Dream pop in Belgium: discover our top 5 acts to watch
These snowy, grey-skied wintry days create the perfect mood for chilling out to some dream pop. Cozy up to some of our recently released favourite tracks. You can't listen to hip-hop all day everyday, right? With so many album and track releases each month, you might've missed these dream pop drops from Float Fall, Ivy Falls, Yusuf, and Little Dots - all Belgian!
Article by Jacob McPherson
Float Fall - Hard Time Loving You
Remaining quiet since their 2013 single, "Someday," Float Fall came back in May 2018 with "Hard Time Loving You." Released via [PIAS], the Leuven based duo is ready to pick up where they left off. Having performed at Pukkelpop in 2013 and 2014, followed by working in Los Angeles, they're back in Belgium to focus on what's next. If last year's track is any indicator for what's to come, there'll be a lot more synth electro dream pop tunes from Float Fall.
Ivy Falls - Fight Me
Building on 2017's "Mean Girls EP," released via Unday Records, Fien Deman's group Ivy Falls had an exciting 2018. In addition to opening for talent like Jessie Ware, they released the "Way Back When EP" and "Fight Me" single. The latter is featured above and showcases Deman's energetic girl power. Much like the fantastical "Mean Girls EP," "Fight Me" retains Ivy Falls' tension between darkness and bliss. It's a wonderful journey, and we're here for the pastel pink dream pop ride.
Yusuf - Sins
Studio Brussels "De Nieuwe Lichting" 2018 finalist, Yusuf, attracted tastemakers like Wilde Westen and FiftyFifty Sessions throughout last year. The cinematic electro group's frontman Jonas Steurs even opened for Steven Spielberg's daughter, Sasha (Buzzy Lee). The self-released artist has ambitions to take his talents beyond the Belgian electronic scene. Son Lux, James Blake, Ry X, Woodkid, and Lo-Fang fans should take note.
Little Dots - Rocket
Incorporating performance art and psychedelic vibes, Little Dots' latest clip for "Rocket" features local artist actor Kasper Vandenberghe. Found on V2 Records' September 2018 release "Do You Know How We Got Here," lead singer, Sophia Ammann's sharp, melancholic vocals come through strong. Supported by multi-talented producer, Pablo Casella, Little Dots is a true balancing act between energetic pop and mellow folk.
May - Nightcall from My Daughter
Moving into more of a rock realm, Conservatory of Antwerp jazz trained musician, Fien Desmet just dropped a debut EP, "Happily Lost at Sea," for her group, May. Influenced by Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Lianne La Havas, and Melanie De Biasio, Desmet expresses her innermost desires through the smooth folky melodies found within the EP. It's a universe bursting with colour, perfect for falling into a dreamscape.
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