PREMIERE: Mïrändä delievers cinematic electronic pop on “Stay”

Following her recent signing to Infinite Companion, New York synthpop tour de force Mïrändä returns with a new series of anthemic electronic singles, her latest offering “Stay” a powerfully energetic meditation on desperation and hope, desire and love. The track (and accompanying video) cinematically present the drama inherent to Mïrändä’s craft — amidst rapid, driving percussion and baroque synthetic accents, she writhes in religious dress and extinguishes prayer candles, adding a level of well-curated melodrama to her ovation-worthy vocal performance. The visual’s final scene of the artist, gazing towards the camera, adorned with a ceremonial headdress, hauntingly conveys the mixed feelings that informed the single, her stare an indiscernible mix of long and self-assuredness, a picturesque, Kubrickian conclusion. Watch and listen in our premiere below. Photo by Jonah Lorsung


Frege return with sleeper bop “Disentwine,”

Mexico City by-way-of New York quartet Frege return with the spacey “Disentwine,” bringing along vocalist Simon Balthazar (Hieronymous) to provide a light, lounging performance over the outfit’s shuffling progressive pop. Inspired by bouts of “depression and imobilizing apathy,” the transnational band embed sparse, distant synths and meandering bass into their new offering, inducing feelings of dissociation broken only by the odd keyboard tickle and a last minute drive that employs the song’s various disparate components into a short instrumental vamp, all before slowly fading to black. Despite the social isolation present, there’s a palpable warmthin “Disentwine,” due in large part to the group’s preference for analog machines, which paired with its vocal elements creates an interesting dissonance, a feeling of being present but not actually there, per se. Give this sleeper bop a stream below as you mull whether to go out or stay in.


Glamour Assassins let the good times roll in "Everything Dissolves"

The five artists that form the Connecticut collective known as Glamour Assassins have released a new EP we urge you listen to. The new wave-glazed Everything Dissolves contains in it tracks like “Yellow Dogs” showcasing fist-pumping choruses that are quite sticky, and funky guitar riffs to spare. The title-track is pensive, with a stout bassline that provides a foundation for anthemic chants that would give The Killers a run for their money. In “2nd Amendment Blues,” the group lets loose, with a dance track that is powered by a drumbeat as speedy as it is majestic. The quintet lets the colorful synth embellishments take over in “Darkness Lights The Way,” and by then, the sonic canvas the group was filling is a glorious portrait of themselves. Stream the fantastically fun track “2nd Amendment Blues” below and let go of worries. - Rene Cobar



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The Ah's "Mere Husk" is verdant electronica (album listening party 2.1)

A pleasant springlike sound permeates Jeremy Gustin’s electronica offerings on Mere Husk, the latest LP he’s recorded under The Ah moniker. Perhaps its the tactile percussive elements on tracks like “The Factory Girl” and “Watermelon Tears” that feel like a more grounded Animal Collective b-side, or the pleasant twang accompanying keys on “Just Relief” that resonate as charming and homegrown, the type of soundtrack for a weekend bike ride around Greenpoint or a walk in Prospect Park. Regardless of which specific instrumental accents endow the record with its bouncing, verdant energy, the summation of Gustin’s varied synthetic process makes for a colorful release, one that showcases a keen ear for abstraction, creative melodies, and off-kilter sounds. Give it a listen below before the rest of the album drops this Friday (on NNA Tapes), or attend the album listening party at Step Bone Cut on February 1st.