Category Archives: Music by Xavier Bergman

Music by Bergman: Washed Out

Music as a refuge, music as stress relief, music as a drug or an adjunct to drugs: Ernest Greene, the songwriter who records as Washed Out, has always embraced those functions with a hint of ambivalence. … Greene inaugurated the minimovement that became known as chillwave with Washed Out’s first EPs in 2009.

More than a decade since chillwave had its moment, Washed Out is still making dreamy electro-pop tunes, and now he’s released his latest one. “Too Late” comes with an ambitious crowd-sourced video.

Music by Bergman: Moses Sumney

With a life spanning southern California and Ghana, it’s no wonder that Moses Sumney’s music amounts to a totally unclassifiable product while rising above as an act of resistance in itself. His unmistakable and singular falsetto, which he uses as another instrument in the mix, serves him to probe his orchestral and deeply experimental indie rock. This very 2020 he released Cut Me, an EP comprising 4 deeply intimate songs about how to avoid romantic love at all cost and that position him as a new ilk of avant-garde pop star. Some days ago he released his double album grae.

Music by Bergman: Meltt

Meltt is a collection of four multi-instrumentalists sonically painting their own dreamscapes by combining psychedelic-guitars, swelling-synthesizers, powerful-drums, and ethereal-vocals. Currently falling somewhere in the category of alternative-rock/psych, the band has been praised for their combination of heavy riffs, colourful instrumentation, detail oriented production, and under it all, multi-layered song-writing. With an equal love for the blissfully tripped out and the powerfully crunchy corners of music, a Meltt album or show is designed to transport the listener to spaces they have only previously dreamt of: reverb-laden forests at the bottom of the ocean, melodic tide pools begging to be jumped into and impossibly lush and colourful caverns that seem to go on forever.

 Meltt released their debut full-length album Swim Slowly, a highly diverse twelve track reflection on love, mortality, time, personal growth and the hazy line between the spiritual and material worlds. They invite you to leave the shore of your day to day life, take a deep breath, and dive into the soundscapes of their imagination.

Music by Bergman: EOB

Welcome to Earth, the debut solo album from Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien. Working under the name EOB, O’Brien has funneled a decade’s worth of ideas and a broad cast of collaborators into a truly fascinating collection of music. This album bleeps and surges and thumps and whirrs, all while congealing into something quite immediate and accessible. It’s a straightforward pop-rock collection in essence, a sonic exploration in practice.

Music by Bergman: YĪN YĪN

Using South East Asian music from the 60s and 70s as their main inspiration, Dutch psych/funk group YĪN YĪN combines these influences with disco, funk, and electronic music for a blend that they like to call “Thaichedelic”. After two remarkable singles released through Bongo Joe Records, they now release their new album ‘The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers’, You can now listen to new single ‘Dus Kô Dis Kô” from the album below.

Music by Bergman: Purity Ring

Canadian duo Purity Ring, comprising vocalist Megan James and beat-maker Corin Roddick, have released their third album Womb, James and Roddick are bringing back 90s future-pop and making it their own, creating a layered world of dreamy vocals and sci-fi beats. 

WOMB is Purity Ring’s third album, the follow-up to 2015’s Another Eternity and 2012’s Shrines. In 2017 they shared the standalone single, “Asido,” which is not featured on the new album. James and Roddick wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed WOMB themselves.

Music by Bergman: Summer Camp

Summer Camp‘s timeless indie-pop is a rare treat indeed. Often alt-pop has a bland 60’s feel, a disposable modern hipster edge or the cringworthy quirkiness of a dating site advert. Here was a girl-boy duo with sprightly guitars and tickling keyboards to make the indie kids swoon,
Summer Camp -AKA married couple Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley- release their fifth album Romantic Comedy, the companion piece to Sankey’s film-debut of the same name, out now via Apricot Recordings. Having released four albums and three EPs in the space of six years, the duo decided to take a break from Summer Camp to explore other creative projects.