Electronic

Henry Grant maintains composure on new track “Stay Well (feat. Ryan Wyner)”

You’re likely already acquainted with the psych-laden, occasionally crunchy sound of Henry Grant by way of his previous project Zula, and new single “Stay Well (feat. Ryan Wyner)” shifts Grant’s hazy instrumental approach from driving indie rock towards hazy dream pop. Still present is an off-kilter, DIY approach to instrumentation that gives “Stay Well” a discordant-yet-melodic energy, albeit such sounds are now presented at a chilled pace. Moreover, this steady, dreamlike quality lends itself well to Grant’s lyrics, which detail the quarantine distance, the process of “celebrating lonely sounds” and “laying low till they figure it out.” While certain elements of Grant’s songwriting feel anxious and claustrophobic at times (“formless feelings, melancholy”) the track’s mellow, progressive structure endows a sense of resolve, an ability to maintain cool composure in the center of the storm. Stream it below, and watch Henry Grant’s page for more intrepid synth later this year.

   

Van lifer flowers de moon releases single & video for "Anthem of Bob"

It is a time to celebrate whatever freedom we can, and Doug Fraley's doing so with his solo project flowers de moon and new single "Anthem of Bob". Fraley's new track gives praise to the van life, a life upon which Fraley embarked last year as he trekked from his home base of Pittsburgh to his new digs in Highland Park. "Anthem of Bob" is Fraley's LA debut, as well as his first release as a solo project, although the new single does include contributions from former bandmate Olivia Price. The video features the indietronica track over clips of Fraley near the Salton Sea, all of which were filmed before quarantine. The song and video stand as a testament to freedom of spirit and location, which will hopefully resume in full force soon. Take a look at the video for "Anthem of Bob" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Chelsea Bridge x Milk Mandarin

Experimental Artist Chelsea Bridge (aka Mallory Linehan) recently a new collection of pieces she collaborated on with Milford, CT musician Milk Mandarin called "Lung". Mallory is a classically trained violinists and beautifully manipulates the sounds that instrument can make through this album.

   

PREMIERE: Los Cumpleaños dazzle on experimental debut “Agua”

New York experimental pop outfit Los Cumpleaños subvert expectations on new EP Agua, making for an exciting, thoroughly novel release that modulates between styles conventional and avant-garde (and back again). While each of the extended play’s four tracks finds its footing a heavy Cumbia rhythm, heady synth leads and expressive brassy fanfares quickly fill in the space, lending a psychedelic atmosphere which, combined with double time segues, create an ecstatic, joyful energy throughout the effort’s roughly 23 minute run-time. Moreover, Los Cumpelaños synthesis of elements old and new enables electronic experimentation, while retaining elements of traditional Colombian music, in a manner that feels both contemporary and classic — more importantly, it’s an EP that’s nearly impossible not to dance to. Recommended for fans of artists like Sun Ra, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective (or anywhere in between), stream our premiere of this rousing release below. Photo by Brennan Cavanaugh

   

Quicksails "Blue Rise"

Quicksails has released titled track, "Blue Rise", from his forthcoming LP which is due out via Hausu Mountain on July 24th.

This is the experiment work of multi-instrumentalist Ben Billington. He has been helping Experimental Sound Studio over the last couple of months in the curation of their Quarantine Concert Series.

This is the follow-up to Quicksails 2018 album, The Bright.