Summer Heart & Brothertiger
David Alexander, better known as Summer Heart,
blends catchy lo-fi and dream-pop motifs that
capture the soundtrack of an endless summer.
Tastemaker blogs and mood-driven playlist curators
have loved his tracks for years, with Hype Machine
promoting him on ‘Nordic Spotlight’s Top 20 of
2016’ and ‘Hype Machine Favorites Vol.1’ on Spotify.
With the 2017 release of his new album, 101, his
Spotify profile is pushing 40 million plays, and his
Soundcloud is close behind at 10 million.
The new album tells the story of David’s love/hate
relationship with music, best expressed in the song,
“Love Affairs,” that acts as both a devotion to making
music and as a love letter to someone special. These
universal life experiences are musically infused with
nostalgia for days of summers passed. Lyrically,
Summer Heart songs touch on the transience of
summer and the fleeting relationships therein. Hints
of Washed Out, Blood Orange and Toro y Moi have
inspired David to refine chillwave sounds and polish
them into his own summerwave aesthetic.
On his shift from lo-fi to electronic dream-pop,
David says, “I’ve always been into electronic music.
Many of my very early Summer Heart releases
were 100% electronic. So, the sound of my album
101 is mostly due to my current influences, which
are leaning more towards the electronic. The lo-fi
sounds are disappearing because I am improving my
production skills, which make me more confident as
David assembled his song ideas for 101 on the
road and recorded them back home in Sweden. He
recalls, “I was in New York at the time, just hanging
out, visiting art galleries and exhibitions, watching
people, drinking mojitos and listening to music in my
headphones.” Summer Heart is a musical diary of
snapshots and memories from David Alexander’s
John Jagos, better known by his stage name, Brothertiger, began his initial forays into electronic music at an early age. His discovery of analog synthesis drew him into a world of endless possibilities, and led him to an abundance of influences from the past, particularly from the early 1980s. Today, Brothertiger progresses as an ever-evolving studio and live project, focusing on the integration of the natural world into synthesized music.
While studying music production at Ohio University, John began constructing a solo project that encapsulated his influence in early ‘80s synth music. Blending that with modern production techniques, he released the first few Brothertiger tracks in 2010, packaging them as the Vision Tunnels EP. In 2012, he released his first full-length record, Golden Years, on Mush Records. After moving to Brooklyn, he released his second LP, titled Future Splendors, in 2013. Two full years of touring and writing came after that, and in 2015, he self-released Out of Touch to critical acclaim.
After spending some time producing other artists in his studio in Brooklyn, he began work on an immense project: covering the entirety of Tears for Fears’ Songs From the Big Chair. Released in 2017, this cover album embodies the influence of early ‘80’s synth music on the writing process of Brothertiger. Now, after spending much of the past few years writing and recording, John is focused on releasing new material and debuting an engaging live performance that embodies his approach to organic electronic music.
Lilly Scott and William Duncan form the Brooklyn-based duo, Pleasure Prince.
Surfacing from the creative mecca that is Brooklyn, Pleasure Prince stands alone as a truly new and unique sound. Each with unforgettable voices, Scott and Duncan have crafted an almost cinematic essence of steamy, passionate, synth-pop. Driven by their mentality that music should make you want to move, the two create absolutely luscious harmonies that are undeniably meant to be together. Thick vintage synthesizers and eccentric beats have listeners craving more. Their lyrics ooze sensual delight, and their energetic live shows leave crowds beaming with smiles.
Pleasure Prince was born after Scott and Duncan moved to New York City in late 2014. Both talented multi-instrumentalists, they compose and record each song themselves. They self-produced and released their first two singles,
"No Work Today" and "You Look Good To Me" the following year, receiving national press with only internet releases.
The DIY band has emerged in 2018 with their debut EP, “Entry.”
New York City blog, ‘Audiofemme’ premiered their new record saying, “In the not-so-distant future, when the earth is covered in red sand dunes and everyone is finally wearing floor length metal space dresses, humans will need some sick jams to make love to. Brooklyn’s own Pleasure Prince is eager to provide the musical backdrop.”