Playlist: Illyin Pipes

Illyin Pipes

Introducing Illyin Pipes, a blissed-out pop duo from Toronto.

Their mutual affinity for textured soundscapes, layered harmonies and heavy electronic synths, fully presents itself in their melancholic debut EP, ‘Waking Up’.

We asked Illyin Pipes to put together a playlist for Indietronica to coincide with the EP release.

Little Dragon – Feather
Have always loved Little Dragon and Feather feels like a dreamy modern take on 80s synth-pop meets 90s trip-hop. I love a vibey vocal and airy synth over a driving bass line.

Arthur Russel – That’s Us/Wild Combination
I heard this song for the first time two years ago and fell deeply in love with it. I had a challenging couple of months shortly after finding it and truly couldn’t listen to any other song. Just this over and over. And it’s still my very top favourite.

Radiohead – House of Cards
Everything Thom Yorke touches is a dream to me. His solo releases are beautiful and I love his contemporary dance music videos. House of Cards is on this list because it’s so perfectly vulnerable, and my top pick from “In Rainbow’s” which I come back to all the time.

Brian Eno – The Big Ship
I usually listen to Brian Eno’s hour-long tracks, but Big Ship is a cinematic, emotional shorty.

10CC – I’m Not In Love
I discovered this song in high school and burned it onto a CD with a bunch of my other favourites at the time. Still playlisting it a decade later! It’s so soft and I love the weird whisper section partway through.

Hundred Waters – Murmurs
I love Hundred Waters’ quiet vocals and acoustic piano over bold drum choices/effects.

Solange – Losing You
Such a sweet pop song. Dev Hyne’s nails the writing/production.

Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place/Naive Melody
David Byrne’s lyrics are amazing and the repetitive bass line makes me want to listen to it forever. The live version from “Stop Making Sense” is so good.

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
This song transports me to a dark club fantasy in my mind. I have closed my eyes and danced to this song many times.

Aphex Twin – #3 (Rhubarb)
This song is what got me into ambient music. Airy/calming/sweet/meditative. I often listen to it when I’m writing.

Blood Orange – Best to You Feat. Empress Of
Another Dev Hynes track but a duet with Empress of. So dancy!

Beach House – Sparks
I love the steady shoegaze-y guitar and alto vocals. I’m also a sucker for songs that don’t change chords at the bridge: altering the melody of the vocal for a moment, or going to an interlude is always my songwriting instinct.

Massive Attack – Teardrop
The vocals are an inspiration: so close they’re almost whispered, then building dynamically at all the right times.

Washed Out – Feel it All Around
Dreamy, lo-fi, psychedelic, synth-pop <3

The Cars – Drive
Total 80s heaven. I love the subtle and emotional lyrics. We’ve covered this live a couple of times and it feels really nice to play.

You can listen to the EP below.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Lykke Li, RALPH, Vera Blue, BANKS, Washed Out

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Inspired & The Sleep – Getting Through

Inspired & The Sleep

San Diego-based dream-pop band Inspired & The Sleep shares new single, ‘Getting Through’.

With an addictive piano-led melody throughout, ‘Getting Through’ tackles the moment when two formerly close individuals become disassociated and detached from each other.

This one will definitely tug on the heartstrings.

Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, CHAPPO, Lucy Rose, Arcade Fire, Mating Ritual, James Supercave, Arms Akimbo, Sure Sure

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Ellen Krauss – On The Bus

Ellen Krauss

Swedish feminist and LGBTQ advocate, Ellen Krauss shares her bright video for the country-tinged pop song, ‘On The Bus’; a story full of heartbreak that has a kind of teenage nostalgia to it.

Since the age of four, Ellen has been secretly writing songs in her room in Stockholm, or in South Africa where her family occasionally lived. This is the first song released via BMG Recorded Music through a new partnership with the indie label, Tiller Inc..

Sounds like: Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo

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Milk. – Temperature

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Taking cues from modern pop bands The 1975 and Pale Waves, Irish four-piece Milk. creates music that considers many genres, ranging from RnB, to electronic and pop.

The band’s new single ‘Temperature’, does exactly what it says on the tin – raises the heat in a reflection about the unity that’s felt between two people during sex.

Sounds like: Pale Wales, The 1975, Japanese House

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Baker Grace – Sad Summer

Baker Grace - Sad Summer

18-year-old singer/songwriter Baker Grace shares her anti-social media anthem for the summer.

Content with being alone, or with friends, whatever. Baker Grace wants you to spend your time not giving a f*** and embodying her distinct mindset.

Sounds like: CAPPA, Stalking Gia, Charli XCX, The 1975, Cher Lloyd

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Bevan – P.T.L Feat. Holly Moore

Bevan - P.T.L Feat. Holly Moor

Songwriter, producer, vocalist and budding-polymath Bevan shares ‘P.T.L’ featuring the luscious vocals of Holly Moore.

His experimental, disco-infused electronic project seems a far cry from teaching in the coastal town of Bournemouth. Inspired by track catchphrases in 80’s tunes, Bevan decided to create his own catchy number…’Part Time Lover’.

Sounds like: Friendly Fires, Midnight Pool Party, Ok Go, Roosevelt

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Couch Prints – Tell U

Couch Prints

Introducing super chilled out indie synth-pop trio, Couch Prints.

Originating in various apartments across the world and finally finding a home in Queens, New York, the song ‘Tell U’ reflects a feeling of transience and movement and leaving the past behind; whether that’s moving homes or ending a relationship or just changing yourself day by day.

So stop for a minute. Recline, listen, enjoy.

Sounds like: Porches, Men I Trust, Beach House, The Knife

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Exclusive: New Moons – Volume XII

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Today, record label, artist management company, and live promoter Killing Moon releases Volume VII of its New Moons compilation, and Indietronica has the exclusive.

With a solid reputation in the knack of discovering talent – having supported artists on previous Volumes, including first and formative releases from the likes of Slaves, IDLES, Fickle Friends, Laurel, Bad Sounds, Calva Louise, Yonaka, One Bit, Fatherson, Pale Honey, Nadine Shah, and Meadowlark, amongst others – their latest Volume provides twenty sterling tracks of the best of new and emerging talent from around the world.

New Moons – Volume XII Tracklist

1. The Ninth Wave – A New Kind Of Ego (Scotland/UK)
2. Mina Rose – DAYZ (UK)
3. Annabel Allum – You Got It Good (UK)
4. Madge – Fight Or Flight Club (USA)
5. WAAX – Labrador (Australia)
6. Chapter and Verse – Magazines (UK)
7. Kingswood – Creepin (Australia)
8. Farebrother – I’d Be The Worst (UK)
9. Lazy Day – With My Mind (UK)
10. Cleopatrick – Bernard Trigger (Canada)
11. Old Blue Reunion – Social Interaction (UK)
12. Roseanne Reid – I Love Her So (UK)
13. Rick Feds – Wake Up (Latvia)
14. Go Go Berlin – Here Comes The Darkness (Denmark)
15. Superlove – Catch Of The Day (UK)
16. Rebecca Lou – Take Ur Time (Denmark)
17. The Bongo Club – Tell Your Friends (Sweden)
18. Wyldest – Alive (UK)
19. Bad Animal – Oh No (Canada)
20. ROE – Girls (Ireland)

You can listen to and download the compilation here.

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Plastic Picnic – September Second

Plastic Picnic

Brooklyn-based band Plastic Picnic share confessional new single, ‘September Second’.

Written by the band, it’s a kind of invigorating rock that invites breezy wavy synths and plays with pop sensibilities, all whilst being, ultimately, pretty heartbreaking.

The release comes ahead of their sophomore EP ‘Vistalite’ out tomorrow.

Crafted with the help of Sub Pop staple and producer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), ‘Vistalite’ pays homage to Plastic Picnic’s origins in the Pacific Northwest.

Sounds like: Beauty Sleep, Yoke Lore

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Jens Kuross – Happiness

Jens Kuross

It seems the word ‘eargasm’ was invented by Jens Kuross, because you’ll have plenty of them whilst listening to his music.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, his music occupies a rare space in the world with his particular way of melding evocative lyrics and dreamy arrangements with introspective, yet sublime songwriting.

Kuross’ new single is breathtaking electronica, which Jens describes as, “basically a not-so-subtle kraut-rock inspired exercise in harmonic syncopation and self-effacement.”

Kuross plays a headline show at London’s St Pancras Old Church on 27 November.

Sounds like: Ry X, Sacred Animals, Solomon Grey, Bonobo, Rhye, James Blake

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Elina Eriksson – Discover Her

Elina Eriksson

Swedish LGBTQ songwriter/producer Elina Eriksson shares her debut single, ‘Discover Her’, after finding out that a girl she was living with during her time in London, was cheating on her.

Clean and simple in its cut, the nostalgic-pop song has a positive feel throughout, despite the song’s adverse lyrical content.

Sounds like: IDER, Kllo

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Arche – My Only

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French indie pop quartet Arche shares the visuals for their first official release, ‘My Only’ – an atmospheric slice of weird, psychedlic dream-pop.

The video features the boys in mismatched outfits, amongst a vintage, nineties backdrop. Watch below.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Tropic Harbour, Summer Heart, DIIV

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R.LUM.R – How This Feels

R.LUM.R

Introducing Nashville creative, R.LUM.R. His music is R&B, underscored by a hip-hop attitude, pop dalliances, and a progressive rock vision.

In ‘How This Feels’, R.LUM.R urges an honest interpretation of the song by its listener. It is taken from his forthcoming album, due this fall via Island Records.

Sounds like: The Weeknd, Blood Orange, LA Bouquet

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JVLY – me&her

JVLY

Australian artist JVLY shares his smooth’n’mellow tune, ‘me&her’, which features some co-production from Swiss producer DRKTMS.

In the song, JVLY channels some serious dream-pop vibes (think Men I Trust) with buzzy analogue synths, that he neatly stumbled upon whilst trying out his brand-new analogue synthesizer.

Sounds like: Men I Trust, Kllo

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Noah Kenton – Walk Feat. Jahn Rome

Noah Kenton

L.A.-based artist Noah Kenton continues his musical journey with the crossover alt-R&B bop ‘Walk’.

Cutting his teeth as an indie-pop singer-songwriter, he traversed to a colourful, crossover sound after his interest in production allowed him much more creative freedom.

The track also features Maryland lyricist Jahn Rome, who brings a welcome, rhythmic energy to the track.

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Tim Rose – Left on Read

Tim Rose

DIY musician Tim Rose shares his video for ‘Left on Read’, the third release in a series of visuals culminating into a short film and showcases his obsession with smooth and soulful guitar licks.

The track considers dating through your smartphone and the pitfalls associated with getting to know someone through technology.

Sounds like: Parliament, Shawn Mendes

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Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent

Meet Florida fourpiece, Jordan Esker & The Hundred Percent.

They’ve just released their EP, ‘My Own Misreable’, which is gospel/synth-rock meets organ-led emo/soul and a kind of heartbreak only fans of The National will understand.

Sounds like: The National, Sea Girls

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bülow – Get Stupid

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German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow shares the visuals for her single ‘Get Stupid’, out via Wax Records/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada.

The track, taken off the JUNO Award winner’s latest EP ‘Crystalline’ released earlier this year and is produced by Mike Wise, is the kind of quirky pop that the commercial world is embracing at the moment.

Speaking about the video, bülow explains,

“When I was younger, I wanted to be an inventor, to create things. I think everybody strives for the feeling of self-importance, trying to find their ways to be remembered. My character created a flying device, it didn’t work out, but that wasn’t the end.”

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, Sigrid, ALMA, Daya

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Hunkpapa – Cappuccino

Hunkpapa

Northern Irish four-piece Hunkpapa have been kicking up a storm in their native country, as well as across Europe.

Their new single ‘Cappuccino’ is as addictive and energetic as a caffeine high and encapsulates the band’s personal journey from paths of conventional careers to where they find themselves now.

Expect them to play a town near you in the Autumn.

Sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Snow Patrol

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Julietta – Stripes + Squares (Penguin Prison Remix)

Julietta

Meet indie pop alchemist, Julietta.

Her latest single, ‘Stripes + Squares’ has received the remix treatment from producer veteran Penguin Prison (Chris Glover).

Further highlighting Julietta’s independent and spontaneous spirit, the percussive rework from the fellow NYC native injects body-shaking bass and warm tones from marimbas to turn the original rock-influenced bop into a truly anthemic tune.​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Sofi Tukker, Ralph, Mating Ritual, Morgan Saint, NVDES

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Sacred Animals – Maya Liminal

Sacred Animals

Reintroducing the music world to producer Darragh Nolan (aka Sacred Animals).

As the visuals for his new single, ‘Maya Liminal’ build into an electronic-fused, dream-like state, he draws the listener into an intense world, where one is asked to consider what it means to be a spirit living a human existence.

Expect the forthcoming LP, ‘Odin’s Wain’, out later in the year.

Sounds like: Thom Yorke, James Blake, Son Lux, Ry X & Chromatics

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Felix Sandman – Middle Of Nowhere

Felix Sandman

Swedish 20 year old singer/songwriter/actor Felix Sandman shares his catchy new single ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

The track is a delicious slice of pop that describes being stuck in the limbo of love.

It’s out now via TEN Music Group.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Charlie Puth, Khalid, Lauv, ALEXINA, Tove Lo

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Emma McGrath – Other Side

Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath is back with another knockout pop single called ‘Other Side’.

There is no doubt that Emma’s music has matured over the last year and this is adamantly clear in the bold, guitar-infused anthem, where we see a more vulnerable side of Emma.

Speaking about the track, Emma explains,

“Other Side is the first song I wrote in the US. The song started out with my best mate Alfie and I deciding we needed a quality country song, but it very, very quickly turned into something else! The song is about needing honesty; I can’t fix any of your problems, but I’ll promise to be there and help you through the ups and downs of life. I’m almost asking for permission, not wanting to give my all to something for fear of being let down; I’m searching for reassurance.”

‘Other Side’ is out today via Young Poet Records, and is taken from her upcoming four-track EP, to be released this Autumn.

Live

20 July – L Fest, Bodafon Farm, Llandudno, Wales
24 July – Blue Balls Festival, Switzerland w/ Charlotte Gainsbourg
27 July – The Drawing Room, Chesham, UK
27 July – Standon Calling, UK
2 August – Underneath The Stars, UK
18 – 21 September – Reeperbahn Festival, Germany

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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Vaarwell – False Promises

Vaarwell

Re-introducing Lisbon-based indie pop band, Vaarwell.

Formed in 2014, the band consists of Margarida Falcão (vocals, keyboards) – who is also a Xinobi (producer and DJ) collaborator – Ricardo Nagy (guitar, keys, production) and Luís Monteiro (bass, sampler).

With varying music genre backgrounds from indie rock to folk and electronic music, ‘False Promises’ is a wonderful return for Vaarwell, as the new song seesaws between denial about a relationship ending and absolute denial.

Sounds like: IYES, Daughter, Frances, Phoria

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