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Strong Asian Mothers – Hard To Find

Strong Asian Mothers - Hard To Find

Tying together elements of hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds Strong Asian Mothers have created a beautiful, rich and textured soundscape as the basis for their new single ‘Hard to Find’.

The single is a follow up to their previous EP releases ‘Lynx Africa’ and ‘Animal‘ which gained a strong following from fans and critics alike.

‘Hard to Find’ is a catchy and instantly pleasing follow up to previous work and is bound to push them nearer to the mainstream. Vocally it’s an appealing, smooth and soulful vocal which sits somewhere between a simpler Nick Mulvey or a safer James Blake. It’s a calm but enchanting tone which never strays too far from where it starts with a careful use of double tracking and harmonies in parts.

Musically it’s simple but effective. There is nothing unnecessary about the production or arrangement with enough going on to keep you gripped from start to finish. The catchy synth riff and smooth bass line coupled with the repeated piano parts are set against a lovely simple but repetitive drum part and lovely pad like textures. They’ve definitely worked on the idea that simple is best, all parts do a job and set out to hep in bringing out the feel of the vocals.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Strong Asian Mothers – Don’t Know Why

Strong Asian Mothers

UK-based, friend-led band Strong Asian Mothers share their new single, ‘Don’t Know Why’, which once again sees the trio successfully blending electronic, hip hop and pop into danceable melodies.

It also gives us a real snippet into what to expect from their live shows as each of the members is “seen as an irreplaceable front man in their own right.”

They’ll be playing a round of festivals this summer, including Latitude this weekend.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Sea Girls – Call Me Out

Sea Girls

Sea Girls are a four-piece from London who have been writing vibrant music since 2015.

The guys have just released their “best pop song” titled ‘Call Me Out’, which has distinctive seaside vibes (Brighton bands The Maccabees and The Kooks immediately spring to mind).

‘Call Me Out’ is the lead track from their debut EP, out now on Sea Girls’ own label Almanac Recordings.

Be sure to catch them at their London headline EP Launch gig on 8 June at The Islington in London.

Sounds like: The Kooks, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club

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Fyfe – Belong (Feat. Kimbra)

FYFE

Fyfe is the musical project of Paul Dixon, and he returns with a seriously strong new track called ‘Belong’, featuring Kimbra.

It is the first single taken off Fyfe’s second album ‘The Space Between’, which is released on 9 June. The concept behind the album is it begins in a hospital ward and ends at a funeral home.

‘Belong’ was written following Paul’s experience with the separate and sudden deaths of two young friends, then his grandmother passing away, and very quickly a family friend, but also him becoming an uncle three times.

Fyfe describes ‘Belong’ as,

“the desire to find purpose in a transient life. A relationship can be helpful or a hinderance in terms of understanding who you are and ‘Belong’ is documenting someone starting to pose those questions, rather than providing the answers…Kimbra is a real creative force. Our voices are presenting the same narrative rather than a conversation between two members of a relationship.”

Fyfe will be playing a headline show at London’s Omeara on 4 May.

Sounds like: RALPH, Miike Snow, Boxed In, James Blake, Childish Gambino, SOHN, The XX, Ellie Goulding, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death Cab For Cutie, London Grammar, Foals

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Strong Asian Mothers – Animal

Strong Asian Mothers - Animal

Meet Strong Asian Mothers, your new favourite band of 2017.

Formed by London-based best friends, Amer, Kalim and Josh, these guys have been playing in bands for years, but it’s in Strong Asian Mothers where they have really come into their own.

Speaking on their new track, ‘Animal’, the guys say, “Animal began as a jam between Josh and Amer in a rehearsal. We added some elephant shrieks, a pack of cards being riffle-shuffled, the sound of us opening a can of fizzy pop and saying “Aaaah” then sprinkled some words on top and it became the juicy, bouncy fella it is today.”

It’s a blend of witty lyrics with agitated electronics and trip-hop-influenced pop sensibilities, and just enough rowdiness to encourage you to get up off your feet, but not to start throwing glass bottles.

‘Animal’ is the lead track from their new four track EP, out now.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Bombay Bicycle Club

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Black Pulp – Vapour

Black Pulp - Vapour

Black Pulp – Vapour

There is very little we know about Liverpool-based band, Black Pulp, apart from the fact they create illuminating indie pop that reminds us of a “rough around the edges” Foals, or a nodding Bombay Bicycle Club.

Their second ever release, ‘Vapour’, gives us a lesson about the effect girls have on boys.

Sounds like: Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, Bad Sounds, The 1975

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Trails And Ways – My Things

Trails And Ways

Trails And Ways

Oakland-based Trails And Ways is lead by singer/guitarist, Keith Brower Brown, and drummer, Ian Quirk.

Born from a recent period of life-changing times experienced by Keith Brower Brown, Trails & Ways create unconventional songs, written about flaws, both on a personal, and global level, and they aren’t scared to offend.

Watch their quirky new video for ‘My Things’ below.

‘My Things’ is available for a free download on their Soundcloud page.

Their album, ‘Own It’, is out on 7 October.

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Glass Animals

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Francis Lung – Dance 4 Sorrow

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung by Michael Mayren

Francis Lung is the solo pop project of Tom McClung, former bass player of WU LYF.

Watch the impressive stop-motion video for the highly melodic ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’, directed by Jamie Allan, Aliyah Hussain, John Powell Jones, and Francis Lung, and which also features illustrations and characters created by fellow Manchester local, John Powell Jones.

Francis Lung will release his new EP, ‘Mother’s Son’ on 16 September and will mark the release with a headline show at The Lexington on 21 September. Tickets for the London show are on sale now and available here.

Sounds like: Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Tuska, Two Door Cinema Club

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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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Milo Greene – Never Mean It

Milo Greene

Milo Greene

Teasing us ahead of their album release, Los Angeles-based trio, Milo Greene, have released a cheeky demo of ‘Never Mean It’.

‘Never Mean It’ is a hushed, slow-burner, blending gorgeous vocals against a minimal electronic background.

Speaking on the track, Milo Greene state:

“Never Mean It” started in Robbie’s living room with a minimal bongo groove. We started laying down simple moody guitar lines, and Marlana came up with this flowing verse melody. Robbie and I started singing responses and eventually we created this swell of bellowing vocals that showcased the frustration within the lyric.

The new batch of Milo Greene songs came out of our living rooms. We shared ideas we’d been developing individually, and just sang ideas as loud as we could without pissing off the neighbors. Everything just kind of flowed out of us once we finally got off tour and had time to decompress. .Releasing demos is an experiment. Maybe these songs end up on the next record, maybe they don’t. But it’s nice to throw something out there to share instead of having it sit on our computers, never to see the light of day like so many songs have.”

Sounds like: Bombay Bicycle Club, Local Natives, Lucius, Fickle Friends

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