Time to start cruising with The Kite String Tangle‘s unusually upbeat new single, ‘This Thing We Got’.
It’s a song about the butterflies you feel when you first get with someone, cleverly represented by the rosy horn section (think MarkRonson, Rudimental). Originally planned to be 30 b.p.m slower than it now is, the slower melody is sampled in the chorus as a “song within a song”.
Watch the live video below.
‘This Thing We Got’ can be found on The Kite String Tangle‘s self-titled debut album which is available everywhere now via Exist Recordings.
Sounds like: RÜFÜS, Dead Ceremony, M83, TDeL2, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Weeknd, Active Child, Mount Kimbie, Fever Ray, James Blake, Cloud Boat
Another Montreal-based band to be included in this week’s SubmitHub gems.
Meet indie folk band, The Franklin Electric, who have shared their video for ‘Burning Flame’, a cinematic showpiece filmed in Toronto.
“This was a spontaneous last minute addition to the record about the fire that feeds us and brings us to do all the things we do, or ignore the things we don’t do but wish we had. A voice inside most of us that can easily be ignored but the burn is a constant reminder. This video was all about the casting! I walked in the day of the shoot and met George, who plays the main role in this music video. He is the most endearing, honest, pure, yet driven 17 year old kid I have ever met. From that moment I was sold on the director’s story & concept. I invite you to meet George for yourself.”
It’s taken from their sophomore album, ‘Blue Ceilings’.
New York singer Sam Setton shares ‘Luv U Right’, as featured on his ‘Renegade’ EP, which explores the end of his most recent relationship.
Speaking about ‘Luv U Right’, Sam explains, “This song is about the feeling I had when I realized I was in love, but at the same time conflicted, because I’m not sure she realizes it and if she’s ready or not. I’m asking her to let me in, and letting her know I’m the one for her… I wrote this song in hopes it can be an anthem for people who think they aren’t valued enough in the eyes of their lovers.”
Sounds like: Sam Sure, Honne, Canvas, Boxed In, Autograf, Denny White, LIVI, Dead Ceremony
The glitchy guitar-based electronica of 2015 (think Ben Khan) never quite made it into the mainstream, but Vasser might be about to change that.
Vasser is the bedroom project of an 18 year old Kent local. His latest release, ‘To The Wolves’, is about an unequal relationship that Vasser struggled with for a year, with the spotlight being on his vocals, as opposed to the production.
Sounds like: Boxed In, James Blake, Dead Ceremony, Jon Hopkins, Ben Khan, Mura Masa
Some more indietronica coming out of Nashville, from musician, James Droll.
After playing in bands across the US, James finally settled to write music under a solo project. ‘Wall’ was his debut release in November 2016, and to celebrate how well the track has done, we’ve asked James to put a playlist together for us.
James Droll – ‘Wall’
I don’t know what it is about this track.. but it just gets me.
Bien – ‘Crowd Goes Wild’
Recent find/favorite. I love the energy of it and it’s the perfect song to hype you up for the day ahead.
Sinclair – ‘CLRBLND’
Sinclair is a good friend of mine and total sonic wizard. Rad track, rad person.
Maxwell Young – ‘Spark’
Vibez 4 dayz and I really wanted to include an instrumental track as they’re a big part of my day to day listening.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise – ‘Devil Like Me’
I’m such a huge fan of minimal and RKS does it best. Spooky, minimal, soulful.
Ehiorobo – ‘Heir to the Sugar Honey Queen’
I have no idea what this song is about in the slightest, but it’s dope and I can’t help but jam it.
Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Your Type’
Favorite song off one of my favorite albums of the last few years. Perfect breakup/pity party song.
Matt Woods – ‘Ain’t No Use’
The literal catchiest song. Smooth vocals and has such a great build to it.
Whitaker – ‘5,000,000,000 Years’
The tones used on this track are like the comfiest blanket. Another case of minimal but impactful, and chill as all get out.
Honne – ‘Warm On A Cold Night’
The effortless quality of his voice is so ridiculous. This is my night driving soundtrack, for sure.
Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, James Blake, Honne, Lauv
London based art-pop project KYOTI share the beautiful visuals for ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’.
The trio base their image and artwork on the abstractness of an ordinary, mundane world. Specifically inspired by British Modernist sculptors like Barbara Hepworth and the surrealist optical illusions of M.C. Escher, KYOTI balance their aesthetic with the over-arching impact of contemporary pop music, citing artists like Hot Chip and Joanna Newsom amongst their influences.
Original vocals layered over jazz electronica, alongside intelligent lyrics and minimalistic tendencies, ‘Curved Edge Straight Line’ creatively combines rich synth textures with thoughtful storytelling, exploring the theme of dependency on both substances and other people.
Sounds like: Hot Chip, SOHN, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab For Cutie, Honne, Dead Ceremony
JELF is a 21 year old multi instrumentalist from London.
Despite his young age, JELF has been producing and songwriting music for over four years, learning from award winning producers, along the way. He also cites a wide range of influences from Kanye West and Drake to Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey; all of which fuse to create JELF’s signature “odd pop” sound.
Listen to the cinematic and piano-laden, ‘Run’.
Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, AlphaCub, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey
SKIES are one of both bands that you listen to and instantly fall in love with, and this becomes even more apparent when you watch them play a live show.
So, when the opportunity arose, we couldn’t miss the opportunity of interviewing them.
How did you both meet and why did you start making music as SKIES?
Alie: Once upon a time…! We met because Jericho’s brother was the bass player in another band I was in at the time.
Jericho: I joined that band and we eventually decided to become a two-piece with a session drummer as Alie and me were doing all the writing, we changed the name of the band and basically started again from scratch. It just felt really right and naturally progressed that way and that’s how we ended up as we are!
Where did the name SKIES come from?
Jericho: We wanted a name that was simple, easy to remember/spell and neutal – we threw a few names around and then my brother suggested SKIES and we ended up going with it! Shout out to Joel!
Describe your sound in three words.
Anthemic. Emotional. Synth-pop (is synth-pop one word?!).
Your music is very heartfelt, and even more so during live performances. Where do you get your energy from?
Alie: Thank you! I think it helps when you just write about something that is real to you. It means that at shows I never get tired of singing the lyrics because I really mean what I’m saying. Hopefully the crowd pick up on that and it makes it real and authentic for them too.
Where do you cite your musical influences?
Jericho: When we started SKIES, Bastille had just released their album and I had just got a synth so I was really inspired by them initially. Recently I’ve been loving what Twentyone Pilots are doing – but there’s so much I get influenced by it’s hard to mention it all!
What’s next for SKIES?
Alie: We’ve just released our debut EP with LAB Records which is exciting… there will also be a single in the new year and a music video. We’re planning a UK tour and just really looking at what we want to do in 2016. We’re really excited about what’s to come and we really hope everyone enjoys the EP. It’s been such a great year so another one of those would be good! x
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Alie: We just supported MOTHXR who were incredible, they just released a new record so check that out.
Jericho: Also there’s some amazing Kent bands around at the moment, our friends ‘Fish Tank‘, ‘GetInuit‘ and ‘DeadCeremony‘ are definitely worth checking out! We <3 Kent music!
‘If You Feel Like It’ EP was released on 27 November via LAB Records.
Sounds like: High Tyde, Polarheart, Coheed & Cambria, Two Door Cinema Club, Paramore, Chvrches, The 1975, Biffy Clyro, Something Corporate, Bastille