NEW INDIE MUSIC – WEEK 40
Can you believe that we're in October already?! Before we know it, we'll be compiling end-of-year lists and turning our attention to 2017. *Shiver.* Still, there's a little while to go yet, and rather than wish time away, we're sticking with the present here at BitCandy. 2016 isn't showing any signs of letting up, with last Friday bringing us albums from Bon Iver, BANKS, Danny Brown, Solange and Nicolas Jaar. They're not the only releases that you need to get on your radar, though, as we're about discover in the following edition of New Indie Music featuring Moses Sumney, Warpaint, Tegan And Sara, The Strumbellas, Kings Of Leon and more.
MOSES SUMNEY – LONELY WORLD
Moses Sumney, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter currently on tour with James Blake, delivers pure artistry on his latest single “Lonely World.” Featuring Thundercat on bass duties, listen as the Lamentations EP cut starts out as a guitar-driven reverie centered around Moses' breathtaking falsetto chops before building into something altogether otherworldly and earth-shattering come the end. “Masterpiece” doesn't cover it.
WARPAINT – WHITEOUT
Heads Up, the third album from Los Angeles all-girl group Warpaint, has been on repeat here at BitCandy headquarters ever since it dropped almost a fortnight ago. If you're yet to listen to the LP, then just a heads up (sorry...) that you're missing out on art rock gems like “Whiteout,” an expansive groove that finds Emily Kokal's vocals sprawled out over a deeply rhythmic bass line.
TEGAN AND SARA – STOP DESIRE
Tegan And Sara are surrounded by sexual innuendo in the playful video for Love You To Death cut “Stop Desire.” Watch as the sisters Quin meet all kinds of lustful characters in the post office, laundromat and marketplace in the Allister Ann-directed clip, which features a cameo from none other than Reggie Watts! Tegan: “The idea of having Sara and me live out a day in this strange and colorful world – where we remain straight-faced while encountering highly suggestive characters doing every day things – really made us laugh.”
SHALLOU & RKCB – SLOW
Chicago producer Shallou and Los Angeles duo RKCB have left us completely and utterly hypnotized with their captivating collaborative effort “Slow.” The atmospheric, deeply layered instrumental of Shallou and the dreamy vocals of RKCB members Riley Knapp and Casey Barth are a match made in alternative R&B heaven. Hit play and ride the vibes.
THE STRUMBELLAS – WE DON'T KNOW
The Strumbellas are the definition of feel-good. The Canadian six-piece's breed of so-called “folk popgrass” as presented on “We Don't Know” is a perfect way to start the day, even more so when accompanied by a kickass video (literally!) like this one. Directed by Daniel AM Rosenberg, the clip sees The Strumbellas morph into characters from Street Fighter II to defeat an arch-enemy by the name of Lord Doom. “We wanted a video that was a little more on the fun side, something that lets us laugh at ourselves and has sweet special effects,” say The Strumbellas. Check it out!
SLAUGHTER BEACH – THE MO
Slaughter Beach, the Danish trio who BitCandy recently dubbed “the next Tame Impala,” return this October with “The Mo.” Featured on their forthcoming EP Heroic Dose, it's just under four minutes of lysergic-laced psychedelic pop that showcases Nikolaj Westi, Mads Emil Aagaard and Hasse Mydtskov's penchant for kaleidoscopic guitar lines and dream-inducing vocals melodies. Tune in and drop out.
KINGS OF LEON – WALLS
Ahead of the release of their seventh album Walls on October 14th, Kings Of Leon have shared the video for the title track. Directed by Casey McGrath, the low-key clip sees frontman Caleb Followill performing the introspective, slow-burning acoustic ballad in the confines of a pink room, only to relocate to the great outdoors for the song's emotive climax. P.S. Did anyone else feel super uncomfortable when he started staring the camera down?!
TÜLPA (FEAT. BLANKTS) – GNATS
18-year-old producer Tülpa teams up with his long-time collaborator (and girlfriend) BLANKTS once again this October for “Gnats.” Penned after his recent move to Los Angeles, the track is described by Tülpa as being about the loneliness that comes from living in a city – a sentiment brought to life by both the plaintive beat and BLANKTS' sparkling vocal delivery. An essential addition to any fall playlist.
CRUEL YOUTH – HATEFUCK
One year after provoking the wrath of the entire internet with their comments on the New Zealand edition of The X Factor, husband-and-wife duo Cruel Youth aka Natalia Kills and Willy Moon return to the stage with “Hatefuck.” Featured on their debut EP +30mg, the song is a Hollywood sadcore-indebted ballad that's certain to earn the couple your forgiveness with its skittering percussion and Natalia's tragic vocal performance.
BRUNO MAJOR – THERE'S LITTLE LEFT
Having recently impressed us with his debut single “Wouldn't Mean A Thing,” London singer-songwriter (and brother to Dot) Bruno Major is back to grace our ears with his second offering. An elegant, crackle-laced slice of soul that wouldn't sound out of place emerging from the open doors of a smoky jazz bar, “There's Little Left” is certain to appeal to fans of both James Blake and Tom Misch.
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.