“Empty Bed” by Gemini Club

“Empty Bed” by Gemini Club plays out like the electro response to Death Cab for Cutie’s “Your New Twin-Sized Bed.”

“Empty Bed” captures all the post-breakup nostalgia and all the stages after denial – having your feelings and even your routines and body still trapped in “the life that I knew.”

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“Milligrams (Ultra Glacial Edition)” by Allday (feat. Stax Osset)

Stax Osset is churning out more collaborations – this time providing vocals on “Milligrams” by Allday.

With more projects like “Milligrams” and “Missin’ U” with KOWL, Stax Osset is setting herself up as the next GRIMES – electropop with some rap influences.

Focusing away from BoxSpeaker favorite Stax Osset, rapper Allday brings new influences to rap in addition to his Australian accent. A little bit of hip-hop mixed with electro beats, occasional heavy guitar riffs, and a Drake-esque cadence, Allday brings together different pieces of genres to produce what he calls “soft grunge rap love.”

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“Heartbeat” by Vérité

Vérité sounds like BANKS but an octave higher and with guitar riffs in place of some electro beats. Sultry and scratchy.

Also – she alludes to Explosions in the Sky. Who can hate that?

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[VIDEO] “Under the Tide” by CHVRCHES

BoxSpeaker favorite CHVRCHES released their latest video for “Under the Tide” – a Japanese anime / TRON mashup style video directed by Sing J. Lee.

A mix of the usual geometric effects, Leiji Matsumoto-esque emotion, and 1970s mecha/space anime, the video blends well with “Under the Tide’s” static backbeat and 80s exploration-cosmic fast tempo riff.

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“Be Easy” by Ghost Loft

Ghost Loft just released their latest track “Be Easy” – continuing the PBR&B sound they developed since “Seconds” but also deviating from the slight dreampop sound they had in “So High.”

Also notable is a underlying racing heartbeat tempo similar to Chromatics’ cover of “Running Up That Hill.”

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“I Be Missin’ U” by KOWL (feat. Stax Osset)

Hobart Australia’s KOWL teamed up with Stax Osset to create “I Be Missin’ U” – a dancey electropop song with Prince-inspired guitar riffs.

KOWL’s upbeat “beach house house” instrumentals counter the breakup lyrics Stax Osset sings reminiscing on a two-year relationship that led to feeling used but still missing the feelings of infatuation during those Summers and Winters.

The realization that Stax Osset does not even describe the situation with an overt sadness or anger toward being left adds to the complexity of these situations. Yeah, someone did something shitty and stole your heart away then left, but sometimes you can’t help but remember that before that it was beautiful and warm.

Or maybe it’s a delayed Stockholm Syndrome response.

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RIP Crystal Castles

This morning, Alice announced that she is leaving Crystal Castles.

The Reddit thread OP commented that Alice also posted the following on the Crystal Castles Facebook page but deleted it shortly after:

I am leaving Crystal Castles.
My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others.
For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC.
Although this is the end of the band, I hope my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles.

Crystal Castles were amazing, especially live. Sad to not get to see their concerts, especially at the Fox Theater, anymore.

H/T Reddit

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#TBT: “Snow White” by Labyrinth Ear

4 years ago, Labyrinth Ear took a classic Snow White song and gave it electrobeats.

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“Endless” and “When The Light Lands” by GULLS


When the Light Lands

GULLS – a self-described “unsigned 5 piece from all corners of the UK” – released “Endless” this morning, adding another amazing track to this iteration of the dream pop genre.

They sound like very much like Surfer Blood but with a British accent. Fun, at times intense, and toeing the line to bravely express a vulnerable broken-heartedness not often allowed outwardly, GULLS bridges this generation to that of the early 90s and even the more generalized British Isles rock of that era – bands like Touch of Oliver – but with less distortion and more floor toms.

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[ALBUM] Points of Departure by Big Still

Coming down from the Outside Lands high, you can relax to tracks by Big Still. The San Francisco band brings back sounds of indie’s 2000-2009 period, with a more country twang. Think the wholesome frolic-in-a-grass-field harmonies of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with the cadence of Stars’s Heart album (particularly tracks liek “The Woods,” “Romantic Comedy,” “Don’t Be Afraid to Sing”) and the flavors of Brokeback Mountain’s score.

Big Still takes you through a journey with Points of Departure – giving you the feel of a late summer road trip across the Southwest. Even the track titles (“Purple Fields” and “Beauty of California” among others) reflect leisurely traveling through various points of interest or sights even Tunguska – despite it being in Russia and being the location of an explosion.

You can see Big Still at Hotel Utah in San Francisco on Friday, August 22 as they open for The Fontaine Classic.

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