Weekly Gems 95

The Feather – Sister

The Feather by Gilles Dewalque

The Feather by Gilles Dewalque

Belgium folktronica artist The Feather shares his bass-licking new single, ‘Sister’.

Swerving synths, it’s a hypnotic indie-pop gem that depicts how social media affects us all, out now via [PIAS].

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Hot Chip, Joe Goddard

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STRØM – Last Try

STRØM

STRØM

We stumbled upon the beautiful ‘Last Try’ by Swedish artist STRØM just a few minutes ago and had to share it.

Having recently moved to Berlin, STRØM continues to release music that combines elegant vocal melodies with euphoric percussion. Beautiful.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, TENDER, Solomon Grey, James Blake

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Yazmyn Hendrix – Be Me

Yazmyn Hendrix

With a cool name, Yazmyn Hendrix takes Ed Sheeran’s lead and uses her voice with a loop pedal to create magical music.

Her new single ‘Be Me’ is taken off her upcoming EP named ‘Saturn Returns’ and is her first break-up song, and subsequent coming out song.

Sounds like: Alicia Keys, Aurora

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Ani Glass – Mirores

Ani Glass

Welsh musician, Ani Glass (also a former member of indie-pop group The Pipettes) shares the visuals for her new single, ‘Mirores’ – the title track from her forthcoming debut album, released in March.

The quirky and illuminating visuals wouldn’t go amiss in a Petit Meller or Yelle music video, as she shares a journey from dark desperation to motivation and inspiration.

Sounds like: Petite Meller, Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis

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REYKO – Surrender

REYKO

London-based pop outfit REYKO shares the visuals for ‘Surrender’.

Filmed on the English South East coast, it’s a slow and steady track that expresses their elusiveness in a peaceful and dreamy manner.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Saint Etienne, CAPPA

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Mint Julep – Fantasies

Mint Julep

We’re very excited to share ‘Stay Fantasties’ by wife and husband duo, Hollie and Keith Kenniff aka Mint Julep, an expertly manicured electric-pop venture that stands in stark contrast to the nebulous and experimental Helios and Goldmund outputs for which the latter member is known.

The vulnerable track shimmers underneath an amalgamation of textures and is out now on Western Vinyl.

Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, Tame Impala, Electric Youth, The Naked And Famous, Cocteau Twins, Helios

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Nathaniel Stewart – Lone Wolf

Nathaniel Stewart - Lone Wolf

Portland-based Nathaniel Stewart shares ‘Lone Wolf’, a track about dealing with loneliness and finding out who you are.

With skyscraping melodies and enduring drums, prepare to drift away.

Sounds like: M83, Nick Murphy

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FARR – Heal Me

FARR

From one lonely artist to another…introducing transatlantic duo FARR (by way of Los Angeles and London) vocalist Roméo and producer Linden Jay (who has also produced for Rejjie Snow, LION SNOW, RITUAL and more).

Born from London loneliness, the soulful new track, ‘Heal Me’, was written with Carl Barat and Olly Burden and is full of heartfelt longing for missed loved ones.

Sounds like: RKCB, Jadu Heart, Dan D’Lion, James Vickery

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SHY Martin – Slow

SHY Martin by Hampus Hjellström

SHY Martin by Hampus Hjellström

Renowned songwriter SHY Martin (Bebe Rexha, Astrid S, Kygo, Ellie Goulding, ALMA, Jess Glynne) picks up her beloved guitar again and shares the delicate, stripped back ballad, ‘Slow’.

Rich and organic, it shows another side to the popstar-in-the-making.

Sounds like: Halsey, Emily Burns

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Steph Sandor – Circles

Steph Sandor - Circles

Los Angeles-based pop artist Steph Sandor is quite frankly over this shit.

Her pulsing new single ‘Circles’ is a straightforward pop statement shared from a place of vulnerability and frustration. It’s out now on BonFire Records

Sounds like: Chelsea Cutter, CAPPA

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Blanks – Sweaters

Blanks - Sweaters

Dutch YouTuber, Blanks shares his falsetto-led single ‘Sweaters’.

With a unique way of interacting with fans – Blanks actually writes music with his fans, not just for his fans – his pop music captures and engages.

Sounds like: COIN, Two Door Cinema Club, Joan, Great Good Fine Ok

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Rydell – Pastime

Vienna-based Rydell (Kimberly Rydell) only unveiled her debut release a couple of months ago and she’s already back with new single ‘Pastime’.

Kimberly’s silk-smooth vocal has a newfound confidence as distorted guitars and loose industrial percussion crash their way into the mix. Her every word commanding the track as it reaches the explosive finale, melody and rhythm await her signal as she sings, ‘Let’s get in trouble’.

Sounds Like: Two Feet, Alina Baraz, Blush FM, Hippie Sabotage

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ÄTNA – Come To Me

ÄTNA

German-based duo ÄTNA is raising pulses in their new video for ‘Come To Me’.

Retro and futuristically avant-garde at once, ÄTNA is creating their own work of art in a musical world, frequently pushing boundaries and playing with gender roles.

The visuals for ‘Come To Me’ feature a notable number of transport methods, as Demian attempts to reach confident singer Inéz in his last attempt to make an effort in their relationship before disappearing once and for all.

You can pre-order the album, ‘Made By Desire’ here.

Sounds like: Grimes, Fever Ray, Vök, Kllo, Daughter

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REECE – China Blue

REECE

After a move out of Los Angeles and a bit of a health kick, REECE comes back stronger with ‘China Blue’.

The track is about Reece’s self-reflection following a breakup, where he has some toxic traits that also need to be worked on.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, ANDRO, Sam Smith

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YAS – Caroline

YAS - Caroline

Classically trained violinist-vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer YAS releases her stripped back and ethereal track, ‘Caroline’.

Further combining pop-electronic sounds with hints of contemporary R&B, the result is an intimately atmospheric song.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Banks

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Salt Cathedral – CAVIAR

Salt Cathedral - CAVIAR

Salt Cathedral asks for the simple pleasures in ‘CAVIAR’.

An impassioned rejection of materialism in relationships and a celebration of the liberation that comes with it, the track combines warm rhythms with icy vocal undertones.

Salt Cathedral is the duo of Nico and Juli, genre-defying artists who effortlessly draw from the vanguard of electronic music, a scope of Caribbean rhythms, and Colombian dance culture to create an infectious sound that transcends borders. Expect their debut album to be released in 2020 on Ultra.

Sounds like: Aurora

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Asha Gold – Too Good

Asha Gold

West London-based Asha Gold sticks to her guns against the sceptics in her beat-led new single, ‘Too Good’.

After battling with the pressures and opinions of those close to her, who, at the time, were persuading her to persue more “practical” endeavours than music, Asha took to her bedroom where she recorded a voice note of the pre-chorus and chorus for ‘Too Good’. The next day, Asha finished up the song in around ten minutes on the piano; this being all the reassurance she needed to stay on track with her music career.

Sounds like: Nakala, Frank Ocean

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Interview: Lake Jons

Lake Jons

Helsinki born and bred Lake Jons reflects the darkest waters of the woods in delicate folktronica-tinged dream-pop.

In their sophomore album ‘The Coast’, Lake Jons continues to evolve both personally, and as a musical outlet. Reconnecting with their roots by leaving the city, they endeavour to dismantle life, space and time and gain emotional perspective.

We caught up with Jooel Jons and Mikko Pennanen to find out more…

1. Describe your sound in three words.

Tender, life-loving.

2. How did the name Lake Jons come about?

Well, it’s a twisted version of my name. Let’s leave it at that. :)))

3. Your new album ‘The Coast’ is inspired by nature. What is it about nature that attracts you the most?

Its purity and stillness. It’s crazy how I’m just calmed any time I’m in the forest. Even if the place isn’t untouched, natural areas still have the ability to give me the spiritual feeling of unity.

4. Any exciting plans for 2020?

Well, of course, new music will keep on pouring, but there will also be some tour plans for Europe, enjoying life, and hanging in the woods as much as possible.

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

Awesome. Lately I’ve been listening to Sharon Van Etten maybe more than others. It’s like a warm wave making the day seem a little more bright. Also, I got this old Spanish guitar album, compilation from different classical composers. That’s a perfect way to start a day.

Sounds like: Paul Simon, Ásgeir, Band Of Horses, Bon Iver, Nick Mulvey, Yumi Zouma, Bon Iver, Crooked Colours

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East Harbor – Highlight of My Week

East Harbor

Meet Florida natives East Harbor. Formed in 2014, the band takes influence from good vibes indie-pop and rock.

Their new single ‘Highlight Of My Week’ has both boy-band, pop-punk and emo tendencies, and that’s why it’s our guilty pleasure of the week.

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

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Sophia Gripari – Lesson Learned

Sophia Gripari - Lesson Learned

London-born, now US-based singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sophia Gripari shares her first self-produced single, ‘Lesson Learned’.

The electro-pop track is written about the liberation found in realising and subsequently walking away from a toxic relationship.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Gabrielle Aplin

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Daniella Mason – Steady

Daniella Mason - Steady

Nashville-based Daniella Mason continues her left off-centre brand of pop with new single ‘Steady’.

Taken from her forthcoming ‘Physical State’ EP, it is to be used as a buoyancy aid during troubled times.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, The Japanese House, Robyn, Maggie Rogers, Billie Eilish, George Gretton, Luna Pines

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REYNA – Clueless

REYNA

REYNA is feeling pretty ‘Clueless’ in their fun new karaoke based video.

The upbeat pop single, taken from their highly anticipated upcoming debut EP in Spring 2020, is written about learning to accept and love yourself even when you’re feeling clueless about life.

Sounds like: Haim, Tegan & Sara, Lorde, MUNA, Powers, The Aces

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la lune – holding onto u

la lune

Effervescent pop maker la lune releases the delectable ‘holding onto u’.

The 20 year-old, London-born singer-songwriter and producer has been releasing music with a DIY ethos since she was 18. Masked beneath her pseudonym and subtle social media presence, la lune is using obscurity to ‘protest’ against the over-sexualisation of women in music, stating that her music should be listened to and judged at ‘face value’.

Sounds like: Shallou, Fickle Friends, The Japanese House

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The Millennial Club – Coffee In The Morning

The Millennial Club by Carly Whalen

The Millennial Club by Carly Whalen

The Millennial Club is SoCal melancholic-synth pop band comprised of friends and jazz musicians, singer/guitarist Andres Owens, bassist/keyboardist Jared Ortiz, guitarist/saxophonist Jake Stevenson, and drummer Tyler Kamei.

Their lovelorn new single ‘Coffee In The Morning’ displays Owen’s wisdom beyond his 23 years of life through his powerfully intimate lyricism which puts listeners directly into the relationship at stake. It features guest vocals from newcomer Tori Romo.

Expect their sophomore EP due out early 2020.

Sounds like: The 1975, No Rome

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Edith – No Matter What You Do

Edith

Romanian-born Edith has been writing songs since at song, and creating music was her only path to express her emotions from a young age.

Her new single, ‘No Matter What You Do’ is an emphatic, contemporary-pop banger that showcases her natural songwriting ability. Drawing on personal experiences, for an upbeat piece of pop bliss.

Sounds like: Blithe, Mabel, Dua Lipa, Baker Grace, Just Kiddin

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SAINT WKND – Ridin’ Solo

SAINT WKND

Turning the next page in his musical chapter, SAINT WKND shares new single ‘Ridin’ Solo’, featuring Malou and Clouds.

Focusing on genre-defying music with a breath of fresh air, the 24-year-old Munich-based producer enjoys fusing elements from dance music, hip hop and psychedelic indie sounds.

Listen to his new single below.

We are also huge fans of his more chilled predecessor ‘Lovelike’ featuring LissA, which is nearing 1 million streams. Check that out below.

Sounds like: auv, Yasper, Le Youth, Rudimental, Boy Matthews

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Marie Lang – Body

Marie Lang by Mahir Jahmal

Marie Lang by Mahir Jahmal

Austrian-born, neo-soul artist Marie Lang shares her debut EP ‘Body’; a beautiful collection of vulnerable pieces that vividly portray the cycles of lust, love, and sadness that come from interpersonal relationships.

Taking cues from soul songstresses such as Jessie Ware and Noé, the EP contains beautiful melodies blended with electronic instrumentals and heartfelt vocals.

Speaking about the EP, Lang explains,

“I lived in 3 different cities, went through multiple break-ups, reconnected with family and old friends, lost myself, found myself, thought I lost myself again and made my first EP.”

Sounds Like: Jessie Ware, Noé, Mafalda, Sinead Harnett, Cleo Sol, ELIZA

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Meija – Kid

LA based producer, singer and songwriter Jamie Sierota brings us his very first release under his solo-project Meija. Focusing on the times when we didn’t have to worry about adult-hood. Jamie tries to speak to the inner child within us in order to remind us of the joyful youth.

His synth-drenched, indie pop adjacent brand of rock mines the simple moments we tend to ignore, those that tend to mean far more than we’d like to admit.

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Sounds Like: echosmith, Yoke Lore, Bay Ledges, LP

DAD – Smash Bros

DAD - Illustration by Beverly Love

DAD – Illustration by Beverly Love

Grammy-nominated producer DAD shares the wittily written ‘Smash Bros’, which plays ode to her favourite video game.

At just 19, the virtual popstar, with standout pink hair, has garnered praise from newly recruited collaborators, Gallant and Wrabel, whilst her sound fits perfectly alongside the pop wunderkids of 2019 – think Doja Cat, Clairo and Beabadoobie.

Sounds Like: Lolo Zouaï, Doja Cat, Snow Tha Product, Lil Miquela, Clairo, Beabadoobie

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Harry Nathan – Sweet Release

Harry Nathan

Los Angeles-based Australian artist Harry Nathan shares his blissed-out new single, ‘Sweet Release’.

It comes as a surprise to us how much Nathan loves house music. He grew up wanting to be a house DJ, and the new single sees a fluidic connection between soulful lyricism and a stripped-back house influence within the instrumentation.

Listen below.

It’s the first taste of his upcoming second EP, his new lo-fi house project, about a psychedelic relationship.

Sounds like: Moby, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt

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