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Twin Toes – Lost In Playlists

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Twin Toes is the project of Brussels songwriters Antoine Geluck and Nicolas Mouquet. The story behind their moniker is quiet funny: it all started on a Monday morning, when Antoine invited Nicolas to his home studio in Brussels. By pure coincidence, forty-eight hours earlier and 120 kilometers apart, they had both broken the same index toe on their respective left foot.

Their debut single ‘Lost In Playlists‘ is a playful, alternative jam, made of dreamy textures and eccentric indie-pop moments with a unique songwriting approach: lyrics are, in fact, a puzzle of streaming playlist titles.

Speaking about it, they explain: “Every band wants their songs to be in all the playlists. We did the opposite. We put all the playlists inside our song. We realized that if we put several names of playlists one after the other, we could build sentences and tell a story. It was a hell of a puzzle, but we think we have managed to write a poetic song from something that it is not necessarily at first. “Lost in Playlists” talks about a heartbreak that we would try to forget through music, by getting lost into all those playlists. Going from one emotion to another, from one mood to another … “.

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All The Rest – Heat Sweat

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Indie pop band All The Rest had became one of the most promising independent acts of the newcomers scene. With a long series of pop bangers, the project gained attention from both tastemakers and dsps. Then 2020 arrived and the band announced an indefinite hiatus.

Frontmen/singers Caleb Smith and Baylee Waller, at the beginning of 2021, realized All The Rest were still alive.

Today we’re finally able to listen to their brand-new single titled ‘Heat Sweat‘, the first song off of their upcoming self-titled sophomore EP, which will be released later this year.

Speaking about their new formation and the comeback single, they explained: “We are incredibly excited to release ‘Heat Sweat’ as our first single in over a year. As for most, 2020 brought it’s fair share of challenges for us as both individuals and a band. Last summer we announced All The Rest would be on an indefinite hiatus. Covid alone may have been enough to kill off a lot of our pier’s bands, but for us it went a little bit deeper than music. None of us were in a great place and there was a lot of internal resentment. Somewhere along the way we let our passions undermine our personal relationships. Then life got crazy. From rehab and recovery, to major breakups and family crises. It was a hell of a year but it was a time we desperately needed to focus on ourselves. Flash forward to 2021, all in a much better place, but still asking ourselves “Are we really done? Is that all we have to say?”. For some of us, sadly, its true, but All The Rest still has music to write and a story to tell. We’ve always poured our hearts into our music and we believe this new song is nothing short of that. ‘Heat Sweat’ is a song for anyone who’s ever been stuck in the friend zone. We hope you love it

Sounds like: LANY, joan., The 1975

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Forester – She Said

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Forester, the rising LA-duo signed to Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, have just returned with a new single titled ‘She Said‘.

It’s the perfect song for the summer. A dream-pop tinged gem, full of sun kissed textures and waterfalls of jangly guitars.

Speaking about it, they said: “‘She Said’ is a completely new sonic direction for us. It was originally written for a documentary about a surf trip Xander took to the Pacific Northwest. When the documentary fell through, we listened back to the demo and decided to finish it together as a Forester track. It’s a song about living in the spur of the moment and enjoying the simple pleasures the world has to offer.

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Ollie Hussey – May I Use

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Cardiff-based newcomer Ollie Hussey is back with a new single titled ‘May I Use‘.

The singer/songwriter stumbled across our radar last month with the dreamy ‘Credence‘ and is now returning with a slow-burning gem. ‘May I Use‘ is another impressive example of Hussey’s ability to make music using just a guitar, an old iPhone and an incredible voice on top of that.

Speaking about the song, he said: “It all started with the main piano hook that runs pretty much all the way through, then it all came together after that. I’ll be honest, it’s not really about anything specific! The way I write a lot of the time is I get most of the instrumental done and then I make random noises into my phone until words start forming. They don’t have to mean anything, if they sound good and they rhyme then I’ll put them in! What happens then is that I can then listen back to it and it’s like I’m hearing it for the first time and I can interpret the lyrics however I want. To me, I imagine it being about somebody who wants to be somebody else; they literally want to assume their identity. I think they’ve taken their admiration for them too far and it’s become obsessive. There’s a line in it that says: May I rule over you? so there’s definitely a creepy aspect to it.

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Forester – The Flood

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Forester is an electronic-pop duo from Los Angeles, consisting of Xander Carlson and David Parris.

With tens of millions of streams already under their belt and a deal with Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, they’ve just returned with ‘The Flood’, a sun-kissed chill-pop jam full of summery vibes, tropical sounds and some irresistible indie textures.

Speaking about it, they said: “The Flood is about the importance of leaning on the people you trust in an overwhelming world.

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LA parties – IVERSON

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23-year old singer-songwriter LA Parties has just released his brand-new single ‘Iverson‘.

The song is a summer indie-rock anthem, full of 90s vibes and sonorities we used to found on MTV during their golden era. Written during the time he was re-learning guitar after an accident, the tune has a really peculiar sound, due to the tuning he had to make up for the occasion.

Fresh and nostalgic at the same time, if you’re looking for some solid guitar music: you should definitely put him on your radar.

Speaking about the song, he explained: “I wrote the song in early 2018 during a period where I was too depressed to sleep in my bedroom, so I was sleeping on the couch (mental illness, I don’t understand it either). I had my interface, laptop, and guitar right next to me on the coffee table, and right when I would wake up in the morning I would open my laptop and just start working. It’s a song about my relationship at the time with being a developing artist, and my prospective career. “Staring at my iPhone / All the notes I’ve kept they haunt me”, I think that’s very relatable for any creative or songwriter. Ultimately even though I was twisted and feeling hopeless at the time, my ambitions were still true. Reducing it down to the fact that I just wanted to create things that people enjoy“.

About the official video, he added: “The “Iverson” video is a mash up of a bunch of footage I took over the past few months of me and my friends hanging out, just doing what we do – throwing parties, playing pond hockey, listening to my music, and other shenanigans – and some Hi8 footage I found on an old YouTube channel called Destruction Squirrel of their gang skating and just being kids back in 2001. I don’t know what it is but “Iverson” just sounds like skateboarding to me. It feels like a mix between some emo music of the early 2000s and skating down the Venice boardwalk in 2021. I thought it was a cool opportunity to highlight two different subcultures – the skater kids of the early 2000s and what we’re building right now with LA Parties.

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Constance – If hell’s where you aren’t, that’s where I wanna be

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Singer/songwriter Christina Ann O’Connor aka Constance has recently released a brand-new single titled “If hell’s where you aren’t, that’s where I wanna be

With quirky indie pop production, chugging guitar and satirical lyrics, the song is about that shitty ex you couldn’t get far enough away from. Edgy but ultra-catchy at the same time, this is a summer bop you shouldn’t miss.

The single will be followed up by an exclusive NFT drop in collaboration with Illustrator artist Shoko Yanagisawa June 4th on OpenSea. A 1/1 collectable piece that includes unlockable content of the vocal acapella, in which the NFT owner can use to make their own remix of the song.

Speaking about the song, she explains: “I wrote this song in a very challenging time in my life. Post breakup, it felt like my entire world was falling around me as I slowly realized how toxic and unhealthy the relationship became until it came to a closing point where I just wanted to run as far away as possible. Despite the heaviness of the moment I wanted the song to stay in a light, sarcastic space and capture the sentiment that despite the circumstance or the feeling in the moment, everything in the end is going to be okay. Alongside the hurt and grief, was the opportunity to lean on close friends and family and really flourish many beautiful relationships in my life. And truly, after rain comes rainbows.

About the video, director Littil Swayamp said: “Everyone has someone or something they’d metaphorically rather be in hell than with. This music video showcases four different characters stories capturing their struggle and journey to find peace. This fun and lighthearted film is meant to remind us that if it’s not okay in the end, it’s not the end.

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Ollie Hussey – Credence

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Cardiff-based singer/songwriter Ollie Hussey is impressing us with his brand-new single ‘Credence‘.

A touching, minimal, classy dream-pop gem with a touch of folk and enriched by a stellar vocal.

Written in two stages, before and after the first national lockdown in the UK, on ‘Credence‘ Hussey details how his depression affected his relationship with his girlfriend. It’s a love song at heart, but one in which he admits he isn’t in a healthy state of mind.

Keep you eyes open on him !

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Emma Elisabeth – Jellyfish

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Swedish songstress, writer and producer Emma Elisabeth has just released her brand-new EP “Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Three delicious songs built upon a mix of indie-pop vibes, Americana textures and made unique by her gorgeous vocal.

Jellyfish‘ is the lead single and also our favorite of the lot. As Emma explains about it: “Valentine’s Day is basically the saddest holiday of the year. Until someone asks you on a date and takes you to the aquarium to go look at fish and jellyfish in the middle of the day and then give you a hand made card with paper hearts on it. I wanted to capture this feeling of being like 13 all over again and being all nervous about it. And truth is, the uncertainty is still there, no matter how old you get.

Listen to the whole EP here.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Lucy Rose, Laurel, First Aid Kit, Susanne Sundfør

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HÅN + GIUNGLA – CTR

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We are all going through a difficult time that none of us ever expected. The pandemic has made us more vulnerable, more scared, more alone.
For artists, the impossibility of being able to perform live is probably the aspect that most strongly impacted them.

But music and creativity are too powerful to be stopped !

Italian artists HÅN and GIUNGLA have been able to create a gem while they were spending their lockdown in two different countries (Italy/UK).

Their collaborative single ‘CTR‘ is the result of tonnes of emails, eternal ZOOM sessions and heavy files exchange. It’s an euphoric and original upbeat song, fruit of the collaboration between two of the most talented young women of the newcomers scene.

Detailing the writing process behind the song, they explain: “The track was born last summer at Giungla’s place in Milan when we sat down for a writing session together. Visually videogame characters like Crash and Sonic came to mind and we thought that the idea of a race was perfect for the melody. We imagined a sort of silly competition against frenzy, anxiety, tiredness, what other people think about you, and at the same time the need to keep going and challenge yourself. We finished it remotely between Milan and London (where Hån lives) during this lockdown and it’s also a reflection on what it feels like to be a musician in a year when you can’t really tour. We felt that the only thing that makes sense now it’s collaborating and sharing. We’re in this race together.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice, Be Forest, All Saints, Lilies on Mars

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