Tag Archives: alt-pop

Smokehouse – Too Many

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Canadian duo Smokehouse is the project of Daniel MacKenzie and Peter Mol, two musicians who were introduced through mutual friends in 2010 at a music festival at which they were both performing.

In a quick-cook instant pop dominated scenario, they carve their own path and take time to sculpt the songs exactly how they want them. Their ability to experiment musically without limits is due to the two separate studios in Edmonton & Nashville, that boast an impressive array of both vintage and modern recording equipment. Producing, engineering, and performing everything themselves, their unique process keeps everything in-house and gives them total creative control.

After the release of their first 2 singles (which both hit #1 on Hype Machine and were listed on Fresh Finds), the damn pandemic slowed down their plans, but they’re finally back on track with ‘Too Many‘, a multi-layered alt-pop song you should immediately add to your playlist.

Speaking about it, they said: “‘Too Many’ was a song that took its time unfolding. Originally it started as a vibe worktape in LA with Jon Joseph. It came back home with us and eventually became the floating psych experience it is now after a couple years of identity crisis, and has become one of our favorite songs we’ve ever worked up.

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Inude – Ok, It’s Monday

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Rising Italian alt-pop trio Inude will release a new LP later this year.

Today we’re able to listen to the third single off of it, the beautiful ‘Ok, It’s Monday‘. It’s an evocative alt-pop song in which geometrical drums make the pair with distorted synths, highly emotional melodies and a shoegaze-esque explosive finale.

Speaking about it, they said: “It’s Monday again, you need to wake up, start another day. But what is the arrival point? What is the end goal? Routine, boredom, habits—they all scare me as it scares me to look myself in the mirror during these times, when I’ve been feeling unstable and bored, looking for answers in places which can only feed me new questions.

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Saint Nomad – Stay

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Alt-pop trio Saint Nomad are back with an anthemic song about empathy and open communication titled Stay.

Co-produced by them together with Daniel James (Hayley Williams), Stay is a pop song with a benevolent mission, calling for unity during a time of conflict. Empowering sing along chorus, colorful synths and thumping beats, smartly combined together by a rising band you should keep on your radar.

‘Stay’ was written as our anthem in response to the division we’re seeing in our culture and in our country,” the band explains. “Seems like people are increasingly being pitted against each other, and we just want to foster love, understanding, and mutual respect. There’s nothing more powerful than truly loving people where they are at. We want people to be honest, express themselves, and still know that we can be family and friends. And we’re going to stay that way.“.

Sounds like: Mew, Nick Mulvey, Handsome Ghost, flor, Lo Moon, Low Island

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Emma Elisabeth – Jellyfish

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Swedish songstress, writer and producer Emma Elisabeth has just released her brand-new EP “Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Three delicious songs built upon a mix of indie-pop vibes, Americana textures and made unique by her gorgeous vocal.

Jellyfish‘ is the lead single and also our favorite of the lot. As Emma explains about it: “Valentine’s Day is basically the saddest holiday of the year. Until someone asks you on a date and takes you to the aquarium to go look at fish and jellyfish in the middle of the day and then give you a hand made card with paper hearts on it. I wanted to capture this feeling of being like 13 all over again and being all nervous about it. And truth is, the uncertainty is still there, no matter how old you get.

Listen to the whole EP here.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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Julia Church – Cups & Balloons

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South-African songwriter-producer Julia Church returns this Autumn with her achingly beautiful new EP. A stunning collection of heartfelt alt-pop songwriting, that cements Julia’s place as one of the hottest prospects in pop right now. The project ebbs and flows from emotive, orchestral-tinged compositions such as the lead single (and our favorite) ‘Cups and Balloons’, to groovy undeniable bops such as ‘don’t really care what we call it’. The project showcases the nuance and endless creativity to Julia’s songwriting, with an impeccable pop sheen throughout.

“Cups and Balloons” is maybe my most special release to date. Written with EEVA, its a more emotional spin on the classic hangover demons of the night before. It’s waking up next to that person who you know isn’t good for you but you just can’t resist. Its about the harmful decisions we can make when we’re vulnerable and in a state of healing.

Listen to the whole EP here:

Sounds like: London Grammar, Emma McGrath, Violet Days, Birdy, GRACEY, Harlequin Gold, Millie Turner, Louise Burns, Tom Odell

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Coyote Island – Hello Silence

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Maine-based songwriter Mike O’Hehir aka Coyote Island has just returned with a new single titled ‘Hello Silence‘.

Possibly his most radio release to date, the song is a contagious pop cut made of sing along melodies and enriched by sun kissed reggae vibes.

Speaking about it, he explains: ““Hello Silence” is about taking a break from the noise. The always turning wheels of thought in today’s era of information can be overwhelming. Sometimes a little peace and quiet can really set my mind straight. It’s like the calm after a storm. My favorite line is in the second verse: “seen a rainbow colored sky and I don’t even have to wonder why”. This carries some personal sentiment for me. Rather than a philosophical quest for meaning, it’s about demystifying the unknown by simply embracing it. In that letting go, so much more is received through the experience of awareness and presence. I’ve come to enjoy the simplicity of life lately, and this song reflects that. No matter how many trips or far out you get, sometimes catching the right sunset just really takes the cake. I wrote the lyrics shortly after the pandemic set in and they are very much about our current times. In a way, I look at this time like the end… but also the beginning of something brand new. “Hello Silence” invites you to tune out at the static and tap your toes.

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Savannah Conley – Never Want To Be In Love

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Emerging gothic folk singer-songwriter Savannah Conley, has released the official music video for her latest single “Never Want To Be In Love“.

Co-written with songwriter Andrew Petroff (Sheryl Crow, Devon Gilfillian) and songwriter/producer Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, COIN), the song is a anthemic guitar-driven cut made unique by her rich, crystalline voice and her vulnerable, somber lyricism.

Directed by Tyler Dunning Evans, the official video offers the viewer a stunning and solemn visual with an appropriate twist of irony. From delicately imposed intimate portraits to being violently struck and thrown by lightning, Conley is soaked through with emotion, drawing an image of both innocence and devastation that is so equally matched by her lyrics.

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April – Watching You Disappear

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Rising Irish act April reflects on the intention to forget with ‘Watching You Disappear,’ the latest cut from her second EP ‘Luna’, out October 23. It’s an elegant pop ballad made unique by her hypnotic vocals and brilliant songwriting.

The track is accompanied by a video directed by Callum L. James, which sees April move through a hazy night out, tying closely to the track’s meaning.

April explains; “I wrote ‘Watching You Disappear’ at a time I was going out loads and doing things to take my mind off things and feelings, so the title is basically about me watching someone fade away in my mind as I preoccupy my brain! I used to listen to “I’ll come too” by James Blake every night I’d go out, so I put the lyric “I’m in that kinda mood” in my song as a little homage.

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The Millennial Club – like i do

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SoCal-based quartet The Millennial Club have recently returned with the second song off their slated 2020 EP. Titled “like i do”, the track is a romantic ballad that has been in the making for the last five years, featuring Andres Owens’ silky and sultry vocal performance, a sweet disposition, and an undeniably evocative saxophone solo.

Speaking about it, singer Andres says: “This song illustrates finally being upfront with someone you really care about and finally letting out your built-up emotions. It is about releasing that honesty into the world and learning to be truthful with someone about how you feel.

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