Brand new music from our favorite electronic artists, Odesza and Slow Magic. Both of these artists have a great chill vibe, yet still provides a great dance beat to their music.
We’ll start with Seattle duo Odesza. The new album is called In Return and it is great. These guys take big beats and samples/vocals to the next level. Odesza has a sound that is best listened to in slow motion. The tracks that stand out are “Bloom,” “All We Need” (feat. local Portland band Shy Girls), and “Koto.” In Return is a very beautiful album that is very dynamic. I believe it will be in the top album list at the end of the year.
Slow Magic has a more house vibe going on with his new record, How to Run Away. The new album definitely brings the energy that comes from his live performances. The builds and drops that occur are well constructed and not overplayed. Overall Slow Magic brings the chill energy to How to Run Away. Make sure to listen.
The debut full length album is finally out for the five piece from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Feel Not Bad is the name of this bliss-pop album. It has a mixture of re-recorded songs from their previous EPs and a couple of brand new songs. Swimming’s music sounds like when you have an unexpected day off and everything goes your way. Big guitar sounds, a driving drum beat, and well written lyrics is what Swimming brings to your ears. Feel Not Bad will do just that; not make you feel bad.
Local Portland band Us Lights has been on blast here at the Killing Sasquatch den lately. With their giant pop sound, Us Lights’ music has an epic style to it. The first thing you notice about the band is the vocals and how beautifully sprawled out they are over the entire track. I also love the way they create a build in almost every song, they have phenomenal songwriting. Us Lights is about to go on tour in eastern Europe, so check out their dates and venues here. They also have a new album that is set to come out at the end of August in Europe, with a US date still to be determined. Check out the new single “Mothers Fathers” below.
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Brand new music from UK natives Adult Jazz. This is the debut full length album from the four piece, it’s called Gist Is. This album has a whole slew of influences, a lot of jazz, pop, and of course soul music. I feel like some people will compare them to another UK band known as Alt-J, which I agree with, yet there’s an underlying difference. Adult Jazz has a more acoustic sound. The track that stands out most to me is “Spook.” Definitely an album to put in your earholes.
Another new release from yet another Portland artist, Dana Buoy. Preacher is the new 5 track EP from Dana Buoy. This release comes two years after his full length debut Summer Bodies. Dana Buoy’s new EP is a great power-pop album that starts off with really open melodies and dancey rhythms. His music has a pretty distinct island jam sound to it, that comes through on the track “It’s Alright”. The title track would have to be my favorite track. Dana Buoy will be touring in August in select cities, so be sure to check him out.