The Underground Forest - Vol 4
Welcome to the underground forest - an ongoing series where we find the very best of alternative + experimental electronic, jazz, shoegaze, alt rock and pop.
see/D - Satin Sheets
This sounds like the soundscape from a dream that took place in the late 90s/early 2000s; sounding as smooth and celestial as the artwork looks. A plush and dreamy soundscape, with sparkling synthesis paired with a trip-hop esque beat - entrancing.
Never Gonna Be Alone - Jacob Collier (feat Lizzy McAlpine & John Mayer)
There was a time when my imagination and joy for life were starting to wane - and one of the sparks for reinvigorating my mind was the music of Jacob Collier. This newest release is a paradise for your ears - opening with gentle, shimmering chimes and a celestial pad, soothing you instantaneously. Radiant vocals ease around the relaxed beat with blissful pads sprinkled throughout. Truly magnificent in every way.
Die by the Sword - MJ Noble
Produced, composed, performed and engineered by the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist MJ Noble - her album Kind Blade is a trip into a dark fantastical landscape from another dimension. It opens with Die by The Sword which features a mix of game-like synthesis and fairytale-esque lyrics, asking “what if I chase the sun, burn out too late, they told me to not make waves, be careful what I say” before diving into a deep, dark pit of drum and bass style electronics. Every part of this song is drenched in imagination and creativity; from the lyrics, right down to the sound design. Listen to the full album here.
It’s Me and You - Tokyo Tea Room
A gorgeous mix of shoegazey psychedelic dreampop - this newest release from the Kent-based group has a cool DIY feel to it, which drenches it in character - resulting in it being thoroughly hypnotic.
RU Ready - dreamcastmoe
The newest release from the US based singer and producer - RU READY is a technicolor dreamcast in music form. The phantasmagoric production and verses weave together to form what can only be described as velvet for your ears.
Imagine - Julian Lennon (feat Nuno Bettencourt)
A portion of the proceeds for this song will be donated to Ukraine refugee relief through Lennon’s nonprofit, The White Feather Foundation to Global Citizen.
Taken from the live performance at Global Citizen Stand Up for Ukraine! Social Media Rally, featuring Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme, Rihanna), this was Lennon’s only time publicly singing ‘Imagine’. This is a truly beautiful arrangement and performance of this song.
Lennon also released audio and visual interpretations, which included a personal narration and new visual artwork, as an NFT in partnership with YellowHeart.
Stuck In The Middle - Greentea Peng
The newest release from the UK based artist - Stuck In The Middle is a mysterious, introspective neo-soul affair featuring gorgeous cinematic string arrangements scattered throughout. Check out the accompanying music video here.
Glitter and Gold - Imen Siar
Gleaming vocals paired with a throbbing bass and a sparse electronic backdrop; this draws you in instantly, before hitting you with the incredibly powerful wall of sound that is the chorus - this may be what you need to face the day.