This week is full of straight up amazing music, as always. There’s Låpsley, who released her first music ever at the age of 17 from her bedroom using Garage Band. There is a remix of a Dolly Parton song that I stumbled upon when looking up remixes of her music after hearing Mark Farina sample it at a recent show of his. There’s also a band that is rapidly growing in popularity, but no one knows who they are!
On a personal note, I had a great weekend of music. On Friday I saw Red Tail Hawk, an alternative rock/funk band from Southern New Hampshire I got to meet Rich Chwastiak, aka the Wig, a DJ from Brooklyn who I got to party and dance with until 4am. Although their music doesn’t fit in with the music I typically post on this blog, you should be a musical adventurer and check them out too!
Låpsley is a young new British talent. Holly Låpsley is only 18, and has already built up a name for herself with her previous singles. She just released her first official EP, Understudy, of which Falling Short is the first track. Låpsley is a classically trained musician who now writes and produces all of her own music, using Apple’s Logic program. It may sound like those are male backing vocals, but she uses a pitch-shifter on her own voice. Her voice is very mature, as well as the emotional, stripped-down electronic style of her music, which is very unusual for someone her age. She’s definitely one to keep watching in 2015.
Tongues.-Colours In the Dark
Tim Kwant, formerly a member of the electropop group Kill the Waves, just branched out into his own music under the name Tongues. Colours In the Dark contains lost of synth loops which morph the song seemlessly from verse to chorus to verse, and Kwant digitizes his voice with vocoder elements. Also, he’s Scottish!
Dolly Parton-Jolene (Kygo Remix)
KYGO is a 23 year old music producer from Norway, notable for his remixes of popular songs. He was directly inspired by Avicii to create electronic music. He also has a really awesome name: Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll. This remix is a particularly creative one as he chose the most popular track from country music legend Dolly Parton. The pulsating filters and laid back percussion take this song straight from a country bar to an upscale lounge.
Alt-J-Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
Lido is a Norweigan artist who specializes in remixes and surprised the music world with his unlikely remix of Alt-J’s, song. Alt-J members shun genre labels, so I’m hesitant to give them one, but some folks have dubbed their style “folk step.” I have the tracks for both the original and the remix here, so you can compare the two and title Alt-J’s genre yourself, if you so desire. The original was great, but the remix took this song to an entirely new amazing level. My favorite elements are the gunshot sounds really adding to the Old West showdown theme of this song. Fun fact: Alt-J named their band after the symbol that appears when alt and j are pressed at the same time on a Mac computer. ∆
Borgeous & SHAUN FR∀NK-This Could Be Love (feat. Delaney Jane)
Borgeous is an up-and-coming DJ from Miami who teamed up with northerner Shaun Frank, innovative rocker-turn-DJ from Toronto. Borgeous deviates a little from his typically more intense style, such as can be found in his song Tsunami, and along with Shaun Frank, adds in Delaney Jane, whose smooth, sweetly vulnerable vocals make for a more radio-ready EDM song here.
Oh Wonder-The Rain
Even though I’ve posted several Oh Wonder tracks before, it’s always worth posting another one. This mysterious duo has still released no personal information about themselves, other than the fact they’re from London and that they will be releasing one song a month for the next year. This is the fifth out of the thirteen songs they promised and even though they are gaining a lot of popularity, no one knows who they are. They posted on Facebook recently, “Last night we heard ‘Body Gold’ come on at a house party… and no one knew it was us. Life can be surreal sometimes. Thanks for sharing our music!”In an interview with Pigeons & Planes, they explain why they hid their identities right now: “for us, music is the most important aspect. We admire good songwriting and good production. We didn’t want people to have any preconceptions about Oh Wonder. Essentially, we want to focus on the art, not the artist.” Their latest release, “The Rain,” is the most laid back of all of their songs so far, however the subtle nuances of the warm synth building and the the added harmonies gives the song pleasant dynamic.