By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of SOMBRA’s new single “PYRAMIDES“, the emerging artist that fuses dance-worthy alternative rock with hiphop, industrial pop and indie, curated a brand new exclusive Spotify playlist featuring songs that inspired the track. Stream it exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
“PYRAMIDES was the first single since we’ve released since our debut album Free From Interruption in 2020,” said SOMBRA. “Our sound has shifted quite a bit since then, and I feel like SOMBRA has always been a bit of an enigma, something between genres, and I always laugh and struggle when someone who’s never heard my music tries to ask what genre it is. So when Aesthetic Magazine approached me to do this collab, I definitely wanted to focus on the sounds which inspired this new single and some of the upcoming tracks. I guess simply, its just songs I’ve been obsessed with over the last few months because naturally when I’m obsessed with music I tend to inspire myself from it.”
The fin. (feat. Nariaki Obukuro) – “COLD”
This project from Kobe, Japan has been one of my obsessions since I saw them in Tokyo a few years back. Absolutely love the production, the songwriting and everything they do. This track in particular is one of their more electronic feeling ones and it just triggers some emotions in me.
Sunglaciers – “Avoidance”
Relatively small project here from Calgary. The energy on this track is so driving and the synth sounds are so fulfilling. I wish the song was like three minutes longer haha.
Jesse Mac Cormack – “Blue World”
I think most Montreal-based artists have started to notice Jesse Mac Cormack. He blends genre and style in such an interesting way. His chill vocals with these melancholic-vibey chord progressions really hit me. Looking forward to catching him live soon.
Kiko King & creativemaze – “Resolution for Solitude”
Can thank Spotify’s algorithms for this one. Came up in my suggested tracks and damn! when that hook pops in at around the 1:00 minute mark, I was like, yup.
Grimes – “Shinigami Eyes”
I love Grimes. Is it a guilty pleasure? What makes something a guilty pleasure? I put her newest track on this because I’ve been listening a lot recently. But “Violence” off of her last album is probably my favourite.
Moderat – “A New Error”
My co-producer showed me this track while we we’re in Argentina finishing up these songs and I honestly had a pretty out-of-body experience while listening to it. Not much more to be said there.
Clarence Clarity – “Those Who Can’t, Cheat”
I feel super late on this artist. I wish I started listening to him before. His maximalist approach to production is so insane.
Everything Everything – “Cough, Cough”
Speaking of being super late. Someone showed me this band recently and damn. Another maximalist sounding project, but the songwriting is impeccable.
HARU NEMURI – “Déconstruction”
Another Japanese artist I’ve been obsessed with for a while. She blends elements of metal, with experimental noise and J-Pop in such a weird way. Listen to the chorus of this song and try not to bob your head.
Porter – “Sonámbulo”
Like The fin, this is another band I discovered while travelling. This time I was lucky enough to see Porter in Mexico, and they also have been on my radar ever since. If you’ve never listening to Mexican Indie-Rock, do yourself a favour and go check it out. This song in particular has one of the prettiest outro sequences I’ve ever heard. I’m not even kidding.
Zola Blood – “Two Hearts”
This band should probably be more known. Maybe like a dancey Radiohead? Been super inspired by their stuff for a while. Another nice outro on this one, sweeping chords and just a really full sound.
Big Black Delta – “Summoner”
Synths on synths. Driving fast down the highway while listening to this is…. oof.