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…

…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…

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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

why aren’t you listening to…

…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…

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.


why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.