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Ells – Fire It Up

Ells

Introducing Ells, the musical project of Swedish singer/songwriter Isabell Westerlund.

Powerful lyrics of urgency are surrounded by circles of slow driven synths, as Ells begs someone to close those half opened doors that should have been closed long ago.

Sounds like: Broods, Alpines, Kate Bush, Banks, Highasakite, Låpsley

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Alessandra – River

Alessandra by Petorovsky

Alessandra by Petorovsky

If you go down to the ‘River’, you might just fall in love with Swedish singer/producer, Alessandra.

The debut, self-produced track is “a dramatic depiction of a bittersweet summer crush”.

Its beautifully cinematic and expansive sound offset Alessandra’s intimate vocals, and those incredible high notes would give even Kate Bush goosebumps.

Expect an EP very soon.

Sounds like: Lykke Li, Susanne Sundfør, Kate Bush, Lucius, Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo

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Caitlyn Scarlett – Rust

Caitlyn Scarlett

Caitlyn Scarlett

Another well trained, and self-taught musician. This time it is Caitlyn Scarlett.

Caitlyn moved to London at age 17 to pursue her dream of music, and cites influences from the likes of M.I.A and Kate Bush to Bob Dylan and Gwen Stefani.

Her emotive, downbeat pop single, ‘Rust’, produced by Jack Gourlay (Tom Odell, Jack Garrett), sung in Caitlyn’s signature soulful style, tells a haunting and raw story about love.

“Writing Rust was therapy for me. It’s about that very sad point that some relationships reach, where both people grow in a separate direction and things become beyond repair. Especially if there’s been a betrayal of trust. I’m a hopeless romantic so when my first relationship ended, it shattered a lot of my idillic beliefs about love and how the story of my life was going to look. I’ve spent so much time mentally pacing down memory lane, at times it’s felt like my address.”

Sounds like: Xan Young, Folly Rae, Tom Odell, Jack Garrett, Leo Kalyan

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Maja Francis – Come Companion

Maja Francis

Maja Francis

Newly signed Swede, Maja Francis is back with the video for ‘Come Companion’.

It’s a beautifully crafted pop number with falsetto vocals bursting out of a luscious forest of delicate synths.

A modern day Dolly Parton, perhaps?

The song is the lead single and title track of Maja’s debut EP ‘Come Companion’, released earlier this year via Sweden Music / Universal Sweden.

Sounds like: Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Robyn, Susanne Sundfør, Tove Lo, Petite Meller, Seinabo Sey, Grimes

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The Duke Spirit – Wounded Wing

The Duke Spirit

The Duke Spirit

London four-piece, The Duke Spirit, are back with the new video for ‘Wounded Wing’, taken from their album, ‘KIN’.

Headed up by strong front woman, Liela, ‘Wounded Wing’ is a sultry rock number, that fits nicely amongst the other shimmering alt-indie anthems throughout ‘KIN’, which was recorded by Simon Raymonde (Bella Union / Cocteau Twins).

‘KIN’ explores the frailty of life and the nobility that can be observed by death, and was written following such experiences. It is out now, via Red Essential.

Tour Dates

10th Oct Patterns – Brighton
12th Oct – The Rainbow – Birmingham
13th Oct – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
14th Oct – King Tuts – Glasgow
15th Oct – Think Tank – Newcastle
17th Oct – Gorilla – Manchester
18th Oct – The Bodega – Nottingham
19th Oct – The Fleece – Bristol
20th Oct – The Scala – London
23rd Oct – Hafenklang – Hamburg
24th Oct – Bi Nuu – Berlin
25th Oct – Kranhalle – Munich
27th Oct – Zakk – Düsseldorf
31st Oct – Point Ephemere – Paris

Sounds like: The Kills, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Big Pink, REMMI, Kate Bush

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Exclusive Playlist: Ben Hobbs

Ben Hobbs by Mike Massaro

Ben Hobbs by Mike Massaro

South London producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Hobbs has put together an epic playlist for Indietronica. If you don’t know of him yet, you soon will!

Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

An artist I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently, this song reminds me of a time before I was born, in a really good way.

Banks – “Better”

This song gave me chills the first time I heard it. I love the way it builds, and the immaculate production.

Raury – “God’s Whisper”

I imagine Raury’s songs truly sound just like he wants them to sound. It doesn’t matter if they do or don’t fall snugly into a genre. I feel God’s Whisper shows that at its finest.

Jarryd James – “Do You Remember”

I love the moodiness of this song and the relentless groove with Jarryd’s confidently soft vocals.

St. Lucia – “Love Somebody”

The production on this song is great, and the fact it’s a really poppy track but has these old school instrumental sections in it.

Frank Ocean – “Lost”

A song that stays simple and interesting at the same time, I love everything about this.

Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”

This is one of those songs where I straight away felt like I just knew it, which is weird because I still don’t understand the lyrics very well, but that doesn’t matter in the slightest.

CHINAH – “Minds”

I had ‘Minds’ on repeat many times when I first heard this band. It’s a really warm and nostalgic song.

Matt Corby – “Monday”

His voice is amazing, this is just good honest songwriting.

The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Every little thing The Police did was magic.

Ben’s new single, ‘Cold Sweat’ is all about realisation; when you finally see the truth for how it is and now have the power to change. It is off his forthcoming debut EP ‘Sweet Enough’, out on 6 May. Pre-order it on iTunes.

Sounds like: Tears For Fears, Cape Lion, The Levity

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Acre Tarn – Flex

Acre Tarn

Acre Tarn

Acre Tarn is the electronic music project from Anna-Louisa Etherington, a singer/producer originally from the Lake District.

Acre Tarn has a passion for disjointed industrial beats cut into powerful, yet ghostly landscapes and the new track ‘Flex’ is no exception. Combine this with Anna-Louisa’s autumnal and echoey vocals, and you are onto a winner.

It is the first track taken from the forthcoming second EP.

Sounds like: Purity Ring, Chvrches, Keep Shelly in Athens, Kill J, Gems, Wildhart, Grimes, Mons Montis, Kate Bush, Little Dragon, ASTR, Cocteau-Twins, Saycet, St Lo

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Kate Boy – Midnight Sun

Kate Boy - Midnight Sun

Kate Boy returns with new track, ‘Midnight Sun’ which will be featured on their debut album ‘ONE’, set for release this November.

‘Midnight Sun’ was written and recorded by Kate Boy in Stockholm last December and draws inspiration from the endless days of sunlight during Swedish summers, often described as a magical experience.

Kate Boy enlisted esteemed Swedish producer Christoffer Berg (Depeche Mode, Fever Ray, I Break Horses) to assist on the production of the track, together the collaboration created brooding synth lead verses that erupt into an explosive, anthemic chorus.

It is out on 10 August via [FICTION RECORDS], but can be purchased now on iTunes.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Death Rattle, I BREAK HORSES, MSMR, Soft as Snow, The Knife, Chvrches, Grimes, Color War, Graingerboy, Mr Little Jeans, Kate Bush

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Maja Francis – Last Days of Dancing

Maja Francis

Maja Francis

Swedish pop artist Maja Francis has released the official video for her debut single, ‘Last Days of Dancing’.

The eclectic track is an ode to ever-fleeting youth.

Taking a fresh approach to the monochrome within Scandinavian music, the Indian-based video for ‘Last Days of Dancing’, is colourful and vibrant.

Sounds like: Kate Bush, Robyn, Susanne Sundfør, Tove Lo, Petite Meller, Seinabo Sey

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Aaron – Interview

Aaron - Letters to Jonny

Aaron – Letters to Jonny

Dreampop princess Aaron has released her ‘Letters to Jonny’ EP.

We featured track two from the EP, ‘Strong‘, a while back and caught up with Aaron to find out some more about life and music…

How and why did you start making music?

I started songwriting at 15, not taking it seriously at all. My grandfather is an incredible jazz musician and inspired me to start creating my own music. After leaving school being an artist was the only thing that seemed engaging to me and so I decided to do it.

Describe your sound in three words.

Awesome alternative pop.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

All over, I grew up on Alt rock and jazz music, artists like TV on the Radio and Miles Davis. My mother was obsessed with early 80s Madonna and Kate Bush and I think that definitely shows in my own work.

There is a lot of other female electronic artists out there. How do you differentiate yourself?

I’m glad you asked that because as an artist I don’t believe I am bound by genre, it’s my writing style that defines me. My next project is far less electronic than ‘Letters to Jonny’.

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

Alabama Shakes‘s new album ‘Sound & Colour’ I absolutely love! Shura is incredible too, I can’t wait for her album. Also a bit late to the party but I’ve had Mac DeMarco‘s ‘Salad Days’ on repeat like crazy.

What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?

I’m straight back in the studio working on my next project, which will be coming out towards the end of summer ’15. I’ll be touring after that for sure.

Have a listen to the EP in full below:

Sounds like: Nina, Paperwhite, Broods, Monogem, M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, College, Noosa

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