Anteros just popped up on my radar last month with the release of their excellent track, “Bonnie”, and I’m so glad they did. Check out the post HERE. Since then I’ve gone back and listened to everything they’ve released so far and they instantly became one of the acts I’m most excited about moving into the new year. I’m glad I got on board when I did because they’ve now shared another track and it’s another winner. Love is a little harder than “Bonnie” and not quite as poppy, showing another side of their sound and it’s one I think most people will enjoy. It gets me singing along every time I listen to it. Anteros are clearly the total package and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the upcoming months. Check out “Love” below and be on the look out for more soon.
Enigmatic duo WESLEE are holding on to their cards pretty tightly. Despite releasing music since March, I can’t figure anything out about them besides the fact that they’re currently based in the UK. Although that’s frustrating, their output so far has spoken for itself and the added layer of mystery makes them one of the most exciting new acts making music. I covered their first two releases, Gassed and Bathwater, on the blog earlier this year and if you missed them you should check them out HERE or HERE. Now the duo are back with, in my opinion, their best track yet, Boy Like You. As soon as the Stranger Things-esque synths came in at the beginning, my interest was piqued, and it only got better from there. “Boy Like You” has the most powerful vocal performance we’ve seen from the duo yet with an absolute earworm of a chorus. The production and intricate beats fit perfectly here and together make one of the best songs I’ve heard in a while. Even without their first two strong tracks, “Boy Like You” would make WESLEE an artist to watch, but taken together and with the growing exposure of the duo, I’m convinced WESLEE have big things on the horizon. Check out “Boy Like You” below and get on board!
To be totally honest I’m usually kind of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas music. As much as I really do love it, I’m not the kind of guy that can be listening to it months before Christmas and forego all other music for part of the year to listen to the same stuff over and over again. It was always torture when I was teaching lab classes and my students would hijack the music and start playing it in November. Take all of that with a grain of salt because I’m sure I’ll be listening to the latest from Bruno Major on repeat all month long. He’s had a breakout year with the release of a song every month until his compilation, A Song For Every Moon, was finally released at the end of August, and now he’s putting that finishing touch on. Of course if you’ve followed Symbiosis at all you’ve heard all of this before because Bruno is by far the artist I spent the most time talking about this year. If you’re new and haven’t heard from him yet, I would recommend checking out “Fair-Weather Friend” or “Cold Blood” (click HERE or HERE to check them out).
But moving on to the main event, today Bruno has shared his incredible new song, I Think It Must Be Christmas. It hadn’t struck me before this week but Bruno Major’s sound is perfect for a modern Christmas classic and that’s absolutely what he’s delivered. With beautiful jazz instrumentation, a simple beat, and Bruno’s gorgeous vocals musing about one of the best days of the year, it’s a track that immediately brings a smile to my face and makes me excited for the holidays. Bruno Major’s 2017 has absolutely been stellar and this song is the perfect way to cap it off. I said when he released his album that I was sad we wouldn’t be hearing from him as much, but with his music video last month and this new track, I’m happy he’s staying at the forefront. Be sure to check out “I Think It Must Be Christmas” below and click HERE to see the dates of his recently announced North American tour.
alayna is an artist I’ve been really excited about since I heard her debut track, “Falling Autumn” back in February. Her take on smooth R&B was instantly attractive and her gorgeous vocals sealed the deal. She followed it up with the even better “High Off You” which showed a more powerful side to the New Zealand native. “High Off You” is definitely a contender for my songs of the year list I make for myself every December (check out “High Off You” HERE). On the strength of those two singles alone, alayna became one of the artists I’m most excited about. This week she shared her third track, Bliss, and that trend is only continuing. Finding itself in between the laid back, mellow sound of “Falling Autumn” and the belting chorus of “High Off You”, “Bliss” ticks all the boxes of an incredible R&B song. It seems like alayna is gaining traction with every release and I can’t wait to see what she does next. She certainly is an artist to watch. Check out “Bliss” below.
Soft Punch are a five piece hailing from Norway making extremely enjoyable indie pop music. Originating from all over the country, the group formed after time spent studying jazz in Stavanger. Although everyone in the band, minus the bassist, is still studying jazz spread out across Europe, Soft Punch’s music is an attempt to make more accessible music after being inundated with jazz, and the results are wonderful. The band released their debut single, “We Can’t Stay” back in June, and it’s definitely worth your attention. It’s the kind of track that’s almost guaranteed to get you dancing along. They have since followed it up with the slightly more laid back So Don’t You Go. The newest release shows a different side to the band: a darker and more mellow side, but of course not without a romp of a chorus. It’s stuff like this that continues to make me more and more excited about the music coming out of Norway at the moment, and I hope acts continue having success in breaking through internationally.
Before I wrap up I just have to throw in my family connection. When I was in Norway this summer traveling around, I got to meet a bunch of family that I hadn’t before including a bunch of cousins close to my age. One of them just so happens to be behind the producing, recording, and mixing of the tracks by Soft Punch. The more time I spend listening to new artists, the clearer it is that good recording and mixing makes a huge difference, and it’s obviously well done here. So there’s my claim to fame for the day! Be sure to check out So Don’t You Go below and get on board with Soft Punch.
It’s such an exciting thing when two artists you love collaborate! That’s definitely the case on this newest track by Jadu Heart and Mura Masa. (If you’re interested in more from either of them I recommend checking out HERE or HERE). In my opinion, Jadu Heart is one of the most exciting rising acts in the world right now who is incredibly underrated. They make accessible yet totally unique music that’s constantly evolving, making them really difficult to define. Mura Masa on the other hand has had a stellar year after releasing one of the strongest albums of 2017. Because Jadu Heart is part of Mura Masa’s Anchor Point Records, it isn’t too shocking to see these two work together, but man is it satisfying. The finished product we have is U Never Call Me, an almost perfect marriage of two incredible distinct sounds. Jadu’s hazy guitars and lazily delivered vocals take center stage but are supported nicely by Mura’s eclectic instrumentation and driving beats. All together it makes for one my absolute favorite tracks of the year. I’m hoping that a high level collaboration like this will help to solidify Jadu’s place on the map, but in the meantime I’m just going to keep hitting replay and enjoying the track. Make sure you don’t miss out on “U Never Call Me”.
Last week I covered one of the first artists to release music through the Paul Institute, Fabiana Palladino, and today I’m featuring the second, Ruthven. If you missed out on last week’s post, check out “Mystery” HERE. But moving forward about today’s artist, while “Mystery” was more of a laid back affair, Ruthven’s Evil is definitely more in your face. The English firefighter-by-day singer/songwriter-by-night melds funk, soul, and pop to make something that sounds right in line with the Paul Institute’s founders. Taking a throwback vibe and making it new is a common tactic used by loads of artists today, but few do it as well as Ruthven does here. While it’s still early days for both Ruthven and the Paul Institute, it seems clear that both have some staying power. Check out “Evil” below and get on board.