Singer-songwriter Manic After Midnite, or M.A.M for short, has a sound that can only be described as warm. You want to strip down to your tank top, take off your shoes, and kick back in front of a fan when you listen to it. And no, I’m not talking about in a “hot and steamy” kind of way but in a relaxing, inviting way. M.A.M.’s Soundcloud is mostly full of acoustic covers and a few original tracks that show off a more icy, celestial sound. But “The Chase,” her newest single, shows off a more fully evolved sound, one that belongs on radios, not sitting idly by in a Soundcloud playlist. With breathy soft vocals reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope era, M.A.M. has captured a song that’s both familiar yet original. On Soundcloud the song is tagged as “planetary,” and to be honest, that explains it far better than I can.
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There’s those moments when you’re on Apple Music, Spotify, etc., and you look up one artist and a massive list of recommendations pop up; one of those recommendations on my list was Lianne La Havas. I didn’t think much of it so I just added her album into my music library so I could listen to it later, just like all the other random picks in my library. A few months later, while I scrolled through my selection of unheard music, her bright pink album cover drew me in and ever since that day, I’ve been hooked. With her melodic voice and sultry filled tunes, La Havas is making her way into the music world, one song at a time. Her music ranges from soft beats to melodic acoustics, making her a unique addition to anyone’s music library.
From her album Blood, which made it’s debut in 2015, my favorite has to be “Good Goodbye”. I have a soft spot for angst filled, simmered down songs and every time I’d hit shuffle on her album, about 90% of the time, it would be the first song to play. La Havas puts an ample amount of passion into her songs, much like this one, making us believe that she does understand how it feels to loose a lover and how painful it can be. Out of all the songs from the album, this song displays her raw vocal talent and lyrical ingenuity. The instruments used compliment the vibe of the song almost perfectly, making the song an addicting ballad.
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Excuse me if I’m late to the Heather Woods Broderick train. I only recently got a chance to listen to her sophomore album Glider, but I’m glad I did. Broderick, a former member of Efterklang (who I’m also a big fan of…well, before they started making crap like “Modern Drift”), has one of those dreamy, languid sounds that’s immediately familiar. I mean, at the top of my head I immediately think of Grouper or Cocteau Twins. I know the formula of soprano voices smothered by hazy, twinkling music can sound affected after a while, but Broderick holds her own and spins a world that can easily exist in the forefront or lazily drift into the background.
On first listen, “Wyoming” immediately stands out for its introverted intensity, and so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the lead singles. But please don’t let the boring music video mislead you into thinking this is forgettable music reserved for providing ambiance to coffee shops (I actually quite enjoy my boring coffee shop music, thankyouverymuch), but Broderick has a voice that’s intimate but powerful. Don’t underestimate it.
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If it seems like we’re posting an awful lot of recs for female indie sirens lately, we are. Of course we always try to diversify our recommendations when we can, but the truth is 2015 has been full of amazing debuts from female singer-songwriters that are all too good to ignore. The latest name to join the pack is Pixx. The 19-year-old Londoner is about to release her debut EP in August 2015 and, in the meantime, has released a music video for her haunting first single, “Fall In.”
Pixx, real name Hannah Rodgers, has the kind of voice that can make anything sound ten times more layered than it really is. Songs about complicated love are a dime a dozen, but Pixx convinces us that her love is more than just the grumblings of a frustrated 19-year-old. Her music is worldlier and mature, transporting simple heartache into something distant and beautiful, where we can admire the beauty of sadness without being bogged down too much in reality. Maybe it’s the dream-like quality of her voice, but “Fall In” is the perfect song for those entire Sundays spent daydreaming on the couch. If you don’t believe me, you should try it. You’ll be forgetting about that guy from last summer in no time.
If you liked this, don’t forget to also check out her other single, “A Way to Say Goodbye.”
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Though she may not be topping the pop charts, and she’s certainly no household name, Regina Spektor’s music can be a pure joy to stumble upon—as is this 2006 music video by the singer-songwriter, “Fidelity.” The song’s lyrics talk about a lover who always has “one foot on the ground,” and how that fear of giving in to love “breaks [her] heart.” The song breaks mine, too.
A combination of the whimsical lyrics and Spektor’s beautifully eery vocals make for a somber and nostalgic experience for listeners, while the video itself demonstrates that dilemma through the use of a black and white set that doesn’t see any bursts of color until, at last, another lover is brought into the frame. Spektor’s songs may be simple in idea, but that doesn’t keep them from being wrapped up in emotion, memories, and feelings of uncertainty. A lovely vocalist and a lovely video, “Fidelity” is the type of song you can have on repeat all day long without ever once wanting to press pause.
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Violinist/Singer/Songwriter Kishi Bashi’s debut full-length album 151a was one of last year’s strongest records. His music is lush, highly detailed, erratic, and always just right. He used to be the touring violinist for of Montreal, and his songs are similarly ecstatic and jubilant. This new track, part of an upcoming 7″ release, follows suit with his earlier music.
“Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It” is as multifaceted as its absurd title, moving from section to section with ease and grace. Leading the technicolor circus of musical ideas is Kishi Bashi’s soaring vocals. His voice is soft and sweet, perhaps too much for the acrobatic vocal line, but it adds a necessary humanness to the track. It’s not as strong as most of the material on 151a, but while we wait for a more substantial release from Kishi Bashi, it’s certainly getting the job done.
(Hat Tip: All Around Sound)
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Monday got you down? Does it feel like the end of the world? Well you’re not the only one. After her Tally Marks EP last year, multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/amazing singer Odetta Hartman has returned home to New York City to start working on new music, and we’ve got the first taste of it here. “End Of The World” is a sprawling six minutes and forty seconds–part Dixieland party, part rootsy-blues work song–shows off Hartman’s enormous voice and excellent arranging skills. The first half is a jubilant celebration of impending doom while the second half, the slower march to death, reality sets in and we find the singer repeating “We ain’t got time” in brilliant vocal acrobatics.
If this is any indication of the EP to follow, I’d say we’re in for some more great music. You can stream and buy the track over on her bandcamp.
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