By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger)
Artist: Leif Vollebekk
Song: “Into The Ether”
Album/EP: Twin Solitude
Off of his forthcoming album, Twin Solitude, “Into The Ether” from Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk is absolutely inspired. Tracked in a single take, the song, which features string arrangements by Chargaux (known for their work on Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”), reveals a host of richly layered melodies atop of a telling personal narrative, and is best described by Vollebekk himself as, “Something you might sing to yourself in a dream or perhaps in someone else’s”.
Song: “Going Nowhere”
Off of their forthcoming debut album, Aroma, “Going Nowhere” from Austin-based outfit TOMA is, simply put, a really well crafted, lyrically poignant, and emotionally potent indie rock song. That’s (count three) good reasons to to give it a listen!
Artist: Sarah Beatty
Song: “Bandit Queen”
Album/EP: Bandit Queen
As the title track off of Sarah Beatty’s forthcoming self-titled LP, “Bandit Queen” is one outlaw women’s call for all to dance upon the everyday mythologies that bind us to our perceived identities and to be whoever the hell we want to be.
Artist: Leopold and His Fiction
Song: “It’s How I Feel (Free)”
Album/EP: Darling Destroyer
Off of their forthcoming album Darling Destroyer, “It’s How I Feel (Free)” from Leopold and His Fiction pulls together everything from cascading 60s-tinged organs and blistering guitar work to Perry Farrell-esc vocals with a slightly sinister Southern rock swagger.
From Swedish EBM (electronic body music) artist Rein, “Misfit” screams: “Get the fuck out of the way because there is a new switchblade-wielding Queen of electropunk in town and she packs a mighty punch.”