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My two favorite new artist discoveries this week have some shared characteristics. They both are driven by strong female vocals and have electronic foundations. Both yearn with an underlying melancholy, and yet, their beauty makes them feel more uplifting than the words might convey. The first is "Let Me Go" by Snow Angel, which has a pulsing rhythm, and the second is "Drive" by Lolawolf, which vocals that are somehow both engaging and detached, and possibly NSFW (and apparently the singer is Zoe Kravitz, actress and daughter of Lenny). Both bands will have EPs out soon.
Next, two NYC artists that have graced these pages before. The previous time I shared music from Shark?, it was a fuzzy rocker "This is Living." Now, we have a mostly acoustic tune. The band proves they can mix it up and still be awesome on "Wither." The stringed instruments are a nice touch, and the melody is captivating. Look for the new album Savior 10/1 and a show that night at Death by Audio.
The other returnee is Black Light Dinner Party, with another well-made video. It's for their track "Sons and Lovers," and it's very engrossing visually. The story is poignant and the style is distinctive. Oh yeah, and it's a good song, too. Their latest album with the same name was released yesterday. Stream it here, and then once you dig it, click the iTunes link to buy.
Lastly, a pair of songs from artists I dig and have featured before who aren't based in the city of New York. You've been seeing a lot of Teen Daze because I seem to be incapable of not loving their tracks. Here is another one, from Glacier – due out next week on 10/1 – and it's called "Listen." Do that, please.
It's been awhile since we've heard from original digcast members Bang, You're Dead, but now with Late Nights, there's plenty to catch up on. The set comes out of the partnership between singer-songwriter Jes Hudack and electronic & hip-hop producer Quickie Mart. The degree to which they complement each other is what hooks me. It's a strong pairing. The new album is free until its official release 10/1. Check out the first track "Without My Love."