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Fickle Friends – Cry Baby

Fickle Friends - Cry Baby

Fickle Friends – Cry Baby

One of Brighton’s best exports of late, Fickle Friends, are back with new single, ‘Cry Baby’.

Channeling some classic rockabilly ‘Cry Baby’ vibes, the track was recorded in Los Angeles with Mike Crossey (Wolf Alice, The 1975, Foals).

It will be released via B3SCI Records (Jungle, Elohim, Skott) in the US and Polydor in the UK.

Sounds like: Harts, Haim, The 1975, Monogem, Paperwhite, Roosevelt, LANY, Broods, Ghost Beach, PROM

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Premiere: The Fauve – Falling Hard

The Fauve

The Fauve

The Fauve is the expressive new project from Hayley Taylor.

Originally an acoustic indie/rock singer, Taylor has taken the leap into electronica. But she hasn’t done it lightly. No, Hayley has started by collaborating with musicians like The Bravery‘s Anthony Burulcich, John Morrical (Santigold, Charli XCXMr. Little Jeans), and Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson) to create a audacious electronic sound full of shimmering electronics and fiery drumbeats.

Be the first to listen to ‘Falling Hard’.

Expect the full album out by the end of 2016.

Sounds like: Paperwhite, Prinze George, Evvy, Pawws, Haerts

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Playlist: Great Good Fine Ok

GGFO

GGFO

Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman are Great Good Fine Ok (or GGFO for regular listeners of their synth-laden music).

They’ve teamed up with Indietronica once again and put together a playlist for us.

Breakbot – Arrested

LUKE: Love the groove on this one. Drums and percussion are sparse and simple but the complexity and funk comes from the synth and guitar rhythms. Lyrics are kind of hilarious to me — likening a romantic encounter to a legal offense? — but it works somehow.

One Republic – Wherever I Go

JON: As a crazy person with a car in NYC, I end up listening to a ton of top 40 radio. When you are suffocated with same 20 songs over and over again, you develop a unique ability to differentiate the “hits” from the HITS. I am not sure what category this song falls into yet, because I’ve only heard it twice, once when they performed it on Jimmy Fallon and once when I just looked it up on Spotify, but I do know one thing, it will soon be on the radio ALL THE TIME. Ryan Tedder is considered one of the best pop songwriters for a reason. From One Republic’s hit “Apologize” in 2006 to their hit “Counting Stars” in 2013 to songs for Beyonce and everyone one else you can think of, this dude never stops killing it. Soon we’ll all be sick of this song and it won’t be cool to talk about it, but for now, enjoy!

Porches – Mood

LUKE: As a producer one of the first things that grabs me about a track is the combination of sounds. The way the elements on this track contrast with themselves in how they give the illusion of space is great. The drums, guitars, bass, and percussion are all super dry, groovy, and right in the front, but the vocals and especially the keyboards are dramatically spacious. The writing is incredibly beautiful as well. Kind of sounds like if Midlake and Prefab Sprout collaborated on a song and James Murphy produced it.

Sia – Cheap Thrills

JON: While I’ve got radio and pop songwriters on the mind, i’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Sia’s latest banger “Cheap Thrills”. Something about a choir of kids singing “I love cheap thrills!” makes me very happy.

Steve Reich – Mallet Quartet: III. Fast

LUKE: Steve Reich has had a huge influence on the music I write. The muted piano part that plays at the beginning of “Always” and continues throughout the track is very Steve Reich to me (although he’d never swing the rhythm quite like that). I grew up playing a lot of mallet percussion, so that’s something that always seems to work its way into my music as well.

Their single, ‘Always’ is out now.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974, LANY, Paperwhite

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LANY – Where The Hell Are My Friends

LANY by Alessio Boni

LANY by Alessio Boni

Getting all emo on us, the LANY boys return with ‘Where The Hell Are My Friends’.

A reflective number about the loneliness of a big city, and the immense pressure to go out at the weekends. It all gets too much sometimes. Watch the result below!

Sounds like: Crozet, Pistol Shrimp, Brotherun, Goldroom, Scavenger Hunt, Still Corners, Paperwhite, Pawws, Sykes, Washed Out, New Navy, X Priest X, Roosevelt, Great Good Fine Ok, Lostboycrow, MOTHXR, X Ambassadors, Halsey, Tove Stryke, Twin Shadow

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MUNA – Winterbreak

MUNA

MUNA

Los Angeles alternative girlband, MUNA return with a video for ‘Winterbreak’, which features Ione Skye of ‘Say Anything’ fame.

Speaking about the video, MUNA says:

“The ‘Winterbreak’ video is about the dual experience of belonging and non-belonging involved in returning to a former home. Often when we’ve visited the places we grew up in, we’ve found ourselves in the strange space between nostalgia and total regression. We visit familiar places in which we no longer fit, surround ourselves with familiar people with whom we don’t necessarily connect anymore, and engage in familiar activities that might normally strike us as incredibly immature. Despite being in the same world we were immersed in as children and adolescents, there is a sense there that almost everything about ‘home’ has changed. Generally for us, the only solace has been really great friends. So we tried to show some of that.”

Their debut, ‘The Loudspeaker EP’, will arrive on 6 May via RCA Records.

Sounds like: KALEIDA, The Levity, Paperwhite, Monogem, Shura, Solange, Charli XCX, Kita Alexander, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Palmedo, Prinze George, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap

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Great Good Fine Ok – Already Love

GGFO

GGFO

Possibly their poppiest track to date, Great Good Fine Ok return with ‘Already Love’.

It’s a confessional number, written to a new lover who frontman, Jon Sandler, is already in love with.

GGFO will be touring with Handsome Ghost.

Tour Dates

3.1 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (TICKETS)
3.3 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s British Pub (TICKETS)
3.4 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder (TICKETS)
3.5 – Norman, OK @ Opolis Prod (TICKETS)
3.7 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room (TICKETS)
3.8 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry (TICKETS)
3.9 – Chicago, IL -@Schubas Tavern (TICKETS)
3.10 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake (TICKETS)
3.12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (TICKETS)

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp, Penguin Prison, Futurecop!, The Chain Gang of 1974, LANY, Paperwhite

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Fraea – Criminal

Fraea by Nick Gallop

Fraea by Nick Gallop

Fraea are an juxtaposing duo comprised of Jessie Daley and Drew Preiner.

Fraea’s name has been stylised on Freyja, the goddess of beauty, love and sex, but also death, war and the underworld. On the one side, their sound fits into the bubblegum pop genre, but on the other, it’s dark electronica.

Regardless of their genre, the music of Fraea has been formed following years and years of scribbling passionate and lonely love songs on notebook pages, and we think that is somewhat bittersweet.

Fraea will play their second ever show on 2 March with POLIÇA at Turf Club in St. Paul, MN.

Their debut EP, ‘Bend Your Bones’ will be out on 29 April.

Sounds like: Paperwhite, Monogem, Shallows, POLIÇA, JATA

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Pleasure Curses – Under the Moonlight (ft. Christen Cappello)

Pleasure Curses

Pleasure Curses

When we first heard ‘Under The Moonlight’ by Portland-based duo, Pleasure Curses, we knew we had to have them on Indietronica.

The childhood friends founded Pleasure Curses in Washington before moving to Portland. They create pure, indulgent synth pop, influenced by electro, disco, new wave and early hip hop.

‘Under The Moonlight’ features Brooklyn vocalist Christen Cappello, and is said to explore “the coercive attraction of the lunar cycle and the furtive implication of decisions made under the impulse of the night.”

Sounds like: Paperwhite, Monogem, Evvy, Micky Blue, Pistol Shrimp

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Interview with Shallows

Shallows

Shallows

If Katy Perry had a child with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, it would be called Shallows.

The Los Angeles-based duo was formed by singer, Dani Poppitt, and guitarist/producer, Marshall Gallagher, following a meet at an out of control house party.

Their debut single, ‘Summer Sucks’, is a lament of a tired relationship under the slow crushing weight of last year’s Californian heat wave.

We caught up with the duo and discussed the hot weather in Los Angeles, and the array of their musical influences.

Good to meet you Shallows. Tell us more!

MG:  Hi, thanks for talking to us!  We’re a brand new band from the heart of LA, just two friends trying to write some killer songs and have fun.  We’ve been writing together for awhile now and we’re both involved in plenty of other projects, but when we wrote this song it seemed only fitting that we should keep it for ourselves and build a band around this sound.

You’re a new act. How are you going to distinguish yourselves from the competition?

MG:  There are a lot of guy/girl pop duos out there, especially in this city.  It’s going to be difficult to stick out, but what we lack in notoriety we make up for in musicianship.  I think the songs speak for themselves, Summer Sucks is just a little taste of what we’ve got brewing.

DP:  We’re going to distinguish ourselves with well written pop songs.  By marrying shoegaze and indie lyrical content with music that Katy Perry could get behind.  Our songs will dig their way into the heads of our competitors and live there for weeks.

Your debut single is called ‘Summer Sucks’. Does the temperature in Los Angeles have an negative impact on your music, as well as a positive one?

MG:  Haha… it doesn’t affect the music as much as it affects my sleep quality.  We did most of our writing in my apartment this summer and it was crazy hot (like, sometimes it would get hotter in there than it was outside, and it was hovering around 90 every day), but that may have actually made our material more visceral.  I guess there was this desperate urgency to nail takes and crank out quality stuff as quickly as possible, in order to get the hell out of my sauna.  Performance gets better sometimes under pressure, right?

DP:  Temperature changes the state of matter; it has an effect on the mind.  Hot or cold, we use what we can as inspiration.

Describe your sound in three words.

DP:  Moody Glitter Pop.

MG: All the feelings.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

DP:  The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Katy Perry.

MG:  I honestly don’t listen to anything that sounds remotely like Shallows.  Dani gives me shit all the time because I have no idea who is killing it in the Pop world right now.  I grew up on classic rock, 90s alternative and emo for the most part, and I’m a guitar player by trade… so I’m a sucker for anything heavy and pretty.  My favorite band of all time is The Smashing Pumpkins.

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

DP: Too much Justin Bieber

MG:  I’m really digging on Basement and Superhumanoids.  There’s this Paerish song called “Undone”  I’m totally obsessed with.  Also just started listening to Schoolboy Q.

‘Summer Sucks’ is self released and available to purchase on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Lorde, GEMS, Monogem, Paperwhite, Ace Of Base, Susanne Sundfør

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Paperwhite – Unstoppable

Paperwhite

Paperwhite

New York brother-sister duo, Paperwhite, return with the synth-tastic ‘Unstoppable’.

Together, the siblings accurately navigate lush melodies and larger-than-life hooks.

The track appears off the band’s forthcoming second EP ‘Escape’, which will be released later this spring. Mixed by Chris Zane (St. Lucia, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires), ‘Unstoppable’ is “a reminder to find strength in the chaos and beauty in the unknown.”

Sounds like; M83, VÉRITÉ, Evvy, Pawws, Haerts

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