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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Draper – Ready For Us (Feat. Sykes)

Draper

Draper

Draper is showing us something new with his latest collaboration. This time with London synth rock outfit, SYKES.

‘Ready For Us’ opens with crisp, polished melodies and a driving synth beat. Not necessarily something unique, but something brilliant.

Sounds like: Haim, Anteros, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, Lights, Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Claire, Lorde, Fleetwood Mac

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Young Summer – Alright

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is the project of Washington-based musician, Bobbie Allen.

Resilient from her teens, Bobbie taught herself guitar and got through debilitating stage fright by-way-of open mic nights and club dates. This is perhaps why the Young Summer sound gives off three times as much oomph as you’d expect from a solo artist.

The first track from her new EP is a summery jam called ‘Alright’. It’s about unrequited love and follows Young Summer’s three year hiatus.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ

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REYNA – Ink On My Skin

REYNA

REYNA

REYNA is the new project from the Banuelos sisters, who used to perform as VIC AND GAB.

Their single ‘Ink On My Skin’ offers dainty vocals against a backdrop of summery pop. What’s more to like?

Sounds like: Haim, Tegan & Sara, MUNA, Chvrches, Powers, MUNA

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Lucius – Madness

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Lucius by Piper Ferguson

Sometimes you listen to a song, and it instantly takes you. This seems to be a frequent occurrence whilst listening to any song by the female duo-led Lucius (aka Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig).

Lucius have yet again ramped it up on their new release called ‘Madness’; the second track off their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on 11 March via Play It Again Sam. It has a greater level of maturity than previous releases, and we adore the new addition of strings, reminiscent of Roxette‘s ‘Wish I Could Fly’)

The album has been co-produced with Shawn Everett (WeezerThe Alabama Shakes) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck).

Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”

Full European tour dates

5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich

‘Madness’ is an instant grat. when you pre-prder the album on iTunes.

And for the record, we think Lucius have it completely figured out.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit, The Carpenters, HAIM, Wet, Roxette

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Hurts – Wings

Hurts

Hurts

Following on from the brilliant video for ‘Lights‘ is another dramatic performance from Hurts in their new video for ‘Wings’.

It was directed by renowned music video director, Dawn Shadforth (Björk, Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp).

It has been taken from the ‘Surrender’ album, out on 11 December through Columbia Records.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Red Emperor

Red Emperor

Red Emperor

Indietronica was founded in Brighton, so when we discover brilliant new Brighton-based bands, we get very excited.

One of these bands is Red Emperor, who we discovered on Tradiio as last week’s artist of the day. We therefore couldn’t pass on the opportunity of interviewing them…

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

Charlie: I met Nav and Ollie during school and college respectively, and Ed had been a close childhood friend. Nav and I had discussed starting an original, Indie/Rock band for a while so one day, I got us all to get together for a rehearsal and the rest was history! We all had similar tastes in music and similar ambitions so it felt natural.

Describe your sound in three words.

Sharp. Intimate. Infatuating.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Our influences include: Foals, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kasabian, Oasis, Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, The Wombats, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and Marvin Gaye.

You won a competition to play Blended Festival earlier this year. How did that come about, and what was it like sampling the high life of being a musician?

Yeah crazy story! It wasn’t a competition though. It happened a couple months after releasing our debut EP and music video when out of the blue we received a call from one of the event organisers saying that he had seen the music video for ‘Kink In Your Soul’ on Youtube and wanted us to play at the event! After the initial excitement, we passed it off as too good to be true but next thing we knew flights were booked and we were on our way.

When out there, we were treated like royalty and sharing the stage with the likes of Craig David, Jessie Ware and Kasabian was an absolute honour! We had our own private air conditioned dressing room right next door to Kasabian and hanging out with them was pretty surreal!

It’s definitely been the most exciting show of our careers so far and we can’t wait to see where our music will take us next!

Congrats on being Tradiio’s artist of the day last week. You must be chuffed knowing that so many people have invested in you.

Thanks a lot! Yeah, the amount of support we’ve had through Tradiio is incredibly humbling, not only from the fans and investors, but also the brilliant Tradiio staff too. We’re lucky enough to be heading back to the recording studio on the 12th of November to record a new single and it’s all thanks to Tradiio and those who invested in us. We can’t wait to get some new songs up so we can give something back.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

At the moment we are loving the new Foals album but further off the radar, there’s great new music coming from other Brighton bands such as Tigercub, Cessna Deathwish, Fickle Friends and Varjak. Be sure to check them out!

We’ve invested in Red Emperor. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/red-emperor.

Sounds like: Foals, Kasabian

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Hurts – Lights

Hurts

Hurts

Hurts returns with the incredible video for ‘Lights’, the latest single taken from Hurts’ forthcoming album, ‘Surrender’ (out worldwide on 9 October).

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Beyoncé), ‘Lights’ is a startling dose of modern, well crafted, disco pop.

The seven-minuted video by Dawn Shadforth (Kylie Minogue, Björk, Goldfrapp, Florence + the Machine, Primal Scream) follows two outsiders having a contemporary Saturday Night Fever moment together. That is until it all kicks off…but they don’t let a bit of fighting spoil their fun.

It is probably one of their best videos yet.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine,

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GEMS – Living as a Ghost

GEMS

GEMS

Isolated creatives and goth-pop duo, GEMS, return with brooding new gem ‘Living as a Ghost’.

Recognisable vocals and distorted synths, GEMS are very much alive.

Have a listen below.

It is the first single taken from their debut album called ‘Kill The One You Love’, which has been mixed by Damian Lazar (Björk, Mas Ysa) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim) and is out 30 October on Carpark Records.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lorde, So Below, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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Interview with Emily Vaughn & Better Off

Emily Vaughn by Shannon Bray

Emily Vaughn by Shannon Bray

Riding the wave of young indietronica talent from the US is Emily Vaughn, an electro princess from Florida.

Her new track ‘Better Off’ is about finding new beginnings in broken down, past relationships. We caught up with Emily to find out a bit more about her and the new track.

How and why did you start making music?

Something that’s been consistent since before I can even remember, is the writing and singing of melodies. Music made sense to me before anything else did, so I took what I knew and ran with it. I grew up in an artistic family who encouraged every musical move I’ve ever made. This is just what I do. It’s been an incredible journey of growth-in my self, my image, and now with the music industry. I’m extremely grateful to be experiencing such positive feedback as I share my passion with the world.

Describe your sound in three words.

Colorful. Transparent. Edgy.

Your new track ‘Better Off’ is about being happier without a relationship full of negativity. Would you say that your time spent in Florida has made you look on the brighter side of things?

It’s possible that the constant Florida sunshine might deserve some recognition for my positivity. However, I don’t think it’s had any significant impact on the way I handle situations. I always try to find the light in everything. Which is why Better Off is less about the boo-hoo moment of an ending relationship, and more about what’s to come now that there’s freedom in and around yourself.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I can’t get enough of all of the strong female pop artists taking the music industry by storm such as Betty Who, Banks, Haim, Robyn, and Taylor Swift. I pull influence from their music, obviously, but almost more importantly, I highly respect and try to mirror the way they carry themselves and display their image/character.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

This is a bit of a tough question to answer considering that my music taste varies from top 40 pop, to 90’s R&B and everywhere in between. However, I’ve been so obsessed with newer R&B artists like “Gallant” and if I’m honest, I’ve been binging on The Weeknd on repeat for the past few weeks.

Listen to ‘Better Off’ below.

Sounds like: Robyn, Evvy, Noosa, Indiana, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Betty Who, Banks, Haim, Taylor Swift, July Child, Monogem

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