Ben Lee has quietly, consistently amassed an awfully impressive body of work over the past 20-plus years, to the point now where you look back in amazement that he’s only 37 years old. But he’s been an indie pop staple since the age of 14, and as he’s proved on his absolutely charming new album Love is the Great Rebellion, he’s only getting better as a singer-songwriter. Case in point: the album’s life-affirming track “Happiness”, which has been turned into the sweetest video you’ll ever see. We’ll let Ben tell the story.
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Last month Brooklyn nine-piece band Turkuaz put out one of the most shamelessly fun singles of the summer in the form of ‘70s disco/funk number “The Generator” from their upcoming new album Digitonium. Now they’re debuting another track, “Digital Love”, which dives headfirst into classic ‘80s funk, including talk box, synthesized bassline, and old-school handclap drum machine. According to the band, they had a specific band they wanted to emulate for this track.
Australian/German singer-songwriter Christa Vi will be releasing her latest EP Makeshift Happiness on 25 September, which puts a darker, more contemporary spin on both electropop, vintage disco, and R&B. Her brooding new video for the sultry title track only brings that mood out further. And no, she’s not the one miming the song in the video, but rather the bartender at the beginning. Either way, this track (and video) is a keeper.
Come Play With Me is a new singles club which showcases musical talent from Leeds, England with a series of seven-inch releases, one released every month featuring two artists from the region. The first split single, set for release on 6 November, features the band Harkin as well as David Gedge’s Cinerama, who have contributed a fabulous, loungey cover of “The Girl From the DDR” by his more famous band, the great Wedding Present.
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”.