Mallrat: Drive Me Round

Australian singer/rapper/producer Mallrat (aka Grace Shaw) released her third, and most polished, EP Driving Music earlier this month. From it, “Drive Me Round” is at first a gentle, drifting tune (complete with echoing background chants), but when the beat drops the track turns into a rich, synth-driven bop. Concurrently a melancholy and upbeat, the song is a glittery couple of minutes long, and sees the …

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A sad farewell to Daniel Johnston, pretty synthpop, psychedelic indie and more music

Daniel Johnston: True Love Will Find You In The End An inspiration to so many other artists and musicians, Daniel Johnston‘s vast contribution of simple, honest and haunting works find balance between outsider art and mainstream acceptance. The singer/songwriter and visual artist’s laundry list of accolades ranges from inclusion in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, adoration for this “Hi, How Are You” mural in Austin, a …

STRFKR: Fantasy

Portland, Oregon-based indie-pop group STRFKR (aka Josh Hodges, Keil Corcoran, Shawn Glassford) provides fans with their first new music in three years. “Fantasy” is a spacey, funky tune with long cinematic pauses and crescendoing synths—and is undeniably STRFKR. Delicate vocals float in and out, but the track puts the intergalactic instrumental front and center.