XXYYXX’s Marcel Everett bounded onto the scene with several singles, a split and his debut self-titled full-length in 2012, after which Vice’s Noisey blog dubbed him “web 2.0 Barry White.” After millions of views on his YouTube music videos, popular remixes of artists like Usher and Waka Flocka Flame, and headlining appearances in 2013 at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival and Miami’s III Points Festival, the electronic artist seems deservedly unstoppable in his musical ascent.
Must-listen track: “About You”
Fortune Howl is the moniker of Orlando experimental, Flying Lotus-loving artist Bryce Linde, whose 2013 release, Earthbound, raised his music’s visibility markedly. A review on Consequence of Sound described him as an “omnivorous music mind.” His YouTube videos have garnered thousands of views since his 2012 debut, Spectrum Analysis, positioning him not as one of Relief in Abstract’s next rising stars but more like a volcano about to erupt. (Bonus: Check out Earthbound [Remixed] to experience last year’s release flipped around by RIA brethren XXYYXX, Spies on Bikes and others.)
Must-listen track: “Fess Up”
Multi-instrumentalist Alex DeWahl brings a new dimension to Relief in Abstract’s catalog with the warbly, slow-paced songs he releases as Marble. His most recent release, this year’s House Music, is his Relief in Abstract debut and includes a single that pulls in a hypnotic vocal assist from Out Go the Lights’ Alex Clements. To truly experience what Marble has dubbed his “visual album,” you must visit marblehouse.mu for accompanying high-definition imagery, enchantingly adding to the music with globe-trotting footage.
Must-listen track: “I Feel”
Spies on Bikes
Originally from Cleveland and now based in Tampa, Spies on Bikes is the folksy electronica of Nathan Cochran. His sole release, 2012’s Man Overboard, showcases his emphatic beat sensibilities and never fails to get live shows going in Orlando, as noted by our live music columnist Bao Le-Huu: “Spies on Bikes had them not just applauding but straight-up whooping.” If his Facebook is to be believed, his new tracks will delve further into eclectic dance-y territory, delightfully confusing listeners as to whether they’re feeling nostalgic or revitalized.
Must-listen track: “Love Like Hours”
Out Go the Lights
As if Fortune Howl’s Bryce Linde weren’t busy enough with his spurt as a solo artist, he also recently joined Relief in Abstract’s only current band on the roster, Orlando’s Out Go the Lights, as a bassist. Guitarist-singer Alex Clements and drummer Allen Clark stand out in the indie pack, due to Clements’ refreshingly distinct vocals and Clark’s thumping rhythms. The band released two singles on Relief in Abstract in 2013, which will be featured on their forthcoming debut.
Must-listen track: “Big Balloon”