New Music – Naomi Pilgrim, Howlet, Chasing Grace
New music debuts from Stockholm, Illinois and Herfordshire
If the tunes from the Swedish newcomer remind you occasionally of Lykke Li, there may be a reason for that as the former was once a backing singer for the latter. Her new tunes are rather special, full of slo-mo soulful twists and sweet, twinkling electropop melodies.
From Springfield, Illinois, Lydia Jordan Smith is Howlet, an one-woman band writing and recording superbly noir-tinged electronic tunes with a surprisingly potent pop crust to them. Recent EP “Afraidarck” may be full of eerie twists and buckles, yet songs like “Greedings” have an infectious hue to them which bodes well for the future.
School pals from Herfordshire making merry music may sound like something from an Enid Blyton book, but they’re the facts behind Chasing Grace’s Phil Plested and Grace Ackerman. Tunes like “Free” are what have heads turning their way, a track full of emotional highs and Naughty Boy-produced frills.