LISTEN: Catherine Moan – ‘Fools’ (Depeche Mode Cover)

A fun, polished cover of a Depeche Mode b-side, Philadelphia-based electro-pop artist Catherine Moan has shared their latest single ‘Fools’. Immersing themselves into the moody, catchy beats and synth sequences that the 80s new wave band were originally renowned for, Catherine’s version of ‘Fools’ shimmers with a playful yearning.

“I recorded this while taking a break from working on my album,” Catherine explains. “Ever since I started making music, one thing I always wanted to do was record a cover of Depeche Mode. I especially adore their earlier records with industrial percussion influence and campy & moody vocals layered over a repetitive but infectious groove. Their music really inspires me and is the blueprint for a creative process that doesn’t have to be complex or intellectually challenging to create something fun and danceable.”

Catherine channels these elements into her cover via smooth vocals, buoyant electronics and infectious rhythms, giving this slice of 80s alternative music nostalgia a welcome sultry twist. Listen to ‘Fools’ below.

 

Follow Catherine Moan on bandcamp, Spotify, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Video Premiere: GracieSouz – ‘Before, An Apparition’

Following the sweeping sounds of ‘Brian Cox’, and having been charming our ears for sometime as front woman of GIHE faves KIN, Grace Strickland de Souza – aka GracieSouz – has been establishing her reputation over the last few months, with over 200k streams on Spotify, and has now shared a poignant new single.

Propelled by a soaring, haunting majesty, ‘Before, An Apparition’ explores themes of memory, transient moments and perseverance with a glistening, emotion-strewn splendour. As pulsating beats build with an industrial, glitchy energy to a frenzied, cinematic climax, the stirring celestial grace of the vocals create a truly captivating shimmering allure. An exquisite slice of electro-driven brooding alt-pop, this latest offering showcases GracieSouz as an innovative artist on the rise.

‘Before, An Apparition’ is accompanied by a beautifully handcrafted new video offering a stirring visual highlighting the poignancy of the track’s lyrical content and the sweeping majesty of its unique soundscape. Watch the video, for the first time, here:

‘Before, An Apparition’ is out tomorrow 5th March, ahead of the release of GracieSouz’s upcoming EP Better In Space – pre-order here. The track is produced and with additional music by experimental electronic producer Alexander Comana (Miedo Total, Casi Wyn) and mixed and mastered by Nicholas Alexander (Battles, Dead Slow Hoot).

Mari Lane
@marimindles

PREMIERE: Priestess – ‘Shelter’

Originally formed in London by Kate Fleur Young, and with the added input of producers James Mottershead, Jack Drewry and Oli Kilpatrick, Priestess has now shared a spellbinding new single. 

Reflecting on the impact of deep, and sometimes destructive, love, ‘Shelter’ provides a soaring, ethereal soundscape. Propelled by glitchy beats and whirring hooks, a swirling haunting majesty flows alongside the deep, bewitching splendour of Young’s rich sensual vocals. Captivating the ears with its exquisite dark energy, it’s a soulful slice of introspective electro-pop, perfectly capturing the intoxicating feeling of being overwhelmed with emotion. A poignant sonic portrayal of “when love feels like a beautiful and dangerous storm”. 

Of the track, Priestess expands:

“‘Shelter’ was written about the golden rays of deep desire and infatuation. A love that feels so bright but can also take you to the darkest parts of yourself. It’s based in raw feelings that connect to the elemental energies of nature. Terrifying, beautiful and unpredictable.

Listen to ‘Shelter’, for the first time, here:

 

‘Shelter’ is out now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

WATCH: Separatr – ‘Appetite’

Having put out a song every two months throughout 2020, Seattle-based duo Stephanie Melvin and Joe Douglas – aka Separatr – ended last year with the release of their latest single ‘Appetite’.

Reflecting on that all-too-common period in which a crush can become self-destructive, ‘Appetite’ is a compelling, genre-defying cacophony. Fusing together gritty alt-pop and a driving grunge-fuelled melancholy, along with shades of a frenetic drum ‘n’ bass inspired energy and everything in-between, it’s propelled by propulsive beats and swirling hooks; building with an increasing tension to a frenzied climax. A truly captivating soundscape that’ll seduce the ears with its eerie majesty.

‘Appetite’ is accompanied by an innovatively created video, the honey sweet hues of which match the luscious allure of Melvin’s vocals perfectly. Watch here:

Appetite’ is out now via Big Hare Records, taken from Separatr’s upcoming new album, set for release this Summer. You can also listen to the band’s weekly podcast here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles