Brooklyn’s brother-sister synthpop duo Paperwhite haven’t released any new music in over a year, and their new track “Get Away” is a welcome return. They’ve been doing just that for the past year, spending their hibernation period writing, creating and generally “going deeper into the Paperwhite world” according to Ben Marshall. Expanding on what that means, he explains: “We’ve been talking a lot about this idea of ‘future tribal’ as an aesthetic. Primal drums, pop songwriting, and instruments from a parallel electronic universe. The music we’ve been working on feels like a step in that direction and we’re so excited to hear what people think.” Listen below.
Rationale is a new producer based out of London who made waves for his unconventional debut, “Fast Lane.” The as-of-yet faceless artist has a heartfelt, genre-hopping sound that caught the attention of Pharrell and Scott Vener, who featured the soulful song on the inaugural episode of OTHERtone–their new Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio program–waxing poetic on the track with guest Justin Timberlake. At two minutes and 35 seconds long the effort feels more like a preview, but luckily the producer has an album in the works. Rationale explains the basis behind the project is to make tunes for “people who seek out sincere music which emotes and provides that special relatable something we all feel when a song really connects.” Get connected with this song below.
With the release of her debut EP Echo last year, NY-based songstress VÉRITÉ has been building a veritable amount of buzz this past year. Her latest cut “Colors,” however, produced by Zach Nicita of MS MR might be our favorite offering yet, as well as the song that should cement her status as one to watch in the synthpop realm.
Speaking to Pop Justice about the track’s origins, VÉRITÉ averred “I had been forwarded the track from my manager and was immediately semi-obsessed with how hard the percussion hit from the start. It’s the first time I had collaborated with Zach and written over a track that was so developed. It definitely challenged me to write strong and dynamically from the start and really strongly solidify a departure from ambient synth pop.”
No doubt that the melismatic tune is the singer’s most complex and colorful track to date. Look out for “Colors” to be released on an upcoming EP. VÉRITÉ will also be embarking on a tour across Europe in May.
Up-and-coming talent Will Joseph Cook has just announced his debut EP, You Jump I Run which will drop on Duly Noted Records April 21. Accompanying the disclosure is the release of the British singer-songwriter’s stirring new single “Message.” The track is about ‘those tendencies that some have, where they get caught up in nostalgia and over glorifying the past, never looking forward,’ explains Cook. ‘Message is about getting away from that.‘ Pretty sophic statement coming from the mere 17-year-old artist. Stream this heartwarming track in anticipation of the EP below.
If you’re looking for an instant aural pick-me-up, look no further than the debut single from Jodie Abacus, “I’ll Be That Friend.” Sounding like a cross between Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel — the London-based crooner packs a soulful punch, with plenty of poppy and heartwarming vibes to go with. Stream below.
Following their EP Blood, Osca have debuted their first single of the new year — a b-side to a track due out in March. Set against subdued guitar and melancholic synths, frontman Jack Kenworthy’s gorgeous vocals are on full showcase on “Sleeptalk.” The London quartet certainly know how to build anticipation, as with b-sides like this, the analogue seems almost superfluous. Stream the starry track below.
Welcome to another Remix Roundup, in which we bring you the latest and greatest mixes currently stirring up the blogosphere. Starting us out is the new backstroke. remix of VÉRITÉ‘s “Echo,” off the recent remix collection of her debut EP by the same name. 2014 was a breakout year for the NY-based alt-pop artist, who will be on tour in March — stopping at DC9 March 12. We love DC producer backstroke’s revision of the VÉRITÉ track with its driving synths and 80s-infused soundscape that perfectly compliments the soft and sonorous vocals of VÉRITÉ. Trust us that you’ll want this rendition ringing in your head long after you listen below.
Next we have the new Prides remix of the Jack Garratt original, “The Love You’re Given.” Taking the soulful electronic track from the British singer, Scottish synthpop group Prides gives it a beautifully polished makeover with luminous synth lines and smooth production style. Stream the effort below.
Finally, UK production duo Avec Sans have resurfaced with their impressive rework of the Young Summer single “Severing Ties.” Similar to VÉRITÉ, last year was a favorable one for the DC-based songstress Bobbie Allen (aka Young Summer), who received a good amount of acclaim in 2014 for her debut LP Siren. The shimmering pop ballad gets a dance reboot from the UK act, spinning it into a grittier electronic number. Locals can catch Young Summer performing at DC’s U Street Music Hall February 20.
After offering up several singles this past year, Brooklyn outfit Paperwhite have finally released their debut EP Magic as of yesterday via Duly Noted Records. The album unveils a couple of new songs, including new track “Gold” below. It’s another shining example of the 80s-inspired synthpop sound the sibling duo Katie and Ben Marshall have been cultivating over the last year. Stream below, along with other standout track from the EP, “Take Me Back.” Looks like a promising future for this brother-sister duo.