Previously Kera & The Lesbians, KERA have joined up with folk musician Devendra Banhart for this beautiful slice of cosmic folk music that encourages and touts the joy and importance of communal support and resilience. It’s dreamy, heartfelt and gently soul-stirring stuff.
Almanacs is the work of Honduran sound artist Wilmer Murillo. ‘Love Peak’ is the title track from his album that came out a few weeks ago and its a beautifully aqueous piece of music that drifts on a warm sonic current of synths, conjuring up all kinds of constantly morphing images that form and dissipate into the aether.
Primer is the work of Michigan vocalist/producer Alyssa Midcalf who is also one half of Parts. The melancholic yet uplifting synth sound of TVI comes from her debut solo album Novelty, out March 1st on the Detroit label Young Heavy Souls.
The song works so well in the way that it doesn’t rely on the synths as a retro/nostalgic tool, they’re emotive and essential to the tone and resonance of the song.
Here’s a soaring, brisk slice of indie guitar pop courtesy of UK band FUR. ‘Him & Her’ channels The Beatles, The Kinks and The Las with a light psych touch and without ever getting too coy or knowing in their references. Infectious stuff.
Their self-titled EP will be released on February 14th via Nice Swan Records.
Courtesy of Greenland and producer Opeamp, here’s a nice piece of glitchy, industrial techno that inhabits some nice dark and dubbed out soundscapes. Think a less gauzy and smeared Burial and reminiscent of some of Photek’s work.
Grandaddy meets Spiritualized and Mercury Rev on this slice of widescreen psychedelia fromLos Angeles quartet Only Me. This track caught our ear with it’s slow and graceful swell and build. It comes from their 2018 album The Brighter The Sun…
We get sent a ton of music submissions and there’s so much uninspiring music that when something of the quality and resonance of Sail Into Night hits your headphones it really stands out.
This is the first music we’ve featured from Dubai, U.A.E. and the group is essentially the project of Pakistani duo Nabil Qizilbash and Zara Mahmood who have been writing together for three years. ‘Glass’ is a wonderful slow-burn of a track, built on Velvets meets JAMC slow-core drums, guitars that draw from shoegaze and American indie jangle and tone, droning harmonium and the intertwining voices of Nabil and Zara that wind gently around each other like hazy wisps of incense.
This song caught my attention early with a vocal sound and feel that reminded me of Wild Beasts. Stick with it and it’ll take you on a journey. It builds into a turbulent cacophony like Josh T Pearson’s Lift To Experience before the clouds part momentarily and a more darkly euphoric swell spirals upward for the last two minutes. It’s epic and immersive, emotive post-rock built on great dynamics and Walker’s fine voice.
“This is probably my most autobiographical song on the album,” Walker explains, “No–I haven’t murdered anyone, but I could’ve foreseen myself on a similar path if I gave into my sexual desires in a violent way like the character of the song. Even though the character ends up a murderer, he’s hardly to blame and easy to empathize with, maybe like Aileen Wuornos.”