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Emmecosta – A Mountain From Us

Emmecosta

Dream pop trio Emmecosta like to dedicate their music ideas to time and place, whether that be in a club during the early hours of the morning, an afternoon walk in the park, or somewhere that is still in your imagination.

These bliss out vibes transpire into their new single, ‘A Mountain From Us’ with its waves of synths and echoing vocals.

Their new EP ‘Velour’ is out now via Icons Creating Evil Art.

Sounds like: Tom Yorke, Bon Iver, Washed Out, James Blake, Phoenix

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Black Flowers Cafe – Caribe

Black Flowers Cafe

Italian four-piece, Black Flowers Cafe have a distinct European feel to their music.

They clearly like to experiment, pushing their music into sonic landscapes, with melodic synths and broad guitar riffs.

Listen to ‘Caribe’ below.

Having already gained support from Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins, Bella Union), expect this band to be one of Italy’s biggest musical exports.

Sounds like: SAMA, Lilies on Mars, Cocteau Twins, Foals, Hider

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SAMA – What Love Is All About

SAMA

SAMA

So this week has been a tough one, for reasons no one needs to explain, so here is a bit of light relief before you head into your weekend.

It’s ‘What Love Is All About’ by Italian electro pop trio, SAMA.

The guys have worked with some pretty cool kids out there; this track was mixed by Galatis in London, and their previus single, ‘A Love Like Kerosene’ was mastered by Stuart Hawkes (Disclosure, Rudimental, Alex Clare, Lorde) in their self-built studio.

London (UK) Dates

17th November @ 93 Feet East w/ Sun Arcana, Silver & Grace, and Rale (Tickets)
18th November Q&A and Live Radio Stream 3pm @ Lights of Soho (Free Entry)
19th November @ Roadtrip Bar w/ Mutiny In Heaven, Dirty Palace, and Joey Collins (Tickets)

Sounds like: Years & Years, Penguin Prison, Chainsmokers, Sam Feldt

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Interview: Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands is an electronic project by Swedish born songwriter, producer and sound designer Catharina Jaunviksna.

We caught up with Catharina to talk music and life.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Badlands and how you got into music.

I’ve always been into music. As a teen it saved me, like so many others. I was listening to a lot of post-hardcore, shoegaze, synth and new wave. And even though I started to record early, I was always very private about it. Music was this huge and intangible mountain to climb, I thought I wasn’t worthy. And I didn’t know anybody else that was into synthesizers, midi and sampling back then. So I hid away and made music for myself and external projects, such as movies and plays, so that I wouldn’t have to uncover myself. I did make a few failed attempts to form a band too. But something needed to get out. I was missing something that only I would be able to materialize. So eventually I thought it was time to start arranging and finish the huge pile of soundtracks and experiments that was lying around on my hard drives. And that’s how Badlands was born. The first EP was released together with my friend Nikals Tjäder, it was great fun at the time but pretty obvious whose baby it was, so after the first release Badlands became my solo project. It was a big relief, now I could just nerd out and do whatever turned me on, without having to compromise with anything. Then I released the single Tutu, and now the new album Locus.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic, lush, interstellar.

You were born in Sweden, but also call Ireland and Italy your home. What do you like and dislike about each place, and why?

Scene-wise? Well, I suppose I’ll have to generalize here quite a bit, so don’t hold me too much to it. Sweden… We have great judgement and taste when it comes to music, but we can be pretty anxious about trend and rep. Doesn’t make good pioneers, not any more. But I’m sure we will again someday. The Irish scene on the other hand is very vibrant, a great balance of DIY and professionalism. Fortunately, the country’s stubborn and silly old values don’t reflect in the music, it’s the complete opposite. And Italy… I think they’re on their way. I meet a lot of Italians who idolize the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon scene though, and try to copy that, instead of finding their own thing. I believe they have to take whatever they’re insecure about and turn that into their strength instead. Like they used to.

Your album, ‘Locus’, is out now. Tell us a bit more about the process of creating ‘Locus’, and the meaning behind the album.

I don’t intellectualize around music, at least not my own. It’s not until the end of the process that I start to realize what it was all about. And the meaning can change with the process too, or hold several meanings. That’s why music is magic and not rational. But the process is usually the same, pretty much.

These transient melodies and pictures appear in my head like capsuled mini revelations, and from there I walk in to the studio and try to communicate that exact feeling somehow. Sometimes that process takes only a couple of weeks, sometimes several months. I love the start and the end of a tune making process, but the 90% in-between is a chaos of doubt and self-contempt. Haha.

I think it’s funny how many people seem to look at Locus at this apocalyptic prophecy though. To me Locus is magnanimous, tender even. It’s more a study over human kind, rather than an assessment. It’s a lot about how much power we have over who we are and the decisions we make. But each song has its own story, and I don’t want to sabotage my listeners own interpretations either.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

A lot of stuff that inspire me is either from the late 70’s or early 80’s, even though I wasn’t born then. Music that lead on new wave, before it even became a concept. Both commercial stuff and more obscure space- and Italo disco. But I don’t try to sound retro or anything, I’ve never understood the thrill in trying to copy a sound myself, although I enjoy listening to others neo-synthwave and retro-futuristic work. But yes, the 80’s…I believe there was just enough technology to nurse creativity, but not restrict it, like today. It colored the sounds, made them re-assuring, warm and invincible. I build stamina and find strength in what they had then, that we lack today. I love the softness of the sounds too, that’s why my masters aren’t pushed so hard and ran through tape.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Most new music I listen to is unestablished. I spend many hours every week digging around in the huge tank of indie anarchy that is Soundcloud. I think that’s the closest thing to crate digging in the digital world you get these days. It’s the darknet of music, but in a good way. I love finding and pushing overlooked gems. I think many of the major music blogs have lost their sense of passion, excitement and courage, that’s why I don’t look there for new stuff anymore, like I used to. But of course I listen to a lot of signed music as well. If we’re talking labels I really dig Warp, Mute, Secretly Canadian, Italians do it better, Ghostly, Captured Tracks, Lucky Number to name a few. And my friends. I’m lucky enough to know a bunch of super talented people. You find them where you find me.

Badlands’ album is out now. Order on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Tei-Shi, Glasser, Still Corners, Enya, Be Forest, Lilies on Mars

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GIUNGLA – Sand

GIUNGLA

GIUNGLA

Meet Giungla; an Italian-born singer-songwriter based in Bologna. Her name means ‘jungle’ in Italian.

Expansive guitar riffs and earthy vocals, her current release, ‘Sand’, evokes a sun-drenched audioscape that sounds wistful at times. The song starts out soft and almost hesitant as it slowly builds into a crescendo of echoing “never real” over and over again, fondly reminiscent of days gone by.

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

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Hidden Hind – Nymphs

Hidden Hind

Hidden Hind

Meet dreamy alt-pop five-piece, Hidden Hind from Brescia, Italy.

They make music that typically fits into the “shoegaze” category, but Hidden Hind have a little bit of an edge courtesy of lead female vocalist, Alessandra Testoni.

Have a listen below.

Their EP is out now via Sherpa Records and can be purchased on iTunes.

Sounds like: Be Forest, 4AD, HAERTS, Day Wave, Warpaint, Garbage

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Diverting Duo – Here & Elsewhere

Diverting Duo

Diverting Duo

Diverting Duo is an ethereal wave/dream pop twosome from Sardinia.

Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s dark wave/shoe gaze bands, but also by the new synth pop and minimal electronic music scene, Diverting Duo’s music is warm and gentle.

The video for their new single, ‘Here & Elsewhere’ has been directed by Diverting Duo/Tiny Speaker.

It is taken from their ‘Desire’ album, which is out now via Etch Wear (Norway) and DeAmbula Records (Italy).

Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Haerts

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NIAGARA – VanillaCola

NIAGARA

NIAGARA

Niagara is the collaborative project of Turin-based artists/producers David Tomat and Gabriele Ottino.

The experimental duo is always one step ahead with their shifting electronic sounds, and always maintain a concept behind their music.

Their quirky track ‘VanillaCola’ considers how technology can work in harmony with nature.

‘VanillaCola’ will be released by Monotreme Records on 31 July.

Sounds like: Foals, Evvol, Phoenix, Jagwar Ma, The Chemical Brothers

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Francesca Belmonte – Are You

Francesca Belmonte

Francesca Belmonte

You may recognise the vocals of Francesca Belmonte, who has appeared on Tricky‘s ‘False Idols’ and ‘Adrian Thaws’ albums and is subsequently signed to his own False Idols imprint.

The British/Italian has released the video for ‘Are You’. It is freakish R&B with a trip-hop beat, soulful vocals, and a video to match.

Pre-order the album on iTunes here.

Sounds like: James Blake, Salt Ashes, CHLØË BLACK, Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN

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Lyves – Shelter

Lyves - Shelter

Lyves – Shelter

Lyves is the project of North London based singer / songwriter / producer Francesca Bergami; a young artist of Italian and Australian heritage, who grew up in Portugal, before moving to London to study Psychology.

Following on from last year’s well-received ‘Visions’ is the atmospheric ‘Shelter’. The track is so emotive and powerful that it should be listened to in the pouring rain. If you were in doubt of the talent of Bergami’s vocals, then don’t be any longer, as ‘Shelter’ is a stroke of soulful genius.

Lyves will release her debut EP in the Spring, which will be accompanied by her first ever headline show in London.

Sounds like: Years & Years, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Jesse Ware, Shura, Seal, Boards of Canada

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