By day Taylor Jordan is a climate scientist in Washington, DC, but it won’t be long before he’s best known for his ambient music project the Greatest Hoax, whose new album Enso is out today and can be heard in its entirety below.
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Husband and wife Americana duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have recorded a special holiday song in the form of the sweetly melancholy “This Holiday’s No Holiday (Without You)”. Compared to the usual saccharine fare we’re bombarded with this time of year, the Mastersons have lent some welcome substance to the season, which as we all know will get even crazier as the next four or five weeks roll by.
The brainchild of Polish musician Tobiasz Biliński, Coldair delves deep into the coldwave sounds of early-‘80s France, with murky, gothic arrangements interweaving with harsh, propulsive dance/synth arrangements. His new album The Provider was produced by Jeff Zeigler (The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile) and comes out in North America on 15 January (distributed by Sub Pop) and you can hear the murky yet intoxicating new track “Denounce” below.
Helmed by singer-songwriter Gryphon Rue, El Tryptophan’s quirky new indie folk album Guilt Vacation features among its 20 guest contributors Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta), Will Epstein (High Water, Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington), and Odetta Bess Hartman. Needless to say it’s an eclectic collection, combining abstract orchestral pop and straight-up indie pop, conjuring visions of the Magnetic Fields at times.
Comprised of bassist/singer Anna Disley-Simpson and programmer/singer Jamie Minns. English band L.U.N.A.R. combine indie pop and tropicalia, and as you can hear on their new single “In the Forest” the mix makes for a brighter, more vibrant sound than the current wave of contemporary synthpop.