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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 11

Marble Empire – OMEGA

Marble Empire

UK artist Marble Empire (aka Matt Berry) has been making music since 13. You’d therefore expect his new single ‘OMEGA’ to be relatively complex, despite Marble Empire being reasonably new to the music scene, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

The song – written about progressing from adolescence into adulthood and the future of young people – was actually written two years ago, but despite the nostalgia, it is evermore relevant today than ever.

Omega by Marble Empire on VEVO.

Sounds like: Ben Khan

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Teen Ravine – Hall of Horrors

Teen Ravine

Toronto’s Teen Ravine (Nick Rose and Dan Griffin) share ‘Hall Of Horrors’, a melancholic track about feeling lost and reaching out for someone who’s no longer there.

Running around in circles, trapped in a “mirrored hall of horrors”, the song is highly dramatic, yet magnificent in both its vocal and production techniques.

‘Hall Of Horrors’ is the first single release from their upcoming album, out in October.

Sounds like: The Carpenters, The Avalanches, Chet Faker, The Japanese House

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MILKK – IDWK

MILKK

MILKK is the latest project from Nashville singer/songwriter Pat Kiloran, Minneapolis producer/musician Jack Vondrachek, and touring/session drummer John Ogelby.

Hot on the toes of LANY and The 1975, MILKK offer catchy pop hooks and bittersweet lyrics about lost love.

Listen to ‘IDWK’ below.

It’s out now via Good Time Records.

Sounds like: The 1975, LANY

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Wilderness Shout – For Another Night

Wilderness Shout

Wilderness Shout share ‘For Another Night’.

It’s a ballsy debut from the Australian-based four-piece – brooding soulful vocals and guitar riffs with a rock edge.

Listen below.

Sounds like: ASTR, Imagine Dragons

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Belle Mt. – Hollow

Mt Belle.

The sad tone continues in this SubmitHub feature with Belle Mt.‘s new single ‘Hollow’.

Belle Mt. (pronounced ‘Belle Mont’) will definitely tug at your heartstrings with this one – sky-high vocals and scene-setting strings.

Belle Mt. explain, “There’s the impression of a fork in the road for this woman and ultimately she takes the tragic path, as she can’t accept the intimacy or love that this man is committed to giving. Hollow is as much about her loneliness as his eventual emptiness…”

‘Hollow’ is out now on LV Music.

Sounds like: Local Natives, Ray LaMontagne

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Sorcha Richardson – Waking Life

Sorcha Richardson

Sorcha Richardson shares the reflective ‘Waking Life’, as she considers how reality is often different to dreams you hold onto in your head.

Sorcha’s clever lyrics really do shine through here.

Sounds like: Poema, Bo Rocha, First Aid Kit

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CENTVRIES – Tension

CENTVRIES

Born in 2015, CENTVRIES create explorative electronica, pushing the boundaries of standard indietronica sounds with techno beats and vivid lyrics.

Their new single ‘Tension’ is out now via Beans & Bacon.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, The Kite String Tangle, The Aston Shuffle, Tube & Berger

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Men I Trust – Tailwhip

Men I Trust

Finally, a song has been written about the most epic BMX trick known to man, the ‘Tailwhip’! Thank you Men I Trust!

Now based in Montreal (previously residing in Québec), this mellow song is full of bittersweet nostalgia.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Wet, MUNA, Lucius, The Japanese House

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Lolahiko – Alone

Lolahiko

Ambient electronic duo Lolahiko share brooding new number, ‘Alone’.

They remind us of an early Broods or GEMS with a melancholic edge.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Broods, GEMS

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The Franklin Electric – Burning Flame

The Franklin Electric

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’.

Sounds like: The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Ben Howard

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Ava Raiin – Tree

Ava Raiin

Brooklyn-based singer Ava Raiin may have worked closely with the likes of Blood Orange, Carly Rae Jepsen and Solange, but what we are really interested in is her solo material.

‘Tree’, taken from Ava’s self titled album, has a sentimental R&B sound throughout, with modern vocal libs – a theme that runs throughout the album, and the main reason why she grabbed our attention.

Her self-titled album is out now.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Solange, Jessie Ware

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Tennis – No Exit

Tennis

Dreampop husband and wife duo Tennis ramp up the b.p.m on new single, ‘No Exit’.

It’s one of those songs that catches your breath upon first listen – woozy synths and vocals that are just about sensual enough to get you hot under the collar…no more, no less.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Stevie Nicks, Alvvays, Beach House

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Bien – Flashback

Bien - Flashback

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

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Joy Downer – Goddamnit

Joy Downer

Husband/wife duo Joy Downer share the video for ‘Goddamnit’.

The video symbolises the craziness of love inside your head. Resistance is futile!

Sounds like: Lykke Li, The Duke Spirit, KOLARS, OH Land, Alex Maxwell, Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit

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Bien – Spinning On Blue

Bien - Spinning on Blue

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.”

Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit

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Sorcha Richardson – 4AM

Sorcha Richardson

Dublin born Sorcha Richardson has shared ‘4AM’.

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.

Sounds like: Poema, Bo Rocha, First Aid Kit

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Playlist: Alex Maxwell

Alex Maxwell

Alex Maxwell

It’s always good to be clean, and no popstars come as fresh as London-based Alex Maxwell.

Want to know what her secret is? Showering to this playlist of course.

Cat Power – 3,6,9
I love her, her attitude, her power….

Lana del Rey – West Coast
…moody…vibey….right up my street

Only Real – Lemonade
I know all the lyrics to this song. Attempting to rap along to it in the shower gets me hyped up and ready for the day.

Moodoid – Je Suis La Montagne
A perfect symphony of psychedelic madness…especially toward the end.

Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
So obsessed with this girl.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Their songs never disappoint. Definitely one of my go-to’s… And Karen O is just too cool.

Bishop Briggs – River
I just recently discovered her and I’m hooked. Her voice is SO powerful.

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
My favourite song by my favourite band. Pure genius.

Father John Misty – Strange Encounter
I could listen to this album on repeat and wouldn’t get bored. The music, the lyrics, his voice… pure and strong.

Russian Red – Cigarettes
The melody, her voice and intricate simplicity of this song is like a breath of fresh air.

Cigarettes after Sex – K
I love their sound. Their full EP is really worth a listen, and they do a sick cover of the classic “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon.

Myself! – No Flight
Out of all my tracks, I think this one fits best with the playlist.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, First Aid Kit, All Saints, Zella Day, Lana Del Rey, Kylie Minogue

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Alex Maxwell – Letting You Know

Alex Maxwell - Letting You Know

Alex Maxwell – Letting You Know

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 Wolf Gang, 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

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Skott – Wolf

Skott

Skott

Skott is an down-to-earth creature, who takes musical inspiration from the remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians, in which she grew up.

Although this small and supportive community exposed her to some music, it wasn’t until she visited the city for the first time in her mid teens that she experienced the sounds of contemporary music.

Her second single, ‘Wolf’, is a folk-inspired number about feeling of empowerment from never hiding away from your true instincts.

Aug 13 // Sweden @ Way Out West
Sept 28 // London @ Notting Hill Arts Club ‘New Shapes’
Sept 29 // London @ Birthdays
Oct 26 // Paris @ Pitchfork Music Festival

‘Wolf’ out now via B3SCI Records in the US and Chess Club Records in the UK.

Sounds like: First Aid Kit, Zella Day, Susanne Sundfør

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AURORA – I Went Too Far

Aurora

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 + The Machine, Editors, Snow Patrol, Sigur Rós).

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

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