Ah, yes, there’s nothing quite like the interplay of a minimal bass line and a reverb-heavy guitar over some wistful vocals to get you in the mood for summer. Fortunately, in tandem with the temperature rising, New Zealand’s Fazerdaze (AKA& Amelia Murray) are premiering their new video for “Take It Slow” with us below, which exists at the summit of all those qualities and is basically the sonic equivalent to cut grass and wearing shorts and cracking open a cold one with the boys. All that good stuff.
Taken from their debut album Morningside – named after the New Zealand suburb where Murray “finally feels at home” – “Take It Slow” falls in line with the likes of early Best Coast or a more stripped back Diiv. Though it may not dramatically reinvent the dreampop form of 2012, it’s a poignant note to self, setting a reminder not to rush through life, that we would all do well to take on board.
Close your eyes for three minutes (metaphorically speaking, that is – you don’t want to miss the video in all its summer afternoon glory) and soak in the message above.
Charly Bliss are only a few weeks away from releasing one of the best debut albums in recent memory. Their new song, “Black Hole,” follows in the footsteps of previous singles “Glitter” and “Percolator” in establishing an almost impossible level of hype for Guppy that they’re still likely going to reach. Seriously, Guppy is a monster of riffs, hooks, and unbridled, uncompromising creative energy. “Black Hole” captures all of these qualities, finding a sweet spot of indie garage-rock that sits somewhere between Speedy Ortiz and the Pixies. Frontwoman Eva Hendricks offered the following about the song’s meaning to Nylon:
I think when you’re caught up in an emotionally abusive relationship, it’s easy to convince yourself that everything you’re putting yourself through is building toward some sort of payoff, when everything will suddenly feel easy and light. That didn’t happen, and the lyrics are about me coming to terms with that, while also still not being totally able to give it up yet.
House Of Feelings is an NYC-based collective that began as a dance party and radio show and, as of late, has been branching out into original songs, starting with a coupleof entries in GODMODE’s Faculty Series and, last fall, with a great single called “Avatar” that featured vocals from Meredith Graves. This summer, House Of Feelings will release its debut EP, and they’re introducing it with “Hurt Me,” a song with vocals from GABI. The track was produced by Yvette’s Dale Eisinger and is centered around a smooth sax sample from Matty Fasano, who spearheads the collective. “Hurt Me” is a kaleidoscopic mishmash of dance sounds that settles into an old-school groove that feels both comfortingly familiar and vibrantly new.
Hanging with BOSCO and Speakerfoxxx is like being invited to a fly girl slumber party.
At their hotel room in the Meatpacking District’s Soho House, the Atlanta-based duo are boisterous not just because of the excitement for their upcoming first collaborative release — a mixtape called Girls in the Yard out April 11 via Fool’s Gold — but because of their decade-long friendship and the secret language they developed over the course of making the tape.
For the uninitiated, a link between the two is a bit of a head-scratcher. BOSCO made waves last year with her alternative soul EP BOY (also released on Fool’s Gold), while Speakerfoxxx has long been known for her ties to Dungeon Family — the mixtape was recorded at OutKast’s Stankonia Studios — and her Southern rap acumen. But the confluence of both of their styles and their vibrant tastes in music (reggae, dance music, pop, and more) allows them to build a neon-colored dance party that is equal parts bashment and warehouse party.
NINAJIRACHI is the moniker of 17-year-old Nina Wilson, a musician and producer based near Sydney, Australia. A finalist in Triple J’s Unearthed High competition in 2016, Nina’s beguiling music has been described as ‘both bouncy and chill‘ (Purple Sneakers) and as “music made in an ice cave” (TripleJ Unearthed). Her debut single, “Pure Luck (feat. Freya Staer)”, has been added to TripleJ rotation before she’s even had a chance to graduate from high school.
Counting Porter Robinson, Mura Masa and Flume as influences, NINAJIRACHI’s sound is both accessible and sophisticated, employing a wide range of tones and varied, complex rhythms.
‘Pure Luck (feat. Freya Staer)’ is a unique and original track, mixing harsher low-end tones with bright, playful melodies in a manner that calls to mind Little Dragon. The vocals are expertly dubbed to judder with strained emotion at the track’s start, before the beat kicks in and Staer’s lead vocals enter, flowing beautifully over the easy, relaxed groove.
Speaking about the track, which has already received support from the likes of ElectroPose, TripleJ Unearthed, Purple Sneakers, Pilerats, Indie Shuffle, Music Feeds and Tone Deaf, NINAJIRACHI says: “Freya and I have been friends since we were 10 years old, so to be able to work with her vocals on this song has been really special.”