So here’s the part where I compare London singer/producer Laura Groves to Grimes and Kate Bush. It’s unavoidable. She has the electro-soporano voice of Grimes combined with the organic quality of Kate Bush at her witchiest. Together she creates a sound that’s warm in its familiarity but just unique enough to make the sound her own. With two EPs under her belt, Groves has been gradually climbing within the music blogosphere, and her recent EP, Committed Language, proves that there’s more to Groves than her similar-sounding inspirations. “Dream Story” in particular is an ethereal track that sways along until it explodes with powder and fairy dust, unleashing a bewitching chorus that’ll have you twirling your embroidered hoop skirt (it’s okay, we won’t tell anyone). You can stream the whole EP via Bandcamp.
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Japanese dream pop musician Cuushe has a light, airy sound that translates really well visually, from the brightly animated “Airy Me” to the colorful glitched out “I Love You.” Last year’s video for her single “Lost My Way” is no different. Directed by Albert Choi and finalist in the Shot on RED Film Festival, the video shows a woman beautifully going through the stages of an emotional breakdown. The video uses colors to illustrate mood, moving seamlessly from green to red to white. During the video’s climax the color scheme is ruptured to show a realistic scene of a woman in a science lab. Why she’s crying in a science lab? I’m…not sure. But don’t let the video bog you down with interpretations. What matters most is that the video is visually stunning and pairs nicely with Cuushe’s melancholic lullaby, which appears on 2013′s Butterfly Case.
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I first discovered Hundred Waters when they opened for Julia Holter back in 2011/2012. I was standing in a room of disinterested Brooklynites chugging down IPAs, who couldn’t be any less interested in any of the opening acts that night. But as soon as Hundred Waters took the stage, they grabbed everyone’s attention with this enchanting energy that put everyone in a trance. Weirdly enough, after their performance, lead singer Nicole Miglis shyly confessed it was their first gig. Everyone was stunned. For 45 gorgeous minutes these nobodies played like seasoned pros. I became an instant fan.
Hundred Waters has grown a lot over the years, transforming from shy, unknown Floridians to being featured in Super Bowl commercials. Their song “Show Me Love,” which appears on The Moon Rang Like a Bell, was featured in Coca-Cola’s anti-bullying ad. To capitalize on the publicity, they released this acoustic version of the track to entice new listeners. Although it’s not their strongest song, it’s the perfect introduction for new fans. For the curious, here’s the original.
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