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Weekly Gems 86

Neon Strangers – Stuck In A Rhythm

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

‘Stuck In A Rhythm’ by Swedish duo Neon Strangers is short, sentimental and sweet.

The duo – comprised of Anton Ericson and Robin Dahlgren – explore their very own take on emotional songwriting, and what it’s like to be human.

Sounds like: Of Monsters And Men, Born Strangers

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Sophie Kilburn – Indigo Fever

Sophie Kilburn

Introducing Derbyshire-born Sophie Kilburn and her debut single ‘Indigo Fever’.

It’s a beautiful fiery alt-pop number that showcases Kilburn’s powerful songwriting with an anthemic backdrop – “How can you love your body, when nobody is loving you?”

Listen below.

Sounds like: KT Tunstall, Florence & The Machine, Angie McMahon, Emma McGrath, PJ Harvey, Jade Bird

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Tyler Meacham – Say Yes

Tyler Meacham

Tyler Meacham is one lady who, when she makes mistakes along the way, gets up, dusts herself off and tries again.

‘Say Yes’ is a punchy pop number with a slice of attitude for the modern female generation.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Maggie Rogers, City & Colour

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School of X – Write My Name

School of X by Jonas Bang

School of X by Jonas Bang

Touring drummer for and Major Lazer, Copenhagen-based Rasmus Littauer spends the majority of his time on the road. When he does get some rare downtime, he spends it writing and producing tracks for his solo project, School Of X.

His evocative synth single, ‘Write My Name’ is the final single release before his ‘Destiny’ EP, which takes us on a journey of leaving doubts behind and looking forward.

Sounds like: MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Cat Power

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Stranger Girl – Find The Humour

Stranger Girl

Indie music often alludes to themes of adolescence, but what happens when indie bands grow up? Should their songwriting not follow suit? Stranger Girl are the perfect example of that, they retain all the trademark sonic tropes but their songwriting addresses navigating love in their twenties, hoping to ‘Find The Humour’ post-breakup.

Listen below and check out the warm fuzzy guitars set the perfect backdrop for frontwoman Melissa’s Blondie-inspired pop-rock vocal melodies.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice

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The Chevin – Big Machine

The Chevin

We’re not going to feel bad for digging a band that racks up similarities to The Killers and U2.

The band in question is vibrant Leeds-based The Chevin, and we can’t help but admire their nod to energetic, 90’s rock in the new single, ‘Big Machine’.

Sounds like: The Wombats, The Killers, INXS, Duran Duran, U2

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ADIAM – Dead Girl Walking



Eritrean-Swedish singer, ADIAM, returns with the emotive video for her new single, ‘Dead Girl Walking’.

The song incorporates various musical elements into the arrangement; light chimes of a vibraphone, a swelling live orchestration and of course ADIAMs velvety vocals.

Sounds like: Banks, Rudimental, City & Colour

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Review: City & Colour at Brighton Dome

City & Colour

City & Colour

Indietronica had the privilege of watching City & Colour (aka Dallas Green) perform in Brighton last month at the first show of his recent UK tour.

Those of you who have been following City & Colour over the last ten years will recognise that they’ve taken a more country-based turn in their musical direction, and the show in Brighton mainly focused on material from their new album, ‘if i should go before you’.

It wasn’t until the end of the set that the old classics (and still the best, in our opinion) were performed by Dallas with a glass of whisky by his side.

It’s pretty impressive that one man and his band can conduct a whole audience into silence with an array of country, rock, acoustic and blues. However, and despite the beautiful lighting, we can’t help but think the performance was slightly stale in comparisons to previous shows we have attended.

‘if i should go before you’ is out now via Dine Alone Music and available for purchase at their store.

Sounds like: Twin Forks, Jack The Radio

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Born Joy Dead – Chains on You

Born Joy Dead

Born Joy Dead

Born Joy Dead is the new project of Brisbane musician Ben Dalton (also the bassist for Hungry Kids of Hungary).

The video for their latest single ‘Chains on You’ features Sigourney Waver, a remote control surfer babe. The video was produced and directed by two fifths of Brisbane beach-pop outfit The John Steel Singers (Luke McDonald & Scott Bromiley) and features the BJD boys admiring Waver’s sick moves as she shreds her way through the standstill waters of her prisons…but a bathtub, or even a pool, is much too small to ever cage the heart of a surfer.

Sounds like: Hungry Kids of Hungary, Death Cab for Cutie, Phoenix, City & Colour, Two Cartoons, Cub Scouts, CHAPPO

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Sunbathers – Intimacy



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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ADIAM – Desert Island



ADIAM is a Swedish singer living in Berlin. The name ADIAM means powerful and complete.

Her video for ‘Desert Island’ was released at the same time as ‘Dark Lake’ and follows a theme of simple, water-based videos filmed in black and white.

Although we know little else about ADIAM, we get the sense that she lives up to her name.

‘Desert Island’ has been taken from the ‘Dark Lake’ EP, out on iTunes and released via Vertigo/Capitol. She is currently signed to Universal Germany.

Sounds like: City & Colour, Banks, Rudimental

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Patternist – Gone



Patternist (aka Gabe Mouer) is a Portland based DIY electro pop multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

You may recognise his voice as he was a co-founder of the Portland band The Welcome Home, who’ve previously opened up for The Ataris and Train. This would explain the emo-tinged synthpop sound he has produced with his Patternist project.

He’s begun a new singles campaign with the MuseBox, where he’ll be releasing new music and accopanying videos at the rate of one per month.

Check out the latest track, ‘Gone’.

Sounds like: The 1975, LANY, City & Colour, Great Good Fine Ok, Yeasayer

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