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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Young Magic – “Sleep Now”

The smooth, luscious synth that opens “Sleep Now,” the newest single from New York based chill-wave/ electronic pop duo Young Magic, almost feels like the epitome of the word atmospheric, and brilliantly melts into the core of the track almost seamlessly. Lead singer Melati Malay brings out her Indonesian background in the track, as her smooth, lullaby-tinged vocals mingle with gamelan and heavy synth fueled instrumentals. Overall, it feels warm and intimate, which is what Malay wanted in order to capture the essence of her beloved homeland. “Sleep Now” comes from the duo’s upcoming album Still Life, which will be released next month.

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Chvrches – “Clearest Blue”

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Recently, Chvrches announced the release of their sophomore album, and have released the singles “Leave A Trace” and “Never Ending Circles” as little teasers. Now, closer to it’s release date, the Glasgow trio have released a brand new track, bordering on one of the most upbeat, energetic, and impressive songs they have ever done. “Clearest Blue” is chock full of classic Chvrches techniques – heavy beats, bright, metallic synths, and Lauren Mayberry’s delicate, flinty voice – but they’re presented in a fresh, dynamic new way that hint at the anticipated album’s composure as a whole. You can listen to the track either live below, or the studio version which recently premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show here. Every Open Eye will be released on September 25th.

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MØ – “Waste of Time” (Song of the Week 2/25/2014)

moI first heard MØ sometime last year and I was simply entranced by the beat of this song. MØ, also known as Karen Marie Ørsted, is just so different from all the other female musicians these days; she is simply classy and refined in terms of her outward appearance, personality, and most importantly, her music. While she does not have an album out yet (Mythologies to Follow will be out March 10 of this year), she has stunned listeners with singles like “Maiden,” “Pilgrim,” and this amazing song, “Waste of Time.” She has been compared to other electronic pop artists such as Grimes and Twin Shadow, which makes complete sense to me. Her lyrics are amazingly written and her vocal range is outstanding. She sings with such strength and an almost metallic consistency that transcends above other upcoming electronic artists and therefore establishes her stance among them. She has control over her unique sound and stays true to herself, which is really important if you want to be successful as a musician. She seems like such an awesome person to know and I’m glad I found this song. I never get tired of singing it (where is the love we had/love we had/ where is the love we had ooooOo/what a waste of time), which is why it is today’s song of the week. I know that MØ will be successful in 2014.

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