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Single: Yucky Bangs – Kiss It

“Think of Thelma and Louise, but in a roller rink.”

Kiss It is a single from the upcoming album ‘Jewel of the Desert’ by Yucky Bangs, also known as Los Angeles-based musician Shelly Rose. Despite the track exuding a downcast but upbeat quality, Kiss it has an ability to summon up a freeing response to loneliness wrapped in vocal alluring lightness, perhaps unintentionally giving out an engaging and well crafted momentum of their own sound. This is without doubt an absolute banger that is bound to blossom.

Yucky Bangs recently got signed to queer-run DIY cassette label + arts collective, Genjitsu Stargazing Society and I am stoked for what’s to come.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Dream Suicides – Lost in This World

DREAM SUICIDES · Lost in This World

Known for their songs to be heavily inspired by films and nostalgia, Dream Suicides recently released the first single ‘Lost in This World’ off their upcoming album ‘Reflections of Ourselves in Scars Within Others’ which is set to release on October 16 of this year. The song opens up with an airspace of blissful textures and in some kind of way, it falls into that rare bleak sense of moment and it’s the imperfections which make the listening experience otherworldly.

I’ve been a listener of Dream Suicides since ‘Soft Feelings’ came out in 2015, hence I can’t wait for their new album to come out.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Found Space – Shadows

Found Space · Shadows

Confessions of confusion and doubt, Shadows by Found Space exudes a quiet warmth unfolding an intimate sense of vulnerability. The song depicts a riveting possibility of daydreams, certain love and misgivings whose production detracts something complex yet easeful from the moment. Overall, this single is great and it’s certainly something that will make it to the playlist.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Chinese American Bear – 好吗 (Hao Ma)

好吗 (Hao Ma) by Chinese American Bear gives out an impression full of euphorically vibrant retro-like synths in blazing neon colours. Pulsating rhythms of bright flickers that somehow makes you feel glamorous by proxy. The track is splendid so make sure to give it a listen when you’re in the mood for something fun.

You can find more music here.

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A track-by-track guide to Port Lucian’s new EP ‘Prince of Oddities’

Philly-based lo-fi bedroom pop queer icon in the making, Portia Maidment aka Port Lucian talks us through each track on their new EP ‘Prince of Oddities’ out now on Z Tapes Records.

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Single: shn shn – essence

shn shn is the newest project of ambient electronic pop artist Shanika Maria. When I first listened to “essence”, the second single off of her debut EP “structura”, it heavily reminded me of above water ethereal music from Koda, Pat Moon or even Fever Ray. Its mystical aura embraces an echoing lilt that runs through to some enchanted forest. If I could express it solemnly, I would compare shn shn’s music to a resonance deeply bound into the unknown.

You can find more music here.

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Single: might delete later – homemade wine

Equally crushing atmosphere of lo-fi and shoegaze, homemade wine by might delete later clings to me like a memory I thought I’ve forgotten. The song is enclosed in a wall pervaded by a slow, growing intensity and layers of sound. It’s scarcely much reminiscent of the curious and it succeeds amazingly at being that. Though, the only thing I’m frustrated about is this is the first time I’m hearing about this music project and I feel like I missed out a lot on the good stuff.

Expect new music from the artist soon but for the meantime, you can find more music here.

 

 

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Single: silent vices – no hands

A true ballad about social constructs, transgenderism, toxic masculinity,  and self acceptance. ‘No Hands’ is the second release from indie pop duo silent vices. Known for being hyper-political about their songs, No Hands still remains that catchy ’80s psych-pop tune filled with creativity. It’s a promising track, making everything sound fresh and new.

You can find more music here.

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Video: Pastel Coast – Rendezvous

The best thing about ‘Rendezvous’ by Pastel Coast is the delightful upbeat slice of melancholy it gives. Heavily influenced by Versailles-based band Phoenix, the track is more than just a bop you play and then move on to the next thing. It’s the kind of song that gets to be the all around theme of the summer.

Tip: Just listen and watch the official music video, you’re in for a ride.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Mila Moon – Not

I can’t figure out what this song is really about but there is something comforting, cradle-like nature that brings ‘Not’ by Mila Moon into a serene and meditative listening experience. The sibilance moans of uncertainty that plunges us back into what looks to be illuminating the boundaries of vulnerability. Not gives out a sound that is vaguely only louder than a whisper.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Summer Salt – Little Legs

Fusing lush production of sparkling guitars and breezy vocals. ‘Little Legs’ by Summer Salt easily uplifts the soundtrack to your midsummer, almost autumn short trip to some world where everything works in perfect harmony. The song beams the feeling of letting your hand slip safely out the window car and letting it gently wave against the wind. They somehow managed to take a typical indie pop sound and make it their own. I liked it.

You can find more music here.

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Track Premiere: Deirdre – Make It Go Away

Copenhagen-based musician Joakim Johnsen aka Deirdre has released the second single ‘Make It Go Away’ lifted from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP ‘Deirdre’, which is scheduled to come out on September 18 through the new Danish micro-label Secret Sauce Records.

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Single: wor_kspace – weekend

‘weekend’ by wor_kspace cleverly crafts a minimum experimentation towards a stylistic trip within the shifting and clanging synths of sound— to sound. The song can be mistaken as something straightforward but in such way, it morphs into this  beat-driven abstract pop song that is possibly all very future.

Read more about the artist here:

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Premiere: Salt and Lye – your grave next to mine parts 1 & 2

Salt and Lye · your grave next to mine parts 1 & 2

We are honoured to share the new single ‘your grave next to mine parts 1 & 2’ from the enigmatic experimental ambient folk musician, Salt and Lye. The song is a dark heavy maze of unearthly echoing vocals overlaid by faint guitars. If I could describe it meticulously, it’s like a run in the woods with no exact destination in mind or this indescribable build up coming out of your chest but it never fully reaches its point. This is the kind of music an audience will have to cast around for.

‘your grave next to mine parts 1 & 2’ is out September 10th

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Single: Slowlife – Push & Relax

The feeling of looking back and moving forward. ‘Push & Relax’ by Slowlife is filled with dreamy synths and lo-fi feels that allows you to radiate a sense of stillness. It’s all about letting yourself go and finding yourself. A grasp of how the world can be knowing that you’re here, existing & constantly changing. It’s the yearning desire you get in search for the sublime.

Read more about the track coming from the artist’s perspective here:

A year ago, I moved to the other side of Germany and left my old life & friends behind. So, this song is about looking back & forward, being scared, but ready for the big change.

You can find more music here.

 

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Single: Pressed Orchid – Eternal Spring

The fragrant sounds of waking dreams and their echoes over stone, water and air.

‘Eternal Spring’ by Pressed Orchid embodies a trace of reverberated vocals and occultly ethereal soundscapes that devours your mind & soul rather gracefully. The track is complex yet exhales a delicate rhythm soaked in an atmosphere that gravitate towards something unlike anything I’ve listened to in awhile.

This is utterly different as night and day.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Iver Arturo Principe – Act Right

Plinking keys, reposeful vocals & a drum machine. ‘Act Right’ a single from the album ‘Cerulean’ by Peruvian songwriter Iver Arturo Principe fits the dream pop subgenre wonderfully. The song makes the kind of relaxing phantasm music that certainly has a flair of nostalgia. It’s a perfect relatively short track that you’ll have a liking for once you hit the play button.

You can purchase a cassette tape over at Galaxy Train.

Listen to the single and the full album here.

 

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Bandcamp Friday Recommendations #1

As all of you know, today is Bandcamp Friday! If it’s within your means to purchase, or you’re here to discover new music. We have listed a couple of artists, labels & comps that you should definitely check out below.

Labels you should check out:

Cruel Nature Records: https://cruelnaturerecordings.bandcamp.com/

Fox Food Records: https://foxfoodrecords.bandcamp.com/

Z Tapes Records: https://ztapes.bandcamp.com/

Ingrown Records: https://ingrown.bandcamp.com/

Genjitsu Stargazing Society: https://genjitsustargazingsociety.bandcamp.com/

I Heart Noise: https://iheartnoise.bandcamp.com/

NOFACE RECORD$: https://nofacerecords666.bandcamp.com/

Galaxy Train: https://galaxytrain.bandcamp.com/

Compilations you should check out:

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Single: Rory Lyle – Pipedream

Pipedream by Rory Lyle is like an anthology of stories helmed into one. The track has 3 main sections that prepare you for a journey of breakups, moving countries & self discovery. When I was reading more about the artist, I saw that it took them 10 minutes to write this song and 5 years for it to see the light of the day. It made me realize that art, no matter how contented, can never be fully ready until the creator is. It’s an inspiring take and this is the result.

You can find more music here.

 

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Single: East Notion – Go Slow


‘Go Slow’ by Melbourne-based indie folk duo Tom Crawford & Jordyn Keating aka East Notion gives out a familiar sound in connection with Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘Folklore’. You somehow get easily swallowed by the keenly snappy & softly spoken vocals this gives. It’s surely a delightful track.

You can find more music here.

 

 

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Single: Jordan Baer – If It Was Just That Easy

While being trapped in a 700-square-foot apartment in San Francisco, California, musician/writer/producer Jordan Baer just released a song called “If It Was Just That Easy”. The track is filled with vocals emerged behind a thin wall of reverb, flourishing with optimism yet gloominess is still evident. Diving deeper, it’s the kind of song you listen to when life seems like it’s all falling apart but you could still envision hope despite it all.

Read more about the track coming from the artist’s perspective here:

The song “If It Was Just That Easy” is an expression of resignation — the aspects of life you struggle with year after year appearing insurmountable. He presents the decision we all face in life: Should I accept what I cannot change or push onward hoping this time it’s different. Giving up becomes the reasonable choice, but is it the right one?

You can find more music here.

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Video: Swiss Portrait – These Days

These Days by Swiss Portrait has that fresh minimalist lofi dream pop sound we’ve come to know and love for. The song glistens, it’s catchy, but in a grounded manner, and apprehensive of wether it really what lies ahead comparing to the music video that goes along with it which by the way is one hell of a trip and I loved it.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Greater Bird of Paradise – Uriel

Uriel by Greater Bird of Paradise expresses an emotion-filled evocative open spaces laced with intimacy & ethereal vocal flair. I don’t know what it is that engrossed me into a heart-rending yet warming state but this is what it feels like to know what’s left after the gust has calmed down.

Peek this project out! They have certainly earned a new listener.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Metayouth – A Little Less Voices

An unwavering force reveals Metayouth’s ‘A Little Less Voices’. It’s a solid, semi energetic track that reels off a sickeningly fuzzed out guitars and distorted vocals. It should go without saying that this song is a thrilling start for the album.

As the band says:

A Little Less Voices is noisy gem of a track and it serves as a good appetizer for what to expect!

You can find more music here.

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“Talk to us about movies”: An Interview with Joyer

There is something that hangs haziness and tranquility variation on nocturnal over slowcore duo Joyer’s new album ‘Sun Into Flies’. It’s a beguiling, taut-like yet calm listening experience for anyone who invests their time to really listen to this record.

Below we had a quick chat with Nick & Shane of Joyer about their favorite films, influences & their far-reaching new album out now on Z Tapes Records.

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Single: Jorba – Rocket

‘Rocket’ a track taken from the debut album ‘Reply’ by Jorba emanates a familiar yet free from the simulated signifiers of lofi bedroom pop. The overall listening experience can be extra nice if listened to outside on a sunny day, strolls or maybe even bike rides heading to a greenfield for a picnic. However, the rest of the album gives off a different pleasant vibe compared to this one. Check it out! It’s a constant enjoyable listen.

You can read more about the song coming from Jorba’s perspective here:

A song idea based off of a meme that I saw, s/o to @kookyfonts on instagram, that then created this story inside my head about being young in adolescence years. The melody came instantly, I figured out some chords and then wrote thematically out of the text from the meme itself. The first verse is the once popular “Some people have a girlfriend…“-format and the rest is just train if thought after seeing the meme. It’s not a joke song! Maybe some morbid humour but not a joke, no.

You can find more music here.

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Single: Group 1 – (No) Sleep Song

“Gourmet is understanding that flavouring is not all about the sugar.”

London-based artist Group 1 just released a song called ‘(No) Sleep Song’ that blends between a touch of emo pop and lofi indie rock. It’s simple, creative and unbelievably catchy. An unexpected buildup occurs near end of the track and it’s surely something that will leave you wanting for more after a listen or two.

Watch the music video premiere below.

You can listen to more music here.

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Single: The Moonless Nights – Know Better

If the Everly Brothers had grown up in Twin Peaks’. “Know Better” is the first song off the new EP; Its a dreamy, folk-y stride through an alternate reality.

From the dreamy layered vocals & soothing Americana guitar plucking, ‘Know Better’ by The Moonless Nights is astonishingly beautiful. This song gives a mixed feelings of hope, restlessness & comfort. It’s like a warm blanket wrapped around you on a cold winter night. I could ideally picture this to be fitting in a soundtrack from a coming-of-age film.

Listen to more music here.

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Video: Eric Bond – Hometown Hero

Home recordings in every form are something I hold really close. Hometown Hero by Eric Bond radiates a contrasting set of tunes that unwraps a fun, melodic and mellow atmosphere with an up and down beat undertone. I loved this track more than I thought I would and surely you would too.

Read the short yet bittersweet story behind the song coming from the artist here:

I saw a love interest after five years of no contact because of her traveling and instead of me being the nervous one this time, it was her.

You can listen to more music here.

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Video: Billow – Don’t You Think the Trees Get Tired of Standing All the Time

I’ve been listening to Billow for quite some time now and when I came across their latest 2-track release, it got me into a state where I had to pause— take a break from everything I was doing. I had to give myself, my ears enough time to compose and be ready to listen. ‘Don’t You Think the Trees Get Tired of Standing All the Time’ is one of those songs you can play on loop regardless of which mood you’re in and it certainly gives off a different ambience each time (or maybe it’s just me). The music video sets sail on nostalgic sceneries, a collection of memories compiled into one reel. Despite not being there, watching this video felt like I am reliving those moments.

Billow is such a dream.

You can find more music here.

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Single: All in the Nothing – Better This Way

I hit the play button and I’m suddenly blasted in the past— The track seems like it’s heavily influenced by the mid 60s psychedelic rock scene with the slightest hint of disco funk, something my dad and I would enjoy on road trips.

This is the band’s first single release with an LP coming out on January and you bet I’ll be grooving to more of their music!

You can find more music on Youtube.

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Single: Shuttle – Boy

“Music for non-human animals who travel in space.”

Shuttle is an electronic indie pop project by Grégorie Pasquier. Listening to their newest single ‘Boy’ feels like I’m at a beach with my friends dancing and drinking on a Wednesday afternoon just in time to catch the sunset but I guess at the moment reality says otherwise! I must say though, this song ended up getting stuck in my head as I might have played it multiple times.

This is my first ever (small) write-up working for START-TRACK and it’s off to a great start!

You can find more music on Spotify