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Phantogram – In A Spiral

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Phantogram by Eliot Lee Hazel

Our favourite high energy pop duo, Phantogram is back with their brilliant new single ‘In A Spiral’.

With a rock-inspired edge and nods to rave culture, the track is enticing as it is unnerving.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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STIIR – Heartstrings

STIIR

London based alt-pop trio STIIR shares their upbeat new single ‘Heartstrings’.

Produced by the band’s drummer Prem Rupawala, the track – about the dilemas of love – is a delectable dish of psychedelic pop, making for a truly dreamy and warming listen.

Sounds like: Plastic Plastic, temp.

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Blle – Don’t Be Surprised

Blle

Nottingham-based artist Blle is set for the bright lights of pop stardom.

Started out by writing songs in her bedroom, she soon saw herself performing in every venue she could. The most recent result of all her hard work and dedication is ‘Don’t Be Surprised’, written about the downfall of a relationship.

Sounds like: Banks

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Urchin – Night Light

Urchin

Jazz turned indie musician Urchin (aka Leo Appleyard) makes his label debut on BonFire Records with ‘Night Light’.

Expect his four-track EP later this year.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Von Sell

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TWINKIDS – I Luv You

TWINKIDS

Los Angeles queer pop duo TWINKIDS share their second release of 2019 called ‘I Luv You.’

With their bittersweet, nostalgic and cinematic approach to music, the single explores the complicated feelings that follow a breakup in a mid-tempo, yet soaring synth-pop tune.

Sounds like: The 1975, Matt & Kim, Tame Impala, Oli Hannaford, Boxed In

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SHiiVERS – Crook And Flail

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

SHiiVERS by Karl Andrew

London-based electro-pop duo SHiiVERS releases dark new offering, ‘Crook And Flail’.

Taking into account the crook and flail symbol used across Ancient Egypt, the song considers the unsettling impact of slavery and exploitation in Ancient, and perhaps, more Modern times.

Sounds like: CHVRCHES

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Emily Litta – +1

Emily Litta

The resurgance of R&B and soul sounds in pop music is well recieved across the board due to it’s multifaceted appeal, and Emily Litta is the perfect example of that.

Inspired by her love of old-school hip-hop, funk and jazz records, her inspirations perfectly collide on latest single ‘+1’.

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KELAA – Serefe

KELAA

Growing up in Sweden, surrounded by her Kurdish and very musical family, KELAA naturally gravitated to mixing the bold and sugary sounds of Scandipop with elements of traditional Kurdish folk – breaking new sonic grounds in the best way.

With this being her second single to date, expect this inspired artist to continue pushing boundaries.

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LPX – Tightrope

LPX

LPX

LPX is the new solo project of Lizzy Plapinger (frontwoman of MS MR and co-founder of Neon Gold Records).

Lizzy has just released her debut track, ‘Tightrope’. It may feel like a daunting prospect for most, but for Lizzy, she means business,

“I’m here to assert myself – harder, louder, and stronger – as a woman and an artist. A force to be reckoned with, wrapped in amplified distortion, emotion and chaos. To create music that RIPS through your speakers and shakes you to your core, the kind of music that gets into your blood, takes hold and doesn’t let go.”

Fighting talk, and we like it.

Sounds like: MS MR, Christine and The Queens, Austra, Karen O, Florence + The Machine, Metric

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Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

Phantogram

Phantogram

Phantogram return fighting with the Grant Singer-directed video for ‘You Don’t Get Me High Anymore’, which is both gritty and animalistic.

Sweet bridges are soon smashed out of the sea by Sarah Barthel’s killer vocals, as she expresses feelings of loneliness amongst the Bombay Beach setting.

It’s taken from their upcoming album, ‘Three’.

Sounds like: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX, ASTR

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TeamMate – Nothing’s Ever Over

TeamMate

TeamMate

This is no ordinary love story.

The new single ‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ by Los Angeles duo TeamMate celebrates the duo’s lifetime of being together and weathering the end of their romantic relationship to forge ahead into their musical relationship.

Scott Simons (keys, synths, vocals) and Dani Buncher (vocals, drums), were romantically involved for close to a decade. Buncher’s coming out ended the years of calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend, and unlike most couples who repel or drift apart after a break up, the duo’s love and chemistry went down a new path and was channeled into their unspeakable musical connection. Having this creative outlet with each other carried the two through the rough patches and acted as their therapy. The duo have mastered the art of writing smashingly catchy and mature pop gems with immense lyrical depth, writing from personal experiences.

‘Nothing’s Ever Over’ is a celebration of the duo’s biggest accomplishment, retaining a close friendship through a break up and starting TeamMate.

It’s out now on Rostrum Records.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Mew, Dive In, Bleachers, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Futurecop!, Pistol Shrimp, Monogem, Satellite Stories, Young Empires

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Metric – The Shade

Metric by Justin Broadbent

Metric by Justin Broadbent

Are you ready Pagans?

After a three year hiatus, Metric returns with the official video for ‘The Shade’.

The video has been directed by Lauren Graham and features a sequence of loops in utopian downtown LA.

It has been taken from upcoming album, ‘Pagans in Vegas’, due for release on 18 September via the band’s own label, MMI. Pre-orders here.

Want to stay up to date with Metric? Their ‘The Pagan Portal’ app features advance releases and special announcements.

October
Wed 7th BRISTOL, O2 Academy
Thur 8th BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham Institute
Fri 9th MANCHESTER, Ritz
Sun 11th GLASGOW, O2 ABC
Mon 12th OXFORD, O2 Academy
Wed 14th LONDON, Forum

Sounds like: The Naked and Famous, Karen O, Chvrches, Hot Hot Heat, The Sounds, Rilo Kiley, Wolf Parade

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Of Verona – Dark In My Imagination

Of Verona

Of Verona

Of Verona was formed by Mandi Perkins (vocals) and Dillon Pace (multi-instrumental and production) in Los Angeles in 2010. Jeff Sojka later joined them.

Describing themselves as a rock band with an electronic heartbeat, Of Verona is also known to put on an epic live show with a hypnotic visual element.

Just as hypnotic is the video for their most recent single, ‘Dark In My Imagination’.

Also have a listen to Salda‘s upbeat remix below:

Sounds like: MS MR, Metric, Evvy, Broods, MØ, Kyla La Grange

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The Naked and Famous – Show Review

The Naked And Famous

The Naked And Famous

Indietronica popped down to the Concorde 2 in Brighton to watch New Zealander’s The Naked And Famous, with support from Sons & Lovers.

Upon entering the venue, there was a intoxicating smell of sweets, which we soon realised was not fruit cider. It is safe to say that TNAF attract a young crowd, however this should not dissuade any potential, ‘older’ listeners from attending their shows. TNAF has a lot to offer all ages.

Proceedings were kicked off with the epic ‘I Kill Giants’. TNAF continued to play an eclectic mix of old and new tracks, including ‘A Stillness’, ‘Punching in a Dream’, ‘All of This’, ‘Waltz’, and ‘What We Want’.

Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith presented real chemistry on stage and remained ever-humble, getting the crowd singing along to title track from their latest sophomore album, ‘In Rolling Waves’, and swaying to ‘Hearts Like Ours’.

Events were encored with the crowd’s favourite, ‘Young Blood’.

TNAF has expanded their critically acclaimed sophomore full-length, ‘In Rolling Waves’ with a special deluxe edition available on iTunes now via Fiction. The deluxe edition includes remixes by Sombear, Ducky, Big Black Delta, and MS MR. In addition, the band enlisted the talents of The Chain Gang of 1974, Space Above, and Strange Babes to cut covers of select songs, each act adding their own flair and fire to the music in the process.

A special shout out to Sons & Lovers who gave an excellent supporting performance.

Sounds Like; Fenech-Soler, Metric, Chvrches, Grouplove, The Jezabels, California Wives, Brotherun, Claire, Broods, The Chain Gang of 1974, Jimmy Eat World, BROODS

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Phantogram – Fall in Love

Phantogram

Indietronica duo Phantogram will release their album ‘Voices’ on February 18th, having unveiled the featuring track ‘Fall in Love’, which will is included as a free download on each preorder of the full length, and which you can listen to below.

‘Fall in Love’ is a powerful, heavy, track, with bass-driven pulsating sounds, and crunching synths reminiscent of Sleigh Bells. The drums are at times heading down a hip-hop route, all while Sarah Barthel’s vocals drive the melody, pulling the layered sounds together in this really cool track.

Phantogram have also just released the video for ‘Black Out Days’, directed by Evan Spencer Brace. The video is a montage of epic, lustrous and sometimes frightening visuals, with a striking use of colour and light.

Sounds like; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX
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Hellogoodbye – (Everything Is) Debatable

Hellogoodbye

Hellogoodbye

Hellogoodbye are back!

The Hellogoodbye boys rocketed to fame with former records such as ‘Here (In Your Arms)’ and ‘All Of Your Love’; both of which were taken from their 2006 hit album ‘Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!’.

The 7 years absence from our stereos appears to have treated the indie pop outfit well as they showcase the video for their new track ‘(Everything Is) Debatable’.

Despite continuing with the quotation mark theme within the title of the song, ‘(Everything Is) Debatable’ is a refined track full of synth pop and heartbroken lyrics. Hellogoodbye seemed to have grown up.

Their upcoming album ‘Everything Is Debatable’ is out now via Old Friends Records.

The boys continue their US tour with Paramore and Metric.

Sounds like: The 1975, Panic at the Disco, Passion Pit, Metric, Carousel, Small Pools

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The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours

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New Zealanders The Naked and Famous have released new song ‘Hearts Like Ours’ as the lead track from soon to be released sophomore album; ‘In Rolling Waves’, due out 16th September on Polydor and available to preorder here.

The new album will include 12 new tracks with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83Beck and NIN) co-producing two, and will be the first album released since debut album ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’ in 2010.

‘Hearts Like Ours’ is an affecting and uplifting track which draws comparisons with recent indietronica band Chvrches, and maintains the powerful and textured ballad-like chorus, featured in previous hit ‘Young Blood’. The video depicts a bunch of personalities from all walks of life defeating various emotional and physical challenges in their own ways, and was directed by Campbell Hooper and shot in Los Angeles and New Zealand.

Sounds Like; Fenech Soler, Metric, Chvrches, Grouplove
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