V som i välkommen tillbaka.
I’m dancing with stars and they’re dancing me with.
I was sixteen when I first listened to The Bilinda Butchers. During a bleak streak in December, I found a few of their early demos and held them close. Now, five years later, I still find a sense of warmth and familiarity in each of their releases. Since putting out two EPs, Michal and Adam have added a third member to the project as they worked on their debut full length. Heaven soundtracks the diary of Nakajima Ume— a story that follows a trail of catastrophically romantic movements towards self-realization and a lost lover. Read more about the album’s backstory and the Edo period on the band’s website. Heaven is out July 15 on Orchid Tapes.
World Tour have come down from the snowy peaks with something golden. Ever since I first listened to some World Tour demos almost three years ago I knew I’d never stop pining for more. Over a year since their last single ‘Forever Tonight’, the Swedish three-piece is back with a lush pop gem, ‘Surreal’—and it is just that; the dark winter sky, brimming with stars, falling down. I can feel it.
Christchurch/Paris/New York-based band Yumi Zouma released their debut EP yesterday on Cascine. Four tracks deep, the first glimpse from the three Kiwis has been on repeat all day. They craft the sort of infectiously smooth pop gems that stretch the days and melt the snow outside. Listen to the whole release and Wild Nothing’s remix of ‘A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers’ below.
French duo Champions League brings back that Air France vibe just as the days are beginning to freeze over. While the rays hardly climb above the horizon, Champions league’s sun-drenched vocals and big beats seem the remedy to these frosted blues. As direct a homage as you’ll find, the duo’s latest single “Ebiza” brims with balearic beats and shimmering synths. Out via (The Tough Alliance-inspired) French label 25 Years & Running, the song is the pair’s fourth single— listen to them all over at their soundcloud.
Jorge Peña (formerly of Beach Fossils) is back with ‘Honest’— our most recent glimpse at Prominence, the sophomore album from his Heavenly Beat project, which is set to drop next month on Captured Tracks.
"How bad does it seem? You’ll have to be honest."
Brooklyn-based four-piece Selebrities are back with their second full-length Lovely Things, following up 2011’s Delusions. The wonderfully romantic, 80s-infused album is out now on Cascine. Today, Selebrities released an alternate version of their track ‘Born Killers’ off the LP. The band’s vocalist Maria Usbeck goes back to her Ecuadorian roots— delivering a swoon-worthy, spanish new wave ballad b-side.
tan felices y contentos
Swedish/Norwegian trio Postiljonen, a staple as of always, returns with their latest single ‘Supreme’. Following up on their last release ‘How Will I Know/All That We Had Is Lost,’ they’ve continued to move away from the slow and brooding nature of some their earliest songs like ‘Vi var en gang’ and ‘Skyer’ in favor of bigger beats. I couldn’t be happier— Postiljonen take it one step closer to that sun-soaked, Air France/Southern Shores/Korallreven irresistibility with this latest jam. Look out for a lush debut album from this crew in the near future.
Good times on the rise.
Boston-based duo cry guy released their debut EP earlier this month. A soft blend of the sort of beats and bloops that characterize Cameron’s other project Little Spoon and his friend Virginia’s often-ethereal vocals, ‘tears of whatever' houses five alluring, slow-burning pop tunes. I'm already looking forward to hearing what these two will conjure up next.
until then, big love from bosstown.
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