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Weekly Gems 86

Neon Strangers – Stuck In A Rhythm

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

‘Stuck In A Rhythm’ by Swedish duo Neon Strangers is short, sentimental and sweet.

The duo – comprised of Anton Ericson and Robin Dahlgren – explore their very own take on emotional songwriting, and what it’s like to be human.

Sounds like: Of Monsters And Men, Born Strangers

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Sophie Kilburn – Indigo Fever

Sophie Kilburn

Introducing Derbyshire-born Sophie Kilburn and her debut single ‘Indigo Fever’.

It’s a beautiful fiery alt-pop number that showcases Kilburn’s powerful songwriting with an anthemic backdrop – “How can you love your body, when nobody is loving you?”

Listen below.

Sounds like: KT Tunstall, Florence & The Machine, Angie McMahon, Emma McGrath, PJ Harvey, Jade Bird

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Tyler Meacham – Say Yes

Tyler Meacham

Tyler Meacham is one lady who, when she makes mistakes along the way, gets up, dusts herself off and tries again.

‘Say Yes’ is a punchy pop number with a slice of attitude for the modern female generation.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Maggie Rogers, City & Colour

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School of X – Write My Name

School of X by Jonas Bang

School of X by Jonas Bang

Touring drummer for and Major Lazer, Copenhagen-based Rasmus Littauer spends the majority of his time on the road. When he does get some rare downtime, he spends it writing and producing tracks for his solo project, School Of X.

His evocative synth single, ‘Write My Name’ is the final single release before his ‘Destiny’ EP, which takes us on a journey of leaving doubts behind and looking forward.

Sounds like: MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Cat Power

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Stranger Girl – Find The Humour

Stranger Girl

Indie music often alludes to themes of adolescence, but what happens when indie bands grow up? Should their songwriting not follow suit? Stranger Girl are the perfect example of that, they retain all the trademark sonic tropes but their songwriting addresses navigating love in their twenties, hoping to ‘Find The Humour’ post-breakup.

Listen below and check out the warm fuzzy guitars set the perfect backdrop for frontwoman Melissa’s Blondie-inspired pop-rock vocal melodies.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice

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The Chevin – Big Machine

The Chevin

We’re not going to feel bad for digging a band that racks up similarities to The Killers and U2.

The band in question is vibrant Leeds-based The Chevin, and we can’t help but admire their nod to energetic, 90’s rock in the new single, ‘Big Machine’.

Sounds like: The Wombats, The Killers, INXS, Duran Duran, U2

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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 1

We receive a huge amount of submissions via SubmitHub, and unfortunately cannot review all of the tracks, so we have decided to compile those tracks into a weekly segment of gems we’ve particularly enjoyed.

Dream Lake – Midnight Sun

Dream Lake

Swedish electro-pop duo Dream Lake share the dreamy ‘Midnight Sun’.

This song perfectly encapsulates the airy, long days of light during the summer in Sweden, with dreamy vocals and romantic keys.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Beach House, M83

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Vanguards – Rosie & The Blackheart

Vanguards

Vanguards are a indie pop focused four-piece from Brighton.

‘Rosie & The Blackheart’ is a bittersweet love song that echoes 80’s guitar legends. The track was recorded live and produced by Steve Harris (Kodaline, Dave Matthews, Kaiser Chiefs).

Sounds like: INXS, Kings Of Leon, The 1975, Kodaline

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Tigers and Thieves – Change Your Mind

Tigers and Thieves

US-based Tigers and Thieves share ‘Change Your Mind’, an indie rock track that has all the markings of a hit, despite being recorded in their garage studio. It’s been mixed by Brian McTear (The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives).

Sounds like: Local Natives, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, alt-J, Surfer Blood, The Temper Trap, Nick Mulvey

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Gold Fir – Night Walk

Gold Fir - Night Walk

Despite what the name suggests, London duo Gold Fir (aka James and Mabel) play funky tracks for our immediate pleasure, day or night.

Their music is full of sass n soul, and is definitely bold.

Sounds like: Madonna, Little Dragon, Goldfrapp

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Someone – Say Something

Someone

Songstress, Someone is shaking off her cutesy appeal with a more earthy sound on ‘Say Something’.

Jangling beats sway nicely alongside upbeat guitar riffs and catchy vocal leads.

Sounds like: Few Bits, Bryde

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ALKE – Without You

ALKE

Los Angeles-based pop duo ALKE release ‘Without You’.

There is no denying the obvious chemistry shown between Jameson Flood (production, guitar, keys) and AK Karrasch (vocals) on the track as it explores love versus independence.

Sounds like: Monogem, Phantogram, Shura

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Vox Eagle – Sweet Temptations

Vox Eagle

Australian/US duo Vox Eagle share the glistening ‘Sweet Temptations’.

It’s a song about late nights out on the town and those sweet temptations that you may (or may not) encounter.

Expect their EP to arrive next week.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Joe Goddard, Roosevelt, Goldroom, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem

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DVWEZ – Giving Into Us

DVWEZ

DVWEZ (pronounced “Dames”) is making a stand for independence, all the while giving into strong desires.

Lush R&B melodies breathe over unique alt-electro soundscapes in ‘Giving Into Us’.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, Aaliyah

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Saro – Eyelids

Saro

Newcomer Saro continues to produce dark pop music.

His new track ‘Eyelids’ is delicately produced with its brooding falsetto vocals and a soft touch of melancholy.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Lavoy – Smile

Lavoy

Lavoy

Crafting delightful indie pop for everyone’s ears is Alaskan band, Lavoy.

Not to let dark and desolate winters and freezing, long road trips get in the way of touring , these guys are determined to do what they love, smiling all the way.

Which brings us nicely onto their new single, ‘Smile’; a track “about finding something you thought you’d lost forever. It’s about that moment when you lock eyes with your best friend or loved one. You know you’re home and you can’t help but smile.”

Lavoy’s forthcoming three-song EP, produced by Casey Bates (MxPx, INXS, Portugal. The Man) will be released later this year.

Sounds like: Portugal, The Man

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The 1975 – Somebody Else

The 1975

The 1975

“I don’t want your body, But I hate to think about you with somebody else” pines Matt Healy in ‘Somebody Else’.

The 1975 share the reflective video exposing the dark reality of a being replaced by another lover.

It’s not a cop out, but we think just sit back and watch the video, as it can explain the feelings associated with this, a lot better than we can.

Sounds like: INXS, Prince, Harts, The Japanese House, Kings.

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The 1975 – Love Me

The 1975

The 1975

Our favourite guilty pleasures, The 1975, have cranked it up a notch with 80’s funk tune ‘Love Me’.

Remaining pretty illusive about their new releases, we are excited to finally watch the video for the new track.

From black and white into a tint of pink, this is definitely a satirical pop video with frontman Matt Healy speaking out about how he really feels on things.

Order tickets for their March tour here.

Sounds like: INXS, Prince, Harts

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Miami Horror – Love Like Mine Feat. Cleopold

Miami Horror

Miami Horror

The Melbourne-based boys, Miami Horror, return with latest 15-track album ‘All Possible Futures’ and it is good.

The album was produced by Benjamin Plant. Plant describes the album, “We wanted to make something that lasts and grows the more you listen to it; we found a lot of fans overseas had been listening to our first album for years and that’s what made us realise the importance of making something permanent in this day and age.”

Watch the humorous video for ‘Love Like Mine’ featuring Cleopold, below:

Armed with some seriously cool tracks, anything is possible for Miami Horror.

‘All Possible Futures’ is out on Haven SoundsDine Alone Records. Purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Van She, Bag Raiders, Grafton Primary, Holy Ghost!, Friendly Fires, Talking Heads, New Order, INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson

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