Following their recent TV debut on WTNH’s Connecticut Style Stage 8, the rock quintet Chaser Eight has continued to rise in their native Connecticut music scene. With their debut self-titled LP, the group is poised to continue growing both in artistic skill and public appreciation. The impressive pipes of frontwoman *AUDRA* make a distinct impression right out of the gate, but the four men who back her are no slouches. The interplay is tight as the band’s ambitions are large.
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Last spring, the world lost an inimitable talent when Frankie Knuckles passed away at age 59 from complications related to Type II Diabetes. To pay their musical respects to the man, Underworld, Heller and Farley, and the Misterons have put together an unsurprisingly groovy cover of Knuckles’ “Baby Wants to Ride”. The track will be available to download and purchase on 12” vinyl; the former is out now, while the latter’s UK release date is set for 13 April. All proceeds from the single will benefit the Frankie Knuckles Fund which is associated with the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Argentinian producer and musician Panda Elliot—described as three in one, “woman, band, and producer”—dropped her sophomore LP, Forastera, in the fall of 2014. Not but a few months later, she has gotten someone to remix the album cut “Guerrero”, the follow-up to lead single ‘Ligerita’. The original tune’s energy is potent enough on its own; in the hands of _AlexPatri_, the danceability is boosted considerably, with laser-sharp synths making this remix right for the club.
Airy synths and evocative, tumbling beats float up effervescently in the suitably titled “Air Balloons”, the new single borne of the collaboration between producer Eddie Logix and singer/songwriter Britney Stoney. Dream poppy with a spaciousness that spreads as the tune goes on, “Air Balloons” is rife with seduction. Layers of intricate bleeps, vocal inflections, and swirling melodies serve as the bed upon which Stoney’s sultry voice rises up, singing the moving query of “Do you feel me now?” amidst the dusky atmosphere.
Erik Emanuelson spearheads the self-described “collective” called Grand Lake Islands. He dove headfirst into the project after leaving his job as an English teacher, which led to him moving from New York to the green and quirky confines of Portland, Oregon, to pursue music full-time. Existing somewhere between indie folk and indie rock, Grand Lake Islands’ debut LP, Song From Afar fits comfortably both within the music coming out of Portland and Emanuelson’s former New York. The group’s Bandcamp describes its sound as “infused with that pungent New England feel—dried leaves and water tones swirling around the more mechanical beat of the city”. Yet so too does it fit within the chilled-out, folksy vibes that regularly emanate from the Pacific Northwest.
Below you can watch the video for the Song From Afar cut “Diamond Eyes”, a track that finds Emanuelson’s vocals treading close to that most prized of singer/songwriter adjectives: “Dylanesque”.