It’s hard to ignore the classics, but it’s worse to overlook the rising stars. Each month, we pick five artists worth lending your ears to. June’s picks spotlight emerging artists changing pop, alternative and electronica.
NOTES: Born from a basement demo recorded via 8-track, the Long Island quarter have scratched the paint off the walls trying to find a sound that screams personality and through youthful inspiration and toned alternative, they mirror the pop punk sensibility of what used to be. The textures are urgent, the paces are unprecedented and when State Lines mesh, they imprint a raw feel that’s explosive – as is their self-titled EP (see “5’s On The Elephant” below) – and makes you wish chords could always feel that sharp.
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NOW PLAYING: State Lines EP (Tiny Engines) // Official Website
NOTES: In May, the London five piece introduced Language, a flurry of earthy indie rock that ride splashes of intricacy, colourful hooks and a sound that creeps somewhere between horror and dazzle. They sound like fellow Brits Foals, but their ventures into more progressive pop rings too much like Coldplay on tracks like “Bitter Moon” and “Silver Tongue” that it’s hard to walk away from their anthemic side. Though when their subtle liking for funk drapes over a track, the sweeping feeling you get is entirely pure and definitively stellar.
TWO INCH PUNCH
NOTES: The FADER connects with him and Diplo is a follower, but what makes the recordings from Two Inch Punch’s Ben Ash so juicy – in an a experimentally crushing way – is he’s way too adventurous. The Londoner calls his recordings lovestep and it’s a worthy title; almost every digital cut Ash has released has chopped rhythm and blues so fine that the core of twitchy keyboards and tempos trickle down your back and explode with each climax. His remixes disfigure and trigger lust (below, Metronomy’s “The Look” is neatly diced) but the originals expel so much soul they wring out classic vinyl-taped pop.
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NOW PLAYING: Love You Up EP (Universal Music) // iTunes
NOTES: Close to two weeks ago, Savages stormed out of a violent post-punk grave and flung out “Husbands”, a track that wiped our eyes with hysteria, soulless terror and deliciously loud alternative that kamikazed our tastebuds for sound. They’ve done it to most of Europe for a while now as they’re distortion loving sets are nothing new, but frontwoman and Jehnny Beth and co. make Savages infatuating because there rarely is a band that can knife through boisterous levels or tease you while you’re on a leash waiting for the next dive into quiet jagged chaos. Even if it’s your first listen or your ninth, it’s complex but brilliantly compulsive.
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NOW PLAYING: Savages 7″ (Pop Noire) // Official Website
NOTES: While every Canadian that owns a toque waits for the next great rock band on the radio, The Archives are slowly digging out authenticity out of a community’s expansive self that’s never really lost it’s edge. In the Toronto-area, they’re an emerging rattle of rock and punk dying to breed to be louder with each chord progression, carving yelp and live blast of traumatizing alternative. As their studio time is pushing out some definitions for “heavy”, it’s all the more reason to anticipate sessions that cauterize as every second passes.
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NOW PLAYING: Transitions EP (Audio Blood) // Official Website