Three or four upcomers in the space of about a week? Yep, I’m on Easter break. But Trapdoor Social are a lot different to what we’ve been posting recently – with far slower, emotive music coming from them. They released the video for their single ‘Great Lake’ a couple of weeks ago, and its very well-produced, artistic nature, paints a beautiful backdrop for the accompanying mellow, understated song. With music along the lines of Massive Attack and The XX, you can’t really go wrong.
So, you know that beautiful collaboration that took place a short while ago between Portico and alt-J’s Joe Newman, and resulted in ‘101’? Well, ever since then I’ve been looking for something similar to that stunning piece of hallucinatory indie to listen to, and recently I’ve finally found it in euphoric UK trio Haelos’ latest single, ‘DUST’. Shadowy and mysterious, the pattering intro sets the tone for the rest of the tune. The intertwining of male vocals with angelic female vocals creates a hypnotic crescendo that is both enchanting and deeply dark, infusingly stunning to listen to. Just like with ‘101’, I now can’t get enough of ‘DUST’. HAELOS have been likened to The XX, Massive Attack and Portishead, and they are also obviously similar to Portico, as well as hosting elements of the ambient trip-hop of Royksopp and Moby.