[ Dillistone, Aayushi – Diamond Child ]
If you’re an Odesza fan of any sort, or enjoy jiving to mellow indie-electro tunes, then this track is for you. Remaining somewhat ambiguous and wildly underrepresented on Spotify, both Dillistone and Aayushi have limited (but insanely good) works to share.
While Spotify may not be their primary source of outletting their sound, you can find Aayushi’s killer vocals here, and Dillistone’s sweet and sometimes slow synth-y sounds here.
These two might just be my new favorite dynamic duo. They know exactly how to find the fine balance between dainty vocals and a soft, yet heavy, beat. This track isn’t the only one in which they’ve collaborated on, but it might just be my favorite.
None of Dillistone’s or Aayushi’s work seems to be older than a year or two, which gets me stoked. Fresh sounds are always welcome, and the fact that they are relatively new and already delivering hypnotic sounds like these has me begging for more…and maybe obsessively stalking both of their Soundcloud accounts…
Either way, I’m keeping an eye out for these two. Together or apart, I guarantee that they are going to make some big noise very soon.
[ Overcoats – Nighttime Hunger ]
Less than a week old, this track is already making some serious moves. It’s an easy listen for mellow evening and gives you a good idea of what Overcoats has to often.
[ Louis the Child – It’s Strange ]
It’s been awhile since I’ve been this obsessed with just one song. I’ve had this song on repeat all week, and probably won’t be stopping anytime soon.
This is Louis the Child’s latest song (as well as my favorite), yet I would have likely never found their work had I never fallen in love with this track.
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do, and definitely give the rest of their work a listen here.
[ Bon Iver – Haven, Mass ]
Justin Vernon didn’t necessarily get the band back together, but that doesn’t mean that an unreleased track wasn’t just dropped. Featured on the B-side of a cassette that were given to a select few of the early ticketholders for Eaux Claires Music & Arts festival, lies this hidden and perhaps forgotten gem.
A kind person leaked the track just earlier today, and Vernon claims that it is roughly six or seven years. Regardless, I’ll take it. Old or new, I will never say no to Bon Iver.
[ Allan Kingdom – Northern Lights ]
With a wide taste in music, rap is no exclusion. I will admit that aside from my guilty pleasures (Juicy J, 2 Chainz and anything else that is highly inappropriate and degrading), I’m picky listener when it comes to this genre. Rap requires skill and style but few rappers bring an extra element to the table that keeps you listening for hours on end.
Allan Kingdom has the ability to do just that. Barely a few weeks old, his latest album, Northern Lights, has me jammin’ solo in the library and is basically writing my media ethics essay for me. Songs like “Go Fish” hold commonalities to Chance the Rapper, yet the eery synth and dark tones of “The Forest (Intro)” make me question if James Blake somehow slipped into my playlist. Allan Kingdom has an unadulterated originality and style that demands to be heard and is best displayed in this album.
For friends who aren’t fans of rap, Allan Kingdom might be a turning point for you. At the young and thriving age of 22, this Canadian is bound to be around for awhile and will make damn good use of his time – I’m sure.
Favorite tracks: “Hypocrite (feat. Jared Evan)”, “The Ride”, “Go Fish” and “Outta Pocket (feat. Gloss Gang)”
[ Rostam – EOS ]
Rostam Batmanglij takes the indie music world by storm as he debuts his new single, “EOS”. While Batmanglij’s personal work is not a completely new concept, he is gaining undoubtedly more attention with this latest jam was released only a few days ago. Batmanglij keeps the dreamy vocals of Vampire Weekend in tact but manages to find a new ethereal balance with his surrounding sounds. As much as I love Vampire Weekend, Batmanglij might just be my new favorite.
Artistically and uniquely done, I am so excited to see more of A New Place 2 Drown by Archy and his bros.
[ Yuma X – Smoke Trails ]
I was wondering if we were ever going to hear this dynamic duo again. I’m glad to see they’re making their way out of the shadows and slowly gaining the attention they deserve. Check out this brand new track, only dropped hours ago.
[ Evenings – Friend (Lover) ]
Really loving the sound that Evenings has to offer. This track especially is one of my favorites and might just be too for those of you who really dig that experimental sound.
[ Sweater Beats – Do It For Me (feat. Erin Marshall) ]
Just a quick little post before I travel for a couple days to get back home for the holidays! Enjoy this hip little bit from Sweater Beats.
[ Spazzkid – Getting to Know You ]
I am absolutely obsessed with this at the moment. With hints of ODESZA and other indie-electro names (with an even slower and calmer feel), Spazzkid brings the right balance of synth and personality. Not to mention that the male vocals sound a bit like Ben Gibbard. Check it out…you can bet that I will be spending a heavy amount of time browsing Spazzkid’s collection.
[ Hippo Campus – South ]
I absolutely fell in love with these guys when I saw them live months ago, opening for Rubblebucket. All of them are just breaking their 20s and have the kind of enthusiasm and passion on stage that makes for an undeniably good time. This newly released single has me itching for what’s to come and makes me nostalgic for one of the best concerts I have been to in awhile.