Close-knit duo Magdalena Bay share the dreamy new single ‘Waking Up’.
Ultimately a love song, ‘Waking Up’ is laden in driving synths and fresh perspectives.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Fiora
Girl/boy duo Magdalena Bay create music for long lost loves to listen to on late night drives.
Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin became friends (and lovers) during their time in a prog rock band in high school. Entrance to different colleges led to a trial separation until they reunited and formed Magdalena Bay.
‘Neon’ is a slow wave disco track with breathy vocals. Listen below.
Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Fiora
Someday River are a psych folk band from Florida, who have been together for just one year.
Greyson Charnock, the band’s primary songwriter and frontman, says that their new EP, ‘Sleeping Sideways’ is about “finding good in the face of an insane world” and notes “accepting mistakes and carrying on” as another key theme on the release.
The boys put together a playlist for us. Listen below.
TOPS – Way You Want To Be Loved
This song is an instant go-to for gatherings with friends. A real mood setter… sexy track! I recommend the song “Sleeptalker” from TOPS as well, among others.
Levek – Black Mold Grow
Another song chock full of vibezzz – show this song to someone and they will trust your musical judgment for eternity~~ also see “Look on the Bright Side”
Jude Shuma – Wandering
Up and comers from Chicago, this group just put out a three song EP in December and it is repeat-worthy to say the least. Lo-Fi basement grooves for days.
Local Natives – Past Lives
Most recent single from Local Natives has a massive-bassy presence making it a pure feel-good necessity.
SWIMM – All the Time
Atmospheric ethereality, this song paints a feeling.. it’s the one you’re looking for. Florida-born boys making waves in the Psych/folk/indie world.
Goldensuns – I Feel This Place
Salt Lake City/ LA Transplants, the new Goldensuns EP really holds water, and luckily so. It’s enough to get us through the heat of the summer.
The Shouting Matches – Gallup, NM
Nostalgia in a pure form, this song takes you back wherever you want to go. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon flexing his artistic range with this band, auto-tune not included.
Pinegrove – Old Friends
Found this song on YouTube, immediately hooked.. Pinegrove has several really incredible arrangements. I also suggest “Aphasia” and “Cadmium” among others. Check out some acoustic renditions from this NJ group on-the-rise.
Chad VanGaalen – Peace on the Rise
This tune rolls slow and steady through an apathetic dreamworld.. There is so much subtlety and intentionality behind the arrangement, I think that’s what keeps me coming back.
Sego – Wicket Youth
Contemporary, Pop Sensible, Avant – Sego always delivers on the art-music.. Here’s one of their most catchy tunes. Their songs rise to a new level when you see the videos that accompany them, aaaand go!
Robert Cray – Do That For Me
After hearing this song nearly 15 years ago at a soup kitchen in Atlanta… It was stuck in my head until I more recently discovered who/what it was by Googling the lyrics. Thank goodness I found my way back to this song. The arrangement and musicianship are a ripe source of inspiration for me.
Van Morrison – I’m Not Feeling It Anymore
Van at his finest here. No introduction or explanation needed… an absolute classic, Sunday morning pick me up.
Vulfpeck – Wait for the Moment
Sometimes you want the funk, sometimes you want the soul. Take both from Vulfpeck.. This band has some serious chops, and they do it all while having a damn good time. Positive vibrations are unavoidable on any track of theirs.
Fat Night – Someday
Orlando/Chicago boys really showing range with this track. Soul/Funk with pop sensibilities and a touch of Calypso combine for this unique song. Their live performance can border on Acid-Jazz. Look out for these guys; they are on the rise in a real way.
Julien Baker – Something
I am so enamoured with Julien Baker; her multiplicity of live recordings on you tube go to show that she is the real deal, voice and guitar work that you can rely on 100% every time. All of her songs are moving in their theory as well as delivery.
Nick Mulvey – Fever To The Form
A well know artist from England, Nick Mulvey doing what he does best with this song; potentially a perfect formula of restraint and production. Delivery and Control; this song has one hell of a progressive build for a folk tune.
Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
Heard this song on some random indie playlist a couple years back. Dustin Tebbutt has his focus and his ideas in order. Beautiful and simple, this arrangement does it for me.
Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
This is the original version of the song. Released in 1987, it was at the top of the pop charts as an A CAPPELLA SONG!! That blows my mind. Unconcerned with rhyming lyrics, its all about meter and imagery with this song.
Milo – Going No Place (feat. Elucid)
Milo is an intellectual rapper to rival all others… follow up this song by checking out some others of his. Along with some serious collabs, his lyricism is sharp witted and rich in symbolism as well as contemporary culture reference. Hip Hop at its finest.
Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years
Rounding out this playlist, arguably one of the best songs ever written.. Steely Dan was an obsessive band in the studio, and thank god, because we can enjoy this recording forever.
Sounds like: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Washed Out, The Drums, ROOSEVELT, Yellerkin, Night Drive, Carousel
Polyenso is Alex Schultz, Brennan Taulbee, and Denny Agosto from Florida. The threesome have spent the last two years working extensively with producer Jason Pennock.
Polyenso create sparse indie rock that includes elements of neo-soul, light electronics, and the odd spatula, wooden bowl and pack of peanuts, all of which contribute to their distinct, “urban indie progressive” sound.
Listen to ‘I.W.W.I.T.I.W.’ below.
Sounds like: Alt-J, MOTHXR, Ben Khan
Britt Daley has been causing quite a stir with her single ‘Move Me’, so we decided to find out more about the songstress from the US.
For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you got into music.
Music was always playing in our household and as I grew up musicality was highly encouraged. For my 5th birthday my grandmother bought me an upright Baldwin, insisting on lessons. I think my grandmother had this dream of me becoming a concert pianist… the ‘female Liberace’, but that was thwarted when I began performing professionally with the Orlando Youth Opera. I continued piano lessons but I loved to sing so I was taken under the wing of Linda Ronstadt’s former vocal coach.
Describe your sound in three words.
Dreamy. Electronic. Synth-pop.
We discovered you on Tradiio after listening to your track ‘Move Me’, which has received thousands of plays. Were you expecting such a positive response to your debut?
I wasn’t expecting it to garner this much attention because it’s so hard to cut through the noise as an independent artist. But ‘Move Me’ did pretty well, which I can attribute in part to the blog attention it received early on, Soundcloud shares/playlists, and it’s presence on the Tradiio platform. Super pleased that it reached as many people as it has because it’s one of my favorites.
You’ve also collaborated with Morgan Page. How did that come about?
I was originally connected to the project through Jay and Nick of The Oddictions, who also co-wrote and produced, “Running Wild”. They heard a song I had worked on with mutual friend, producer/DJ Nicademass, and got in touch with me via Twitter. Despite the three of us living in the same town we didn’t meet in person until a couple months into the project. I’ve become pretty accustomed to working with other artists and producers remotely, and it can have it setbacks, but it’s mostly been positive because it allows me to work with people from all over the world, which has been truly rewarding. Many of the people I work with are based in L.A., but I’m also working with a producer based in Portland on my debut solo album, and I have another collaboration with a producer who lives in the Netherlands. There are a few pretty cool projects down the pipeline that I’m very excited about.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
Gosh… where to start… as a kid… Björk, Madonna, Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, and later rediscovering 80’s New Wave bands like Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, The Cars, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys… (I could go on).
In more recent years, I’ve been influenced by Bat For Lashes, Sia, Com Truise, James Vincent McMorrow, Imogen Heap, Miike Snow, Marina & The Diamonds…
I also draw upon influences from my classical and theatrical training… and of course my personal life experiences. Every song on my album is very personal and each one captures a different moment of my life over the past few years.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
I have pretty eclectic taste and I’m constantly finding amazing artists that might not be very new, but they’re new to me… good music is good music. Right now I’ve been listening to Kidnap Kid, Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane, Taylor McFerrin, and Broods… Check out Kidnap Kid – Moments ft Leo Stannard it’s stunning.
We’ve invested in Britt Daley. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/britt-daley.
Sounds like: Miike Snow
Let’s decelerate it a bit with ‘Chase Me Down’ by Souvenir (aka Massachusetts-born 20 year old Michael Fenuccio).
Citing influences from the likes of Troye Sivan, Thomston, and Kevin Garrett, ‘Chase Me Down’ is an indietronica pop song about a secret crush Michael had on his straight best friend. It has been co-written and produced by Andrew Novoa.
That crush…it’s probably not so secret now!
Sounds like: Kevin Garrett, Mumford & Sons, Troye Sivan
It’s been a while since we wrote about some synth pop, but it’s spring time, so why not!
Florida-based synth pop duo Priest (formerly X priest X) have released brand new track ‘Broken’.
It’s modern pop that glides subtly between 80s lo-fi pop and sharply syncopated rhythms that fit like a glove for a John Hughes film soundtrack.
It is second single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Priest’, which is to be released on 5 May via Swedish label Emotion.
Sounds like: BLSHS, The Human League, Crozet, Chvrches, Zola Jesus, Sky Ferreira, Grimes, College
It’s hard to believe Emily Vaughn only has 70 followers on Soundcloud, so we are here to bring the sound of the Florida electro princess to your ears.
Echoey harmonies with excellent production, listen to the stunning debut track ‘Hollow’ below:
Sounds like: Evvy, Noosa, Indiana, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange
Ever since the first listen of ‘Secret Lover‘ we have had a crush on this Gainesville duo. So imagine our excitement when we heard they were back with a wintery track called ‘Cool Down’.
‘Cool Down’ is a percussive and synth-laden track, layered with soft vocals. It was created out of a paralleled sense of anxiety, as the duo embarked on a three-month residency in separate cities.
‘Cool Down’ has been produced in collaboration with David Plakon (X Priest X, Road Kill Ghost Choir, SASKATCHEWAN) at North Avenue Studios and is being released by Eye Four Records.
Sounds like: Monogem, Chvrches, Tycho, Haim, Broods, X Priest X
PALMEDO is the exciting new soulful, but electro-pop duo, Tim Plakon and Delia Albert.
PALMEDO formed in 2013 after deciding to work together on a side project during their sophomore year at the University of Florida. The writing chemistry soon took hold, and the project developed into a full-blown musical endeavor.
The duo has been working on their new EP, ‘Thread’, since November of 2013. The first single, ‘It’s You’, caught the attention of electronic music lovers and claims a successful remix by Dromes, a future garage DJ from Orlando.
PALMEDO’s second single taken from the EP is ‘Secret Lover’; a shimmering upbeat track with a dark-disco feel.
The EP was produced in collaboration with Tim’s brother, David Plakon (Tycho, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), at North Avenue Studios and will be released in early July.
Sounds like: Monogem, Chvrches, Tycho, Haim, Broods