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Bien – Spinning On Blue

Bien - Spinning on Blue

Bien is a Nashville-based dream-pop trio comprised of Jessie Early, and Angela & Tim Lauer (Kaleo, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Foy Vance, Mikky Ekko).

Bien could be categorised into both lo-fi and hi-fi genres, thanks to their clever blend of synthetic and organic sounds, taken from an amalgamation of synths, strings and vocals.

Bien says about new track, ‘Spinning On Blue’,

“There’s so much going on in the world right now, and we really wanted to write something that encouraged people to remember we’re all sharing this planet. It’s our kind of ‘seize the day’ song that reminds us to take in the beauty and wonder of the world and the people around us.”

Sounds like: Lykke Li, First Aid Kit

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Jake McMullen – Falling

Jake Mcmullen

Imagine if Ben Howard was transported back to the 80’s in a time machine and you’d be pretty close to imagining what Jake McMullen sounds like.

‘Falling’ maybe a little more upbeat than his last track, ‘Giving Up’, but it still has Jake’s classic folk-inspired lyrics. The honesty found in Jake’s music is something that beautifully shrines through alongside his engaging vocals and retro synths.

It has been produced by MYZICA’s Micah Tawlks.

This is the third track off of his new album that’s set for release on 21 April.

Sounds like: Ben Howard, Foals, Blood Orange

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Charity – Metal Boy

Charity - Metal Boy

Charity – Metal Boy

That’s it. We’re saying it. Nashville is the new city of electro-pop.

Cue Charity, a singer and self-taught producer.

Taking inspiration from ‘Blade Runner’, her new release, ‘Metal Boy’, has lush, whispering vocals layered over some sweet analog synths. Listen below.

Sounds like: Monogem, Noosa, Evvy, CAPPA, Chela, Kimbra, Dominique

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Pat Kiloran – Another Lover Feat Jordy Searcy

Pat Kiloran

Pat Kiloran

We love a good pop song, and Pat Kiloran‘s ‘Another Lover’ featuring the vocals of Jordy Searcy is no exception.

Downtempo funky riffs, catchy hooks, retro vocals and heart breaking vocals…these are the ingredients to make a great track. You can listen below.

It’s out now via OneRPM/M-DAD Music.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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James Droll – Wall

James Droll

James Droll

Some more indietronica coming out of Nashville, from musician, James Droll.

After playing in bands across the US, James finally settled to write music under a solo project. ‘Wall’ was his debut release in November 2016, and to celebrate how well the track has done, we’ve asked James to put a playlist together for us.

James Droll – ‘Wall’
I don’t know what it is about this track.. but it just gets me.

Bien – ‘Crowd Goes Wild’
Recent find/favorite. I love the energy of it and it’s the perfect song to hype you up for the day ahead.

Sinclair – ‘CLRBLND’
Sinclair is a good friend of mine and total sonic wizard. Rad track, rad person.

Maxwell Young – ‘Spark’
Vibez 4 dayz and I really wanted to include an instrumental track as they’re a big part of my day to day listening.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise – ‘Devil Like Me’
I’m such a huge fan of minimal and RKS does it best. Spooky, minimal, soulful.

Ehiorobo – ‘Heir to the Sugar Honey Queen’
I have no idea what this song is about in the slightest, but it’s dope and I can’t help but jam it.

Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Your Type’
Favorite song off one of my favorite albums of the last few years. Perfect breakup/pity party song.

Matt Woods – ‘Ain’t No Use’
The literal catchiest song. Smooth vocals and has such a great build to it.

Whitaker – ‘5,000,000,000 Years’
The tones used on this track are like the comfiest blanket. Another case of minimal but impactful, and chill as all get out.

Honne – ‘Warm On A Cold Night’
The effortless quality of his voice is so ridiculous. This is my night driving soundtrack, for sure.

Sounds like: Dead Ceremony, James Blake, Honne, Lauv

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CAPPA – Next Ex

CAPPA

CAPPA

Moving on to her next single, CAPPA is back with ‘Next Ex’, the first track from her current ‘Queen Of Hearts’ EP.

Illustrious, whispering vocals layered over deep, pop-laden synths, another cracking number from CAPPA.

Whilst we have you, definitely check out the new PUSHER track featuring CAPPA.

CAPPA is current on tour, supporting Matt Wertz.

9/20: Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
9/23: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
9/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
9/29: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
9/30: Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
10/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ TBD
10/6: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
10/8: Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
10/9: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/19: Orlando, FL @ TBD
10/21: Charlotte, NC @ TBD
10/26: Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sallys
10/27: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/28: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
10/30: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/10: Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag
11/11: Grand Rapid, MI @ TBD
11/12: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
11/13: Minneapolis, NM @ Studio B
11/15: Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
11/16: Indianapolis, IN @ White Rabbit
11/17: Louisville, KY @ Headliner Music
12/2: Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
12/3: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn

Sounds like: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, HOLYCHILD, Purity Ring, Washed Out, Say Lou Lou, The Knife, M83, KLOE, Druzy, Taylor Swift, The Knife

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KAPTAN – Numbers

KAPTAN

KAPTAN

All good love songs start from a place of heartbreak.

Nashville artist, KAPTAN (aka Andrew de Torres) returns with the highly emotional, but equally as infectious, ‘Numbers’.

Of the track, KAPTAN explains,

“I was sitting inside my bass player’s (Brandon Day) studio and he was showing me a ton of different tracks that he had been working on for fun. Normally when we write together we always start from scratch but he ended up playing a small clip of something he had started and I fell in love immediately. We sat down to write the song and knew that we wanted to do something different from everything else that we had worked on together. The song is really just about feeling like your trapped in limbo and wondering whether or not there are things from the past that can help you in the future. We often find ourselves in relationships that are starting to fall apart and until it finally ends its hard to know where you stand or what will happen.”

Sounds like: Mew, M83, Goldroom, RAC, Pink Feathers, Summer Heart, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp

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EZA – Off The Record

EZA

EZA

EZA is the brainchild of determined Nashville-based, Ellery Bonham, but she is not your typical Nashville singer, citing electro pop influences from New Zealand, Australia, and Los Angeles.

‘Off The Record’ has been taken from her new EP called ‘Dead Reckoning’, out on 26 August.

Sounds like: July Child, Broods, Banks, Jessie Ware

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Myzica – Love & Desire

Myzica

Myzica

Is Nashville’s country scene being replaced by sparkling, pop gems to sing along to? We think so.

Cue Myzica (aka Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd), who create upbeat, Swedish-parallel electro pop.

Their album is out in September.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Zella Day, Susanne Sundfør

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morgxn – love you with the lights on

morgxn

morgxn

All round American musician, morgxn has singing in his blood. His grandfather, a Vaudeville singer in the same circuit as Eddie Cantor, was instrumental in instilling a deep love of music, singing, and songwriting.

morgxn’s debut, ‘love you with the lights on’ is a euphoric single brimming with smoky sensuality, and deeply personal lyrics.

“I find it really hard to talk about beauty because my whole life has been people telling me what they think is beautiful on me. The problem is that from early age it was difficult to decipher beauty from danger – and i’ve spent a lifetime running from beauty,”

“What is it we see when we look at ourselves in the mirror? Do we see our reflection or do we see some warped version of our reflection based on years of abuse and rejection and judgment and …. fuck. What if we saw each other with the light on some eternal/internal flame that seared through the heart of it all and exposed who we really are – fierce, loving, beating hearts.”

The track is out via wxnderlost records.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan, Jack Garratt

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