July 28, 2014
Merely - Forever

Team Rockit member, mystic and Gothenburg-based enchantress Merely has a new track for us today titled “Forever”. Starting a soft piano intro, the dreamy auras of “Forever” are flooded with the sweeping sound of pounding beats and quick arpeggios. With this track, slow and solemn quickly melt away to the heavenly euphoria of Merely’s crystalline vocals. You can check out the single below or purchase the track on bandcamp here.

July 26, 2014
Ex Cops - Black Soap

Best buds and lovers, American/Danish musical duo Ex Cops are back with a new single “Black Soap”. The single will features on their upcoming album “Daggers produced under the supervision of none other than Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. On “Black Soap” which builds up on a revved-up bassline, Amalie Bruun’s sugar-sweet vocals battle with Brian Harding’s gentler yet harsher tones against the spiral of droning guitars. 

You can check out the track below:

July 19, 2014
Laleh - Goliat (Lyric Video)

It wasn’t so long ago when Laleh charmed the Nordics with her smash-hit “Some Die Young”, so now for her latest single “Goliat” she decided to dedicate her video to her fans. It’s a cleverly selected video, as the track mentions with its “do-it-together” chorus through the words  ”ja vi ska slåss mot Goliat” which translates to “yes we can fight the Goliath”. It’s pretty and prim with Laleh’s vocals are soothingly sweet only to be topped off by additional vocals by a girl’s choir and closed off with a solemn piano outro in the uplifting track. You can check out the video below:

July 18, 2014
Centimeter - Push Me Over

Taking us into Berlin’s dystopian Spreepark which has been featured in the likes of movies such as action-thriller Hanna is the latest music video and short film from Swedish indie-rock trio Centimeter. Titled “Push Me Over”, the song follows four teenage friends as they relive the forgotten glory of the East German theme park through its toppled plastic dinosaurs and rusting thrill rides. Despite the dreary atmosphere of Spreepark, the song is bright and cheery brimming with clanging piano keys and upbeat drum kicks. As lead vocalist Johan Landin explains, the music video is about seeing the light in the dark as he mentions below: 

"The first time we sat together and looked at pictures of Spreepark, we instinctively felt that we were on the right track. One important thing for us though was that, even if the location itself seems to be utterly desolate and dreary, that it’s also capable of emitting hope and warmth. It would be too easy to just portray the cynical and gloomy aspects in such an environment"

While the end has come for Spreepark as it has been bought out by the city for redevelopment, you can enjoy the last moments of the park in the video below. You can also expect a longer version of the film some time in the fall.

July 18, 2014
Marlene ∞ - Indian Summer

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The skies are bright and the sun is out so Marlene Strand’s gotta video for that warm and coveted feeling. With her latest song “Indian Summer” Strand not only flaunts her vocal powerhouse but also throws down some sparkly beats and showcases a little dance shimmy alongside best bud Ji Nilsson and a couple of other dance-inclined friendlies. It’s a feel-good song that stays warm forever, so it’s kind of like you know, a party in a greenhouse right?

Check out the video below:

July 17, 2014
The Dø - Miracles (Back in Time)

Parisian duo The Dø are now back in full force and to follow up they’re now releasing not only new music but a short film as well for their upcoming album “Shake Shook Shaken”. For now however, what we have is their latest track “Miracles” along with a short little teaser of the film. Working on its building organ loops, “Miracles” intensifies with its repetition coming back more forceful each time with vocalist Olivia Merilahti hammering down the question “do you really wanna go back in time?” like mantra.You can check out the track and a teaser of the short film below:

July 17, 2014
Disaster in the Universe - Everything I Want to Do

Well here’s a slippery little video with Norwegian tropical pop outfit Disaster in the Universe. Covered in their trademark bodypaint the video for “Everything I Want to Do” takes place in the Atlanterhavsparken (Atlantic Sea Park) of Ålesund, Norway where the band finds themselves surrounded by the splendidly blue backdrop of the aquarium. Falsetto-like vocals, quirky tropical percussion and the gentle ring of guitars froth back and forth in the waters among finned friends on their latest track. The single appears on their latest release “Coconut Message” which can be streamed on Spotify and is also available for purchase on i-Tunes.

You can check out the video below:

July 11, 2014
Nite Flights - Solar (EP) - Review

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If you didn’t already guess or read about it yourself, it’s now been revealed that Azure Blue’s Tobias Isaksson is very much the man behind Nite Flights. However compared to the soft-spoken romantic that is Azure Blue, Nite Flights echoes of a harsher tone. Built on its brutalist lyric-free architecture, hints of the Veronica Vasicka dubbed “minimal wave” genre instantly come to mind.

The result is evident in his latest 3-piece EP “Solar” where snarling synths intersect with racing snare and hi-hat melodies. While all his tracks are built on the same regiment and are purely instrumental, each track seems to have a mood of its own. With its synth grind gradually giving way to acidic arpeggios and eventually loftier sounds, one could imagine track “Solar” as something you’d hear in a shifting gears in a vintage sportscar driving through a tunnel. On the other hand lead single “Enterprise” could be seen in a more cosmic light echoing of Space’s 1977 hit “Magic Fly”. Starting with the same growling synths, “Enterprise” eventually levitates off the ground, floating about to the nocturnal twinkle of the night sky. Finally there’s the soft and dreamy, “Cosmic Sunrise” being much slower in tempo and very aptly fitting the mood of the track to the title of the song. 

With the weather warm and the sun shining, Tobias Isaksson has made all of his tracks from the 3-piece EP available as a free download on Soundcloud . You can enjoy the “Solar” EP alongside his “Nite Flights” also available on free download on Soundcloud as well:

July 5, 2014
Sail a Whale - Clay Body (EP) - Review

There’s not an awful lot said about Sail a Whale, the Swedish duo of David Kyhlberg and Sebastian Rozenberg, and maybe for all intents and purposes it’s best kept that way. Their latest effort “Clay Body” a three track EP released on Swedish cult label Sincerely Yours, continues with the duo’s mystical aura, awash with sustained vocals and flushed down with heavy reverb. Just over a minute long “In Question”, is the first track. Starting out with  more exotic percussive and string sounds, the Balearica of Sail a Whale marches with militaristic drums snaking around ghostly echoes. Short, but sweet.

YOURS0212 in question by sail a whale from sincerely yours on Vimeo.

Following track featuring Team Rockit, is perhaps the EP’s most notable. Titled “Blackboxing” the same meandering echoes appear on the track, but this type sharply-cut with members Gregorian and Ikaros’ thrashing hip-hop vocals. However, the heavy raps eventually fade away to Team Rockit’s softer, dreamier textures with the boys Gregorian and Ikaros repeating “långsamt, långsamt” (translation: slowly, slowly) before Rockit vocalist Merely seals off the track in her most heavenly vocals.

YOURS0212 blackboxing by sail a whale feat. team rockit from sincerely yours on Vimeo.

Although not as hard-hitting as their track with Team Rockit, the third and final track is title track “Clay Body”. Looping piano arpeggios and slowed vocals, build over the architecture of its deeply-layered and reverb-drenched echoes. Choral melodies arch over the songs hooks, gloriously ending in an ocean of Balearic calm.

YOURS0212 clay body by sail a whale from sincerely yours on Vimeo.

"Clay Body" by Sail a Whale is available for purchase on Sincerely Yours and comes with a USB bracelet and postcard. A rather cryptic and nonsensical accompanying note about the album appears alongside and is as follows:

"The black box is enclosed in a clay body with an ancient style when it’s excavated from the financial data center. The entropy was almost ironic in its symbolic connotations; the tier 4 facility literally collapsing on itself, not from neglect but a faulty code in an upload from the 3D printer. Like an image file converted to a txt file, with an ASCII image of a greek clay vessel inserted into the text flow. things break, poses fold, we’d like to give you a straight account for once. post-interiors, logo inheritance.

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