Revision Soundtrack #5 – Baths

Baths’ weird, winding sounds are delicate enough to be background music, whilst being engaging enough to prevent any chance of you falling asleep during revision. ‘Animals’ and ‘Lovely Bloodflow’ are two of the most wonderful, timeless songs ever, incomparable to any other music forms, and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

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Revision Soundtrack #2 – Believe by Airhead

Next up in our special revision features comes a song that is encouraging right from it’s name. The downtempo electronic beats are joined by only one lyric – “you got to believe in something” – and this simplistic combination makes for a song that is really quite motivating to work to. A rare track that will lift your mood without distracting you from revision.

Revision Soundtrack #1 – ODESZA

ODESZA’s entire catalogue is the absolute ideal music to revise to. Their dreamy electro-pop strikes a clean balance of being interesting and motivating without being too distracting: most of their songs are purely instrumental, meaning there’s no chance of accidentally singing along for an entire album or so without getting any work done. ‘How Did I Get Here’, ‘Koto’ and ‘Bloom’ are ones we particularly recommend, but really, you could put either of their albums on and get a good amount of revision done.

Sound of 2017: Pseudonym

The casual, glorious indie-rock solo project of Paul Desjarlais, whose mixup of various vintage decade sounds and psychedelic influences will serve to remind you of artists such as Zombies and the Flaming Lips.

‘Pack of Lies’, Pseudonym’s fifth release, dropped on New Year’s Day, and is one of those albums that will make you wonder why no-one has heard of this artist. Beginning with the short intro song ‘i’m fine’, the album begins on a fairly subdued note, but soon livens up with the likes of ‘all the little things’, ‘i don’t care about love’ and ‘lorraine’ – the latter reminding us particularly of 80s indie bands such as The Stone Roses and The Smiths. The album is still not without it’s simplistic, tender moments, however – ‘we had a deal’ and ‘she’s upside down’ provide a gentle, reflective section.

A very interesting album and artist well-deserving of a wider audience, and the conclusion to our Sound of 2017 features!

 

https://pseudonym.bandcamp.com/album/pack-of-lies

Sound of 2017: RAYNE

A UK-based indie/electro outfit who are using 2017 to get their music across to the world, with many live dates planned and a new album set to be released.

Their most recent single, ‘Subject A’, is an energy-packed whirlwind of alt-rock guitar and indie vocals. Confident and assured, RAYNE clearly produced this track knowing it was something good, and the resulting effect is that it feels like you’re listening to a band already enjoying high success in the music world. And, undoubtedly this is what they will come to experience, if 2017 proves to be as good a year for them as it’s set up to be.

Upbeat but without being too in-your-face, ‘Subject A’ is a great tune, especially for those of you who prefer the more rock side of indie music. Give it a listen and watch out for their upcoming album ‘Complex by Design’.

Sound of 2017: Tracy Irve

A fresh alternative/electronic duo made up of two siblings, whose songs have already made it into the Swedish iTunes Top 5.

Their main single, ‘Adored’, is a marriage of enchanting vocals and a subtle instrumental layers, and after being premiered on Sweden’s biggest radio station, it looks set to blow up this year. The single appears on their debut EP ‘Strip’, a complete masterpiece for a first release, alongside other stunning songs. The title track’s slow, magical build and tenderness brings to mind the likes of Daughter and London Grammar, setting an extraordinary standard for the rest of the EP. And it does not disappoint, with each track being especially unique and equally captivating, ‘Town’ being a particular stand-out.

Truly remarkable music from this young Swedish duo, and after already sparking waves of interest in their homeland, it undoubtedly won’t be long before their music hits a greater scale.

Sound of 2017: MammaBear

A couple of years ago we featured this indie-rock outfit before, and since then they’ve continued to make some brilliant music, recently releasing their second album ‘Chocolate’.

The album commences with ‘Song Scape’, an ethereal instrumental introduction giving little indication of where the rest of their music will be going, before breaking into their true, garage-tinged rock with ‘Fire Fly’. Fast-paced yet dazey, it’s a really brilliant tune, and ideal to kickstart ‘Chocolate’. Later on we have perhaps their most successful song from the album, ‘Too Slow’, a whir of psychedelic rock and vintage vibes, with the intense ‘Show I Care’ following up soon after. ‘Chocolate’ draws to a dreamy end with the ironically melancholic ‘Pursuit of Happiness’, simplistic in its abandon of vocals yet wildly atmospheric.

Another top class album from MammaBear – discover their music and share it to help them earn the recognition they deserve this year!

Sound of 2017: Dia

Harrowing, chamber dream-pop from artist and composer Danielle Birrittella.

Her debut EP, ‘Tiny Ocean’, appeared on the airwaves last year, and its beauty has struck a note with SoundCloud listeners. With songs produced by those who have worked with other artists such as Beck, REM and HAIM, and with Birrittella’s ceremonial vocals and abstract instrumentals intertwining throughout, it’s been gaining a reasonable amount of attention, and would lauch her straight into the music scene with even more. ‘Covered in Light’ is an etheral, slow-paced dream world of a song, bringing to mind a more relaxed Cults. ‘Covered in Light’ brings forth a similar aura, with a particularly sweet twinkling intro, and ‘Synchronized Swimming’ being a simplistic, acoustic conclusion to the EP.

Distinctly majestic, Dia’s music is bound to rise in 2017.