Fuzzworthy: Japanese Wallpaper

Another dreamy gem from one of the coolest cats in the business, Japanese Wallpaper. This time teaming up with fellow Aussie Jesse Davidson, Gab Strum has a penchant for mixing a beat perfectly in-tune with whomever he collaborates with. You can pick up some distinct twinges of Nick Leng who did some additional work on the track, and the combined effort of some of the chillest musicians in the business has us absolutely floating.

At only 17, Japanese Wallpaper seems poised for stardom alongside an absolutely astronomical class of young musicians coming out of Australia. Surely a debut album is in the works, but in the meantime give Gab a follow over on soundcloud and send him an email letting him know how super radical he is.


Polarsets

British four-piece Polarsets have announced the release of their debut album Parasols for September 21st. The first single off the album named “Madrid” is a fast-paced percussion driven pop song with some tropical guitar and scattered synth to create a wonderful summer song.

Download the first three singles or preorder the album on iTunes now.

Polarsets – Madrid

Polarsets – Parasols


August 2014 Podcast

The New LoFi podcast sums up all the music posted to the blog each month.

Right click on the link below the player and select “Save Link As…” to download the podcast. Once you’ve opened it in iTunes, click on the album artwork while you are listening to learn more about each artist.

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TNLF 2014 August Podcast


Little Shoes Big Voice

Little Shoes Big Voice (LSBV) is and English duo made up of songwriter, producer and vocalist Jack Durtnall and vocalist Emily Harvey. Additional production comes from Fred Prest of Tundra.

While “Blue Veins” is not their debut single it has become their launch onto the scene, with a lot of attention from blogs and critics. It was also picked up by BBC Radio 1 and featured during the Big Weekend in May. It follows their self-released first single called “Nightfall” which dropped earlier this year. It has more of a stripped-down lofi pop sound than their second release but I’d say that “Blue Veins” is the perfect Sunday listening.

We’ll certainly keep an ear out for new tracks coming from LSBV.

Little Shoes Big Voice – Blue Veins


Sam Sure: ‘Hunger’

As a perennial foot-path addict, I’m always perusing soundscapes looking for the appropriate atmosphere to slap my feet to concrete. In strolls Sam Sure, his sound even more certain than his name, with a debut single and a swagger as fresh as rain. Premiering on Zane Lowe’s show only a few hours ago, I was turned onto this track by the always musically nutritious folks over at Earmilk. Sam’s silky sound should be no surprise to those floating around the soundcloud scene; he garnered huge accolades for his smooth delivery and hopeless romanticism on the single “You” from TCTS a few months ago.

Maybe it’s my penchant for chronically over-thinking every romantic interaction I have, but Sure’s debating lyricism flies perfectly in-tune with the endless shitstorm in my head.

You should hold your breath from behind your texts // And second guess all the things that wrap around my head

Chemicals and pheromones. #Yunglife

The potential here is absolutely mind-bending, signed to Black Butter Records, it doesn’t take Miss Cleo to predict that Sam’s future is in the stars.


Jez Dior – Starts Again

I’ve always had mad respect for artists who are unabashedly themselves through music, and Jez Dior has been the epitome of genuine. I first heard Jez over a year ago on mdnt’s track ‘Dreamcatcher’, and I was immediately struck by his heart-on-my-sleeve lyricism. Lately, Jez has been teaming up with the seamless production of Danny Score, and the results have been absolutely phenomenal. Somewhere in the grungy underground of alternative R&B and the road paved by rock-rap pioneers Linkin Park (amongst many others), Jez Dior has found his niche.. and he’s been slaying it. His soul bleeds into everything he writes; often a rollercoaster of mixed emotions, the struggles of a hopeless romantic navigating the shape-shifting landscape of the modern music industry. It’s real shit, and it’s done to perfection. Jez Dior’s latest single ‘Starts Again’ is sharp, passionate, and absolutely filthy. Yet despite the rough edges, Jez shimmers like onyx, a depth in darkness. ‘Starts Again’ is a stone-studded diamond, and another shining example of Jez Dior’s musical and emotional luminescence.


Cass McCombs: Night of the World

June 3rd, 2011. I had found new love. Songs can strike you at the most poignant times. The memory is still fresh, I remember the street I was driving on, the angle of the sun as it set, and the smell of lilacs riding the breeze from my open window. A streetsign whizzes by on the passenger’s side. I’m listening to ‘County Line’ for the first time, and it hit me. The ingredients were all present, I found my mind drifting along with Cass and his lackadaisical travels. A wonderful concoction began to brew, a full sensory experience and I was bewitched; the effects certainly amplified by the mid-sunset journey I was taking out into the country. I was falling in love with a girl, and there was such a beautiful connection between my wandering emotions and the nomadic roaming of McCombs’ ramblings.

I memorized every note. I began to sing every lyric. ‘County Line’, over three years later, remains one of my favorite songs of all time. Since 2011 on average, I have played ‘County Line’ once every four days. And it all traces back to a singular moment, that floral plethora of emotion, the scent of lilacs. New love.

Time, without much regard, passes. A few days ago I set out for a walk. Stricken by the loss of the love I held for three long years, I found myself wandering the neighborhood at sunset. Evening after evening I would dive into my headphones and stroll down a new path. Songs can strike you at the most poignant times. It had been a long time. ‘County Line’.

On my way to you old county // Hoping nothing’s changed
That your, pain is never-ending // That is it still the same

The song took on a new meaning. My love had changed; it wasn’t gone, but rather fading away. The ‘County Line’ McCombs crooned about was no longer a geographical marker, but rather a metaphor for my emotions. The whimsical, carefree tone was replaced by a depth of sorrow, a mourning loss, yet an acceptance of reality. Time had caught up. “You never even tried to love me // What did I have to do, to make you want me“. The world seemed to melt away, and it was as if I was hearing the song for the very first time. I was once again struck with the complexity of McCombs’ story-telling, and the very palpable realization that ‘County Line’ had become an allegorical representation of a failed relationship. The lilacs..

“I can smell the Columbine”

Cass McCombs, in my opinion, remains one of the greatest song-writers of our generation. His art is completely indescribable, a true Van Gogh. What appears to be a minimalist effort is in fact an acutely articulated story. With each singular stroke, Cass paints a picture, and sometimes true appreciation of his craft comes with a few years of age. His latest single in true Cass fashion sounds nothing quite like what we’ve heard before. Comparisons can be drawn to rock icons from all generations, but the truth is that there’s no one quite like him. Cass has rather consistently penned new stories, and he will be touring all over the States into December. So if you’re feeling up for a genuine life experience, I suggest checking these cities and snagging a pair of tickets. Bring someone you might love, and write a story of your own.

Here’s Cass McComb’s latest single, ‘Night of the World’. Is there a more appropriate song for an introspective walk at sunset? What picture do you see?

“The night is a place of real politics // My mind is up to it’s old tricks // Just can’t wait to get its fix // You’re no ordinary girl.”


Fuzzworthy: Golden Coast

The leaves are starting to turn and summer stands teetering on the brink. With colleges and universities opening their doors once more, all hope seems lost. But alas! A Golden sound is punching holes and perforating the clouds of pre-exam life misery! For those of you looking for that perfect Frosh week hand-clapper, look no further! Golden Coast has your back.

I never thought a song so upbeat would conjure up some pretty sensitive emotions, but alas, I find myself on the feels-side of a pair of misty eyes.

You don’t need no education to be // All we need is a dream and an MPC

As someone literally chasing their dreams (this… what I’m doing right now. The whole writing about music bit. The bit you’re reading), and someone rather confusingly caught in the Generation Y never-ending loop of “What the fuck am I doing with my life”, there seems no song more poignant leading up to my next few weeks heading back to University. Fortunately, my passion and education don’t stray in completely opposite directions (recent papers written include: Top 40 Music and Gender, Top 40 Music and Drugs/Alcohol, etc. etc.) Sociology has been rather generous to my fascination with all things music related. However, one degree and thousands upon thousands of dollars later I still won’t get a job in the field. To put it into perspective, I’ve hardly spent a dime on covering music. Hmmm…

But I digress! Golden Coast (Denny White & Steven Mudd) are brand new on the scene and bound to make a splash. With upbeat synthetics along the lines of Detroit two-piece Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and the soaring harmonious vocals of blogosphere superhero St. Lucia, there’s plenty to be excited about for these West Coasters in the future. Keep your bananas peeled for their debut EP currently in the works.

Oh and eat your vegetables and don’t drop out or whatever