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Spotlight: Tegan and Sara + playlist

Tegan and Sara are an influential Canadian indie-pop duo with a unique approach to songwriting. They each write their song separately and begin the collaborative process only when they’re in the studio to record the album, by adding harmonies and often giving each other (hilarious) feedback. During live performances, they’re known for their banter and for delighting their fans with great stories – you could … Continue reading Spotlight: Tegan and Sara + playlist

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Music News (April 6 2022): Ghostpoet. CIFIKA. Ghostly Kisses. Ibeyi. Amber Mark. Wet Leg. Kelsey Lu

Ghostpoet & Federico Albanese Collaborate On “Feel Again” Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) is a UK artist whose output defies categorization. His incisive lyrics and soulful delivery put him in the same hemisphere as rappers like Roots Manuva, or trip-hop acts like Massive Attack. He has collaborated with both – but is more comfortable, in his own words, as “an artist who experiments with sounds and loves … Continue reading Music News (April 6 2022): Ghostpoet. CIFIKA. Ghostly Kisses. Ibeyi. Amber Mark. Wet Leg. Kelsey Lu

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Opinion: Hayley Williams’s Simmer Trilogy Is A (New-Wave) Horror Masterpiece + New-wave horror music videos playlist

[DISCLAIMER: This article is an opinionated case study on a new subgenre of horror some critics and academics have coined as “new-wave horror”, but it can also fall under “elevated horror” or “post-horror”] * Hayley Williams’s Petals for Armor album looks very different in 2022, two years after its release. Because of an overabundance of new acts, new releases and new avenues of distribution, albums nowadays … Continue reading Opinion: Hayley Williams’s Simmer Trilogy Is A (New-Wave) Horror Masterpiece + New-wave horror music videos playlist

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Spotlight + Album review: Bendik – Liv (2022)

Bendik is one of our favorite Norwegian artists, first coming into our attention with her song “Aldri”, featured in the 2012 film “Flukt (Escape)”, which starred Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Westworld) in a captivating villainous turn. “Aldri” was a stunning composition, a combination of rock and electronic, with shifts in rhythm, a killer electric bass and a soaring voice that oscillated between soothing chants, rich harmonies … Continue reading Spotlight + Album review: Bendik – Liv (2022)

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Live Performances : Phoebe Bridgers. Julien Baker. Lucy Dacus. boygenius. (Bonus: Better Oblivion Community Center + a punk “Funeral”)

“Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time” – Phoebe Bridgers (Funeral) “I’m just as good as anybody / I’m just as bad as anybody” – Lucy Dacus (Timefighter) “Nothing turns out like I pictured it/ Maybe the emptiness is just a lesson in canvases” – Julien Baker (Appointments) We return to our live performances recommendations with four 2018 Brooklyn Steel concerts that actually form … Continue reading Live Performances : Phoebe Bridgers. Julien Baker. Lucy Dacus. boygenius. (Bonus: Better Oblivion Community Center + a punk “Funeral”)

Lost Gems: Appletothesky – To Sing You Apple Trees (2006)

Norwegian singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, and novelist, Jenny Hval, is no stranger to experimenting with different soundscapes and approaches when it comes to music. Her album vary between each release in both tones and themes, each one seeming like a newly envisioned concept building on the lyrical world that Hval crafts with an intelligent grace. However, out of all of her discography I found myself resonating towards … Continue reading Lost Gems: Appletothesky – To Sing You Apple Trees (2006)

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Welcome to An Empty Bliss

Here at An Empty Bliss, we celebrate the first month of January with our first playlist. Featuring a few of our favorite artists like Magdalena Bay, Sevdaliza, FKA Twigs, Oneohtrix Point Never, James Blake, Marika Hackman, The Bug, HAIM, HANA, Little Dragon and Alison Wonderland, it’s meant both as a ‘hello’ and a quick glimpse at where these musicians are right now. We will be … Continue reading Welcome to An Empty Bliss