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Blackbird Blackbird is the moniker of San Francisco-based wünderkind Mikey Maramag. His unique style of dreamy folktronica recalls influences from all ends of the musical spectrum; deeply textured, hypnotic songs pay homage to psychedelic pop the likes of Caribou and Washed Out, while the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital artifacts hints at contemporaries James Blake, Four Tet and Mount Kimbie. (via last.fm)
Pi Ja Ma is the moniker of French visual artist and singer Pauline de Tarragon, under which she creates 60s influenced Alt-Pop. Premiered on John Kennedy’s ‘X-Posure’ Radio X show, the debut single and title track of her upcoming EP ‘Radio Girl’, is set for release on 15th July via Bleepmachine. Inspired by timeless artists of the likes of Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground, Beach House, Broadcast, Mazzy Star and Cat Power, the young songwriter lays her deep, full and clear voice over lively pieces of candy pop. At school, she studied art alongside the usual curriculum. At 16 and jobless, Pauline enjoyed a short excursion into basking, this time fed an uninhibited, bold new musical focus, and before knowing it she was taking part in French TV talent show ‘La Nouvelle Star’, which gave her the opportunity to hone her performing crafts in front of a large audience. Now a scholar at the prestigious art school Ecole Estienne in Paris, the city which seems to suit her artistic lifestyle, her journey led her to meet Axel Concato, the composer responsible for the intimate, sometimes orchestral and dreamy pop instrumentation of her EP. (via Paste)
Hailing from rural Scotland, Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin started making music together as children, influenced by sci-fi cinema and the documentaries of the National Film Board of Canada. Their music – which first properly crystallised on their debut album, 1998's Music Has The Right To Children – is a spectral, nostalgic electronica into which is encoded a wealth of half-submerged samples and subliminal messages, from robotic voices and the sound of children at play to references to the Branch Davidian cult that perished at Waco, Texas. (Via the Guardian)
Cults' Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin have gone through a lot of changes since their debut album was released four years ago: the once-lovebirds split up, became best friends again, and even their sounds changed from bubblegum, 60s-style pop to a grittier, more atmospheric album.
The indie darlings, who now live in New York City, are also some hard-working 25 years olds. For their first album, the duo played around 300 shows, and come October, they'll be winding down on a year-long tour promoting their sophomore effort Static. They're also concurrently working in the studio on their next album.