Harrison Brome, “Midnight Island”
Fill Your Brains EP (Nettwerk)
Recommended If You Like: Twenty One Pilots, MGMT, fun.
This 20-year-old songwriter has been showing up on “ones to watch” and “this boy’s got potential” lists for about a year now. “Midnight Island” was written as a tribute to his hometown of Vancouver and originally started appearing on Spotify last year. Watch for him on tour with Bob Moses.
Moby and the Void Pacific Choir, “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?”
These Systems Are Failing (Mute)
RIYL: Gentle, vegan, tea-lovin’ electronica
And guesses how many album Moby has released? If you had “thirteen” in the pool, you win! Win what? Well, how about four minutes and twenty-six seconds engaging in a major key mope (albeit it with a strong dance beat) where nothing matters (and so what if it did?) Not that there’s anything wrong with that because after all, we all need a good cry sometimes.
Grandaddy, “Way We Won’t”
RIYL: Radiohead, Wilco, My Morning Jacket
Yes, this is your dad’s Grandaddy, a group that was always on the periphery of breaking through back in the late 90s. They called it quits in 2006 but after reuniting in 2012, they’ve been doing some touring, collaborated with Band of Horses and found time to release two songs (the other is called “Clear Your History;” good advice for anyone with a computer). If they’re into keeping promises, this is a foretaste of an upcoming album due…well, we’re not sure. But keep the faith.
Lowell, “West Coast Forever”
Part 1: Paris YK (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Tove Lo, Icona Pop, Ariana Grande
From Wikipedia: “Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Boland moved to Toronto, Ontario, at age 18 to study music at the University of Toronto, but soon dropped out and spent time working as a stripper under the name ‘Sara Victoria.’ During this time, she began writing some song demos on ukulele.” What can I add to that?
Tor Miller, “Always”
Headlights EP (Glassnote)
RIYL: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic
A childhood filled with listening to Davie Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John resulted in a songwriting obsession that took off while attending NYU. That lasted until Glassnote (home of Mumford & Sons and The Strumbellas) came calling. Playing gigs sounded more fun than going to class, so he dropped out. He can always go back later, right? And remember when he played a Sugar Beach session for The Edge last December?