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The Flower Pistils experiment in new single "Oooh Banana"

Was it so long ago that the now infamous duct-taped banana at Art Basel made headlines around the world? When you listen to The Flower Pistils’ (Emma Gies and Micah Huang) art-pop single “Oooh Banana,” you feel you are eating it yourself. The song experiments with electronic influences and suggestive themes that defy the group’s usual indie-pop label; fuck labels. Mechanical but groovy, abstract yet profound, you can savor the single as you like. As the rhythm trots and intensifies its pace, you cannot help join it—what else would you like for a weekend treat? Stream “Oooh Banana” below for a taste of fantasies born out of exquisite sounds. - René Cobar

   

Connect to dreams with Aalok Bala's hypnotic "Moon Juice"

Aalok Bala's sophomore single "Moon Juice" defies explanation, but Bala seeks to create music that helps people transcend any earthly reason. A blend of synths, Andean flutes, and effected percussion and vocals, Bala toys with sound to create hypnotic melodies and arrangements. The video for "Moon Juice" shows the kind of psychedelic visions Bala seeks to create with her music. Whooshing 3D environments of breathing alien landscapes, temples to unknowable deities, and windows into alternate worlds accentuate the spiritual inspiration that feeds Bala's artistic vision. "Moon Juice" follows Bala's debut single "Sueño", and will appear on her debut EP Sacred Mirror. Take a look at the video for "Moon Juice" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Caitlin Pasko's craft blooms on "Horrible Person," new LP out 8.28

While partially rooted in past trauma, “Horrible Person” by Brooklyn-based avant-pop performer Caitlin Pasko resonates as a step onto new ground — a “reconfiguration [of an] internal compass” in the artist’s own words, wherein from a minimalist soundscape and untethered vox she constructs a path forward. Building from an abiding minimalist vibration that underlies the track’s nearly six minute runtime, Pasko (in collaboration with ex-Zula polymath Henry Grant) draws in sharp filtered strings, crafting tense synthetic elements which counteract a dulcet-yet-raw vocal line, one that with steely resolve serves as a lyrical takedown of psychological abuse. Such an approach serves as the foundation of Pasko’s forthcoming LP Greenhouse — the idea that such pain can serve as a centerpiece around which a musical safe space is created, one that fosters healing, regrowth, and personal transformation. Give it a listen below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the full album out August 28th on Whatever’s Clever.

   

I.E. Kokoro "Signs of Life"

I.E. Kokoro has released a new single called "Signs of Life". This track was written and recorded during the pandemic and 50% of the all proceeds from the song will be donated to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports local nonprofit organizations serving Chicago's most vulnerable neighbors.

   

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble

The Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble recently released their self-titled debut album. For this recording the Ensemble is McLaughlin on guitar, Harmonium, and electronics, Jason Toth on Upright Bass, and Joel Styzens on Hammer Dulcimer.

The album is a breathtaking step forward for both Free Jazz and Classical music. With the added elements of electronic ambient music, this is a complex but ultimately beautiful, meditative, genre-breaking must listen.