indie electronic

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.

Slip Into The Haze With Elliot Moss
August 3, 2015 9:00 am

Elliot Moss, 21 year-old New York native, has taken a big step into the world of electronic-indie this year. Earlier this spring we caught him opening for Cold War Kids and just recently, we were able to take a second look at his work during the Eaux Claires Music Festival in Eau Claire, WI. And with each performance, Moss expelled his ability to lull you into a deep haze of electronic wonder.

Luckily for us, we were able to chat with Moss and discover some of his favorite things about touring, and being a part of such historical and influential festival.

It’s the inaugural year of the Eaux Claires Music Festival, and many artists here are local. How does it feel to be a part of the line-up?

EM: I’m absolutely honored. Justin has thrown together something really gorgeous. It’s a wonder that this is the first time; you’d never know. It feels like it’s been going on for much longer.

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Being from New York, how do you feel the music scene differentiates from the mid west?

EM: Crowds seem different. They are both very cool, but they behave and react differently. For instance, there are sections of songs in New York where the audience remains focused, like the breakdown in “Faraday Cage.” Here, the crowd erupted during that bit! And it’s the other way around with some passages. It’s fascinating to see how people’s reactions differ from stage to stage.

With the differentiation in crowds, do you see playing in one region more enjoyable?

EM: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, it’s the combined experiences of all these places that make a tour fulfilling.

You’ve been touring a lot this year, how’s it been going so far? Are you enjoying it?

EM: It’s been really nice, honestly this is my favorite thing. You have no excuse not to be productive when you’ve got so much “van time” on your hands. I spend most of it working on pieces of tunes, mixing, and writing lyrics. The shows have been so much fun. I’ve gotten to see many of these cities for the first time this year (Eau Claire being one of them) and meet a lot of great people.

The last question I always ask every artist is if you could describe your music in one word, what would you say?

EM: In a way it’s cinematic, I try to make things into a movie. So I guess, I would have to say “Movie”? I would like everyone to close his or her eyes and picture a continuous movie.

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I dare you all to close your eyes and listen to Moss’ latest release “Highspeeds” and catch their set on tour with Wild Child this fall. The chilled out vibes that fall so closely to fan favorite Chet Faker will not disappoint, and will keep you wishing for more.

So. What will your hazy movie look like?

Neon Indian Emerges with New Single “Annie”
June 9, 2015 3:48 pm

After a long and agonizing two-year wait, Alan Palomo (aka Neon Indian) has impressed us all with the release of a brand new single, “Annie”. Neon Indian has been hidden under the shadows the past couple of years, with their last album release being Era Extraña, back in 2011.

The new single surely doesn’t disappoint with its synthesized keyboard, muddled guitar, and expertly layered vocals. The cheerful electro beat rings a bit more 80’s pop than our past favorites, but we’ve definitely decided “Annie” will be added to every summer playlist.

And you know what the best part is? We still have more to come with the release of the full-length album later this fall under record label Mom + Pop Music. Take a listen, and fall in love with Neon Indian all over again (or, for the first time).