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SONG PICK: Chavez Cartel – Bipolar Express

While Chavez Cartel might be new in this particular formation, and “Bipolar Express” their debut single, their songwriting craft and exquisite indie rock vibe sound too mature and refined for being possibly a ‘first’. But who cares about such details if the music is as compelling as it is with “Bipolar[…]

SONG PICK: STIIR – Free Yourself

With guitars so irresistibly bright and glistening, comes a feeling of everything is possible, supporting the track’s title “Free Yourself”. The debut single by London-based alt-pop band STIIR could be the soundtrack to a 70s commercial for air travel, painting the future in fluffy whites and shimmering tones. STIIR is[…]

SONG PICK: Exploded View – Dark Stains

Exploded View is an international trio based in Mexico City and Berlin. “Dark Stains” is a dark, unsettling song in the veins of Factory Floor or, if you want to go further back in time, Liaisons Dangereuses. Singer Annika Henderson barely raises her voice over the noisy, sinister beats of[…]

SONG PICK: Ah! Kosmos (feat. Özgür Yılmaz) – Wide (Video)

Behind the artist name Ah! Kosmos is sound designer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Başak Günak. Born in Istanbul and based in Berlin, the artist is about to release her second album “Beautiful Swamp’” out on October 5 via Compost Records. Listening to “Wide” one can not help but feeling reminded of Pink Floyd’s[…]

SONG PICK: Evalyn – A Pill To Crush

The seven deadly sins are an unusual topic in pop music, but L.A.-based singer/songwriter Evalyn has put them somewhat on the top when she tackled pride with “Angels”, a love song for her hometown. With “A Pill To Crush” wrath also gets a rather dreamy treatment as Evelyn sings about[…]

SONG PICK: Glass Spells – Fascination

Disco-punk quartet Glass Spells hits dreamier tones with their new single “Fascination”, showcasing singer Suz Garza’s charming vocals. The track takes on hypnotic territory when she repeats ‘fascination’ multiple times. True to their disco roots, the beat is highly danceable supported by funky bass lines providing the backdrop for alluring[…]

Q&A with Berndsen (#Airwaves2018)

Many contemporary bands create 80s-tinged pop music but a lot of them shy away from the label and would not wear it on their sleeves. Not so Icelandic musician David Berndsen who creates his beautiful blend of (analog) synth-pop under the moniker Berndsen, and is not afraid to talk about his[…]

NEW MUSIC: Twelve Ballet – Hello, how are you? Album

When the music of Australian duo Twelve Ballet plays, time passes a little slower. There is something laid back and reflective about their songs and singer Sam Hope is never in a rush to bring her message across. On their new album it is about the titular, mostly rhetorical question[…]