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New Music Video: "Polyfoam" - Empath

Empath allow their freak flag to fly with some freeform dancing under misty lights in the new video for their latest single, "Polyfoam". The track is featured on the band's upcoming 7-inch, Environments, due out July 23 via Get Better Records. The release is inspired by a series of Irv Teibel field recordings from the 60s/70s. It's the follow-up to the group's breakout EP Liberating Guilt And Fear, which they are currently on tour in support of. Right now, Empath's next scheduled Philly performance is set for Wednesday, October 10 at the First Unitarian Church, where they'll be opening for Swearin'. (Photo by Hillary Jones)

   

Champagne Superchillin' release stylish new video, perform at Alphaville on 06.23

Opening with strings that instantly hook listeners is a bold move for a band’s lead single. But everything about Champagne Superchillin’ screams boldness, from the sensual and soothing vocals sung entirely in French to the title of their newest single which translates into “love of fate”. “Amor Fati” is a cool, cinematic song and the first single of the band’s upcoming album Beach Deep. It utilizes the sum of the band’s parts to create something that is effortless in its charisma; the bass line instantly finds a swaying groove as a psychedelic mist coats the guitars. The single is evocative and instills old-school pop styles without relying on nostalgia to create a brilliant introduction to the band. However, the track also blends darker tones to create something that is simultaneously mesmeric and uneasy. The strings cut back in twice, transforming the song into a bewitching soundtrack for nocturnal creatures. You can watch the music video for “Amor Fati” below and catch Champagne Superchillin’ performing at Alphaville on June 23. -Tucker Pennington

   

Real Clothes summons spiritual trip-hop at Alphaville on 06.19

Real Clothes' Nico Fox describes her music as performance art, but that description doesn’t do justice to the music that she creates. Performance art conjures up images of artists in brightly lit museums gesturing in an ostentatious fashion for the audience to look at without much interaction on their part. The twisted and celestial creations crafted by Real Clothes guides listeners through Fox's headspace, often crumbling or repeating in hypnotic trances. Using trip-hop as a starting point, Fox's songs quickly branch into experimental hymns that feel truly unique. They are spirituals for the digital age, featuring shuttering drum patterns and glittery synths that surround her voice without preventing it from reaching its mesmerizing peak. And Fox's performances are often dimly lit with lamps resembling candlelight as she sways from side to side, serenading her audience. It’s spellbinding in quality, fascinating in a somewhat alienating way. Most importantly, Fox's music grabs listeners and pulls them on a aural journey that is simultaneously weightless and deeply impactful. You can stream “Bruja 魔女: The Screwed Pedant Lies” off the 2016 album Modulation below and see Real Clothes perform live at Alphaville on June 19. - Tucker Pennington

   

New Strange Parts LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, the debut LP from the pairing of Attia Taylor & Corey Duncan, a.k.a. Strange Parts, was recently released via Specious Arts. Produced by Jeff Zeigler, the album offers an interplay between the soothing, silky vocals that vaporize in an intriguing psych-pop symmetry and the honed but heavy, upfront position of the rolling groove. A whimsical sweetness ventures and melds with eccentricities, creating an imaginative realism. One slips into the fantasy setting, but can also relate on a grounded, personal level.

   

New Track/Video: "Glider" - Japanese Breakfast

Michelle Zauner, a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast, just shared that she'll be working on the soundtrack for another video game called Sable. (Last year, Zauner posted an online roleplaying game that she named Japanese Breakfast.) Her latest project is "a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert." Below is the video for Sable's announcement trailer, which also contains the soundtrack's lead single, "Glider". The animation was provided by Micah Holland. The video game is scheduled for release in 2019 for PC and console.