…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.
…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.
…Raleigh Ritchie (@raleighritchie)? Style Etoile can’t quite put our fingers on why we are so drawn to Raleigh Ritchie’s “Bloodsport”. It’s obviously beautiful and well produced, but R&B is usually not our go-to music style. Perhaps it is because Bloodsport’s haunting vocals, rich landscape, and intimacy the song transcends its genre in a way that reminds us of Frank Ocean. Bloodsport is on Ritchie’s latest EP, Black and Blue—a perfect soundtrack for Valentine’s Day <3
…Parade of Lights (@paradeoflights)? Well hello there, pop anthem, it’s nice of you to join us. Today Style Etoile brings you Parade of Lights’ latest single “Golden” and man, is it a ringer. Parade of Lights first caught our attention with last year’s “We’re the Kids” and with the recently released “Golden”, we are officially fans. These guys are making anthemic, swelling, dance-y goodness in the vein of MGMT and The Naked and Famous. Apparently Style Etoile isn’t the only ones taking notes of this LA quartet—NBC just grabbed “Golden” for its Sochi Winter Olympics campaign…
…George Ezra (@george_ezra)? YESYESYES. This is exactly what Style Etoile needed. George Ezra is a young singer-songwriter from England, but he sounds like he could just as easily be of the Bob Dylan generation. We hear Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie in his jangly folk-rock and man, are we digging it. Ezra’s latest EP, Casy O’, is set to drop March 16th. Get involved.
…Bad Suns (@TheBadSuns)? It may be frigid outside, but Bad Suns is making us feel like it’s a day at the beach. The southern California quartet releases its first EP tomorrow and it is just what the doctor ordered to get us out of the winter blues. This is upbeat, dance-y, feel-good music and we can’t help but smile while it is blaring on our headphones. Hear for yourself…
…BROODS (@BroodsMusic)? Well it looks like New Zealand has another hitmaker on its hands. Today Style Etoile brings you BROODS—a brother/sister duo working with the same producer who helped launch Lorde into the stratosphere. BROODS sounds more like a London Grammar/Florence Welch hybrid than Lorde, but they certainly have that same catchy, pop-quality to them and we aren’t ashamed to say we dig it. Their debut EP is imminent—get involved.
…Lincoln Jesser (@LincolnJesser)? Happy 2014 people! Let’s start this year off with a bang. Today Style Etoile brings you Lincoln Jesser—a young gun out of LA who has delivered some serious 80s synth magic in the recent months. Jesser is making music you can’t help but like—this some sort of Neon Indian/Erasure hybrid earworm. This guy is going places and you’d better believe we will be along for the ride…
…Fryars (@Fryars)? Style Etoile thought it was only appropriate that we round out 2013 with one of our favorite grooves of the year, “Cool Like Me.” The track comes from Frayers, the 22 year old Brit who has recently evolved his sound to a more unique, psyche-disco, layered, melodious level. Style Etoile is buying what he is selling in a major way. Whether it be the more rock-focused “On Your Own” or the above shake down, we can’t get enough.
…Hibou (@HibouMichel)? As you all know, Style Etoile is a sucker for a little synth pop. We are also happen to have a major thing for dreamy surf psychedelia. It is no wonder, then, that we are digging Hibou’s latest track “Hide Away.” Hibou is Seattle-based Peter Michel (who also happens to be the drummer of Style Etoile fav Craft Spells) and he is making some beautiful, sunny stuff in the vein of Tanlines and the Drums with a little New Order twist. Grab a free download of “Hide Away” here.
…Marley Carroll (@melanater)? Style Etoile spends a lot of time listening to music. So much time that sometimes it all kind of starts to sound alike and blend together. This is not the case with Marley Carroll. The North Carolina-bred producer/musician/classical pianist and percussionist has blown us away with the recently-released Sings. Carroll seamlessly straddles the lines between pop/electronica/nu-disco and the results are nothing short of amazing. We hear a little Friendly Fires, a little Young Empires, but mainly we just hear a lot of awesomeness. Check it out.
…Francis and the Lights (@andthelights)? “Like a Dream” is the lead track from Francis and the Lights’ latest EP, and it couldn’t be more aptly titled. This EP is like a magical, beautiful, perfect, soulful dream. Style Etoile has been eagerly awaiting a new release from the New York-based crew fronted by Francis Farewell Starlight since Robot & Frank, and these tracks do NOT disappoint. From the sparse, crackly “If They Don’t Come Tomorrow” to the sexy, sultry “Like a Dream”, we feel like Christmas has come early.
…The Landing (@ThLanding)? Happy December! Today Style Etoile brings you another mysterious artist from New York. Little is known about this newcomer aside from the fact that he is making some beautiful, harmonious, synth pop that sounds like a blend between Whitest Boy Alive and Carousel. Check out his music here.
…Young Summer (@Young_Summer)? THIS. We love everything about this. “Waves That Rolled You Under” is a breathtaking new single from DC-based Young Summer. It is sexy and shimmery and easy and we love it. Her sound is part Sade, part Florence Welch, part Bat For Lashes and her Fever DreamEP is one of our favorites of the year. Get it.
…Painted Palms (@PaintedPalms)? Oh man, how are we supposed to wait until January for Forever, (Painted Palms’ first full length album) to make its debut? Style Etoile has been loving this San Francisco duo since “Click” and with the release of “Spinning Signs,” we are chomping at the bit for even more psychedelic goodness. These guys are making unique yet accessible music that seamlessly blends alternative rock, du-wop, and electronica and man, is it good.
…Tei Shi (@Tei_Shi_)? Style Etoile has had Tei Shi’s latest single, “Nevermind the End”, on repeat since its release on November 1st and we can not be more excited about her EP Suadade which drops tomorrow. The Brooklyn-based songstress is making glittery, soulful synth-pop that sounds like a cross between Lorde and Grimes. Keep your eyes on this one—she’s going places.
…Mutual Benefit (@mutual_benefit)? Happy Novemeber! As the days get shorter and the nights colder, we find ourselves turning to simpler, warmer music—music that goes perfectly with some cider and a crackling fire. Mutual Benefit makes that music. Their latest release Love’s Crushing Diamond is full of low-fi, ambient, blues-y goodness and we can’t get enough. These guys remind us of a cross between Antlers and Fleet Foxes with a little Animal Collective thrown in for good measure. Get it.
…Tycho (@iso50)? One of Style Etoile’s favorite music lovers doesn’t care about lyrics. We understand the ability of a song to move someone purely based on phonetically, but we usually find more easily connected to those with words. This is not the case with Tycho’s latest beauty, “Awake”. “Awake” is a teaser for the producer’s upcoming full length (2014) and it is sexy, cathartic and epic. If your lucky enough to be going to next month’s Fun Fun Fest, make sure you check him out.
…Blood Cultures? Style Etoile wishes we had a little bit more to tell you about Blood Cultures other than the fact that we are in love with his/her/their? “Indian Summer” track, but we don’t. Luckily for you, the amazingness of this song pretty much speaks for itself. As the title suggests, this is a dreamy, hazy, warm tune filled with layered synth and pop-y beats—think Cults meets Chvrches with a dash of Weekend Players. Enjoy.
…Oliver Tank (@OliverTank)? It never ceases to amaze us how certain songs can strike such immediate and deep chords. When Style Etoile first heard this song, we were instantly transported to a time in our lives where we were overwhelmed with emotions in the best way possible—the kind of emotions that change the trajectory of one’s life. So maybe that is why we felt such an instant connection to Oliver Tank’s “Different Speed.” That, or maybe it is simply because of the Australian producer’s brilliant, sexy, emotional beats. Either way, this is a real gem and we can’t wait for his forthcoming EP. If you are a fan of Burial, Thom Yorke, and being awesome, you should check this out.
…Holychild (@holychildjams)? Happy October, everyone—let’s get happy! “Happy With Me” to be exact. Today Style Etoile brings you a track that is sure to snap you out of those Monday blues. Holychild is an LA-based synth-pop duo making tracks that are catchy with a an indie side of punch. Holychild is part Chvrches, part Passion Pit, with a little Cults thrown in for good boy/girl measure.
…Arthur Beatrice (@ArthurBeatrice)? Arthur Beatrice has been on Style Etoile’s radar for a while now, but when they released this summer’s Carter EP, we really sat up and noticed. Now the British quartet has come in for the one-two punch with the upcoming “Union” release. This song really hits our morose synth sweet spot with a sound that sounds like a cross between the XX and Style Etoile’s beloved Morrissey. Keep your ears out for a new album next year…
…Midnight Magic (@MidnightMagicNY)? When Style Etoile first listened to Midnight Magic’s “Same Way I Feel,” we were confused. It was awesome, no doubt, but it also had some type of familiarity to it. We thought we might be hearing a new track from The Sea and Cake, or even Of Montreal, but we were (as usual) wrong. Brooklyn-based Midnight Magic has taken the disco-funk baton and is running with it all the way to the dance floor. Style Etoile will be on said dance floor on Halloween as these guys gig it up with Holy Ghost!. Be there.
…Royal Canoe (@RoyalCanoe)? Well, isn’t this just plain old good music? Style Etoile has been struggling to come up with comparisons and descriptors to convey Royal Canoe’s style, but we have found ourselves a little stumped, and we think that’s a good thing. This sextet from Winnipeg is making some seriously fresh psychedelic funk goodness and we are eating it up. If forced to draw parallels, we would say we hear a little Yeasayer and Animal Collective in their sound, but this stuff is totally unique. Their album Today We’re Believersis a winner from start to finish and their show last week at Hammerstein was one for the books.
…Roosevelt (@GrecoRomanMusic)? Style Etoile knew Greco-Roman was on to something when they featured some of our favorites like Disclosure and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and with the release of Roosevelt’s new EP, Elliot, we are (yet again) colored impressed. “Elliot” is a shimmery gem reminiscent of Whitest Boy Alive, The Egg, and Hot Chip wrapped into one. Love.
…RY X? Well here we are, posting about yet another great Aussie musician. Yet unlike a lot of his counterparts, RY X is not making tunes to which you are going to be dancing along. RY X just dropped his debut EP, Berlin, and it is full of sparse, intimate, breathtaking music. The comparisons to Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez are inevitable, but in Style Etoile’s book, that’s not a bad thing. Do yourselves a favor and check it out.
…Lorde (@LordeMusic)? Style Etoile has been jamming to Lorde’s catchy tunes all summer and we just realized that we hadn’t shared this up-and-comer with you, our loyal readers. Shame on us—today we right that wrong. Lorde is (gasp) 16 year-old New Zealander Ella Yelich-O’Connor and she is about to make it big with a capital B. Lorde’s music is alterna-pop (think Lana Del Ray) with some serious pipes to set her apart from the rest of the pack. Her debut album Pure Heroine drops next month and if her previous singles are any indication, we are in for a real winner. Stay tuned…
…Dream Koala (@DreamKoala)? My God, this is sexy. Dream Koala is merely 19 years old, but he makes the music of someone who has lived a lifetime. This brilliant production has flickers of the XX, Thom Yorke, Explosions of the Sky, and even Burial, but his sound is wholely his own. “Odyssey” is aptly-named, as it takes you on a climactic and impactful journey…safe travels.
…Pale Seas (@PaleSeas)? With a song title like “Evil is One Step Behind,” you would expect this Pales Seas track to be a bit morose. And you would be right. But sometimes it’s ok to let your mind wander to sadder, darker times. And if you are interested in the wander, Pale Seas is the band for you. This British quartet is about to release their debut album and we are on the edge of our seats, tissues in hand. Their sound is part Right Away, Great Captain, part Interpol, and all awesome. Check it out here.
…Vancouver Sleep Clinic? When Style Etoile first heard Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s “Vapour,” we were sure we were listening to a new Bon Iver single (yes, it’s that good). No, this was not our beloved Justin Vernon, but rather Aussie artist Tim Bettison and he is taking our breath away. VSC’s music is haunting and heartbreaking and utterly beautiful—the harmonies remind us of Fleet Foxes and the soul, of James Blake. There isn’t too much out there on this wunderkind as of yet, but you’d better believe that is all about to change…
…FMLYBND (@fmlybnd)? Hello friends! Sorry for the post delay this week, but we promise this one was worth the wait. Today Style Etoile brings you FMLYBND (pronounced “family band”, a six piece crew from sunny California who are making uplifting, shimmery, electronic, synth pop reminiscent of a cross between Passion Pit and M83. Yes, it’s good. Yes, it makes us happy. Get involved.
…The Barr Brothers (@thebarrbrothers)? After a summer of fun-loving, happy-go-lucky music, Style Etoile thought we would slow things down for a minute with the breathtaking Barr Brothers. This Montreal crew is making downright perfect indie folk that breaks our hearts and makes us smile. Their lyrics are pure poetry and their chords are bliss-inducing. It looks like their only upcoming shows are across the pond and in their native Canada, but we are itching to catch The Barr Brothers live and may have to make the trip up north—keep you posted…
…Eliza and the Bear (@elizaandthebear)? After a great weekend celebrating life with those we love most, Style Etoile thought it only fitting that we post a song entitled “Friends.” We’ve had our hears on Eliza and the Bear ever since they released “Brother’s Boat” and the equally awesome “Upon the North”. The London quintet is putting out a very appealing indie/pop/folk vibe, and we are eating it up. This is uplifting, anthemnic stuff—think Arcade Fire meets Passion Pit—and it is about to catch on in a major way. Enjoy.
…Gallant (@SoGallant)? Style Etoile has recently come to the realization that we like R&B…or at least a hint of R&B. We have had Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” on repeat all summer and have fallen in love with Pharrell. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that we are more than a little amped on L.A.’s Gallant. With genius production courtesy of Felix Snow, Gallant is putting out some brilliant R&B-infused electromagic. Keep your ears out for his soon-to-be-released EP, Zebra—you can thank us later.
…Ski Lodge (@skiilodge)? Anyone who knows Style Etoile knows that we have a particular soft spot in our black hearts for The Smiths. And while we are often put off by bands with derivative sounds, Ski Lodge pays just the right amount of homage to Moz. This New York-based quartet is putting out some addictive hooks and brilliant lyrics that not only remind us of The Smiths, but also of some of our other post-punk favs like Joy Division. Their sound is the perfect balance of morose and pop and you’d better believe we will be at the Ace on the 14th to catch them live.
…Mikky Ekko (@mikkyekko)? There is a lot to be said for hopeful music. Music that is nostalgic and promising at the same time. Music that is uplifting and life affirming. Mikky Ekko makes this kind of music. This Nashville-based artist has mastered the slow build and while his songs may be catchy, they have a distinct post-punk melancholia about them—think The Naked and Famous meets Postal Service. Mikky Ekko is currently on tour across the pond, but we are chomping at the bit to catch him live—keep you posted.
…Postiljonen (@Postiljonen)? Well isn’t this just a breath of fresh air? Style Etoile would like nothing more than to be warmly wrapped in the beautiful, dreamy, electronic tapestries created by Scandinavia’s Postiljonen. Their lushly emotive sound reminds us of M83, Air France, and College and we see big things in their future. The group’s full length Skyer drops next month and if first singles “On the Run” and “Supreme” are any indication, we are in for a real winner. Postiljonen only has tour dates in Sweden for the time being, but we will let you know the minute this talented trio is set to land stateside…
…Disclosure (@disclosure)? It may be pouring outside, but with Disclosure blaring in our headphones, Style Etoile is seeing nothing but sun. The British duo just dropped their first full length and man, is it good. The brothers are making synth-y nu-discu with killer basslines and beautiful vocals—think Hercules and Love Affair meets James Blake. Disclosure has just announced a summer US tour and you better believe Style Etoile will be front and center for their August 6th show in Central Park.
…Matt Corby (@Matt_Corby)? Well, it’s already June and that means it’s officially Glastonbury month! Today Style Etoile brings you one of the acts we can’t wait to catch—Aussie Matt Corby. Corby has just released a new song, Revolution, and man is it beautiful. Corby’s smooth folk reminds us of James Vincent McMorrow with a hint of Bon Iver and we could stare into those dreamy eyes for days. Go here to grab some free tunes.
…Smallpools (@smallpools)? Happy Memorial Day! What could be more appropriate for a day spent lounging around the pool than a band called Smallpools? This LA quartet is providing Style Etoile with the perfect soundtrack to this summer day and we couldn’t help but share the love. These guys remind us of a cross between Passion Pit and The Naked and Famous and, man are they catchy. Go here for a free download—you’re welcome.
…Magic Man (@magicman)? YES. This is exactly what we needed today. To know Style Etoile is to know we have a love for all things post-punk that combine the urges to simultaneously dance and cry. Magic Man has our number. This Rhode Island quintet was just signed to Columbia/Neon Gold and with catchy hooks that remind us of New Order and Wild Nothing, we can see why.
…The Colourist (@thecolourist)? Happy Monday—let’s start the week off right. Today Style Etoile gives you The Colourist—an Orange County quartet making catchy, uplifting indie dance tunes. The Colourist first caught our attention when St. Lucia gave their “Little Games” single the remix treatment and we’ve been hooked ever since. These guys were one of our favorite parts of Coachella and we can’t wait to catch them tonight at Santos Party House. Enjoy.
…Juveniles (@juvinilesband)? Style Eoile might have overindulged a little on Cinco de Mayo, but thanks to the nu-disco synth-pop goodness provided by Juveniles, instead of missing a beat, we are dancing to one. The French duo has just released “Fantasy,” the first single off their forthcoming (later this year) album and it is a real shaker. Juveniles reminds us of Hercules and Love Affair when Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) is on the mic—this is studio 54 disco with a synth beat and goth vocals. Get it and get happy.