Four on the Floor: Chillwave

Written by Rory Burbeck | Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014

As we wait for the winter months to give way to springtime (and, of course, SXSW), we’re previewing four bands that are perfect for those chilly days spent indoors away from the harsh cold temperatures. Today’s Four on the Floor features four SXSW Showcasing Artists that fall under the chillwave category, where heavy use of synthesizers, samples, and filtered vocals come together to create soothing and relaxing sounds.


The easy-going synth-pop sound produced by Small Black has certainly evolved since their 2009 self-titled debut EP. The Brooklyn foursome moved beyond the DIY vibes of the band’s earlier releases on their newest album, 2013’s Limits of Desire, with sophisticated production and the addition of live drums, electric guitar, and trumpet.
RIYL: Porcelain Raft, Beat Connection

SXSW 2014 Band: Small Black


Undoubtedly one of the more “chill” sounding artists coming to SXSW, Quiet Kids is the soothing electronic project of Andy Pena, a member of indie rock band Dignan. Pena will be bringing his comforting blend of ambient and indie pop from McAllen, Texas (just north of the Mexican-American border) to Austin this March.
RIYL: Washed Out, Twin Sister

SXSW 2014 Artist: Quiet Kids


Intertwine started in 2006 when founding member Tarjei Zakarias Ekelund began creating his own tracks from his bedroom, intertwining piano, trumpet, and ethereal vocal sounds together. Now a duo that has integrated bass and synth into the mix, Norway’s Intertwine recently signed to Brilliance Records. See them perform at Norway Night during SXSW Music on Friday, March 14th at Icenhauer’s.
RIYL: Teen Daze, Slow Magic

SXSW 2014 Band: Intertwine


Easily the most upbeat band featured in today’s post, Pompeya combines funky new wave-influenced beats with dreamy vocal and synth melodies. Although this Moscow band often comes across as funky, they still produce music that creates a nice chill disposition for the listener. They will be performing at their first SXSW Music Festival in March.
RIYL: Neon Indian, Cut Copy

SXSW 2014 Band: Pompeya

Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
Small Black photo courtesy of the artist
Quiet Kids photo courtesy of the artist
Intertwine photo courtesy of the artist
Pompeya photo courtesy of the artist