Gaming has been a safe haven for many during the worldwide pandemic, the variety of options has never been so vast, and in many ways this reflects the current state of the music industry also. Given the circumstances, what better time to introduce some 8-bit gaming/music fusion brought to us by Alfie Templeman in his latest music video for ‘Things I Thought Were Mine’.
In what could well be the most creative and unique music video release for quite some time, we are greeted with a clip reminiscent of the Mario glory days. As Alfie himself plays through the game levels, lyrics pop up as in-game rewards, genius! The track itself is a delightful and uplifting alt-pop tune that you can’t help but have a nostalgic association with thanks to the chorus line.
Gamers and Music lovers come together and enjoy a track that already feels timeless, and get lost in its brilliance.
Sounds like: Pizzagirl, APRE, Bad Sounds, Will Joseph Cook, Oscar Lang, Hot Flash Heat Wave
Young Birmingham based producer, singer and songwriter Matt Ryder follows up his 2019 debut single with new alt-pop fusion track ‘Not The Same’.
It addresses the current state of social media in the world and the role it plays in a young person’s life. Ryder’s lo-fi and atmospheric approach – shares a similar vein to The 1975’s Matt Healy’s process – allowing the listener to enjoy the creation even without vocals present at times.
It’s difficult to put a label on what kind of music this is, there is something for everyone here, a beautiful fusion taking the best influences from multiple genres, and creating a sound that can almost only be described as Matt Ryder.
Discussing the conception of the track, Ryder states,
“I felt like I was constantly overthinking everything I was doing and saying, even the thoughts I had I would overthink,”. Channelling this frustration into his writing he adds that “it was encouraged by the teenage society I was involved with. You can never really have a private life when you’re young.”
Sounds like: Daughter, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, RY X, James Vincent McMorrow
Swedish artist STORME has a unique talent for making luminous electronic pop songs about nature. She spent much of her childhood exploring local woodland – a paradise of pine trees and untouched wilderness, punctuated by lakes that shimmer in sunlight in daytime, then lap quietly beneath sprawling stars at night.
The result of this is pretty evident on her new single ‘Kite‘, a sun-drenched paean to the mindfulness of relaxing made unique by her signature, angelic voice.
Speaking about the song, she explains: ““Kite is the first real Summer song I’ve written – it’s about an inner journey. There was a day in early June when I was walking in the woods. I felt my body relax, and I could really breathe again, for the first time in a long time. I almost felt like a bird chasing the sun.”
Hamburg based producer duo Moonbootica has just came back with their third offer of the year. A potent electro pop piece titled ‘Say The Word‘ which sees the presence of singer Andie Nora.
Her hypnotic vocals gently float above a cinematic production. It’s a very powerful song, made of big sounds, instant melodies and a massive dose of elegant textures.
Andie Nora says: “‘Say the Word’ is about holding back words, when you’re waiting for the other person to communicate how they feel. By the end of the song though, “say the word if you want nothing at all” is my way of saying: if you don’t appreciate my love- then let me go.”
While the two add about the accompanying official video: “Like everybody right now we are yearning to return to our normal & beloved lives, craving for loud music, clubs and dancing – but there is still no real sign of that happening anytime soon. At a certain point we decided to see the covid19 pandemic as a chance. A chance to focus on music that tells a slightly different story – not the club music narrative you might expect …’Say the Word’ tells a more differentiated story of life and love. As we are deeply connected with our home town of Hamburg, we want to show you a less common perspective of this city. Working with the “Hood of Saints” crew is a perfect match: they too stand 100% for Hamburg as it really is.”
Isle Of Wight band Coach Party shares their latest track, a cover of Clairo‘s ‘Bags’. A huge fan of Clairo’s album ‘Immunity’ and a result of their combined restless lockdown creativity, the visuals were made remotely and can be watched below.
The band’s debut 6-track ‘Party Food’ EP was produced by their own Guy Page and is out now on Chess Club Records. You can listen below.
Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Lauran Hibbard, Honey Lung, Dream Wife, Talk Show, The Big Moon, Black Honey, The Amazons, The Strokes
Chinese/Australian multidisciplinary creative Dugong Jr shares the dreamy new single ‘Float’ featuring Rromarin. Inspired by the UK garage scene, the electronic producer creates a refreshing take on a classic sound.
Kid of the moment, Matt Maltese, is making waves with his soft take on 2020 indie. With a DIY aesthetic and scarily accurate prediction of current times, despite his continuous daydreaming, you can watch his cinematic video for ‘madhouse’ below.
Sounds like: Beach Boys, Oscar Lang, Glass Animals, Rex Orange County, The Last Shadow Puppets
Indie duo Hoofa considers the true cost of being a musician in 2020 in new single ‘How Do We Know’. A little more of a slow-burner than their usual ambi-pop take on indie, but this perfectly represents their abilities to consider aptly express real emotions.
Austin’s premiere psychedelic-rock connoisseurs The Bright Light Social Hour return with their cosmic, uniquely brilliant new single ‘Ouroboros’. It’s a transcendent journey through psychedelic, distorted guitar licks and spaced out vocal parts.
Burgeoning Aussie newcomer Moxley Rey returns with his triumphant sophomore single, a sun-soaked collaboration with Nashville-based alt-pop savant Jeff Carl. A kaleidoscopic cohesion of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, it perfectly encapsulates boundless energy perfectly befitting any summer mood.
It’s hard these days to find singers who sing in their natural accents, so imagine our surprise and delight within seconds of tuning into ‘is your bedroom ceiling bored?’.
Sody’s stunning vocals greet us and lock in the attention of the listener with her unmistakable tone and talent. The track is not a completely fresh song however, the song previously released as a solo track called ‘Bedroom Ceiling’ earlier in 2020, before the more production heavy rendition featuring Cavetown, accompanied by a brand new music video.
Not only is it an absolute joy to see these two linking up and creating such a marvellous track, but this is the first proper music video that we have seen since the beginning of lockdown. Not only is this song moving to the core, ‘is your bedroom ceiling bored?’ is a visual reminder that we may soon be returning to normal.
““Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?” is for my fellow overthinkers,” Sody explains. “It’s when you’re staring at your ceiling at 4am looking for answers and wondering what someone is thinking. It’s when you write paragraphs to someone over text but then delete it and respond ‘I’m okay’. I imagine so many of us are experiencing this in isolation which unites us all!”
Relatively new alt-pop artist Michi continues to dazzle us with every single release. The L.A based songstress returns with her latest offering ‘Sugarbaby’, lifted off her forthcoming debut EP due later this year.
‘Sugarbaby’ is seductively catchy, drawing us in from the opening moments, and leaving you unable to think about anything else. Doo-Wop inspired electric guitar licks and inaudible chatter ease you into Michi’s artistry before you are blown away by her dulcet tones and unique delivery.
Speaking of the release Michi shares,
‘Sugarbaby’ is a sentimental ode to expressing love and admiration for that special someone,” Guerrero shares about the song. “While the task of creating during quarantine was not easy, the song for me was an escape into a colorful place, and the chance to express adoration of a lover in all their beauty and light.”
The music video, dreamt up with the help of Michi’s creative director Haley Appell, is an invitation into Michi’s pastel-coloured world, replete with velvet jumpsuits, metallic electric guitars, ice cream, and of course, sugar, baby.
UK-based Georgie shares the expressive ‘Chasing Kites’ taken from her album, out now. Georgie was the first signing to Soul Kitchen Recordings (the label set up by Jake Bugg’s management company: Soul Kitchen), and it’s the only song on the album that she didn’t write or produce during the lockdown. Listen below for that uplifting feel.
Swedish artist and producer Kasbo shares his emotionally-charged new single ‘Play Pretend’. Featuring Ourchives’ soaring vocals, the track marks a new chapter ahead of his second studio album ‘The Making of a Paracosm’ will be out on 23 October via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records, and features a passionate embrace amongst nature.
American-born French residing Jesse Hite combines music from the West Coast of the US with synth-laden electro inspired by his French antics. His new single ‘I’m Glad You Called Me’ combines poppy hooks with a generous nod to 80s disco.
A new wave of rockstars are taking over, and with Billie Eilish‘s seal of approval, Dominic Fike is making huge waves with his modern take on emo-pop. The track ‘Double Negative (Skeleton Milkshake)’ is one of the more indietronica-friendly tracks taken from his genre-bending new album, ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong’.
Glass Animals shares the David Wilson (Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens) directed video for new single, ‘It’s All So Incredibly Loud’. Written about three seconds of life, in which during that short heartbreaking moment, devastation creates a deafening silence, followed by a point of no return.
Sounds like: alt-J, Tender, Pale Hands, Foreign Air, Everything Everything, Son Lux