WFNM Roundup #2 – Lillian Frances, Colin Magalong, Denny White, The Rare Occasions

“Phone Keys Wallet” by Lillian Frances is a unique and playful track off her new EP “Timeism”. The sound design of the percussion is frantic and unlike anything I’ve heard in a while. The production is details and layered with something new entering and exiting focus from moment to moment. Lillian’s voice is special; light, but direct and deliberate with a chorus that’s incredibly written (“I’ve lost myself/phone, keys, wallet, is there anything else?”). This is a really impressive track that should intrigue any listener enough to dive into her new EP.

“Bodies in a Room” is a funky new track from Colin Magalong. This song immediately starts with a funky bass line and it’s impossible not to groove along. Colin’s got a killer voice that’s wispy with a hint of grit (reminiscent of Portugal, The Man). Likewise, he maintains an incredible amount of control of the vibe of the track, interjecting low (almost spoken) moments where you wouldn’t expect. It’s a confidence that’s infectious (like the best of Sofi Tukker) and it creates an awesomely carefree vibe around the track. This is a song I’m sure we’ll be dancing to for a while.

“Alone with You” by Denny White dives right in with grooving minimalistic production and solid songwriting. The verses are clever, rhythmic, and incredibly smooth which awesomely contrasts the sparse and melodic nature of the chorus. And the chorus is so catchy- it’ll take a very long time to get this one out of your head as Denny White’s voice sails above the deliberate and pulsing production. A great new song for your playlists!

The Rare Occasions are back with their bumping jam “Physics”. There’s an interesting blend of rock-genres to this track (as if Two Door Cinema Club and Black Keys blended styles) and lends itself to a consistently enticing sound. The light guitar riffs, gritty vocals, and slamming drums keep the song constantly grooving while keeping the listener on their toes. This is great track to get new listeners of The Rare Occasions interested in their discography.

Nathan Irving
Nathan Irving (aka Nate Flaks) is a writer for WFNM & 1/2 of the electronic indie-pop duo Sleeping Lion.