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One Week Wonder – Free As A Bird

One Week Wonder

Iceland has a reputation for producing some magical and forward-thinking music.

However, there is something quite familiar about ‘Free As A Bird’ by trio, One Week Wonder. It might be because of the serious Pink Floyd sounds going on, or the fact that member, Arni was a founding member of Of Monsters And Men and Helgi was a touring member of Asgeir’s live band.

Put the kettle on, sit back and listen to the sweet twangs of folktronica and velvety vocals on the track.

Sounds like: Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Air, Tame Impala, Of Monsters And Men, David Bowie

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Otis English – Trigger

Otis English

Otis English

With a colourful past, and enlightening music to boot, Otis English is a force to be reckoned with.

His new single, ‘Trigger’ maintains the bold and cinematic, yet honest persona, that we have come to know of Otis English’s music.

‘Trigger’ is taken from his debut EP, which will be released collaboration with indie label Crooked Paintings.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, XYLØ, Fours, Ásgeir

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Jack Garratt – Far Cry (Feat. Little Simz)

Jack Garratt & Little Simz

Jack Garratt & Little Simz

The effortless Jack Garratt returns to our stereos with the fresh new track, ‘Far Cry’, featuring Little Simz.

It’s taken from the incredible ‘Phase’ album, available now via Island Records, on iTunes now.

Now based in Chicago, Garratt will be back in the UK in November.

Tour Dates

5th November – O2 Academy, Glasgow
8th November – O2 Academy, Newcastle
9th November – O2 Academy, Leeds
11th November – O2 Apollo, Manchester
12th November – Guild of Students, Liverpool
13th November – O2 Academy, Sheffield
15th November – O2 Academy, Birmingham
16th November – Rock City, Nottingham
18th November – Engine Shed, Lincoln
19th November – Great Hall, Cardiff
20th November – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
23rd November – Eventim Apollo, London
24th November – Eventim Apollo, London
26th November – Pavilions, Plymouth
27th November – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
28th November – The Dome, Brighton

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Jamie Woon, The Weeknd, Jamie XX, The XX, alt-J, Ben Khan, Ed Sheeran, Jaymes Young

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Otis English – Young Kids, Old Love

Otis English

Otis English

Meet Otis English, an extraordinary and highly relatable Los Angeles-based musician who has a bit of a rollercoaster background (which includes accidentally burning down his family home when he was younger).

His debut is a well-crafted pop track called ‘Young Kids, Old Love’, that is endearing as much as it is unapologetically gritty.

We are expecting good things from Otis English.

His upcoming debut EP will be released shortly via Crooked Paintings. The single is available on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Jack Garratt, XYLØ, Fours, Ásgeir

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas

Birds With Fleas is an indie band, who base themselves out of New York.

We had a little chat with the guys. Read more below.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Birds with Fleas and how you got into music.

Birds With Fleas is mainly me, Matt Siegel (guitar/keys/vox), and Spencer Karges (guitar/percussion/vox). We’re both sort of at the helm, but have been fortunate to have other musicians with us along the way.

Birds With Fleas started when I was a junior in college. I was a music major and had access to the recording studio that was on campus. I wrote a bunch of songs on ukulele and banjo that ended up forming our first album the campfire. I finished the album and went off to find people that could help me play the songs live. The first person I contacted was Spencer because I knew he’d been in bands before, that’s really all I was going on haha.

Spencer and I were in high school choir together for three years and we also sang in a few barbershop quartets together. Spence and I weren’t even great friends but I was desperate for help. It’s really funny looking back at it especially with how close we are now.

After I graduated we moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee and had a couple of great years where we were able to grow. This past January we moved to New York to make a real go at things.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic. Thoughtful. Fun.

We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?

Definitely. Over the years we have used a lot of different platforms. There are probably more than a dozen ways someone could find our music online. So we’ve always taken the approach that we want to make it as easy for people to listen as possible, while giving them a way to support us if they can.

Tradiio is great because you listen for free if you want to, but it doesn’t shy away from asking people to support tracks monetarily in exchange for some cool stuff.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Growing up I listened to a lot of Motown and R&B because my dad loves that stuff, really anything from the 70’s. His favorite artist is Luther Vandross so most of those albums were played over and over again.

When I was younger we really only listened to music when we were in the car. The two records we played most in the car were ELO‘s greatest hit and The Jackson 5‘s greatest hits. I’ve probably heard those CDs 200 times each. If we weren’t listening to that stuff we were listening to the top 40 stations. It wasn’t until high school that I started paying attention to what my friends were listening to, that’s when I really started to find things that were resonating with me.

At first I started listening to things like City and Colour, Dashboard Confessional and Snow Patrol. All of that eventually led me to what I listen to now. Some of my favorite bands these days are Bombay Bicycle Club, Sylvan Esso, Daughter, and Local Natives. All of that has accumulated to what now influences our music.

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

Lately the two albums that have been on repeat in our apartment are Sylvan Esso’s self-titled LP and Good Grief by Lucius.

We’ve invested in Birds With Fleas. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/birds-with-fleas/circle.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Ásgeir, James Vincent McMorrow, Vance Joy, Snow Patrol, Band of Horses

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Gundelach – Fjernsynet

Gundelach by Simon Skreddernes

Gundelach by Simon Skredderne

Gundelach returns with his new single ‘Fjernsynet (Norwegian for “television set”), which is poised to lift him to new heights with its cooly delivered falsetto over a driving rhythm, accentuated by beautiful analog-electronic production.

It is a broody, melancholic and catchy slow burner, perfect to listen to when driving late at night.

The ‘Spiders’ EP is co-produced by Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin and Young Ejecta). It is mixed by Al Carson (Ariel Pink, Tim Hecker).

‘Fjernsynet’ was released on 8 April via Cosmos (Say Lou Lou, Naomi Pilgrim). The EP is available for pre-order here.

Live dates

13/04 – Ja Ja Ja @ Molotov, Hamburg
14/04 – Ja Ja Ja @ Musik & Frieden, Berlin
30/04 – Spot Festival, Aarhus
25-27/06 – Roskilde Festival, Roskilde
09-13/08 – Øya Festival, Oslo

Sound like: Ásgeir, Bon Iver, Honne, Boxed In, RY X, The Presets

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Solomon Grey – Sweet 84

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey have unveiled the new video for ‘Sweet 84’, the latest release taken from their self-entitled LP.

Always offering up cinematic production with expansive electronica, the video for ‘Sweet 84’ features the world through a young child’s eyes growing up in the 80’s.

In their own words; “We wanted to create something with the breadth of emotion and depth that some of our favourite albums encompass. The music and songs just naturally became more and more layered the more we worked on them and bit by bit we learnt how to self-produce and carve out the sound we wanted. The album touches on a lot of things but put together the whole thing ended up reflecting our journey from a very dark place and the metamorphoses we went through over the years of writing and travelling, trying to get it finished.”

The album is out now via Decca Records.

Solomon Grey have also announced a support tour with Above & Beyond and will be appearing live at The Royal Albert Hall on May 5th 2016 amongst other UK dates:

Sunday 3rd April – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Monday 4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 5th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 6th April – Electrowerkz, London

Sounds like: Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83

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Jack Garratt – Breathe Life

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Breathing life into the mainstream music scene is the confident young British artist/producer and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Garratt, who returns with the video for ‘Breathe Life’.

The video was shot in Los Angeles, and directed by Andrew Donoho (Raury/Willis Earl Beal) who Jack also worked with on the enlightening ‘Weathered’ video.

The track starts off gently with soft steel drums lapping Garratt’s soulful vocals. The video commences in a similar vein, with Garratt floating calmly in the water. He is soon joined by some synchronised swimmers as he becomes swept away from the shore and finds himself alone in open waters. It’s not clear whether this state of being alone is harmonious for Garratt, but it is not long until he is again joined by many more swimmers in a beautiful sequence of moves. Garratt is eventually led back to dry land.

His debut album, ‘Phase’ will be released on 19 February 2016 through Island Records. Pre-order ‘Phase’ on iTunes now.

Tour Dates

17th October – Gothic Centre in Englewood, CO
20th October – Neptune Theatre in Oakland, CA
21st October – Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR
23rd October -Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA
25th October – House Of Blues in San Diego, CA
27th October – The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA
30th October – Columns in Manchester Cathedral, UK
31st October – The Leadmill in Sheffield, UK
2nd November – Trinity, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT
3rd November – The Library, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT
4th November – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK SOLD OUT
7th November – Club to Club Festival, Turin, Italy
8th November – Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
10th November – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
12th November – Les InRocks, Paris, France
13th November – Sonic Visions Festival, Luxembourg
14th November – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
16th November – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
17th November – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany
18th November – Mojo Club, Hamburg, Germany
28th November – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
29th November – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (w/ Mumford & Sons)
30th November – Genting Arena, Birmingham (w/ Mumford & Sons)
2nd December – 3Arena, Ireland (w/ Mumford & Sons)
3rd December – 3Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
5th December – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff (w/ Mumford & Sons)
6th December – Manchester Arena (w/ Mumford & Sons)
7th December – Echo Arena, Liverpool (w/ Mumford & Sons)
9th December – O2 Arena, London (w/ Mumford & Sons)
12th December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (w/ Mumford & Sons)
13th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
14th December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow (w/ Mumford & Sons)
15th April 2016 – Brixton Academy, London

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Jamie Woon, The Weeknd, Jamie XX, The XX, alt-J, Ben Khan, Ed Sheeran, Jaymes Young

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LANKS – AURELIA

LANKS

LANKS

We are obsessed with the new ‘Banquet EP’ by Melbourne-based artist, LANKS.

The six track collection of songs encompasses LANKS’s signature textured and layered sounds, grounded in intelligent, effortless vocals.

Listen to the stunningly produced ‘Aurelia’, or the whole EP below.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Bon Iver, Deptford Goth, RY X, Daughter, Hozier, Solomon Grey, James Blake, Action Child, Chet Faker

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Solomon Grey – Miradors

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey is an ambient electronic folk electronic duo from the UK.

The stunning track, ‘Miradors’ was written in isolation in the Australian outback, the song is packed with contemplative nostalgia. In their own words, it was inspired by having the time to reflect on “everything – your childhood, relationships, mistakes, everything.”

The epic live video is now available:

The track will be featured on the soundtrack for the adaptation of JK Rowling’s global bestseller ‘The Casual Vacancy’.

It is also taken from their mini-album titled ‘Selected Works’, which will be released on their own imprint label Elcici Records.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux

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