Cosmo’s Midnight – “Polarised”

After teasing us with addictive, colorful tracks over the years, we’re beyond ecstatic to hear that Cosmo’s Midnight is finally releasing their debut album this summer, titled What Comes Next. Though they have expressed their unique sound partly through their stunning collaborations – and the upcoming album contains several – “Polarised,” the newest tease from the album, has Patrick Liney showing off his voice for the first time, a hazy, lucid croon that falls right in line with the fluid nature of the instrumentals. This stream-of-consciousness feeling the track brings is directly related to its origin as well:

”Polarised is the first time I’ve ever sung on a track. We were just riffing on keys and bass and I had a melody running through my head – instead of running it through a synth or something I plugged in my shitty mic and sang the first thing that came to mind. Everything just clicked from there and we went back and finessed it till it was done. I think this song really does capture the feeling of when we wrote it.”

The chunky, chime-like effects and bouncy bass, slightly reminiscent of Anything In Return era Toro y Moi, swirl together as the track plays on, pulsating and reverberating within itself.

What Comes Next will be released on June 15th.

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Makeness – “Who Am I To Follow Love”

Under the name Makeness, Scottish producer Scott Molleson creates the kind of electronic music that pays homage to classic house and techno, but also sounds incredibly experimental and modern in what he pours into the mix. The result is anything but minimal, especially clear in the handful of tracks released in anticipation for Loud Patterns, his upcoming debut album. Taking equal parts texture and color, tracks like “Stepping Out of Sync” seem to spin and spiral around the room when played aloud, with bright vocal effects and synth detailing every melody, while “Day Old Death,” true to it’s name, shows off a darker, heavier side. But just because he enjoys experimenting with avant-garde compostion that doesn’t mean Molleson can’t be more suave; “Who Am I To Follow Love” is sultry and sensual despite the wobbly, supersonic synth, perhaps partly due the smooth, echoed vocals from Babeheaven’s Nancy Andersen. It’s clear Makeness will express more of his versatile skill set in the rest of Loud Patterns, but ultimately it will be those finer details that he sneaks into every nook and cranny that will truly set it apart.

Loud Patterns will be released on April 6th via Secretly Canadian.

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Baths – “Human Bog”

Baths is the experimental electronic project of Los Angeles based singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Wiesenfeld. Whether his work was tinged with childlike whimsy and nostalgia, as in debut album Cerulean, or steeped in darkness, illness, and strife as in sophomore album Obsidian, his focus and intent to remain true to his own identity, including his internal frustrations and outward struggles, never faltered, leading to some incredibly unique, incredibly textured, and incredibly beautiful tracks, all taken from a different place of his subconscious.

However, Wiesenfeld’s most recent album, Romaplasm, may be his most gorgeous, emotional, and honest album yet, honest in the way he expounds on his “at-home obsessions” with an added emphasis on the fantastical mediums in which he draws the most emotion – things like anime, books, and comics, but portrayed an brilliantly indirect manner where only the emotion derived is placed on display. Described on the album’s bandcamp profile as a “post-modern take on Romanticism,” each track from the album is a deeper step inside a new glitchy, colorful, and otherworldly environment, attempting to take both the immense pain and beauty of life and place them on nearly equal pedestals, where one does not exist without the other. “Human Bog,” one of the more dense, emotional tracks, is the perfect amalgamation of these two ideas, and among the most stunning tracks Baths has ever released dealing with personal identity, clear when paying close attention to its poetic lyrical narrative. Wiesenfeld admits in an increasingly fraying, porous voice, between puddles of murky, treacherous synth, that he’s “queer in a way that works” for whoever he’s with, and “queer in a way that’s failed [him], and ultimately laments on “the lengths [he ] goes to get held onto,” the instrumentals afterwards introducing soft orchestral flourishes that again allows the track to be both sad and beautiful, self-indulgent but honest. It’s no secret that being honest with yourself, no matter how difficult or frustrating that may be, makes for more genuine art, and with Romaplasm, Baths has realized that tenfold.

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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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