Is it just me or is music getting harder to describe these days? Regardless, it’s not like anyone reads these anyway. You’re going to get lured in by that luscious hair, or maybe I should have tried to convince you to listen with a picture of ex-Snakadaktal Phoebe Lou. Either way, the second track release from Australia’s Hopium is beautiful, emotional and easily digestible (and no I don’t mean that last one as a detraction). Enjoy the song, you logophobes.
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Typically, pop stars are pre-fabricated tools created by labels or financed by their rich parents (looking at you, Lana Del Rey) so it’s always refreshing to see someone with a murkier background and unique experience on the come up. Canadian pop singer Lowell took a hard turn into drugs, leading to a brief career stint as an exotic dancer. Now she’s making a name for herself in the music world, using her past as inspiration for the brilliantly catch pop songs she crafts. While the feminist themes of her latest single are great to hear in a pop song, it stands alone as an infectious sonic treat. Her debut album, “We Loved Her Dearly” comes out September 16th on Toronto’s independent label Arts & Crafts.
Just when you thought maybe NYC was sleeping on its indie band game, a group like Salt Cathedral comes along to completely blow you out of the water. Laced with tinges of electronic production that you might expect from the current musical zeitgeist, “Tease” is indie rock and pop at its core, with vocals that remain beautiful even while strained. Big ups to Brooklyn for this one!
Don’t you just love music that sounds like a collection of things you’ve heard before, and yet sounds like none of them at all? British newcomer Jack Garratt‘s second track release “Worry” has you thinking sad acoustic man in the first few seconds before exploding into some funk-tinged heavy bass pop. It’s sort of like if Alex Clare, James Blake and Hozier all got freaky and had a music baby conceived by a mystery mistress. Except we probably don’t want to think about that any further so maybe you should just listen to the song.
So here’s another one of those things where we don’t really know anything about the band at all. All we know is that EXGF is a collective of singers and producers and that they’re from LA. Well, I suppose we do know one more thing, that their debut track “Idle Hands” is incredibly fun to bounce along to. Not to mention that kudos are in order for an expertly placed “mother fucker,” which should always be lauded when done right. This has all the potential in the world to be co-opted by 14-year-olds and then we won’t be able to listen without feeling a tiny bit guilty so get on it while you can.