Every once in a while you discover a group you like so much that you keep finding out more about them while wearing a smile on your face. Here we have this husband-wife indie pop duo called Tape Waves from South Carolina who bring us a gem off of their debut album Let You Go, titled “Ready Now.”
Don’t let their quirkiness and lack of intimidation fool you–they masterfully handled this selection of dream pop tunes. The mellow instrumentals match perfectly with the female vocals, which are both muffled and sustained for the dreamy and psychedelic effect. Their music is makes you feel good and want to lay back and relax. They stay true to their musical roots by bringing in fun and peaceful vibes from their hometown and into their music, expressing their lifestyle through lyrical and melodic maneuvers.
Go get a copy of their album and judge for yourself. Tape Waves are definitely a group to watch and one for all the music enthusiasts out there.
ANNA OF THE NORTH
We have selfishly been hiding this track from you guys for far too long. Anna Of The North is, bar none, the greatest talent you’ve never heard of and that has gone on for far too long. I think it’s only fair to end my blogathon run with this track as it is my personal favorite and one of the most played songs in my personal collection. Donna Lewis’ 1996 karaoke classic “I Love You Always Forever” may be forgotten in the eyes and ears of most, but not Anna Lotterud of Oslo, Norway. This future legend dusted off the record and recruited producing extraordinaire Brady Daniell-Smith to recreate and as you can see, it is streets ahead of the original. Anna’s silky and warm voice pays tribute to Lewis’s rendition but, over Brady’s dream pop composition, becomes a euphoric and infectiously happy cover. I challenge ever Ninja to listen to this once (or thirty times), by the end you’ll be smiling, guaranteed. But this starlet’s catalogue doesn’t end here. Her Sway EP, now on iTunes, is one of the best 1-2 punches of 2014. Sway, America’s next great radio hit, is already turning major heads in both the creative and A&R sides of the industry and the B-side, Undervann, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful things you will ever hear. The future is so bright for this young artist (and her production team) and we can’t wait to see how far she’ll go!
Chandelier (Addal Edit) ***FREE DOWNLOAD***
You’re not a real music blog until you post hundreds and hundred of Sia tracks, let’s keep that going tonight. There’s no denying that the Aussie vixen is having the best year of her career however it’s all too easy for the new listener to assume that Sia was born for the Top 40. If you are really trying to get into Sia; we urge you to dig into her earlier indie works, they are are sensational. That being said, “Chandelier” is the talk of the town and therefore has received its own fair share of remix treatment. After combing through the haystack, we have found this gem by Addal. Stepping outside of genre lines and instead going for the more emotional, cinematic approach, this remix by the Frenchman showcases Sia’s true vocal talent and changes the mood from Top 40 radio hit about partying to an intimate record about partying.
The Portland duo of Shadows On Stars are quickly becoming one of our favorite 1-2 team in music today. They blew us away with their gorgeous covers of Lykke Li and Aalyiah and kept us going with sultry, emotional, eclectic original pieces. Chi Duly, mashup artist turned bonafide producer, creates incredible soundscapes that words can’t begin to describe and the beautiful Randa Leigh takes it home from there. This is one of the few artists where we encourage you to dig through their entire discography; it’s that good. Oh by the way, the Mad Men sample takes this to the next level.
Both (Prod. By Don Diestro)
Often times in life, we find ourselves having to choose between money and hoes, leaving us wondering if it’s possible for the two to co-exist. Luckily, Bay Area native Jetpack Jones is here to emphasize the importance of leading a life of balance, demonstrating how we can have “Both.” In all seriousness though, while the basic premise behind the new single may sound a bit superficial at first, it makes for an addictive listen regardless. As the self-proclaimed “Chillest Rapper Alive,” Jetpack definitely lives up to his billing, utilizing impeccable wordplay and a laidback deliver that flows well over the hypnotic instrumental provided by Don Diestro. The two plan to release their upcoming 380 SL project early next week, and if this track is any indication of what they have to offer, we’re definitely in for a real treat.
It’s about that time of the night where we recommend you go pour yourself a nice glass of wine or crack open a good bottle beer and settle down with that special someone. While you do that, make sure to press play for this swoon-worthy new song from UK’s, Osca. Creating the type of music that’s suitable for any occasion such as snuggling on the couch or soaking in the bathtub with a nice glass of bubbly – you name it- Osca sends us a first-class delivery package of feels straight to our doorstep each and every time. With our ears and hearts in a vulnerable state, nothing could ever prepare us enough for the rush of butterflies that filled our stomach to the brim after listening to their new song, “Illume”. With such a beautiful chorus and an effortless ambient flow of the stunning instrumental, “Illume” brightens us up like never before. So squeeze that special someone extra tight because this one will guarantee make you feel some type of way.
Inferno ft. Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR
The up and coming indie group Sir Sly is making a name for themselves by establishing a unique electronic sound in their short career so far. They released a track titled “Inferno” and it’s a collaboration with the female lead singer of the exciting group MS MR.
In this genre of alternative music, Sir Sly is definitely one of the frontrunners on the list, with names like Florence and the Machine, Little Daylight, HAIM, etc. This one here is a little different from their usual work, a little faster and a little more playful. With their signature bass-driven instrumentals, the catchy melody of the song is fueled by Lizzy Plapinger’s vocals. The intro riff adds a mysterious and adventurous feel to the entire song. The two singers harmonize exceptionally well in the chorus, making it a memorable tune.
This recent release is a sneak peek of Sir Sly’s debut album You Haunt Me, which is available on September 16. Make sure you don’t miss it because this one is a must have!