It’s cold as **** outside –that’s right, four whole asterisks– and I know you’re in dire(wolf) need of some hot tracks to keep you going. Well, have no fear, Alaska is here to give you the WRUBdown lowdown on all things wintry wonderful.
Featuring synths galore and atmospheric lounge-y charm, this electronic duo’s latest offering, Televisual, is pure glacial bliss. Piper Davis’ sugar-spun vocals envelop each track like snowflake lace; one imagines her as a starship AI sultrily informing crew of imminent life-support failure. This album is a seamless journey through the cosmos as dreamt by Nyan Cat.
Friday I’m In Love With: Cold Coast, Float, Televisual.
Recommended if you like: FC Kahuna, Röyksopp, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Tycho.
Soundtrack to your life: Ice skating down Mugatu’s runway, the polar opposite of bikram yoga.
Armed with a name that evokes both their French house leanings and fascination with physics, these Norwegians have soaked up that LA sun like nobody’s business. Their most recent EP, 1749, is a fun collection of retro-tinged infectiously two-steppy melodies that make you want to glide on a disco-ball aerial.
Friday I’m In Love with: Stepping Stone.
Recommended if you like: Daft Punk, Phoenix, the Twelves, Under The Influence of Giants.
Soundtrack to your life: spilling Swedish Fish mojitos over someone else’s beach blanket.
Imagine the pop sensibilities of Blur and Pulp at their best combined with the exquisite tristesse of Badly Drawn Boy, throw in some early Hooverphonic beats, and you’ve got the prettiest indie stylings this side of Sesame Street. Scheller’s voice is a deliciously demulcent swirl of Faris Badwan and Philip Oakey- 80s babies rejoice! 90s babies too… really all babies who enjoy a generous dose of mellifluent melancholy. And what could be more lamentable than the fact that his début album’s release is an agonising three months away?
Friday I’m In Love with: Sometimes, Daffodil Days, Stay.
Recommended if you like: Part-Time Friends, the Magnetic Fields, Erlend Øye, the Presets.
Soundtrack to your life: sharing a strawberry milkshake with your bubblegum crush.
Bouncy and bubbly but never cloying, Teleman are masters of understatement. Their latest singles showcase the same unfussy youthful mildness and ridiculously catchy lyrics we have come to know and love. Their second album, Brilliant Sanity, is due out on 8th April.
Friday I’m In Love with: Düsseldorf, Fall In Time.
Recommended if you like: Pete and the Pirates, Belle & Sebastian, Maximo Park, Hot Chip.
Soundtrack to your life: frantically filling your espresso IV after hitting Snooze for the tenth time.
Dream pop wonder Jack Tatum is back and better than ever. His third album is a subtle cinematic blend of electronica, folk-pop, and seventies velour. Life of Pause comes out on 19th February.
Friday I’m In Love with: To Know You, TV Queen, Whenever I.
Recommended if you like: Cut Copy, Snowden, Washed Out, the Radio Dept.
Soundtrack to your life: taking a long summer road trip with Flipper.
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Gorgeous guitars and ethereal female vocals on the dark wave side of the moon— what’s not to love? Their eponymous fourth album is released on 12th February.
Friday I’m In Love with: 112, Underside.
Recommended if you like: Widowspeak, ACWL, Scanners, Broken Social Scene.
Soundtrack to your life: hosting a fanzine clipping collage slumber party.