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
New York-based sister act Chaos Chaos share their new single, ‘Dripping With Fire’.
Formerly in the band Smoosh, who performed with the likes of Bloc Party and Cat Power, the siblings are no beginners when it comes to playing in the music scene.
‘Dripping With Fire’ sheds light on sisterhood, and all its conflicts and memorabilia. Watch the video below, directed by Stephanie Dimiskovksi and inspired by Tina Barney’s portraits of families and Crystal Moselle‘s documentary ‘The Wolfpack’.
30 Nov – Neumos @ Seattle, WA
1 Dec – Biltmore Cabaret @ Vancouver, BC
2 Dec – Obsidian @ Olympia, WA
3 Dec – Aladdin Theater @ Portland, OR
5 Dec – Starline Social Club @ Oakland, CA
6 Dec – Catalyst Atrium @ Santa Cruz, CA
7 Dec – Soho @ Santa Barbara, CA
8 Dec – The Irenic @ San Diego, CA
9 Dec – The Regent Theater @ Los Angeles, CA
10 Dec – Constellation Room @ Santa Ana, CA
Sounds like: Tennis, Emma Louise, IDER, Lucius, Niki & The Dove
Another Montreal-based band to be included in this week’s SubmitHub gems.
Meet indie folk band, The Franklin Electric, who have shared their video for ‘Burning Flame’, a cinematic showpiece filmed in Toronto.
“This was a spontaneous last minute addition to the record about the fire that feeds us and brings us to do all the things we do, or ignore the things we don’t do but wish we had. A voice inside most of us that can easily be ignored but the burn is a constant reminder. This video was all about the casting! I walked in the day of the shoot and met George, who plays the main role in this music video. He is the most endearing, honest, pure, yet driven 17 year old kid I have ever met. From that moment I was sold on the director’s story & concept. I invite you to meet George for yourself.”
It’s taken from their sophomore album, ‘Blue Ceilings’.
Berlin electronic producer and singer, Queen Alaska (aka Anneli Bentler), shares her debut track called ‘Under My Skin’.
Also a composer and audio visual artist, Queen Alaska uses her skills to create an atmospheric landscape for her classically inspired and progressive music, one that brings the poetry in her songwriting to life.
Watch the beautifully imagined video below, which follows Queen Alaska explore her inner wanderlust, longing for another place close to the moon.
Sounds like: Robyn, Niki and the Dove, James Blake
Original Brighton duo IYES make a surprise return with ‘Feelings’.
Now residing in Berlin, Josh Christopher and Melis Soyaslanova have begun their new musical journey together, taking more of a dance/electronic direction. The Berlin music scene has definitely shown its influence.
‘Feelings’ is a modern number, although surprisingly, the track was written in 2015. Following many re-works and versions, the pair decided to join forces with upcoming production duo Kilian and Jo to take the song to its maximum potential.
Sounds like: Le Youth, Astronomyy, The XX, Niki & The Dove, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, Ben Khan
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.
It’s not always about the girls, but sometimes it is.
The lovely Dragonette have put together a playlist for us called “Indietronica – an indie pop girls only mix”.
Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C) I was told that this song was inspired by an Iranian disco song from the 80’s. I’ve been listening to a lot of world music and I love how well they mashed this up. So unique.
Lucius – Born Again Teen I feel deeply in love with Lucius’ first record. There are so many awesome songs on this new one of theirs Good Grief. But I’m choosing “Born Again Teen” on our playlist because i think its such an strange arrangement. Where’s the chorus!? I don’t know! Who cares?
Dua Lipa – Be The One Every time I go back to London to work with other musicians I learn about artists who are up-and-coming over there. Last time I was there it was Dua Lipa. Maybe everybody already knows her but I just discovered her and I love the vibe of this tune.
Niki & The Dove – Coconut Kisses Niki & The Dove’s The Drummer is one of my favourite indie pop albums of all times. I’ve been waiting a long time for their follow up. It almost reminds me of Empire Of The Sun. But with Stevie Nicks‘ voice.
Christine And The Queens – iT My friend showed me this song the other day, I don’t know anything else of theirs. It’s the beginning of a new love I suspect.
Petite Meller – Barbaric
I think she’s a style genius. We played a show with her in Florence and I drank her up like pink lemonade.
Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, Charli XCX, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, OH Land, Little Boots, Girl Friend
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