Hermitude: Dark Night Sweet Light Australia's Blue Mountains region seems an unlikely place for the future of electronic pop music, but maybe it actually makes sense. The unusual sandstone formations, the gorgeous eucalyptus forests, the mysterious blue haze and the ancient aboriginal relics all seem like potential inspiration for the kind of unique mix of musical elements that characterize the sounds that hometown duo Hermitude produce on their latest album.
Gavin Turek and TOKiMONSTA: You're Invited On their first official collaborative release, singer/songwriter Gavin Turek teams up with local DJ/producer TOKiMONSTA, giving each lady a chance to explore some different flavors. Greater than the sum of its parts, You're Invited is truly an inviting combination.
Family of the Year: Family of the Year LA-based band Family of the Year have been around for a number of years now, but they had a really big boost with the appearance of their song “Hero” in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film, Boyhood. The song became something of an international sensation, but sooner or later the rollercoaster stops, and the question becomes how to follow up.
Painted Palms: Horizons SF-based duo Painted Palms do something many bands aspire to do: bring the aesthetic of an earlier era's music into a contemporary setting. In their case, it is using the light-psych vibe of the late 60s and layering it with 21st Century beats. The effect is totally modern, while saluting some of the best parts of pop music's long history.
Widowspeak: All Yours Widowspeak's gorgeously languid tunes match its pace of creation, with songs like "Cosmically Aligned" drifting along like a less guitar-pedal heavy version of Mazzy Star in a country-waltz time. Members of the band Quilt help out throughout, as do the rhythm section of Woods, lending extra touches that make All Yours Widowspeak's most complete record to date.
Scooter Island: Scooter Island EP New York producer and DJ Matt FX Feldman keeps busy as a music supervisor, but he's taken his musical prowess to the next level, orchestrating his own musical project, Scooter Island, which features over 20 vocalists, producers & visual artists. Their self-titled debut EP dabbles with a gamut of sonic flavors typical of a music supervisor's omnivorous tastes.
Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There 'We would write our songs soft / Then we would try to make them tough.' That's a line from 'Before We Stopped To Think,' a song by the obscure, now-defunct indie-rock band Great Plains, covered by Yo La Tengo on its new album, Stuff Like That There. The choice of song is telling.
Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still Ruby Amanfu made an incredible impression as Jack White's visual and vocal foil during live and recorded performances of his 2012 single 'Love Interruption' — she as the inscrutable, bouffant-sporting woman of color, possessed of a live-wire vibrato, and he as the spectral, stylized rocker.
Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads Aided by friends within the burgeoning Welsh-pop scene, including Cate Le Bon & H Hawkline, as well as arranger Paul Jones' dynamic string- & horn-sections, Sweet Baboo has made a mature pop record that retains the best aspects of youthful romance, both interpersonal and musical.
Quantic Presents The Western Transient: A New Constellation If this were the Middle Ages, then Will 'Quantic' Holland would probably be burned at the stake for being a wizard, because there is seemingly no music genre that he can't assimilate and demonstrate a mastery of with each new record he releases.