and comfort in the discovery that I’m not crazy and my experiences are part of a larger and very real picture. My forthcoming LP, Righteous Woman, is a feminist awakening and excavation of the voices within. As I worked to uncover my own internalized misogyny and to interrogate the things I repress and overthink, I simultaneously researched. I read studies about the effects of self-objectification and catcalling, the cultural bias towards female anger, what creates a gender based confidence gap and more. I wanted to explore the themes of trying to be a modern, progressive, open-minded woman, and all the challenges that come along with that, especially that of confronting one’s own privilege. I found the exploration at times painful and isolating -- realizing how much people prefer the comfort of the status quo.
I’ve worked in four, different, all male teams for different jobs, and have many times felt exhausted from the tiptoeing that felt necessary in order to be heard. I repeatedly found that if I spoke the same way the men on my team spoke, I would be treated negatively for being “too confident,” “too outspoken,” or “too combative” – despite these precise traits landing me those positions in the first place. I have experienced being labeled as an “angry woman” first hand, and I am a very level headed person who hates confrontation. Again, I dove into psych studies and found the results disturbing. In a blind test, when men and women promote the exact same opinion assertively to a group (word for word), subjects overwhelmingly shift their opinions to agree with the man when he speaks, and are more likely to push back and oppose the same view from a woman. It was a relief to discover this wasn’t in my head, but it was also incredibly frustrating — if the bias runs that deep in both men and women, how do we overcome it?"
Josh Mover & The Shakers are a dark indie-rock band out on a mission to write music that divides people.
"For Into a Ghost, I culled together some good friends and talented Toronto rock alumni to play: Ben Reinhartz (Dilly Dally); Mathew Wronski (The Sulks); Joseph Landau (ex-Formalists), Will Hunter (The Nutrients), and Clara Klein. Mastered by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene), and recorded and mixed at Union Sound Company by Ian Gomes (Odonis Odonis, Teenanger), this EP was recorded in a whirlwind span of two days this past September, and was largely fueled by Figs Breakfast on Queen East.
Oakland-based indie-folk group The Minnesota Child has just released "Stay With Me," the latest single off of their forthcoming Fireflies EP.
(Brooklyn, NY) Ethan Buckner (aka The Minnesota Child) picked up the guitar at 16 and started writing songs after he witnessed death for the first time. Inspired by the reflective and soulful songwriting of Sam Beam, Paul Simon, and Justin Vernon, Ethan channeled his own grief and love into his newfound passion for poetry and melody. At first, he saw songwriting as a purely personal exercise, but after being encouraged by close friends, he began performing and eventually recording his songs.
Now, The Minnesota Child is gearing up to release its most expansive work to date in the form of the Fireflies EP
Buckner chose the pseudonym of The Minnesota Child in 2011 while on a cross country roadtrip, because “the songs I write evoke a yearning for home, whether that lies in a place, a person, or a community.” The Minnesota Child released his first EP The Captain in November 2013, after moving to Oakland, CA, where he still lives. The five-track record is a dramatic soundscape of love, hope, and memory.
Fireflies, will be The Minnesota Child’s first full-band EP. Produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, Blondie) and Matt Buckner, the album features an expansive sound. Fireflies is set to be released in early 2018. The record infuses Ethan Buckner’s soulful songwriting with lush harmonies, intricate instrumentals, and powerful rhythms to produce a full symphonic sound to take on the open road or a hike in the woods.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.