Posts Tagged ‘indie msuic’

January 26, 2018

A torrid and slinky, electrifying and sultry energy is more than apparent on Austrian duo Leyya’s latest single, Heat. It trots with a chic groove and a whole lot of confidence, and it’s now accompanied by a fresh video directed by Marie-Therese Hildenbrandt, who wanted to capture that very energy and transfer it using the concept of a girl gang. The clip is crafted as a critical and humorous view on female emancipation and the suspense-packed times we live in. The video hits the bulls eye considering our current state of affairs, plus its indie/alt pop soundtrack is more than superb. Heat is lifted from Leyya’s new album Sauna, out tomorrow, January 26th, via Las Vegas Records / + 1 Records. 

October 5, 2017
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Norway and its fine Scandinavian neighbors is always such a prolific hotbed of enchanting pop talent. As if she’s here to “echo” our very sentiments is new Bergen based singer songwriter HALIE. She arrives with a zestful pop debut named Echo, which brings together Marina and the Diamonds operatic vocals and Sigrid’s plucky spirit. HALIE offers very little when it comes to information about herself, but we’ll be keeping a close watch on her Soundcloud, here, so we don’t miss what she has to offer our eager ears next.

August 23, 2017
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Man Without Country is Welsh vocalist and musician Ryan James’ most distinguished musical project, but he hasn’t released new material under that name in two years. He breaks his silence by announcing a new double A-side, Lion Mind / Jaws of Life. Lion Mind is a pensive indie electronic & alt pop drifter featuring chiffon vocals by Finnish singer songwriter SANSA. Its hypnotic beats, atmospheric synths, and silky swelling aesthetic create an ever enthralling, deeply introspective experience. You can watch a kaleidoscopic visualizer for Lion Mind below. The new double A-sided release, which shows two contrasting sides to James’ artistic vision, is now available exclusively via Music Glue. The release will also be available to listen on all streaming services, and to purchase from all digital retailers from September 18th.

July 29, 2017
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The wait will be over soon for The Districts’ new album, Popular Manipulations, which arrives on August 11th. The Philadelphia mainstays regale us with a glorious treat off the album as we await that day’s arrival in the form of Violet, a dark and lavish alt number that strays from the band’s usual offerings. This cinematic swinging, stringy waltzing spectacular reminds me of some of DeVotchka’s music, or even a bit of Beirut’s, but with a heavy chugging beat and extra crunchy guitars. It certainly leaves me curious about what Popular Manipulations is going to sound like in full. You can pre-order the album, here.

July 26, 2017
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If you’re in the mood for some gritty chugging, psych tinged, post-punk inflected rock, you’re going to want to take Prism Tats’ new single for a gratifying spin. Garett van der Spek, the Los Angeles by way of South Africa artist behind the project, has spent the past year supporting the likes of Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, and Nada Surf. He’s now prepared for us a five song EP entitled “11:11″, out on July 28th via ANTI- Records. Used To Be Cool is a rambunctious cruncher of a rock and rolling taste off the EP that evokes a mixture of Operators and The Black Keys or Spanish Gold. You can keep up with Prism Tats and find out more about his new EP on the band’s official website, here.

October 26, 2016
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Tropic Harbour is one of my most serendipitous discoveries of the day. The bedroom pop project from Canada, the brainchild of one Mark Berg, has been around since circa 2013, and they’ve released their debut full length, Glowing Eyes. Mark’s latest single from the record is a fittingly titled synthgazey jangler named Pastel. Its airy glistening radiance swirls about us like a foggy dream, carrying hints of gloomy bitter the Smiths in its coiling tendrils. You can purchase Tropic Harbour’s debut album digitally or on gorgeous limited edition 12″ vinyl from Bandcamp.

July 15, 2016
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MAALA envelopes in smoldering soulful pop on Forget About You. His despairingly emotive vocals infuses us with the very longing and woe that he sings about on this rich captivating, rippling entrancing ballad. This New Zealander has my heart in the palm of his hand. He can crush it with his creamy passionate vocals and sentiment endowed music if he chooses to. Forget About You is MAALA’s second track from a debut full length due out July 29th.

June 10, 2016
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The Medicine Hat is a five piece band from Ontario, Canada whose entrancing alternative rock is exactly the melodic sweeping therapy my heart has been yearning for. They arrive with a hypnotic fusion of pop and electrified rock on New Survival. Lead singer Nabi Sue Bersche reminds me both of Paramore’s Hayley Williams and of The Joy Formidable’s Ritzy with her flawless pure yet raw emotive voice. New Survival is the first taste from The Medicine Hat’s new album, due out this Fall.  Nabi Sue Bersche explains that New Survival is a mantra, a hymn that she’s singing to keep her fears at bay. The song can be downloaded over at Soundcloud.

April 20, 2016
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Los Angeles based South Dakotan group LAYNE has makes a soothing return on recent song and official debut Good, one well named, if I may say so myself. The band, fronted by vocalist Layne Putnam, envelopes us in ambient electronic effervescence and dulcet pop euphoria with the gem, its soft plushness and shadowy demeanor like a blend of BROODS and Kiiara with a touch of Paramore’s Haley Williams. Good is out now on Taste & Tone / Atlantic Records.

April 14, 2016

I still remember the day I first encountered Lewis Del Mar and their debut single, Loud(y). I was mind blown by East Coast duo’s innovative sound, one that seemed to combine the rough folksiness of Whilk and Misky, the artistic intricacies of Alt-J, and the sultry slink of Glass Animals, all the while riding on top of a grimy hip hop beat. They quickly became one of the most promising new band’s on my radar, turning heads and spellbinding ears with their distinct style of music. The duo released their first music video today for Loud(y), its raw visuals, which capture the essence of a day in the life of Lewis Del Mar, much complementary to the song’s leathery exterior. I was fortunate enough to catch Lewis Del Mar play at SXSW in Austin, and I felt like it only whet my appetite, leaving me voraciously waiting for more, as if addicted to a drug. Lewis Del Mar will be touring alongside BØRNS this summer, and they’ve also confirmed select dates supporting Glass Animals. The band’s debut EP is out now on iTunes.