TENDER – “Nadir”

With their addictive new single, London electro-pop duo TENDER have officially initiated my quest to find every half-pure pop, half-brooding track for the upcoming summer months. “Nadir,” the newest addition to their already impressive repertoire, begins with synth resembling plucks of sharp metal, then explodes into a multi-textured soundscape, the vocals provided by James Cullen soaked in reverb. Though it explores the emotions felt during a separation, the melancholy adds to the vibrancy, finding immense power in sadness.

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Von Sell – “Names”

Brooklyn based artist David Von Sell has been our favorite electro-pop musician since he released the bright, technically complex track “Ivan” last year, and the admiration just keeps growing. This year, he has added to his impressive repertoire with the smooth, emotional “I Insist” and the shuddering, passionate “Stay,” showing off the different angles of his unique aesthetic, tending to seamlessly blend the boisterously synthetic with a pure, beating heart. “Names,” Von Sell’s newest track, contains the same complex, pounding synth beats and quivering vocal samples that have now become his trademark – however, it somehow sounds more euphoric and enraptured than the trio before it, especially when the synth drops out to make room for the arresting piano melody that rests underneath the chorus. It’s the most blatantly human Von Sell has been thus far, and it’s absolutely stunning.

Von Sell’s debut self-titled EP is out this Friday, October 14th.

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