Canadian artist Tropic Harbour continues the theme of self-love in the visuals for his new single, ‘Come Back’.
Directed by Louis Dazy, the kaleidoscopic visuals for ‘Come Back’ explore the possibilities of a love that currently doesn’t exist, keeping Berg forever in a dream-like state. The visuals perfectly match the interrupted synths and delicate vocal melodies in the tender landscape that Berg has created for both himself and the listener.
Midnight Pool Party gives us a further taste of their EP on new single, ‘With You’.
A labour of love for the Australian duo, ‘With You’ was initially written in 2014 as just a chord progression. Gradually over the years, the pair have kept coming back to the track, matching their development and maturity as producers and songwriters.
The result is a nu-disco jam through and through. This will certainly ease your mind away from stresses of the day.
Máni Orrason – I Swear It’s True by Yannic Pöpperling
We are extremely excited about the first of this week’s gems! The Icelandic “cowboy baby angel” Máni Orasson returns with a reflective video about love in ‘I Swear It’s True’.
The visuals typify the hardships Orrason bravely struggles – agonizing fears for the future, unfulfilled longings, obstacles that life throws in the way of those in love – all within a beautiful, glitter-filled backdrop.
Australian singer/songwriter Harry Nathan releases his new single, ‘Sweet Vanilla Sky’.
Created following a break-up, the bohemian dream-pop song has bittersweet energy, which effortlessly resides between the lines of reality and fantasy, as Nathan explores love, loss, longing and remembrance.
…and what a way to finish off this week’s gems! Gorgeous, driving disco-pop courtesy of Finnish artit Onni Boi.
It’s rare to get a warm euphoric feeling that can instantly take over the body, but ‘Tides’ does just that. Boi has achieved the ability to make the whole room dance with his playful machine beats, as well as offering a shoulder to cry on.
Sounds like: Flight Facilities, Joe Goddard, Prince
Italy has always excelled at giving up with the goods when it comes to scuzzy dream-pop.
Cue Eugenia Post Meridiem, a band that was conceived in summer 2017 when Eugenia (vocals, guitar) met Matteo (bass), Giovanni (guitar, keys) and Matteo (drums, percussions).
Fast forward to 2019, where the band have just released their new single, ‘Low Tide’. It’s a song that showcases Eugenia’s wonderful voice and remarkable songwriting potentials as well the band’s ability to draw indie, folk, soul influences and a pronounced inclination to 60s and 70s psychedelic contaminations.
‘Low Tide’ is out now via Factory Flaws.
Sounds like: Annabel Allum, Thyla, Zola Jesus, Wolf Alice
Kiev-born Delena is making waves with her ambitious take on modern pop music and strong message on female empowerment.
Born in Kiev, Delena relocated to a Switzerland school at just 12 years old and went on to London, to study at the London Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance. Music was always in her veins, through her relation to Ukrainian screenwriter, film producer, and director Alexander Dovzhenko.
Ever keen to inspire, we decided to ask Delena to put together a playlist for the Indietronica readers that does just that. Check it out below.
Ariana Grande – God is a woman God is women.
Alicia Keys – Girl On fire The vocal is great.
Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls) It has a very strong message.
Little Mix – Salute It’s the sound of female empowerment.
Gloria Gaynor – I will survive I listen to this song when I’m scared.
Lesley Gore – You Don’t Own Me I feel very independent.
Lady Gaga – Born this way I’m in a right track baby I was born this way.
Delena – Animal Power and will.
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman Sexy.
Christina Aguilera – Fall In Line (Feat. Demi Lovato) It’s so important to know who you are and follow what is right for you.
Madonna – Material Girl Madonna is just an icon.
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun Makes me want to dance with my girls.
Aretha Franklin – Respect It’s a statement.
Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful We are how we are and it’s can be sometimes challenging to except it.
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money I always say that hard work pays off.
Christina Aguilera – Fighter There is nothing to be afraid of.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Bad Reputation Has a killer punk spirit.
Delana – Done It’s important to say I’m done and move on.
Norwegian artist ODA (pronounced “Oo-da”) takes us on a breathtaking journey with her new single, ‘Don’t You Know’.
Taking influences from an eclectic mix, including a love for the ethereal electronica of SigurRós, heartfelt lyrics of BonIver, and the indie energy of British bands such as Coldplay and Keane, ODA stands out from the crowd with her own take on electro-pop.
ODA’s highly anticipated EP, ‘Hide’, is out today.
Nottingham-born multi-instrumentalist and singer George Gretton shares his stunning debut single ‘Tread Water’.
As a musician performing in bands, it wasn’t until he discovered production – which he taught himself – that he unlocked his creative potential. The result is a forward-thinking sound with expansive atypical arrangements, experimental processing and fitful drum samples.
Felix Räuber is one talent that you cannot ignore.
At the tender age of 13, he founded his first band in his basement that grew to become Polarkreis 18. Fronted by Räuber, their first studio album took them across Europe on tour, the second album achieved gold status, and single Allein Allein became one of the most successful German-language songs of all time (earning platinum status) and a global hit.
Räuber made the move to Berlin in 2012 to realign himself as an artist. Jump forward to 2012 , Räuber shares the video for his genre-pushing cineamtic pop new single, ‘Running Out Of Time’. Watch below.
Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss
Broken Back (aka Jérôme Fagnet) is an advocate of friendly, tropical sounds, which may surprise you considering why he started making music.
His former life as a motivated entrepreneur and business student tragically came to an end when, at just 22 years old, his back gave out and he was confined to a bed. This free time was used to create music.
This flair for feel-good and infectious grooves, is perfectly showcases in his acoustic performance of ‘Young Love’.
The electro-pop project The Bliss is the latest coalition of pop songstress TYSM (Chelsea Davenport) and hip-hop/electronic producer Felix Snow (Leona Lewis, SZA, Kiiara, Gallant, IconaPop, RitaOra) of the pop-trio Terror Jr.
While both artists are established within their own realm, this partnership brings them collectively to a whole new level of creativity and wonder.
Swedish indie-pop band Like Swimming has just released the first part of their two-part EP, ‘Resistance / Relations’. The EP is an attempt for the band to get all their political frustration out in the first part, ‘Resistance’, and to make room for the ups and downs of personal battles in the second part, ‘Relations’, coming later this year.
Like Swimming has put together a playlist for us, of tracks that have inspired ‘Resistance’.
CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
Great inspiration for the synth in ‘Strike a Pose’!
Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
Strike the rhythm!
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
That bass gave us the right feeling for ‘Strike a Pose’.
Gang of Youths – Poison Drums & Phoenix – Lisztomania
Both tracks inspired us to change the drums of ‘The Ground’ completely.
Daughter – Smother
Gave us the right feeling of desolation and frustration for ‘Save Me’.
Jennie Abrahamson – Bloodlines
Inspired us to put the vocal up front in ‘Save Me’.
Like Swimming – Lean on
We liked the space we allowed ourselves to have in this one, so we wanted to do it again.
Vi Va Dom – Familjen
Gave us the right dancing moves for ‘Dead but Dancing’
Beck – Girl
Helped us feel ok with letting ‘Dead but Dancing’ stand out from the rest of the songs.
Bob Dylan – Ballad of a Thin Man
The lyrics from this inspired all of ‘Growing’, so much that we had to lend a phrase even.
Royal Teeth – Wild
Those rim shots are why Petter “missed” the snare on ‘Growing’.
Like Swimming – Cover My Eyes
This is a song that we did and liked so much that we wanted to do again, it turned out to be something very different: ‘Fire on the Fields’.
Sounds like: Chvrches, Chrome Sparks, Of Monsters & Men
Incredible young talent Amahla makes neo-soul music with pure heart.
In times of hardship, authentic voices, stories, and creativity can always thrive, so I suppose there is at least one silver lining to Brexit and the issues of immigration and women’s rights.
Amahla has put together a playlist of a few songs that have influenced her recently. They differ in genre, but all put great vocals to the front.
Nick Drake – River Man I’m new to Nick Drake but I absolutely love this one, his voice takes you on a journey through the song
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You There is so much class in this record, killer pre chorus, chorus and the dynamics flow just right.
Don Bryant – How Do I Get There? I only discovered this song last week but i’ve not been able to stop playing it! Turns out Don was a songwriter at Hi records (Al Green, Ann Peebles) it just fills me with warmth every time I listen.
Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers Ed’s language choices in this track are so powerful especially about such mundane things. I guess when you lose someone you do tend to focus on all the little things
Beyonce – Get Me Bodied I love this song, once it hits the middle 8 it reminds me so much of Chain of Fools by Aretha. An underrated song from B 100%
Brother Brothers – Colorado I really love the way the melody line sits above the guitar, it glides so effortlessly and makes their sound feel new.
Amahla – Consider This It’s lovely because every time I play this live I get to reinvent the arrangement, this is definitely a style that I’m hoping to build on in future releases
You can listen to her deeply personal EP below.
Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill
It’s that time of year. SXSW. One of the biggest music festivals in the world and we have to confess…we are SXSW virgins. Not to worry as we’ve scoured the line up to ensure we don’t miss any music whilst stuffing our faces with tacos.
Here’s a list of ones to check out (in no particular order).