Blocktreat’s single, “Follow Your Stupid Heart,” is an experimental piece by Vancouver producer/artist Brandon Hoffman. One can anticipate layers of looped vocals, field recordings, and bluegrass music pulsing to a syncopated beat. The music video, directed by Sam Tudor, imparts a sense of wanderlust and daydreaming. The escaped fantasies depicted in the music video are triggered by unconventional syncopation. “Follow Your Stupid Heart” is from the recently released album, Exciting Adventures
Transport yourself to another world by listening to the premiere of Metropole Des Anges Pt. 1 by EH46, a musical group based in Southern California. Founded in 2009 by J. Schweitzer, their drone-based compositions use a variety of electric and acoustic instruments to explore the effects of melodic and harmonic structures on human emotional perception. Although there is a constant cycle of droning tones in this piece, it shifts between dissonance
KASIM’s futuristic single, “Veil,” is abstract art featuring downtempo synthscapes, and minimalist, despondent vocals. KASIM is self-described as, “Art from robots with fractal souls.” Their music is recommended for fans of Trentemøller and Apparat. The music video for “Veil,” produced by AG Film Corp, is an inexplicable music video riddled with more questions than answers. Even more cryptic is the puzzling description of their music video, “Shot in 2042 inside
For a melancholic mood, I’ve been listening repeatedly to this achingly beautiful piece, “Maasai.” This is the debut single from the Portuguese, one-woman band, Surma. One can anticipate haunting vocals, shimmering guitars, experimental percussion and a downtempo vibe. Her vocals are reminiscent of Björk and Jana Hunter of Lower Dens. According to her label, Omnichord Records, her debut EP will be released in November 2016. In the meantime, check out the music video for “Maasai,” directed by Eduardo Brito.
The Greatest Hoax, pseudonym used by Taylor Jordan, is a DC-based climate scientist and ambient, post classical pianist who creates stunning and notable chill out music. His compositions explore the crossroads of ambient, classical and electronic music. He released his debut seven track album, Enso, in November 2015 and in March he released an EP titled, Special Cases. I had the pleasure of speaking with Taylor to have a candid conversation about his music and upcoming