Having moved from Tokyo to Boston and since graduated from the Berklee College of Music, Emergency Tiara has steadily shown great promise with each new track she’s put out. The kind of amorphous musician who can shift from orchestral pop to vintage Motown in a heartbeat, her songs are playful yet deftly crafted, as you can hear on the vibrant soul track “When I Grow Up”.
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It’s refreshing to hear experimental music that celebrates pop music in all its rosy-hued glory, with nary a trace of preciousness, pretentiousness, or irony. While Jonathan Rauberts and Kristen Sonntag bring a fair bit of experimentation to their music as Surrender the Spirit, any sonic bells and whistles serve the music, which can be a delicate line for any musician to walk. On their new EP Premonition the hook reigns supreme, but just like ABBA had a real progressive bent 40 years ago—something not many people are aware of today—there’s an open-mindedness to adventure that makes this record, which you can listen to below, all the more charming.
French pianist and composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is set to release her debut album Like Water Through the Sand 13 November on 139701, the experimental arm of the esteemed UK record label FatCat. The beautiful “Strelka” can be heard below, and as Levienaise-Farrouch explains, it brings resolution and optimism to the record.
Combining the ornate beauty of chamber music, the intricacy of Persian music, and the force of heavy metal, Canadian duo the Visit will be releasing the stunningly beautiful new album Through Darkness Into Light on 9 October. It’s all about the interplay of virtuosic cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and vocalist Heather Sita Black, and as you hear on the epic composition “Through Darkness”, the two show spellbinding chemistry.