Electronic

Monograms' "LINES (featuring Kat E)" encapsulates our current secluded worlds

Despite our best efforts over the last four months to remain connected (virtually) with friends and family, it’s not uncommon to feel a looming loneliness, a sentiment at the center of new Monograms track “LINES featuring Kat E.” “It’s a song about feeling like an outsider everywhere you go, which is common… given how dystopian, alienating and backwards the entire world kinda feels right now,” says frontman Ian Jacobs of the track, and said alienation transcends to the listening experience — dark filtered vox and phaser-laden keys create a foreboding energy evocative of New York’s collective psyche during those deserted, early April 2020 days. Perfect listening for gazing forlornly at the world at large from your bedroom window, stream this “nuke wave” jam below, out now via PaperCup Music, and keep an ear out for Monograms' forthcoming LP Only A Ceiling Can Stay Inside Forever dropping later this month. Photo by Michelle LoBianco

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Connect to dreams with Aalok Bala's hypnotic "Moon Juice"

Aalok Bala's sophomore single "Moon Juice" defies explanation, but Bala seeks to create music that helps people transcend any earthly reason. A blend of synths, Andean flutes, and effected percussion and vocals, Bala toys with sound to create hypnotic melodies and arrangements. The video for "Moon Juice" shows the kind of psychedelic visions Bala seeks to create with her music. Whooshing 3D environments of breathing alien landscapes, temples to unknowable deities, and windows into alternate worlds accentuate the spiritual inspiration that feeds Bala's artistic vision. "Moon Juice" follows Bala's debut single "Sueño", and will appear on her debut EP Sacred Mirror. Take a look at the video for "Moon Juice" below. - Will Sisskind

   

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.