style etoile: love at first look & listen

everyone knows that having a flawless wardrobe is only part of being a true style star. styleetoile is here to help. whether you’re hitting up styleetoile.com for all of your fashion needs, or checking out this little corner of the world to stay musically stylish--we’ve got you covered.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Alice Boman (@aliceboman)?  Well isn’t this just a cool drink of water?  Alice Boman first caught Style Etoile’s attention with last year’s “Waiting” and with the recent release of “What”, we are full-on obsessed.  The Swedish artist breaks our hearts with lyrics that strike deep and long-forgotten chords and she hits that sweet spot in our souls with a pared down, intimate sound.  This is a beautiful mix of Lykke Li and Mazzy Star and we can’t wait to here more on her upcoming EP II.

…Glass Animals (@GlassAnimals)?  How good is Glass Animals?? We have Style Etoile favorite Tei-Shi to thank for bringing our attention to the UK foursome—their new collaboration “Holiest” is just too good.  Glass Animals reminds us of a love child between The Chromatics, Weekend Players, and Massive Attack.  Their EP Gooey dropped last week—get your earful here.

why aren’t you listening to…

…We Have Band (@WeHaveBand)?  It’s April and that means British trio We Have Band’s Movements will be released this month.  Judging by their single “Someone,” the album will be a perfect celebration for summer’s imminent arrival.  This is dance-y indie-pop at its finest—think Temper Trap meets TV on the Radio.  Yes, it’s awesome—get involved.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Tourist (@tourist_)?  One would think that Style Etoile would be sick of electronic music after hearing it non-stop over the past four days down at Ultra, but such is not the case.  In fact, after seeing some of these artists spin their magic live, we are more obsessed than ever.  Such is the case with Tourist.  Style Etoile has been a fan of the UK producer since hearing his amazing Chvrches, Sam Smith, and HAIM remixes and he does not disappoint in person.  We were lucky enough to catch him at SXSW and this past weekend in Miami and you’d better believe we will be front and center for his show at Governor’s Ball.  His upcoming EP, Patterns, is set to drop April 22nd—check it.

why aren’t you listening to…

…SPEAK (@hearSPEAKhere)?  One of Style Etoile’s favorite acts at SXSW was SPEAK.  The Austin quartet is making straightforward rock and roll that reminds us a bit of Vampire Weekend with a little bit of The Postelles thrown in for good measure.   These guys are on tour supporting RAC, but we have a feeling they will be the ones headlining in the not-to-distant future…

why aren’t you listening to…

…The Derevolutions?  It’s always a good sign when Style Etoile finds a new band whose music we love so universally, it makes it nearly impossible to choose a single song to post.  We finally decided on “Pascualita”, although “Automate Your Soul” and “Yell It Out” were pretty close contenders.  The Derevolutions is Boston-based Brett Boucher and we can’t get enough of his sample-heavy, boisterous, surf-punk sound—think Girl Talk meets The Drums.  This is stuff that makes you want to get up and dance—ideally with sand between your toes and crashing waves on the horizon.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Great Good Fine OK (GreatGoodFineOK)?  Style Etoile can’t believe SXSW is already here and that means that we have officially ushered in our favorite time of the year.  One of the acts that we are most looking forward to seeing is Great Good Fine OK.  We had their single “You’re the One For Me” on repeat this fall and we are loving their most recent release, “Not Going Home.”  This Brooklyn crew is part Passion Pit, part Delorean, with a dusting of R&B smoothness.  Enjoy.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Nick Hakim (@nick_hakim)?  How stunning is this?  When Style Etoile first heard Nick Hakim’s new single, “Pour Another,” we were quite literally breathtaken.  The 23 year old manages to combine R&B and folk harmonies to create a minimal, soulful sound that moves us in a way few songs do.  This bluesy trip sounds like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Maxwell and we can’t get enough.

…Goodbye Chanel (@GoodbyeChanel)?  We couldn’t think of a better way to close out the month than with Goodbye Chanel’s latest single, “Foreva”.  Goodbye Chanel is Leeds-based Scott Johnson and his recently expanded quintet and they are making beautiful, up-tempo tropical folk pop (if there is such a thing).  This is sunny, pina-colada drinking music that makes your mouth smile but your eyes water and deepen as they tune into mournful undercurrents.  Think Cayucas meets Bon Iver meets Massive Attack.  We are really loving this—check it out.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Magic Giant (@MagicGiant)?  Considering it was just Valentine’s Day, Style Etoile thought it only appropriate to post a song entitled “Glass Heart”.  Magic Giant is a California-based crew with members hailing from Nashville, DC, and Korea and we fell in love with them at last year’s Sweetlife Festival.  These guys are making some amazing bluegrass/folk/rock goodness (think Mumford and Sons) that really hits our sweet spot.  Check it out.