Next on a recent string of awkward dance solos: watch granny get her groove on at the park in Fast Years' new music video for 'Stolen Love' (streaming below), revealed a few days ago. Three minutes of hip grinding and contortions later, if you're not up for partying yet, there's probably something wrong with you. Hey, she's probably about seventy, and may look like some sweatpants-wearing lunatic out of a Monty Python sketch show, but she got moves! Enjoy. Stolen Love was taken off Fast Years' debut EP 'Women', which they released in June, the latest output from these five Brooklyn up-and-comers to keep an eye out for - they'll be playing The Deli's CMJ Indie Pop stage, on Wednesday October 17th at Spike Hill, alongside Eytan and The Embassy, The Last Royals & more.
Ambient and slightly androgynous, the duo Belle Mare released their dreamy debut EP “The Boat of the Fragile Mind” earlier this spring. The EP resonates with somber tones and almost whale-like howls, unraveling soft acoustic guitar, simple piano melodies, and occasional subtle drones. The title track features the quivering vocals of Amelia Bushell, one half of the Belle Mare duo with guitarist Thomas Servidone, painting a dreamscape portrait of longing. Charade (streaming below) gently develops an unexpected blue melody that can lull you into the deepest of sleeps - I've heard of people dreaming of sleeping, in NYC. The duo met at an open mic night in Brooklyn and recorded the album in Servidone’s apartment, but notwithstanding the DIY approach, the record is full of character and the sound mature. With their mix of rich surrealism and an almost gothic aura, these song sounds as if played through an antique phonograph inside a parlor room... located in the deepest of our subconscious. While “The Boat” could easily draw comparisons to other dream-poppers Beach House, Belle Mare’s subtleties and extreme sparsness create a stronger emotional drive and more nostalgic appeal. - Devon Antonetti