This Ma-Te Lin song is so delicate I’m afraid it’s going to break in my hands. What a gorgeous song. Lead singer Asha whispers in Mandarin and English over a simple composition over someone she wishes to come home. She sounds sad but grateful to know such a person. His or her return would still be bittersweet, but at least a good memory. The group’s last full album came out in 2015, so hopefully “Please Come Home” is a sign towards the next release.
When someone describes your music as “Sade in Space,” you listen. It’s not a perfect analogy (no one but Sade can sound like Sade in space), but it’s great for us how close London duo Silk Cinema gets with its latest single “Disappear.” Music to feel lonesome and beautiful to and to live for tonight. Looking for trouble but already found beauty. Reminds me too of Rhye’s mysterious grooves. Beat-driven music you can enjoy in a club and also in a car. Would love to hear more new music soon.
Check out a more upbeat band remix of “Disappear” here.
I’m a little late to Ecuador’s Marley Muerto, but I’m glad I got here. A towering yellow suited man with a disco skull writes sad songs for the clubs. The music, especially “Dorado Salmón Violeta (feat. Frances Possieri),” also sounds good in the morning-after light after a night of bad or even meh decisions. My favorite release of his so far is 2012’sPararmar; Not quite freak folk, and in 2017 this can qualify for legitimate mainstream pop music, but it’s definitely a far-out take on traditional Latin songwriting. The weirder, the better. And what a great website.
I can’t tell you much about Mu Zein Wallah or this Semuta Music release, mostly because I couldn’t find anything. A total mystery. There seems to be a sort of connection to Dune (never read or watch it). In any case, and freaky album cover aside, I really dig these ambient sounds that could inhabit the same desert as the monster on the cover. The music makes me feel dry and uncomfortable, which I’m sure was the intention. Only five tracks, but they seem to go on forever. Listen to more on Bandcamp.
What starts out slow and dreamy turns into sharp and precise, as Hong Kong “math-folk” group GDJYB ease you into their world before punching you softly with great riffs and incredible vocals sung in “Honglish” (Hong Kong English). The bass playing throughout is especially excellent, and it’s refreshing to hear it mixed so that you can actually hear it. And the video is top notch – it appears to be shot using film and anything goes in this all-white space. The group has much love in their home, though it’s time they break through here in the states.
Lokal Affair is a Tunisian producer with a new EP call Seremunia out now via the experimental sound system labelBoomarm Nation. This short collection is something I can put on and get lost in – random sounds are sampled over steady, groovy beats that take me to Tunisia.
The EP is getting some rightfully good traction, especially with a shout out by Tiny Mix Tapes: “[The EP] contains the soothing everythingness of daytime city noise, and the echoes of the blacklight nighttime stars blotted out by the rising sun during the walk home from the club.”
Now that Blade Runner has entered my mind again, I’ve been in that dark, synthy mood lately and have been seeking out music that takes me to a future LA in which I feel despondent and dreamy in the snow. Greek producer May Roosevelt takes me there. The way she builds her songs and gives them room to grow is excellent, and I found myself getting lost and repeating “Air” several times, never wanting it to end. Influenced by Massive Attack, Bach, Bjork, traditional Greek, and Byzantine chants, her electronica is haunting in the best way.
Her latest release Junea came out this week via Inner Ear and is available via Bandcamp.
I love the new Animales music video for latest single “Dioses” – that chorus takes me into A-ha territory in the best way. Directed by Dutch video artist Elise The, the trippy video for “Dioses” further makes the A-ha connection using clever animation to depict gods and men and how all things, even for gods, must come to an end.
The Chilean indie-pop group recorded their synth-heavy EP at NYC’s Sterling Sound (Adele, Beyonce, The Weeknd) and the polished sound works well for the band’s fun music. I’m excited to hear more. The new EP is out now on Spotify.