"You and I" is the first track from Anja Kicken's debut EP. The song immediately delivers a warm and romantic atmosphere with minimal keys and a sample of a crackling fireplace. As Anja's vocals enter the mix, my expectations are set to hear an intimate piano ballad, but a deep, groovy synth and rock beat arrive to subvert them. The track is still totally a love song, written for new lovers, packaged in a downtempo/indielectro/R&B wrapper. Listen to this when you're feeling both wistful and hopeful - Anja won't let you down.
"Not Your Type" is one of Bailie's most recent tracks, currently released on Soundcloud, but I'm hoping for a wider release on other platforms. The song begins with an atmospheric synth and Bailie's vocals, which remind me slightly of Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, though Bailie's lyrical content isn't quite as dark. The track eventually adds layers of glittering arpeggiated synth, drums, and additional electronic sounds. Even though the composition is built with electronic elements, the fabricated ambiance manages to have an acoustic feel about it. "Not Your Type" is a breakup song meant for passing ships in the night - sometimes people just don't line up - the track is sad, but hopeful.
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"Atomic Love" showcases Djan's skillful combination of acoustic and electronic sounds. It's a fun, sprightly song with a pop melody. The track begins with a couple measures of nothing but strummed guitar, then the rest of the musical elements join in. Djan's vocals are lovely and fairy-like. Her playful way of singing combined with the acoustic sounds of the song remind me a bit of Sixpence None The Richer. However, the electronic and spacey sounds that ebb and flow through the track add to Djan's unique sound. "Atomic Love" is a song for the lovers who find themselves unable to think straight. We all need a little "Atomic Love" in our lives - it's satisfying, overwhelming, and might just blow up!
The track is a dark and angsty bit of folk noir, shown in both the melancholic undulation of the instrumentation and the lyrics, which explore themes of poverty, gambling, and isolation. Regarding the inspiration behind the song, Gemma states, “Nursing hangovers on a Saturday morning we shared our saddest stories and came up with the opening line “I’m never going back”; from there the song wrote itself.”
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This track begins with a singer-songwriter quality, opening with a stripped down piano line. However, it takes on an electronic vibe as a subtle layer of dark synth is added as a bed beneath Lisette's soulful vocal entrance. She really delivers an emotive performance, bursting at the seams as the song builds to its climax. The way she belts "never meant, never meant to run this far" makes me think Lisette finds inspiration from Amy Lee. "Run This Far" is a beautiful, dark, heartfelt composition. I could easily see the song being part of a movie score.
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Art is in the details and what separates hobbyists from professionals is paying attention to that detail. Little Comfort's final track, "Sky," makes sure to pay attention to detail and it's one of the things that make this song such a solid offering. The band delivers us a warm sound in "Sky" with its beautiful acoustic guitar and solid rhythm that sets a beautiful stage for extremely polished, well-performed vocals. The vocal layering gives the composition a glowing sensation. A dash of electronica influences occasionally peek out of the vocal tracks in the best way. This gives the song and band a refreshingly unique listening experience. Listening to this song makes me long to hear the band perform. This song was crafted at a high vibration, oozing peace, love, and tranquility. The West coast has no shortage of innovative artists (in truth too many to reference here), but I believe it's safe to say Little Comfort won't be underground much longer.
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"Nebulou" begins with a relaxed guitar riff over a deep and dreamy synth, creating a celestial bed from start to finish. As Stewart's vocals enter, I am immediately reminded of Mazzy Star. The first line she sings, "moving through space," further cements the otherworldly tone of the track. She creates a laid-back and enchanting piece, adding layers of vocal harmonies as the song blossoms and spirals into the stratosphere. I'd like to classify the sound of "Nebulou" as "space folk" and really look forward to hearing the rest of Stewart's sophomore effort.
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