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Laurel Halo – Thaw

This is why I love music! The unofficial video with footage from Philippe Garrel’s ‘Le révélateur’ and the song ‘Thaw’ itself by Berlin-Based musician and producer Laurel Halo, evoke emotions in such a way only great music can do.

I feel like listening to ‘In the Aeroplane over the Sea’ for the first time once again, like going to my very first Ska-Punk-Concert melting together with the crowd in a choreography of uncoordinated movements. I feel like dancing in a room full of black light and strange sculptures to mysterious Goa-Music. I’m starting to vaguely remember watching clips of nature documentaries with the accompanying sound of french circus music, I come across abstract animations and memories of a war long-gone but ever so c lose flickering over a screen with the rough soothing sounds of Godspeed! in the background.

I feel a bit creeped out – it’s something entirely new. I encounter as yet undiscovered emotions. A slight queasyness spreads through my body. But still, I feel whole. Like this is an unknown place – but a place I always belonged.

I feel like I arrived.


Year: 2012

Genre: Electronica / Dream Pop


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iamamiwhoami – blue blue

It’s a no brainer whether to post a video or a soundcloud link to songs by iamamiwhoami. Jonna Lee‘s audiovisual project, that is produced by Claes Björklund and visually directed by the WAVE collective, connects videos and sounds like no other contemporary electronic artist does. So posting only the track without any accompanying visuals would almost feel heretic.

The project was started over 4 years ago with a series of mysteriously named videos that were uploaded on YouTube and which created a hype even before any official release or announcement was made. By now, iamamiwhoami has released two full albums and a third one, ‘BLUE’, that is due to be released in November 2014, is already in the making.

‘blue blue’ is the fifth ‘chapter’ from the upcoming album and, as always, is accompanied by a beautifully filmed video. It has been made available on iTunes on the 4th of September and although I always feel like some of iamamiwhoami’s freshness has been lost over the last years, the track and video still neatly build up the excitement towards the release of ‘BLUE’.


Year: 2014

Genre: Synthpop


More From iamamiwhoami / accompanying label towhomitmayconcern:

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Billie Black – I waited for you

Billie Black is a 19yr old singer from London who has long since dedicated her life to music in general, and jazz in particular. After some spells in classical orchestras she was inspired by the likes of James Blake and Jessie Ware who combined classical singing with electronic instrumentals.

‘I waited for you’ is a perfect example of the blending of electronic sounds and jazzy vocals, which works so well for Billie Black. It’s relaxing and haunting, hopeful and regretful at the same time. It makes one really look forward to her upcoming EP that is due to be released anytime soon.

 

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Samaris – Ég Vildi Fegin Verða

Samaris are a three piece electronic downtempo group hailing from Iceland that incorporates many of the elements a lot of people have come to love about Icelandic music. The ethereal vocals, wide and roomy while at the same time minimalistic soundscapes and a certain melancholy about their whole performance.

Ég Vildi Fegin Verða’ is a trip-hop track that incorporates vocals, electronics and clarinet sounds, all base elements of Samaris’ compositions into one dreamy tune that narrates old Icelandic poems.

One has to mention that Samaris consists of two women (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir) and a man (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson) of which only Þórður is responsible for the electronic elements in their music, whereas Áslaug and Jófríður do the singing and play the clarinet.  I mention it only to take note of the fact that even in the (naively imagined) feminist north of Europe and within a mostly-female band the electronic instruments are still a domain of men.  But they are composing the music together and all of them form parts of an electronic band so they have a more highly legitimate place here.

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