Sunday, March 5, 2017

RHEYA - Union EP


RHEYA is the solo project of a Swedish dream pop artist, who first made his appearance in 2014. As his moniker suggests, his music is influenced by earlier Wild Nothing records, but RHEYA succeeds in creating a dreamy world of his own. Drenched in laid-back synths and unique vocals, his songs have not left my mp3 playlist all this time. On March 3rd his EP 'Union' was re-released through VÅRØ, an independent Swedish label, and it is enriched with 'Gold' and 'When No One Else Is Around', two more recent tracks. 
The Union EP is available to stream/buy on Bandcamp and Spotify. Check it out below. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Venn - Venn EP


One of the privileges of being a blogger is when a new band contacts you and asks you to listen to their forthcoming release. Which can also become a sort of torture when you discover amazing music that you cannot share with the rest of the world just yet. Such is the case of Venn. The Washington D.C. shoegaze/dream pop quartet (comprising of Holden Cihelka, Gabe Earle, Jon Fetahaj and Julian Earle) first made their appearance in August 2016 with a brilliant cover version of Slowdive's 'Alison'. 
Earlier this month they gave us a taste of their debut self-titled EP, which they recorded independently and is being released today. 
'Surreal' is a strikingly refreshing track that immediately catches the listener's attention. And as you move on to the other three tracks you will find that the EP really works as a 'Venn diagram': ethereal vocals, jangly guitars, breezy reverb sounds overlap to create a multi-layered dreamy experience. 'Venn' is a stunning debut by a band that - judging by the young of its members' age - has a very promising future! 
The EP is out now and you can stream/buy it below.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sister Electra - Down By The Park [Premiere]


Sister Electra is the brainchild of Swedish musician/producer Stefan Eriksson. Despite his own musical roots originally within punk and heavy metal genres, in the late eighties he was drawn towards the electronic music scene. Throughout his career, Eriksson has been involved in an impressive amount of different bands/projects, released records and toured around the world. He recently started collaborating with the newly-founded label Modernshortcuts, who are releasing his new single. 
FP2T is happy to be premiering 'Down By The Park', a melodic synth-drenched track that sounds fresh and at the same time reminiscent of past decades' music. The single will be officially released on 31/01/2017 and will also include an alternate version, 'Unconscious By The Park'. 
Check out 'Down By The Park' below! 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Slowdive - Star Roving


This is one of the days shoegaze fans have been dreaming of for years and seemed so far away. The wait is finally over! Slowdive have just released a new song after 22 years. Singer Neil Halstead says: “When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. It's taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it's with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash 'Star Roving'. We really hope folks enjoy it, it's part of a bunch of new tracks we've been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started”
Their new material will be released via Dead Oceans worldwide and 'Star Roving' is the first excerpt of a promising return. You can watch the video with visuals by Nathan David Smith or stream/download the track on Bandcamp below. Enjoy! 



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best of 2016


Here's the list of FP2T's favourite 2016 releases in alphabetical order: 

Bloodhounds On My Trail - Haunted Isles 
Bloody Knives - I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This 
Brothers in Law - Raise 
Cigarettes After Sex - K. 
Citrus Clouds - Imagination 
Crescendo - Unless 
DIIV - Is The Is Are 
Echolust - Veldisa 
Genders - Phone Home 
Gentle Ivanhoe Death Skulls - Malone Kidd EP 
Golden Graves - Be Safe 
HYLA - Chaos For You 
Jay Som - Turn Into 
Lost Tapes - Let's Get Lost 
Manic Sheep - Brooklyn 
Miniatures - What You Want 
MOLLY - As Years Go By 
Motorama - Dialogues 
Newmoon - Space 
PAT MOON - Don't Hide From The Light 
Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered 
Programm - A Torrid Marriage Of Logic and Emotion 
Self Portraits - Imperfections 
Sexores - Red Rooms 
Sky Between Leaves - Klein Blues 
Soft Wounds - Soft Wounds 
Soviet Soviet - Endless 
Starrsha - Starrsha 
Stella Diana - Nitocris 
Tape Waves - Here To Fade 
Still Corners - Dead Blue 
Terry vs. Tori - Terry vs. Tori 
The Blessed Isles - Straining Hard Against the Strength of Night 
The Mary Onettes - Juna 
The Radio Dept. - Running Out Of Love 
TRACES - Imaginary Life 
Vagina Lips - Athanasia 
We.the Pigs - DK31 EP 
Wild Meadows - Nowhere 
Wild Nothing - Life of Pause

Friday, December 9, 2016

Screens 4 Eyes - Behind These Doors EP


Screens 4 Eyes are an electro indie rock / dream pop music project from Tel Aviv. Their first EP Ask Me Not was released in August 2015 and a few days ago the group released their second EP Behind These Doors. The lyrics describe a yearning for intimacy and being drifted to the world of dreams and the subconscious, which offer an adventurous and intriguing alternative to the banality of everyday life. 
The EP is available to stream and download on Bandcamp and below you can listen to the gorgeous and new favourite already 'Channel To Id'! 



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sky Between Leaves - Klein Blues


They come from Brazil but they are currently based in London and they make post punk/krautrock music with shoegazey influences. They got their name from Jarvis Cocker's anecdote about wearing glasses for the first time and realizing that the holes in the trees were the sky. Tito Cordeiro (guitar/vocals), Brenno Balbino (bass/ synthesizers), Juliana Favero (drums/ percussion) are Sky Between Leaves, a band that released their debut EP Klein Blues in early October. The title track is one of a "perfect blue", evoking feelings of intensity while being unrestrained and infinitely free and hopeful. Below you can watch the video for 'Klein Blues', an homage to Yves Klein (the inventor of the particular colour), and immerse yourselves in boundless skies. 



Friday, October 7, 2016

Egoprisme - EP2 [PREMIERE]


Sometimes there is in the air, diffuse and indefinable, something that catches, snaps, something that leads to the faint-hearted, to the creative and inventive. It may be an idea, a trend, a state of mind; unable to escape. Jean-Marc Le Droff might not pay attention and stay comfortably in what animates, since 2002. He stayed in the "rock fight" in a Brest electro-rock duo. But then, his fighting pessimism needed to be expressed differently. After making more personal compositions with his machines and his guitar, he kept discreetly to himself before giving in to pressure from his entourage, seduced by his music. Listening to Egoprisme, it is hard not to think of a cold wave-post-punk-80s inherited music. While we tend to dream about the future, sometimes it reinvents the legacy of past decades without taking forcing consciousness. Reminiscent? Perhaps. Or maybe not.
The indie scene also feeds on itself. So according to his musical knowledge, especially in Egoprisme, we find what we want to see. A cold wave that will be sensitive to this dark world, this serious and monotonous song that will evoke the glory days of rock which wanted Gothic. The synthetic side of his music also recalls of the boom times of synth pop, and the electro and indie rock audiences will find themselves immersed in an echo of their own references. Returning things intuitively where they were left, Egoprisme built a modern music, with a dark wave and dark synth pattern, which is the junction of many currents; at the intersection of cold, rock and indie, a resolutely upbeat electro. This music, moving and moving, is made to be listened to and dance. And with Egoprisme, we dance with much gravity with levity. In Paris, Rennes and Brest we have been able to see Egoprisme share the bill with Tropic of Cancer, Qual (Lebanon Hanover) Try not , Fuzeta, mode in Gliany, the Wheal, Republic of Dahu and Icesun. 
EP2 is out today digitally on Beko Disques. The cover artwork was made by French artist Jb Stephan.
FP2T is excited to premiere the 4-track EP as well as the video for the opening track 'En Secret'. Stream, watch and dance to one of our favourite 'unkept' secrets of the year! 




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Newmoon - Helium


Belgian shoegazers Newmoon shared 'Head Of Stone', the first track off their upcoming debut album Space a couple months ago. With the day of the official release  drawing near (October 14th), the band just dropped a video for a new stellar track called 'Helium'. The beautiful video captures friends of the band dancing around in a freezing warehouse. 
Space will be available on LP/CD via PIAS Recordings and Mayfly Records and you can (pre)order it here
You can watch the video and join in the dance below. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Finnmark! - Cycling (Bekolympics Compilation) [PREMIERE]


With the Rio Olympic Games just a few days away and in a mood for bringing people together, French label Beko Disques are releasing a summer compilation featuring tracks from well-known and loved artists of the label's pertaining to various Olympic sports. 
The tracklist was out a few days ago and is as follows: 
Balladur_Olympique Layat 
Chevalier Avant Garde_Heavy Discus 
Rémi Parson_Basketball 
Drug Train_1976 
Super Crayon_Marathon 
Djokovic_Relay 
The Royal Landscaping Society_Swim 
Finnmark!_Cycling 
Photon_Discobolus 
Procedure Club_Triathlon 
Ski Saigon_Mekong Olympics 
Splash Wave_Synchronschwimmen.
The compilation will be released on both CD and digitally. The CD, which is available to purchase separately or as part of Beko's summer pack, will be out on August 5th in 200 copies, each bearing a different sleeve. 
FP2T is happy to present today the first excerpt of the compilation by Leeds-based pop band (and one of our favourites) Finnmark!. 'Cycling' is a shimmering summery track, perfect for those who love riding to great pop tunes. 
Have a listen below and be on the lookout for the rest of the Bekolympics!