What happened to baroque pop/folk? We haven't had a new Feist record since 2011 (and there are no announced plans for a new one anytime soon). Arcade Fire's last record was a disco album. Milo Greene became an electropop band (in a cool way). I miss bands that use a more textured and layered sound with traditional instruments to craft something with a sense of genuine heft and composition in the service of pop and folk (and it's best if they can pull pop and folk together). And that's why I was so happy when I heard "Tones" by The Bergamot.
We've got the exclusive premiere of "Tones" by the Brooklyn based alternative folk act, and you should dive into the track immediately. It's got the atmospheric, dramatic female vocals of a Feist track married to rhythmic percussion (and plenty of hand claps) but the track really manages to distinguish itself in the evocative twinkle of its synth lines. This isn't a synth-driven track (the percussion and the vocals lead the charge), but the keys add a layer of subversive darkness that align with the song's exploration of a modern relationship angst.