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…

…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 Believers is a winner from start to finish and their show last week at Hammerstein was one for the books.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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…

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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. 

why aren’t you listening to…

…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…

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.

why aren’t you listening to…

…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…

why aren’t you listening to…

…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.