The Underground Forest - Vol 19
This month’s edition of The Underground Forest features; a song that gives mid-2000s DIY mashup euphoria; an experimental neo-soul song that creates a magical auditory world; a song that sounds like it plays throughout the halls of an abandoned mansion; a dreamy lofi song that will help you confront your fears, and make them less terrifying; a shimmering soundscape with stream of consciousness style lyrics, and more!
Featuring Sabriel, Ali Coyle, R.City, Angel Apricot,DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ, ROMÆO, Stemlines, Sandunes and Half Waif.
blameitonme - Sabriel
The opening lines of Sabriel’s newest song “The sun and the moon/Were the same color orange”, hints at the magical auditory world you are about to immerse yourself in. blameitonme is a sultry, mysterious forest of sound, tinted with the orange of twilight; blending the artist's experimental sound with a seriously addictive r&b/neo-soul groove. This is divine.
Say What You Mean - DJ Sabrina the teenage DJ
An immediate blast of early-mid-2000s euphoria (the pads in this invoke the unbridled dopamine rush of Call on Me). This is giving DIY mashup you just came across while browsing the internet in the mid-2000s, under the pink glow of your lava lamp, one that invigorated a lifelong passion to make your own music. There is no one who does it quite like DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ.
Dreamkiller - Ali Coyle
The newest release from American-Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ali Coyle is dreamy and gentle, with lovely DIY touches. It is a love letter to deep-seated fears; opening with the lines “everything is temporary”. The vocals are a lush bed of layers; Dreamkiller in its confrontation of deep-seated inner fears, is a very comforting listen. Listening to this will do you the world of good.
limoncello - Angel Apricot
I came across this on Bandcamp and was drawn into the DIY dreamworld of Angel Apricot. A shimmering soundscape descends on you; against gentle guitar chords and percussion. The vocals are lofi and lush; the lyrics being like a stream of consciousness, like a diary entry. This is experimental, it is magical, and truly wonderful to listen to.
R.City - WAPA
WAPA comes from acclaimed hip hop duo R. City (consisting of brothers Theron and Timothy), taken from their album This Is Not A Drill…This Is Really Happening. WAPA features incredibly addictive production from start to finish, it is literally impossible to stop listening. So good.
Less I Do - ROMÆO
I came for the baroque artwork; and stayed for the entrancing synths and vocals. Taken from the EP SONGS ABOUT ME, Less I Do brings you into its mesmerizing world, its utterly hypnotic chorus weaving its way through you, and transforming you.
2000x again and again, Still here, here still - Stemlines
This is glittering, it is utterly gorgeous; featuring chopped vocal samples, paired with Y2K style percussion, this is the definition of sparkling euphoric production, taken from the album L4TA, (which I highly recommend). The imagination of the artist/producer shimmers throughout this whole album, making this a joyous listening experience. This will inject kaleidoscopic joy into your winter days and nights.
Cyclone - Sandunes, Half Waif
Opening with the ambient sounds of a storm and rain; this melts into an eerie melodyscape, with haunting vocals, leading to a wholly immersive experience. Cyclone is hypnotic and mesmerizing, it is taken from the album The Ground Beneath Her Feet, of which you can read more about here.
Anomaly - Kylie V
Gorgeous alt-country that flows gently and mournfully, laced with icy vocals. This plays throughout the haunted halls of an abandoned manor, it is achingly beautiful but will shatter your heart.
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