Chicago musician @towkio risked his life Wednesday by literally traveling to space in a helium balloon and today his debut album, WWW. has arrived along with a video showing that emotional journey to space. It’s a must watch.
The album (out on American/Republic Records) was executive produced by Rick Rubin and Lido (recorded at Shangri-La in Malibu) with features from SZA, Vic Mensa and more.
Today, NYC-based, orchestral pop artist Sur Back shares her new EP, Kitsch II on all DSPs. Yesterday, Office Magazine exclusively streamed the EP, praising, "the new project reveals an exciting shift in sonic landscape. The Line of Best Fit premiered the second single "Anyone Else," praising its "multifaceted improvisational work full of whimsy and mysticism." EARMILK exclusively premiered the first single, "Valentino," calling it, "haunting, yet light, whimsical, but domineering." The EP was written, recorded and produced by Sur Back, and mixed and mastered by Patrick Brown of Different Fur Studios (Toro y Moi, Grimes, Zola Jesus, K. Flay, The Morning Benders). Sur Back is the solo project of Caroline Sans, a formally trained dancer and musician, who channels the two forms of art into a baroque pop aesthetic. Kitsch II is Kitsch's darker, more somber cousin, as displayed by the similar, but darker, album art. Although most of the second EP's tracks were written around the same time as the first EP, as a collection, the record has taken on a new meaning with Sur Back's transition to living in the city and moving away from her childhood home. While finishing production of this record, Sur Back moved from South Florida to NYC, which is reflected through the EP's wide-eyed optimism and dreamlike aesthetic. "Valentino" was written as if scoring a fashion show, with a straightforward beat with a bit of jaggedness, as if walking in heels. The gorgeous instrumental layers that Sur Back is able to produce and write alone in her bedroom pushes past the typical DIY sound of bedroom pop.
04.25 - The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY