…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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…
…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.
…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.
…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.