Alone, my heart raced faster than it had ever beat before. Almost leaping, beating a staccato rhythmic pattern, I would try to keep the rhythm of my heart in time with the music. As the clock displayed the time, I nervously checked the landscape around me. Whirring, blurring buildings, green hazy grass, all passed before my clouded eyes. When the stop was finally announced, I surveyed my surroundings, trying to verify that I was in the right spot. There you stood, awkward and nervous, ready to embrace me with open arms. How you had changed, I thought to myself, while remaining the same. I could not resist your presence, your glowing, inviting aura that I gravitated towards. Each time I thought I had broken away from you, you somehow pulled me back again. And with every chance I got, I would fall, gladly, from my steadfast and headstrong position.
Empty Chairs’ self-titled EP is a floating, swirling, kaleidoscopic foray into prismatic, psychedelic pop. Sounds ascend and descend, accompanied by pianos, heart beat-ticking percussion, cushioned, velvet vocals and soft, strumming guitars. A nice diversion for downtrodden, solitary days.
Get it at bandcamp.
♪ File under: psychedelic pop, chill, psych~
Blissed out, kaleidoscopic pop from Texas’ Botany. “Feeling Today” is 100% pure euphoria seasoned with glistening prismic synths. There are many gorgeously coy elements to the song - a richness that unfolds upon repeat listenings. Wind chimes sound, playfully, while a loop twist and winds, interlacing itself with ascending “oooh”s. It’s a bit anthropomorphic - nature manifests itself in the opulent sounds - aurally exposed and taking shape. Pure phantasmagorical intonations.
In a little over month, Western Vinyl will be releasing Feeling Today, a five song EP. Highly recommended.
♪ File under: electronic, chill, i know i’m floating
“Wet Night”, MémoireD’amour’s latest track, is like the jubilant and bubbly celebration that occurs moments after the rain subsides on a warm day. Synths and vocals merge to mimic the steam that rises - quenching the thirst of the parched earth. Handclaps bombastically compliment the trickling, fuzzy, percolating sounds. Those quiet, clandestine vocals stream through rich, warbling electronic layers. Certainly a track to blast when you need to get your blood pumping and your body moving.
♪ File under: electronic, dance party, moonwalk
The solo project of one guy from Melbourne, Naminé serves up some super serene, electronic music that can straddle the line between chill and witch house (Chill drag? Chill house?). Chopped up chipmunk voices, reverb, and dreamy floating synths complete this all-around stellar debut. It teeters on the brink of warm and cold - the vocals are soothing and pensive, while the background cooly undulates, loops, and flutters. Before you know it, you’ve reached the end of the demo and you’re back to track one. Perfect for fading away into your surroundings.
Get the 4 song demo at bandcamp.
♪ File under: chillwave, electronic, cool it now
The word “wizard” might evoke associations with darker or vexing music. Instead, Wizards conjures up blissful electronic tunes in the realm of ra calium, isan, or bathcrones. Glowing, cozy, and welcoming, “Meadows of Canterbury” graciously wraps you in alluring, chopped (sampled) vocals and warm beats. It is transcendental - completely allowing one to lose themselves in airy soundscapes.
“Spinning Flowers”, their self-released EP, wonderfully captures fluidity and movement within the lyric-less stanzas. From start to finish, the songs transform from languid buoyancy to blissful jubilation.
Grab Wizards’ EP at bandcamp.
♪ File under: electronic, chill, blissful
The Saturday Song Of The Day is always a hard one to choose. I have to really consider what I’m going to focus on since, chances are, I do not post much music that day. Upon finding out that DCLXVI remixed a Young Henry song, I was beside myself. The two gentlemen are some of the nicest people on the planet and good artists, to boot. I sleepily played it, slumber not having fully left my body, and I felt all at once peaceful and warm. Totally chill and ambrosial, “Riding Alone (DCLXVI remix)” is Saturday’s Song Of The Day.
Like many people, I’m going to take advantage of this holiday weekend and spend it with people I love. I’ll be taking a mini-vacay away from blogging (most likely) until Monday so I’m leaving you with these sounds as the soundtrack for my weekend.
♫ Lay Bac - “Stay Out Tonight”
The second this was released, it went on my ipod. Now, whenever I go out, the first song I head to is “stay out tonight”. I cannot get enough of that beat. Magical!
♫ Craig Cruiser - “Cruising The Night Away”
Let’s get the party started, right! Let’s get the party started quickly~. Six feel good, dance-able tracks that make me want to never return home. The beats on this one are so fantastic, I could not help but fall in love with it.
♫ Star Slinger - “Rollerskaters - Sleep Tight (Remix)”
By now, I don’t know who hasn’t heard of Star Slinger. I joked a while back that I was going to have to change my name to star-slinger-rhythms due to the frequency of his tracks on this site. That doesn’t mean he’s gotten any less interesting. Ever prolific, his latest remix is killer. I don’t know where he gets his inspiration from but I’d like a sip of that water.
♫ Hooray! - “Bedroom Adventures”
Warm and dreamy, bedroom pop from Hooray!. Since I started Unholy Rhythms, I barely had the chance to express the deep love I have for Hooray’s music. It’s blissful and inviting, leaving you feeling as if you’re glowing. There is gentle affection in even the slower, less energetic songs. Splendid.
♫ Guerre - “You Were With Me”
It is no secret that I adore Guerre. Being the dork that I am, I wrote him to tell him how I’m a total Guerre fangirl; he can do no wrong in my eyes. The latest single just proved my theory. Quiet, dreamy tracks from the dream weaver himself. A good way to close out the weekend.
Party Girl, not a girl but total party, sent me over his new EP “Heartbreaker” released through Trembleface/Sanddagger (home of Lay Bac and Wassup Foolie). I might be inclined to say that this is mood music… chill, mood music. Each song, though instrumental, tells a story from seduction to a goodbye. In the time this EP plays, you can imagine yourself falling in love to having to part with someone. Is it love at first sight? Definitely love at first listen.
Get the EP at bandcamp and ready that bubble bath.
♪ File under: chill, instrumental, let’s get it on