While we try to stay away from politics on CokeCanPoetry, we can’t help but think that Salt Cathedral‘s new single, “Unraveling” is an apt allegory for the general disposition and discord that has enveloped the United States this past week. The New York based Colombian duo, comprised of Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada collaborated with acclaimed reggae artist Matisyahu on their new pop track that intermixes dancehall and Caribbean influences from their Colombian heritage with an upbeat and hopeful synthpop arrangement.
Interestingly enough, the effort marks Matis’ first collab with a woman — in defiance of one of his previously held Hassidic traditions. It’s a nice, inclusive message, the coming together of two different cultural backgrounds to create a harmonious and uplifting track. Ronderos sings: ‘And if you’re looking to fight me, intermittently / All I got for you is bread and flowers / And if you’re sitting beside me / Then let’s embrace the love and live for each other.‘ It’s a beautiful directive that would do the country well to consider during these divisive times.
Listen to the single below and look out for Salt Cathedral’s first full-length to release in 2017.
London-via-Southampton singer Laurel writes, records, produces and mixes all of her own music in the comfort of her East London bedroom studio. Recently signed to Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, the young artist has announced her debut EP Park which will arrive on November 18.
In “Hurricane,” the first single off the effort — Laurel plunges right in to the pith of the song as she sings — ‘Baby bring the weather with you, rage it / Driving down the south coast after dark / And I wonder if I’ll ever see you again.’ The immediacy of Laurel’s vocals coupled with the driving bassline and sinuous soundscape, which mimic the singer’s subject render this pop-rock track a wonderfully raw and powerful piece of music. Hear “Hurricane” below and look for her debut album to drop sometime next year.
Fresh off a Grammy win for her vocal contribution to Kendrick Lamar‘s “These Walls” on To Pimp A Butterfly, pop siren Anna Wise released her debut solo EP The Feminine: Act I earlier this year. The EP marks a bold entrance onto the pop stage for the soulful singer — sonically as well as lyrically — addressing germane subjects such as wage equality, slut-shaming and feminine sensuality. Recently she teamed up with director Emma Kanter to create the music video for the power anthem “Go,” which features Wise as a badass, rule-bending, rollerblading nun that sparks a full-on congregation dance party. The vid is sure to get you dancing into your weekend so watch below.
New Brooklyn duo BLKKATHY want to make your booty bounce and ruin your makeup, according to their bio. They actively encourage crying on the dance floor. So who is this duo exactly? They’re a couple of women living in BK who share the name Kate, and make understated yet potent pop music via 808s and plenty of heartbreak. Their new single “Lemon” features tasteful beat work, intricately placed synths and polyrhythms with subdued R&B vocals that denote healthy skepticism. Look out for their EP of the same name to drop later this summer via MANIMAL VINYL RECORDS and listen to “Lemon” below.
Everyone deals with the subject of mortality differently, and Canadian artist Hannah Georgas confronts the topic beautifully on her third album, For Evelyn. Georgas channels her pain, inner fears and general disquietude into the effort, which was inspired by her “compassionate, patient, kind and beautiful” 98-year-old grandmother. Lyrically simplistic, the LP’s lead single “Don’t Go” assumes a numinous quality as Georgas’ moving vocals float above the song’s gorgeous and funereal instrumentation. Listen below.
The album, produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Animal Collective), was released on Dine Alone Records last month and is available for purchase here.
One of Scandinavia’s most intriguing exports at the moment comes by way of Copenhagen — the experimental pop artist known as Kill J. The songstress, aka Julie Aagard composes her music, plays the piano and does much of her own production which is probably what makes her such a unique entity. Although the artist has been on the scene for a few years, she’s had a good buzz surrounding her in 2015, and released her debut EP Quasi last month. Listen to the accompanying single to the EP “Coda” to hear her signature tremolo and striking, eclectic sound, which as stated in a press release “morphs effortlessly between drone-like beats, Bollywood-inspired refrains and bubblegum sweetness.” Her other hit track, “You’re Good But I’m Better” also has a great remix by LA producer Sad Money so scope it out below.
Australian act Alpine had one of our favorite albums of 2012, A Is For Alpine. Nearly three years later, the six-piece released new album YUCK this month on Ivy League Records for which they’re already receiving critical acclaim. Their second studio album was inspired by 1960’s pop and built on the group’s repulsive reaction (“yuck”)—and simultaneous exploration of—”first world problems”: awkward dates, a distaste for romance, lust lost, plastic vanity, foolish attraction and ego against egos.
The lead track off the LP, “Foolish” consists of breezy vocals from female frontwomen Phoebe Baker and Lou James, tropical synths and buoyant beats. The band and their particular brand of quirkpop is rounded out by Christian O’Brien (guitar), Ryan Lamb (bass), Tim Royall (keys) and Phil Tucker (drums).
Stream “Foolish” and revisit standout track “Hands” from their debut LP below.
LA trio by way of Nashville LANY have just released a new song in advance of their tour that kicks off tonight in the district (supporting Tove Stryke) at DC9. The new jam, “Someone Else” is a silky smooth pop ballad that shows a softer side to the band than previous efforts. Be sure to check them out if you happen to occupy any of the locales listed on their tour schedule below.
2015 UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Supporting Tove Styrke:
May 04 | DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC, US
May 05 | The Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US
May 07 | The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY, US
May 08 | Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn, NY, US
May 09 | The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, US
May 11 | The Shelter, Detroit, MI, US
May 12 | Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago, IL, US
May 13 | Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN, US
May 16 | The Media Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 17 | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, US
May 18 | Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, US
May 20 | The Chapel, San Francisco, CA, US
May 21 | Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18 | Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19 | The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20 | Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22 | The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24 | El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25 | Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29 | Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1 | The Echo in Los Angeles
July 31 | Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
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.
Shout out to our friend Geoff, formerly of 32feet for introducing us to this charming tune from Torquil Campbell, lead singer and songwriter of Stars. In what is presumably a side project, writing under the pseudonym blue john Campbell released the track, “Thirst For Knowledge” last week to little fanfare on his SoundCloud page. Why more bloggers haven’t scooped up this dulcet duet is beyond us, as we love just about everything about it. Stream below.