Danish gents and legends Bode and Brixen, more commonly known as Bodebrixen, are set to return with an all new album after five years of long play silence. The two started almost ten years ago as trained jazz musicians and have since broadened their fields of experience into the more poppy spheres. Here now comes their latest, and a Team Poule exclusive: Town Hall Square takes their sounds a bit back into the jazzy ends of the spectrum, with vast soundscapes and the force of a full-on orchestra while maintaining an infectious indie poppy vibe, a true hit.
Town Hall Square, they say, "is a song about innocence, and about Copenhagen. About how the new places we go are surrounded with a kind of magic - a magic that slowly deteriorates until the city is covered in memories, realizations and regret.". Poetry, right there. Town Hall Square then is out today on Copenhagen's Antiphonics - with their new album Ruins to follow next week, June 16th. Team Poule says, up top this.
The fine guys of Ten Sleep dropped this tropical hot ball of a song called Roommates a solid month ago and Team Poule slept on it, dieu. Here now though because the duo out of Ontario has had a busy few weeks in the meantime, finding its climax in the release of their new album Suburban Love, yesterday. Roommates neatly showcases their various talents, combining a wonderful lo-fi indie vibe with palmy electronica and a steely industrial feel to it. Same goes for that album, banger. Team Poule says, on high alert this one.
Life already has you on crutches and you realize you dressed like your house? Ouch. Norway's Gundelach though returns with a grooving piece after his debut EP almost a year ago. Garden neatly follows his miles deep bass lines but seemingly swapped the dark 80s vibes for a bit of a 90s singy boy group drive. Still infectious although Team Poule is more one for the 80s parts of life and the back end of this track certainly pulls it all into the eighties again. Who knows though, maybe the release to follow this one up takes it all in to the new millennium, stretching the decades, layering it up, it remains a mystery. Team Poule says, always more than meets the eye.
Photo credits to Simen Skari.
With Poule d'Or in its 8th year of existence (cheers), it is about time to expand our musical horizons a little bit. Eight years are a long time and Team Poule has aged at least as much. So from here on out, every now and then, a bit of a jingle and jangle will be thrown into the occasional morceau du jour, from piano led rag time and sweaty saxophone vibes to burly bass lines and banging bongo drums.
First off the bat is London's Leifur James. Attached is his debut track Time - a layered mix of styles, melting jazz, soul and ambient influences. What's most striking, he plays all the instruments himself, quite the orchestra. He knows time! Team Poule says, let's see how this goes.
Lush mid-May vibes coming in hot and fresh from Canada's breezy trio Men I Trust. The group has become a household name for mellow riffs, soothing vocals and mad sense for melodies and rhythms. You Deserve This might be their dreamiest bit yet, and one that can well take you through a warm night under the skies accompanied by a solid bottle of natural red. What are Men I Trust up to, might you wonder. Well, they have a show in Montreal lined up for this Friday if that is a corner of the Earth that you frequent. Team Poule says, straight from the hips this.
It's been a while, but here it goes. A selected playlist of joyful tunes, to hold you aloft, to take you through the nights. It all begins with lovely Swedes of Azure Blue and their driving steel drums, a perfect companion for your twilight summer rides. Track two comes from Andrew Goldring out of Salt Lake City, lush riffs, lo fi aesthetics, all you need really. Up next, Toledo Ohio duo Bliss Nova share a track off their new EP. Then, Coastal Clouds, a one-man-show from Los Angeles complete with thumping beat and an easy guitar drive. Old Swedish mates Karl X Johan share their banging comeback track after that.
Norway's Carl Louis shares a track off his brand new debut album, warm beats all around. Moving on, just as warm with mellow riffs by People Flavor, a quartet out of LA. Find the track attached below. Next up, a smooth dreamy jam by Patchwork Guilt from Bristol. Stockholm's garage popper Melby serve a driving track after that off their new EP that will be out tomorrow. Inca Maps, a trio from London, share a dreamy, vast vocals driven pop song after that, attached below. UK 4-piece Leyendekker share their kinetic new single. Next, quite leisurely, Italians HAN curves out a new one from his EP which is out world wide tomorrow.
The next one comes from main man VILDE, a new track on his road to an album. Swedish duo Evil Astronaut drop an outer space jam after that. Next up warm beats and dreamy vocals by SQRD from Sweden. Malmö producer Bam Spacey continues the playlist, with loads of reverb and shimmering synth pads, singing about who knows what. UK alt poppers Febueder share another dreamer next, strong vocals and a delicate production. The playlist takes a poppy turn after that, with Brighton's Thyla sharing their latest track and Sweden's Tape Machines and Los Angeles' Blondfire sharing intense pieces of work.
And there we are. Kick back and pump it up, the playlist is up on Soundcloud and - with those track available - on Spotify. Team Poule says, what a mess.