Indie Electro

AGE 18, LUPA J PULLS US IN
April 11, 2016 11:16 am

Sometimes it’s difficult to enjoy a prodigy, not because their inherent level of talent isn’t drop-dead impressive, but because we’re confronted with the stinging reality that we’ve inadvertently missed the opportunity to attain a similar level of mastery.

Enter Imogen Jones, aka Lupa J, an Australian electro-pop songstress with a naturally well-built set of bells, and impeccable songwriting chops to boot.  She also happens to be a mere 18 years old.

Lupa J parses together her ethereal intone with an eclectic pallet of atmospheric samples, sharp beats, and shimmering violin, for which she’s also classically trained. Lupa J’s immersive concoctions pull you deep into her shadowy abyss: a love affair that’s equal parts Grimes, Kid A-era Radiohead, and the stylized theatrics of Kate Bush and BJork. Her music twists your nerves down your spine like the negative space in a horror film–These aren’t the dabblings of a typical high school music student, Lupa J is a true example of an Atypical Beast, through and through.  And her moniker is fitting indeed, as Lupa translate from Italian to “She-Wolf.”

Lupa J also already has a moderate collection of tracks that are available via her SoundCloud, including her newest single “Numb” which will be including on her forthcoming debut EP My Right Name, which will see release later this year. While she hasn’t ventured abroad yet, you can only assume it’s inevitable a music label scoops up an artist as ambitious and marketable as Lupa J in short order, hopefully granting us a chance to catch her state side in the near future.

IT ALL FEELS RIGHT WITH WASHED OUT
November 18, 2015 1:56 pm

If I were to take a wild guess, you, the reader, having ventured into our wondrous world of ATYPICALSOUNDS, might be into ‘indie’ music, which by that extension means, you might recognize this tune.

Washed Out Band Photo. Ernest Greene pictured.

The creative forces behind Portlandia didn’t randomly select that snippet as the backdrop for their sketch comedy roughly based around the ill-defined ‘hipster’ niche. Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around” was the anthem to a short-lived–yet indispensable–piece of nostalgia-injected ambient-electro dance pop that emerged circa 2009 that is referred to as “Chillwave”, often characterized by heavily distorted lyrics, synthesizers, and sampling.  Think Toro Y Moi Causers of This Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms or Aerial Pink’s Before Today.

Washed Out is Athens, Georgia native Ernest Greene. He was discovered on, of all places, his MySpace account—which was still the social media mode of choice for most aspiring bedroom musicians at the time. Greene released his first two EPs High Times and Life of Leisure both within a short span in September 2009.  The former of the two was released via exclusively on cassette tape.  The latter saw a much wider release on Mexican Summer, a Brooklyn-based record company that specializes in elaborate vinyl packaging. Life of Leisure served as a major catalyst for Mexican Summer, which, along with Best Coast’s 2010 debut Crazy For You, was a hot commodity indie label at the time–and was certainly a major player in the vinyl craze that started around that time.  Greene next moved to Sub Pop where he released his debut full-length Within and Without in 2011 and followed up with Paracosms in 2013.

Thematically, Washed Out’s music tends to revolve around one central theme.  Look no further than his debut record cover.  That’s right: Love. Washed Out is a desperate romantic chasing after his muse. The titles of Greene’s tunes don’t really beat around the bush either; for example, “The Sound of Creation,” or “It All Feels Right.” His music is sensuous, immersive, and evocative, and at the same time, quite beautiful and dense.  Make-out music on a mild dose of psychedelia.

New Myths Are Making Moves in NYC
July 10, 2015 10:18 am

New Myths captivated the BEASTS’ musical hearts last year.

Now with the release of their latest video for “Howl” they have once again reeled us back in for more.

New Myths is a NYC-based band that blends electronic elements with a new wave/rock sensibility. This all-female trio is comprised of Rosie Slater (drums and vocals), Marina Ross (bass and vocals) and Brit Boras (guitar and lead vocals). The three ladies knew each other individually but not all together until forming the band in 2012. Marina and Rosie played together in another band throughout high school, Rosie and Brit went to the same jazz conservatory for college, and coincidentally, Brit and Marina were neighbors growing up.

New Myths Band

Over the past year the bands live show has only gotten stronger.  There is a pulsating energy in the room when you see these ladies live. You get that strong feeling of just knowing this band is going to get huge.

Ethereal and spectral, melodic and eerie, NEW MYTHS create a sound that catches you and keeps you. Their songs create a seductive, brooding atmosphere that creates a perfect backdrop for the lilting and lyrical refrains that propel each track to its symphonic conclusion.

New Myths Band

 

They set out to write music that they loved, and started by combining elements of bands that influenced them such as Blondie, The Cure, Heart, Nirvana, Kate Bush and Joy Division. Since releasing their debut self-titled EP in March 2012, their song “False Gold” was featured in the girls Spring 2013 digital ad campaign for California surf company REEF and was also picked by Lou Reed to be featured on his Sirius XM radio station. Building a following with a powerful live show and a uniquely eerie and danceable sound, NEW MYTHS have released their debut full-length album titled “Give Me Noise” via Taming Ghosts.

We expect to be hearing a lot more from these fierce ladies.