If you have not heard of Made In Heights yet, please just stop whatever you are doing and get to know these two insanely talented artists. The duo of Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin have combined their ‘powers’ to make a sound that is so breathtaking and dream like, a step forward in combining electronic melodies and vocals. Their latest release ‘Panther’ is a wickedly seductive tune. For this particular song, Sabzi used his musical ear to slow down the melody, adding a beautifully simple drum and beat mixture that carries the song through from start to finish. Bulkin added her delicate yet raw vocals, throwing in a bit of talk/singing, to add flair to this song. Every element captures the feelings of this piece, a song of needing someone in your life because they are and always will be everything to you. “Panther” is now available on Spotify and their forthcoming album drops early 2015 be ready for all things good.
Let me just say, ‘pop’ music is making a comeback.
And I’m not talking about the days of boy bands and girls with pigtails, I’m talking about a new generation of artists who have discovered a new pop sound that is both unique and invigorating.
Today we get to premiere and debut one of these artists, a young woman fairly new to the music scene named Allyson Ezell. Hailing from the cornfields of Iowa originally, this talented artist moved to Paris to perfect her aerodynamic pop sound and will be releasing her debut album early 2015. ‘Landmine’, the name of her upcoming EP as well as the first single off of the album, is a mix of electronic synthesizers, defining percussion, and Ezell’s alluring vocals that act sometimes more like an instrument than her actual voice. Ezell speaks to the listeners directly, telling a story of war, a war of love and a love no more. She then carries into singing, describing her heart as a landmine and apologizing for any of the damage that may ensue. As she politely tells us, ‘I’m a landmine, watch your step.’ Ezell is a future voice of pop, she has figured out how to make a sound that is original and enticing. Keep your eyes out for this landmine, her music is sure to blow you away.
Mansions On The Moon
If you’ve been a regular reader of TMN for the past few years, months or even weeks, then there is a very likely chance that you’ve noticed our unwavering affection for L.A. alt-pop constructors Mansions on the Moon. We’ve been there in some capacity for just about every release and live performance from Ted Wendler & Co. since their inception, and as MotM is scheduled to return to Denver this Friday night at Lost Lake Lounge, we had to offer yet another chance to join us in an intimate concert setting. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader through our always simple and streamlined e-mail list; and if entering your electronic mail address doesn’t sound like the most difficult task, then take your shot below. We’ll be picking our winner by 12:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) on the day of the show, so be sure to get your entries in sooner than later. And for those bringing your entire group of friends, or just aren’t the gambling type, Lost Lake is running a special 2 for 1 ticket special for today only. Listen to “Don’t Tell” from Mansions on the Moon above and don’t be left behind on what has been one of our most anticipated Denver of the year.
There are a few rules, of course:
- The event is all ages (16+) so tell your friends!
- You are responsible for your own transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the Lost Lake door.
-You must find a TMN representative and let them buy you a shot (or soda for our under-agers)
With New Music Tuesday in our rearview, we’re now excited to spend some time hunting through soundcloud to find what we missed. Luckily for us, we stumbled across this release from Los Angeles-based rock outfit House Fire.
This up-and-coming four-piece released this tune back in late October, timing up perfectly with the change of the seasons. “Sweet October” brings an impressive persona which effortlessly switches back and forth from wandering, dreamy verses to powerful, charging choruses. Reminding us of a few of our older favs like Mute Math and We Were Promised Jetpacks, this style is an ultimately engaging one, leading the listener on quite the ride.
These cats are playing at Hotel Cafe in L.A. tonight. If you’re in the area, make sure to head out and catch them live.
Lincoln Jesser has been quietly enticing much of the staff here at TMN over the course of the past few years. From singles steeped in supremely catchy, thought out production structures to a cohesive and accessible debut LP, Modern Color; it’s safe to say we’ve carved out a bit of a soft spot for the So-Cal synth modulator. As a result, every time we’re sent a new lush pop composition from LJ, it more than piques our interest and never fails to deliver an earful of sonic beauty. “Golden”, Jesser’s latest tune finds the young producer in one of the most enlightened stretches of a brief music career, with Jesser’s crooning vocals sounding more polished and directed than ever before -even amongst a deft amount splicing, chopping, and layering. Musically, “Golden” borrows tonality from a multitude of unexpected genres; a swelling, pitched down bass line offers shades of U.K. jack and club-house while a rich, warm pop base lacquers the movement with more than enough unique accessibility to shine amongst what has become an influx of a formulaic avalanche’s worth of stabs at the revivalist genre. One thing this writer has always associated with Jesser has been: “refreshing”. And that’s once again how “Golden” lays on our palate.
Aside from the weekend, Tuesday has to be our favorite day of the week. There’s just something about the throngs of new music bring released that really makes this day stand apart from any other weekday. Today, we’re kicking things off with a bang, thanks to Portland artist/producer EXROYALE.
Josh Schroeder (EXROYALE) has already had a busy year, producing singles for the ever-so-soulful JMR and newcomer Áine Aura. On top of which, he’s dropped five remixes and three singles of his own. We’ve had the ultimate pleasure of watching this artist through the years, and it has been tremendous to see the growth in musical exploration, which shines bright in “Lovesick Youth.”
This premiere has a shimmering electro pop glimmer to it, riding happily along a booming bassline and wavering, distorted guitar. Shroeder’s vocals, which we’ve come to adore over the years, create an enveloping experience with lyrics that we’re having trouble shaking after just one listen. Expertly accompanying the glowing pop cadence, the end result is one hell of a catchy tune, which is available as a free download on his Soundcloud.
Alright, ninjas. Unfortunately the weekend is over. It’s time to gear up, grab the bull by the horns, and absolutely own the pathetic excuse for a weekday known as Monday. Luckily for us, we have some rippin’ tunes to help carry the tempo for today’s hustle, and it comes via New York outfit Barkhouse.
Do us a favor before you get too far into this post. Can you press play on “Oh No?” There we go. Now we have the proper mood set for this write up. As if pre-destined to be the perfect song to kick your day off, “Oh No” has a strong focus on frenetic percussion and grainy vocals, all of which create a manic, grin-inducing energy which produces the need to get up and punch the day right in the face. It beckons on associations of The Strokes, while maintaining a more feverish tempo than those larger-than-life fellow New Yorkers.
Not every song on Wolves at the Wall boasts a fast-paced intensity worthy of replacing your morning caffeine fix though. In fact, “Getting Away,” holds quite the contrast, displaying a delicate, indie rock vibe. The slowly cascading guitar riffs carefully accentuate the pronounced bassline, providing the perfect compliment to your road trip playlist.
“Twice a Day” continues to show the breadth of their talent, giving us a progressive rock build up. The glowing intro and haunting vocals slowly build into a crescendo of engaging guitar work and a head-nodding rhythm section, which quickly reminds us of some of our favorite Brit-pop acts.
At the end of the day, this five-track EP (recorded at Adrian Grenier’s Wreckroom Records) has us grinning ear-to-ear and wondering how in the hell they aren’t bigger yet. Regardless of whatever reason that may be, it won’t be long. Make sure to snag this gem, which comes out tomorrow, and be ahead of the curve.