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Weekly Gems 126

Jolé by Doug Elliott

Jolé by Doug Elliott

Folktronica poet Jolé celebrates his ‘Silver Lake’ EP with the magical song, ‘Tie Dye Sky’. Immediately painting a picture of beauty in the title, Jolé once again perfectly encapsulates his love of friends and family, and his time in Los Angeles.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ed Prosek, Hazlett, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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TOMMASO – ‘Better On T.V.

TOMMASO

Dream pop newcomer and Chicago native, Tommaso Veronesi – aka TOMMASO – unveils his eagerly-awaited sophomore offering ‘Better On T.V.’. A friendly reminder not to get too caught up in the digital world, this is a must-listen.

Sounds like: Summer Heart

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Daniel Allan – Peanut Butter Feat. Perrin Xthona

Daniel Allan

Sometimes uncomplicated bedroom pop is best. Cue Daniel Allan and his delectable new single featuring Perrin Xthona, which will very likely be sticking in your head all day.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish

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Seraphina Simone – Hollywood $$$

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone by Tara Rowse

Seraphina Simone delves into the smoke & mirrors world of fame in her sophomore single ‘Hollywood $$$’. Having experienced the celeb world from an early age (her godparents’ were Prince, Miles Davis, Christie Hynde, Pete Townsend and Mary Greenwell), she knows all to well the “predatory darkness under the glitz“.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Laurel, Chløe Black, VÉRITE, Blondie

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Gillian Heidi –  Desperate

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

Gillian Heidi by Jenn Curtis

At just 16 years old, Gillian Heidi treats her music as a conduit for truth and her sync-ready track ‘Desperate’ is no exception. Underscored by layered harmonies and full-bodied instrumentation, Gillian’s R&B-infused pop vocals take centre stage as she sings of the guilt and thrill that comes with having a crush while in a relationship.

Sounds like: Harlee

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Hedara – Fire With Fire

Hedara

London-based songwriter Hedara shares her self biographical song about living with anxiety. It’s a track that showcases Hedara’s raw songwriting ability by stripping the production down to just piano & vocal, resulting in an affecting and honest piece of work from a talented performer.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Birdy

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Shango SK – Sleeping On My Own

Shango SK

Brit-pop meets R&B isn’t a combination of genres that we usually come across, but we’re so glad that we have. Shango SK has a lot to answer for.

Raised in Stockport, the fast-rising prodigious talent takes cues from the melting pot of sounds that he’s been surrounded with growing-up. Citing Manchester legends Oasis as one of his main influences, he’s also quick to list Future and Bon Iver as guiding forces too.

Fusing his love of alternative rock, emotive balladry, experimental hip hop and pop melodies Shango SK’s sound is hard to pin down. Speaking about new single, ‘Sleeping On My Own’, he explains,

“SOMO is about getting cold feet basically. Having my own time and space to think is vital for my happiness, unfortunately in this case I felt smothered. This is the aftermath of being innocent, going from being crazy in love with someone and having to constantly chase them for gratification, to the roles being flipped and them now chasing you and it being overwhelming.”

He also released ‘The Rush’, which you can listen to below:

Sounds like: Hazlett, Bon Iver, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino

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Jolé – Alpine Green

Jolé

London-based songwriter Joshua Oliver – aka Jolé – is always soul searching, and this forms the very basis of the folk, indie and electronic music he so lovingly creates.

His new single, ‘Alpine Green’ was written during a visit to Los Angeles in August 2019, in which he was seeking solace from the separation from his loved ones. Speaking further, he explains,

“I wrote this song whilst being really homesick. The narrative is about experiencing something beautiful or uplifting that you wish you could share with someone that can’t be there. It’s about feeling grateful in the moment but wanting someone you love to experience it with you also. However, in not being with that person, holding them in your thoughts or in your memory can sometimes be good enough.”

Expect his ‘Silver Lake’ EP out in August, inspired by his visit to L.A in 2019.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Ed Prosek, Hazlett, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Hazlett – Karaoke

Hazlett

Pop troubador Hazlett shares his highly anticipated EP, ‘Thundering Hopes’.

As expected, it explores the journey of life, which can often be mundane and uneventful, yet Hazlett seems to capture its beauty in heartfelt lyrics and effortless vocal harmonies.

His single ‘Karaoke’ is about being there when your friends need you, or in this case during a night out with Lindsay Lohan in NYC that got out of hand,

“…when that happens I have a paternal instinct that kicks in, I get a one track mind for making sure nothing happens to my friends.”

Listen to the full EP below:

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Dermot O’Kennedy, Ben Howard

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Interview: Nirob Islam

Nirob Islam

A while back we shared Nirob Islam‘s single ‘Snakes’, under the guise of SHY Nodi. Since then, he’s officially reverted his stage name to his birth name.

We decided to chat with Nirob about the reason for the name change and also about his new single ‘Busy Making Plans’, out now via BLNK Music.

1. Describe your sound in three words.

That’s really hard as I always try to push myself to try different things with every song I release, but if I had to use only three words I’d say: smooth, different and moody.

2. Why music?

Music has always been part of my life since very early on in my childhood. My Bengali and Swedish upbringing has given me an environment where music and other aesthetic forms have been ever-present. Music was just something that came naturally to me, and it’s always been the most expressive way to convey my emotions.

3. You’ve recently changed your stage name from SHY Nodi to your birth name, Nirob Islam. Explain some more about the decision.

There’s been a lot of things leading up to this decision. It’s been very difficult for me to navigate living in Sweden with my Bengali heritage. I’ve always felt as if I’m in between two very different cultures, which makes it difficult for me to navigate my identity. In the eyes of people from Bangladesh, I’m Swedish, but in Sweden, I’m seen as a foreigner. So who am I? SHY Nodi was a persona that tried to fit into the mainstream media. I hid my roots and who I really am. I’m the guy in the middle, a third-generation kid stood at a crossroads. Being that person is all I’ve ever needed to be, nothing else. That’s why I decided to change my artist name to my real name, Nirob Islam. Hopefully, I can inspire people to be themselves, and push the industry in a direction where you don’t have to look or act a certain way to be successful.

4. Tell us about your new single ‘Busy Making Plans’.

‘Busy Making Plans’ is a song about the distance that’s created by a lack of communication. Not talking about the issues you have with a partner can make you feel misunderstood. I’ve always had a hard time expressing what I’m feeling when I’m down, or if there’s something’s bothering me. It’s even harder when you’re constantly travelling and not getting the chance to talk things through face-to-face.

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

Right now I’m listening to artists like Hazlett, Billy Raffoul, Domenic Fike, Summer Walker and Snoh Aalegra.

Sounds like: SHY Martin, KIDDO

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Hazlett – Suncats

Hazlett

Australian artist Hazlett creates indie songs with outstanding depth and beauty.

A well-toured musician and confessed self-therapist, Hazlett has a tendency to find beauty in the mundane of modern life, which is why I think we find his music so endearing.

His new single ‘Suncats’, produced by Freddy Alexander, is inspired by dancing sun reflections, and was born from a moment of post-break-up depression – “We all feel death but we don’t live life, heavy hearts have a crazy side.”

Sounds like: Bon Iver, Dermot O’Kennedy, Ben Howard

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