Tag: Future Classic Records

 

Up-and-coming Toronto-based indie electro pop sibling duo SWANES — Michael and Stefan Bildy — have released a handful of tracks through French indie electro pop tastemaker label Kitsune Records that have caught thee attention of Warp Records and Future Classic, as well as a key nod from CBC’s Radio 1 Toronto. Adding to a growing profile, the sibling duo have been featured on Bandcamp Daily and COLORS, and they’ve landed tracks on several extremely popular Spotify playlists — in particular, the Indie All Stars and Fresh Finds among others.

The duo will be playing dates with Los Angeles-based artist Harriet Brown — but before that they released a new single, the silky smooth “The Hard Way.” Centered around shimming guitar, stuttering beats and a sultry vocal delivery, the slickly produced track nods at Quiet Storm R&B, Hall and Oates-era blue-eyed soul and breezy pop — and sonically, the track reminds me a bit Rush Midnight and others. Interestingly, the track was inspired by a trip the Bildy Brothers took to their great uncle Bruce Beach’s bomb shelter, The Ark Two — the largest nuclear fallout shelter in their native Canada. And as a result, the track possesses a subtle yet palpable apocalyptic air.

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Live Footage: Up-and-Coming Australian Electronic Trio The Nights Perform “Other Issues”

Comprised of Rob Campbell, Thomas Marland and Walter Flamenco, the Sydney, Australia-based electronic music trio The Nights have developed a reputation for being among the most accomplished acts in their hometown’s electronic music scene, as the act features a sound designer at Sydney’s Vivid Live, and a former member of Future Classic Records act PANAMA — and since their formation in 2013 for a unique sound and songwriting approach influenced by fleeting human emotion.

The trio’s recently released sophomore EP Beyond Desire reportedly finds the Australian electronic music trio pushing their production capabilities and sound to new places as EP singles “Double Slit,” “Other Issues” and “Close to You” have received attention for deep, driving rhythms, polished tempos and shimmering melodies. Interestingly, just as the EP was released, the trio released live footage of “Other Issues” and while retaining elements of the recorded sound — the single’s wobbling, tweeter and woofer rocking low end, shimmering arpeggio keys, a soulful vocal sample and a forcefully proposal groove that nods at classic house, the live version is a bit looser, finding the trio stretching out the groove and expanding upon it to give the song a trippy, cosmic feel, while revealing the simpatico that each member of the trio has; in fact, you can sense that they all know when they’ve hit a groove and know when to lead and follow. And the live footage serves as a teaser for the trio’s national tour later this year.