British Columbian producer Jamison Isaak has been producing music under the Teen Daze sobriquet since 2010. Over the course of eight years, he has released over 10 LPs and EPs, and last year started his own label, Flora, where he released Themes For a Dying Earth and Themes For a New Earth. This year, Isaak released two EPs and his first physical release under his own name. ‘Hidden Worlds’ is new song finds the artist diving back into the sun-drenched world of Teen Daze.
Let’s talk about the cause and effect factor encapsulated in Tirzah’s music: if Arca says he loves her songs and admits that he has listened to Devotion 20 times on the run while walking around London with goosebumps, it means that the balance between emotion and experimentation in Tirzah Mastin’s music is simply perfect. If her childhood friend, travel companion and unconditional producer on this first album is Mica Levi, aka Micachu, an exquisite instrumental depth is assured. If in 2010 Tirzah was already militant (“I’m not dancing, I’m fighting”, she sang on her collaboration with Micachu), in 2018 she is empowered: “Don’t raise your voice to me”, she now retorts on Go Now. If her name is the Hebrew word for “she is my delight”, and her first album is called Devotion, and she is compared not only to James Blake and also to D’Angelo, it means that she is not just another artist. If Tirzah has released the most stimulating debut of the year in the UK, we’ll just say it.
Life is what goes on between one Bon Iver album and another. Or, at least, this is what happens to Justin Vernon. His increasingly complicated relationship with fame and his ego have pushed the author of For Emma, Forever Ago towards unexplored terrains like those of Volcano Choir, The Shouting Matches and now Big Red Machine, a project that actually began years ago when doing a collaboration for a charity compilation together with his brother from another mother, Aaron Dessner from The National. Together they organise utopic festivals (Eaux Claires), create alternative models for the industry (the streaming portal PEOPLE) and they also write music, of course. They are surrounded by so many artist friends that it is surprising that the result of Big Red Machine, the album, is so spot on. It’s a dream crossover, a perfect fit of Dessner’s intimate epic and Bon Iver’s melancholic evocations, of Justin’s experimental laments and Aaron’s astounding progressions. Music as an excuse, as a way and as a purpose.
Veteran indie rockers The Decemberists returned earlier this year with their latest album, I’ll Be Your Girl, which saw the band pushing outside their comfort zone and experimenting with a new wave palette of sounds. Now, a few months after the album’s release, the band has announced the impending release of Traveling On, an EP featuring five tracks originally intended for inclusion on I’ll Be Your Girl.
Traveling On continues on the path that was laid by the band’s eight studio effort, with Colin Meloy and co. shifting their sonic influences in the direction of New Order and Roxy Music.
What a tricky lover the memory can be. And if the memory is about the night, about making out and wizz-fizz smooching, then it is even more likely to play tricks on us. Is it possible that Jungle have ONLY just released their second album? But we saw them in 2015 setting the Ray-Ban stage on fire with Busy Earnin’, and in 2017 we danced at their sold out shows in Barcelona and Madrid. Well, yes you friends of incredible funk, For Ever is hot off the press and it comes ready for action. They will sweet-talk you with their falsetto, they will fool around with their sonic passport (and will forge it so that California takes the place of their native London, California where they seem to belong to), and they will have you on rollerblades skating into the 70s until bang! You are drenched in sweat again, with that familiar groovy tingling between your legs and with a filter on your vision that makes all the congregation in front of the Ray-Ban (or whatever stage it is) look the most stylish and hottest on whatever side of the Atlantic. So now that you have been forewarned, you know: for the next one, don’t let them catch you out and make sure your memory records it well.
NANCY first emerged on the scene with a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Boots,” and their love of vintage-pop stylings has become an important component in their androgyne-glam shell. NANCY’s songs find FM radio gold corroding into strange, misshapen forms.