Spring is here and with it, as you would expect, the arrival of new music from artists both established and up and coming. Here are 5 for April that Swide can’t get enough of.
5 new sounds for April
With comparisons to Patrick Wolf and Woodkid already flying around, Paul Dixon’s moniker Fyfe has already scored himself a lot of attention with the release of two tracks from his upcoming debut EP ‘Solace’. But this isn’t the first time we have heard of Dixon, who previously released music under the guise of David Lyre, remixing the likes of Marina and the Diamonds. Fyfe sees the 23-year-old Londoner taking his craft to new levels, constructing intricate yet full on sounding mini epics that have the power to empower one as much as they can pull on the heartstrings. The latest EP cut ‘St. Tropez’ takes the listener on a whirlwind of electronic patterns and overblown percussion that builds and builds before plunging you into unexpected silence. Fyfe’s EP will be released April 7 and looks set to do this guy wonders.
London based four-piece Mt. Wolf have had music bloggers and critics attempting to place their sound without much success, but one thing that’s for sure is that it’s gloriously uplifting. With the vocals of Kate Sproule calling out over the din created by her band mates Stevie McMinn, Sebastian Fox and Al Mitchell, they’ve described their sound as being dream folk. They’ve just released 2nd single ‘Shapeshift’ from their critically acclaimed ‘Hypolight’ EP with a video that is simple yet showcases the quartet as sincere artists and people that you’d like to go for a drink with. Apart from their likability factor, there is no denying that these guys can craft an amazing eclectic soundscapes and it is this that has got critics and bloggers alike all hot under the collar. You can pre-order the Hypolight EP here
Recalling the sound of the 90s, Jahan Lennon, as his name would suggest, is somewhat a revivalist, bringing those feel good vibes that blessed the summers of decades past and reveling in ‘madchester’ influenced beats. If my sources serve me well, Pakistani born American singer/producer Jahan Lennon is the moniker of Zeb and one half of brother-duo Popo, who is now making it on his own, bringing his fondness of drumloops and nostalgic vocal melodies along with him. The video for ‘Can’t Ruin My Fun’ is just as hedonistic as one would expect on hearing the track, following Jahan hop around Time Square with friends whilst he sells bootleg Bollywood DVDs to whoever passes by. The track is lifted from his EP which is available for free download here. Diplo described EP track ‘Tell Me’ as the ‘Indian Ace of Bass’ and ‘Always’ as electronic folk-pop at its best. You can download his EP here.
The second single to come from Swedish singer Tove Lo follows the aftermath of a lover left broken hearted as they spiral out of control, binging on food, sex and drink. Sounds more like pleasure right? Well, check out the video of Tove Lo as she hits the slippery slope of self-pitying destruction. While the song is a perfectly polished electro pop, the lyrics leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth, as does the video. This girl is clearly singing from experience and one that most of us can empathise with in one way or another. Marina and the Diamonds is already a fan of her work and Tove is working with people that have written for Britney Spears and Icona Pop like Coco Morier and Elof Loelv. Keep your eyes on this one.
The male-female duo Gaps hail from Brighton, England has been gently releasing their immersive soundscapes for the past couple of months now and their latest release ‘All The Days Are Now’ has really got bloggers talking. It was the their track ‘Inside Your Head’ that caught my attention and I have not been disappointed. The duo, know as Rachel and Ed, have described their sound as ‘made of seagulls, a guitar, laptops and red wine’. There is little more to say about the band right now, except that they’re planning some performances over the next few months and will be worth your time investigating.