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So Below – Far

So Below

So Below

So Below (aka Madeline North) returns to Indietronica with ‘Far’.

Perhaps it is a song about the distance from her native New Zealand. Perhaps not. But what we do know is that So Below effectively creates moody electro pop from the dark depths of her beautiful soul.

She has worked with fellow Los Angeles based Kiwi musicians Aaron Short (The Naked And Famous), Sam McCarthy (Kids Of 88) and Leroy Clampitt (Taste Nasa) to help her produce her demos and ultimately complete what has become her debut self-titled EP.

Sounds like: Raindear, Kate Boy, The Naked And Famous, MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha

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Maya Payne – Breathe Again

Maya Payne

Maya Payne

New Zealander, Maya Payne, returns with ‘Breathe Again’, a dark electronic track about the pain of a failing relationship that needs reviving.

Maya has been singing since the tender age of 11, and her experience shows.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Leena Ojala, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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Premiere: Skymachine – Land of Black Gold

Skymachine

Skymachine

Skymachine is a New Zealand-based synth outfit.

Their latest track ‘Lack of Black Gold’ is beautifully emotive track, filled with M83-esque falsetto lines and synth tapestries, and luxurious hip-hop glitches throughout.

Skymachine have drawn inspiration from a love for the night and an almost escapist lyrical theme.

A debut EP will be out soon. Watch this space!

Sounds like: M83, Pistol Shrimp, Crozet, Goldroom

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So Below – Sleep

So Below

So Below

So Below is a New Zealand electro pop artist.

Her second single ‘Sleep’ should be described as noir pop; reflective vocals and deep beats.

It has been taken from her debut self-titled EP.

‘Sleep’ is out now!

Sounds like: MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha

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MAALA – Touch

MAALA

MAALA

With no bio and only 100 followers on Soundcloud, little is known about New Zealander native, MAALA.

His debut track, ‘Touch’, is synth-heavy with grind-worthy vocals.

Definitely one to watch.

Sounds like: Chet Faker, James Blake, Active Child, Ben Khan, Bastille, Fyfe, Josef Salvat, The Kite String Tangle, Billy Who

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Maya Payne – If Only

Maya Payne - If Only

Maya Payne – If Only

Following hot on the footsteps of Lorde is 17 year old New Zealand singer songwriter Maya Payne, who has just released her bold second single ‘If Only’.

To record the track, Maya ventured out of the garage and into a studio for the first time, but you wouldn’t have guessed it was her debut studio recording experience with an electronic track as substantial as this.

Sounds like: Flume, Lorde, Broods, Alpines, Years & Years, TDeL2

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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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Broods – Bridges (ASTR Remix)

Broods - Bridges

Broods – Bridges

We wouldn’t normally post about a remix of an original track, but the remix of Broods‘s 2013 ‘Bridges’ by NYC based ASTR is insanely good.

Think of the track as some sort of multi-national tropical forcefield hitting your ears at full speed. The only option is to turn the volume up to full.

If you haven’t heard of Broods or ASTR, this remix perfectly showcases both their talents and we simply can’t get enough of it!

Sounds like: IYES, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Naked and Famous, Lorde, Frou Frou, Imogen Heap, Shura, I BREAK HORSES, BANKS, Disclosure, Lights, Ellie Goulding, Ulla Nova

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Broods – Never Gonna Change

Broods

Broods

There are some good bands coming from New Zealand of late. Included in that list is BROODS; an Auckland born sibling duo comprising of multi-instrumentalist Caleb Nott and younger sister Georgia Nott on vocals.

Having only formed in 2013, the siblings have already collaborated with Joel Little, who produced ‘Royals’ by Lorde.

Piggy-backing on the success of their first track, ‘Bridges’, is their second track, ‘Never Gonna Change’.

‘Never Gonna Change’ was written as a bit of therapy for Georgia after a break up. The sadness and anger are evident in the track; Georgia’s expansive vocals are constantly being drowned by a wave of dark bass lines.

Watch the engaging video below:

‘Never Gonna Change’ is taken from the ‘Broods’ EP, available on iTunes now. BROODS intend to release their debut album in August 2014.

Sounds like: IYES, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, The Naked and Famous, Lorde, Frou Frou, Imogen Heap, Shura

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Lorde – Team

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It’s been a swift journey to fame for the talented teen Lorde. Having topped the album charts in both the UK and US with single ‘Royals‘ and debut album ‘Pure Heronie,’ Lorde has emerged as a very credible, vastly more interesting contender to manufactured mainstream chart pop.

Having only recently celebrated her 17th birthday, the New Zealander recently celebrated her this at an event where she performed at the MOMA Film Benefit in New York in front of an audience including David Bowie, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.

Her latest release is Team, for which she has just unveiled a stunning video for, and is one of the most praised songs from her LP. Ella Yelich-O’Connor, aka Lorder, states-

This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world – a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.”

‘Team’ is out February 17th.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, AlunaGeorge, Marina & The Diamonds, Sky Ferreira, Grimes
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