Lemuel Dufez has so far had a relatively strong music career with several fun projects, but after leaving Point Point, Dufez (oka DEVOTED) desired something slightly more challenging. Luckily, he and lifetime acquaintance (vocalist) Billionaire reunited and decided to team up with the new project name FUKC (French-UK-Connection).
FUKC boasts an electronic rock sound that brings a new feel to rock. The band recently released their new single “Time to Kill”, which is a phenomenal track down to the song’s catchy chorus. FUKC puts the duo’s energy on full display at all times, while they prove what they have to take their music to the next level.
Keep up with FUKC here.
**Co-written by Meredith Schneider
There is way more to celebrate today than originally planned, as Oakland, CA based rock project Gibby Paul – comprised of its namesake on vocals and guitar, Barrett Wall on guitar, Adam Szyndrowski on bass, and Dan Staublin on drums – releases their full length work So Savage today, April 20th, and we’ve got the exclusive streaming premiere. Originally members of Bay Area favorite dream pop group Mammoth Life, the guys of Gibby Paul changed direction have developed a unique sound together and pushed new levels with So Savage, channeling a rock vibe from the past and pairing it with some new tricks. Their music is mind-bending at times, and perfect to listen to when you’ve got a minute to really sit and enjoy the soundscape. We’re massive, massive fans and we know you will be too!
So Savage is out now. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming tour dates with Gibby Paul here.
At Imperfect Fifth, we’re big fans of a wide variety of music, especially music that really sits with you, ruminates, and then becomes a part of your memory pattern. And we’re lucky here, too, because we’re inundated with up-and-coming artists on a daily basis, while trying to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s up with some of our long-time favorites. So we like to focus on what enhances our memories, and what really makes us feel free and alive.
Good news! We teamed up with budding (ha!) women-led marijuana publication MJLifestyle to create a pretty beefy playlist to help you celebrate 4/20. Because – after all – is there a better way to enjoy some of your favorite tunes? So – whether you’re partaking in some herb today or not – sit back, relax, and enjoy some of these jams from hard, psychedelic insanity, to a more mild soundscape that might just make you feel like you are floating without any mood enhancers.
Keep up with MJLifestyle via Instagram.
**In collaboration with iF Editor Meredith Schneider
Goth pop artist So Below shares her new song “Visions”, her fourth and final track from her second EP II, amidst the news that she is currently testing a vinyl pressing for her next release. We couldn’t be more thrilled, and are intensely excited that So Below uses the words in her latest track to talk about staying true to who you really are, amidst the madness of the world. The track “Visions” talks about not getting stuck in the rut of your regular ways while simultaneously staying true to yourself the entire time.
5/14 London, UK @ The Dome
515 Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux’s
5/16 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
5/21 Manchester, UK @ Night People
5/23 Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia
5/24 Cologne, DE @ Artheater
Keep up with So Below here.
**cowritten by: Meredith Schneider
Fresh off the presses, Jaunt‘s new 5-track EP Cue is ready for your waiting ears. Launched on Friday the 13th, there’s nothing spooky about this release, though it does play with dissonance and ambient sounds to bring you into a whole different soundscape than what you might be used to. While first track “Machined” feels like a slight machine interaction – small noises that lend themselves to its overall 70s-inspired feel -,second track “Best Case” continues at a slow tempo, the occasional guitar riff lending itself to a far more groovy sound.
“Intimate Sunset” exists in a soundscape similar to what the title infers. Beachy vibes almost drop from the speakers, and we’re already feeling like we’re on a much needed vacation. “Faster Interactions” is chill, groovy and psychedelic. With the use of a keyboard organ, soft high pitched vocals, and a variety of electronic sounds “Faster Interactions” stays true to its name. The video for “Faster Interactions” also really displays the band’s creativity with a psychedelic feel of fast paced iridescent lights and unexpected visuals.
Of “Faster Interactions” Jaunt says:
“Faster Interactions” is probably our zaniest track to date! It was one of the first written for Cue, but also took the longest to complete. We quickly knew that it would be a single, and playing it repeatedly live has helped us finesse it’s nuances. Caitlin and Eliza really helped bring a new energy and dynamic, ultimately making the song more joyous. We’re also trying very hard to bring back the sound of cheap keyboard orchestra hits in pop music.
They round out the magic with “Cued”, a slower track with more of a vibey, enchanting sound to it all. It’s the perfect bookend to what we have just experienced, and we’re enthralled enough to hear more.
Keep up with Jaunt here.