Purple Mountains is the new nom-de-rock of David Berman from the Silver Jews. Purple Mountains is also the name of what will be known as one of his greatest albums – full of double-jointed wit and wisdom, up to the neck in his special recipe of hand-crafted country-rock joys and sorrows that sing legendary in cracked and broken hearts. David Berman died one month after his debut album.
FOLK9’s “Sunglasses” (แว่นกันแดด) probably takes us closest to a radio hit on this list, with its immediate chorus and a colourful video that follows the song’s title.
With this video, the Bangkok-based quartet of Kittapas Surinta (vocals, guitars), Boripat Saengsiri (guitars), Korawat Sangtaweep (bass) and Nattaya Sorahong (drums) create a laid-back atmosphere which was perfect for the summer when it came out, but it will actually work anytime of the year or day. Their album is called ‘Chinese Banquet’.
London-based artist and producer Subculture recently unveiled his mixtape I Dream of Everything via his own label Twisted Heart Records. The release is home to twelve mesmerising tracks that encapsulates his fascinating sound that delicately blends elements of electronic music, jazz, hip-hop and more. I Dream of Everything also sees Subculture pair up with Tertia May, Desta French, Hemi Moore, Louis VI, Rachel Chinourini, Grand Pax, Goya Gumbani, Cold Callers and Stella Talpo. He takes us through the influences behind the release below.
.Formerly known as Abraxas, French indie pop band Polycool comprises four childhood friends who are certainly not devoid of humour. After an album following the life of a warthog and an EP dedicated to a bisexual trout, the Parisians have released a brand new conceptual record titled LEMON LORD.
Combining sunny synths, soulful melodies and a laid-back lo-fi groove, the acidulous first single of the project, “Polywood,” sets the pace.
Every new DIIV album is a precious thing; you know the music is going to tug at your heartstrings, and leading up to the moment when it’s official, you can never really be sure if it’s going to arrive. Deceiver is the Brooklyn dream pop band’s third LP, and it emerges—much like their celebrated 2016 sophomore album, Is the Is Are—from a period of turbulence. In February 2017, frontman Zachary Cole Smith posted on Instagram that he’d be checking into “long-haul inpatient treatment” to manage a drug addiction. After going through the program, Smith reunited the band and began making music again. The product of those songwriting sessions would be Deceiver,
With lush melodies and intricate musicianship, Brighton math pop outfit Orchards are a unique proposition. Deftly combining hooks that one would sell their grandmother for and riffs fueled by funk and math rock, the group provide a ludicriously fun and engaging experience.
Orchards are following in the footsteps of bands such as Everything Everything and Foals. Last year they debuted with ‘Losers/Lovers’, Orchards are back with their brand new single, ‘Sooner’.