SWIMM’s Beverley Hills EP was a breezy, heartfelt and undeniably fun indie pop record. Lead single “Belly,” with its clean churning guitars, falsetto vocal runs and hard-pounding drums, was a perfect introduction to the group for the unfamiliar, and now Brooklyn producer Fake Guns has given it a new, gritty edge.
The track takes on a darker tone with deep, fuzzy synths and crisp, programmed drums. Fake Guns’ production makes lines like “I’m so tired of wandering around” suddenly quite poignant. The subtle vocal rasp on the verses perfectly fits the transition from bright, sunny psych pop to more melancholic indie.
This “Belly” remix is impressive both as a showcase for Fake Guns’ talents and to highlight the songwriting chops of SWIMM’s Chris Hess and Adam Winn. It’s a must listen on all fronts.
Poliça have been bringing their quirky synthpop sound to our ears since their debut Give You The Ghost. Their last release Shulamith also created an atmosphere of darkness with a dash of their uniqueness. Their sound is one that can’t be compared to anyone, so it’s no wonder they’ve gotten quite the following. It’s been two years since their sophomore record and they’ve luckily come back to life with a brand new single. “Lime Habit” is quite simple and clean compared to some of their prior tracks, but it’s got its own beauty to it. It’s smooth, calm, and a dose of easy-listening music.
Poliça will release their third album United Crushers next year, March 4th. For now, check out “Lime Habit” below.
I’m pretty sure there’s a ukelele involved, the whole thing sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom, and it’s unquestionably the catchiest song I’ve heard all week – introducing “Looking Out for You” by Joy Again. This is the first tune released by the Philadelphia quintet, and what a debut it is. The track harnesses the pop sensibilities of great bands like Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Alvvays, and drives ahead with splashy cymbals and double-tracked vocals. Check it out below!
Jackson Breit is a soulful pop singer from Virginia Beach, VA and, in many ways, an artist practically built in a lab for massive success. His voice is powerful and arresting, but not in a melodramatic way. He’s as capable of selling Fetty Wap‘s swaggering autotune come-ons on his “679/No Diggity” cover just as well as his own more introspective lyrics.
Shades of Marmalade, his brand new EP premiering right here on Sunset, is a catchy, uptempo and impressively diverse body of work. It blends traditional radio pop trappings with plenty of hip-hop and electronic quirks.
Breit said of the project:
“Shades of Marmalade is the first project that I’ve collaborated on with other producers that I have long since respected and admired. They brought new elements to my original sound that many of my fans will respond to in a positive way. Still has that Jackson blend of pop, soul and blues with a mix of other musical influences that I think will make the EP enjoyable for all kinds of music lovers.”
Lead single “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” boasts a warm, neo soul vibe topped off by heavenly electric pianos and swirling guitar riffs. It’s a true Indian summer of a song.
Elsewhere, guttural synth bass and trap hi-hats give “Catch Me Falling” an intriguing edge, and “Bed We Shared” is a tender, passionate acoustic ballad.
Throughout Shades of Marmalade Breit’s talent is on full display, and his sheer charisma links together the wildly different soundscapes well.
Breit has been churning out music for a while now, and this EP will likely give him his opportunity to bring his sunshine soaked sound to the world.
This young up and comer was introduced to me as a grammy nominated collaborator of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. My interest was peaked immediately, seeing as I am a huge fan of these two artists. I expected loud poppy hooks and RnB influenced themes – what I heard was nothing of the sort. I immediately recognized touches of Flying Lotus and even Radiohead in the mix.
My favourite part of the song comes in at 2:23, when it slows down into a piano breakdown that builds up immediately into an experimental smorgasbord of eclectic instrumentation and tasteful musicianship – NOT exactly what I expected from this, at all! Looking forward to more interesting sounds from this guy, for sure.
Here’s what Budo himself had to say about the production:
“An Elderly Woman Named Jeff is a battle cry. It is a shout to the heavens, a statement of purpose, and a thing of odd beauty. I haven’t released new solo music in over 2 years. Jeff is a song that celebrates a new direction, a new beginning, and a new way forward. This is independent music, made by me, for you. I humbly ask that, if you like it, you share it with your friends, family, co-workers, children, neighbors, and elderly companions.” – Budo
Elohim‘s had a busy couple of months, and she’s continuing her hot streak with the irresistible “Bridge and the Wall”. In 2015 she’s already released two tasty singles and a collaboration with Casey Veggies. The L.A.-based singer-songwriter has shown a penchant for musical flexibility – her first single “She Talks Too Much” oozes pop vibes that fans of CHRVCHES would appreciate, while her second tune “Xanax” brings woozy vibes that would fit right at home on any Purity Ring album.
“Bridge and the Wall” expands on the strengths of the former – this tune is pop personified, but don’t let its sunny beat fool you. Elohim’s lyrics go to intensely personal places, and her double-tracked vocals make the words that much more urgent and impressive.
Check out this catchy yet thoughtful tune, and check out all of Elohim’s work on her Soundcloud page.