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10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2017

YFN Lucci, Declan McKenna, Jessie Reyez, Knox Fortune and more

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Declan McKenna and Fémina are two artists to know this month.

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Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: “Everyday We Lit” hitmaker YFN Lucci, Chicago producer Knox Fortune, genre-blurring Argentinean trio Fémina and more.

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Kyle Hurley

Dean Hurley

Sounds Like: Tangerine Dreaming about the Black Lodge

For Fans of: David Lynch, Lustmord, SunnO))), Tim Hecker

Why You Should Pay Attention: Hurley is responsible for much of the dark ambient drones, rumbles, noise and audio fogs that are currently soundtracking parts of David Lynch’s return to Twin Peaks. The 18-track Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△ collects some shadowy music that assisted with the show’s Lynchian ambience (Hurley also worked on 2006’s Inland Empire). “I think the classical archetype of composing for film where someone sees a rough cut and then they dictate or delineate how the sonic elements or the music of that scene should go … like, that’s definitely not how things happen up here,” says Hurley. “This album of stuff, those would be things that [Lynch] would refer to as ‘firewood.’ He was like, ‘We need some good firewood for this type of thing.’ So it’s oftentimes generating a bunch of stuff, but letting him find places for it.”

He Says: “It was clear that, OK, we’re gonna need some very characteristic electricity elements,” says Hurley about the high-voltage noise blasts on the album titled “Electricity I” and “Electricity II. “When you go and you look through a sound effects library and you listen to things, ostensibly you’ll recognize a lot of stuff. There’s like a shitload of Jacob’s ladder/Dr. Frankenstein-type electricity and you’re like, ‘Yeah, that’s a little too on the nose.’ You might hear other things that just sound lackluster. Or this stuff just doesn’t have the power that I feel like the script is necessitating.

“If I totally broke it down for you and told you how it was done ­– and I will say it was done in a purely analog way – knowing what it is would be a little bit like seeing [a magic trick explained]. I will say part of the technique in working on a lot of this material – and David has taught me this, totally … I personally need to forget how a lot of this stuff was made. Because once I forget what I’m listening to, then I can appreciate it as purely sound.

Hear for Yourself: “Eastern European Symphonic Mood No. 1” is like a György Ligeti piece smeared into ambient tar. Christopher R. Weingarten

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