Created by guitarist Thomas Sciarone and singer Milena Eva, Rotterdam band GOLD initially sounded like a natural offshoot of Sciarone’s previous band, the late, great occultists the Devil’s Blood. As a result the debut album Interbellum, while leaning more toward a hard rock sound, was still very much under the “occult rock” umbrella.
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South London rapper and producer Conrad Kira prides himself on being an outsider. A denizen of abandoned industrial buildings, where he creates massive sub-bass-driven beats that mirror the dystopian decay of the city, he combines harsh, bracing arrangements and biting, poetic social commentary. And indeed, his new EP Rictus has a similar effect of American masters Run the Jewels, a fresh new voice on the UK hip hop landscape.
Two years after their brilliant video mash-up of Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story turned heads, Los Angeles synthpop duo Josh D’Elia and Jeffrey Chernick are back with a new EP called Electric. If you’re familiar with Story of the Running Wolf, you know just how gloriously garish things will get with these guys. If you’re new to them, however, brace yourselves for some all-out, devout ‘80s pop worship. It’s high-gloss, but most importantly the hooks are ever-present, which you’ll hear on every track.
Sure, it doesn’t hurt to have an uncle as supremely talented like Steve Earle, but like her cousin Justin Townes Earle, Emily Earle is perfectly happy earning her stripes on her own, graduating from the Berklee School of Music and busking in the New York subway. Less rugged-sounding as her male relatives, Emily’s approach is a warm blend of mainstream country and Americana, which comes out beautifully on “Red Rose” (CONNECT).