BY JIM REDMOND
Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.
Governors: Is This Love
Governors is new boy-girl duo - best friends and currently studying at Columbia University - making electro pop that sounds like Vaults and CHVRCHES with a dark edge - Soft Cell dark.
The duo’s debut track Is This Love is a creeping, dark, bitter love song about two people who really, really shouldn’t be together. You can imagine this track coming from Massive Attack if they let loose a little bit and got Rihanna on vocals.
I Am Snow Angel: Cocoon
Just like Twin Peaks led the way to Northern Exposure, Lost and The Leftovers, without The Velvet Underground no Sex Pistols no Oasis and no Parquet Floors, and without The Beach Boys, no Cocteau Twins no Primal Scream and no I Am Snow Angel, the solo project of Julie Kathryn.
Just like Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) and Stephanie Dosen’s joint effort Snowbird, the project name I Am Snow Angel tells you what to expect: post-Cocteau Twins ethereal, hypnotic beats fronted with seductive vocals that wrap you up like a warm blanket.
Appropriately, there’s something vaguely Christmasy about Crocodile (just like a lot of Simon Raymonde’s work in fact). She really is a living snow angel.
For fans of: Cocteau Twins, Violet Indiana, Snowbird, Bat For Lashes, Polica, CHVRCHES
Check out four more acts and some killer playlists, AFTER THE JUMP...