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Oscar and the Wolf – Breathing

Oscar and The Wolf

Belgium artist, Oscar and the Wolf is a bit of a split personality – one half daydreamer, one half a lonely animal – so it’s not wonder his music reflects this.

In the video for ‘Breathing’, his skin is made from diamonds reflecting a sexy sadness for creatures of the night.

‘Breathing’ is available now via Neon Gold / Play It Again Sam.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Fever Ray, The Weeknd, SOHN, Phoenix

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Playlist: KEELS

KEELS

KEELS

The ever-poetic KEELS has just shared his new track, the unapologetically hook-driven ‘Prison Walls’, ahead of his sold out show at St Pancras Old Church on the 27 April.

KEELS has put together a playlist for us, perfect for a Monday morning coffee break.

The National – Hard To Find
Beautiful track I can listen to when in so many moods.

Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up
Great uplifting vocals

AC/DC – Thunderstruck
This track never fails to get me ready for action.

Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
When summer is in the air this track is a winner.

Ariana & The Rose – Supercool
Really like this relatively unknown track.

Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
This girls got attitude I like

Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
Seen these guys live a few times and they are great. Again another seasonal track.

Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
Great moody track.

Lumineers – Ophelia
Love this.

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in The Dark
Always have to have a few classics in the playlist and who better than the Boss to have on play.

Sounds like: Keane, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Coldplay, Young Guns, Bon Iver, The National, Birdy, Ben Howard, Jack Savoretti

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Jake McMullen – Falling

Jake Mcmullen

Imagine if Ben Howard was transported back to the 80’s in a time machine and you’d be pretty close to imagining what Jake McMullen sounds like.

‘Falling’ maybe a little more upbeat than his last track, ‘Giving Up’, but it still has Jake’s classic folk-inspired lyrics. The honesty found in Jake’s music is something that beautifully shrines through alongside his engaging vocals and retro synths.

It has been produced by MYZICA’s Micah Tawlks.

This is the third track off of his new album that’s set for release on 21 April.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Foals, Blood Orange

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KEELS – Surrender

KEELS

KEELS

Time for some poetic music from KEELS (aka Niall Keels, formerly of Empire Divide).

A newcomer on the singer/songwriter scene, KEELS fits nicely in place amongst the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Coldplay with his radio ready, but thought provoking material.

Listen to the wintery tune, ‘Surrender’ below.

‘Surrender’ is out on 2 December.

Sounds like: Keane, Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Coldplay, Young Guns, Bon Iver, The National, Birdy, Ben Howard

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Matthew and Me – Figure

Matthew and Me

Matthew and Me

South Devon duo, Matthew and Me is comprised of lead vocalist/songwriter Matthew Board, and drummer Lucy Fawcett.

They have just shared ‘Figure’, a slightly more robust track than ‘Joy’ (which drew comparisons to Mogwai and Sigur Rós), with its 90’s indie rock sensibilities that offers immediate “light relief”.

‘Figure’ has been taken from their new EP, ‘Startpoint’, which is has been produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Eliza Shaddad) and is due for release on 18 November via Beatnik Creative.

Tour Dates

27 Aug – Sea Change Festival
21 Oct – The Barrel House, Totnes
15 Nov – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
16 Nov – The Louisiana, Bristol
18 Nov – The Lexington, London

Sounds like: Foals, Phoria, Sigur Rós, Mogwai

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Matt Gresham – Small Voices

Matt Gresham

Matt Gresham

Matt Gresham is an Australian artist, who now resides in Berlin following a recent signing to Warner Germany.

The video for his latest track, ‘Small Voices’, follows the story of a young girl’s solitary life, as she yearns for family.  It has been directed by Paste Studios, and perfectly captures the context of the song, which Matt says is about “how we all trap ourselves in prisons. Whether it’s literal or psychologically.”

‘Small Voices’ was recorded with Scott Horscroft (Birds of Tokyo, Silverchair) and co-written by Jaymes Young (London Grammar).

‘Small Voices’ is out now via Matt’s own label, Trigger Records.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Georgia Mae, Sunbathers

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Playlist: XY&O

XY&O

XY&O

After being heckled at a recent XY&O show, we decided to get the guys onboard with a playlist to show us what they’re all about.

XY&O’s current release, ‘Chameleon’, is about social anxiety, and with that in mind, this playlist is in a bid to help you overcome any social anxiety that you may be suffering.

Daughter – Doing The Right Thing
The atmosphere these guys create in their songs is so hypnotic. I found the lyrics to this song to be particularly emotive after reading up on their meaning.

Mura Masa – Lovesick
We recently attended one of his gigs and the talent on this kid blows us away. He’s bringing something so fresh to the electronic music table.

Rufus – Innerbloom
A 9 minute epic that feels like it lasts for a lifetime and a few seconds at the same time. We can’t wait for their next return to the UK

Kaleo – Way Down We Go
Recently stumbled across this band and have had this single on repeat ever since. There’s so much cool stuff coming out of Iceland right now.

MGMT – Electric Feel
A timeless classic and one of the reasons we decided to start producing music together.

Ben Howard – Small Things
His new album is just too cool.

Parra for Cuva – Majoure
Such easy going, organic sounding electronica. I could (and do) listen to his album on loop.

Nahko and Medicine for the People – Aloha Ke Akua
A spiritual journey guided by words and an acoustic piano.

Coldplay – In My Place
One of my favourite bands of all time. Almost impossible to pick a single song so I simply chose the one that was playing while I wrote this :)

Kygo – Stay
If sunlight could be turned into music Kygo would be the guy able to do it. This song is a one way ticket to good vibes.

GoGo Penguin – One Percent
There’s just so much dark jazzy energy in this song. Easily one of the most immersive live shows we’ve ever experienced.

Bob Marley – Stir It Up
A revolutionary figure in every sense of the word. I’ve grown up listening to his music and a lifetime isn’t enough to get bored of it. Truly timeless music.

Sounds like: Phil Collins, Kid Astray, Sir Sly, Lost Boy Crow, Nonaphoenix

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Amethysts

Amethysts

Amethysts

Amethysts are a female/male duo from Suffolk, UK. We had a little chat with them about music, living in the countryside and BBC Introducing.

Why did you start making music?

Simon: I had very musical parents, they’ve been playing all their life, so I think if I didn’t get into music they’d both be pretty demoralised. I started gigging when I was 11/12 in a few pubs (I didn’t get served unfortunately) and have been in bands ever since.

I remember the first time I heard Clarice sing when we were still at school and being blown away. Since then we’ve performed in a few bands together but Amethysts is the first project where we’ve written together and performed as a duo.

You live in Suffolk, the home of Latitude Festival. Has the Suffolk countryside been a great source of inspiration for you?

Clarice: Latitude is one of our favourite festivals, we’ve been every year for the last 4 years, and we’ve previously played there, hopefully we’ll be able to play there as Amethysts soon!

Living in the countryside is a very peaceful so I think it has influenced the mood of our songs, gives our songs a chilled feel… either that or we’re making noise to rebel against the lack of hubbub outside.

Simon: I have a little home studio where we produce all our songs ourselves. My house is so countryside that our neighbour has sheep in her garden. If you listen carefully to some of the vocal takes you can hear sheep…

Describe your sound in three words.

Harmonies, guitar, synth.

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?

Simon: Definitely. Social media and online promotion is huge for bands at the moment.

For us things music blogs have been great. All of the reviews that we’ve had and the blogs that have shared our music have really helped us to get things moving. Tradiio is great for new bands, there’s tons of opportunities to get noticed and to reach more people and blogs, such as yourselves!

Your debut track ‘Alone’ was featured on BBC Introducing. How did that come about?

Clarice: It’s as simple as: We sent them Alone earlier this year and it got played on BBC Suffolk and BBC Essex the next day and the next thing we know we got invited into Radio 1 for an interview! It all happened really quick, as you can imagine, we were pretty uncontrollably excited. Alone is actually being played on Radio 1 again this Monday night on Huw Stephens’ show. [correct at time of writing. Alone was played on 23 November]

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We have tonnes of fav’s – Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, London Grammar, Radiohead, James Blake, FKA Twigs, we could go on..

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

We’re absolutely in love with Aquilo at the moment and we’re loving Rhodes’s new album. I’ve also had Jamie XX’s album in my car for the last few weeks. Foals new album has got some bangers on it, and we’re both eagerly awaiting new James Blake and new Radiohead. We’re both poised like a cat ready to pounce on some tickets for when Bon Iver and Radiohead start touring again as well.

We’ve invested in Amethysts. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/amethysts.

Sounds like: OH Wonder, Paperwhite, IYES, Fickle Friends

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Sunbathers – Intimacy

Sunbathers

Sunbathers

Introducing Baltimore-based band, Sunbathers.

Sunbathers was started by Sean Lynott and Tim Boate, who met while attending the University of Maryland, and began performing as an acoustic duo before embarking on more of an easeful, sun-soaked indietronica sound.

Listen to ‘Intimacy’, the first track from their new, self-entitled EP.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Great Good Fine Ok, Young Kato, Strange Talk, Shura, Ben Howard, City & Colour, Justin Bieber

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