With an appreciation for the jubilance of pop music and the willingness to explore new sounds that NYC is known for, in 2014 the city’s electronic musicians created music that could soundtrack all-night dance parties or pensive nights alone. Beshken captured that contrast best on For Time Is The Longest Distance Between Two People...
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist
Philly’s own Vita and the Woolf return to town for the final show of their fall tour tonight. The Johnny Brenda’s gig also includes fellow locals Ellen Siberian Tiger and Baltimore’s Soul Cannon. Vita and the Woolf released their excellent debut LP TUNNELS back in June, and they’ve followed it up with a series of stunning music videos — watch the haunting video for “Sun Drop” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Here’s our usual appointment with new tracks released by NYC area artists that are a little more than just "emerging." This week we have soul pop duo Overcoats, Israeli electronic musician O Mer (pictured), electro pop diva VÉRITÉ, and New Jersey’s Pop and Rollers The Everymen.
In their latest single ‘Nighttime Hunger,’ Overcoats take a simple expression of longing, ‘when the darkness comes,’ and twist the suggestive phrase around until it turns itself into a mantra of foreboding and threat. Laid over sinuous beats and rapturous harmonies. It’s a strong debut from duo Hana and JJ, who only just released their self-titled debut EP last summer and are already playing dates alongside musicians like James Blake and Hozier – and performing live for NPR. Hear the song below and see them when they play at Fat Baby on Thursday, March 3rd. –
Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)
Tomorrow night (11.14) NYC’s Overcoats will be bringing their mellow electro-soul music to NYC’s lower east side. Although only comprised of two musicians, Hana Ellon and JJ Mitchell, the band offers music that’s diverse and multi-layered. Their voices, confident and seducing, bring to mind Lucius’ amazing harmonizing, and rise above the electronic instrumental base present throughout most of their self-titled EP. Single “The Fog” (streaming) begins sparsely, with pulsating vocal harmonies and a percussive loop, but as the two sing “Freedom is when I’m without you,” a drum thud and simple electric piano chords set the stage for some beautiful ...