Helio Sequence – “Stoice Resemblance”
There’s something to be said for the 3-minute pop song. As a longtime fan of Portland-duo Helio Sequence, I’m proud to announce that their new single on Sub Pop is just that.
It’s a hit of catchy goodness with a funky bassline with a chorus of “oh na na nas.” It’s a bonafide jam.
Alice Boman – “ Be Mine” (Jaakko Eino Kalevi remix)
I find this song from Swedish singer Alice Boman completely intoxicating.
Her yearning vocals have earned her a place on the 4AD roster, as well as comparisons to singers like Emiliana Torrini and Cate Le Bon.
What I like most about this is how simple it is – powerful yet delicate with lyrics – and, while the original is lovely and sweet, I prefer it with a beat. The remix is by Finnish dream pop artist Jaakko Eino Kalevi.
And as someone who is currently in love, the lyrics really got me…
Villagers – “Courage”
This song is another doozy – emotionally speaking – that is perfectly simple and provides a perfect audio door to crawl into the cave of your mind and reflect on life. It unfolds exquisitely.
Villagers aka Conor O’Brien has a special touch and continues to impress. He wrote and recorded his new album – playing every instrument — in a coastal town north of Dublin. I can’t wait to hear the rest of “Darling Arithmetic”, out in mid-April.
Vetiver – “Loose Ends”
Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic is based in the Bay Area, but recorded his latest album in LA with longtime producer Thom Monahan.
It’s a jangly pop ditty with a sunny, breeziness to it (despite the lyrics, which tell a different story)
“Complete Strangers” is the band’s first album since 2011 and will be out on March 24.