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Margot Polo – Sing Hallelujah

Margot Polo

Margot Polo is the project of David Provenzano. Based in California, this indie pop boy writes uplifting summertime classics for good fun kids who reminisce about the noughties.

Margot Polo will be putting out a series of tracks throughout the summer, mixed by Chris Keene and Wesley Slover and featuring vocals by Becky Filip. Listen to ‘Sing Hallelujah’ below.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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BEij – Bad News

BEij
Meet BEij, a band originally set up by a couple of school friends.

Their latest release, ‘Bad News’ is essentially a funky number, inspired by music from the 60’s and 70’s, but it has a modern indie pop sound to it.

The track is said to be “about pursuing your passions instead of the path that your friends and family see fit.”

Sounds like: CHAPPO, Pharrell, Santana

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Sundara Karma – Loveblood

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma return with the Romeo & Juliet inspired video for ‘Loveblood’.

The boys have been busy, having toured with Wolf Alice and Nothing But Thieves, and are about to embark on a UK headline tour at the end of May, as well as playing a load of big festival dates, including Glastonbury and the Main Stage and Reading & Leeds.

‘Loveblood’ is out now via Sony Music. Order on iTunes.

Sounds like: The Wombats, Circa Waves, Biffy Clyro, CHAPPO, Arcade Fire, Editors, CHAPPO

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ELEL – Animal

ELEL

ELEL

ELEL are a band who write “world pop” music, reflecting the musical culture of their hometown of Nashville as much as their diverse influences, which include Prince, Wilco and Beach House.

Their latest release, ‘Animal’ is a sharp pop number, with incredible dynamic range, worthy enough to attract all types of listeners.

“It’s a loud song about a soft moment between two people,” says band leader, Ben Elkins.

“I love writing music from my imagination, and sometimes that can be energetic and grand. But my lyrics are usually based on everyday life, which is much calmer. It’s exciting to let those two versions of my reality meet each other in a song like this.”

‘Animal’ has been taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Geode’, to be released via Mom + Pop (Flume, Hinds).

Sounds like: Yeasayer, Miike Snow, Alt-J, Tame Impala, CHAPPO, Arcade Fire, Phoenix, Jungle

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Compact Disk Dummies – Holy Love

Compact Disk Dummies

Compact Disk Dummies

Meet our new favourite duo, Compact Disk Dummies.

No, it’s not the The Crash Test Dummies reincarnated, but two guys from Kortrijk, who make energetic music with an interesting take on your traditional “indie pop”.

‘Holy Love’ is the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Silver Souls’, which was produced by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Erasure, These New Purtians) and Shameboy (Stromae, Girls in Hawai).

Sounds like: MGMT, Foals, CHAPPO, Jungle

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CHAPPO – Mad Magic

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

NYC indie rockers, CHAPPO make a brief return from outer of space to share with us the delightful video for their last single release, called ‘Mad Magic’.

The video has been directed and produced by Natalie Cleveland and features the three CHAPPO Sirens, Nicole Salm, Caitlin McKenna and Rawan Rihan.

CHAPPO explain of the video;

“The Mad Magic video was a collaboration with director Natalie Cleveland, whose prism photography was inspiration into the parallel universe of Future Former Self, playing with light auras and refraction she introduces three women as one who radiates across time and dances through alternate dimensions.”

Watch below:

‘Future Former Self’ was released on 22 January via Caroline International, and can be purchased from CHAPPO’s digital store, along with goodies such as signed vinyl and CDs, and T shirts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Premiere: Antoine Diligent – Darkade Games

Antoine Diligent

Antoine Diligent

It’s Monday morning, so time for some music to set you up nicely for the week.

Meet Antoine Diligent; an indie/dreampop artist from Los Angeles.

His second single is called ‘Darkade Games’, in which Antoine delivers up some unique vocals, a groovy and melodic tone, and snippets of psychedelia.

Perhaps the track is a homage to old arcade games from the 1980’s, but then again, perhaps not.

Sounds like: CHAPPO, Tame Impala, TUSKA

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Exclusive: Lovespeake Playlist

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

We are proud to have one of Norway’s hottest exports right now, prepare a lovely playlist for all our Indietronica readers.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present Lovespeake‘s springtime playlist below:

Tycho – Montana
One of my favourite tracks to listen to while on the road touring, looking out the window and just losing myself to the soundscapes. I love everything Scott does.

Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong 
This guy is such a talent. The whole album “Malibu” is a rare breed of excellence – the lyrics, production and the musicality of it all is just stunning. It doesn’t hurt having Schoolboy Q and Pomo on this banger either! Such a groover.

Housse de Racket – Roman
I remember listening to this song loads when we toured Germany back in 2012. It reminds me of sweaty nights in smoke-filled indie-bars in Hamburg and Berlin, being stuck in a mass of people going nuts to the music! The Germans can party…

Mutemath – Vitals 
I was such a huge fan of Mutemath’s first record back in high school. It was one of those “holy shit” moments when I really got interested in production and layers of details that unraveled after each listen. Their songs are always so crisp, tight & punchy. They also have some great instrumentals, like “Vitals” here.

Alpine – Foolish 
I got hooked on Alpine after their hit “Gasoline” a few years back. Their album “Yuck” from last year was very tasty. Such slick and clever pop tunes.

Lovespeake’s latest release ‘Tightrope’ is out today, and has been taken from the upcoming album called ‘DNA’, which is out 22nd April via Toothfairy.

Sounds like: Harts, Tame Impala, The Levity, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, MGMT, CHAPPO, The Flaming Lips, Carl Louis, Karl Kling

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TUSKA – We Could Be Alone

TUSKA

TUSKA

Still feeling fine, Brighton duo, TUSKA, are back with ‘We Could Be Alone’.

The partnership of Richard Sturges and Rob Weaver is both dynamic and rare, embedding rich bass lines, spacey synths, psychedelic guitar riffs, with those robust vocals.

The track is released on 11 March and can be downloaded for free via the Band’s website.

UK Tour Dates

5th February//The Social, London
6th February//The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
4th March//Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
17th March//Sebright Arms, London

Sounds like: Tame Impala, MGMT, CHAPPO, Pistol Shrimp, Washed Out

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Exclusive: CHAPPO – EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We don’t usually condone acid trips, but we had to give this one a go in an Indietronica exclusive. It’s ‘EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip’ of CHAPPO‘s stop animation series called The Singularity, in which Rene Cogito journeys to the blackhole in a bid to save mankind. The whole series has been created by CHAPPO’s frontman, Alex Chappo.

In this episode the Commander tries to console Rene by telling him a story about a 2D creature who can only see “left” and “right” but has no concept of “up” or “down.”

If you don’t much about CHAPPO, they are a quirky indie band from NYC, and there is a great story behind the band’s releases, past and present, and all of which centre around the main character, Rene Cogito.

Like Rene, the band seems to have recently travelled back from a distant black hole, bringing with them a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerising sounds.

Their latest single release is ‘Mad Magic’, and it is written about a trip into the transparency of time as darkness surrounds Rene’s field of vision.

This is a psychedelic band, through and through.

Watch previous episodes and find out more about ‘The Singularity’ by heading over to CHAPPO’s awesome site.

‘Mad Magic’ is the second single released from their second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out now via Caroline International and available to purchase on iTunes or their digital store.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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