Weekly Gems 61

Low Hum – Strange Love

Low Hum

Los Angeles-based Low Hum shares his new single, ‘Strange Love’.

A low hum, this is not – ‘Strange Love’ is a circulating brawl of guitar riffs and retro-tinted vocals that tell a story of epic proportions.

Sounds like: Jagwar Ma, Liily

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Preston Lovinggood – Everything Will Be Okay

Preston Lovinggood

We don’t normally feature songs that are reasonably old, but we had to make an exception for Preston Lovinggood and his dreamy take on folk.

You can listen to his song, ‘Everything Will Be Okay’ below.

Sounds like: Ten Fé

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Ro – do you think it’s fine?

Ro - do you think it's fine?

British newcomer Ro shares her self-produced debut, electro-pop tune, ‘do you think it’s fine?’

Looking up to female artists such as Grimes and Robyn, Ro is striving to reach their great heights of artistic control in a modern electronic landscape. Expect an EP later in the year.

Sounds like: Melis, VÉRITÉ, Linney

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Dan Crossley – Heal

Dan Crossley

UK artist and vocal heavyweight, Dan Crossley shares his addictive new single, ‘Heal’.

It has everything that makes a perfect pop banger – sensual vocals, lucious synths loops and romantic guitars riffs.

Sounds like: The 1975, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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2CRE8 – Cheater

2CRE8

Dutch production and DJ duo, 2CRE8 returns with a cheeky number called ‘Cheater’.

Giving a wink to misbehaving and making the most of the summer, in a similar vain to the likes of The Him, you’ll be forgiven for having this track on repeat, even when the sun isn’t shining.

Sounds like: The Him, Jonas Blue

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Victoria’s Flight – Paradise

Victoria's Flight

Victoria’s Flight is a Glasgow-based band of childhood friends Matt Robertson and Craig Harkness.

Their new single ‘Paradise’ is the first of three singles that tells the story of summer love and loss, with a combined energy of tropical guitar riffs and contemplative vocals.

Sounds like: SKIES, The Island Club, Blossoms

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Mokita – Kiss & Tell

Mokita

Producer and remix heavyweight (having put together remixes for Betty Who and soon, Maggie Rogers), Nashville’s John-Luke Carter, aka Mokita, is a singer/songwriter/producer and self-trained multi-instrumentalist known for his lyrical and buoyant electronic-based pop.

His heartfelt new single ‘Kiss & Tell’ is another addictive cut. Check out the video below.

Sounds like: EXES, Handsome Ghost, joan, FRND

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Tropic Harbour – Come Back

Tropic Harbour

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.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, DIIV, Jessy Lanza

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Midnight Pool Party – With You

Midnight Pool Party – With You

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.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Goldroom, Tourist, Roosevelt

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Máni Orrason - I Swear It's True by Yannic Pöpperling

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.

It’s out today via Humming Records.

Sounds like: The 1975, Shy Luv

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Harry Nathan – Sweet Vanilla Sky

Harry Nathan

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.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Moby

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Dan Crossley – Mind Games

Dan Crossley

23-year-old Brit Dan Crossley shares his new video for ‘Mind Games’.

The visuals have a deeply-seated sexual undercurrent throughout, and feature a battered and bruised Crossley in an abandoned warehouse, fuelled up by an angry passion towards an ex-lover.

Sounds like: Charley Stride, Cat Burns, Years & Years

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Onni Boi – Tides

Onni Boi - Tides

…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

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Gabrielle Aplin – Nothing Really Matters

Gabrielle Aplin

British music beaut Gabrielle Aplin has just released her catchy new single,’Nothing Really Matters’.

Taking more of a pop direction than her former 2013 self, the recent couple of years for Aplin has really seen her take off as an artist, to put it lightly.

The song has a fun take on the serious subject of love. Listen below:

The single is out now on Aplin’s own record label Never Fade Records.

Sounds like: Dagny, MONOGEM, Ellie Goulding, Chlöe Howl, Hannah Grace

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Eugenia Post Meridiem – Low Tide

Eugenia Post Meridiem

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

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Playlist: Delena

Delena

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.

Sounds like: Dagny, Halsey, HAIM

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ODA – Don’t You Know

ODA

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 Sigur Rós, heartfelt lyrics of Bon Iver, 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.

Sounds like: ODESZA, Manila Killa, Louis Futon, Kasbo, Amanda Tenfjord, Dagny

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George Gretton – Tread Water

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

George Gretton by Imogen Harrison

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.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Aimée – Don’t Bother

Aimée

Hold up. There is a new pop princess in town, and she goes by the name Aimée.

The Irish artist’s debut single ‘Don’t Bother’ is an anti-break up song, akin to empowering 90s pop such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Sounds like: JoJo, Zara Larsson, Justin Timberlake

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Felix Räuber – Running Out Of Time

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

Felix Raueber by Michael Miklas

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

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Broken Back – Young Love

Broken Back by Emma Birski

Broken Back by Emma Birski

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’.

Sounds like: Kygo, Kazy Lambist

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The Bliss – Nothing Scares Me Anymore

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

The Bliss by Zachary Gray

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, Icona Pop, Rita Ora) 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.

Listen to ‘Nothing Scares Me Anymore’ below.

Sounds like: The Chainsmokers, Sofi Tukker

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Playlist: Like Swimming

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

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

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