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.”
Brussels indie five-piece Great Mountain Fire are ready to release their new LP ‘Movements‘ on Nov 20th.
The date is close but today we’re able to stream a new single lifted off of it: a psych-soul banger titled ‘The Way’
It’s an eccentric but elegant song, made of washed out synths, a groovy bass and a massive dose of ethereal vocals.
The lyrics explore a pacific-resistant acceptance, then humbly elevate in the chorus claiming “Don’t be afraid to dream the way it has to be“, a mantra to reshape the days we all have in front of us and put the world to rights.
Soak in the wonderfully ethereal and moving work of British pop artist Blakey.
Self producing his music entirely, Blakey has garnered over 10 million global streams, Spotify New Music Friday placements across the world including US and UK and reached the Viral Top 50 and Top 50 Chart in 7 countries.
Blakey has picked up significant attention from likes of BBC Radio 1xtra, Noisey, Clash, ROTD, Notion and TMRW with sync placements on adverts and TV shows in the US and internationally on Netflix.
Mixing between soaring melodies that meant to be sung to the rafters, and more faster paced rhythmic verses, Blakey has a unique yet universal appeal and isn’t afraid of wearing his heart on his sleeve.
His brand-new single ‘If I Go‘ is a dreamy electro pop number, full of celestial vibes and timeless melodies.
Speaking about it, he said: “‘If I Go’ is a song about teetering on the edge of loves abyss. To gaze long enough into it, to find out if love’s looking back”
Indie rock band from Newcastle The Pale White have just released a huge new single titled ‘Glue‘.
It’s a distortion drenched banger that not only embraces the band’s roots, but pushes things into their heaviest territory to date. It’s a mammoth statement from The Pale White that lays the foundation for a gamechanging 2021.
Over the last few months Australian trio daste. have been busy working on their debut album “dusk/dawn”
The first single off of it is titled ‘either way’ and it’s a chilled, indie-pop cut you shouldn’t miss.
It’s not just an utterly pleasant song, but has also a very positive message behind.
As the trio explain: “Late 2019 we were playing The Lansdowne for EMC and after our set we met Maina Doe backstage who insisted we link up next time we were in town. Come January, we were in Sydney again, supporting our friends Midnight Pool Party, and stayed for the weekend to do some writing. We met up with Maina on a cosy Sunday afternoon and started working on the track that would become ‘either way’.
We started with some chords that felt like they were interchanging between light and darkness, and the lyrics and message of the song were able to flow from that. ‘either way’ represents the constant struggle that we all have within ourselves about the ups and downs of life. It’s also about recognising those troubles and taking them in your stride, because even though it feels like everything might not be going the way you expected or maybe the worst day you’ve had in a while, the sun will rise either way. At the end of the day it’s up to you on how you want to experience those kinds of days and you can choose to learn from them or let them swallow you whole.”.
In the imagination of Maine-based songwriter Mike O’Hehir, Coyote Island is a sound and a place.
It is where he discovered himself as an artist and recognized the crossroads of his musical journey. Where folk meets pop and reggae meets R&B. Rather than choosing one path to follow, Coyote Island stands in the middle weaving them all together.
He’s brand-new but his music is already making waves (Spotify has recently added him on their Fresh Finds playlist and his 2 previously released singles topped the Hype Machine chart).
His third one is titled ‘11′ and it’s another demonstration of his incredible talent in mixing folk and indie vibes with an irresistible pop sensibility.
Speaking about it, he explains: “’11’ portrays the peak of Summer. It’s about discerning Love from lust, catching yourself in the heat, and believe it or not- ‘taking it slow’. “I was making demos in Garageband one day….these chords came to me and I got excited. I put a mic up and the whole song poured out in one shot. ”
SoCal-based quartet The Millennial Club have recently returned with the second song off their slated 2020 EP. Titled “like i do”, the track is a romantic ballad that has been in the making for the last five years, featuring Andres Owens’ silky and sultry vocal performance, a sweet disposition, and an undeniably evocative saxophone solo.
Speaking about it, singer Andres says: “This song illustrates finally being upfront with someone you really care about and finally letting out your built-up emotions. It is about releasing that honesty into the world and learning to be truthful with someone about how you feel.”
Texas-via-California artist jackson lee morgan has just returned with a bright and sweeping single titled ‘falling down’.
With a smooth and distinct psych-pop vibe, reminiscent of Glass Animals, Toro Y Moi, and Easy Life, ‘falling down’ sees the singer alongside producers Hoskins (Jean Dawson/Deb Never) The 23rd (Jean Dawson/Deb Never), and Denis Kosiak (Khalid) deliver one of his more sun-kissed offerings to date.
Speaking about his new release, he said, “‘falling down’ is about realizing your life is spiraling but choosing to embrace the thrill of the plummet down.”
Australian duo dekleyn are back with a new single titled ‘What We Could Be’.
Fans of LANY, Lauv and Shallou will fall in love with this one, thanks to its powerful combination of indie vibes and glossy textures. This is their more chilled track so far, but they’ve still managed to maintain that catchy element which seems to flow throughout all of their music.
Speaking about it, they share: “This song came out super quick and basically all at once. We were pretty much all set with our album tracks, but there was one song that we weren’t so keen on but decided to keep pushing ahead with it. Then one day this new demo idea came along and we instantly knew it had to be a part of the album, so we switched the two songs and ‘What We Could Be’ was created. We love this song as it is more relaxed and chilled but is also happy and catchy at the same time. It combines a bunch of laid-back pop elements that drive the song. It’s a song that fits all moods and settings and that’s why it came so easy to us and is such easy listening.”.
Stay tuned for their self-titled debut album which is set for release on 7 October.
Swedish artist STORME has a unique talent for making luminous electronic pop songs about nature. She spent much of her childhood exploring local woodland – a paradise of pine trees and untouched wilderness, punctuated by lakes that shimmer in sunlight in daytime, then lap quietly beneath sprawling stars at night.
The result of this is pretty evident on her new single ‘Kite‘, a sun-drenched paean to the mindfulness of relaxing made unique by her signature, angelic voice.
Speaking about the song, she explains: ““Kite is the first real Summer song I’ve written – it’s about an inner journey. There was a day in early June when I was walking in the woods. I felt my body relax, and I could really breathe again, for the first time in a long time. I almost felt like a bird chasing the sun.”