Rising pop artist ADAL shares his new single ‘Synthesize’, featuring the vocals of Alexanderson of XY&O.
It oozes nostalgia combine with forward-thinking pop sensibilities, and there are even more exciting times ahead for ADAL – he is currently writing a debut album, with an array of featuring vocalists which include FREJA, Indiana, Farida and NINA.
UK trio STITCH are giving London Grammar a run for their money with ‘Goodbye Highline’.
The mid-tempo track is about that tricky middle moment where you look back nostalgically on a love lost, but also welcome the bright future ahead. It contains 150 layers of strings, all of which were recorded by band member Kye in their shared living room.
Expect their ‘Welcome To The Dream’ EP in March.
Sounds like: London Grammar, Jessie Ware, Nimmo, Kudu Blue
Based in Brooklyn, Lilly Wolf is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Lilly Wolfson and producer Alex Neuhausen, better known as Dr. Nu (an appropriate pseudonym for Neuhausen, who has a PhD in electrical engineering).
They like to toy with emotions and play with our musical minds, through the creation of dark synth pop that is bursting at the seams with infectious melodies about vulnerable subject matters.
Explaining the motivation for the video, Wolfson says “It started with this letter that’s been attributed to Bukowski, although if you look it up, no one can cite exactly where it’s from. It’s got the line “find what you love and let it kill you….for all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover.” I was on a couch in Alex’s loft at maybe 6am on New Years morning when I first read it. We’d been up all night, the light was coming in through the big window, we (there were maybe eight of us at that point) were all draped over couches or talking quietly, and that’s when I started working on that song.”
Describing the making of the video, Neuhausen explains “We started with finding our awesome director, Luke Choi. He did the video for “Blue Hawaii” by ASTR, and the colors and vibe for that video are perfectly matched to the song. We reached out to him and he was psyched about working with us, so we started kicking ideas back and forth. We decided to basically reenact the inspiration for the song, shooting in the same locations I went to during that crazy New Years. A lot of the footage slow-motion reversed, as if we could undo the mistakes we’re depicting in the video.”
Sounds like: Little Boots, Pink Feathers, Avec Sans, St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, RAC, CHVRCHES, Grimes, Phantogram
ROOM8 is a Los Angeles based duo composed of Ezra Reich and Nic Johns. They produce ice cold synth pop for late summer nights.
They kindly put together a playlist for us, and we are pleased to say it includes most of the artists already covered on Indietronica at some point!
Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity
The one old classic included on this playlist. The godfather of synth/dance/pop/disco.
Noonie Bao – Pyramids
Much of the modern music we listen to is Scandinavian. Great track from Noonie who writes with Charlie XCX but we like the Kate Bush meets Bjork quirkiness of her voice and vibe.
ROOM8 (Feat. King Deco) – No Hard Feelings
Our single from summer 2015. An ice cold breakup song over a sunny beat.
Ji Nilsson – Nothing
Ji is one of our favorite Swedish singers. Heartbreak Free is one of her best, but Nothing, off her latest EP, is a heart wrenching honest and gorgeous song which always cuts us to the core.
Erik Hassle – Talk About It
One of our favourite modern male vocalists. Minimal and perfect jam.
Kate Boy – Self Control
Kate and Markus are friends of ours and fantastic musicians. This one is one of our favorites they have done. Peter Gabriel beat with Knife-esque vox. Perfect.
Elliphant – Step Down
The latest from our homegirl Elli. This one should be massive. Perfect piece of Caribbean electro pop. “You’re hot, I’m cold thats why I thought we could make a cloud but you can’t get no higher, fuck it, your not my type at all”.
Electric Youth and ROOM8 – Without You
The song we co-wrote and produced with Electric Youth for their debut album Innerworld. About imminent loss.
Niki & The Dove – So Much it Hurts
The new jam from them. Perfect synths, echoes of Fleetwood Mac.
Foxes – Body Talk
A song that didn’t get nearly enough love in 2015. Any music with the words “Body” and “Talk” in it is amazing whether it’s Robyn, Tove Lo, Kix, Ratt, The Deele or, in this case, Foxes.
Whilst we have you, have a listen to ROOM8’s new track with Christina (aka Little Boots).
Sounds like: St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika, RAC
Back and meaning business is Little Boots (aka Victoria Hesketh) with her new track, ‘Better In The Morning’
‘Better In The Morning’ is “an ode to ‘the walk of shame’, the morning after the night before”.
We are not entirely convinced that things are better in the morning, but we certainly love the track!
The catchy number was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Madonna, Charli XCX) and has been taken from her third album, ‘Working Girl’, which is out on 10 July via On Repeat Records. Pre-order on iTunes.
Sounds like: St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika
Blackpool/London disco-indietronica producer Little Boots has released a ‘discotheque’ extended mix of her own track ‘Motorway’ ahead of her performance at Glastonbury, as part of her ongoing ‘Little Boots Discotheque’ (LBD) which is is a brand new remixed live experience suitable for dancing to against a live show. LBD sets include old and new songs from Little Boots and her favourite artists. The ‘Motorway’ mix is a disco-infused medley with a Balearic feel and is offered as a free download via Soundcloud below.
The ‘Motorway’ original can be listened to/watched below, and is the first track on Little Boot’s sophomore album ‘Nocturnes’ which was released on May 5th 2013 on Little Boots’ own label On Repeat and is available for purchase here.