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…

…David Harks (@Davidharks)?  Well if this song isn’t pretty much perfect, we don’t know what is.  David Harks first caught our attention with their inclusion on a Kitsune Maison compilation last year, but it is their most recent release, “We”, that has us all ears.  Their sound is shimmery yet soulful and it reminds us of cross between Miike Snow and The xx.  David Harks is set to release several other new singles this year, and if they are anywhere near as good as “We”, 2014 is going to be a good one.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Woods (@woodsist)?  Anyone who knows Style Eoile knows that our heart lies in the late 1960s and 70s.  And while a lot of this has to do with the amazing fashion of the era, it also has to do with the abundance of psychedelic folk music.  So when we stumbled across Brooklyn-based Woods, we were more than a little excited.  They recently released With Light and Love and man, is it good.  These guys have been at it for a while honing their lo-fi, sunny, jamband sound, and with their latest gem “Tambourine Light”, it seems that practice does indeed make perfect.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Phoria (@phoria)?  Style Etoile hasn’t heard anything this emotionally haunting and stirring in a long time.  Phoria is a Brighton quintet whose sound is so unique, we hesitate to make comparisons.  This is chilling, soulful, down tempo electronica with hints of Jamie xx, Burial, and SOHN.  Their EP Display drops next week, and if “Undone” is any indication, we are in for a real treat.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Adult Jazz (@AdultJazz)?  Style Etoile is a lot of things, but patient is not one of them.  So it is a great testament to Adult Jazz that we can not get enough of their almost-10-minute-long gem of a track “Spook.”  In fact, we can’t get enough of pretty much everything the Leeds quartet has been putting out in the few months they have been around.  These experimentalists’ unique sound reminds us of a blend of Grizzly Bear, Beirut, and Animal Collective.  Their debut Gist Is is set to drop on August 4th (we are thinking of it as a personal birthday present) and we can’t wait.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Midnight Faces (@midnightfaces1)?  Well how could Style Etoile say no to this goodness?  We have never been ones to shy away from a little 80s post punk influenced jam, and Midnight Faces’ “Over Again” is no exception.  Midnight Faces is LA-based (by way of D.C.) Matthew Doty and Philip Stancil and they are making music that heavily references Style Etoile favorites New Order and The Cure.  The duo just released The Fire is Gone and man, is it good.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Ben Khan (@Ben_Khan)?  OK OK, we have gone too long without posting about Ben Khan.  Khan is a 21-year-old London based musician who is making emotional electropop with an 80s edge to it.  The sound is part M83, part College, with a little Jai Paul thrown in.  His recently released 1992 EP is sensual, haunting perfection from start to finish—this guy is on the rise in a major way.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Wolf Colony (@WolfColony)?  Man, Style Etoile hasn’t heard a song that we were this immediately drawn to in a long time.  Wolf Colony is NYC-based singer-songwriter seventhleopard and producer Neal Sarin and we can’t get enough of them.  We struggle to describe Wolf Colony’s sound, and we mean that in the best way possible.  The vocals are haunting and gravelly, the lyrics poignant, the beat uplifting.  There is no way we are going to be able to do this music justice, however, so just check it out for yourselves—you can thank us later.  

why aren’t you listening to…

…Monogem (@monogemlovesyou)?  Style Etoile is well aware that there is a whole lot of electro-pop out there, and because of this we have been a little hesitant to share too many of the genre’s new acts as of late.  Today we are making an exception because Monogem is just too good not to be heard.  Monogem is helmed by LA-based Jen Hirsh and she is creating a sound that is equal parts M83, St. Lucia, and CVCRCHES.  Her crystal clear voice is layered over beautiful synths and the music manages to simultaneously sooth and uplift—check it out here.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Gap Dream (@GapDream)?  Style Etoile loves ourselves some 60s psychedelic surf-pop and right now Gap Dream is serving it up just right.  Gap Dream is helmed by CA-based (by way of Ohio) Gabe Fulvinar and the band’s late 2013 release Shine Your Light is perfect from start to finish.  Gap Dream’s sound is Beach Boys meets Velvet Underground and we can’t say enough about the amazing performance at SXSW.  This is most definitely a turn on, tune in situation. 

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.