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Jazz Morley – Safe Place

Jazz Morley

UK jazz singer Jazz Morley enters the realms of electro-soul in ‘Safe Place’.

The song considers the idea of Jazz moving back to her seaside hometown of Bournemouth, to escape the stresses of city life;

‘This is a love song written about where I live and who I have in my life. It marks a shift in my own mental health, happiness and creativity. Being a full-time musician, life can be exciting, spontaneous and hugely rewarding but also chaotic, unpredictable and at times, unstable. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am, and where I reside – next to the sea, along the beautiful Dorset coastline.’

Sounds like: Shura, MUNA, Chinah, Honne, Jessie Ware, Låpsley, Monogem

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Vök – Breaking Bones

Vök

Continuing to break boundaries with their new single is Icelandic band, Vök.

Vök is Margrét Rán (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Andri Enoksson (saxophone, synths) and Ólafur Alexander (guitar, bass). Named after the Icelandic word for ‘hole in the ice’, the trio hail from Hafnarfjörður.

‘Breaking Bones’ is a sci-fi extravaganza of down tempo electro and a spectrum of sounds and emotions.

Their debut album, ‘Figure’ is out on 28 April.

Sounds like: Björk, Kate Boy, Poliça, Death Rattle, MUNA, The Knife

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Alayna – Falling Autumn

Alayna

Alayna

Introducing New Zealand born Alayna.

Alayna now resides in Brooklyn, where she has been working with Astronomyy on her new track, ‘Falling Autumn’.

Reminiscent of a 90’s R&B chart topper (note key change at 2:15), but offering something modern at the same time, ‘Falling Autumn’ is about “finding the stillness and comfort in someone else…It’s about connecting with someone on a deeper level and being confident in what you want, crave and feel.”

It’s out now via 20XX.

Sounds like: MUNA, IDER, Shura, Chinah, Ji Nilsson, Delaire

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Men I Trust – Plain View

Men I Trust

Men I Trust

Québec-based four piece, Men I Trust, share their new video for ‘Plain View’, which follows the band on their tour through China.

The track is a slow-burning number with delicate chimes, creating a sense of calm away from the chaos that they must have experienced during the tour.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Wet, MUNA, Lucius, The Japanese House

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Playlist: IDER

IDER

IDER

We can’t get enough of North London duo, IDER, so we asked them to put together a playlist for us in order to really get inside their musical brains.

This is the result. An emotional journey of music, past and present.

Banks – Better
Can’t get enough of the sexy, captivating vocals.

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
Old school love.

NAO – Inhale Exhale
The vocal melody following the bass line is awesome.

The Clash – Should I stay or Should I Go?
…we’ve been watching ‘Stranger Things’…

Glass Animals – Cane Shuga
Love the new album, love this song.

Bruce Springsteen – Racing in the Street
Always back to Bruce

Geowulf – Saltwater
Excited to play alongside these guys next year. Love the sound of this track!

Julia Jacklin – LA Dream
Saw her play live last month and this song blew us away. Such beautiful lyrics.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Lulu James – Falling

Lulu James

Lulu James

Tanzanian-born, London-based, singer, Lulu James, has just returned from touring as vocalist for Gorgon City, only to release her incredible own material.

Produced by DJ Simbad, ‘Falling’ is Lulu James’s lead track from her EP and is a modern take on power, something that Lulu James exudes quite freely in ‘Falling’.

Sounds like: MUNA, Rationale, Seinabo Sey

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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Interview: Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Australian-born and London-based, Amanda Merdzan, has been gearing up to release her ‘Commands’ EP, which is finally out today.

We had a chat with Amanda about its release and her music, in general.

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

I started playing guitar when I was really young, and spent a lot of my younger years at all ages gigs after discovering the world of grunge and pop-punk music! I formed a few bands back then and would always be jamming with them in my parents garage or at one of the other kids houses. One thing lead to another, a punk rock EP, a few folk records later and here I am! It’s been an interesting progression.

Describe your sound in three words.

Dark Electro Pop.

Your EP, ‘Commands’, is coming out on the 25th July. Tell us more about the meaning behind it.

Leading up to writing the EP there were a lot of significant changes taking place in my life, which became the focal point of the songs. The title ‘Commands’ comes from the feeling of having very little control in the situations I was experiencing.

A close friendship of mine was on it’s way out the door, and I was learning that people can change very quickly when being guided by the will of others. I’d also just revealed the relationship with my girlfriend that I had been hiding from everyone for a long time, and I was trying to navigate my way through all the challenges that came with that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I’ve always had a large folk influence, but when I was writing this EP I was listening to a lot of Broods, Grimes and Fever Ray.

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

Bat For Lashes, Haux, Anna Of The North and Amanda Bergman.

Order ‘Commands’ on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Leena Ojala, Rhye, Emma Louise, MUNA, Shura, Chinah, Wet

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IDER – Pulse

IDER

IDER

Meet ambient pop duo, IDER, aka North Londoners, Lily and Megan.

These girls make music that contains the ingredients to make pop good again; spine tingle-inducing piano keys, elegant harmonies, and wistful lyrics.

The video for their second single, ‘Pulse’, has been directed by Lewis Knaggs.

Sounds like: The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Oh Wonder, Shura, The 1975, Tegan and Sara, MUNA, Aurora, Tourist, Wet, London Grammar

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Young Summer – Alright

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is the project of Washington-based musician, Bobbie Allen.

Resilient from her teens, Bobbie taught herself guitar and got through debilitating stage fright by-way-of open mic nights and club dates. This is perhaps why the Young Summer sound gives off three times as much oomph as you’d expect from a solo artist.

The first track from her new EP is a summery jam called ‘Alright’. It’s about unrequited love and follows Young Summer’s three year hiatus.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ

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