Cheeky Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Haley has just released his vulnerable new EP, ‘Unfolding’.
Presented as an irresistible alternative pop sound with a hip-hop undercurrent offset by acoustic guitar and confessional lyrics, his feel-good music is both modern and connective.
Unfolding “a series of growing pains through music“, it’s a complex juxtaposition of actions and feelings, as Haley explains in more detail,
“I grew up in church, but I also raced bikes and listened to rap music when I could hide it from my family. I feel like I brought elements to this music from every area I’ve drawn inspiration from, but still staying me. Each song is its own story, and I hope this project connects with the people who find it and brings us closer. I wrote Unfolding almost entirely in a few days.”
The track ‘Self Control’ features Izzy Bizu and you can watch the video below:
The new EP is out now on Red Bull Records.
Sounds like: Easy Life, Shawn Mendes, Gareth Pugh, Jack Hawitt
Nashville bootgaze/indie-rock outfit Creature Comfort share the fuzzy ‘Arcade Fire’.
Not to be confused with the track ‘Creature’ Comfort’ by the band Arcade Fire (a cheeky nod to Arcade Fire unexpectedly releasing ‘Creature Comfort on the same day Clark and his bandmates performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2017), this is a psychedelic explosion with wavy electric guitar and unrelenting percussion.
St. South is the moniker for Australian singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist Olivia Gavranich.
She is known for creating blissful, nuanced and soulful electro on her own terms. Taken from her debut full-length album ‘Get Well Soon’, the visuals for ‘Growing Up’ refine the simplicity of life, out there in the world.
Sounds like: CAPPA, Tusks, Haux, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Henry Green
We are slightly obsessed with the charm of LoveLeo (aka Leo Reilly).
The Los Angeles-based artist’s new single ‘ROSIE’ follows ‘BOYFREN’ in a visual sequel concept. The video, directed by Leo himself, is the psychological warfare of modern dating and features an immodest and vainglorious Leo in a satirical setting.
Young Swedish songwriter Francis Novotny shares the beautiful ‘Someone I Wanted To Be’.
With modern rings of The Cinematic Orchestra‘s ‘To Build A Home’, the cinematic approach to this stripped-back song – about love, regret, and new perspectives – is delicately composed with an emotional piano progression, whilst his vocals take centre stage.
After months of anticipation, Swedish artist STRØM finally unveils his earnest chops, whilst, ironically sharing his new single called ‘Blurred Out’, taken from his debut album, ‘Immortal’ out now via This is Scandinavia / Sony Music.
With a cascading beat of drums and vocal loops, the track gives us an intriguing glimpse into the album.
Sounds like: Ben Khan, TENDER, Solomon Grey, James Blake
Dublin-born Christian Cohle shares his haunting and melancholic debut single, ‘Breathe’.
Mixing majestic synthesizers and driving rhythms, ‘Breathe’ explores the emotional struggle of feeling interlinked with something that turns out to be artificial. Discussing the inspiration behind his new record, Cohle says: “Breathe was predominantly informed by experiences I was going through at the time, but also very much influenced by the neo-noir science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049.”
Sounds like: James Blake, Sampha, Jai Paul, Solomon Grey
Dan Croll returns with the release of double A-side single ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Stay In L.A.’ through Communion Records.
Following a transition to California from Liverpool two years ago, Croll’s writing has taken a more sunny demeanor, although there still remains a contemplative undercurrent with a gentle nod to his home town.
Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, Elton John, Bombay Bicycle Club
Started by London-based Zygmunt Day, Joe Hyam and Nathan Kerntiff in 2019, Bad Progress is an experimental and refreshingly practical project that focuses on “the blend of musical styles playing in pubs and out of car windows in London” in a timeless and often scrappy style.
Their philosophy is “just make it easy”, which can be seen in their EP, ‘Moody Bangers’, out now.
Sounds like: Fontaines D.C., Black Midi, The Clash, Black Country New Road
At the forefront of the neo-jazz revolution is Brighton-based fourpiece Yakul.
Echoes of Stevie Wonder courtesy of frontman James’ indulgent vocals, the unexpectedly cohesive new single ‘Blossoming’ offers playful percussion and razor-sharp fills to create a complex yet vibrant song.
Brighton-based band Will & The People is comprised of Will Rendle, brother Jamie, Jim Ralphs and Charlie Harman.
The new single ‘Gigantic’ is an alt-pop number offering a raw seaside vibe. The video – which you can watch below – showcases their creative side, and features both their hometown and friends and family of the band.
Born in North-London to a Punjabi father and a mother from the Midlands, AMiR has always had a burning passion for music. Since a young age, music has been the only path for the gifted performer. Starting with the drums, he soon found music an addiction taking on the guitar and piano. Since then, he’s worked to become the complete musician.
Ahead of his BBC Introducing performance at this year’s Glastonbury, AMiR puts together a playlist of rising artists to watch out for.
Ta’Shan – Foodie This song is awesome. Proud of who she is and won’t change for anything. Respect.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Late Night City I just love the rock n roll. No-nonsense guitar pop. Wild stage movements and sick harmonies.
Isaiah Dreads – White Tee Love the flow and the beat is simple and infectious. Confident summer jam
Easy Life – Nightmares I’ve known about these guys for a while. The song to me says we all got problems. Everyone says we should talk more but no one gives a f*** about my nightmares.
Ferris and Sylvester – Burning River Their togetherness vocal is awesome. So in sync and love listening to it.
Billy Lockett – Fading Into Grey This song spoke to me cos I’ve been here before. Overthinking ruining a good thing.
Celeste – Lately This vocal music combo makes me make that “filth” face. The flow of her rhythm and voice just sit perfectly to me. It swings.
APRE – All Yours Love the guitar at the beginning and then the immediacy of the vocal catches you and keeps you there and the guitar line is a hook in itself.
Gus Harvey – Bliss Really strange backward beat and horror film voice with the electronics. Never heard anything like it.
Kudu Blue – Call Out Vocal and flow make me feel it. then it drops and pumps your heart. The song I imagine if you stop breathing, the adrenaline brings you back. Beautiful song.
Lauran Hibbard – Call Shotgun It’s quite punk and that reminds me of my childhood. No frills just here it is. I love that.
Monster Florence – Beautiful Death Flows and the bars are so real about each of the MCs. My head was bopping and heart beating.
XamVolo – Lose Love It oozes funk. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that funk. The drums and the guitars with simple bass and vocals sit beautifully on top of that.
Sounds like: Trey Songz, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Years & Years, Olly Murs