This is taken from Zeroh’s new album BLQLYTE, which is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve heard this year. I guess ‘experimental hip hop’ would be a vaguely appropriate description, but it doesn’t really come close to doing it justice. It’s an almost overwhelming experience, and you really need to listen to the album in full to properly appreciate its depth.
As distinctly un-Friday as the new album by Cremation Lily is, I’m really, really enjoying it. Static-drenched and ultimately pretty moody, it also has flashes of radiant joy breaking through the grey. Case in point: the last few moments of Evenings Cast Astray, which starts life with a simple, acoustic guitar strumming away, moving through an eruption of white noise before everything else fades, leaving a single, beautiful synth line and a few chirruping birds for good measure.
Wonderfully weird and unpredictable electronica from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The Steady Heart encompasses elements of folk, jazz, choral and various strands of electronic music, and is completely beguiling from start to finish.
An alias of former Woman frontman Patrick Flegel, this is taken from Cindy Lee’s fifth studio album What’s Tonight to Eternity?, which is partly inspired by the music and ultimately tragic story of Karen Carpenter. If these names mean nothing to you, worry not: you don’t need to know any of the backstory to enjoy it. The album’s a real gem packed full of spectral synths and icy vocals, and Plastic Raincoat is a superbly absorbing opening track.
JFDR is the solo project of Icelandic artist Jófríður Ákadóttir. I was a big fan of her 2017 album Brazil and Drifter is a clear standout from her new LP New Dreams. Her voice is incredible – taut and fragile – and the production is pretty much exclusively stripped-down and skeletal. Tense music for tense times.
Extremely intense experimental art-pop taken from MHYSA’s new album NEVAEH. Found the album really challenging, and not always in a good way, but this one stood out for me. Impressive, if perhaps not entirely enjoyable.
I love Yves Tumor. Safe In The Hands Of Love kinda passed me by on the first few listens, but after bascially everyone ranked it as one of the best albums of the year I went back to it and now I think it’s a complete masterpiece. This is taken from its upcoming album Heaven To A Tortured Mind, out in April, and it’s fantastic.
This is taken from Beatrice’s new album Workaround which came out last week on PAN. The entire album is great – really engaging, stripped-down, glitchy electronica – but this is the track that stood out for me.