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The Kite String Tangle – The Prize Feat. Bridgette Amofah

The Kite String Tangle

Taking more of a contrasting RÜFÜS kind of vibe, singer/songwriter/producer The Kite String Tangle shares ‘The Prize’ featuring Rudimental’s vocalist, Bridgette Amofah.

Full of belated energy, this track explores the intense relationship between two falling lovers, but the question of what if? appears too late.

Expect the release of his debut self-titled album for 14 July on his own newly founded label, Exist Recordings.

Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Dead Ceremony, M83, TDeL2, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Weeknd, Active Child, Mount Kimbie, Fever Ray, James Blake, Cloud Boat

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Astronomyy – Into U

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Astronomyy

UK-based producer, Astronomyy, shares a dark version of ‘Into U’.

We don’t usually feature covers on Indietronica, but this is so different to the original by Ariana Grande, we had to include it.

The 26 year old has worked with the likes of Billie EilishMNEK and Zara Larsson, offering a variety of sounds, due to being raised on a heavy dose of 90’s – 2000’s pop & R&B, with equal measures of 60’s – 70’s rock, and everything in-between.

Sounds like: Aeble, James Blake, Active Child, SOHN, Lorde

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Sekuoia – Lamp In The Dark (Feat. Kill J)

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Sekuoia

Sekuoia teams up with fellow Dane, Kill J for ‘Lamp In The Dark’; a deep-beating electronic track in which Kill J’s falsetto vocals glide in perfectly.

As Sekuoia puts it himself, “the process was one of the most creative things I’ve done. KIll J had some really good input regarding the production, and I had a bit of input towards some vocal aspects. For me, she was the ideal collab”.

It’s out now via Nowadays Records.

Sounds like: Active Child, Grimes, Purity Ring, Keep Shelly in Athens, Monogem, Washed Out, MØ, Tomas Barfod, War on Drugs, Maps, WhoMadeWho, Flume, Lomovolokno, Chet Faker

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Interview: Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis

Benji Lewis

Meet Australian singer/songwriter Benji Lewis, who has just released his debut ‘Hearts & Halos’ EP, along with its fourth and final single, ‘Night & Day’.

We had a chat with him to find out more about his music and being Benji Lewis.

Benji Lewis is a singer/songwriter from Melbourne. Tell us more about your day to day life as Benji Lewis?

Right now around the recent release of my EP, it’s a lot of being around the laptop, with emails and sharing to socials. It’s cool though, seeing new fans coming in, finding my music and having great sites and blogs come on board as well. I’m also setting up some features and collabs in Australia and the States, so some more emails, writing lyrics, melodies and getting in the studio when I can to record. In my free time though I’ll be with my sisters or housemates, a gin and tonic if I’m feeling it or I’ll watch a tv show, at the moment it’s Daredevil & Outlander.

Describe your sound in three words.

Emotion, Atmospheric, Vibes.

There’s an incredible amount of emotional energy that is poured into your music. Do you find it a difficult process tapping into such emotions?

I think I did at times, but when some memories are so visual still, everything can come flooding back. With some of the songs, especially ‘Reach You Where You Are.’ That one just came out of me when i was at the piano. You do feel it all again, so it isn’t all easy. But it does feel good to express it and let it out.

Your EP is called ‘Hearts & Halos’. Where did the name come from?

When deciding on the title, I had this huge list. But this one always stood out, from the moment I wrote it down. Well the EP is a lot about matters of the heart and then half of it is about the loss of my Mum, who is definitely now a guardian angel to me, so that’s where Halos came from. Then it just seemed a perfect fit, Hearts & Halos.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Influences and new music styles can always change for me. But when it came to this EP, going into it I definitely had in mind music from James Blake, Tove Lo and some emotion and vocal style from Emma Louise as well. While the other half was more influenced by Gorgon City, Peking Duk and The Weekend.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

About a month or two ago, before he hit the radio here in Australia I came across gnash, I really like stuff from him, especially ‘i hate u i love u’ & ‘leave a message.’ But I’m also liking Joy, Atlas Bound and anything from MNEK, he’s amazing, his production and vocals has all the vibes.

Sounds like: Antony Hegarty, Active Child, Gallant, Sam Smith, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Yazz, Jack Garratt, Disclosure, MNEK

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Astronomyy – Secret

Astronomyy

Astronomyy

Astronomyy is a 26 year old electronic producer from the UK.

Astronomyy is set to return with a bang in 2016 with his latest release called ‘The Secret’, produced and written in his own Lunar Surf Studios.

As Astronomyy explains;

“The Secret is set in that exact moment when you find someone you love has chosen someone else over you. It describes the collapse of your mental state, and tries to piece together the puzzle of why he/she is so much better than you.”

Sounds like: Aeble, James Blake, Active Child, SOHN, Lorde

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BROADHURST – Little Lover

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BROADHURST

A beautiful new piece of music from Australian artist, BROADHURST (aka Nick Broadhurst).

Keeping his music stunning, yet simple, with falsetto vocals and gentle piano, the video (which has been directed by James Chappell) is equally as captivating.

Sounds like: The Kite String Tangle, active Child, Cloud Boat, Nordic Giants, 1987, The Album Leaf, Phoria, Boxed In, Oli Hannaford, Rhye

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Phoria – Melatonin

Phoria by Thom Novi

Phoria by Thom Novi

Back in 2013, we declared Phoria as one of our ones to watch. Fast forward two years, and although the music industry has shifted, Phoria’s musical standing has remained firmly intact.

‘Melatonin’ will be their first release since 2014. Appropriately named after a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness, this chemical compound adjusts the body’s circadian rhythms. “Somewhere between your dreams and your waking life is a path that you might not notice yourself following” is the band’s motif for the track, along with themes of subconscious time-travel.

We cannot wait for their first full length album in 2016.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Sigur Rós, RJD2, James Blake, Radiohead, Active Child, Years & Years, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chet Faker, Flume, I Break Horses

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RITUAL – Instinct

RITUAL - Instinct

RITUAL – Instinct

Minimalist R&B pop three-piece RITUAL returns with Instinct.

Of the track, the band say

“Instinct’ is the warmest record we’ve written – it has a nostalgic nod to Soul and UK Garage in the production, and as a song it’s about the most uplifting of natural human instincts – to love and to be loved.”

It’s the third track to be revealed from their forthcoming second EP entitled ‘From The City To The Wilderness’.

Sounds like: Canvas, Frances, Damien Rice, Rae Morris, Active Child, Meredith

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RITUAL – Josephine (Feat. Lisa Hannigan)

RITUAL - Josephine (Feat Lisa Hannigan)

RITUAL – Josephine (Feat Lisa Hannigan)

Following on from RITUAL‘s collab with upcoming solo artist Frances (which can be located on our July playlist), the three-piece return with ‘Josephine’, featuring Lisa Hannigan.

Combining RnB with folk, it’s another warm tingle-inducing track.

Speaking on the new single, the band said “We’ve always been fascinated by dual female/male vocals on records – the electricity of the connection between two people, two different takes on the same emotion – and the tension and harmony this creates.”

These intimate pairings with female artists certainly seem to be something that RITUAL excel at, with the trio going on to say, “Lisa Hannigans vocals on the first Damien Rice record, together with his songwriting was a big influence – they created something so powerful and intimate you almost felt rude for listening in on them. To work with her on this project, and how naturally it came about, almost felt like a sign that we were doing something right.”

‘Josephine’ is the lead single to be lifted from their forthcoming second EP ‘From The City To The Wilderness’, and was named after a lyric in the song. Arguably some of the most personal lyrics the band have ever written, the band explain that the track is “about the feeling of being so closely connected to someone – paired with the deep fear of failing the relationship.”

Sounds like: Canvas, Frances, Damien Rice, Rae Morris, Active Child

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Cal Zafiro – Chlorine

Cal Zafiro - Chlorine

Cal Zafiro – Chlorine

Los Angeles-based R&B singer Cal Zafiro has released the beautiful ‘Chlorine’.

The minimalistic track has been produced by mood wave advocate Midoca and has wildly deep R&B tones.

Sounds like: MAALA, Chet Faker, James Blake, Active Child, Ben Khan, Fyfe, Josef Salvat, The Kite String Tangle, Le Youth, MNEK

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