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The New Coast – Sleeptalk

The New Coast

Tunbridge Wells (UK) locals The New Coast share ‘Sleeptalk’.

The addictive indie pop number swirls with heavy synths and echoey riffs, adding to The New Coast’s collection of distinct Southern sounds.

Speaking about the track the guys say,

“Writing ‘Sleeptalk’ felt massively cathartic for us and allowed us to explore a really personal moment in a cinematic, 3 minute pop song. Lyrically, for me, it pin points a delicate moment between two people, people who are just starting to get to know each other, but also notice these colourful and intense emotions in a very short period of time.

Even though the song is reliving a specific moment from last summer, I love the way that someone can take whatever personal vision and meaning they like from the lyrics. It almost feels necessary. I don’t think anyone is going to have the exact same sentiment sonically and lyrically, but thats the best part, its so expressive to create your own idealistic story from thewords. However, we like to make everything in our music feel cinematic and infectious, so we want to set the scene in peoples minds and hopefully it’ll take you to that place. Like you’re watching a cool movie with a soundtrack that sounds like your life.”

Sounds like: Bastille, To Kill A King, Imagine Dragons, Kodaline, KYKO, Draper

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Polarcode – Crossfire Feat. Will Champlin

Polarcode - Crossfire Feat. Will Champlin

Los Angeles duo, Polarcode met at DePaul University’s Music School in Chicago where they both studied jazz and classical percussion.

Fast forward many years, and Polarcode are releasing ‘Crossfire’, featuring Will Champlin, a finalist from The Voice.

‘Crossfire’ is a fighting song, but with the ultimate goal of peace. Listen below.

Sounds like: Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Mutemath

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TOLMAN – Chaperone

TOLMAN

TOLMAN

Musicians, Brittany and Andrew Tolman, met in college. They soon formed a jazz band, but their relationship went further than jazz music.

After marrying, the duo performed with the band, Imagine Dragons, but sometimes less is more, and the couple decided to work on their very own, intimate project, aptly going by the name of TOLMAN.

TOLMAN have shared ‘Chaperone’; a track that effortlessly combines retro synths and lush vocals.

Of the track, Brittany explains,

“‘Chaperone’ is about being independent and recognizing your own worth, even when somebody else can’t. One afternoon, we had an intense conference call and I stuck up for myself and it felt really empowering. We were both fired up and needed a way to express our frustration so we immediately went to our Moog synthesizer and wrote the song’s bass line and chorus vocals. It was very cathartic.”

Sounds like: Monogem, Scavenger Hunt, Phantogram, Broods, Imagine Dragons, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit

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Playlist: Four Authors

Four Authors

Four Authors

Four Authors are making a bit of an impact in the UK music scene, having already been described as “pop rock at it’s finest” by BBC Introducing.

With that in mind, the boys have put together a wicked playlist for Indietronica. Listen below.

Panic! At The Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies

One of their earliest songs and one of their best, although they do keep consistently writing phenomenal music.

Twenty One Pilots – Heavy dirty soul

We love this band for their unique way to blend so many genres of music together including two of our favourites, Rock and Rap.

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark

We’ve grown up being a huge fan of this band right back from their early punk beginnings. One of our favourite things about this band is their ever evolving sound. We could have chosen any number of songs by FOB but this one best represents their modern pop rock anthems they have had a habit of writing over the past two albums.

One Republic – Counting Stars

Lead single from an album we found while traveling, this song is a pop rock masterpiece and the soundtrack to an amazing time in our lives.

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

He’s one of the greatest musical talents of the last few years. We’ve been listening to him way before he made it massive and he’s still writing brilliant songs. We love how I See Fire sounds so HUGE with so little actually on it.

Ward Thomas – Carry You Home

Reminds us of American country rock and being in Nashville. Big Chorus!

Taylor Swift – I Know Places

Every one of Taylor’s songs are so musically different, probably down to the different producers and writers she collaborates with. We chose this because of the fantastic melodies she uses in the vocals.

One Republic – Wherever I Go

Pretty much every song Ryan Tedder writes is a lesson on how to write a hit track.

Twenty One Pilots – Stressed out

They’re putting out music that is different and mix different styles in their tracks really well.

Their album is out now via ALYA RECORDS.

Sounds like: Fun, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Temper Trap

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JELF – Run

JELF

JELF

JELF is a 21 year old multi instrumentalist from London.

Despite his young age, JELF has been producing and songwriting music for over four years, learning from award winning producers, along the way. He also cites a wide range of influences from Kanye West and Drake to Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey; all of which fuse to create JELF’s signature “odd pop” sound.

Listen to the cinematic and piano-laden, ‘Run’.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, AlphaCub, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey

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The New Coast – Lost In Your Love

The New Coast

The New Coast

The New Coast are a new East London duo comprising of Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater, who cite substantial influences from American cinema and pop culture.

‘Lost In Your Love’ is the infectious debut offering from The New Coast, and as the same suggests, you will soon be lost in the euphoric sounds of their music.

The track has been co-produced by Scott Verrill (KYKO) and is out now via LAB Records. Purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Bastille, To Kill A King, Imagine Dragons, Kodaline

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CHAPPO – Mad Magic

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

NYC indie rockers, CHAPPO make a brief return from outer of space to share with us the delightful video for their last single release, called ‘Mad Magic’.

The video has been directed and produced by Natalie Cleveland and features the three CHAPPO Sirens, Nicole Salm, Caitlin McKenna and Rawan Rihan.

CHAPPO explain of the video;

“The Mad Magic video was a collaboration with director Natalie Cleveland, whose prism photography was inspiration into the parallel universe of Future Former Self, playing with light auras and refraction she introduces three women as one who radiates across time and dances through alternate dimensions.”

Watch below:

‘Future Former Self’ was released on 22 January via Caroline International, and can be purchased from CHAPPO’s digital store, along with goodies such as signed vinyl and CDs, and T shirts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Exclusive: CHAPPO – EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We don’t usually condone acid trips, but we had to give this one a go in an Indietronica exclusive. It’s ‘EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip’ of CHAPPO‘s stop animation series called The Singularity, in which Rene Cogito journeys to the blackhole in a bid to save mankind. The whole series has been created by CHAPPO’s frontman, Alex Chappo.

In this episode the Commander tries to console Rene by telling him a story about a 2D creature who can only see “left” and “right” but has no concept of “up” or “down.”

If you don’t much about CHAPPO, they are a quirky indie band from NYC, and there is a great story behind the band’s releases, past and present, and all of which centre around the main character, Rene Cogito.

Like Rene, the band seems to have recently travelled back from a distant black hole, bringing with them a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerising sounds.

Their latest single release is ‘Mad Magic’, and it is written about a trip into the transparency of time as darkness surrounds Rene’s field of vision.

This is a psychedelic band, through and through.

Watch previous episodes and find out more about ‘The Singularity’ by heading over to CHAPPO’s awesome site.

‘Mad Magic’ is the second single released from their second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out now via Caroline International and available to purchase on iTunes or their digital store.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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CHAPPO – Hang On

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We are not sure why, but it has taken NYC psychedelic, indie boys CHAPPO quite some time to get themselves over to the UK. Perhaps because they love touring so much.

Anyway, their latest single ‘Hang On’ was released in the US some time a go, and it’s due for release in the UK on 23 November via Caroline International.

We love frontman Alex Chappo’s deep vocals set against a subtly epic chorus. This is definitely a slow burner, but one that is worth listening to a few times to appreciate its validity as a cracking indie tune.

The video follows a crashed space traveller from another time (played by Alex Chappo) who spends his last hours wandering New York City among its millions of inhabitants. Stranded and mystified, he feels the magnitude of loneliness and awe as he searches for a place to expire.

It’s the first release from their forthcoming second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out on 22 January 2016, and will coincide with a UK tour.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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KYIKI – Black Light

KYIKI

KYIKI

Following a summer writing and recording in Los Angeles and Stockholm with some of the most hyped producers, including Yung Gud (Sad Boys) and Alex Da Kid (Dr Dre, Eminem and Imagine Dragons), the Crystal Fighters‘s singer, KYIKI is back with the illuminating ‘Black Light’.

The track has been produced by Stint.

Sounds like: Dimond Saints, Lykke Li, Broods, Ballet School, Ellie Goulding, Grimes, Tove Lo, ASTR, Blood Orange, The Knife

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