Nashville-based dream pop trio, Bien share the beautiful new single, ‘Flashback’ with a distinct Scandinavian feel.
Elegant pop hooks and an amalgamation of lo-fi and hi-fi sounds perfectly encompass the sensory-overload of emotion you find when, out of nowhere, you are hit with memories that remind you of a person or time in your life.
Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør
Bien is a Nashville-based dream-pop trio comprised of Jessie Early, and Angela & Tim Lauer (Kaleo, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Foy Vance, Mikky Ekko).
Bien could be categorised into both lo-fi and hi-fi genres, thanks to their clever blend of synthetic and organic sounds, taken from an amalgamation of synths, strings and vocals.
Bien says about new track, ‘Spinning On Blue’,
“There’s so much going on in the world right now, and we really wanted to write something that encouraged people to remember we’re all sharing this planet. It’s our kind of ‘seize the day’ song that reminds us to take in the beauty and wonder of the world and the people around us.”
It’s heavier sound than we are used to from Sorcha, but this change in direction really showcases her contemplative, singer-songwriter talent and ability to create a catchy chorus with simple vocal loops and stand out production.
Continuing the floaty and emotive theme in her videos, Alex Maxwell returns with ‘Letting You Know’.
The London-based 22 year old (yes England, not Sweden!) co-wrote the track with Max McElligott, the former frontman of British alt-rock band WolfGang, who has also penned records with The Naked and The Famous, and Kylie Minogue and Fernando Garibay.
Alex is working on her debut EP, for a release later in the year.
Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, First Aid Kit, All Saints, Zella Day, Lana Del Rey, Kylie Minogue
19 year old AURORA has come so far this last year, and continues to rise as one of Norwegian’s great musical exports.
She shares her video for ‘I Went Too Far’, which has been directed by directorial duo Arni & Kinski (Florence+TheMachine, Editors, SnowPatrol, SigurRós).
Aurora is presented as a split personality. An ambitious video, laden with metaphor, it is twinned perfectly with an emotional track that is equally open to interpretation.
Aurora says of the track:
“When I was 9 I wrote most of this song, I watched someone brave and kind not demanding the respect and love they deserved. Growing up I realized these things happen all around us, sometimes worse than others. We shouldn’t be crawling on our knees to be recognized, loved and accepted, because that is no good love. Love should only be beautiful, not horrible. The sooner we learn that, the longer we have to learn to be kind to ourselves. And then demand to be treated kindly.”
UK Tour Dates in October
3rd Glasgow, Art School
4th Manchester, O2 Ritz
6th Newcastle, University
7th Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
8th Bristol, Trinity
10th Brighton, Concorde 2
11th Oxford, O2 Academy 2
13th London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
15th Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
16th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Susanne Sundfør, Ellie Goulding, First Aid Kit, Enya, Emilie Nicolas
Meet 22 year old emerging London noir-pop singer, Alex Maxwell.
Alex was born in London but spent her teenage years writing music in Madrid before moving back to the UK to develop her music in 2014.
Her new release is called ‘No Flight’ and was, ironically, written with producers, The Flight (David Bowie, Björk, Lana Del Rey). The video is a mesmerising collage of charming colours and Eastern beats.
Alex is Hollywood Records’ first UK signing, and is currently in the studio co-writing and producing her debut album with Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Carey Willetts (Athlete), The Flight and Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Tom Odell, Wolf Alice).
Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, First Aid Kit, All Saints, Zella Day, Lana Del Rey