5 Songs I Love w/ Galactic Dust
Indie trio Galactic Dust is made up of band mates Noam, Alfie and Mattia, creating irresistible slices of dream pop. Based in North London, the group have been working in their home studio - writing, recording and mixing everything independently.
Their latest release “The Pizza Song” is a groovy offering from Galactic Dust - a pounding pop number dealing with sexual liberation and desire. It’s “a track that melts humour with seriousness and self-derision with empowerment. It presents Noam in a leading role with sexy and liberating lyrics. She appropriates codes of seduction, explicitly expressing her desires, pleasures and weaknesses with no filter. The point of the song is to give Noam a voice that is not often offered to many female artists in popular music.”
With a broad range of influences from Kali Uchis to Miles Davis, we asked the band for their top 5 tracks. Tune in.
Nao - Orbit
I’ve been a fan of Nao for a long time, but since Orbit came out it’s never left my mind. The lyrics are refreshingly unconventional and the use of metaphors, links and shoutouts are super inspiring for me as a songwriter. On top of her already unique sounding vocals, I absolutely love the vocal production and use of harmonies and vocoder. This is such a clever execution of a beautiful ballad. (Noam)
Anderson.Paak & Smokey Robinson - Make It Better
This song has such feel-good vibes, it is literally perfect with some coffee in the morning to open your day. However, my favourite version has to be the live performance at SiriusXM with The Free Nationals, where Anderson’s performance seems so effortless and is just so cool and smooth. (Noam)
Salif Keita + Cesaria Evora - Yamore
This is one of those songs that gets you hooked with the first note and instantly sets a nostalgic atmosphere. Cesaria Evora delivers strong emotions in a very clear and honest way. That song feels like it’s being performed at a sad time by people looking for a brighter future, which makes it really relevant nowadays. Definitely, one to check out. (Alfie)
Miles Davis - Maiysha
‘Maiysha’ is a song that you can find in Miles Davis's Get Up With It. With Brazilian influences as well as rock instrumentation and sonics, Miles Davis demonstrates the importance of sound, rather than harmony, in the evolution of music and takes his main influence from artists like Jimi Hendrix. The song evolves really slowly from one part to another, with elements coming in and out - adding to the softness and sexiness of the track. Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper's take on ‘Mayisha’ is also worth taking a listen to. (Alfie)
Henri Pousseur - Parabolic From Hell 12
‘Parabolic From Hell 12’ by Henri Pousseur was a breakthrough for me. That piece has shown me how much music is not about the notes you play but about everything that revolves around it. The volume, the various sounds, their length and their balance and how those sounds evolve with each other over time. (Mattia)