‚ÄúA devastating epic of love, nostalgia, and pain‚ÄĚ‚Äď Pitchfork.¬†Alela Diane‚Äôs ‘About Farewell’ acts as an eloquent goodbye to lovers from years past, coupled with poignant walks down memory lane. To call the writing experience cathartic would be an understatement, for lyrically it deals directly with her recent divorce, while exploring her entire last decade of relationships with tremendous honesty and nuanced insight.¬†The stripped down folk songs glimmer with Alele‚Äôs exquisite poetry while presenting something somber and achingly truthful.
Label:¬†One Little Indian Records
Genre:¬†Dance – Electro
Debut album from Icelandic wunderkind Samaris. Combining XX-style electronic beats with traditional Icelandic lyrics and clarinet, Samaris is one of the most hyped bands out of Iceland. One Little Indian signed the trio to join Icelanders Bjork & Asgeir.¬†Samaris compiles their two Icelandic-released EPs, Hlj√≥ma √ě√ļ (2011) and Stofnar falla (recorded at Sigur R√≥s‚Äô Sundlaugin studio with m√ļm, 2012) and four special remixes.¬†Formed in 2011 in Reykjavik, Samaris won the Icelandic M√ļs√≠ktilraunir (winners include Of Monsters & Men) and Kraumur Award.
Label:¬†Alcopop! Records and Lazy Acre Records
Genre:¬†Alternative – Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
Returning after a hiatus following the release of the bands second album ‚ÄúSecrets of the witching hour‚ÄĚ (which defined legendary status as the first ‚Äėbig album‚Äô to be given away free), The Crimea are set to return this summer for one final hurrah, with a slot at 2000 Trees festival, a headline show at The Jazz Caf√© in London, and this brand new double album ‚ÄúSquare Moon‚ÄĚ.¬†Based around the lovelorn lyrics of aforementioned Davey, Square Moon is (unlike previous efforts) not built around its ‚Äėobvious singles‚Äô, it is a dazzling technicolour tour de force through woozy pop, ragged folk and desolate piano.
Label: Tape Club Records
Genre:¬†: Dance – Beats & Breaks / Electronica
‘Starfruit EP’ – the debut release from Toby Gale – is a playful blend of soulful, disco-tinged electronica getting support from BBC 6 music, XLR8R, Artrocker and more.¬†Sculpted in Gale’s South London bedroom studio, the EP’s first serve is ’15 Love’, an enticing, fizzing opener and short yet sweet statement of intent. Pimped up synth heavy micro-banger ‘Cool Car’ follows and showcases Gale’s fun-loving, uplifting approach to angular electro sounds, whilst ‘You & I’ is a more heartfelt, understated affair. ‘Cool Car’ returns for a victory lap, re-sprayed, stripped down and turbocharged by Mr. Mitch.