Before the usual 2/3 months summer break, the 10 essential tracks that caught up my ears this month of May 2015 are in the player below or directly from pleer here :
1- French music & fashion label Kitsuné has always a knack to discover real pearls. In the fourth episode of the compilation America, released this month, Kitsuné premieres exclusive tracks from Basecamp, Dutch Party or new comer DJ Metoux from Toronto/Canada. Her childish and at the same time lascivious voice on “Neighbour” has this “The Cure” touch that makes it so attractive.
2- If British guy-girl duo Vlad vs Clover uploaded only one single “Lies” this month on its soundcloud, musicians Vladimir Woodham-Smith and Jessica Belgrave have separate careers. A dramatic track to begin their collaboration!
3- Musician and composer Paul Marshall from Leeds/ UK has been hiding under the pseudonym of Lone Wolf for 3 albums. Lodge the latest out this month and may be the last album as Lone Wolf is rather melancholic and organic piano driven. “Crimes” mirroring “Pripyat” track with its heavier piano notes and drum beat reflects the desolation after Tchernobyl nuclear catastrophe.
4- Ahead of their first 4 tracks EP “Earth Not Above” out on June 1st, London trio HÆLOS gave a swaying, slower and even better re-work of The Beloved house hit of 1989 “The Sun Rising”. Hearing the sirens, urgent to hear!
5- Portland/Oregon based electro pop duo, Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun aka Mackintosh Braun is releasing a third album Arcadia in June. The darker synths based "We Ran Faster Then" is one of the 4 singles out of the 11 tracks that came out in advance.
6- Faster indeed! Former member of British indie band Golden Silvers, Gwilym Gold delivered his debut album Tender Metal in the form of an app (still existing in the App Store) in a Bronze format that plays a different version of the 7 tracks with each press of the play button. His sophomore album A Paradise will be released in June in a more traditional way. The video for the first single “Muscle” featured a naked dancer. In the speedy tribal beat track “Triumph” the dancer is less naked!
7- In this interview, American singer songwriter Christopher Owens is very aware that people prefers to idolize the old image of him, broken or troubled person, and he chose to represent himself in a straitjacket on the cover of his third solo album Chrissybaby Forever out in May. Broken no more: his prolific songwriting (16 tracks) testifies to that and especially the very optimistic “Out of Bed” with birds singing.
8- After an eponym EP in 2012, Howling, the collaboration between Australian born Ry Cuming aka RY X when he is solo and Berlin producer Frank Wiedemann finally dropped their debut album Sacred Ground this month. Their teamwork is perfectly tangible on “Signs” which turns halfway from an intimate song with RY X heartbreaking voice over a raw piano to an underground dancefloor track.
9- Portland/Oregon based band Other Lives’ first single “Reconfiguration” (in the Essential Tracks for February 2015) was annunciating a third great album and now that Rituals is out, I couldn’t help to put this cinematic track, “For The Last” for the Ennio Morricone touch.
10- Also from Oregon, the Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel tandem, known as The Helio Sequence has been recording albums for the past 26 years. The story behind their sixth eponym one that came out this month is here. You can recognize a great song, “Stoic Resemblance”, when the acoustic version is even more elegant.