July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Killers Walk Among Us, Sweden’s latest indie rock export, has a slightly different come-up story that sets them apart from any other band out there. After their lead singer and songwriter Stefan Holmberg passed away earlier this year, the remaining members of the band are continuing to push their music as a tribute to their friend.
Their new single, “Bonjour Tristesse,” is haunting ballad that compels the ears with eerie guitar riffs and weighty drums. The lead singer’s vocals (which are reminiscent of 30 Seconds To Mars’ lead vocalist Jared Leto) are quite somber, which is honestly chilling when thinking about the band’s current status. Nevertheless, “Bonjour Tristesse” is an indie rock winner.
Check it out below:
Look out for the band’s debut (and final) album on August 26th via A Tendervision Recording.
July 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a truly dreadful winter, summer is finally here for us to enjoy! These warm months are sure to be filled with trips to the beaches, colorful cocktails, innocent flings, lots of laughs, and – of course – great music!
My summer playlist for 2014 features a ton of light and airy songs which lean towards the Pop, Rock and Electronic genres, that are perfectly suitable for laying out on the sand or jamming at a rooftop party. It includes songs from artists like Lana Del Rey, Classixx, Kitten, Dream Lake, The Black Keys, and much more!
Head on below to see what I’ll be rocking to over the next few months – curated on Spotify!
Youth + Hysteria Summer ’14 Tracklist
1. Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”
2. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We’re Only Going Backwards”
3. Arctic Monkeys – “One For The Road”
4. The Black Keys – “Fever”
5. Kitten – “Like A Stranger”
6. Classixx – “Hanging Gardens”
7. Cashmere Cat – “Mirror Maru”
8. Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarassing”
9. Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
10. BANKS – “Warm Water (Snakehips Remix)”
11. Betty Who – “Heartbreak Dream”
12. AlunaGeorge – “Lost & Found”
13. M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.”
14. KAYTRANADA – “At All”
15. RAC – “Cheap Sunglasses”
16. Kygo – “Cut Your Teeth”
17. Kylie Minogue – “Into The Blue”
18. Beyonce – “Partition”
19. ASTR – “Operate”
20. BANKS – “Drowning”
21. Classixx – “A Stranger Love”
22. Liz – “That’s My Man”
23. Diplo – “Revolution”
24. Lana Del Rey – “Florida Kilos”
25. Dream Lake – “In The Lights”
What tunes will you be spinning this summer?
Photo Courtesy of: We Heart It
June 26, 2014 § 1 Comment
At Youth & Hysteria, I’ve become truly intrigued by musical newcomers Dream Lake. The Swedish pop duo’s entrancing rhythms and romantic lyrics are a delight to listen to, and their latest track “Let Us Stay In The Light” is no different.
The mid-tempo song wraps itself around dreamy (no pun intended) melodies that are filled with tinkering synths and delicate piano notes. Isabella Svärdstam, the duo’s key vocalist, fit effortlessly with the production – due to her angelic tone.
“Let Us Stay In The Light” take the #91 spot on Sweden’s single labels 100 Songs.
June 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
After the stunner that was her first single “Waters,” Eliza Shaddad is back with the release of its new music video!
Directed my Liam Saint-Pierre, the visuals show a distressed man seemingly running for his life as he tries to reach his girlfriend to make amends with his relationship, but proves to be too late. Shaddad’s brooding vocals serve as the narration for the relatable storyline. The song’s heart-wrenching tone provides a great backdrop for the emotive and intriguing music video.
Check it out below:
“Waters” is the lead single from Eliza Shaddad’s debut eponymously-titled EP, released on June 16 via Beatnik Creative.
June 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
After the positive feedback from their debut single “Infatuation,” paradYse/Transgressive Records’ latest signee Liu Bei has released the accompanying b-side titled “Atlas World.”
The song is a beautifully cloudy haze, with frontman Richard Walters’ lush vocals anchored by bold drums and tinkering synths. The uplifting quality of the rhythms is well juxtaposed by the somber lyrics, which are quite emotive: “And the Devil can’t see me, he can’t bring me home to hell.” Overall, it is a refreshing take on pop music that isn’t afraid to be sonically daring.
The London-based band (pronounced “Lou Bay”) explain the meaning behind their interesting name: “We heard something on the radio about Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord who was known as an amazing strategist and a really caring, benevolent leader. He was also eight feet tall and had ears so big he could see them. Seemed like something to aspire to.” The members, who created the band last summer, find inspirations from artists like Mazzy Star, Slowdive and Ride.
Like what you hear? Both tunes are now available on iTunes!
June 18, 2014 § 1 Comment
Back in 2012, Lana Del Rey was the somber face that sparked a media firestorm that became the Born To Die album. After endless pans from popular sites comparing her masterpiece to a “faked orgasm” among other things, the singer was hesitant to release a follow-up. But two years later, LDR’s shell has grown stronger and her soul much, much darker. Her new, no-holds-barred persona is packaged in her sophomore album Ultraviolence, released on June 16.
Gone are the trip-hop influences that she was introduced with, to make away for instrumental, piano-and-guitar based charmers. Born To Die had meat to its bones and weight to its rhythms, and Ultraviolence is more atmospheric and substantially more haunting. The singer teamed up again with Born To Die writers Rick Nowels and Daniel Heath, but traded in her Emile Haynie-produced beats for a hazier, more tender production – courtesy of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
Unlike her previous singles, the songs on this album have no place on Top 40 charts and may not even be subject to cheesy, unwanted club remixes. Their un-transformative tone creates a unique soundtrack that grasps the heart strings and refuses to let go without a fight.
The album opens with “Cruel World” – a hazy, somber ballad with country influences. She sings with a rich twang, “I shared my body and my mind with you, but that’s all over now…” The track embodies the “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra” vibe her label has been trying to pin on the media for some time now, but this time it is in its truest form. It continues the tragically romantic tone that bled through her debut album. The tune refers back to the Lolita themes she’s infamous for: Got your bible and your gun. You like your women and you like fun. I like my candy and your heroin. And I’m so happy, so happy now you’re gone.” « Read the rest of this entry »