Seoul (DJ)

Sometimes the feelings of loneliness and vitality arise together and coexist in complementary ways. Seoul are three young Montreal residents concerned with committing this subtle relationship to tape. Since the acclaimed release of their first single "Stay With Us" in July 2013, and "White Morning" in May 2014, Seoul have prepared to unveil their first completed full-length work. Blue, breathless, gentle, and absolute, I Become A Shade is the self-produced debut album from the ambient-pop outfit. 

In the world of this record, pop is not conceived as a genre but rather as a rare and elegant moment of convergence -- of sounds, of ideas, of taste, and of context. I Become A Shade unfolds as a densely nocturnal dream-ode to banality, isolation, sidelong glances, and rented rooms, focusing moods and textures into intuitive and compelling alignments. Despite its tendency to dwell on such feelings of anxiety and loneliness, the piece ultimately manages to transcend its land-locked desperateness, arriving briefly at ecstatic junctures of self-discovery and growth. All the while, the rain continues to fall.

Seoul has shared the stage with Tei Shi, Milky Chance, Lia Ices, TOPS, Local Natives, Gem Club, Fort Lean

Seoul's "Stay With us" in The Majestic Casual #2 curated by Disclosure:

Despite their name, Heathers doesn't include one single female member (although they may don dresses from time to time for performances). And the L.A. guitar-pop trio is nowhere near as vindictive as a young Winona Ryder starring in the '80s black comedy of the same name. From the sound of their "I Know" EP, Michael Francis, Thom Lucero and Michael Wegener probably just spent a lot of time in their bedrooms listening to the Wedding Present. At least, they listened to them enough to go out and record a four-song cassette of covers, which includes crunchy renditions of "Dalliance," "Dare," "Brassneck" and "Getting Nowhere Fast." Heathers' original material isn't too far from their Brit-rock and jangle-pop heroes either. The title track of their "Fear" 7-inch is a fine slice of lo-fi guitar pop that could very well land them next to Smith Westerns in your record collection. Francis' vocals are particularly gritty on this track, yet they also slide into the chorus with ease, and Lucero's bright harmonies provide a nice contrast. The guitars run rampant for texture while Wegener's percussion serves as a solid foundation. A Heathers full-length is currently in the works.

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