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SONG PICK: Sevdaliza – Mad Woman

In her latest song, Sevdaliza almost whispers the words over heavy, dark electronic textures. Whatever the titular “Mad Woman” has in her mind, it probably will not end well.

Sevdaliza is born in Iran, lives in the Netherlands and has her hands in many projects in music and film, for example the short “The Formula”, which this song is taken from. There is more of her genre-bending brand of electronics on her debut album “Ison”.

NEW MUSIC: Nala – Woman EP

Nala is an band from Sweden, who does unapologetic, stadium-ready alternative rock anthems, like the closer and title track of their new EP “Woman”. No wonder that they played several festivals in their home country this summer and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear a lot more of them next year.

SONG PICK: Willodean – The Gold

“The Gold” by Los Angeles-based indie rock trio Willodean is absolutely gorgeous with its lazy beats, lush guitar strumming and a crazy-cool hook that is impossible to escape. This is power-pop at its best, complete with the always joyful cowbells! The three band members of Willodean bring diverse musical backgrounds[…]

SONG PICK: Candace – Horizons (video)

With “Horizons” music and video fit perfectly together. Candace, the three piece of Sarah Rose (guitar/bass/vocals), Sarah Nienaber (guitar/bass/vocals) and Mara Appel DesLauriers (drums/vocals) lead you sonically and visually through sun-drenched landscapes, just right for closing your eyes and dream the day away. Candace is working on a full-length “New Ruins”, due out in early 2018.

NEW MUSIC: Sgrow – Circumstance EP

One of my favorite discoveries this year is the Norwegian electronic duo Sgrow. Their tracks “Is Anybody Where They Want To Be?” and “Feel Something” were our Song Picks of the Day and we also featured the video for “Kismet”. Now their debut EP “Circumstance” with four more dark and[…]

NEW MUSIC: Cusi Coyllur – Woke Up from a Lazy Dream

After her intense track “amivulnerable” Shannen Roberts aka Cusi Coyllur strikes a lighter note. Musically, that is. At a closer look “Woke Up from a Lazy Dream” is a wild ride through different states of mind of a panic attack. Shannen explains: It never feels like I’m in control of[…]

SONG PICK: Newmen – Electric Eel / Humanin

No, this is not Germany in the mid 70s but Germany in the late 2017s. The Frankfurt-based neo wave indie rock band Newmen just released the double track “Electric Eel / Humanin” and it is impossible to choose a favorite among the two. And why should we anyway? Analog synths[…]

PHOTOS: High Waisted Live at Rough Trade

When we recently asked High Waisted about their favorite decade in our Q&A feature, Jessica Dye (vocals, guitar) answered: “The 1970s in London so I could be best friends with Viv Albertine, Chrissie Hynde and Vivienne Westwood and shop at Sex. I’d play punk rock and wear Dr Martens and[…]

SONG PICK: Acre Tarn – Wilderness (Video)

U.K. Singer/producer Anna-Louise Etherington records exciting electronic gems under the name Acre Tarn. After “Crescent Moons” early this year, she is now back with a new song “Wilderness”. The track is only available as a video, which shows Anna in the wilderness, haunted by mysterious masked figures. There is certainly[…]

SONG PICK: DYGL – Let It Sway

Hard to believe that DYGL call Tokyo their home because their new single “Let It Sway” sounds as English as The Kooks and as New York as The Strokes, which comes as no surprise with Albert Hammond Jr. and Gus Obert as producers. Let’s give the Japanese quartet the credit[…]