Rosie Lowe - Right Thing EP
in the vein of fellow minimalist, vocally-led female singer BANKS, Rosie Lowe has crafted an extremely polished EP brimming with slow-burning elegance and stunning production.
Danielle Brooks - Jolly Christmas Medley
taystee and crazy eyes!!
Marika Hackman - ‘81 (Joanna Newsome cover)
Marika Hackman has been steadily reinventing folk on her own terms. laced with brooding tones and dark lyrics, yet every line is tenderly crooned. her “Sugar Blind” EP looks to be a masterpiece, and includes this exquisite cover of Joanna Newsom.
Sia - Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd)
I may snap and I move fast
But you won’t see me fall apart
Cause I’ve got an elastic heart
Rachel Sermanni - Everything Changes
an ode to looking back and moving on is delivered with much grace and penetrating honesty in the tender hands of the ever-brilliant Rachel Sermanni.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Collapse
beauty and devastation in a glance.
Felix Cartal - New Scene (TOKiMONSTA remix)
the amazing TOKiMONSTA delivers yet another superb remix, mixing in the slow-burning chorus of the original with equally sultry beats.
Sivu - I Hold (feat. Marika Hackman)
what, the what? Sivu made a duet with Marika Hackman? this is turning into a great day. “I Hold” takes its time to grow at a brooding pace, finally unfurling into menacing grandeur. there are brilliant geniuses at work here.
Let us no longer wake up
sweating in a summer bed.
Let us never eat grapefruits
from each other’s laps.
Let us stray quickly
into this Garden of Sleeping Alone.
This Garden of Heartache has found itself
a labyrinth inside me.
Let this be easy.
Let this be the last time
my heart is wrong.
Let his hands not surrender
up my thighs. Let him not
unwrap me. Let him
not find in me a new body
again and again.
Let him not love me.
Let it not be so.
The Casket Girls - Same Side
after giving us the hopelessly addictive “Heartless” (still stuck in my head today), The Casket Girls prepare to release their debut album next year with this wistful and perfectly well-done single. “Same Side” is wrapped in golden tones and sweet, dulcet harmonies, and is an awesome preview of their brilliantly-named album “True Love Kills the Fairy Tale”.
Mannequins on 7th Street - Sofia
these new scenesters from Belgium paint soft vocal lines of yearning alongside insistent tribal beats; the result is nothing short of magical. definitely keep a look-out for these guys.