It’s been four years since the Brooklyn dream-pop trio released a proper album, but luckily for all of us Au Revoir Simone is gearing up for their fourth album, Move In Spectrums. The first single and music video from the album “Somebody Who” finds the three girls offering up more simple and dreamy electro-pop but with an updated, hipper sound.
The video, similarly, seems to be shot through a desaturated Instagram filter and mostly consists of shots of a beautiful mansion while the three girls sing eerily stone-faced into the camera. It’s not their most exciting song, but it’s definitely a sign of good things to come from Move In Spectrums, which will be released on September 24th.
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If you haven’t been following the music blogs recently, you might have missed out on Brooklyn (they’re always from Brooklyn) newcomer Tei Shi‘s new track “M&Ms.” Tei Shi (real name Valerie Teicher) manages to carefully tip-toe that fine line between soulful r&b and dense experimentalism. What initially sounds like an eerie electro track morphs into a pop-ish melody where Teicher sings about forlorn love. Her upcoming EP Saudade will be released “soon,” according to her Facebook.
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Danish-turned Brooklynite artist Oh Land is gearing up to release her third full length album Wish Bone this September. The first proper single, “Renaissance Girls,” was produced by TV On The Radio’s David Sitek. The track is more electronically driven then some of her previous releases, which are bolstered with lush orchestral strings, but her distinctive voice and melodic sensibility are as fantastic as always.
The feminist-leaning lyrics of the song describe a modern ‘renaissance girl,’ independent, capable, and strong. But more interesting than simple “We Can Do It” rhetoric, “Renaissance Girls” gets more into the subtlety of gendered relationships. She sings about performing domestic tasks and putting on an act for her man (“I can be impressed by all the things you know”). Her agency in the relationship is expressed by her performance of subordination, but it’s clear that it is just a performance, and that she, and her other ‘renaissance girls’ are the ones in control. Which is pretty cool for a simple electro-pop song!
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Australian electro-pop musician Rainbow Chan‘s most recent musical offering, the Long Vacation EP, is some of the most interesting music I’ve heard in a long time. In fact, her minimal, idiosyncratic productions are probably too unique to rightfully be labeled electro-pop (or anything, for that matter). Layers of vocals and synths adorn the five songs, supporting the outside-of-the-box songwriting.
While her voice is certainly not the strongest or most interesting in the scene today, what she does with her songs is a cut above the crowd. The stand out tracks bookend the EP. The eerily minimal “In a Foreign Tongue” and the intense “Milk” offer the most contrast in the writing and production and the best song craft. Here’s hoping that we can get a full length album sooner than later!
(Hat tip: Interview Magazine)
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Empress Of (real name Lorely Rodriguez) is an up and coming Brooklyn native who’s been growing in popularity recently within the ever-growing New York music scene. Her EP Systems, released earlier this year, was an impressive collection of icy-cool electro pop (with some songs sung in Spanish). From tracks like “Champagne” (above) where Rodriguez does her best Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins impression, to more pop-ish tunes like “Hat Trick,” a song that’s both sweet and sour, Empress Of shows she’s more than just another dream pop act. In addition to her EP and debut 7″, check out her “colorminutes” series, a collection of experimental mini songs.
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