Nervous City Nervous Self brings classic swagger to a chill pop design on his recent Pool of Me. The artist is notable for declaring “I shall become Sweden´s Cohen or die!” The sentiment can be heard in his brooding bass. He embraces his voices lower designation, and manages it well. There are slight explorations into his higher range heard in the bridge section, to stretch the melodic space and give the vocal timely variation.
He updates Cohen’s legacy with a new chill pop design. The soft sonic choices recalls producers like Francis and The Lights, with an arrangement akin to Phosphorescent. There’s also a semblance of Bon Iver, not just in the bass vocal, but also in the melodic navigation. Nervous City Nervous Self should appeal to fans of all of those acts on his way to grabbing a large audience so he can realize his Cohen potential. Pool of Me is a good start.
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Aegra caught our attention with their new single Morph. The other worldly arrangement puzzles together an array of tickling melodic layers, all sharing in purpose as both percussive elements and melodic place marks. Their quick snappy affect invites you to place the melody together like a musical connect the dots. The innovative design is invigorating and exciting, immersing your senses in its intoxicating aura, inviting you to give in to this sonic oasis.
Morph is a chance to escape, melodically soothing but constructively complicated, it can occupy all your headspace if you give yourself to it. The hypnotic ethereal vocal is its most striking feature. Washing over its puzzled arrangement like endorphin glue, seducing you with its soft inviting siren nature. Altogether an unparalleled slice of chill indie pop whose approachability is intact. Its hard to place a comparison, but reasonable to consider where it might land. Fans of The XX, Rhye, Polica, and Portishead would all be drawn to its elegant arrangement.
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Mo Klé caught us in the slow burn of his new single Signs. A drawn out intro pairs the slightly familiar with a new updated indie presence. It’s heard in the cascading guitars, all treated with sonic brilliance. Tweaked with calculated care so that every ringing note retains its own cosmic presence. His voice, slightly worn, brings convincing conviction.
The stage name of Swiss songwriter René Grünenfelder, Mo Klé conjures comparisons to The War On Drugs and Midlake. Its a testament to his musics nostalgic flow and the shoegaze inspiration injected into the presentation and mix. In jest of modern pop, his vocals lays slightly beneath the music design, not entirely buried but allowing every sonic moment shine through. In that way it embraces its vibe, a modern stoner’s delight with in concert drawn out intention. We can dig it.
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Blood Roses is dreamy exotic on The Sting. A charming guitar dressed with harmonic voicing patiently reveals the musical design as a groovy drum sways beneath. Sparse instrumentation is all thats needed. A tangy ride cymbal ties the atmosphere together, creating a smooth but rhythmic underlay for the artist to lay his vocal on top. Verses of swooning melancholy intersect passionate falsetto peaks, bringing a touch of soul with indie sensibility.
There’s an urban appeal, a sense of untamed vigor that ignites his delivery. What arrives is authentic and in the spirit in our generation. A semblance of bedroom producer logic and how it defied convention and recovered rocks rightful place as unpolished magic. This combination of groove and raw affect with its guitar first essence bears evidence of Khruanbhin, paired with the pop vocal explorations of Childish Gambino.
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