You might not know much about CHCKLK yet, but after giving his new single “Young Boy” a spin you’ll be plenty familiar. The New York-based indie R&B singer gives us his life story and more on this mesmerizing new record, which details his background and path to music.
CHCKLK (pronounced Check-leh-EK) blends genres effortlessly into a soulful, surreal concoction. Think Beach House meets early The Weeknd meets Marc E. Bassy. He’s an excellent storyteller with a sharp, understated delivery.
Speaking on “Young Boy,” CHCKLK said:
It speaks on the internal struggle I’ve always had, between the desire to chase success, and the mindset to fight for what I believe in. For me, those are two totally opposite paths, because becoming successful in this world might mean the erosion of all my beliefs and everything I stand for.
The instrumental, provided by Rohme, churns along slowly creating a nostalgic, foggy soundscape that fits the track’s confessional lyrics perfectly.
“Here’s the story of a young boy, who looked at the world and was unsure/But made the choice to never conform,” CHCKLK sings.
With a unique sound and a captivatingly left-field take on R&B, CHCKLK has a great chance to move beyond the ranks of SoundCloud sensations and take the music world by storm.
As a bonus, check out the “Young Boy” music video teaser below, directed by Gabriel Lucido.
Today we have the pleasure of premiering the music video for Santa Monica quartet Alnilam’s debut single “Lilac”. The bands sound blurs the line between ambient folk and dream pop, delivering ethereal ear worms which convey a deep passion for the natural world and it’s cosmic surroundings – the name Alnilam is derived from the Arab word which means “string of pearls” and is associated with middle star in Orion’s Belt.
The band members mysterious origins range from Turkey to Costa Rica and all that is really known about Alnilam’s inception is that they found each other in LA early last year and released a series of demos on their Soundcloud. The demos found instantaneous reception on the platform, garnering comparisons to bands like Beach House and The Cranberries as well as 1960’s vocalists like Nico and Marianne Faithfull. Lead singer Elena Pinto is quick to shrug off the retro comparisons. “When I was little I lamented the 60’s were over and I had missed them” she recalls. “Now we find ourselves in another time of change and we all have a chance to be a part of it.”
Alnilam’s debut LP, Indigo Sky, will be released November 13th.
So once again, I’m very much behind the curve on this guy named “Ty Dolla $ign.” I’ve seen a bunch of people talking about him on Twitter, included a very heated debate amongst our brethren at MostlyJunkFood about how many hoes can fit inside a cabana (the answer is 50, by the way), but I never really put much stock into him. But today he released a video for “4 A Young,” a track off of his latest mixtape Beach Hou$e, and consider me Born Again. Just check out the video below, you’ll be praising Allah by the second minute. He also gets added to my “SEO-Inept All Stars” with Joey Bada$$ and Too $hort.
A few weeks ago, reports surfaced about Bloom, Beach House’s follow-up to 2010’s Teen Dream. The album may or may not be released in May of this year (Sub Pop has neither confirmed nor denied the rumors). A few minutes ago, Beach House released the opening track of their new album via their Facebook page (they hadn’t made a post there since December 2010). The song is called “Myth” and picks up right where Teen Dream left off. Check it out below.
- Other People
- The Hours
- New Year
- On the Sea
What’s Left: 316 Days. 80 Bands.
Band #20: Beach House
When/Where: October 17th, Raleigh Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
Expectations: Tonight’s show will be my 2nd time seeing Beach House. Stoked for some soaring dream pop.
Concert: I arrived on time at 7:33, and the show had already begun—I walked in halfway through their recent, undeniable hit, “Walk in the Park.” Lead singer Victoria Legrand’s seductive vocals hit me in the face, reminiscent of Nico. The lead guitar, drenched in reverb, echoed brilliantly about the amphitheatre. The band’s stage setup was beautiful and dark; they performed in front of an interactive backdrop of cascading stars on black skies, lighting up in conjunction with the swells in the music.
Beach House sounded huge. Most notably, the band had added a fourth member onstage (previously there were three), alternating between bass, keyboards and singing backup. As a result, the harmonies were thicker, the ambience was heavier, more convincing, and the band rocked harder. Guitarist Alex Scally, who usually sits down throughout the show to play bass pedals with his feet, stood up for the first few songs while the new sideman played the bass. Victoria Legrand was sexy and French, and she tossed her hair wildly as she pounded on her organ.
The show was fantastic. Not much banter, not any mistakes. Not much variety. They have a drone-y, haunting sound. Their drummer gave the music some legs, which let the crowd dance in place. As Beach House evolves, gaining popularity everywhere, they employ the best tactic in pop music: always leave the audience wanting more.
Concert Afterglow: The show felt too short, and about a quarter of the crowd definitely thought that Beach House should have been headlining. As their live show widens in scope, their imaginations reach further. I look forward to their next album, and their next tour.
Recommendation: If you like sexy lead singers, and drone-y, haunting songs, look no further than Beach House. Their live show is only getting better, so the sooner you catch them, the less of an impact it will have on your pocketbook.
I was having a talk with my cousin the other day and telling her the one down side of having a music blog and always searching for new music is that sometimes I don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. This Thanksgiving week, I’ve decided to concentrate on one playlist I’ve compiled of songs that have been either posted on this blog or that I’ve intended to post on here that are just downright GOOD songs. This is me stopping and smelling the roses. Feel free to join me by downloading the songs individually by right clicking and saving, or download the entire mixtape at the bottom through usershare.
Get ready to get your foot tapping to a constant rhythm and perhaps even a little head nod too. I’m sitting here listening to this song on repeat and loving the gentleness of it but yet it seems uplifting, for which I may owe credit to the beat! Genius!
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