Cosmo Sheldrake is a 24 year old producer from London. And a bloody good one at that. Solar is the B-Side to Cosmo’s debut single ‘The Moss’ and it’s about as bizarre as it is incredible – and believe you me, this song is off the incredible scale.
For me a lot of the reason I love this track so much is the weird and wonderful methods used to produce the otherworldly sounds you’re hearing. Sheldrake actually used the Sun as an instrument here. Thats right – the Sun.
In a technique known as ‘Stellar Seismology’, Cosmo used recordings of the Sun, manipulating the sounds to create something that is truly unique. I can safely say I’ve never heard any song before that was composed using the sounds of celestial bodies. It even seems bizarre that we’re talking about the Sun having a sound. But nope – there are producers out there so talented they can use something as seemingly ridiculous as space noise as an instrument. Go figure.
Compared to the Sun the other aspects of this song seem outright mundane. Which is silly considering that Solar also features field recordings of Ecuadorian flutes and the singing of the Aka Pygmy Tribes of Central America.
But that’s not all, to top it all off Cosmo recites a verse from ‘I Woke Up At The Dawn Of Day’ (a William Blake poem) in a bleak and ghostly tone that makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up. I love this song because when you take its individual components, there just seems to be no way it should come together at all. But it does, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy.
As we prep ourselves for the craziness that is Coachella, we’re lost in a sea of interview questions, meeting coordination, and planning out both our poolside and after hours jams. Thankfully we have a new track to throw into the mix that seamlessly blends into either of those carefully selected playlists.
Culminating in a swirling blend of rock, reggae, electronica and punk influences, Brooklyn based Inky Jack has concocted a peculiar and overwhelmingly addictive sound with their song, “Freedom.” Blurring the lines between genres effortlessly, this tune carries a strong message through its lyrics. Coming via lead singer Kwame, these words are displayed through a truly one-of-a-kind vocal tone that is both refined and a little rough around the edges. He’s able to hit high notes in a soulful manner, calling on associations of CeeLo and Tunde Adebimpe from TV On the Radio.
Dipesh Sinha and Kwame Bulter (aka Inky Jack) have set quite the trajectory early on in their career. Their sound casts a wide net by the immense amount of genres it so fluently flirts with.
Make sure to keep an eye out for their EP, Infrared, which will be out later this year. Beyond that, don’t be surprised when you see this name on some major festivals next year. That time is drawing near for this stellar duo.
It’s not often you hear the phrases ‘genre hybrid’ and ‘that went well’ united in an utterance. With his project Colours, Aussie born and London based producer Tom Crandles, may have issued a new era.
Shoe-gazy and hazy, new track ‘You Can’t See Me’ lacks the introspection of My Bloody Valentine, but is in possession of its woozy and dulcet mannerisms. Translucent yet focused, a melodic drive and grungy guitars, deftly navigate their way through an industrial soundscape. Exquisite synth sections and the dreamy-psych vocal simmer down a hooky euphoria and polish off perfection, with a wonderfully effortless vibe.
Double A-side digital single ‘You Can’t See Me’, is released on the 8th of April.
Lana Del Rey
Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight
If you’re feeling trepidation at the possibility of enduring summertime sadness next season, we have some timely good news for you. A late 70s-inspired number written by the “Young & Beautiful” artist, Lana Del Rey, was released yesterday. According to her tweet to Prefix Magazine, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight” was written 4 years ago, which suggests that it won’t be featured on her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence. However, in her reply, she also reveals the title of her next single, named “West Coast”.
There’s less than a month before her album release -set to come out May 1st. So why not sway a little, and allow the moonlit night set in with the picturesque lyrics of the tune below.
We Were Evergreen
Less of a ‘False Start’, more of a new beginning: Parisian trio We Were Evergreen, have downed their twee toys and deliver a sparkling sense of misdirection with this adrenaline fueled release. No doubt the intoxicating spriteliness of ‘False Start’ mirrors its narrative inspiration: band member Michael sourced the idea from a Usain Bolt documentary.
Flip through the back catalogue and you’ll hear rumors of lo-fi, fizzy and quirky pop offerings; descriptions almost unaligned with the textured electro vibes and sleek vocals that peruse ‘False Start’. We Were Evergreen may be shaking their cute vibe and replacing it with something a bit more sassy.
Riding high off the back of a European tour (supporting Metronomy), sell out UK shows and notable nods from prestigious press (BBC 6 Music and The Guardian’s: Pick Of The Day), We Were Evergreen now embark on their own headline tour of the UK and pop in at Liverpool’s ‘Sound City’ Festival 2014, to strut and fret their hour upon the stage, with the likes of Wolf Alice and Albert Hammond Junior.
We’re not expecting Olympic stadiums, but we are suggesting big things.
As we slowly wake up from our hibernation laden winter, we’re gleefully looking ahead to spirited adventures with that special someone. There’s something about it, isn’t there? The warm weather. The flowers. The waves slowly lapping against the shores. Some people may argue that summer is the best time to be single, but we know all of you hopeless romantics out there disagree, as you patiently wait for the grand-scale plans that you have laid out.
Back in 2012 we released our first “Indie Songs for Lovers” playlist with a resounding appreciation from you all. While we may have missed the boat last year, we’re back at it again with a heart-warming selection of over 70 tracks that will leave your lover swooning.
Starting with accoustic folk, this playlist will take you on a journey through poppy indie rock all the way to some smooth rolling beats to set the mood.
Press play and get lost in love, ninjas.
James Vincent McMorrow
For Your Love
Josh and Mer
All Was Right
Josh and Mer
From The Sea
The Thick and the Thin
The Last Song
Tom Misch & Carmody
Every Vessel Every Vein
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover)
Digital Witness (DARKSIDE Remix)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, better known as Darkside, are hot off the heels of their 2013, critically acclaimed release Psychic. They also recently dropped a new remix of St. Vincent’s Digital Witness.
While the two are currently working on separate projects, they still had time to come together and release a raging remix of Annie Clark’s standout single. This flooring, industrial track commands the listener’s attention and obedience to our digital overlords. Drowsy, modulated vocals are pulled through an automated soundscape of pulsing, mechanical beats and robotic synth that make you wonder “What’s the point of even sleeping?”
According to St. Vincent, the track will be released as a 12” vinyl June 17. Pre-orders for the record are available here.