Isolations Vol.1 is a new EP from 16 year old UK based artist, J D. This mellow lo-fi instrumental album is sonically pleasing. Analog warmth, subtle tape hiss, and the occasional crackle give the songs a classic, retro feel. Light synths/electric piano give these tracks a quietly roaring sound while the effects envelope them in an avant garde, rainy day ambiance. While the album is instrumental, certain song like Friendship do contain vocal samples (including a famous line from the film, Casablanca). My favorite track on this release is probably Bliss, which sounds like a cross between vintage video game music and a Super8 art film soundtrack. It’s just very beautiful. The final song, No New News features Farfisa like organ sounds, giving it a subtle Napoleon Dynamite vibe.
This EP is classified as “lo-fi,” but the production is so well done that even the most discriminating audiophiles would concede the sound quality is quite high end. Isolations Vol. 1 almost serves as a musical homage to old black and white movies. It captures their atmosphere with such clarity that you’ll feel like you’re right there in the frame. It’s a mood.
1993 is a new EP from East Coast based artist, alexandrïa. This lo-fi alternative pop release is an avant garde mini-masterpiece. The vibe trends towards the dark, with alexandrïa’s vocals marked by jaded honesty and subtly seductive undertones. Her voice is hypnotic as she demonstrates lyrical depth and conveys afflicted sincerity. Her delivery style at times almost resembles an energetic spoken word poetry performance. Ultimately the songs deal with heartbreak in very authentic and realistic terms. It’s refreshing to see an artist with the aesthetic attributes of a popstar forgo all the overblown production and hype in order to create something organic and real. alexandrïa’s a creative and talented songwriter, and her endearing angst captures the spirit of lo-fi alternative. Raw emotion reverberates through these recordings. I haven’t heard anything like this in a long time. 1993 punches well above its weight.
Without You is a new release from China-based artist, Trivon. A mere teenager, Trivon is something of a child prodigy in working with Ableton and has been creating music since the age of 11. I have to say, I listened to many different versions of this song from various artists, and this is by far the best one. This piano driven jam features crystal clear vocals and excellent production. Trivon wisely avoids utilizing a lot of abrasive processing and sound gimmicks, opting instead to focus on sonic clarity and warmth. The whole thing just sounds very professional and achieves major label levels of mix quality. Without You as conceived by this artist is more of a radio friendly pop track than a high octane dance mix, but the song still contains enough energy and pep that you can dance to it if you’re in the mood. Trivon has also done similar remix style versions of songs like Ariana Grande’s Don’t Call Me Angel. I recommend you check out those as well. Trivon appears to be expanding into experimentation with other genres and musical forms. He’s very young but has demonstrated advanced skills so far and will only get better.
Freedom on My Mind is a new single from artist, LaBronn Conner Jr. This ultra cool blues jam features lush backing music and a loungy ambiance. The song is largely driven by LaBronn’s emotionally charged vocals. A dynamic vocalist, he demonstrates he really has some singing chops in this recording. His performance is not only competent on a technical level but passionate and deep. You can really feel the energy in this track, which could liven up any night club even on the slowest evening of the week. LaBronn has a knack for storytelling and an attention commanding persona. His accessible music and undeniable skill allow for enjoyment even as he interweaves sensitive subject matter. Heartfelt and sincere, this artist clearly put everything he had into this creation, and the results speak for themselves.