Mental health is a hot topic at the moment, but we’ve never come across a musician exploring the science behind mental health. That is, until now.
Produced by Aaron Anktum at Ariel Studios, ‘Chemicals’ by Whosah is another slice of bold and refreshing indie-pop.
Speaking to the motivation behind Chemicals, lead singer Spencer Grimes shares,
“Chemicals is about trying to understand each other. It explores the mystery about how our mental wellness is an emotional and spiritual experience, while simultaneously being a physical and scientific one. Chemicals digs into the uncomfortable space between how our thoughts can be both explainable and unexplainable at the same time and pushes us to draw together in the midst of that loneliness and find our shared humanity, our “beautiful soul” “Call it science or magic, I need to know your heart, and be whatever it is.”
Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, Interpol, Walk On The Moon, Bleachers, MUNA, Chappo
Irish trio Beauty Sleep recently released their debut album, ‘Be Kind’ – a soundtrack to your summer, full of positive affirmations about self-love and good intentions.
We had a chat with them about music, and being kind.
Describe your sound in three words.
Groovy optimism with synths!
Your debut album ‘Be Kind’ is out now. What has the journey been like in writing and recording it?
We started writing/recording it early last year. We always said that when we do an album we’re gonna write it from scratch and try and tell a story. So we started with a blank page, which we naively thought we’d fill in a couple of weeks, but it took a bit longer than that!!
It was essentially just me and Ryan in a room, often late at night, writing and recording as much as we could for months. After a while, that scenario really burnt us out. This album really pushed us to make a decision on what we wanted our sound to be and what we wanted to say and it was a challenge! A good challenge, I’m so proud of the outcome and so much more confident about Beauty Sleep’s sound, but it was definitely a journey!!
We started super excitable, writing and recording a huge amount of songs we were really into. We got a quite burnt out, introspective and doubtful in the middle, we felt like we lost perspective on what we wanted to say. So we went to Donegal and shut ourselves away from the world – jumped in the sea and climbed cliffs and suddenly the music started flowing again. When we went back into the studio we could suddenly see what we were trying to say and what the album was about. That was super magical. It all came together and got finished really quickly after that!
What is the theme throughout the album?
The theme throughout the album is about being kind. Hence the name! This band and this album have marked a time in our lives where we really felt like we were growing up and changing. That awkward mid 20s era of trying to settle into the adult human version of yourself. We were learning how to be the best people we could be while facing challenging times – dealing with disappointment and fear and responsibility in ways we hadn’t before. Walking through anxiety and stress and loss. We were trying to be honest to ourselves and our loved ones, stay true to who we were but grow at the same time. These songs are a really honest depiction of that journey for us.
The overarching lesson we learnt was a mantra we would often repeat to each other – ‘just be kinder to yourself.’ Stop beating yourself up for no reason, it only holds you back. Extend that kindness and empathy to others, try to find the joy in the tough times. These felt like the most important lessons to hold onto and send out into the world in our music. So it felt fitting to call the album Be Kind. We hope people get some empowering comfort from the songs as they walk through their own journey. The whole album is a celebration of us feeling down and getting back up again!
What does 2019 and beyond have in store for Beauty Sleep?
We’re finishing off our album launch tour in our hometown Belfast in The Mac on June 29th! We’re so excited as the rest of the tour has been so amazing. The energy in the rooms has been insane! So this will be a big homecoming celebration.
For the next few months, we’ll be playing lots of festivals and shows across UK, Ireland and Europe, celebrating Be Kind whenever we go! Beyond that, more songs, more albums, more shows. This band has been such an adventure for us and seeing the joy it brings others makes us want to do it forever!
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
At the minute we’ve been listening to a lot of new releases from WHY?, Two Door Cinema Club, ChakaKhan, PillowQueens, HexHue and Soak. We’ve got extra long playlists at the minute from all the touring, so I could go on for ages!!
Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach, Passion Pit, Bleachers
We challenge you not to become obsessed with ALL THE REST, a band from Georgia comprised of best friends, Caleb Smith (vocals, guitar), Baylee Waller (vocals, guitar), Jud Harris (drums), and Tre Housman (bass).
Their electro-pop catch, ‘Our Youth’ represents captures the essence of the band – loneliness and love while representing those who are “all the rest” of society.
Hailing from Milwaukee, CrystalKnives (aka Spencer Mutsch) is a 22-year-old jazz drummer turned electronic producer and songwriter.
His passion for melody and pop music illuminates through his production sound and style which has gained the attention of many listeners and industry watchdogs alike. He has teamed up with vocalist,
Sarah Warren and the track is out now via Elysian Records.
Moving on from a relationship can be challenging. The best thing to do is to write it into a song. This is exactly what Nashville-based Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) has done with ‘Til I Don’t’.
Mokita started playing the piano and at the age of six and singing in the choir shortly after. After adding the guitar to his list of skills later on, he eventually ended up in the world of music production; giving him everything he needed to begin crafting his body of work as an artist.
When two talented multi-instrumentalists get together, the result is Triptych Miró.
Effortlessly combining electronic jazz & soul, the duo – comprised of Erez Sivan & Sapphire Adizes from Los Angeles via Tel Aviv – melt boundaries with their ultra cinematic, but heartwarming production.
The new single ‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ by Los Angeles duo TeamMate celebrates the duo’s lifetime of being together and weathering the end of their romantic relationship to forge ahead into their musical relationship.
Scott Simons (keys, synths, vocals) and Dani Buncher (vocals, drums), were romantically involved for close to a decade. Buncher’s coming out ended the years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, and unlike most couples who repel or drift apart after a break up, the duo’s love and chemistry went down a new path and was channeled into their unspeakable musical connection. Having this creative outlet with each other carried the two through the rough patches and acted as their therapy. The duo have mastered the art of writing smashingly catchy and mature pop gems with immense lyrical depth, writing from personal experiences.
‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ is a celebration of the duo’s biggest accomplishment, retaining a close friendship through a break up and starting TeamMate.
It’s out now on Rostrum Records.
Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Mew, Dive In, Bleachers, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Futurecop!, Pistol Shrimp, Monogem, Satellite Stories, Young Empires