Posts Tagged ‘pop (genre)’

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …


Röyksopp & Robyn Share “Do It Again” Video

Swedish pop queen Robyn and Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp teamed up earlier this year to release a collaborative mini-album titled Do It Again (out now on Dog Triumph, via Wall Of Sound/Cooking Vinyl). Back in April, they put out a lyric video for the album’s title track, but now the single has gotten a proper music video — and it was worth the wait.

Directed by Martin de Thurah, the “Do It Again” black and white video is a beautifully shot clip that takes place in Mexico and tells a huge story about oppression and rebuttal with the youth and …


Before You Exit Share “Heart Like California”

The pop rock three-piece known as Before You Exit have returned to the front page of UTG with a new single that is sure to make teens’ knees weak from coast to coast.

“Heart Like California” is one of those quasi-ballads that has just enough energy to make slow dancing difficult. It’s a feel-good song about finding a girl who, as you can probably guess, has a heart like California, and it’s sure to be the new obsession for many Before You Exit fans around the globe. The song premiered online yesterday and today received its own lyric video. …

Little Daylight

Little Daylight Announce US Tour Dates

Brooklyn alt-electronic trio Little Daylight have slowly been winning us over with each single they’ve dropped, and now it seems we can finally give them a listen in person. The band are hitting the road this August for several US tour dates with Clean Bandit and Young Rising Sons.

Their debut album, Hello Memorycame out this week and we’ve been spinning “My Life” ever since it dropped last month. It seems like they’re able to craft bright synthpop without ditching individuality — something that’s hard to do with all the bands testing similar waters. Along with …

Bishop Allen Lights Out

Listen to Bishop Allen’s New Single “Why I Had To Go”

Brooklyn indie pop group Bishop Allen will be returning to the scene this year when their first album in five years, Lights Outdrops August 19 via Dead Oceans. They reminded us why we love them with their uber catchy lead single “Start Again,” and now they’re keeping us wrapped around their finger with “Why I Had To Go.”

“Why I Had To Go” has an effortless smile strung on its face, reminding us why we first fell in love with Bishop Allen back in 2003. The single starts with punchy keys that lean back gently when …


Lykke Li Is Still Lonely In The “Gunshot” Video, Despite The Bikers And Twerkers

Lykke Li‘s stunning new album I Never Learn, is a heartbreaking one. I’ve gone on about this before, but it’s just that distressing. Someone give her a hug and a puppy.

A sense of foreboding continues in the video for “Gunshot,” an artsy take on either the apocalypse or a Wal-Mart parking lot. Lykke Li, trench-coated and troubled, dances and herky-jerks her way across the fissure-split expanse. She bounces like the saddest pinball from bums to grimy kids, zipping by a scrawny weightlifter (who has sacrificed his form for the sake of lifting a more impressive weight) and …

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REVIEW: Field Mouse – ‘Hold Still Life’

Artist: Field Mouse
Album: Hold Still Life
Genre: Alternative, Shoegaze
Label: Topshelf Records

Hold Still Life is an adventure fit for any occasion. While keeping a steady collective of pop, melody, and charm, Field Mouse’s sophomore LP is able to play with tones in ways that keep songs fresh, all while consistently holding a formula for songwriting, giving each track a vivid feel while providing consistency for the listener.

Swerving in and out of fuzz, dynamics, and variability, the one constant throughout the record are the vocals. Front and center, crisp and clear, Field Mouse prose vocals that act as …

Craft Spells Nausea

Get Your Doodle Inspiration From Craft Spells’ New “Nausea” Video

Craft Spells, aka Justin Vallesteros, shared a new music video for “Nausea” this week, the title track to this year’s new album. The hazy, whisperer song glides along with new stop-motion doodles that will inspire you to pick up your pencil and tune out the world, if just for five minutes. On a perfect summer’s day like today, now may be the best time to do so.

Created by visual artist Colin McFadyen, the music video has layered .gifs and hand drawn images that were put through effects into a time-lapsed video. The result is a visual focus on …

Little Daylight

Stream Little Daylight’s Debut Album ‘Hello Memory’

Brooklyn trio Little Daylight may claim to bring a small amount of light to the room, but we think they’ve got the whole thing glowing. After one listen to the CHVRCHES-esque “My Life,” we’ve been waiting for the synth pop group to drop their debut album, Hello Memory, on July 15. Now we get to hear it in full.

Hello Memory is ripe with sweetness the way CHVRCHES were in 2013 but manages to keep it on the cool side of things like M83. There’s youthful vibes trodding along fun instrumentation and post-rock, and cerebral structure, most of …


Hear AlunaGeorge Remix Coldplay’s “Magic”

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard something new from London electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge, but today they’ve returned (without an awesome music video, unfortunately).

The two have picked up Coldplay’s newest hit and given it a sultry remix that works effortlessly with Chris Martin’s vocals. When filtered through clicky electro-R&B and spaced out to absorb some silence, “Magic” sounds a lot more genuine. In fact, it raises a lot of questions. The biggest on our mind? Would we be onboard with a new Coldplay album sounding this smooth? Maybe, but only if AlunaGeorge signed on as producers.…


Stream Bleachers’ New Song “Like A River Runs”

Jack Antonoff is popping up everywhere this year. The fun. member started a new project titled Bleachers in February and they’ve been nailing their sound since their first single dropped. We’ve already heard “Shadow” and “I Wanna Get Better,” and now we get another new track, “Like A River Runs,” which features an impressive set of vocals from Antonoff.

Anthemic drumming and a chorus of Killers-esque guitar builds for the type of song that gets you teary-eyed during teen drama movies or that great lovers chase scene. The longer it goes, the more the vocals seem …

Little Daylight

Listen to Little Daylight’s New Single “My Life”

Electro-pop isn’t a new sound, but it’s certainly hard to make your own new style within it. We’ve got our eyes on Little Daylight, the Brooklyn pop trio who are slowly rolling out hits and remixes that can easily be pinned to the band’s name. We interviewed them back in June of last year, and now they’re gearing up for a full-length release in two weeks, a short tour, and the release of their newest single, “My Life.”

“My Life” has synths that hit like CHVRCHES’ and its sticky percussion grabs a hold of its sharp hook for what …