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.
It’s the first taste of his upcoming second EP, his new lo-fi house project, about a psychedelic relationship.
Swedish duo I AM KARATE (aka producer and songwriters, Marta Pettersson and Erika Ahlström) shares new single, ‘Hey Love’.
Speaking about insecurity, the girls explain,
“The song is about insecurity and not feeling sure you’re being honest with your love. Like he’s got a secret world when he’s dreaming that you’re not a part of, and you wonder if it’s more than just dreams.”
Sounds like: Ralph, Say Lou Lou, MIYNT, Doe Paoro, Sirena, Susanne Sundfør, Shura, Kyla La Grange
Nottingham-born singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ronika is back and sounding distinctively disco-noir.
Continuing Ronika’s inclination for all things funk and dream pop, the track features spoken-word contribution from Lee-Ann Curren (a French female pro-surfer and fellow musician) whilst also forming part of Ronika’s latest longer-form project.
Sounds like: ABBA, Chaka Khan, Aeroplane, Breakbot, Ballet School, Ladyhawke, Color War, The Human League, Little Boots, Bananarama, Annie
Bristol-born pop three-piece KOKO have a natural wall of energy which they call the “KOKO traingle”.
They’ve just dropped the acoustic version of their debut single, ‘Freak’. Stripping back the electro-tinged original of their debut singl, it’s all about embracing individuality – “It’s a FU to the man!”
A very cold Saturday evening it may have been, but the queue for Brighton’s Dome was brimming with bright, smiling faces ready for an evening’s entertainment with the newfound household name Sam Fender.
A name in the mouth of a lot of people over the past two years, there’s no doubt you’ve heard a least a track of his or two, and therefore no need cover his songwriting, which is clearly resonating with fans the world over.
That does lead to my main observation from the evening, aside from the powerhouse performance from the man himself and his stellar band, which is the fanbase that was absolutely rammed into the venue. As Sam let his winding storytelling spin a story of adolescent love, life and everything in between through his inimitable Northern charm, it became clear that there was everyone from demographics across the board in attendance, young teens to older folk all there for the sheer delight.
With such a stratospheric and short rise to the top of the pile, don’t expect Sam to be slowing down anytime soon.
Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, The Hunna, The Amazons, Marsicans, Viola Beach
Singer-songwriters Zoe Konez and Antonio Lulic combine on the rousing alternative-pop anthem “Echo”. Drawing on influences from Zoe’s indie background and Antonio’s stadium-filling pop tones, it’s an epic piece of pop-fusion that details a longing for adventure at the expense of personal relationships.
Sounds like: Oh Wonder, Of Monsters and Men, Ben Howard
A while back we shared Nirob Islam‘s single ‘Snakes’, under the guise of SHY Nodi. Since then, he’s officially reverted his stage name to his birth name.
We decided to chat with Nirob about the reason for the name change and also about his new single ‘Busy Making Plans’, out now via BLNK Music.
1. Describe your sound in three words.
That’s really hard as I always try to push myself to try different things with every song I release, but if I had to use only three words I’d say: smooth, different and moody.
2. Why music?
Music has always been part of my life since very early on in my childhood. My Bengali and Swedish upbringing has given me an environment where music and other aesthetic forms have been ever-present. Music was just something that came naturally to me, and it’s always been the most expressive way to convey my emotions.
3. You’ve recently changed your stage name from SHY Nodi to your birth name, Nirob Islam. Explain some more about the decision.
There’s been a lot of things leading up to this decision. It’s been very difficult for me to navigate living in Sweden with my Bengali heritage. I’ve always felt as if I’m in between two very different cultures, which makes it difficult for me to navigate my identity. In the eyes of people from Bangladesh, I’m Swedish, but in Sweden, I’m seen as a foreigner. So who am I? SHY Nodi was a persona that tried to fit into the mainstream media. I hid my roots and who I really am. I’m the guy in the middle, a third-generation kid stood at a crossroads. Being that person is all I’ve ever needed to be, nothing else. That’s why I decided to change my artist name to my real name, Nirob Islam. Hopefully, I can inspire people to be themselves, and push the industry in a direction where you don’t have to look or act a certain way to be successful.
4. Tell us about your new single ‘Busy Making Plans’.
‘Busy Making Plans’ is a song about the distance that’s created by a lack of communication. Not talking about the issues you have with a partner can make you feel misunderstood. I’ve always had a hard time expressing what I’m feeling when I’m down, or if there’s something’s bothering me. It’s even harder when you’re constantly travelling and not getting the chance to talk things through face-to-face.
5. We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Right now I’m listening to artists like Hazlett, Billy Raffoul, Domenic Fike, Summer Walker and Snoh Aalegra.
Hailing from Vancouver Island, the genre-blending “swoon rock” artist and hopeless romantic, Alexandria Maillot shares ‘Someone To Leep You Warm’, taken from her sophomore album ‘Benevolence’, out now.
Quirky storytelling and intricate percussion, Maillot is creating music that is truly unique.
Themed around the joy she gained after seeing her ex struggle to find a lover, the singer had this to say about the schadenfreudian number; “It’s a song about watching a former partner struggle to find companionship and getting enjoyment out of it.”
UK-based producer and multi-instrumentalist, Apidae (aka Greg Hummell) releases his introspective single, ‘Still Life’.
Featuring lead vocals from Mazlyn (who also co-wrote the track), ‘Still Life’ is about feeling trapped and hopeless. The continuous musical switch between electronic and acoustic instrumentation represent this ongoing search for contentment.
Expect his ‘Everything Is Alright’ EP to be released in February 2020.
Monday 9th December 2019 – Supporting Pick a Piper
Friday 7th February 2020 – Headline / EP launch at the Waiting Room
Meet Tamzene, a young singer, writer and multi-instrumentalist from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands.
Tamzene has already played a number of festivals, including Latitude, The Great Escape, Kendall Calling, and Reeperbahn Festival, after being spotted busking on the streets of Inverness by bookers from Scotland’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Her new single ‘You’re With Somebody Now’ is full of heartbreak, nostalgia and regret, and you can watch the Archie Short-directed visuals below.