The Underground Forest - Vol 12
Welcome to The Underground Forest! This weeks edition features; 70s fairytale-like psychedelica; dreamy alt-90s pop; gentle lofi guitar and vocals that will transport you to the icy woods; Americana mixed with dreamy 60s influences; sunshine drenched euphoric pop; a kaleidoscopic soundscape that drifts over your ears like an organic lemon balm; early 2000s DIY electronic with a hint of shoegaze, and more.
Featuring Love You Later, Theresa Gorella, Robert PM, Lyric Christian, Annelle Staal, Ivor Game,SAL,crushed, Buffalo Daughter and Cibo Matto.
Stereotype C - Buffalo Daughter, Cibo Matto
Believe it or not, I didn’t watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer until 2022; where I was first introduced to Cibo Matto playing Sugar Water at The Bronze; a song which entranced me and many before me, immediately. It popped up on my Release Radar that Japanese Band Buffalo Daughter had released a song with Cibo Matto called ‘Stereotype C; a previously unreleased track that will appear on Buffalo Daughter’s limited edition vinyl release of ‘I’ (due for release on the 10th of March 2023) This is a funkalicious, phantasmagoric journey for the ears and the imagination; the second half of the song veering into a fairytale- like 70s psychedelica.
Girl with Headphones - Love You Later
This has a nice alt 90s vibe (specifically the vocal melody and instrumentation); polished off with some cool DIY flavorings. The chorus is dreamy; the verses beautifully nostalgic - I can imagine this playing over a driving sequence in an indie movie, passing by drive throughs and blockbusters.
On the track the artist says “‘Girl With Headphones is about feeling out of place, like you’re the only one living in your world. Things were feeling very dim at the beginning of this year and it made me think about how when I was kid I would feel like the main character in my own indie film, staring out the window of the passenger seat and romanticizing everything the world has to offer. There’s a true vulnerability and weight in this song as I pretty much admit I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. The song also comes with a sense of letting go and realizing maybe that’s what’s stopping me from being truly happy. ‘Girl With Headphones’ is about me, the main character, experiencing what it feels like to grow, let go, embrace the unknown, move on and return to myself. It’s a cathartic rollercoaster.”
Hands Off (My Crown) - Robert PM, Lyric Christian
This flows over your ears like an organic lemon balm; it is hypnotic, soothing and thoroughly grounding. Rich soundscapes glimmer with kaleidoscopic sound effects; the mesmerizing vocals could be used as part of a transcendental meditation to bring you back to feeling like yourself again. On the song Lyric confides, "This song is all about how you make yourself feel—no one else. It’s a sexy soulful house track and whenever I listen to it I’m reminded of who I am—a badass, confident and beautiful woman who is in control of her own narrative."
House of Broken Mirrors - Theresa Gorella
This is a gorgeous mix of 60s and Americana textures; cloaking you with its velour glamor. Beautiful strings soar in the chorus, underneath the silk like vocals; this song is drenched in character; that will transport you to another time and place. I can imagine this playing over a diner scene in a movie. Utterly divine.
You can check out the music video here.
In The Woods - Ivor Game
This draws you into the lush forestry of the woods; with its beautifully lofi guitar and vocals. The newest release from artist Ivor Game will lull you into the introspective state that nature can induce; transporting you to a quiet forest, where there is a hint of ice in the air. Wonderful.
My Girl - Annelle Staal
This newest release from non-binary North Carolina based singer/songwriter and Twitch influencer Annelle Staal is a burst of pop flavored sunshine. Dreamy and euphoric, this will energize you and make you feel alive again, with its ecstatic quality and wonderful songwriting.
On the song Annelle confides, "This song feels like a fresh take on nostalgic pop, and truly captures the joy and playfulness of a first-time queer relationship to me. Like a fresh start that makes you feel sentimental, I can't help but smile and dance when Iisten to this one--it's always felt special to me."
Red Wine - SAL
The visuals of artist SAL are drenched in 70s style burgundy glamor (here for it); this characteristic being saturated into the fabric of the music. The lyrics are about facing a painful truth; the song is beautifully gentle, lulling you into a quiet introspective state ( this was in fact, written by candlelight). Red Wine could be from a vinyl you came across in a vintage store; and it is truly wonderful.
milksugar - crushed
This is a song that I became obsessed with immediately. It reminds me slightly of Sneaker Pimps, as it has an early 2000s underground DIY feel. It is sprinkled with some shoegaze influences; the lofiness of the instruments and the dreaminess of the vocals inducing a feeling of longing and nostalgia.
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