Brooklyn-based (who isn’t these days?) musician Monika Heidemann, who records under the all-caps HEIDEMANN, peddles in emotive-synth driven music that emphasizes her voice. The instrumental backing to her music, comprised of synths, bass, and analog drum programming, is largely unobtrusive, allowing her voice to rise to the forefront and create a somewhat brooding mood. Orphan, her debut EP, forms a clear statement of intent in this regard.
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From a single synthesizer one can generate a seemingly endless repertoire of sounds, a fact which an equally endless amount of young bands around the world have capitalized on since the creation of that instrument. The Frail finds itself amongst this burgeoning electronic music scene, and like the genre’s luminaries, it’s a group that knows quite well how to wring a potent hook out of its synth arsenal. The trio is comprised of Daniel Lannon (vocals and synths), Israel Chavarin (bass), and Kevin Durr (synths). Their debut, LoveDeathLegend, follows two EPs, Count on This and the fittingly titled Lasers Over Lovers. LoveDeathLegend finds The Frail making a mellifluous batch of synth-driven pop tunes, enhanced in large part by Lannon’s Michael Jackson-esque vocals.
Lush production and silken vocals coalesce in a trippy brand of dream pop with Detroit duo Sleepless Inn. The former is the product of aural architect Eddie Logix; the latter emanates from the pipes of Laura Finlay and her chanteuse-like approach. That dichotomy is in full display in new single “Escalators”, the follow up to debut EP The Rainbow Room, released in April.
“Falling Bough” takes its name from one half of the album title of the debut record by Orange County indie rockers Kiev, which was released in autumn of 2013. Now the band has made a lyric video to accompany the subtly groovy “Falling Bough”, whose clipped guitar line and sinewy bassline bring to mind the understated indie of The xx. Guitarist Robert Brinkerhoff’s affable tenor vocals bring to mind Winston Yellen, the man behind the Night Beds name.
On their Tumblr page, up-and-coming rockers StarBenders describe their sound as akin to “Iggy Pop playing 7 minutes in heaven with Katy Perry.” It’s a bold and playful declaration, one that’s befitting of the group’s youthful presence. However, the Iggy Pop comparison also hints at the punk edge that rears its head throughout the otherwise thoroughly poppy songs StarBenders play. “Touch”, a tune from their forthcoming self-titled EP, is an ideal representation of the band’s style.
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