Not Pop Not Indie Shambhala 2018 Thread

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Didn't see one of these for this year yet...

maura, Friday, 2 February 2018 13:23 (two years ago) link

The new album by Thea & the Wild is out today! It's much more synth-heavy than its predecessor but Thea's voice sounds gorgeous and there are a couple of exquisite moments. I love the synth strings all over the place, like on this track:

maura, Friday, 2 February 2018 13:25 (two years ago) link

^ Gave this a cursory listen last night before bed. Need to hear it a couple more times, but it sounds so good.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 February 2018 17:38 (two years ago) link


Evan R, Friday, 2 February 2018 22:30 (two years ago) link

Coupla new ones I've been listening to throughout January...

New Shack - "Ways and Means"

Mt. Si - "911"

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:32 (two years ago) link

This one's a little more jangly/guitar-based than what I'd normally submit for this thread, but it's too retro minded to squarely fit in either the pop or indie category, so shambhala it is!

Hatchie - "Sure"

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:35 (two years ago) link

i don't remember how i came across this artist and i'm not sure if it fits precisely in this or any other thread but i would be interested to see what other people think of faith marie

the core of it is an emo/evanescence type vibe surrounded with swirling and unpredictable layers of spoken word and string arrangements, on one level it seems like something fairly accessible it would be easy to imagine teenagers in the suburbs listening to but on another level every creative decision she makes feels like a sharp left turn that i can't imagine anyone else making

a lot of people i've showed this stuff to really viscerally disliked it but i come back to it a lot

james brooks, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:54 (two years ago) link

Put me in the viscerally dislike column, but variety is the spice of life.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 3 February 2018 23:00 (two years ago) link

Not sure exactly where to place this on the genre spectrum, but shambhala is a big enough tent...

L I M - "Rushing Guy"

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 4 February 2018 03:48 (two years ago) link

Karolina Linowska - a candidate for Poland's Eurovision, sorta like a lower-key Margaret Berger.

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:57 (two years ago) link

love the Hatchie and New Shack - thanks Johnny!

sean gramophone, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:30 (two years ago) link

More on the pop side of the spectrum, Priest (formerly "X Priest X") have a new song and I think it's their best since "Samurai"

daavid, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 04:05 (two years ago) link

I'm also digging some tracks off the new Club 8 album, which sounds quite a bit darker than usual

daavid, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 04:15 (two years ago) link

Bump for release of ionnalee's Everyone Afraid to be Forgotten

About half has been aired, the new stuff is of similar quality, and I suspect in decades to come we'll look back on iamamiwhoami/ionnalee as among, if not The, top tier electropop ouvre of this decade.

Acanthonus armatus (Sanpaku), Friday, 16 February 2018 21:35 (two years ago) link

I started it last night, but 15 songs seems like too many songs. I'll finish it up sooner or later (it's v good so far).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 February 2018 21:46 (two years ago) link

I would not have thought of her for this thread but I think the new Natalie Prass single qualifies

Simon H., Friday, 23 February 2018 12:11 (two years ago) link

doesn't seem to be available here yet but I did find a preview and if she's going sophisti-pop for this album I'm thrilled

ufo, Friday, 23 February 2018 12:28 (two years ago) link

There was some talk about Gwenno's new track on the Pipettes thread but, sadly, she doesn't have her own thread.

Anyway, this is excellent:

daavid, Thursday, 1 March 2018 22:01 (two years ago) link

That didn't work. Let's try again:

daavid, Thursday, 1 March 2018 22:02 (two years ago) link

I give up :/

daavid, Thursday, 1 March 2018 22:03 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

hello shambhala 2018! maybe this will be the year that I actually keep up with this thread!

kinder, Monday, 26 March 2018 17:54 (two years ago) link

The new Onuka album, MOZAЇKA, is out now. Only took them four years to follow up the debut.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 March 2018 20:11 (two years ago) link

is there a spotify playlist yet?

kinder, Friday, 30 March 2018 13:35 (two years ago) link

New Hatchie

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 5 April 2018 03:34 (two years ago) link

Nice track! Just saw this was song of the week on Popjustice.

daavid, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:08 (two years ago) link

She seems focused on a very particular late 80s/early 90s shoegazey jangly sound ...somewhere between The Ocean Blue and The Sundays. Maybe with a little Lush mixed in.

daavid, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:13 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

To further turn this into the unofficial Hatchie admiration thread, here's "Sleep"

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:15 (two years ago) link

oh I didn't realise she was in Babaganouj, they're great and so is her solo stuff

ufo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:34 (two years ago) link

I didn't either!!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:58 (two years ago) link

Snail Mail is so good

Evan R, Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:50 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

La Force is Ariel Engle (sometime of Broken Social Scene, Feist's solo band, and always of AroarA), one of Montreal's best singers

sean gramophone, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:11 (two years ago) link

<3 this

Johnny Fever, Friday, 11 May 2018 14:14 (two years ago) link

have we talked about Børns on these threads yet? Maybe counts as pop idk

kinder, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:37 (two years ago) link

Børns is def not my thing, but this seems like an okay place for him.

similarly, I can't decide if Clara La San goes in rolling pop or rolling R&B or somewhere else, but I'm really digging the mixtape she put out at the end of the last year, so here you go:

sonically in the same universe as someone like Tai Shi with production assistance from Jam City.

fffv, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:58 (two years ago) link

Clara La San sounds great.

I've been quietly enjoying quite a few things in this thread this year. Was moved to create a Spotify playlist:

Maximum big surprise! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 23:06 (two years ago) link

the whole Hatchie EP is great! i mean nothing revolutionary but very solid dream-pop

ufo, Friday, 25 May 2018 16:04 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

reiterating maura's post way upthread: thea & the wild album is excellent shambhala

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 June 2018 22:32 (two years ago) link

the new ep by eleanor k (formerly kyiki) is under the radar but very promising; this in particular gets really, really good around 1:30

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Sunday, 1 July 2018 03:26 (two years ago) link

Is there also a 'shambhala' video genre? Shining a torch round a carpark in New Zealand seems pretty shambhala.

Chelsea Jade – "Laugh It Off"

sbahnhof, Friday, 13 July 2018 22:50 (two years ago) link

saw Hatchie tonight and she was really excellent. she played the whole ep plus a few new ones (that were great) and did Kylie's Some Kind of Bliss too

ufo, Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:28 (two years ago) link

this song by Sleep Thieves is both great, dramatic/atmospheric as fuck, and doesn't run out of ideas like so many similar tracks do

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 27 July 2018 22:11 (two years ago) link

I just watched the Netflix queer teen comedy Alex Strangelove, whose soundtrack is like a treasure trove of this (sub?) genre, with MUNA's "I Know a Place" and Kristen Kontrol's "Show Me" being the tracks I immediately recognized in the film. Someone on Spotify made a playlist of all 52(!) used in the film, and while I'm guessing a good chunk of it isn't really Shambhalesque at all, it might at least be worth a scan through:

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 21:01 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I could swear there was a rolling 2018 ambient/ethereal music thread but I can't find it. I've been obsessively listening to Mary Lattimore's newest this week at work. The whole album is great, but I could listen to the opening track for days:

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 13:19 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i love the guitar tones on this

maura, Monday, 24 September 2018 14:12 (two years ago) link

YES! I've been tracking her for a couple years. I'm psyched for the album.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 24 September 2018 14:31 (two years ago) link

really like this

as far as shambhala albums go this year, I liked Mozaika by Onuka quite a lot, and I want to plug WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA - Galapagos to anyone who hasn't heard it, they're the best pop group in the world right now

ufo, Friday, 5 October 2018 04:28 (two years ago) link

I already posted something upthread, but this is my fave track from Priest's "The Lost Lions" EP. I'm getting some Washed Out vibes

daavid, Monday, 8 October 2018 18:35 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

My Brain On Love by Young Dreams has in 2018 given me constant cravings to hear it and constant vague dissatisfaction when actually hearing it. I can't think of many other songs like that. I therefore can't say whether it's great or not, but you should probably give it a go and decide for yourself

imago, Friday, 9 November 2018 18:35 (one year ago) link

Actually I'm quite enjoying it today. I think as long as it sticks to that chorus it's good, and it does stick to it a lot

imago, Friday, 9 November 2018 18:42 (one year ago) link

the eliza shaddad album is lovely btw

maura, Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:53 (one year ago) link

That Young Dreams track that imago posted made my weekend.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Sunday, 11 November 2018 23:36 (one year ago) link

I don't know if this belongs here, but it's good:

daavid, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:41 (one year ago) link

xp yeah I listened to it about 8 times in a row and decided it's one of the songs of the year - how was I ever ambivalent?

imago, Monday, 12 November 2018 21:46 (one year ago) link

the Young Dreams album is pretty enjoyable

I really like Sir Babygirl's run of singles this year, looking forward to her album next year

ufo, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 23:58 (one year ago) link

We found a worse artist name than Mr. Twin Sister.

Sanpaku, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:02 (one year ago) link

man the breakdown halfway through My Brain On Love is so good

ufo, Sunday, 18 November 2018 13:26 (one year ago) link

new stealing sheep album out in april!! first track is a jam:

maura, Friday, 30 November 2018 13:58 (one year ago) link

oh that's good! ty

imago, Friday, 30 November 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

New Teen album due in March. Their pastiche is so amped-up that it stands apart from other similar bands.

tangenttangent, Monday, 3 December 2018 21:53 (one year ago) link

TEEN's debut single "better" is one of my favourite pieces of music from the past 5? 10? years

so it makes me sad to say: this song sucks

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:11 (one year ago) link

TEEN's entire Love Yes album was kind of incredible and yeah this is nowhere near that level

imago, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 16:41 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

is there a 2019 thread yet? the Self Esteem record is sounding fucking great so far

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Friday, 1 March 2019 04:04 (one year ago) link

the abovementioned Teen album is out today, I'm slightly nervous to check it

imago, Friday, 1 March 2019 12:43 (one year ago) link

on third listen I like the Self Esteem record a whole lot, especially for how thoroughly unhip and unconcerned with sounding current it is (but also not self-consciously retro or whatever). it's smarter than it seems at first, too - "Girl Crush" for example is actually a repudiation of that term. it could probably stand to have lost a couple of tunes, but nothing drags individually.

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Friday, 1 March 2019 18:49 (one year ago) link

I'll check it shortly! Teen was a massive disappointment tbh - they've ditched the non-sister and clearly lost any of her moderating influence, freeing them up to make a bad album

imago, Saturday, 2 March 2019 12:35 (one year ago) link

obsessed with the self esteem album, especially its singles

monotony, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 12:16 (one year ago) link

further listens have revealed it to be somewhat frontloaded

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 14:13 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I don’t know if it’s shambhala but Gemma of “as ever” game has a good new one ^^^

calstars, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

I have come across this apparently ungooglable band from compiling music at the end of 2019, I know nothing at all about them, videos seem to have very few views indeed.

They are called "Ice Cream"

Does anyone know anything about them?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:01 (nine months ago) link

Appears they’re from Toronto; I found a tranche of info with a little googling:

the beer of champagnes (morrisp), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:48 (nine months ago) link

Their social accts are linked at the bottom of their Bandcamp page:

the beer of champagnes (morrisp), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:50 (nine months ago) link

Thanks morrisp, brilliant work

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 31 December 2019 22:58 (nine months ago) link

yeah pretty big band in toronto indie rock

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 00:26 (nine months ago) link

Now I have a new favorite band.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 04:24 (nine months ago) link

"peanut butter" is very cool

ufo, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 05:41 (nine months ago) link

yeah, this is good.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 18:07 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

RED January, day 27. A five and a bit miler, slaloming around tourists in the rain while listening to Hatchie and Alvvays.

— Tim Farron (@timfarron) January 27, 2020

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 27 January 2020 23:19 (nine months ago) link

hey i started one of these for 2020

Not Pop Not Indie Shambhala 2020 Thread

maura, Thursday, 30 January 2020 18:16 (nine months ago) link

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