Category: Chill and Laid-Back


Gallant

Gallant is a new rising R&B artist from out of the Los Angeles area who has begun to make quite an impression on both fans and critics within the R&B scene.  The sudden attention can mostly be lead to Gallant’s stunning cover of the Foo Fighter’s song “Learn To Fly” which sounds so vastly different from the original, that it could be called a reinterpretation.  With thunderous drums and soaring vocals, Gallant’s “Learn To Fly” is a beautiful, heartfelt ballad that stands on its own ground as basically a completely new song.  Gallant’s falsetto range is also fantastic throughout.

Gallant performed his first live shows in June 2015 at both Los Angeles and New York City and will continue to travel around in order to get his name out there.  He is truly a new artist on the rise that people should know about.  Below are some of his biggest singles so far.  Be sure to check them out and help spread the word on Gallant.

Sources: Info: sogallant.com – Videos: YouTube – Gallant – Picture: Google Images

Urban Cone is a Swedish Indie pop band from out of Stockholm, Sweden that formed in 2010.  The band consists of Emil Gustafsson (vocals, bass), Rasmus Flyckt (vocals, keyboard), Magnus Fulko (drums), Tim Formgren (guitar), and Jacob William Sjoberg (keyboard).  The group formed while all of the members were in high school.  The band’s debut album, “Our Youth” was released on May 8, 2013 in the United States and was produced and recorded in Flyckt’s living room.

The group found initial success in late 2010 when their self-released debut single “Urban Photography” found much popularity through online music blogs.  In fall 2012, the band released their debut EP “Our Youth” and the single off the EP “Urban Photography” reached No. 2 on Hype Machine.  The EP was well received by both the public and critics alike, with Earmilk.com notably writing: “The EP exemplifies what Urban Cone is at its finest, staying true to their roots and presenting honest, gritty, dance/pop”.  Following the release of “Our Youth EP”, Urban Cone made their first tour into the US in January 2013.  They performed in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

On May 8, 2013, the band released their debut album “Our Youth”.  The album, as I said before, was well liked and received across the indie pop scene.  With a strange mixture of upbeat sounds and, at times, rather somber lyrics, it caught many, including myself, off guard, which is probably why the songs stand out from among the sea of sound-alike indie pop.

On May 12, 2015, the band released their second album “Poloroid Memories”.  This album seems to show that Urban Cone has mastered the art of making happy sounding, uplifting pop, that mixes in lyrics about heartbreak, lost love, and other real-life hardships that are usually absent from indie pop music in general.  This album, like the band’s predecessor has too been highly regarded among fans and critics.

This group is only two albums in and they already seem to have perfected deceptive indie pop that seems like its taking you on a fun and happy ride, when really your being thrust into life and the hardships that it can bring.  I love this group and their unique sound and feel like more people need to know about them.  Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and be sure to pick up “Our Youth” or “Poloroid Memories” if you can.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Urban Cone – Picture: Google Images