Jamie Isaac is a 17 year old musician from London, who you may know of as an occasional collaborator with Archie Marshall. Isaac’s music is extremely dissonant, frequently based around heavily reverbed piano chords with delicate and faded percussion in the background, and emotive lyrics every once in a while. On his bandcamp page, Isaac says that his music serves as an “escape” which although sounds like a cliché at first, makes a lot of sense, considering how much emotion seems to be packed into each track. Below you can listen to one of my favorite tracks from him “Softly Draining Seas.” and below that link to his bandcamp for a few more tracks.
As my first introduction to Asheville’s Sin Kitty, ‘Vanity Daze’ leaves a pretty great first impression. The song begins at a lurching pace with the sweaty atmospherics of an unfinished basement. These guys aren’t willing to stay in that basement, however, as the song progresses through it’s 5 minutes. As the female vocals wash in and begin to build the tension of the song reaches breaking point as the mechanical guitar breaks out into classic surf-rock bliss. Of course, like all great trips, the band collapse back into the dark section before the song ends. Basically, the perfect track for anyone who isn’t quite sure how to prepare for Spring’s warm weather.