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Seoul, Korea – Last month, Neon Bunny released her sophomore album Stay Gold. I’ve been exposed to her music because she was featured on Mark Redito’s track “Daytime Disco” so when I finally heard this album, I was immediately blown away. And to be honest, I’ve been listening to a couple tracks non-stop the past few days. One of my absolute favorites is “Room314″ which features my favorite dude Mark Redito. 

Her music is what I call blissfully synthy. With “Room314″, you get a bit of the classic Redito flavor mixed in so the track is pretty pop-y. But if you listen to “All I Want Is You”, Neon Bunny’s delicate vocals practically float on top of the synth and it’s driven enough by pop that it gets you hooked in the beginning.

One of my favorite songs on the album is “Romance in Seoul”. Even though the song is mostly in Korean, something about her vocals convey all the meaning I need to get from the song. The slow rhythm and her soft vocals absolutely make me swoon. All I can say is that Neon Bunny is incredible.

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On September 2, Southern Shores will be releasing their debut album Loja on their home label, and one of my personal favorite labels, Cascine. The duo released new track “Riders”, a gloriously synthy track that sounds ethereal beyond words. All the light vocals that echo throughout the song give the song a heavenly presence and the airy synth is simply breathtaking. The percussions keep the song grounded, always giving “Riders” something to go off on. The ending to this song is delicate and soft, and finally finishes with the lightness that the song starts off with.

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Southern Shores will be releasing their debut LP Loja via Cascine on September 2. From the LP is new single “Palo Alto”, a beautiful synth pop track featuring some dreamy vocals. I feel like there’s no good way to describe this track because the way the song builds, it’s practically breathtaking. Southern Shores has lots of layers in this track and while it’s a pretty thick track, the light vocals and escalating build kind of brings about a delicate airiness to the track.

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New Zealand – Two weeks ago, Yumi Zouma announced that they will be releasing their debut LP Yoncalla later this year, and naturally, I am stoked! Just a couple days ago, the band shared the newest single from the LP titled “Barricade (Matter Of Fact)”. In my opinion, I think this song is a wonderful exhibition as to how they have evolved as a band. While the song is still synth pop track, it’s definitely less heavy on the synth and rides on the soft and whimsical sound of their new lead vocalist Christie Simpson. For Yumi Zouma, I’d consider this song relatively stripped down and it’s absolutely breathtaking to hear them like this. I love the delicate sound of this track and I’m excited to listen to the rest of the record.

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New Zealand – I’m super excited that Yumi Zouma, one of my favorite bands of 2014, is finally releasing their debut album Yoncalla this year. I’ve been hooked on this band since I first their track “The Brae” over two years ago. With the huge announcement, the band shared their newest track “Keep It Close To Me”. Their sound has definitely changed over the last couple of years, especially when their former vocalist Kim Pflaum left. But Yumi Zouma has done an excellent job in maintaining their light and dreamy synth pop sound. Their sound has become more complex but they honestly have such a consistently light sound that makes it feel like you’re floating on clouds.

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Taken from Brett’s upcoming sophomore LP Mode is “Electric”. This soft synthpop track will lift you up with its bubbly sound. I love the airy vocals, but there are parts that I can hear some of the backing vocals with a bit of auto-tune that kind of takes away from the lightness of the song. The synthpop has this hazy chillwave feel, like a super pop version of Washed Out or Toro Y Moi. I do like the minimal intro because the rest of song does have a lot of layers and you can really hear his vocals in the beginning.

Mode is out 3/18 via Cascine.

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So I’m a huge doofus – for the longest time I didn’t realize that Yumi Zouma got a new lead singer: Christie Simpson. I’ve been researching for the past thirty minutes or so about the transition from Kim Pflaum to Christie Simpson. It breaks my heart a little bit that Pflaum left but she is doing some amazing things, and it sounds like Simpson is doing Yumi Zouma justice. Above is the music video for “Second Wave”, from Yumi Zouma’s EP II. The music video highlights some beautiful scenery from Christchurch, New Zealand.