Immediately drawn in by the name, meet QVALIA. Newcomers to the New York scene, the group formed in 2014, and have just released their debut album, This Is The Color Of My Dreams, earlier this week. My ears were certainly pleased, that’s for sure. 7-tracks fill the record, and my only regret is that there aren’t more songs…just yet at least.
Invoking a bit of CHVRCHES flare, QVALIA sure does deliver. The catchy and brilliant piece “Sound the Alarm,” kick off the record with a powerful force of synths, pianos, and ASTONISHING vocal work from singer Michael Hazani. Tracks such as “Breach,” offer a new twist on a nostalgic 80s sound. The musicianship seems extremely smooth and appears to come naturally to the band.
“Stardust,” takes the record down with darker undertones which are wrapped in the arms of sugary harmonies and heart-wrenching vocals. “I Won’t Let Go,” brings the dance party back into full force, which is a track I have been blaring endlessly from my stereo speakers. The instrumentation is stunning on every level and it is almost hard to believe the band have only just begun. This is the work of seasoned musicians. “The Feel of Not to Feel It,” and “White Bones” evoke the sounds of the 80s without hesitation as it recalls powerhouse synths that are prominent and unforgettable. Closing out the record is “150,” a slow and heartfelt way to end the collection of songs. Check out QVALIA’s This Is The Color Of My Dreams, as it will not disappoint.
Grab the album on Bandcamp HERE
Watch the album trailer HERE.
Recently I have discovered a stellar group hailing from Chicago, IL by the name of Rival Empire. Creating a synth-pop meets indie rock meets electro dance sound all of their own, the group takes a page from such bands as Cut Copy, The Killers and Friendly Fires, with a dab of Duran Duran to boot. Rival Empire have recently released their video for “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” which had me immediately hooked and ready to dive into the recent self-titled full length.
On Rival Empire, the record features 13 electrifying tracks that subtly blend genres, to create a dance party on its own terms. The record opener “Cameo Crush,” stopped me dead in my tracks. The vibrancy of guitars and synths that blend are surrounded by singer Steve Rivera’s smooth and prominent vocals. Songs like “Casio Crush,” which bursts with modern sounds and 80’s nostalgia respectively, helps set the tone for the record.
An immediate stand out song and favorite proves to be “Calling Me,” which takes the record to a whole new level. The dreamy vocal combinations with slight harmonies are heavenly and is laced with melodic hooks. Songs like “Good Love,” “Tidal Wave,” and “Open Fire,” add a deeper, darker element to the album, while “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo,” and “High Fashion,” take you on wild musical journey. “Call the Adapter,” and “Paybacks a B___h” adds a funkier element into the album, making a nice transition in to blending genres. Something that Rival Empire does flawlessly. “Calling Me (Orchestral Remix)” closes out the record, making Rival Empire, an album to remember for 2014.
Grab the album on BANDCAMP
Check out the video for “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” HERE.
Imagine a pitch black screen.Seconds later, a electronic music voyage kicks in.Glimpses of avatar ghosts start popping up in the window. According to Juviley,there are no rules. A transplant from Israel, he is the brainchild behind a conglomeration of his album Our Choices Rhyme camouflaged inside of a video game. Juviley’s voltage of futuristic beats, and bending synths combine as a project that takes the listener in a progressive labyrinth of winning the game, in order to win a free download of the album. Bravo!
Check out Juviley’s video “My Blood” below
Catch ghosts here!
The California-based indie pop band Army Navy have now released their second album, The Last Place, through their own label, The Fever Zone Records! You can stream it in full at Aol Music. So you know what to expect, SPIN Magazine gave it an 8 out of 10, calling it “a feel-bad record you can actually feel good about.” Not entirely sure what that means, but judging from the first excerpt the band has made available for download, “The Long Goodbye,” it seems that Army Navy could easily seduce you with their sweet pop tunes. The band is also set to tour throughout the second half of the year so keep your ears out for more news!
Listen to “The Long Goodbye” below:
Grimes cannot read music and has no experience with theory or notation. However, she releases unique, melancholic, catchy weird pop melodies that are strangely addictive.
But don’t let her music background fool you…
Her 12″ Split with d’Eon entitled Darkbloom is out tomorrow, the Halfaxa LP is out now on Arbutus Records and a Sophomore LP is TBA. Grimes has also received rave reviews from BBC Music, Montreal Mirror, among other noted critics. Not to mention in May she begins a US tour with Lykke Li and released music video for “Vanessa”.
Click Here View “Vanessa” Video
Click To Pre Order “DarkBloom”
Here are the upcoming tour dates:
MON 5/16 PHILADELPHIA, PA TLA
TUE 5/17 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
WED 5/18 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
FRI 5/20 BOSTON, MA House of Blues
SAT 5/21 MONTREAL, PQ Metropolis
SUN 5/22 TORONTO, ON Phoenix
MON 5/23 CHICAGO, IL Metro
THU 5/26 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
FRI 5/27 VANCOUVER, BC Vogue Theater
SAT 5/28 PORTLAND, OR Wonder Ballroom
MON 5/30 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Regency
TUE 5/31 LOS ANGELES, CA Wiltern