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Playtime: Internet Roundup ft. Stace Brandt and JPom


  • Amelia Devoid
Hey there, dew drops. I've been scouting the internet for nice local tracks to set the tone for your spring flings. You know, the kinds of songs that make you want to share your earbuds while swinging on a waterfront bench at sunset.

Luckily, two lovely pieces from Burlington's Stace Brandt and Williston's JPom bubbled up from my feed and gave me butterflies, so I have to share them. Both composers are in touch with modern genre blending and utilize imagery that communicates inner peace found within nature.

Last year, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stace Brandt released a beautifully shot video for her single "Highwire," directed by Noise Ordinance's Kayhl Cooper.  A five-track EP of neo-soul followed, titled Before the End of the Hour.

With her latest single, "False Start" Brandt collaborated with producer Guthrie Galileo to create an electro-soul epic that mourns lost love. Brandt's smokey alto and elegantly crafted lyrics are lifted and supported by Galileo's ornately layered composition. The track's pop styling is in the same lane as genre-benders Sylvan Esso and Tei Shi. This one's for the Majestic Casual followers.

I have an extra tender spot in my heart for ethereal electronic music. It makes me feel like I'm nestled under a soft blanket watching a Ghibli animation or blowing a dandelion poof into a warm breeze at dusk.

During a recent routine SoundCloud scroll, I stumbled upon chillstep/ambient producer JPom. JPom's digital presence is a bit mysterious and accompanied by a soft anime landscape aesthetic. From a bedroom somewhere in Williston, JPom uses Ableton to create relaxing, ambient soundscapes and headphone beats enchanted by pitched sub bass and echoing piano melodies. They also contribute to Koyuki Cafe, a Sound Cloud  gallery that is "forever serving cute music." Listen if you're into Final Fantasy and YouTube Study Beats live streams.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Playtime:"

The original print version of this article was headlined "Playtime: Internet Round-Up ft. Stace Brandt and JPom"

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