Let me indulge in my best hipsterspeak and say that you’ve probably never heard of Violetness before. But it’s alright. I hadn’t either, until I got sent a physical promo. And you should know I love everything physical, from promos to Olivia Newton-John’s 1981 hit. Violetness is a Chicago artist who will release Last Night In My Dreams, I Was Talking To You, her newest EP, next January on LebensStrasse Records, where she mostly explores Björk-like electronica, with a touch of post-modern electropop sounds (a.k.a. chillwave) and tribal rhythms-slash-sweet lullaby vocals. I assure you, it’s good. Heck, if it wasn’t I wouldn’t write about it: I would insult every band member on VICE magazine’s Facebook page. Last Night In My Dreams, I Was Talking To You will be released on tape (and you should know by now how much we here at Bolachas love all things tapey), CD and vinyl, and it consists of three original tracks - one of them, “The Coal”, you can listen on that Youtube link up there - and three remixes by the likes of Sun Glitters, Slow Magic and Robot Koch. Be aware that more than a record on its own this EP is an entrance point to Violetness’ music; a curriculum vitae, if you will. But if she pops out more stuff like this we’ll definitely hire her.
There’s so much to love about my favorite Greek band, Plastic Flowers. After releasing two EPs on our Cakes and Tapes, the always shape-shifting ambient pop duo has just put out a new single, “Empty Eyes”, through Bad Panda Records. “Empty Eyes” showcases their poppier side, which could and should be more explored by them on future releases.
Natural Conspiracy is still available for download on a pay-what-you-want basis at Bandcamp, and there’s a limited number of green cassettes still available for purchase as well. Grab it below.
Will Samson is not your average singer-songwriter. His blend of fragmented, ambient electronica and minimalist folk sure isn’t that original in the middle of 2012 (not that I’m looking for “originality” in songs) but we’re in for a treat judging from the only song available from his forthcoming album, Balance, coming out next October 5th on German imprint Karaoke Kalk (Dakota Suite, Hauschka).
Source: SoundCloud / Will Samson.
Hundred Waters, “Thistle”
“Thistle”, dat trippy song off Hundred Waters’ debut full-length album (currently on the race for Album of the Year here) just got the “remix EP treatment” on Skrillex’s (lol) imprint OWSLA. I’m not usually a fan of remixes, but I gotta say the AraabMuzik one slays. Try ‘em all below.