Multi-instrumentalist and producer, Ben Hobbs returns with his punchy new single, ‘Own Arms’.
Mastered by the acclaimed Robin Schmidt, this is a catchy indie-rock-pop banger, full of more dynamic energy than his last single, ‘How We Care’. It explores the act of saying
farewell to the things that may be holding someone back and improving oneself to
feel free again.
Discussing the project, he says; “I wanted to capture this fast-paced punk idea, circling around on 3 chords and create something with loads of energy. It started out a lot more electronic with the production, but we decided that to really make it work everything had to be live and real.”
South London producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Hobbs has put together an epic playlist for Indietronica. If you don’t know of him yet, you soon will!
Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”
An artist I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently, this song reminds me of a time before I was born, in a really good way.
Banks – “Better”
This song gave me chills the first time I heard it. I love the way it builds, and the immaculate production.
Raury – “God’s Whisper”
I imagine Raury’s songs truly sound just like he wants them to sound. It doesn’t matter if they do or don’t fall snugly into a genre. I feel God’s Whisper shows that at its finest.
Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”
I love the moodiness of this song and the relentless groove with Jarryd’s confidently soft vocals.
St. Lucia – “Love Somebody”
The production on this song is great, and the fact it’s a really poppy track but has these old school instrumental sections in it.
Frank Ocean – “Lost”
A song that stays simple and interesting at the same time, I love everything about this.
Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”
This is one of those songs where I straight away felt like I just knew it, which is weird because I still don’t understand the lyrics very well, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest.
CHINAH – “Minds”
I had ‘Minds’ on repeat many times when I first heard this band. It’s a really warm and nostalgic song.
Matt Corby – “Monday”
His voice is amazing, this is just good honest songwriting.
The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”
Every little thing The Police did was magic.
Ben’s new single, ‘Cold Sweat’ is all about realisation; when you finally see the truth for how it is and now have the power to change. It is off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sweet Enough’, out on 6 May. Pre-order it on iTunes.
Sounds like: Tears For Fears, Cape Lion, The Levity
Stockholm electronic pop duo Cape Lion features vocalist/producers Carl-Johan “Oa” Sevedag and Martin Wiklund.
Some parts memorable dream pop and some parts modern deep electronica, the twosome intrigued us, so we decided to find out more…
How did you meet and why did you start making music together?
We met some years ago when we were both working as producers at this place in Stockholm. After a while we decided to sit down to write some music and we really liked what came out of it. This collaboration eventually turned into a duo called Cape Lion.
You’ve been compared to the likes of St. Lucia, Passion Pit and MGMT. How does it feel to be placed with such great company?
Those are some names we really like so it’s always great to hear our sound being compared to them! They all have that timeless yet somehow nostalgic sound that were really into.
Describe your sound in three words.
Dreamy synth party.
The video for ‘Oh Girl’ is awesome. Tell us more about the concept behind the video.
Thanks! It was filmed early morning on an outdoor rave that we went to in the woods. We tend to bring cameras with us everywhere so it was a pretty spontaneous project but the cool thing is how the tempo of ‘Oh Girl’ matched how fast people were dancing. It became kind of trippy in a way and we tried to bring out even more of that in the final version of the video.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
You get influenced by everything around you. It could be from a great song or production that you just heard or something you’ve been listening to forever. Also, the people you hang out with will always influence you in one way or another. We feel our sound is still developing but some bands we always come back to include Empire of the Sun, MGMT and The Beach Boys.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Currently we’re really enjoying our friend Duvchi‘s recent album release With the World, be sure to check it out!
Their 6 track ‘Corinth’ EP, including hit single ‘Called You Mine’ is available on iTunes now.
Sounds like: M83, Passion Pit, MGMT, St. Lucia, Tears for Fears, Beach Boys, Sophie B. Hawkins, Mirror Talk, Justice, Kavinsky