Tag Archives: dreampop

Death In The Afternoon – “Let’s Talk”

18 Sep


It’s been a while since we posted any Swedish pop music which, frankly, feels like a massive oversight on our part. Thankfully the wonderful Sommarhjarta label (home to blog favourites Summer Heart and Sameblod) has come to our rescue with a brand new single from dreamy-synth-pop duo, Death In The Afternoon.

Following on from their debut album, Kino, “Let’s Talk” is a gloriously warm track, with echoes of Bronksi Beat-esque synth and guitar lines permeating through the groovy bass track. Christian Nanzell’s vocals are feather light and soft, a refreshing counter to the sharp stab of drums that will have your feet tapping, then shuffling, then grooving gently around the bathroom as you get ready for an evening out. For example. We’re not saying that is something we’ve done in the last 24 hours or anything. Ahem.

It’s delightful in the subtle way it uplifts and inspires happiness and creates smiles. It takes you gently by the hand for a good boogie in its neon-lit retro-inspired and future proof discotheque and you just end up having a wonderful time, drenched in its gloriously dreamy pop glow.

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Ummagma – “Rotation”

11 Mar


Related tracks on Soundcloud is fast becoming one of our favourite things, taking us, as it does, in myriad different directions to a legion of artists we may or may not have heard of before. On one such jaunt down the orange brick road we stumbled into the most recent (from late last year) offering from the hitherto unknown to us Ukranian-Canadian duo of Alexx Kretov and Shauna McLarnon.

Not to be confused with late WWE wrestling juggernaut, Umaga, the pair actually perform as Ummagma (note the extra ‘m’s and lack of facial tattoos) and rather than throwing people around like soft toys, they instead make us giddy with their fuzzy alt-dreampop.

Released as a double a-side with “Live And Let Die”, “Rotation” (streaming below) has a not-quite-heaviness to its shoegaziness that is all blurry and head swirlingly lovely. It builds slowly like a distant vehicle taking shape through a heat haze as it draws closer. Gently the drums, guitars and vocals hone into view as you’re taken on a road trip with the top down across a deserted highway and under the blazing sun. An alarm sound calls out but there is no warning to be heeded, just synths and beats that build and form like dust balls on the horizon as an adventure in the sun is just beginning.

A slow grinding, heady maze of aural miasma, “Rotation” leaves you not discombobulated, but feeling strangely high and light of mind. More please…

”Rotation/Live And Let Die” is out now and available to buy on iTunes.

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Listen: A Weekend At The Feelies – “Light”

29 Aug

A Weekend At The Feelies

At the beginning of the month we brought you the ”echoey beauty of fragile synth highs and caressing bass lows” of “Lowly Buzzard”; Jordan Campbell’s first offering as A Weekend At The Feelies. Now as the month draws to a close and summer starts to blend into autumn, we are able to share a new track, the equally languid and misty “Light”.

Soft percussion melts into a smooth and ethereal melody as Campbell’s vocals float in like distant smoke, all wispy and elusive. “Lowly Buzzard” was hardly urgent in tone or sound but “Light” has turned the dial down still further. This is stillness and serenity, a piece of absolute calm just as the light punches through the darkness as dawn breaks across the Arctic for the first time after months of winter. It is delightfully understated, delicate and subtle; it climbs gently, almost imperceptibly, upon you and soothing your mind and soul. It’s a track for late nights, when the world has gone to sleep and, ironically, all the light has gone.

”Light” is out now and available to download alongside “Lowly Buzzard” for the bargain price of £0. That’s right, they are both currently free from the A Weekend At The Feelies soundcloud page. You best get them now before they are all gone.

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Listen: A Weekend At The Feelies – “Lowly Buzzard”

6 Aug

A Weekend At The Feelies

There isn’t much online about Jordan Campbell and his new musical incarnation, A Weekend At The Feelies, despite this we get the impression he is quite an intelligent and thoughtful young man. Not least because, as he told us, the name was inspired by Huxley’s Brave New World (from the notion that in modern society all you get is the weekend and music, art etc are classed as ‘the feelies’ he explained), but also because his track, “Lowly Buzzard”, conveys a great deal of depth and consideration.

He had actually been using A Weekend At The Feelies as the name of a biweekly email subscription that he used to release songs whilst living in Southern California. That lasted about a year, he explained, before he started to refine his sound. Now living in Seattle, he has started to release music again and “Lowly Buzzard” is his first offering.

It’s gloriously languid in style and almost shoegazy. It is lightly reminiscent in parts of The Pheonix Foundation, particularly a chilled down “Buffalo”, but is more dreamy and intangible, smoke like almost. Smooth vocals dissipate into its eerie chasm of sonic wistfulness. There are gentle depths and rises, twists, turns and dark corners of sound hidden away, waiting to be discovered. It’s a bit like looking into the mouth of a cave; dare to go in and the song will reward you with the echoey beauty of fragile synth highs and caressing bass lows, like aural ancient stalagmites meeting mystical stalactites.

Whether it is the weekend or not, you can get your own “Lowly Buzzard” feelies to enjoy for the bargain price of just $1.

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In Review: Exlovers – Moth

4 Jul

Three years after first attracting attention on the London scene, exlovers have finally released their debut album, Moth. You could, if you were so inclined, say they have finally emerged from their cocoon. That though would suggest that they have been hibernating, waiting for the long cold winter to pass and for warmer weather to come and awaken them from their slumber.

There are two main problems with that however; Peter Scott, Laurel Sills and the band have certainly not been hibernating, they have been working and striving to craft and finesse their sound for release. Also, while their music sounds perfectly suited to the sun-kissed days of summer, this is the UK, waiting for the sunshine is akin to resisting the Borg, futile.

Perhaps then Moth is perfectly suited to the British climate after all, as we hardly get any sun of our own we must embrace it vicariously through the warm melodies and, feather-light boy-girl harmonies contained within. The album has a decidedly vintage feel as well, like a memory of summers past, playing out as kids on those bright days that went on forever, all captured for posterity on camera. Close your eyes as you listen and you see lens flare, the dog-eared corners of old Polaroids, blue skies and endless smiles.

As well as blending their vocals with sumptuous effect, Scott, Sills et al have gone retro for inspiration. Like an instagram Bill & Ted, they’ve travelled back through time and plucked sonic nuggets from our past and brought them back to the present for our enjoyment. Surf-pop, indie-rock, dreampop, shoegaze, wobbly lo-fi riffs, they are all in there and together they sound lovely.

Moth is out now through the Young & Lost Club label and available digitally