Back in the States and back in the game, we’ve returned from Australia bearing all manner of good tidings for your ears. One such revelation comes courtesy of mystery Gold Coaster Montgomery, who arrives this week with a dazzling initial offering in “War Cry”, ahead of her debut EP next month. All love-laced vocals and resplendent synths, it’s a woozy slowdancer that’s as dreamy a battle cry as we can imagine, produced with assistance by Big Scary‘s Tom Iansek, who’s no stranger to these pages himself. Her New Clear War EP drops October 24th via our new friends at IOHYOU, get your preorder on here and waltz with it below.
Made In Heights have been one of our favorite new West Coast acts for a long minute now, from their truly transcendent initial offerings (see: “Murakami”, “Viices”, “Holla Mears” et. al) to their larger-than-life live show. Back today for the very first time, new single “Ghosts” glides through your life like something that was missing all along, as Heights’ first lady Kelsey Bulkin trips the light fantastic and waltzes across the skittering backbeat like a shadow dancing spectre. Slip into the ether below, and don’t miss the duo live at CMJ next month.
We’ve had our eye on San Fran’s WATERS ever since they first parachuted to earth with debut single, “Got To My Head”. This week, they make their Vagrant debut with brand new single “I Feel Everything”, an electric rush-of-blood-to-the-head that’s a little bit Rivers, a little bit Grouplove and a whole lot of California. Dive in below, and be sure to catch them at Popshop West tonight with support from Zella Day and Cathedrals, tix still available HERE.
There’s a brand new band from New York all over our radar by the name of Royal Tongues. Little is known about them to this point, but fireproof debut single “The Balance” seems primed to sear a hole right through alt radio hearts like the glassy lovechild of Smallpools and early Passion Pit, a veritable sync goldmine from start to finish. It opens earnestly enough, as grandiose, theatrical clap-toned strings pull back the curtains to reveal a synth-kissed romper tailor made for high school mixtapes and teenage road trip dreams with the sun setting in the rear view. Get familiar below.
We’re all-in for Great Good Fine Ok here at Neon Gold HQ, riding hard for their infectious falsetto’d pop and all gold everything stage prowess from day one. And after establishing themselves with one of the finest initial offerings of the past 12 months, their debut single “You’re The One For Me” has taken on a new life courtesy of one of the best and brightest new remixers in the game, Slinger, who elevates it from the dreamscape to the dancefloor in no time at all. It’s a high-flying, sky-scraping affair that’s absolutely the one for us, see for yourself below and keep an eye out for Great Good Fine Ok’s debut EP dropping on Neon Gold later this year.
Seinabo Sey and Magnus Lidehall just can’t miss. With a knockout one-two punch of debut offerings already under their belt in “Younger” and “Hard Time“, they’re back today to deliver the coup de grâce on new single “Pistols At Dawn” and hit their mark dead on once again. Over an ice cold Lidehall groove that’s heavy on drama and laced with the signature vocal flourishes that’s come to define his production for Sey, Seinabo goes full femme fatale on the topline with another lights out vocal effort, gunning straight for the heart like it’s her very own Bond theme.
From their sizzling synths to their supercharged Robyn energy and backbeat, Troves feel like something blessed from the Scandinavian heavens. It’s a surprise then, to discover Troves hail from the UK’s own Brighton shores, not unlike fellow seaside up-and-comers (and non-Scandi curveballs) Oslo Parks. But regardless of their origin, debut single “Youth in Decay” is a conceptually perfect treasure trove of blissed-out electronic pop that swiftly cements Troves as ones to watch and the natural heir apparents to the CHVRCHES British synth pop throne. Get familiar below.
Festival season may be reaching its twilight, but Escape Music Festival is keeping the dream alive through fall, with their two day extravaganza popping off October 11th-12th on Pier 9 in Brooklyn and the entire lineup now fully revealed. To get you warmed up, we’re getting involved the only way we know how: with a rad as hell preparty September 18th at Popshop NYC. Topping the marquee at Westway are none other than our hometown heroes, ASTR, lighting up the stage with their space age swagger, plus freshly-added support from LA’s finest Conway and local heatseeker VÉRITÉ. Advance tickets now available HERE, let’s go big for this one New York.
Each new Cathedrals single appears on the scene as distinctive as a pane of stained glass – intricate, intrinsically coherent, simultaneously translucent and deep – and now we’ve got the fifth and final piece of gorgeous geometry to complete the crown of their debut EP. Living up to its name, “In The Dark” has our favorite West Coast duo playing James Bond with the lights out: a sinister guitar sings out sky high and electric against the pedal-to-the-metal slink of the backbeat, as the bass steamrolls forward like it’s on a secret mission and vocalist Brodie Jenkins hits the perfect sweet spot between secret agent “Toxic” pop and Phantogram‘s recent output.
Like everything we’ve ever heard from Cathedrals, it’s as sui generis as it is reminiscent of all that you’ve been missing, and luckily the wait’s almost over for our September 8th release of the band’s eponymous EP (preorder the deep purple 10″ vinyl HERE). But if those preorders can’t keep you sated, you’re in luck: the full EP is streaming on Spotify a week early now with a stunning acoustic version of “Want My Love” sweetening the deal even further. Lose yourself “In The Dark” below, and stream the EP in its entirety HERE.
After taking the internet by storm last year with a slew of sensational originals (not to mention show-stopping features for Flume and Snakehips), George Maple returns to the limelight where she belongs this week with brand new single “Talk Talk”. Stepping out as the newly coronated leading lady of the Future Classic family, George – née Jess Higgs - lays her heavensent vocals atop blissfully atomic, pulsing production that propels the track forward with a relentless gravity. Get very familiar below, and brace yourself for this and MUCH more from her forthcoming Vacant Space EP, coming in hot on Future Classic next month.