Mel Blue – Yesterday

Mel Blue

Anyone who reads Indietronica on the regular knows we are suckers for French disco. That’s why we couldn’t refuse to support Mel Blue‘s ‘Yesterday’.

Whilst the six-piece might be based across the other side of the world, in Sydney, the track is a sweet and summery breath of electronica that pays homage to Daft Punk, Zimmer, and Phoenix.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Zimmer, Phoenix, L’lmpératrice, Stardust, Hot Chip, CAPYAC

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Marsicans – Sunday

Marsicans

Marsicans (“MAR-sick-anz”) has just released a breezy new track, ‘Sunday’ via Killing Moon Records.

Written as a double love song – to Toronto and NY State following the time the band spent there, and also to the girlfriend of Marsicans’ frontman James Newbigging – the quartet is standing firm in amongst the current, and buzzing, British indie scene.

UK Album Tour

Oct 14 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Oct 15 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 17 – Manchester Gorilla
Oct 21 – Bristol Thekla
Oct 22 – London Scala
Oct 24 – Leeds Beckett University

Sounds like: Sea Girls, High Tyde, Viola Beach, The Magic Gang, The Night Café, The Hunna, The Pale White

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cactus? – Shitdisco

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? by Riccardo Michelazzo

Cactus? is an innovative three-piece band from the industrial plains of Northern Italy.

Combining influences from the dance-punk phenomenon of mid-00s with the current Lo-fi Bedroom movement, adding to the mix 80s synths and samples – their new single ‘Shitdisco’, out now via Costello’s Records, is full of frenetic and unpredictable energy of crazy synths and poppy vocals.

Sounds like: Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Bloc Party

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Stevie wolf – Paper maché doll

Stevie Wolf - Paper maché doll

Indie-pop savant Stevie wolf is paving the way with his refreshing approach to unconstrained honesty.

Diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and major anxiety disorder, as well as meeting a lot of set backs when it comes to making music, hasn’t stopped him exploring the constaints of both personal and societal expectations.

Sounds like: Myylo, Phil Good

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On’yu – Done Without

On'yu - Done Without

On’Yu is the creation of Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer, Rob Eggleston.

His new single ‘Done Without’ is a sweet slowburner with crisp 80’s influenced electric piano mixed with a soulful-synth bass and blushes of neo-emo in there.

Sounds like: Patternist, LOYALS, 90’s Kids, La Bouquet, MILKK

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Alexander 23 – Loving You Gets Hard

Alexander 23

Alexander 23 is calling it as it is, in the new song, ‘Loving You Gets Hard’.

Further showcasing his lyrical genius, the multi-million streaming Chicago-born singer/songwriter wishes to maintain normalcy as possible, and share his views on a compassionate relationship.

Sounds like: Lauv, Chelsea Cutler, Shoffy, Nolie

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Linney – Cool

Linney

Pop sensation Linney returns in 2020 with ‘Cool’.

The single is full of breezy vocals with a full-fledged pop essence, written about navigating the complications of losing someone, something close to Linney’s heart.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Paperwhite, Poema, Scavenger Hunt

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Mazoulew – Circles Feat. Bonnie Wylde

Mazoulew

London-born, Italian-residing Mazoulew has been making music for 15 years.

Inspired by varying genres of Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass, the UK producer fuses these sounds with minimal and melodic electronic beats.

His new single features the ethereal vocals of Bonnie Wylde.

Sounds like: Kidnap, Model Man, Jessie Ware, Lane 8

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NZCA LINES – Pure Luxury

NZCA LINES

NZCA LINES (aka Michael Lovett) shares his kooky and cosmic track, ‘Pure Luxury’.

It’s a rehashed response to the notions of luxury, status, and the insanity of pursuing material wealth in the face of environmental catastrophe.

Sounds like: Metronomy, Gold Panda, Ronika, Hot Chip, Ben Khan

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East Harbor – Miss the Old You

East Harbor

It’s always a good sign when you turn the volume right up when initially listening to a track.

Florida-based quartet, East Harbor does just that in their infectious new single, ‘Miss the Old You’. Turn up and listen below.

Sounds like: La Bouquet, The Band CAMINO, The 1975, Manchester Orchestra

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Surf Rock Is Dead – Immaculate

Surf Rock Is Dead

The Surf Rock Is Dead (SRiD) boys are back with the sweeping ‘Immaculate’, lifted off their debut LP ‘Existential Playboy’ out on 1 May.

Whilst appearing genteel, this is anything but. A juxtaposition that addresses the bleakness of societal affairs and corrosion of daily life amidst the capricious decisions made by those in power.

Sounds like: Day Wave, Hazel English, Swimming Tapes, The Cure, Beauty Sleep

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Big Fox – Let Love In

Big Fox by Anna Brånhede

Big Fox by Anna Brånhede

Taking a step back is important during these times.

Luckily for us, Charlotte Perrier – aka Big Fox – has released her sophomore album ‘See How The Light Falls,’ an effortless slice of sophisticated pop and melodic folk.

Discussing her new release, the Malmö born artist says, “I thought a lot about the unsaid. All the words that I constantly avoided, held back, and how they slowly created a wall between me and others. As if I was underwater, looking at the sun through the surface. And I finally realized that I was the one stopping myself. So, I think I subconsciously wrote this song to push myself off that cliff, to let love in.”

The album was initially due for release in May 2018 but had to be postponed when the singer received a shocking Lymphoma diagnosis. “It all happened very quickly, and it was almost like entering a parallel world with a different time scale, rules and priorities,” she said.

18 months down the line, Charlotta is better and “slowly reclaiming my life back.” The period of gestation gave the finished album more gravity and significance for the songwriter. “When I listen to it now, I actually like the album even more,” she says. “I have some distance from it. When you’re in the middle of the process, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and not really hear the song anymore.”

The single ‘Let Love In’ is one our favourites from the album – layered with hazy synths, string melodies, and soft effortless vocals, it signifies the feeling of desperately longing to be more open with others and taking new steps to change that.

Sounds like: Cate Le Bon, Aldous Harding, Alice Boman, First Aid Kit, Warpaint

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Playlist: Alfie Neale

Alfie Neale

Neo-soul artist Alfie Neale has just released his ‘If My World Falls Apart’ EP, written about the topic of reliance.

He’s put together an awesome playlist of music together, something we can all count on at some point during these testing times.

J Felix – Mind Up
I picked this tune because it’s a breath of fresh air for everything we’re going through at the minute, we need all the positive vibes we can get at the minute.

King Krule – Easy Easy
I know this tune was released years ago, but I was pretty late to jump aboard the King Krule bandwagon. I’m well and truly on it now though, and as this is the first tune on his most famous record it was the first I heard, so it’s kind of become my favourite.

Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
Wanted to pick this one because it’s an absolute anthem, I listen to a lot of funky music but wanted to switch things up with this one because the build-up to the solo is absolutely unreal!

Pip Millett – Fancy
This one is such a class tune about just being in love and the way someone can make you feel on top of the world. It’s so bare, laid back and such a sick tune to listen to any time of day.

Greentea Peng – Downers
This is one of the hardest beats I’ve heard in a while, my girlfriend put me on to Greentea Peng and I’ve been absolutely rinsing her tunes since.

Mac Miller – Blue World
I’m pretty sure this was produced by one half of Disclosure, and is one of my favourite Mac Miller tunes ever, this one IS the hardest beat I’ve heard in a while haha.

Sticky Fingers – Cool & Calm
These guys have been one of my biggest inspirations for a long time, and I only got to see them live for the first time last year. Hands down one of my favourite gigs ever, their newest album is full of regret but this tune is so positive.

Jarki Monno – Fade Up
Included this one because I live with Jarki and also play guitar for him in his band, so there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not listening to something Jarki Monno related!

Yakul – Getting Late
James Berkeley (lead singer and keyboardist in this band) produced my debut EP, he’s such a ridiculously talented and hardest working guy I know, also makes ridiculously good tunes!

Sounds like: Yakul, Tom Misch, Jordan Rakei

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Paco Versailles – Black and White

Paco Versailles

The new song from Paco Versailles is anything but ‘Black and White’.

Echoes of Andalusia can be heard within its instrumental interludes and chorus, while a Parisian French Touch provides the foundation that carries the story.

The name Paco Versailles was conceived while imagining a collaboration between the duo’s biggest influences – the legendary Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia and French electronic artists Daft Punk and Air, both products of the Parisian suburb of Versailles.

Full of fruity disco flair and tropical licks – aka “Dancemenco” – the luminous duo, led by Vahagni and Ryan Merchant (of Capital Cities), have spent the last year creating and establishing their original sound.

Sounds like: Friendly Fires, Capital Cities, LUXXURY, French Horn Rebellion, Miami Horror, Poolside

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HĒIR – Get Down Dance

HĒIR

Italian-based, Russian-bred fashionista and singer/songwriter Patricia Manfield – aka HĒIR – oozes cool.

Whilst she has travelled the world modelling, music has always been at the centre of HĒIR’s universe. Her debut EP, ‘Daddy Issues’ is a collection of songs described as “a gallery of thoughts” inspired following her parent’s split whilst she was a kid.

Speaking about the EP, she explains,

“I guess I just kind of grew up with a crazy desire of wanting to be independent, especially from a male figure. I always wanted to wear the pants and make the decisions. I think part of my ambition comes from a sense of emptiness and lack of satisfaction in a father figure. But I also wanted DADDY ISSUES to be an awareness, something positive, that makes you more of a woman, instead of the great cliché of being needy. It’s more of a “yeah I got em and I’m so fine with it. But I’VE GOT THE RIGHT TO SAY IT, you don’t.””

Her new single ‘Get Down Dance’ inspires excitement. It’s a nocturnal electro-pop tune built upon a modern production enriched by HĒIR’s seductive and hypnotical vocals.

Sounds like: Tove Lo, Tove Styrke, Lorde, Banks

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SVRCINA – Flowers

SVRCINA - Flowers

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Molly Svrcina – aka SVRCINA – shares the wonderful Bree Marie Fish-directed visuals for ‘Flowers’, ahead of her debut full-length album release.

Having scored her first publishing deal ten years ago (she is only 23 years old!), this talented artist has blossomed and blossomed with her sparkling, yet vulnerable take on sync-ready synth-pop.

Speaking about the song, SVRCINA explains,

“‘Flowers’ is about the beauty that can be seen and created in every circumstance. It’s about clinging to an anchored hope that nothing in and from our lives will be wasted – even the worst, most painful aspects,” she admits. “The truth is that pain and suffering in life are unavoidable. Choosing to search for beauty in everything doesn’t ignore reality, but it believes and resolves that our spirits won’t be eternally crushed or blemished by the valleys we walk through.”

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Dua Lipa, RALPH

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Super Inuit – Mothering Tongue

Super Inuit - Mothering Tongue

Edinburgh duo Super Inuit make dreamy electronic pop that is also on an experimental plane.

Their music, crafted from mangled samples and synthetic melodies, immediately captures the listener. The latest single, ‘Mothering Tongue’ – which we also think is their strongest to date – is about the truths and untruths we tell ourselves.

Take a listen below.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Kelly Lee Owens, Four Tet, Sylvan Esso, Luna Pines

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Crush – All My Plants Are Dead

Crush

Ambient grunge-pop band Crush will be your latest just that.

Their latest single, ‘All My Plants Are Dead’ exhales Millenial dilemmas, of struggling to look after your houseplants, and yourselves in a bittersweet yet discordant offering.

Sounds like: Diiv, The Cure, Alvvays

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Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Alex Porat - Only Hanging Out Cause I'm Lonely

Alex Porat – Only Hanging Out Cause I’m Lonely

Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Porat draws us in with her new single about dating for the sake of dating.

It’s another slice of lighthearted bubblegum pop with an irresistible indifference about the opposite sex.

Sounds like: RALPH, Anna Of The North

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Sarpa Salpa – Lost Time

Sarpa Salpa

Alt-pop band Sarpa Salpa always strive to create upbeat, danceable tracks with unexpected changes and hidden meanings. The new video for their single ‘Lost Time’ aptly features a selection of tour clips showing this.

With support from Jack Saunders and Bombay Bicycle Club, definitely tune into these guys.

Sounds like: Island Club, Larkins, FEET, Two Door Cinema Club

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Cassia – Do Right

Cassia - Do Right

Very much up to date with indie-pop trends, UK based trio Cassia, shares latest jam, ‘Do Right’, which talks about waking up to what’s happening in the world and making a conscious decision of wanting to make a positive change.

The video is set in sunny isolation. We love their all round positivity and sun drenched calypso sound.

Sounds like: Dancing on Tables, Vampire Weekend, Bombay Bicycle Club, Still Woozy

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Chloe Tang – Fanning The Flame

Chloe Tang

R&B artist Chloe Tang shares her latest single, offering a less rosy-colored side of love and youth.

Full of angst, she tells us how it is in ‘Fanning The Flame’. This isn’t a romantic gesture, this is a slow burn about knowing you’re trapped in a bad romance and knowing you’re powerless to escape it.

Sounds like: Banks, LeyeT

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LEV – It Was U

LEV by Helen Jade

LEV by Helen Jade

Dallas pop artist Holly Peyton – aka LEV – shares the driving force that is ‘It Was U’.

Echoes of HAIM meets Erasure, this breezy 80’s inspired powerful story of triumph. Listen below.

Sounds like: Christine & The Queens, HAIM, RALPH, Erasure

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Magnus Bechmann – What Do You Know

Magnus Bechmann

Magnus Bechmann‘s new release, ‘What Do You Know’ is the first single out from his upcoming album, which chronicles nine awkward situations from everyday life.

Considering a situation where you find yourself in a relationship that is better to get out of than to stay in, this is glistening indie pop that marks a bright new chapter in Magnus’ career.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club

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This Boy – Heart Is Broken

This Boy

We know very little about experimental pop newcomer, This Boy from Denmark.

The duo’s first single, ‘Heart Is Broken’ drops just a few weeks ahead of their debut album – an unusual and bold move in a single release-dominated pop landscape.

Sounds like: The 1975, Becky Hill

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Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap'n Marble - Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble – Come 2 California

Cap’n Marble is a group led by frontmen, John Dasilva and Ryan Arshonsky.

Seamlessly blending breezy psych-pop with hand-crafted indie sounds, they invite you to sit back, relax, and dream of California.

Sounds like: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bad Sounds

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Runrummer – I Like Getting High (But Not All The Time)

Runrummer

Whilt growing up, 25-year old East London-based singer-songwriter Runrummer (real name Livi Morris) faced a struggle to find herself as she came to terms with her sexuality and gender identity.

Addressing serious issues in the juxtaposed context of upbeat, electronic-pop anthems, she aims to inspire and strives to work with other creators in the LGBTQ+ space.

Sounds like: Shura, Lilly Allen, Georgia

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