I woke up this morning with Banks on my mind. The dark pop goddess teased us on her socials with a new song yesterday, and it was one of the top items to check out on my agenda for the day. Crowded Places is a heart pummeling beauty with a feathery tender atmosphere. It’s a somberly aching pop aria enveloped in misty fog. On co-writing and production duties are Tim Anderson and who elsebut ever busy Jack Antonoff. Banks shows us her soft underbelly on this devastating lullaby after having fired us up so many times with her fierce haunting arias in the past.
This long time supporter of buzzing Nashville R&B talent R.LUM.R is still glowing from experiencing his creamy stirring, gooey rousing music live at SXSW. It was such a pleasure and honor to have been operations manager when R.LUM.R performed at WFNM’s official showcase. My heart skipped a beat today when I saw that R.LUM.R had lent his voice to a new Sweater Beats song. Altar is a ravishing combination of Sweater Beats’ finespun future beats wizardry and R.LUM.R’s high flying, buttery sweeping vocals. It rolls smoothly and surges grandly, taking us on an emotionally charged ride that perfectly melds acoustic elements, like searing guitar lines, with lavish percussion and warbling synths. We’ll be looking out for more news regarding Sweater Beats’ highly anticipated For The Cold EP, especially after this! It’s expected to arrive later this year, hopefully sooner than later.
It would seem the age of OFWGKTA ruling the world may have ended some time ago, their collectively rowdy noise and endless controversies having grown quiet over the months and years. However, the group’s individual artists and side projects are obviously still going strong. I’m happy to see that The Internet is on that list of acts still pumping out impressive creative juices. In fact, Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians have teamed up with brilliant Montreal producer Kaytranada on a killer tune named Girl. The syrupy smooth tune is a hypnotic swooner, sitting on a bed of thick, feverish air. Drift away to its flushed, foggy languor.