New Wave Rock Band The Fontaines Show Off Their Inner “Freak”

A tale of a bad experience in bed highlights the narrative of the new single “Freak” by Los Angeles rock band The Fontaines. The song is filled with sultry vocals, groovy rhythms and a down-tempo beat all layered nicely with top notch production values. Check out the song here:

https://soundcloud.com/user-555690871/freak

The Fontaines started with Charlotte Fontaine (vocals) and Hank Fontaine (guitar) writing songs together in 2014, until they were joined by Chrystian Kaplan (drums) and Daniel Zuker (bass) and became a full four piece. Charlotte is reclaiming sexist connotations and letting everyone know that it’s okay to be labeled a freak. After tiring out from uncomfortable encounters who shamed her, Charlotte decided to take the mantle of “freak” and run with it, making it acceptable for others too to indulge in their inner freak.

The band has been on a roll lately. In 2017, The Fontaines dropped the debut single “Evaporate,” which received airplay on commercial and satellite radio, and garnered thousands of online streams. This success caught on in Los Angeles, where The Fontaines headlined a sold-out performance at The Troubadour in support of their dual EP releases, “Playgirls” and “Playboys.”

To stay up to date with The Fontaines, be sure to stay up to date with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and their official site.

When We Met’s Latest Music Video for “Ride the Tide”

Portland native duo When We Met released their psychedelic new music video for their latest single “Ride the Tide” off the recently released album “Where Did They Come From.” Check out the video here:

The video was created by cartoonist Magnificent Kaaboom, who brought to life the song’s ocean-themed lyrics with visuals that showcase a unique art style complete with retro animation. Right from the get-go, the video literally grabs you in as a hand pops out from a book and drags the viewer into a wacky world full of surfing cavemen and globetrotting aliens. The duo is backed on this occasion by a robot drummer, which somehow brings it all together. If you’re looking for a dream world to escape to with a new wave, indie rock soundtrack, look no further than When We Met’s latest video “Ride the Tide.”

Stay up to date with When We Met on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their official site.

NINA – New EP Release

London-based Nina has released her latest EP “One of Us” on Aug. 11 and it’s a synthpop and synthwave love affair. Check out the title track here:

The opening synthesizers in “One of Us” evoke outer-space emotions with Nina’s voice adding narrative to the worldly experience. When the beat drops, the song sounds straight ripped from a classic 80s film but still fresh, new and invigorating at the same time. The new wave roots wrapped in modern sensibilities clearly show the German-native’s early influences of Depeche Mode.

The second track, “Counting Stars,” also begins quite ominous in a synth-laden landscape. The darker and slower-tempo track offers the chance to get lost in the music and allows the listener to feel the nighttime stars surrounding them. The production on both of these songs are top-notch, thanks to producer Oscillian and mixing work by Grammy-Award winner Liam Nolan.

The rest of the EP remixes the two songs wonderfully. SJBRAVO’s remix of “One of Us” is a groovy disco style song made to get people on the dancefloor. It’s an interesting take and is different enough to feel like a new song entirely. Johnny Royal’s remix has faster-sounding beats with an underlying synth melody that adds a futuristic feel. Angger Dimas’ remix is full of suspense with dub-steps influences that completely take the song in a new direction. It is easily and by the far the most experimental track on the album. Lastly, Douglas Holmquist’s remix of “Counting Stars” is a soothing version that perfectly closes the EP as it relaxes you to the end. Overall, the songs and remixes on this album are great for anyone looking to relive the sounds of synthpop and synthwave from a new talent.

https://soundcloud.com/ninasounduk/countingstars

To stay up to date with Nina, check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes, and her official site.

Savant – New Album Release

Savant has released his four-CD anthology collection “Outcasts” that celebrates his diverse discography from the past five years. Stream the full album here:

The anthology features new and unreleased material, VIP mixes, demos and more to celebrate Savant’s 5th anniversary. Savant is the alter-ego of Norway born, Los Angeles-based producer, composer Aleksander Vinter who has released 13 full length albums since 2011. From his debut “Ninur” and all the way through now, Savant has earned the right for becoming known as an unpredictable dance music icon. He has collected Norwegian Grammy Nominations, Top 25 positions on the iTunes Pop and Dance charts, more than 60 million Spotify stream, and 11 #1 albums on Beatport, an electronic music site.

Savant has experimented with a multitude of genres such as house, electro, disco, 80s new wave, 70s glam rock, 8-bit videogame soundtracks and more. For new fans looking to get into Savant music, the best way is to check out his latest anthology “Outcasts” available now.

unnamed.jpg

Photo provided by Savant

To stay up to date with all things Savant, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Bandcamp.

Art d’Ecco – Solo Artist Interview

Art d’Ecco celebrated his debut album “Day Fevers” this month with the release of his new music video for “I’ll Never Give You Up” – a 80s New Wave throwback. Today, ETV spoke with d’Ecco about why he left the big city for isolation, his plans for an upcoming follow-up album, and he offers advice to young artists who are struggling in their songwriting process. (Previously, ETV featured d’Ecco’s album release of “Day Fevers” so check it out if you haven’t.)

unnamed

To understand d’Ecco is to understand his venture. Growing up, he moved around a lot but spent a good portion of it in Victoria and Vancouver BC. At a young age he started getting into classical music going down the route of taking piano lessons and the like. At age 10, he remembers watching Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York City and being completely blown away by the performance.

“It wasn’t until my later teens when I met Jason Corbett (Day Fevers producer) where I fanned the flames into new musical frontiers,” d’Ecco said. “My tastes have continued to grow over time, I’m constantly searching for that new high; but a few of the ‘old faithfuls’ are still cherished- they trickle into my writing quite noticeably, at times.”

He now resides on a Gulf Island in the Pacific Northwest after deciding he needed a change from city.

“I was fast approaching my 30s and awoke from auto-pilot one day to discover that I needed a change,” d’Ecco said. “In seclusion, I realized my prior limitations were malleable- unlike living in the city, I could go sometimes three weeks without communicating or seeing anyone. I also realized that personal discovery has an arc. I started at the bottom of the learning curve; emotionally I was like a Drake song. Now I’m here.”

After battling his personal turmoil head on, themes from his rediscovery have made their way onto d’Ecco’s latest album “Day Fevers” that include desperation, dislocation, separation, condemnation, revelation in temptation, and isolation; leaving little doubt to how his experience was during that time.

With the release of “Day Fevers,” d’Ecco also premiered the second single “I’ll Never Give You Up” with a music video produced by Theo Kim at TGK Films and directed by Kim, Jeremy Szostak, Adam Beal, and Colin Kozachuk. The video stars Keilani Rose, Blaike Holding, and d’Ecco in the retro-trippy dance number that is both haunting and electrifying. Check out the video here:

The track is a departure from d’Ecco’s glam rock inspired single “She So Hot” covered on ETV. With an ability to adapt his writings across multiple genres, the experience from track to track on “Day Fevers” is always a fresh one.

Having isolated himself for the sake of rediscovery, d’Ecco knows a thing or two about what it takes to inject new life into music. He offered advice to those musicians who may have felt tired of their own songwriting techniques and need new inspiration.

“For me it was a matter of taking a step outside the frame and gaining perspective,” d’Ecco said. “Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by expectations. We look too far into the future and fail to embrace the moment. The process. Creation, expression. The joy of putting all on the table and sharing it with the world. All my musical heroes seem to prescribe to the same musical ideology, which is to say: ‘Make it for yourself first, and always do it for you.’ It’s been my mantra for this entire project. It’s my mental tramp stamp.”

Plans are already in the works for an upcoming d’Ecco album, which is no surprise as he always finds himself writing new material. He said the next record will be much different sonically and thematically, describing it as a nighttime record. We look forward to its release and will keep you up to date on all the latest news.

The debut album of d’Ecco is only a taste of what’s to come. In the meantime, be sure to check out “Day Fevers” and watch him perform live if he’s performing in your city. To stay up to date with all things d’Ecco, follow him on Bandcamp, YouTube, Apple Music, iTunes, and Spotify.