The Underground Forest - Vol 13

Welcome to The Underground Forest. This month’s edition features; an oceanic dreamworld saturated in technicolor; 808s like you have never heard before with surreal, eerie sampling melting over the top; lush 90s shoegaze; mermaid rock and rollers; nostalgic DIY bedroom pop that sounds as if it is playing over memory; and more. 

Featuring Sabrina Bellaouel, Tom Rasmussen, morgen, Aquadolls, Danny Kuttner, Yehezkel Raz, PYNKIE, Housewife and Gabacho.

By Eimear O SullivanMusicngear Editor

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Inception - Danny Kuttner, Yehezkel Raz

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This is the opening song to Danny Kuttner’s new EP ‘Purple’. ‘Inception’ is like stepping into a surreal dreamworld; in which a wall of hypnotic, slightly oceanic sounds swirl around you, with a gentle vocal sample entering every so often, making it even more magical.  This sounds as kaleidoscopic and wonderful as the artwork you see above. 

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Period Point Blank - Sabrina Bellaouel

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Pounding 808s, haunting vocals floating above, an intense, hypnotic rhythm drawing you into a trance-like state; this has a dark and powerful energy, one that shimmers with imagination and will entrance you immediately. The whispered vocals shimmer in over the beat; experimental sound fx creating a surreal tapestry in the background.

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Lilee - morgen

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Taken from the artist’s EP Bravado; ‘Lilee’ is gorgeously nostalgic; (bringing to mind the likes of soccer mommy) and fuses a lush shoegaze quality with 90s summer melancholy. This will envelop you into its gentle technicolor world, with its addictive and dreamlike songwriting; let yourself go and enjoy the journey.

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Sneaky - The Aquadolls

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When I saw this band being described as “mermaid rock and rollers” - I was immediately interested. This newest release from the US based band was produced by Chris Szczech (The Goo Goo Dolls), and it is a thoroughly fun mix of rock and alt pop, the chorus being a cathartic powerhouse. 

Further expanding on the single release, vocalist Melissa Brooks said, “’Sneaky’ tells the story of the uncertainties of what could come from a late-night hookup. Unsure if the other person is growing feelings or only physical attraction, this song shows the struggle of being someone’s dirty little secret.”

Bassist Keilah Nina continues “A nostalgic tune about that sickly, sweet feeling you get in your gut when you start feeling a little more than lust for that late night hookup. For when you’re stuck in a state of wondering if they feel the same way, or if you’re just wasting time fantasizing about what could be.”

The band is also going out on tour; the dates are on the poster below (tour admat by Jamal Crawford).

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Fabulous Opera - Tom Rasmussen

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Taken from the amazing new album ‘Body Building’; Fabulous Opera sounds as divine as the name suggests; and is about coming out of a period of numbness, into big joy. This is euphoric, glamorous, and slightly dreamlike; featuring a throbbing bassline, magical sound effects shimmering at the edges of your ears, giving way to a joyous chorus with a gorgeous 90s electronic feel. 

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Crushed Out - PYNKIE

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This gorgeous DIY bedroom pop is the newest release from artist PYNKIE; a singer/songwriter and registered nurse.

Opening with the ambient sounds of a garden; before dissolving into a lofi synthesizer riff with alt style 90s guitars and songwriting; all elements come together beautifully to form something that sounds like a sun soaked memory. Watch the music video here.

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Fuck Around Phase - Housewife

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Cathartic indie rock, opening with an earth shattering wall of guitars, and an even more powerful chorus ‘ I’m In My Fuck Around Phase’. The artist has a new music video to accompany the track, which you watch here. In addition to the music video release, Housewife has also announced a North American tour with Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini. The tour will run through the end of March and includes stops in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

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I Would Like That - Gabacho

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The closing track of the new album ‘Parque’; is a gentle blend of psychedelic textures with waves of surfy indie vibes; let this accompany you as you collect seashells on the beach, or go for long walks in nature, just chilling and letting yourself be.

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About Eimear O Sullivan

Eimear Ann O Sullivan is a multi-genre music producer, audio engineer and vocalist. After receiving a Masters in Music Technology from the CIT Cork School of Music, she went on to operate as a producer under the name Blakkheart. Her releases have received critical acclaim from Ireland's biggest music publications, such as District Magazine and Nialler9, alongside receiving heavy commercial radio airplay. She currently works in Cork recording studio Flashpoint CC. Previous clients of hers include the likes of Comedy Central’s Dragony Aunt star Candy Warhol, rapper Darce and Outsider YP. (Photo credit @Fabian Boros)

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