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CHLØË BLACK – 27 Club

CHLØË BLACK

CHLØË BLACK

Fresh on the London scene is alt-soul singer Chløë Black. Originally from Australia though raised in Los Angeles and Paris, she calls her style nostalgic dark pop as Goth ‘n’ Soul .

Seemingly emerging from nowhere, Chløë has found her debut single ’27 Club’ receive buzzing underground support from the online blogging community, after uploaded the track to SoundCloud. With vocal stylings not too dissimilar to Lana Del Rey, the solemn, poignant synth arrangement of Banks, and the cross-subcultural edginess of Amy Winehouse, Chløë is certainly gathering an eager following with her uber-cool audio-visual aesthetic, which takes a goth semblance.

The song itself is an ode to the musical greats who died at the age of 27; the members of the 27 Club – Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison.

Sounds like; Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Banks, Sky Ferreira
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Living Indie Contest for UK Indietronica Bands!

Living Indie

Living Indie

Living Indie has launched a contest for unsigned and up-and-coming indie and electronica music acts from across the UK.

The contest will invite bands and singers to generate support for their entries on social media, with the six finalists playing a live-streamed show on 7 September at London’s world-famous 100 Club. The winners will then get to play two sets at Monkey Week, Spain’s No 1 music industry festival, held in October in the beautiful coastal town of Puerto de Santa Maria.

From today, UK-based singers or bands can submit their entries of original material via Living Indie’s portal here. The artists will then have two weeks to build up the most votes using the hashtags #Living[plus band name] and #LivingIndie. The voting for the ultimate winner will take place entirely online, using footage from the final.

The final will be streamed live on Indietronica.org from one of London’s most iconic live music venues, the finalists will gain invaluable exposure along with a free, high-definition recording of them playing live. The winners will be playing in front of music-industry figures from across Europe, amid some of Spain’s most picturesque coastal surroundings.

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GEMS – Scars

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Dream-pop indietronica duo GEMS, from Washington, D.C. have made this new, emotive broodin track ‘Scars’, full of pulsating crunching synths, along with thick basslines and glorious, soaring vocal melodies.

A journey through love and hurt, ‘Scars’, is an addition to their MedusaEP which came out late last year on Never Age Records, available to buy here.

Read more below to see GEMS’ US tour dates.

Sounds like; Phantogram, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks
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One Bit – Not About You

One Bit

One Bit

These guys want their faces to remain anonymous, but Indietronica has a feeling it wont last very long as things are about to kick off for One Bit.

One Bit is artist-producer duo, consisting on Jonty Howard and Joe Murphy.

Joining the likes of Disclosure and Will Heard, One Bit are the next big thing to come out of the UK garage electronica scene.

Watch and click for a free download of ‘Not About You’:

We can’t wait for the video…

Sounds like: Clean Bandit, Le Youth, SOHN, Will Heard

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Sky Ferreira – I Blame Myself

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira needs no introduction… her latest music video for new single ‘I Blame Myself’ has attracted a lot of attention with people claiming it’s controversial, but quite honestly, this is a really great pop song, full of the trademark raw emotion and angst from Sky.

Sounds like; Charli XCX, Marina & the Diamonds, MNDR, MS MR, Prince, Blood Orange
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RÜFÜS – Take Me

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Although not brand new, ‘Take Me’ is due to receive its official release with Columbia Records on April 14th. The tropical anthem from aussie indietronica artists RÜFÜS is an uplifting, feel-good tune, blending romantic electronic pop with Balearic-style house.

‘Take Me’ is the second track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘ATLAS’, out April 28th. ‘Atlas’ is available to order here via Australia, where it has already been released and subsequently reached number 1. The video is a clever montage of model landscapes and tribal outfits.

Currently playing a bunch of shows at SXSW, RÜFÜS have now announced they will be supporting Cut Copy on a bunch of UK dates,  and have also just released this gem – a cover of Foals ‘My Number’ and Booka Shade ‘Charlotte’, which is, quite simply, awesome.

Sounds like; Cut Copy, Foals, Booka Shade, Holy Ghost!, Midnight Juggernauts

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Shura – Touch

Shura

Shura

Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton) was born in London to a Russian actress and an English documentary filmmaker.

Shura’s passion for music came via her brother, who would DJ drum-and-bass at the weekends, and installed an early love of electronic music in his sister.

As funky as Blood Orange‘s ‘You’re Not Good Enough’, the track has gone Top 5 on Hype Machine, and picked up over 100,000 plays in its first week on Soundcloud.

‘Touch’ is a break-up song which captures the sadness of not being with somebody anymore, but also the infinite tenderness of your time together.

The sensual debut video was directed by and starring Shura’s group of friends and features a cameo from Shura herself:

‘Touch’ is also on the Indietronica February playlist.

Sounds like: Blood Orange, Massive Attack

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The Jezabels – Look of Love

The Jezabels

The Jezabels

Adoring dark clothing, you’d be fooled into thinking The Jezabels are an impure and gloomy band. They are not.

The Australian fourpiece may have taken more of an electronic approach with their second album, ‘The Brink’, but they still class themselves as ‘intensindie’.

‘Look of the Love’ is a heartfelt and emotional track, taken from the ‘Uptown Girl”s perspective. The track was recorded in London with producer Dan Grech-Marguerat.

Indietronica watched them perform last night and they were far from the cries of gothic urbania. With bright dressing room styled lights and a pink and blue lazered backdrop, it was as if the band had emerged straight from the boot of from Ryan Gosling’s car in Drive and landed on stage.

The Jacob Harper-directed video for ‘The Look of Love’ can be watched below:

‘The Brink’ is out now on iTunes.

Sounds like: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fenech-Soler, The Pretenders, The Naked and Famous

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Paris Carney – It’s Always the Quiet Ones

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The hot new girl in LA town seems to be Paris Carney who has popped up on the indietronica radar with new single, ‘It’s Always The Quiet Ones’, a summery, dreamy track with soft, layered vocals, and a complex and interesting array of electronic instruments progressing throughout the track.

The track was written and recorded in her Los Angeles apartment and mixed by Jesse String. It’s a stylish and elegant track, showing off Paris’ production skills in what must have been an impressive home studio. She comments that “I wrote this song in my kitchen as I was making dinner, it literally was written in it’s entirety in about a 30 minute period. I was reflecting my experience in the music industry and how people try to change everything about you. I really hope this inspires people to remain true to who they are … You’re better that way!”

The photo shows Paris flashing her diamond and wedding rings, clearly proud to be married whilst still as independent and stylish as ever.

Currently being distributed as a free download, listen to (and download) ‘It’s Always the Quiet Ones’ below.

Sounds like; Indiana, Banks, Say Lou Lou, Mausi
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Interview with Argonaut & Wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp are an electronic band from Burlington. We’d describe the band’s sound as a funky The XX.

Indietronica caught up with Trey and Theo for a quick chat.

1. Who’s in the band, and how did you form and decide to start making music together?

Our band consists of:

Trey Schibli – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Theo Klein – Back Up Vocals, Synths, Producer
Alec Donkin – Bass
Kevin Whitehead – Lead Guitar
Willoughby Morse – Drums

Theo: Trey and myself met in the fall of 2012 in our dorm (University of Vermont). We started producing music that consisted of the blend between electronic and rock music. We then found Kevin Whitehead (who brings the funk) and Alec Donkin (who brings the swag). All we needed was a drummer – and a drummer is what we got. Willoughby ‘The Shark’ Morse – The kid is straight fire. In terms of song writing – Trey and I work on electronic production (Using Ableton) and record vocals/keys/and guitar. Then we bring the guys up to the studio and have them collaborate by tracking their instruments and getting their input.

2. What’s the story behind the name Argonaut & Wasp?

Trey: During an English class, Roots of American Journalism, we had a lecture on the journalist/fiction writer Ambrose Bierce. He was the father of famous satirists like Edgar Allen Poe. His bitter wit, fascination with death and horror made his style and prose strangely appealing to me. One of his most famous works was the Devils Dictionary, he took words and phrases and redefined them in his own terms, for example ‘Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic’. However, what obsessively drew me into his story was Bierce’s famous disappearance. To this day no one knows what happened to him, his body has never been found. His last known communication with the world was through a letter he wrote to a close friend, dated December 26th 1913, with which he closed by writing “As to me, I leave tomorrow for an unknown destination”. After doing some personal research into his fiction and journalism works, I discovered a column he wrote for during his early career called, ‘The Argonaut and the Wasp’. I loved the name. Brought it up to Theo and he said we could only be named argonaut&wasp if he was the Argonaut—I didn’t put up too much of a fight.

3. What was it like growing up in Burlington and what is the music scene there like?

The music scene in Burlington is absolutely awesome. We have some great artists coming through here – and it is the home of Phish. It’s quite cold/rainy/snowy most of the time – but that said, it only makes the clubs sweatier. Trey is from Connecticut and I grew up in that New York State of mind…so Burlington is still relatively fresh.

4. Tell us about the song/video for ‘In the Drown’.

This is a great question because the essence of the song changed dramatically the more it was worked on. Shortly before school had ended, I pulled up a very old project file that I hadn’t heard in about a year, showed Theo and we began to revamp it entirely. The song quickly transformed into an interesting fusion of House, and Trap Music. But it wasn’t until we added the guitar that the powerful element of funk surfaced. With the instrumental rapidly developing, I remember sitting in class thinking of lyrics to accompany vocal melodies I had been playing around with. I was wearing a silver cross necklace—I’m not particularly religious—and for that matter, it was the first time I had ever really worn it. And as quirky as this sounds, I began to question why I was even wearing it! So my first verse of lyrics began something like this:

“Lay me down,
I’ve been bearing a silver trust
For way to long,
It’s beginning to weigh me down.
A three-point Pressure on my chest, And a ghost who won’t rest,
Until my heart falls still
In the Drown”

We didn’t sit down to actually record the vocals until summer had started, and at that point I had met Claire Sammut, and simultaneously re-kindled an old musical relationship with the Burlington based artist, Jacob Es. I decided I wanted to work with them on the vocals for “In the Drown”, and the theme of the lyrics quickly changed as the three of us collaborated. To be blunt, they transformed from something bizarrely religious into a song purely about the dangerous nature of passion and sex.

Regarding the making of the actual video for ‘In the Drown’, we worked with the incredibly talented film producer Patrick Elmore from White Ridge. Patrick and I met over the winter of last year during a ski trip out west. The two of us are like brothers—we share the exact same creative drive and when together, our passion seems to manifest into tons of new and creative ideas. I approached him about producing our music video because I loved the work he was doing for his company. Patrick drove up from Maryland to begin working on the project mid summer, we shot for roughly three days. Working with Pat was so much fun, I had never been involved in a video shoot before and he made it the best possible first experience. He knew exactly what he wanted, and how to make it come through in his shots. He even did all the lighting himself! However, the most incredible part about all of this is that he produced such a stellar product with a $0 budget.

5. How do you describe your sound?

It’s kind of like a mix between funk, rock, and electronic – we thought Indietronica would be a great place for our sound to be heard!

6. What did you grow up listening to?

Trey: Radiohead, I am obsessed with Radiohead. Some other large influences are The Strokes, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West

Theo: James Brown, Wilco

7. What new music are you listening to at the moment?

It seems like we are both really digging Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Sharon Jones – and the whole contemporary resurgence of the UK Garage scene.

8. What’s next for you musically?

We are planning on the release of our brand new Single ‘Pistol Pump Funk’ with a new music video in about a month. Stay tuned.

For now, you can watch the video for ‘In The Drown’ below:

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The XX, IYES

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