The New York indie folk outfit Fireships, according to their own description, “patrol the foggy edges of American music”. Headed up by Andrew Vladeck (of the Honey Brothers fame), the group is set to release their self-titled debut this spring. Leading up to the release you can stream “Come Back to Me” below, a track that sounds something like an indie campfire jam, with a sing-along chorus and a convivial mood making it an ideal invitation for the Fireships LP. Existing somewhere between indie rock and folk revival, Fireships have offered up a promising start with “Come Back to Me”.
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With a near operatic sweep and the grandeur of Florence and the Machine, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands’ “Fall of the Seraph” is a dramatic number that proves a powerful portent to the North Carolina group’s upcoming full-length, The Absolute Elsewhere. On its Bandcamp page, the group describes itself thusly: “This is what it would sound like if Kate Bush were to genetically fuse with Danny Elfman and Dresden Dolls in some strange biological experiment.” Given Bright’s incredibly powerful vocals, the Bush comparison isn’t far off, and overall the melange of artists mentioned in that quotation is a fair representation of the stylistic diversity the band purveys in. Bright herself is an anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist, which no doubt colors the creative songwriting of her and the Silver Hands.
“Fall of the Seraph”, like the rest of the music on The Absolute Elsewhere, drew heavily from the inspiring work of a certain photographer. For more on this, stream the track below and read Bright’s explanation for its genesis.
Last September, PopMatters premiered the new album by the Brazilian dream-pop artist SILVA, Ocean View, which would later go on to be named the album of the year by iTunes Brazil. With these songs still fresh in the mind, SILVA will take to Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival, where he will bring his catchy, almost tropical pop to the dry heat of Texas.
Below you can stream the Tom Bailey (of the Thompson Twins fame) remix of SILVA’s “Vista Pro Mar”, which exudes an island vibe that’s perfect foreshadowing for your next summer vacation.
The new tune is “Believe”, a slow-jam ballad. Lidell says, “it’s an honest admission of self doubt. I even feel vulnerable releasing this song, which is why I know it’s important.”
Tor Miller’s brand of piano pop will come naturally to those familiar with groups like Coldplay and Seabird, where the choruses are anthemic as they are catchy. In Miller’s case, though, there’s the added dimension of his native New York City. His experience in the city, which is reflected in the lyrics to his songs, makes him out to be the 21st century answer to Billy Joel. As it turns out, this kind of piano-driven songwriting will always find a way to get by.
Below you can watch the black-and-white video to Miller’s “Midnight”, a true exemplification of his style. His drive as an artist and as a student of music (he is studying at New York University) rings clearly, both in his impassioned chorus vocal and the dramatic piano chords.