BEST CHILL MUSIC - WEEK 46

11/18/16
“Photo” by Brooke Cagle

It's around the end of November that – what with Thanksgiving fast approaching and Christmas not too far behind it – our calendars start to turn ever-so-slightly chaotic. Before the holiday season kicks off in full next Thursday, why not take the opportunity to treat yourself to some much-deserved me time by clicking play on the latest dose of BitCandy's Best Chill Music? Forget about the turkey, the pumpkin pie and your racist uncle. For the next 30 minutes or so, nothing matters except you and the following tracks from Aquilo, Elliot Moss, SOHN and more!

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CLARENCE CLARITY – VAPID FEELS ARE VAPID

Clarence Clarity makes oddball pop for apathetic millennials. His latest single “Vapid Feels Are Vapid” is a lysergic-laced love song described by the British musician as being about “the boundless Internet fantasy versus the trappings of real world relationship boredom.” Accompanied by a video interspersing shots of Clarity mind-numbingly staring at his cell phone with lo-fi television, “Vapid Feels Are Vapid” is the long-lost anthem for the swipe left generation.

 

AQUILO – SORRY

Silhouettes, the debut album from Aquilo, is fast becoming my most anticipated release of 2017. Having recently shared lead single “You Won't Know Where You Stand,” the British two-piece return this month with “Sorry.” Produced by the award-winning Ólafur Arnalds, the song is a truly heartbreaking piano-and-strings ballad that hears Aquilo frontman Tom Higham plea “I'm sorry that I let you go/I'm sorry that I care,” voice cracks and all. Gulp, right in the feels!

 

JARROD MILTON – BLUE

“Blue” by Atlanta native Jarrod Milton is one of those songs that reaches deep into the soul and brings dormant emotions to the surface. Featured on his album Girl, it hears Milton pair afflicted vocal chops with a spacious electronic production, making for a truly visceral listening experience. Shot in Paris, the Ben Elias-directed video is also a must-watch, the evocative narrative of which is certain to stay with you long after viewing.

 

ELLIOT MOSS – WITHOUT THE LIGHTS

You don't have to be an interpretive dance enthusiast to be moved by this video for “Without The Lights” by Elliott Moss. Set against a backdrop of haunting electronica, the stark message of abuse portrayed between co-stars Erica Klein and Phillip Chbeeb makes for utterly gut-wrenching, vital viewing. To quote one YouTube comment: “The choreography, acting, emotion and cinematography was on point. Thank you for illustrating this painful cycle that many of us are unfortunate to know.”

 

SOHN – CONRAD

Go big or go home. That seems to be the thinking behind SOHN's forthcoming second album Rennen. Following the recent release of lead single “Signal,” the British producer returns this month with “Conrad.” An electronic soul megalith that pairs earth-shattering drums with apocalyptic lyrics that feel all-too-relevant in our current political climate (“We're lost civilians with the weight of millions/We're pawns in war living in denial”), “Conrad” might be SOHN's most ambitious song yet.

 

HYDROGEN SEA – IN DREAMS

Close your eyes, relax and immerse yourself “In Dreams.” Taken from Belgian duo Hydrogen Sea's debut album of the same name, the song is the definition of otherworldly. An encounter between the lucid vocal melodies of singer Birsen Uçar and the ethereal electronics of producer Pj Seaux, “In Dreams” is best consumed in that transitional state from wakefulness to sleep.

 

DENITIA AND SENE – ALONE

Brooklyn two-piece Denitia And Sene fuck with themselves more than anybody else on their latest single. Appearing on their second album Love And Noir, “Alone” is a spacious, propulsive slice of R&B-indebted electronica about learning to love your own company. “Some days I wanna be alone/I don't pick up my phone,” sings Denitia atop a bed of clattering percussion and very little else. “One time I needed company/Those days are done for me.”

 

KODA – LEVIATHAN

Koda is back and sounding more spine-chilling than ever. Eight months after unveiling a cover of Kanye West's “All Day,” the Los Angeles singer-songwriter returns this November with “Leviathan.” Featuring his haunting, Thom Yorke-esque vocal incantations drifting atop a bed of goosebumps-inducing acoustics, “Leviathan” carries with it a deep sense of despair (“Every one of us is alone”) that many of us no doubt resonate with in the wake of last week's election.

 

ALAYNA – BLISS

“Bliss.” You can say that again Alayna! The Auckland chanteuse's debut single truly sounds as though it was heaven sent. An exquisitely delicate R&B ballad, the song also acts as a showcase for Alayna's dazzlingly pure vocal range. From breathy sensuality to skyscraping falsetto, the 22-year-old does it all, achieving full emotional impact in the process.

 

LUUNES – GLASS

Enter into alluring world of Luunes. Comprising of singer Anna Milat and producer Sam Litchfield, the Australian duo are sure to intrigue you with their thoughtful debut single “Glass.” Three-and-a-half minutes of moody, ethereal and slow-burning electronica, Luunes reveal that “Glass” is about “the effects of a person completely altering and obscuring another's perception.”

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Until next Friday! x

Photo” by Brooke Cagle is licensed under CC0 1.0 (cropped and resized).

About Jess Grant

When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.