Citing such influences as Mogwai, Factory Floor, and the Chameleons, Birmingham, England band Victories at Sea create a superb hybrid of post-punk, dance, and pop on their edgy yet vibrant debut album Everything Forever. It comes out today on Static Caravan Recordings, but even better, can be heard in its entirety below.
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Originally from Tasmania, dark electronic artist Jill Krasnicki has been performing under the moniker Animalia in her new home base of Toronto. Her debut album Mouth Full of Teeth came out in 2014 to considerable acclaim in Canada, and in early 2016 she will be releasing her new LP (dissonance). As you can hear on the new song “Little Earth”, traces of Bjork and the Knife creep into her music, yielding something altogether chilly and unique.
In advance of his 2016 debut album Nashville singer-songwriter Shane Tutmarc has been releasing one single per month over the course of 2015. We at PopMatters are no strangers to the musician, as we premiered “So Hard to Make an Easy Getaway” a couple months ago. Now he’s back with a video for the dreamy, ethereal “Out of the Dark”, a much different departure from the powerpop of the aforementioned track.
Described as “a California maiden [who] transplanted herself to the mean streets of New York”, singer-songwriter Verona similarly offers a gorgeous combination of light and shade on her debut single “Starless Lullaby”. With an arrangement that immediately evokes thoughts of Jon Brion, the track is lush and orchestral, but at the same time an enigmatic darkness permeates the music. It’s half soothing, half haunting, and altogether superb.
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