Timbre Cierpke straddles the classical world and contemporary music world with astonishing ease and versatility. The daughter of a cellist/orchestra conductor/music professor and a choral director, she learned music before she learned to read, and was playing harp professionally at the age of 12. On the other side, she has recorded with such varied talents as Jack White, Ricky Skaggs, and MewithoutYou.
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Cornwall, England trio Lost Dawn excel at taking the more glam rock-oriented side of psychedelic music and bringing it into a more contemporary focus. Comparisons have been made to T. Rex and Supergrass at the same time, and after hearing new single “Electrify”, that’s not entirely inaccurate. As it happens the band has just released a wonderfully strange new video for the track, which can be seen below.
Blending orchestral pop with electronic elements and classic pop melodies reminiscent of the Beach Boys and Beatles, Philadelphia band Grandchildren clearly want to combine elements both modern and vintage. It all makes for a wonderfully psychedelic sound, and much like the Flaming Lips’ best work more than a decade ago, it does everything it can to leave a smile on your face.
Part pop anthem, part tribute to feminist punks Pussy Riot and the defiance in Ukraine, the latest single “Molotov Girls” by Vancouver band the Zolas is a bright, explosive little number that dares to attempt to approach the big, noisy ebullience of M83’s “Midnight City”, and comes awfully close. it’s a track that deserves to click with mass audiences, and the new video for the track is the latest attempt to pull it off. Here’s hoping it happens; it’s a great track.
Operating under the moniker Samson the Truest, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sam Geller doesn’t so much compare himself to the biblical hero, but rather seeks to find a similar balance between power and vulnerability in his own music. It’s an interesting idea, one he explores deeply on his forthcoming album Come Back Shane, and which you can hear on his brand new track “Afterall”.