Electronic

Satellite Mode softly examine the states on "Dream, American," new lP out 7.17

Your guess is as good as the next person’s in terms of whether the American Dream is still a tenable prospect in 2020 — though NYC synthpop duo Satellite Mode’s new video “Dream, American” provides a hazy meditation on what America means, exactly. Home movie visuals and dreamlike arpeggios underscore uncomfortable axioms, how we’re “all longing [for] that good American green,” how antiquated conceptualizations of comfort like “milk money” seem odd by contemporary standards, and how it might be better to set aside old visions and just “let it burn.” During a time when ideas of national identity and success seem increasingly more outdated and convoluted,Satellite Mode’s evenhanded, electronic approach feels centering, a soft-spoken critique for our shitshow year. Watch it below, and stream their new EP Robots vs Party Girls, out today.

   

Brett Naucke "EMS Hallucinations"

Brett Naucke has released the single edit of "Hallucinations IV" from his forthcoming album EMS Hallucinations which is set to be released on September 11th via American Dreams.

The album is actually two side long ambient, pulsing, electronic drone creations made using Buchla 200 and Serge Modular Systems. This is synth music for synth heads, but still accessible for all music fans.

   

Hali Palombo "Hell"

Hali Palombo recently participated in a new Germany-based podcast called "Weekly EP". The podcast challenges musicians from around the world to create a new album in just days and then premiere it on the podcast.

Hali's album is called "Hell" and is an experimental, ambient project built upon field recordings and short wave radio interval signals.

   

PREMIERE: Zaliza's indie pop soundtracks vulnerability on new single "Below"

 New York experimental indie pop artist Zaliza reemerges on the scene with new single “Below,” a chilled, somewhat hushed recollection of intimacy. A track centered around the experience of “wanting vultnerability with someone, and knowing neither of us could give that to the other,” Zaliza explores thematic and sonic dualities, melding warm, centered vox with dark, tactile instrumentals texturally reminiscent of jungle and dub electronic music. Such qualities play well into this exploration of separation and togetherness, creating a pervasive sense of familiarity and alienation — the perfect soundtrack for emotional turbulence and the fear of truly being known by another. Give it a listen below, and keep an eye out for companion single “Little Raptures” out next month. Photo by Alexx Duvall

   

Brevin Kim mines sonic gems with dual single release "i need water / he doesn't love her"

At the frontlines of the human-machine merging that music is currently experiencing is Boston duo Brevin Kim (Cal and Bren Paulhus), and the group shares the experience with its dual single release “i need water / he doesn’t love her.” Each single ventures to a place that represents each faction wholly: “i need water” drones and pounds away, with a distorted vocal flow machine-like; “he doesn’t love her” encapsulates wounded humanity, and the embers of love fanned by an electric guitar riff so warm. Brevin Kim explores with the tools of today, a world where emotion and resonance are deep within, and there is a great deal to mine, which it does well. Stream the dual singles here for a pair of gems very much of this age. - Rene Cobar