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SONG PICK: Esbie Fonte – Here Lies

The music of Esbie Fonte is hard to classify as she mixes styles as she sees fit. “Here Lies” is latest single of the L.A.-based musician and there is a lot to discover in the track. Check it out below on SoundCloud or Spotify. “Here Lies” is on the four-track[…]

SONG PICK: Naytronix – Come Back

Nate Brenner, co-producer and bassist of California-based duo Tune-Yards, is about to release his third solo album under his artist name Naytronix. The utterly gorgeous “Come Back” marks the first cut from his upcoming record “Air”. The psych-pop track possesses an instantly catchy feel thanks to its warm and comforting[…]

VIDEO FRIDAY: Elis Noa – Love Letter

Austrian trio Elis Noa does eclectic future pop, but with their new project “Love Letters” they look backwards and explore the exchange of personal feelings via written notes in the digital age, where many things have become intangible and ephemeral. The video for the title track of their upcoming EP[…]

SONG PICK: Alice Pisano – All the Little Things

Last fall Alice Pisano invited us to celebrate life with a beautiful, assuring video. With her new song she continues with her message of positivity and surly there cannot be too much of it. “All the Little Things” is a quiet and intimate track that points to something grander –[…]

SONG PICK: Zooni – Pany

The debut single by London-based art pop quartet Zoonie instantly creates an optimistic atmosphere despite its melancholic undertones yet the bright outlook seems to win. While the gentle piano melody lured me in and the gorgeous emotive vocals sealed the deal, the song fully got me with the poetic picture[…]

SONG PICK: Tallsaint – Hard Love

Tallsaint is a pop musician from Leeds, England and her new song is about “the surreal feeling of being left hanging on the outskirts of someone’s life but still relentlessly yearning for inclusion in different ways.” That is “Hard Love,” indeed. Going into the heart of the matter with the[…]

SONG PICK: Slye – The Mirror

Having listened to “The Mirror” a good two dozen times already (yes, I can get that impulsive), I am still not sure if I fully understand the song because the story that unfolds is as fascinating as it is horrifying. Since the first-person narrator was obviously still able to write[…]

Three Albums Made by Two People Coming Together

Two people coming together to make music is a staple in pop music these days, often as a collaboration of a singer and a producer. The three duos presented here go beyond that and create their music truly as a unit. Is it coincidence that they all are based in[…]

SONG PICK: Twelve Ballet – Only the Good Kind

Twelve Ballet are siblings Sam and Ben Hope who live in Queensland, Australia. Last year they released beautiful, intimate album “Hello, how are you?”. Today, Twelve Ballet released their new song “Only The Good Kind” which continues their unique way of setting a special mood: sunshine, warmth and relaxation. “You[…]

SONG PICK: Wastefellow- Fizzy Lifting Drinks

A brooding yet highly danceable synth and bass foundation contrasts with bright and sparkling falsetto vocals, as bubbling as the song itself. “Fizzy Lifting Drinks” is the new single by Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer Wastefellow. The track is an uplifting mood changer as much as a glass of bubbly can be. When[…]

SONG PICK: New Pharaohs – Ya Habibi Yalla

Maya Marie aka New Pharaohs grew up in Lebanon and her new track “Ya Habibi Yalla” is about her experiences in Beirut, a city with a troubled history. But that doesn’t mean that you could not find beauty and joy there too and this song perfectly reflects this sentiment. Maya[…]

SONG PICK: Vola Tila – New Behaviour

Bristling with nostalgia “New Behaviour” reveals layers of 70s synth pop and does not shy away of flanger-usage either. The result is a beautiful pop song with infectious hooks and long-lasting appeal. “New Behaviour” marks the first single of Vola Tila‘s upcoming debut EP.  Behind Vola Tila are the singer/songwriters[…]

VIDEO FRIDAY: J.Lamotta – Back In Town

There is no town in this video, but you see a lot of Morocco, where the family of Berlin-based singer/producer J.Lamotta is from. You can feel the heat and the jazzy vibe of the music conveys the laziness that comes with hot weather. This almost would have cost the track[…]

SONG PICK: Naomi Wild – Run That

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Naomi Wild toured last year with electronic music superstars Odesza and came to appreciate the independence that comes with life on the road. So she wrote “Run That” about this feeling, a sophisticated, swirling synth-pop track. Naomi gives some background: The lyrics are me trying to say, like,[…]