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Weekly Gems 16

Magnus Bechmann – Bruises

Magnus Bechmann

We all have those moments at the traffic lights when the amber light strikes. Do we slam the breaks on or speed on through the looming red light? Luckily for us, 21 year old Norwegian native, Magnus Bechmann is willing to take the risk and “go all in” with his music.

The result is the playful indietronica track, ‘Bruises’.

Sounds like: Kid Astray, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club

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VOKES – Screens

VOKES

Los Angeles-based band VOKES question society with their new single, ‘Screens’.

It’s a feel-good number about not such a feel-good subject of addiction to technology, which we are all guilty off, so how about we put down our phones and take a listen?

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MRCH – My Mistake

MRCH

MRCH are seriously doing it for us at the moment.

The video for the Phoenix duo’s new single ‘My Mistake’ takes us on an intergalactic journey exploring NASA found footage and cimenatic-like visions of vocalist, Mickey Pangburn.

Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Wolf Alice, Lilies On Mars, CHVRCHES, Garbage

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Two Islands – Still Life

Two Islands

Liverpool-based Two Islands remain mysterious, but nonetheless we enjoy their indie anthems.

Their new single, ‘Still Life’, is another ambitious release and a bid to “reclaim the romance of falling in love with an artist solely through their songs.”

Their positive attitude and knack of creating groovy bangers definitely sets them apart.

Sounds like: Island Club, Tuska

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Fever High – Good Advice Feat. Jeff Goldblum

Fever High

Time to get nostalgic with ‘Good Advice’ by NYC-based duo Fever High (aka guitarist/singer Anna Nordeen and singer/songwriter Reni Lane).

Apart from bohemian vocals and interludes of joyous guitars and tambourines, the song features anecdotes about bad advice from none other than Jeff Goldblum!

Sounds like: Icona Pop, The Bangles

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MagnusTheMagnus – Calling Feat. KIDDO

Magnus The Magnus - Calling Feat. KIDDO

We finish this week’s gems with Swedish producer MagnusTheMagnus‘ new single, ‘Calling’ featuring KIDDO.

The off-kilter pirate radio station beat throughout the track reminds us a bit of Jamie xx in its innovation. Add KIDDO’s enticing vocals and you have a unique and highly danceable track.

Sounds like: Santigold, Tove Styrke, MØ, Jamie xx, Major Lazer

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Etyen – Homosapiens Feat. Tala

Etyen - Homosapiens Feat. Tala

Etyen is a producer and musician from Lebanon, who has teamed up with fellow city dweller and vocalist, Tala on ‘Homosapiens’.

The pair have known each over for 10 years, so it’s no wonder that ‘Homosapiens’ is a tight knit track that takes it back to days of fun.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Aphex Twin

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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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Fröst – Keratin

Fröst

Electronic band, Fröst, share new single, ‘Keratin’.

Fröst is a collaboration between Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer, Steve Lewis.

It’s the duo’s intention to take us on a journey whilst we listen to the ethereal track of colourful proportions rooted amongst minimalistic electronic beats.

Enjoy!

It’s the lead track from a forthcoming new 4 track EP due for release in May under the emerging record label Lost Room Records.

Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Massive Attack, Kate Boy, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, Warpaint

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Fröst – Crackling On The Wire

Fröst

Fröst

Meet electronic band, Fröst, a collaboration between Franco-Swedish sound artist Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) and Fujiya & Miyagi’s synth player and producer, Steve Lewis.

‘Crackling on the Wire’ combines icy, minimalistic electronic landscapes with motorik beats. There are even elements of the Madchester rave culture from the 90’s in there too.

The track is out on 9th December via Lost Room Records.

Sounds like: Lilies on Mars, Massive Attack, Kate Boy, Radiohead, Kraftwerk

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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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Superhumanoids – Touch Me

Superhumanoids

Superhumanoids

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based, indietronica trio Superhumanoids returns with ‘Touch Me’.

Sarah Chernoff’s eluding vocals are willingly supported by an addictive racing drum beat, courtesy of Max St. John and Cameron Parkins.

It has been taken from the upcoming album ‘Do You Feel Ok?’, out on 11 September via Innovative Leisure.

Tour Dates:

TUE 9/15 – San Francisco, CA; Rickshaw Stop
THU 9/17 – Seattle, WA; Barboza
FRI 9/18 – Portland, OR; Holocene
MON 9/21 – Madison, WI; Frequency
TUE 9/22 – Chicago, IL; Beat Kitchen
WED 9/23 – Cleveland, OH; Euclid Tavern
THU 9/24 – Toronto, ON; The Drake
SAT 9/26 – Montreal, QC; Divan Orange
MON 9/28 – Boston, MA; Great Scott
TUE 9/29 – Philadelphia, PA; Johnny Brendas
WED 9/30 – Washington, DC; DC9
THU 10/1 – Brooklyn, NY; Baby’s All Right
SAT 10/3 – Richmond, VA; Stranger Matter
SUN 10/4 – Asheville, NC; The Mothlight
MON 10/5 – Atlanta, GA; Drunken Unicorn
TUE 10/6 – Nashville, TN; Hi-Watt
WED 10/7 – Houston, TX; Rudyards
THU 10/8 – Austin, TX; The Mohawk
SAT 10/10 – Phoenix, AZ; Pub Rock
TUE 10/13 – San Diego, CA; Casbah
WED 10/14 – Los Angeles, CA; El Rey Theatre

Sounds like: Ski Lodge, Lilies on Mars, Beach House, Races, Haerts, Blondie, Ralph, Salt Ashes, Kylie Minogue

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Lilies on Mars – Dancing Star

Lilies on Mars by Angel Ceballos

Lilies on Mars by Angel Ceballos

Lilies on Mars is a female electronic duo who enjoy experimenting with vintage organs and synthesizers. Mixed and co-produced with Tom Furse from The Horrors, their brand new single ‘Dancing Star’ is a psychedelic dance number with a super catchy chorus. It’s one of those tracks that immediately takes you back to hazy days in the summertime. The video for ‘Dancing Star’, edited by Francesco Poli, has taken inspiration by the Rutt – Etra – Izer Technique. Watch it below; it’s mesmerising! It is the lead single from their upcoming album ‘∆GO’, due to be released by Lady Sometimes Records via Cargo early this autumn. Sounds like: Au Revoir Simone, Beach House, The Postmarks, Camera Obscura, Veronica Falls, Cults Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter | YouTube Continue reading