Actrese - The Month

SONG PICK: Actrese – This Month

Minimalistic electronics, sparse beats and deadpan vocals are an irresistible combination in my books. It reminds me of times when electronic music was still new and weird, but it also is a refreshing contrast to much of the often overproduced current pop music. Actrese is a new artist from London[…]

isle&fever - Far Away

RELEASED TODAY: isle&fever – Far Away

“Summer Days and Disco Nights” is isle&fever‘s tagline and listening to their brand new single “Far Away”, it becomes clear that this catchphrase is more than just a promise but a dream come true. “Far Away” bubbles and sparkles with a lively tropical night feel, disco beats, charming vocals and an overall irresistible[…]

Curse Of Lono - Five Miles

SONG PICK: Curse Of Lono – Five Miles

Listening to “Five Miles” by alt-rock quintet  Curse Of Lono, I instantly got this warm, fuzzy feeling that great music can cause. Nicely strumming acoustic guitar, some steel guitar thrown in, deep, soft and rich vocals with an overall laid-back and slightly groovy vibe. I felt reminded of some favorite Nashville[…]

facial band

3 Is A Band: FACIAL

Most cool music discoveries have a story, some do not, yet others have a more personal one. The latter is true for FACIAL, a fascinating noise-rock trio from Los Angeles. When I first listened to their debut album “Mistress”, and then on repeat some more, I knew I wanted to write about the band. FACIAL, consisting[…]

Foreign Air - Echo

SONG PICK: Foreign Air – Echo

“Echo”, the new single by Foreign Air, is as mesmerizing and sparkling as a meteor shower to stay within the lyrical context of “we hear echoes from another galaxy”. Foreign Air is the nomadic alt-pop duo of Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen. With “Echo”, they deliver an impossible to resist soaring dance floor sparkler, complete with pulsating[…]

Hazel English - I'm Fine

RELEASED TODAY: Hazel English – I’m Fine

Hailing from Australia, lo-fi artist Hazel English calls now Oakland, California her home. Ahead of her debut EP, due in October, comes “I’m Fine” and the track is just so charmingly beautiful that it makes you want to sing along with Hazel English but then you might miss her hypnotic vocals.[…]

Trails and Ways - Happiness

SONG PICK: Trails and Ways – Happiness

Happiness comes in a lot of different forms and sizes and it is on us to recognize it as what it is, when it hits. When used well, hand claps in music make me instantly happy and so does a crisp and bright guitar melody. Throw in pronounced bass lines, providing[…]

Ella On The Run - WalkAway

VIDEO: Ella On The Run – Walk Away

The visuals to “Walk Away” are as pleasing and beautiful as the song itself. Ella On The Run is singing with a spitting image of herself, with a whirling kaleidoscope, creating a mesmerizing, sensual effect. The video, directed by Rafe Gibbon, does the lyrically sparse track justice by letting Ella On The Run’s[…]

Blak Emoji at C'mon Everybody

PHOTOS: Superbly Diverse Festival 8 at C’mon Everybody

The maybe biggest accomplishment of Festival 8 on Sunday August 14 at Brooklyn’s C’mon Everybody, was its amazing diversity in performers and musical styles. Something even in New York you don’t experience often! Major kudos go to Kelsey Warren for organizing this festival and for performing with his band Blak Emoji that day.[…]

Elsa & Emilie

SONG PICK: Elsa & Emilie – Au Volant

Elsa & Emilie from Norway like to drive out to pretty places, but it remains unclear how happy they are with the “boys with the car keys” in the driver’s seat. “Au Volant” is a beautiful, dreamy pop song with a good dose of melancholy. The track is out today[…]

The Lulls - Paris

VIDEO: The Lulls – Paris

What makes a really cool song even greater? An inspired video! And the Californian surfgaze-trio The Lulls did just that. Together with their new single “Paris”, they also released a stunning video to go with it. It’s a classic band video, filmed like what an Apple Inc. commercial might look like. Directed[…]


NEW ARTIST: Milkywhale

Milkywhale is a new Icelandic music project, a collaboration between singer/dancer Melkorka Sigríður Magnúsdóttir and FM Belfast‘s Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson. They are among the artists to play this year’s Iceland Airwaves and with that much buzz around their live shows on our list of must-see-acts. Listen to the excellent synth-pop track “Goodbye”:[…]

Kyiki - Make Love, Live Free

SONG PICK: Kyiki – Make Love, Live Free

“Make Love, Live Free” is good advice and with that London/L.A. singer/producer Kyiki moves away from the nocturnal gloom of her earlier single “Here For”. “Make Love, Live Free” is a more upbeat song, but she uses a slightly awkward beat to keep it from slipping too much into happy[…]

I Am Karate - Swayze

LATE NIGHT: I Am Karate – Swayze

The song is what the title suggests: an homage to the late actor Patrick Swayze. The lyrics include references to his 1990 hit movie “Ghost”, but that is not why we put this song on the “Late Night” spot. Erika Soldh Ahlström and Marta Petterson from Stockholm, Sweden, aka I[…]