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Check ‘Em Out: Everything by Electricity

There is a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my ship. Everything is done by means of it. It lights it, warms it, and is the soul of my mechanical vessel. This agent is electricity. Everything by Electricity. — Jules Verne, 20000 leagues under the sea

The band Everything by Electricity’s sound is littered with the strains of alienation and longing for escape one would expect from childhoods spent gazing across cold barren landscapes deep behind the iron curtain.

Whilst lush pop beats strongly at its heart, dense waves of guitar, reverberating walls of noise and fragile melodies collide amidst sparkling neon-lit synths, dreamy vocals and ghostly shapes via the night sky; anchored tight by pulsing bass, throbbing drums and drum machines.

On moving from Siberia to London, Yulia (guitar, synths, vocals) quietly crafted a collection of demo material in her bedroom studio and expanded the live line-up with the addition of Daniel (bass guitar, synths) and Manoela (drums, pads).

Check out their track, “Last Day of the Sun” below:

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EXES – “Dear, Home”

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On the heels of their acclaimed single “Like You” that charted Top 10 on HypeMachine and garnered praise from the likes of USA Today and i-D, EXES announce their debut EP The Art of Saying Goodbye set for release on October 7th.

Fronted by vocalist Allie McDonald and producer Mike Dorenzo, the duo reveal new single “Dear, Home”. Highlighted by electronic textures, the track features the work of Grammy Award winning violinist Charlie Bisharat whose credits include Beyonce’s Lemonade, Frank Ocean’s Blond, and many more.  Speaking about the track’s inspiration, Allie comments:

“‘Dear, Home’ is a song for the homesick. It’s a song dedicated to the pieces of my heart I left back East. The parts of me still beating in that small town where I grew up.  As a nostalgic-romantic, it is one of the most personal songs I’ve written.”

The Art of Saying Goodbye EP is an emotive six track collection packed with hypnotic beats, airy vocals, and wistful lyrics. Featuring singles “twentythousand” and “18” that garnered over 1M streams upon their release earlier this year, EXES fuse intimacy and intricacy to create a detail-oriented sort of pop.

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Check ‘Em Out: Corbu

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“Brooklyn band using chopped-up movie music to create heavy-lidded dreampop” – The Guardian

“A combination of chillingly beautiful synth instrumental sound and introspective whispery vocals, with a lava lamp aesthetic.” – NYLON

New York neo-psyche band Corbu are streaming “Polygon Forest”, the first track from their forthcoming debut album. With its choral harmonies and tribal drumming over shimmering, glacial synths “Polygon Forest” is a glorious and uplifting trip, taken from their album Crayon Soul, out 5th August 2016 via 3 Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US).

Recorded and produced by the band, Crayon Soul was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT). A vivid exploration inspired in part by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Graves’ lucid dreams, Crayon Soul is a truly realised vision. “It’s a journey through a series of “gates”, or events that you pass through with the narrator,” says Graves of the album. “At each event, you change and shift into a new part of the story.”

Extremely visual, Corbu create captivating, kaleidoscopic visuals to accompany their music. Encouraging listeners to paint their own path through Corbu’s world, Crayon Soul includes a colouring book, as well as artwork inspired by each of the twelve songs.

Crayon Soul follows two acclaimed EPs, We Are Sound and Everything You Imagine Is Real, which garnered praise from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more, as well as capturing the attention of Jessie Ware, who personally requested the band to remix her song “You & I (Forever)”.

Crayon Soul is released 5th August 2016.

 

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