pop posts

Albin de la Simone

Monday, November 18th, 2013 by Julija

pop français // singer-songwriter

French pianist and composer Albin de la Simone is best known for his collaborations with Jeanne Cherhal, Vanessa Paradis and Keren Ann. Although Un Homme (2013) is his fourth solo album, de la Simone is still relatively anonymous among contemporary French chansonniers. His lyrics are clever and his melodies engaging, but what makes de la Simone stand out is his voice and remarkable subtle string and piano arrangements. “Moi Moi”, featured below, is a delightful duet with the lovely Emiliana Torrini.

Elegant songwriting with a dose of whimsy.
Albin de la Simone & Emiliana Torrini – Moi Moi
Albin de la Simone – Le Fuite
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Lullatone

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 by Julija

minimalist pop // electronic

Japan-based Lullatone’s latest EP Falling For Autumn (2013) is a soundtrack of adorable lap-pop (seriously, it’s a genre) tunes and minimalist arrangements for cold weather. The duo’s sound incorporates whimsical layers of samples, claps, whistling and toys that combine into delicate, meandering melodies, which will keep you warm and cozy. While you will have to trust us that the EP is best enjoyed as a coherent piece, here we only have two samples: “The Biggest Pile of Leaves You Have Ever Seen” and “Raindrops Plucking the Last Leaves from a Tree”.

For these cloudy autumn days.
Lullatone – The Biggest Pile Of Leaves You Have Ever Seen
Lullatone – Raindrops Plucking The Last Leaves From A Tree
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Hannah Schneider

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by Julija

danish pop // vocal electronica

Following the recent international success of Oh Land and Fallulah, it’s safe to say that Danish songstresses take the current electronic-infused pop tendencies beyond the too common synths-plus-strings clichè. Copenhagen-based Hannah Schneider’s sophomore album Me Vs. I (2012) combines classic singer-songwriter tradition, perfect pop sensibility and Nordic electronic soundscapes. In the standout track “Me Vs. I”, featured below, Hannah’s mesmerizing vocals are emphasized by endless layers of electronic sounds and sample-collages.

Mesmerizing Nordic soundscapes.

Hannah Schneider – Me Vs. I

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Andrea Ball

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 by Kyle

piano pop // indie-songwriter

Gorgeous melodies and captivating phrases of poetic innocence rise from a big splash in Andrea’s heart. Steeped in her rich, breathy voice, the Beat Beat Pound of piano joins sweeping strings to serenade unveiled affection for someone special to appreciate forever. But sparks fly then fade, and gravity alone cannot hold feelings together. From passion to passerby – distancing memories of love ripple away. Time pauses in a summer rain keeping you inside to relax, think, and sip tea. Bittersweet moments we’re left with linger on repeat as reflective longing tides our minds like the catchiest measures in songs.

Simple, lyrically sweet and beautiful.
Andrea Ball – Gem
Andrea Ball – Sun Goes Down on the City
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Shelly Fraley

Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Julija

pop-folk // singer-songwriter

Hush (The Secrets Project) (2012), Shelly Fraley’s latest album, has everything to satisfy your pop cravings for the summer. It’s sweet, yet far from sugary. It’s catchy, yet sophisticated. Essentially, it’s everything you could want in a pop song. Shelly’s album ranges from mid-tempo piano ballads to upbeat acoustic tunes, all brimming with the cleverly crafted hooks. The opening track “Hush” would most certainly appeal to the fans of Lenka, while the lovely “Just Don’t Wanna Be Alone” shares similarities with such pop-folk darlings as Rosi Golan and Katie Herzig.

Sweetest pop perfection.

Shelly Fraley – Hush
Shelly Fraley – Just Dont Wanna Be Alone
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