Playlist: Great Good Fine Ok

GGFO

GGFO

Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman are Great Good Fine Ok (or GGFO for regular listeners of their synth-laden music).

They’ve teamed up with Indietronica once again and put together a playlist for us.

Breakbot – Arrested

LUKE: Love the groove on this one. Drums and percussion are sparse and simple but the complexity and funk comes from the synth and guitar rhythms. Lyrics are kind of hilarious to me — likening a romantic encounter to a legal offense? — but it works somehow.

One Republic – Wherever I Go

JON: As a crazy person with a car in NYC, I end up listening to a ton of top 40 radio. When you are suffocated with same 20 songs over and over again, you develop a unique ability to differentiate the “hits” from the HITS. I am not sure what category this song falls into yet, because I’ve only heard it twice, once when they performed it on Jimmy Fallon and once when I just looked it up on Spotify, but I do know one thing, it will soon be on the radio ALL THE TIME. Ryan Tedder is considered one of the best pop songwriters for a reason. From One Republic’s hit “Apologize” in 2006 to their hit “Counting Stars” in 2013 to songs for Beyonce and everyone one else you can think of, this dude never stops killing it. Soon we’ll all be sick of this song and it won’t be cool to talk about it, but for now, enjoy!

Porches – Mood

LUKE: As a producer one of the first things that grabs me about a track is the combination of sounds. The way the elements on this track contrast with themselves in how they give the illusion of space is great. The drums, guitars, bass, and percussion are all super dry, groovy, and right in the front, but the vocals and especially the keyboards are dramatically spacious. The writing is incredibly beautiful as well. Kind of sounds like if Midlake and Prefab Sprout collaborated on a song and James Murphy produced it.

Sia – Cheap Thrills

JON: While I’ve got radio and pop songwriters on the mind, i’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Sia’s latest banger “Cheap Thrills”. Something about a choir of kids singing “I love cheap thrills!” makes me very happy.

Steve Reich – Mallet Quartet: III. Fast

LUKE: Steve Reich has had a huge influence on the music I write. The muted piano part that plays at the beginning of “Always” and continues throughout the track is very Steve Reich to me (although he’d never swing the rhythm quite like that). I grew up playing a lot of mallet percussion, so that’s something that always seems to work its way into my music as well.

Their single, ‘Always’ is out now.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974, LANY, Paperwhite

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Bad Wave – Extraordinary

Bad Wave

Bad Wave

Intermittent roommates-turned-best friends, Bad Wave, share the video for ‘Extraordinary’.

The track is a seemingly pleasant one to start, but it soon changes into a more sinister tone.

The name Bad Wave itself is taken from the Spanish phrase ‘mala onda’, which translates as “bad waves” but you can take it as meaning “bad vibes”. “We’re trying to spread good vibes though,” reassures Patrick.

By releasing their own anxieties through Bad Wave, these two only have great intentions.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Death Cab for Cutie, GUSH, Hot Chip, The Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Ghost Beach

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Interview: Bad Pony

Bad Pony

Bad Pony

On a seaside coast far far away from Brighton, are a band called Bad Pony. They may offer similar sounds to those of Brighton-based bands, but will no doubt have better tans.

We caught up with the boys.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Bad Pony and how you all got into music and where the name came from.

We are a 5 piece from Sydney, Australia. Sam and I (Jarred) used to play in a bluesy rock band. I was the drummer and we started writing songs as a side-project so I could have a fang at singing. We sent the tunes around and got asked to do a 20 date tour so we put together a band of former lead singers and multi-instrumentalists to cover all the parts. That was in 2013, so since then we’ve lost a drummer and cover our percussion parts by splitting a drum kit amongst us.

The name came from our guitarist Cron. Back in his motherland of South Africa he was a Shetland trainer. The night we met him he told us this really long winded joke that won us over. I can’t really remember it but the punchline was ‘Bad Pony’.

Describe your sound in three words.

Hurdling. Gyration. Jiu-jitsu.

What’s your current single, ‘Sideways’ all about?

Sideways is about celebrating the diffusion a potentially volatile situation.

Are there any plans to tour further afield than Australia, in the near future?

Not at the moment. We’re pretty keen to get something happening in New Zealand and the UK next year.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We’re all over the place. I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson but I think I’ve learned a lot & taken on influences playing with different bands in different genres over the years. In recent times my favourite artists have been Manchester Orchestra, Closure in Moscow & Swim Season. As a collective I think we lean towards music that is clever, catchy and interesting.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Middle Kids ‘Edge of Town’
Swim Season ‘Gold Cloak City’

Sounds like: High Tyde, Dive In, Two Door Cinema Club, The Island Club, Ivy Nations, Swim Season, Local Natives, Phoenix, Prides

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The Erised – Liar

The Erised

The Erised

The Erised are a five-piece from Ukraine, comprised of drum & bass producers Detail and Hidden Element, and dancer-turned-singer/songwriter, Sonya.

Although their music stems from drum & bass, this group create a immersive collective of jazz, rock and pop.

You could be tricked into thinking the single ‘Liar’ is an indietronica track with Sonya’s opulent vocals, but every now and then snippets of dark and vibrant instrumentals drum & bass hit our ears, building to a great rocky crescendo at the end. Lovely.

They are releasing their debut album with Hospital Records‘ derivative Med School. Pre-order the album, ‘Room 414’, on iTunes, and you’ll get ‘Liar’ as an instant grat.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Astrid S, Kacy Hill, ZAYN

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ADIAM – Dead Girl Walking

ADIAM

ADIAM

Eritrean-Swedish singer, ADIAM, returns with the emotive video for her new single, ‘Dead Girl Walking’.

The song incorporates various musical elements into the arrangement; light chimes of a vibraphone, a swelling live orchestration and of course ADIAMs velvety vocals.

Sounds like: Banks, Rudimental, City & Colour

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Sundara Karma – Loveblood

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma return with the Romeo & Juliet inspired video for ‘Loveblood’.

The boys have been busy, having toured with Wolf Alice and Nothing But Thieves, and are about to embark on a UK headline tour at the end of May, as well as playing a load of big festival dates, including Glastonbury and the Main Stage and Reading & Leeds.

‘Loveblood’ is out now via Sony Music. Order on iTunes.

Sounds like: The Wombats, Circa Waves, Biffy Clyro, CHAPPO, Arcade Fire, Editors, CHAPPO

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Interview: The Island Club

The Island Club

The Island Club

The Island Club are a five-piece from Brighton, who provide uplifting indie music with quirky melodies, dreamy soundscapes and disco licks.

We had a chat with Sam from the band, just in time for this year’s The Great Escape festival in their local town of Brighton.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about The Island Club and how you all got into music.

We’re 5 people from separate parts of the England, brought up on different types of music, all coming together in Brighton to combine it all into a funky synth mess.

Has living in Brighton had any influence on the sunny vibe in your music?

I’m sure it has to some extent, although I think we’ve written our summeriest songs in cold times of year. It’s probably some sort of escapism.

Describe your sound in three words.

Synthy, groove-juice.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

They’re pretty varied across the band, and we don’t want to lean on our influences too heavily. Having said that, there are some common influences that most of us share, like Tame Impala and Peace. We love big sounds and we’ve definitely been influenced by psychedelic music, but we also enjoy writing pop music, so it’s a toss-up.

You’ve received great praise from some cool blogs and radio stations. What does that feel like?

It feels great! We’re really proud of what we make, so it’s really nice to see others enjoying it as well, especially those who are exposed to a lot of music.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We’ve all been listening to different things, but we’ll just list some of them out:

Bibio’s new album “A Mineral Love”
Mura Masa’s new single “What If I go?”
Kllo have a single out from an upcoming EP called “Bollide”
Methyl Ethel’s awesome album “Oh Inhuman Spectacle”
The new The 1975 album

The boys will be playing The Hope & Ruin as part of TGE, today at 2:30pm – 3:00pm.

Sounds like: TOWER, Great Good Fine Ok, Youth Club, Olly Murs

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The Him – Don’t Leave Without Me (Ft. Gia Koka)

The Him

The Him

The Him is the fresh and experimental production duo of Dutch citizens, Jeroen Kerstens and Steven Berghuijs, who have both managed to appease lovers of indie, deep house, nu disco and pop all in one.

Their new track, ‘Don’t Leave Without Me’ is slightly more dance-based than our usual posts, but it includes the pleasingly rich vocals of pop singer, Gia Koka (who is also a writer and producer), so we couldn’t say no.

Listen below and drift away to warmer climates.

Sounds like: XY&O, Kygo, Sam Feldt, Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, Imogen Heap

The Him

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CAPPA – I’m Good

CAPPA

CAPPA

Making her own way in the music business, CAPPA returns with her latest pop number, ‘I’m Good’.

CAPPA says the track is an “expression most of us use a lot without ever really thinking about it. For me, this song is about declaring that you can be so much happier alone than hanging on some random person’s arm. It feels anthemic and empowering to me and I hope it feels the same to listeners!”

Sounds like: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, HOLYCHILD, Purity Ring, Washed Out, Say Lou Lou, The Knife, M83, KLOE, Druzy, Taylor Swift, The Knife

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Few Bits – Summer Sun

Few Bits

Few Bits

Few Bits are a Belgium band, who are making waves in their home country and beyond, having already supported the likes of Vampire Weekend and The War On Drugs.

Imagine an untroubled Lana Del Rey, and you’d likely end up at the euphoric, hazy vocals of front woman Karolien Van Ransbeeck. Combine this with the shimmering guitars from the rest of the band, and the result is ‘Summer Sun’.

Watch the picturesque and colourful video for ‘Summer Sun’, below.

‘Summer Sun’ has been taken from their upcoming sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’.

Sounds like: Daywave, Summer Heart, Swimm, Lana Del Rey, Hazel English, Brett

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