vargas & lagola, “selfish”

vargas & lagola, “selfish”

We’re soaking up the sounds of power duo Vargas & Lagola this week. With a fresh single just out, it’s refreshing to see the pair take a new direction with their style of production. Taking a move away from traditional dance music and venturing into the acoustic scene, they deliver “Selfish.”

Without losing any of their previous appeal, Vargas & Lagola have created the searching “Selfish” with 80s synths, nostalgic (almost Fleetwood Mac-esque) guitar riffs and a singalong chorus. Just one listen is all it takes to get hooked on this one.

Listen here.

big spirit, “spanish avenue”

big spirit, “spanish avenue”

New York-based indie pop collective Big Spirit has a little treat up their sleeve for us. The music video for their track “Spanish Avenue” – off their Get This album – is ready for your curious eyes, and we have the exclusive premiere! The steady beat – provided by fast percussion – sets the tone, the video dark and brooding. The song itself is reminiscent of an 80’s dream, the visual something that fits in quite well, displaying singer Sed Pepper’s performance tactics… and, of course, his dance skills. The video seems intimate, focusing on Pepper as he sings directly into your soul.

Keep up with Big Spirit here.

thayer serrano, “i will never be used to your beauty”

thayer serrano, “i will never be used to your beauty”

Southern-psych artist Thayer Serrano has been weaving unique soundscapes into intricate and beautiful art for quite some time now. The release of newest single “I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty” is no exception. Ominous undertones open the track, with Serrano’s dusky, raspy vocals adding an additional layer of darkness to it all. The sonic layout of the song makes it perfect for the witching month! Bask in the delicate glow of it all below, then add it to all of your Halloween playlists!

be the bear + goldhouse, “ruler”

be the bear + goldhouse, “ruler”

Swedish art pop songwriter and producer Be The Bear – otherwise known as Christine Wehage – released her new single with GOLDHOUSE on Friday titled “Ruler”. Having hit the scene with an incredible array of remixes, it’s fun to see what she and GOLDHOUSE have accomplished together. With a luscious, earthy backdrop, the vocals take a slight island vibe that entices you to move to the beat. It’s definitely an elevated dance mix that will have you swaying in the autumn air!

Keep up with Be The Bear here.

no small children, “radio”

no small children, “radio”

Get yourself in pinup mode for No Small Children‘s new video for “Radio”. The rock trio – comprised of Lisa P., Nicola B., and Joanie Pimentel – formed in 2012, and brings the fun they’ve cultivated from years of being school teachers to their performance. The video itself is silly and fun, with the girls sporting matching bright outfits that could take you back in time, or perhaps just remind you of a fun television broadcast program. The music itself, though? It rocks. HARD. So take a gander at the new visual, and check these ladies out. We’re big, big fans!

Keep up with No Small Children here.

cat power, wanderer

cat power, wanderer

After her riveting performance of “Woman” on Colbert, Cat Power releases her 11-track album, Wanderer, in its entirety today. The luscious, soft sounds of the title track lead us into the piece, slowly and confidently building up sound and backing instrumentals to provide the robust, ethereal sound that continues through second track “In Your Face”. Third track “You Get” has a bit of a punk edge to the instrumentals, while “Woman” provides a more soulful sound, reflecting the strength of an entire gender. “Horizon” stays at that level, while “Stay” slows things down a tad bit more and seems to play more with dissonance and vocal placement than its predecessors.

“Black” is hauntingly beautiful, the vocals presented akin to Imogen Heap, while “Robbin Hood” simplifies the instrumentals a little more for us. Cat Power’s raspy vocals in “Me Voy” are alluring, drawing you right into the mood and sounds of last track “Wanderer/Exit”, which provides quite the closing to the album.

The journey you go on with this album is at a manageable pace for you to slow down your thoughts and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. We advise you to take advantage of the soothing soundscape this week.

Keep up with Cat Power here.