Late at night, Dave Sorry and Nanne Hil record slow songs in their bedroom. Sitting closely together on the floor and musing amidst their synthesizers allows them to step back from the seriousness of life. Their electronic jams take inspiration from all sorts of (other)worldly stories, melodies and rhythms and are instantly recorded to capture the vibrancy of the moment. Ohslo’s live performances invite you to join them in this hidden place, for a sit-down between white sheets and synthesizers. The duo’s sounds - glacial beats and warm flutes - are put to surreal visuals, created in collaboration with their collective of friends in the North of the Netherlands. Ohslo released their Comfort EP and Healthy Animal EP through Purple Noise Record Club in 2015 and 2016. Their first full-length album Honeymoon is set to be released in November 2019 through Babyrace Records. The first single taken from the album is Like You. Out October 30th. Click here to purchase on iTunes or Apple Music, and available on Spotify and streaming platforms.
Die hard Kelsey Lu fans may fret at the idea that she might be abandoning the cello, but we’re not worried at all. You can hear in the layers of her vocals the oscillating rhythm of an instrument that has completely possessed the artist and endowed her with an air of continual, breathy expansion. Kelsey Lu’s “I’m Not In Love” is a haunting and luscious update to the original track by 10cc. One that abandons the bright 70s synth that made this track a power ballad for slow dancing at the disco, and pares it down to needle-point potency of a raw heartbeat and atmospheric synth more befitting to the times, and arguably the song itself.
Says Lu, “This is dedicated to the ones who have ever felt misunderstood in the name of Love, in the name of Self. Who Love the Passion, Love the Grace Of Dramatics, Love the obsession of life and want to Kill the Confusion all while finding beauty in the abstract of growth and humor that surrounds the horrors both within and around us daily.” We say, “Thank you!”
Oscar Key Sung is a rising name in Australia's independent music scene, coming out of Melbourne. He's been steadily releasing music through collaborative projects and on his own for the past few of years, but it is his unique approach to blending experimental electronic beats with RnB vocals yet keeping a pop-style element to his sound, that has gained him attention as an emerging solo artist. His latest single 'Hands' from his anticipated debut full length album see's him continue to captivate us sonically and visually with a music video that features minimalistic contemporary dance and lighting effects. Ahead of his album to be release later this year, we spoke to him about the new record, how he defines his distinctive style and his introduction into music. Click here to read more.
Ahead of Harriet Brown and Astronauts, Etc.'s U.S. tour kick off show at Club Bahia tomorrow in Los Angeles, Autre is excited to exclusively premiere Harriet Brown's cover of the Astronauts, Etc. track "I Know" (listen below). Helmed by Oakland-based musician and songwriter Anthony Ferraro, Astronauts, etc was a bedroom project that blossomed and found him and his band playing locations such as Tokyo and Australia. Ferraro also found himself in the role as touring keyboardist for Toro y Moi and is close friends with singer Chazwick Bundik. The track covered by Harriet Brown, an up-and-coming Los Angeles based musical artist, can be found on Astronauts, Etc.'s latest album Mind Out Wandering on the Hit City U.S.A imprint. Harriet Brown, who describes his music as "romantic funk," will be supporting Astronauts, Etc. on a national tour. Click here to read a short convo between Harriet Brown and Anthony Ferraro.
Cross Record, also known as Emily Cross, has shared a video for “High Rise,” the latest track taken from her forthcoming album Wabi-Sabi, out January 29th via Ba Da Bing Records. Self-created by Cross and husband Dan Duszynski one muggy October morning before she left for work, Cross bizarrely merges with the Dripping Springs landscape of their Moon Phase Ranch home. Awkward body contortions become alien dance moves, as Cross’ eerie, distorted presence commandeers the imagery. Cross approaches videos as integral pieces of her albums, and “High Rise”s sonic intensity is the primary inspiration. She also tosses in a chainsaw for good measure. Cross recorded Wabi-Sabi on that above mentioned 18 acre ranch, complete with a chicken coop and adjoining bird sanctuary. Interacting and adapting to new environments is a theme that permeates this smoky, atmospheric sophomore album. Click here to preorder the album.
Recorded live to tape, with no overdubs, on the North Shore of Nova Scotia (where the band is from) Nap Eyes’ quietly contemplative sophomore record refines and elaborates their debut, offering an airier, more spacious second chapter, a bracing blast of bright oceanic sunshine after the moonlit alleys of Whine of the Mystic, released in 2014. But the briny, cold Atlantic roils beneath these exquisite, literate guitar pop songs, posing riddles about friendship, faith, mortality, and self-doubt. Here the premiere of the first single off Thought Rock Fish Scale below – album to be released in February.
New Zealand artist Marlon Williams will release his self-titled, debut album on February 19th on Dead Oceans. With his exceptionally versatile and evocative voice, Williams truly inhabits his material and presents a remarkably assured and diverse debut. The album’s rollicking, acrobatic opening, “Hello Miss Lonesome,” features Williams’ vocals soaring atop bluegrass guitars and a tight snare. It’s accompanying video, directed by Damien Shatford, is a heady visual counterpart presenting Miss Lonesome as an emotional chameleon, dragging Williams through a confusing internal space. Five different actors, each with the same aesthetic but different emotional rules, comprise Miss Lonesome. One may notice nods to Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes,” or that famous bathhouse scene in “Eastern Promises.”
Small Black's music video for the track Boy's Life, off their upcoming album Best Blues (out on October 16th on Jagjaguar), is a burst of youthful exuberance and heartache that may leave a lump in your throat. The video was directed by the inimitable Nick Bentgen who has been working with the band since its inception in 2009. Starting with the “Despicable Dogs” video from the Small Black EP, Bengten and the band have collaborated on three other videos since then. Small Black lead singer Josh Kolenik says of Bentgen, “He functions almost as a fifth band member, assigning images to the sounds that come out of our heads, populating them with sprawling casts and endless locales, yet never missing the quiet moment. With ‘Boys Life,’ he's getting at a simple reflection on being young, and the many identities we all try out on our paths to figuring out how we might be. Falling through the city on the way to our lives.”
On August 28th, Silicon, aka Kody Nielson, will release his debut album Personal Computer on Weird World. This week, he has released a new video for single “Burning Sugar.” Directed by both Nielson and Ralph Brown, “Burning Sugar's” hallucinatory dreamland boasts everything from Silicon's musical world in vibrant color, as analogue and digital merge together to balance perfectly in Silicon's vision. Click here to preorder.
I first met Jean Claude Tribe on the backlots of Paris Photo Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios. He was wearing an Elizabethan-era collar. He looked not of this time, ethereal, ancient – I ran up to him to take his picture. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been learning more and more about Tribe, his art, his music and his fashion sensibilities. They are wholly unique, yet steeped in a plethora of references, from the Old Masters to luxury street wear culture. Currently, Tribe is working on his debut solo album. In the following interview, Tribe talks about growing up in the midst of the LA riots, moving to London at 16, being the face of cult French street wear label Enfant Riches Déprimés, and his new album, which will be released this fall. Click here to read the interview.
Click here to read our interview with Native New Yorkers and best friends Heather Boo and Emma Rose who make up the band Beaû. This week saw the release of their self-titled debut EP on the Kitsuné label. In the interview they talk about their music, their new album and how they go their big break in Paris.
Born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Southern California, 19-year-old Yoodoo Park is the man behind indie rock outfit GRMLN. In the summer of 2010 in between sessions on his surfboard, Park began recording guitar-driven dream-pop in his garage to soundtrack the journeys in his car. Park chose the name GRMLN to echo the feelings of otherworldliness and disconnect he felt during those summers. Currently a student at the University of California Santa Cruz, Park pens songs there when he's away from his makeshift recording studio and his live band, in which he plays with his brother. Entitled Explore, Yoodoo's debut EP is just that: a young artist inspired by the scenery of his coastal surroundings, discovering and developing his singular voice to create a wistful palette of blues, greens and golds.GRMLN will release his Explore EP on October 23rd with Carpark Records.