Last.fm is all about discovering and sharing music. Here at Last HQ we do it all day, every day. So in a brand new series for Originals, each week the Last.fm Music Team takes turns showcasing stuff that’s floating their respective boats, in the sure and certain hope that it will float yours too. Today is the turn of our Artist Program Manager Helen Taylor, aka theneonfever, who takes a trip to Paris with Isaac Delusion…
A quick glance at my Last.fm profile will show I’m looking forward to the acts playing Pitchfork Festival Paris in a big way: Simian Mobile Disco, DIIV and Julio Bashmore will all be gracing the Grande Halle de la Villette come November, and feature in my Top Artists for the last 3 months. Naturally, I’ve also wanted to check out the acts playing that I’m not familiar with – and Paris’ own Isaac Delusion caught my attention.
Described as “two multidisciplinary artists continually exploring new musical landscapes”, this month sees the release of their second EP Early Morning on the newly-inaugurated Cracki Records. What I hear in their music is an antidote to trend-led electronics: relatively downtempo and dreamy it may be, but you wouldn’t call it yet more chillwave. Instead, their tracks have the hooks and bittersweet disposition of all my favourite pop songs. Check out “Midnight Sun” from January’s EP of the same name below:
“Midnight Sun” is currently their most popular track on Last.fm with 1,808 listeners. It helped them make their debut on the global Hype Chart in mid-September, coming in at #43 – although it seems likely there’ll be more of that to come, since they’ve still got a relatively niche 2,201 listeners overall at the time of writing.
That’s a solid listening trend above, and one to keep an eye on: a slot at the forthcoming CMJ Music Marathon will see them reach American ears, in addition to European festival appearances. I’m expecting a show that’s a little shoegazey, a little harmonic, and should win over more hearts.
So now it’s over to you. Watch the video for “Early Morning” from the forthcoming EP below – and let us know what you think at the artist page and on Twitter. Meanwhile, check out Last.fm Originals every Tuesday for our Discovery of the Week.