Sabzi and Kelsey Burkin are set to take over the world as Made In Heights, who are about to release their sophomore full length Without My Enemy What Would I Do, on May 26th. I’ve written about them before, and there’s not a whole lot more to add other than beefing up my endorsement even a few more notches. It isn’t often that you encounter new artists who can’t seem to do any wrong. Their first album, the self-titled Made In Heights, is nearly flawless from start to finish and everything they’ve put out ahead of this new one pushes them even further. Don’t take my word for it, just pick anything from their SoundCloud page and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy, and don’t sleep on them.
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Most of the time, the best pop music floating around is stuff you’re not going to hear on the radio (yet). I could spend a lot of time trying to deconstruct every little element of this song that puts it ahead its radio counterparts, but that would go against the ethos of the track. It’s just… really nice to listen to. And like FRANKIE sings, everybody’s got problems so there’s a little something for everyone to relate to. She only has a couple songs out right now but “Problems Problems” definitely puts her on the watch list.
I’m trying to muster some cynicism over yet another musician who moves from Podunkville, USA to Los Angeles just in time to inhale the sweet smell of internet buzz from the release of his first-ever single, but you know what, I can’t. I can’t be mad about anything in a world where BØRNS’s aptly-named Candy EP exists. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to visit a candy shop in outer space (I’m sure you were just thinking about that), here’s your chance to find out with BØRNS’s first single, “10,000 Emerald Pools.” BØRNS describes this as “cosmo-inspired electro rock”, I call it whoaaaa man trippy galactic creamsicle, but I think we can all agree that this almost tooth-achingly sweet track will make you want to surf the sugary waves of space, or at least dance around in your desk chair a bit.
Just about the only thing more cliche than referring to a band that hasn’t released many details about themselves as “mysterious,” is complaining about those who do just that. Looks like I’ve already committed that infraction so let’s just move on. LANY is a trio out of Los Angeles and “ILYSB” is super smooth and sexy, plus it includes the line “hella obsessed with your face” in what is an obvious admission of NorCal cultural superiority. I think.
Lincoln Jesser has been making music for a few years now and has somehow managed to dodge the buzz cycle, though no fault of his own work. His latest track, “We’ll Be Fine” is an incredibly catchy indie electro pop jam (similarities to The Naked and Famous come to mind). It’s one of those sonic anti-depressants, anthemic reassurances that, you know, everything is gonna be OK. And that’s fine by us.