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Lars and The Magic Mountain – Invincible

Lars and the Magic Mountain by Sanja Marusiç

Lars and the Magic Mountain by Sanja Marusiç

All-round creative, Dutch musician Lars Kroon has been making music for years in the Yacht punk band St. Tropez.

He now turns his ideas to a new project, a self-described cult-like art band called Lars and The Magic Mountain.

Reminiscent of spacey and symphonic bands such as Arcade Fire, The Velvet Underground, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, his music is full of hope, devotion, sincerity and love. You can watch the kaleidoscopic and cosmic visuals for his new single, ‘Invincible’.

His album, ‘Everything Looks Good From Here’ will be presented is out on 2 October.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Velvet Underground, Beck

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ROOM8 – Only You Feat. The Sound of Arrows

ROOM8

Production duo ROOM8 have just shared their new single, ‘Only You’, featuring The Sound of Arrows on vocals, and taken from ROOM8’s album ‘Transduction’, released in October.

The love song interprets the feeling of being uneasy with people out in the world. It’s sway-inducing, timeless synth-pop, worthy of a slot on Stranger Things.

Sounds like: Electric Youth, St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika, RAC

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UNSECRET – Joyride Feat. Butterfly Boucher

UNSECRET

Who is UNSECRET you ask. Well, it turns out that no one really knows. It could be a producer, it could be a collective. We are not entirely sure, but one thing we do know is that UNSECRET’s new single with Australian singer, Butterfly Boucher is a summer corker!

Conjuring up an image of a ‘Joyride’ in new single of the very name, the retro beat is in a pop race with Boucher’s luscious vocals and anthemic lyricism.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Goldroom

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Ali Horn – Dreamers

Ali Horn

Ali Horn shares his psychedlic new track, ‘Dreamers’.

The ever so radio-friendly track echoes sounds from The Flaming Lips and Beck, in a kalaedscopic state, with a generous nod to the sound of the 60’s.

With a pulsating beat that builds through its verses into an uplifting chorus, it carries the listener through a lyrical journey much darker in content than the music would have you believe at first.

Sounds like: The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Beck, Pavement

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Amahla – Have Mercy

Amahla

Starting with a beautifully addictive bassline, ‘Have Mercy’ by Amahla immediately draws you in, allowing you witness to Amahla’s authentic, modern soulful approach to songwriting.

The honest track – a conversatin between two people about social progress – ebbs and flows between solemn verses and stirring chorus hooks, and has a live performance feel.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R

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Delena – One Night

Delena

Ukrainian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Delena has been declared as one of the most exciting names in pop by a number of key pop publications, so who are we to argue?

Her new single ‘One Night’ is another intense slice of the action with an 80’s style drive and female attitude.

Sounds like: Dagny, Halsey, HAIM

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Gavin Haley – Show Me

Gavin Haley

Gavin Haley shares his incredibly emotive new pop single, ‘Show Me’, out now via Red Bull Records.

A former pro cyclist, Harley discovered an incredible drive to create his own music following a cycling injury.

A geniune lovesong about a love lost, Haley creates another perfect slice of indie-pop in the new single, a gentle burner that builds to a poptastic climax.

Sounds like: Shawn Mendes, Gareth Pugh, Jack Hawitt

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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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Sheila And The Kit – Next 2 U

Sheila And The Kit

Holland has kept pretty quiet on the new release front, until now. Meet synth-pop duo, Sheila and The Kit, who enjoy a good flirt with the sounds of the 80’s, and who doesn’t like a good flirt?!

Their second release ‘Next 2 U’ channels retro dance floor vibes with lush vocals and candid but catchy synths and drums.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Madonna, Beck

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Interview: Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook is a Kent-based pop act. Although he creates wistful tunes, he often has comedic tendencies.

We had a chat with the young man about growing up and his recent videos.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Will Joseph Cook and how you got into music.

When I was young teenager I went to a lot of gigs with my dad. It was almost every other weekend, I became pretty infatuated with what it meant to be an artist and seeing all the different ways people react to music. Having those experiences definitely made me want to write songs and play my own shows.

Describe your sound in three words.

Your wildest dreams.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Like most, my dad and older sibling’s records had a big influence on me. Some of the early constants were bands like Eels, Beck, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Fatboy Slim… Then as i got a bit older and started buying my own records some of the first were Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Darwin Deez, Calvin Harris, Bright Eyes

You like starring in your own videos. The video for ‘Girls Like Me’ shows you taking on various different characters, including a few sassy ladies, whilst your new video for ‘Take Me Dancing’ features you dancing around an office.

Where did the idea behind these two videos come from, and were they fun making?

Both were a lot of fun to make for sure. I find that with most ideas they just come into my head randomly. With the last two I have tried to take the titles of the songs and base the idea around to give the track a second meaning.

You’ve just been signed to Atlantic. How does that feel?

Feels great, anything that helps my music reach more people is awesome.

You’ll be playing the first ever Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on October 8th. Have you got any other shows lined up this year?

I’m playing Reading & Leeds, Y NOT festival, In The Woods and a bunch of other festival dates this summer. Hopefully I will have some headline show announcements in the coming months.

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

I’ve been listening to band called Beatenberg today, not super new but have been enjoying recently. Also the latest Villagers album is great.

Sounds like: Darwiz Deez, Dan Croll

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Lucius – Madness

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Sometimes you listen to a song, and it instantly takes you. This seems to be a frequent occurrence whilst listening to any song by the female duo-led Lucius (aka Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig).

Lucius have yet again ramped it up on their new release called ‘Madness’; the second track off their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on 11 March via Play It Again Sam. It has a greater level of maturity than previous releases, and we adore the new addition of strings, reminiscent of Roxette‘s ‘Wish I Could Fly’)

The album has been co-produced with Shawn Everett (WeezerThe Alabama Shakes) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck).

Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”

Full European tour dates

5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich

‘Madness’ is an instant grat. when you pre-prder the album on iTunes.

And for the record, we think Lucius have it completely figured out.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit, The Carpenters, HAIM, Wet, Roxette

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Chelsea Effect – Good Enough

Chelsea Effect

Chelsea Effect

Chelsea Effect is a new band project founded by Canadian born artist, Emerald Isabella. The project is named after the effect the legendary Hotel Chelsea in New York City had on pop culture in the 1960’s.

The vocals on her debut single, ‘Good Enough’ reminds us of an early Ellie Goulding, but with a modern twist thanks to the wobbling electronic beats.

The track was co-written and produced by Bram Inscore (Beck, Troye Sivan, Twin Shadow) and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Lewis Del Mar).

Sounds like: Monogem, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, REMMI, SP¡ON

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