The five-piece band Two Year Vacation describes itself as a “Swedish band making delicious pop music” and this description could not be summed up better. Coming from a country where you get less hours of sun compared to more Southern countries and therefore probably quite some melancholical moments are bound to occur. Packed in light-footed, airy sound, while the somehow rough vocals drives the songs catchy they definitely serve up a feel good slice of indie pop.
“I wanted to make a music video in person but, due to the pandemic, I had to think of a way to create something special remotely. I’m a big fan of pixel art and was inspired by the music video for ‘Move Your Feet’ by Junior Senior. I connected with Madrid-based pixel animator Apoonto and we hit it off straight away. Our goal was to create a playful game-boy inspired adventure which really vibes with the 80s aesthetic of the song.”
“Smalltalk is our debut release from a collection of tracks written during the pandemic, writing together we could tune out of the noise, I felt totally unselfconscious which is a testament to our synergy. The lyrics are all drawn from my journals, scribing my dreams and struggles with mental health. I don’t always know how to talk about it but songwriting just flows. The track has a nostalgic feel to it, written with my teenage self in mind.”
“This album begins after you’ve disagreed,” says Foreman, “You’ve had the fight, and then realize… we’ve got a long trip ahead of us. We both disagree, and there’s no way we’re changing each other’s minds.” Which is a testament to what the band’s mission has been since they formed in the late 1990s – unity. “Maybe unity is not homogeneity,” Foreman muses, “Maybe unity is people that look and think differently.”
“I’ve realized that life is nothing but obstacles and situations constantly interchanging. Take that how you want to, but I’d rather play with the changes than to resist them. You will lose if you resist change.” We had a chat with Toronto based talented singer and songwriter Rochelle Jordan to talk about her recent album, changes and the importance of creating awareness.
Nalan means something like “tear of emotion”. And indeed, the music of the singer and songwriter with Turkish roots has something incredibly gentle, sometimes melancholical deep. She already changed her artist name a few times, and is also known for projects such as slimgirl fat and part of the group Gaddafi Gals, but now will finally release her own debut album – “I’m Good. The Crying Tape” – at the end of this year.
An ending is not the end. It’s just the beginning of something else. Often just a smooth transition, sometimes a painful quick cut. That’s basically what the debut song of the Hamburg based, California-bred duo River is about. “It’s about not letting yourself get dragged down only because life doesn’t play by your rules.”
Toronto based singer Natalie Lynn´s alias Loviet new song “Chemical” – out of her upcoming album in fall – does exactly what we need most at the moment: It puts you in a good mood and pauses your mind for a moment. Wrapped in classic pop sound mixed with a breeze of nostalgia.
Deep in the San Bernadino Valley sets one of the most exciting festivals in Los Angeles. Sets ranged from Rezz to Dillon Francis to K?d. Each stage had some of the best EDM acts in the world as we danced through sunset and deep into the night.
“This song is about love for another person, the kind of love that is strong and painful but also makes you feel alive. One night I packed my bag and went to Dubai. When I arrived and saw all these fantastic skyscrapers I realized that I had to film a music video for my new song here and not in Moscow how I planned it at first – with a proper crew and an actual script.”
Alycia Marie songs are always inspired by emotional themes from her own life. Love, friendship, vulnerability. “My songs are intimate and mostly rather melancholic, which just reflects an important part of my being. They reflect my quiet and vulnerable side” she says.
“Find Again is a pop/dance song. I’d consider this the first happy and dreamy song I’ve written which I’ve also sung feeling as such. The title and chorus have been inspired by a post, which had been sent by my boyfriend, that said “it is funny how sometimes you find things again” and was referred to the situation of finding a person again after many years, as if there always has been a connection between them and it seems as if destiny is willing to reunite them back together in the right moment.”
Whenever Digital 21 and Stefan Olsdal work together on a track, something magical happens. We remember for example the incredibly impressive and cinematic track “War”. This time they collaborated with LA based vocalist and eco-activist Inanna for the electro-orchestral piece “Multiverse”.
We talked to Lucas from NotReal_Virtual, a Prague-based collective and studio, consisting of Lucas Saidl and Sebastian Baalbaki, who are focusing on digital content. Their work is a true firework of digital art and they create artificial fanciful worlds that tell fascinating stories generating deep human emotions and loosening boundaries of realities.
“I chose Spanish for the first verse because that is where myself, my siblings, cousins and close family friends spent a lot of our childhoods and it was always a time of happiness and joy, and so it’s kind of a little nod to all my family for being the amazing human beings that they are, and to the place where we found so much joy.” Hackney (which is a district in East London, England)-based collective GRAMN. are back with “Glow Up” and the smooth track melts away the stress of life.