Hear Me Out: Dead Sea

Chillwave is not a forgotten genre, and it is easy to imagine why this Parisian electro-pop quartet, Dead Sea wants to treat their music as ‘Turbo Chillwave’. It is a hybrid of Shoegaze and IDM. Their saturated beats and spacey beats simmers deep in your skin, while a female vocalist Caro puts a spell on you with her soulful melisma. We have caught up with the band to talk more about their background, inspirations, and the meaning behind their latest single, “Keep It High”.

Hear Me Out: Dead Sea
Introduced by Charles, Feb 6, 2013

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listen: Cuushe, “Daze”

Traveling London, Berlin, Kyoto and Tokyo to feed her wanderlust, Japanese songwriter Cuushe reflects her western influence and eastern roots in her music. Dreamy, airy, pop and celestial, she paints a musical landscape that is both haunting and approachable. Following her last single “Tie”, Cuushe unveils “Daze” from her upcoming EP from Cascine/flau titled Night Lines (out April 7th). While flau’s label owner aus gives sheen to its production, Cuushe introspectively explores her restless night (alone) in Tokyo. It is a midnight disco cut that’s best played by yourself in your bedroom, and you dance intimately until dawn.

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watch: Role, “Holy”

Our favourite group from Madrid, Role is finally releasing their debut album How Distant this April. They have recently unveiled a new music video for “Holy”. It is an unnerving synth-pop track with ghostly choruses and mysterious visuals.

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listen: Sonnymoon, “Grains Of Friends”

Boston duo Sonnymoon is releasing their new album The Courage Of Present Times from GLOW365 today. A leading single, “Grains of Friends” is now available to listen. They met at The Berklee College Of Music. The vocalist and a frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator, Anna Wise adds a soulful touch while the beat dances around playfully and chaotically, channeling the line between experimental and pop.

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Focus: TEEZ’FM

Photo by Nicolas Robin

TEEZ.FM is an online radio station in Paris. It was founded about 6 years ago by former radio presenter Thierry Jaussaud. From Kylie Minogue to Roisin Murphy, Arcade Fire to Cut Copy, the music that they play hits the fine line between Indie and Pop. They also pour passion into introducing up-and-coming artists through their features and programmes. However eclectic their style, they always stay true to their heart, as their slogan strongly claims: ‘We Are Pop!’ We have talked to the founder Thierry Jaussaud about how everything started, what pop means to them, and what their future holds. TEEZ are also kind enough to share their favourite tracks of 2015 so far. Check out the playlist at the bottom of the interview.

Focus: TEEZ’FM
By Satoru ‘Teshi’ Teshima, March. 19, 2015

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watch: Dead Sea, “Keep It High”

Paris’ chillwave outfit, Dead Sea has a brilliant new video for “Keep It High”, a track taken from their latest EP. Taking inspirations from artists such as James Blake, Tycho and FKA Twigs, their music is a beautiful chemistry of sharp beats and warm guitars with a serene and assuring female vocal melodies to bind it all together. Watch below.

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watch: LLLL, “Blue”

Tokyo’s electro unit LLLL recently released their sophomore album, Faithful via Progressive Form. You can now watch the Kinesystem directed video for “Blue”, in which vivid and lively blue objects resonate with crystalline and almost emotionless vocal melodies, as the sullen girl darkly smiles in the changing landscapes. You can also check out the new single at my friend’s music site, Public Rhythm.

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Focus: Dems

UK’s musical trio Dems makes music that invites you to take a deep breath and to have a close listen to their sounds, words and feelings. Yes, their music can be easily put into a Post-James Blake electronic R&B, and their soulful melodies and candid lyrics can be compared to the likes of How To Dress Well and Sohn. But turn the light off and focus on the music. It is so much more. Last year they released an excellent album Muscle Memory. Dropping most of their past singles from the tracklist, they created a coherent world of their own. There’s this beautiful harmonies, sudden but effective thumps and bangs, and especially the flow the album makes is beyond description.

We have talked to Dems through email about how the trio started, their songwriting process and the background behind Muscle Memory.

Focus: Dems
By Satoru ‘Teshi’ Teshima, March. 11, 2015

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listen: Honne, “Coastal Love”

I’m really in love with this East London duo, Honne and their newly released single, “Coastal Love”. There’s a bit of R&B, glitters of Disco and House’s ecstatic shimmer. This track will be included in their new EP which is due out via TATEMAE Records on May 4. It’s also worth mentioning that they employ words that are familiar to us. 本音 (HONNE) & 建前 (TATEMAE), an important aspect of Japanese culture to understand how we communicate.

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