Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Photo: Luke Gilford
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas releases his third album as Perfume Genius today. Hadreas’ poignant ballads and sweeping arrangements of piano and vocal harmonies compose a vivid, exuberant score to Hadreas’ inner mind. In doing so Hadreas eludes lurking genre labels and demands recognition as an individual artist and hunter of his own emotions. For fans of How To Dress Well and Justin Vernon. Stream Too Bright on NPR First Listen here.
Mapei - Hey Hey
The Swedish pop artist reveals her debut album Hey Hey today. Currently on tour supporting Lykke Li, Mapei is sure to turn heads this fall with her softly buoyant pop compositions, providing perfect space for collaborations with artists like Chance the Rapper and plenty of remix temptation for the electronic masses. For fans of Lykke Li and Tove Lo.
Electric Youth - Innerworld
The majority of the world was introduced to Electric Youth by way of “A Real Hero” their majestic collaboration with College that provided the haunting theme to Nicolas Refn’s 2011 film Drive. They couldn’t have asked for a more honest introduction: the Toronto couple have long harbored a love-affair with cinema, and it shows when their songs can almost always double as backing tracks to a winding drama or psychological thriller. The duo’s newest album incorporates the Yamaha CS80 synthesizer to achieve a similar sweeping effect across the board. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Austin Garrick calls the instrument “probably the most expressive synthesizer ever built.” Stream Innerworld on NPR First Listen here.