East Of My Youth is experimental pop duo, Herdis and Thelma from Reykjavik.
Their new single ‘Go Home’ is an inspirational ballad that draws influences from classical and modern genres.
Talking about the track, Herdís explains,
“I was sitting in the studio and playing around on my MicroKorg synth, listening to A$AP Rocky. The song came really easily. We were in such a good mood the we went downtown and Thelma bought herself new shoes and then we went back to the studio and had some wine and danced.”
It’s out now via West Of My Future Ltd.
Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Alev Lenz, Feist, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Of Monsters and Men, Rae Morris, Austra
Anti-folk artist, Erin K, has been keeping herself very busy. Originally born in London, but now residing in the States via Italy, she has just shared the video for ‘No Control’, filmed across Iceland, and released her album ‘Little Torch’, which you can listen to on Spotify here.
To celebrate, Erin K has put together a playlist for us.
Tennis – Night Vision I love the immediate hood of this cool drum beat and the contrast between the closeness of the verse against the dreamy delayed vocals in the chorus. I just walked to the flight gate listening to this in my headphones. Great walking song!
Perfume Genius – Learning The simplicity of Perfume Genius is a breath of fresh air, reminiscent of the honest lyrics encountered in Andrew and the Johnsons or (kids soundtrack guy). I especially love the lyrics “blah blah blah” at the end of this intimate song. I’m inspired by this artist! I have tickets to see him at Heaven in London in a few weeks!
Hospitality – Going Out I don’t have much to say about this other than it’s been my song to start my day with for the past 2 weeks! Makes me feel like dancing! I’d love to see them live.
Whitney – No Woman I LOVE this artist. It’s rare that you find a drummer that is also the lead vocalist. Check out their live sessions online, definitely one of my top favourite new discoveries at the moment.
Cass McCombs – Bum Bum Bum A friend of my from Fort Lauderdale introduced me to this band (amongst others) recently and I think I had this song on repeat for an hour after the first listen. I love songs that push along with a constant repeated beat and sound. Check out his other songs, they are all beautiful. Something very nostalgic about this sound.
Sufjan Stevens – All of Me Wants All of You This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. It’s so beautiful. He recently came out with a live version of this, amongst others. Personally, I prefer the live versions but worth checking out.
Leon Bridges – River When I first heard this I assumed it was an old recording from the 60s. I love the way this song builds and Leon’s voice is flawless and emotive. Goose bumps.
U.N.P.O.C. – Here on My Own What’s not to love about early Modest Mouse! Great build, beautiful lyrical rhythm, one to scream along to at home, or in my experience, the customs line at Heathrow Terminal 4 (in my head of course).
Shuggy Otis – Strawberry Letter 23 Yes Yes YES! I love the every part of this. If you like retro 60s jams, you’ll dance along to this.
CAN – Vitamin C I remember the first time I heard this in some shop in London. I couldn’t wait to get home and listen to it properly. I’ve loved this song for years. The vocal, the consisting arrangement and cool organ sounds. Might not be a new find for me but I’ve included it here nonetheless.
Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Alev Lenz, alt-J, Pam Ayres, Susan Vega, Kim Boekbinder, Lily Allen
Los Angeles-based Paris Carney is sending a prayer out to all of those suffering.
The track was written following her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis in early last year, as well Carney’s consideration of how fragile the state of the world currently is.
As with all of Carney’s music, ‘Send A Prayer’ conveys a notable passion through her use of heartfelt lyrics and vocal tone that continues to invite us to join Carney amongst her closest thoughts and feelings.
Proceeds from the single sale will be donated to the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. Purchase on iTunes here.
New York City-based, pop/singer-songwriter, Lexi Scherr, recently released her new single, ‘Ready Aim Fire’, featuring Cosmic Retro.
The track is a racy one, with charming falsetto vocals and clean synths.
Find out a bit more about Lexi and how she met Cosmic Retro by reading our interview with her below:
How and why did you start making music?
I started making music when I was around 2 years old. That was when I started writing little songs. It was mostly for attention, and for the most part, I succeeded in annoying my parents to no end with my racket. I hadn’t realized yet that loud does not equal good. I started playing piano around 9 and really began honing my craft around 13. For some reason I felt like I had a story to tell and that I wanted to do so through song. It was sort of like a sneaky way of telling people how I felt about them.
Describe your sound in three words.
Pretty Damn Catchy.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
I learned a lot about classic rock and oldies from our elementary school carpools. It was my introduction to really really solid melodies & hooks. And in college, my roommate introduced me to indie pop & glam rock. Throughout my musical education, I have become inspired by a variety of artists with very different styles; From The Beatles to Bat for Lashes; Radiohead to The Talking Heads.
How did you feel when Joseph Gordon-Levitt chose your track for his HitREcord show?
Stoked & honored! What more can I say? It’s Mr. Tasha McCauley for crying out loud!
Your new track ‘Ready Aim Fire’ features Cosmic Retro. How did that come about?
Cosmic Retro is this awesome producer who is also part of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, HitRECord.org (as I am). I am a little bit obsessed with the 80s, so when I found his track on the site I felt compelled to jump on with a melody & lyrics that could do his amazing instrumental justice. He’s fantastic. I’ve only met him once in person, when he was rolling through New York. He was the one wearing the ridiculous yellow boots (his words).
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Something new from 2015 that I’m diggin’ right now is “Lisa Sawyer” by Leon Bridges. But his whole album is really fantastic retro-soul. I am also loving the delicious indie pop track “10,000 Emerald Pools” by BØRNS.
Sounds like: Eliza Doolittle, Evvy, Noosa, Dominique, Ronika, Broods, Shura, B. Miles, Fiona Apple, Annie Lennox, Annie
Time for a new track from Sivu featuring label buddy, Rae Morris.
‘The Nile’ was produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J) and whilst it feels quite romantic as a duet, Sivu wrote the track around the idea of watching someone close to you pass away slowly (and everything you’d want to say to someone you’ve spent your whole life with beforehand). He asked Rae to sing on it after the pair toured together last year.
‘The Nile’ is the double-A-side to forthcoming single ‘Sleep’; taken from Sivu’s debut album ‘Something On High’.
Sounds like: Rae Morris, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Fiona Apple, Boxed In, SOHN, James Blake, One Bit, Bipolar Sunshine
Straight talking L.A. based BANKS claims influences from the likes of Fiona Apple, Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman, to name a few.
She is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, and songwriter and has been particularly open towards her fans, stating on her Facebook page: “Hello world! I like making connections outside of a computer screen. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have never really been my thing. So my manager is going to run the Social Media stuff. If you ever want to talk call me – (323) 362-2658 – BANKS”.
She has seriously underestimated how many calls she is going to be expecting over these next few months.
The official video for ‘Waiting Game’ was released today and is taken from her forthcoming EP ‘London’, which will be released on 10 September 2013 on IAMSOUND.
There is no denying that the video showcases BANKS’s aesthetic beauty, but this is soon outcasted by her dulcet tone as a drowsy bass line mimics a beating heart. The grayscale shots by Francesco Corrizini set the scene as BANKS wanders the night streets, with a lover on tow.
Despite BANKS’s voice not being particularly indietronica of nature, the track was produced by the enigmatically superb SOHN, and follows on from ‘Warm Water‘, which was produced by one of our favourites,Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (aka TEED).
We’ve found something beautiful and ‘Waiting Game’ is going to be a hit.
BANKS is the main support for the Weeknd on his September-October US tour dates.
Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Jessie Ware, Phlo Finister, Lana Del Rey, SZA, Weeknd, SOHN