London based, Greek born artist Katerina Koutouzi, aka Fos, is releasing her third album Captain Free on her own label, Near The Exit Music. In advance of its release, Fos has dropped a video to accompany the album’s title track.
MOWUKIS is the project of Louis-Louise Kay. After working with others; collaborating and experimenting with various bands, composing for movie directors, choreographers, contemporary circus acts and many other projects, Kay has released the excellent track Animals Used To Scare and it is well worth checking out.
It’s been a hard week here in Manchester to say the least, and I’m still struggling to put in to words how I feel about the horror of it all. I can say is that I’ve been inspired by the reaction of so many people – the families of the victims, the people of Manchester in the way they have responded to hate with messages of love, sharing and unity. If you’d like to offer financial support to the families of the victims, you can get more details here. Like many others we’ve got to keep going so with that in mind, on with the music.
Nate and Kaelie Highfield formed The Highfields back in 2011 and have been pioneering their own sound ever since. On the track Good Vibes they showcase it perfectly: it’s a bit indie, a bit synthpop, and totally topped up with a large measure of quirky but catchy lyrics. The band say the track is is about ‘discovering positive energy and spreading it to everyone you meet’. You can see and hear what they mean when you watch the cleverly conceived video for the track.
American artist Rodes Rollins has come out with a gothic pop classic in the form of Wes Come Back. The follow-up to her single Young & Thriving, it’s a successful blend of doomy 60’s country-pop, electronica and a lyrical bent worthy of Serge Gainsbourg; combining to create a real musical gem. The accompanying video contains imagery and themes some might find upsetting.
Ladytron‘s Helen Marnie (AKA Marnie) has dropped a new single in the form of Electric Youth – a bubbly mix of 80’s mall pop and synth goodness distilled in to just three and a half sublime minutes! It’s fair to say that once again Marnie has cooked up another guilty pop pleasure, boding well for her soon to be released album.
Bliss Nova is a synth-pop two-piece from Toledo, Ohio, consisting of brothers Daniel and Joel Trzcinski. Their debut EP Do You Feel was released in 2015 and drew comparisons to the likes of Washed Out, Neon Indian and Toro y Moi. They’ve followed up critically lauded EP with new track At Least.