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Talos – Odyssey

Talos by Brendan Canty

Talos by Brendan Canty

We want to push the new breed of indietronica music in Europe and beyond. Helping us succeed in this quest is Cork based Talos, the musical project of Eoin French.

His new track, ‘Odyssey’ is enticing in nature with ethereal vocals and divine production.

Talos explains about ‘Odyssey’, “In any endeavour we find ourselves at that point of doubt. Those moments where you question yourself. That’s what the line, ‘In this odyssey, it’s hard to leave…’ refers to. It’s a beautiful and testing cycle. “I was asking myself some pretty big questions. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth it? Am I deluding myself?! And I think in the end, the answer is yes to all three. These feelings come and go. The thoughts pass. Sometimes the delusions get realised. And we move on.”

Talos’s debut album, ‘Wild Alee’ will be out on 21 April.

Sounds like: Broadhurst, Phoria, James Blake, Bon Iver, Aquilo,

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Talos – Reborn

Talos

Talos

Nature-loving, Talos (aka Eoin French), shares his new track, ‘Reborn’.

It maybe a slow burner, but the result is a highly atmospheric track that showcases an emotional intensity in Eoin’s vocals and electronic production that we initially weren’t expecting upon first play.

Of the track, Eoin explains,

“‘Reborn’ embodies the feeling of a release. I think there are times when you have to allow yourself space from looking inward and instead expose something more instinctual, more impulsive… This is about a desire to get ‘lost’ in a way, and to let any attachments fall away in that escape.”

‘Reborn’ has been taken from his debut EP, ‘O Sanctum’, out tomorrow via Feel Good Lost, and includes remixes from the MAPS and Sin Fang.

Sounds like: Broadhurst, Phoria, James Blake, Bon Iver

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Matthew and Me – Figure

Matthew and Me

Matthew and Me

South Devon duo, Matthew and Me is comprised of lead vocalist/songwriter Matthew Board, and drummer Lucy Fawcett.

They have just shared ‘Figure’, a slightly more robust track than ‘Joy’ (which drew comparisons to Mogwai and Sigur Rós), with its 90’s indie rock sensibilities that offers immediate “light relief”.

‘Figure’ has been taken from their new EP, ‘Startpoint’, which is has been produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Eliza Shaddad) and is due for release on 18 November via Beatnik Creative.

Tour Dates

27 Aug – Sea Change Festival
21 Oct – The Barrel House, Totnes
15 Nov – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
16 Nov – The Louisiana, Bristol
18 Nov – The Lexington, London

Sounds like: Foals, Phoria, Sigur Rós, Mogwai

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SYML – Where’s My Love

SYML

SYML

Spine tingling stuff now from SYML, the project of Seattle native Brian Fennell (also a founding member of Barcelona).

SYML means ‘simple’ in Welsh, but ‘Where’s My Love’ is anything but.

Written with cinematic use in mind, SYML likes to weave together bare piano, minimalist synth, string-scapes and soaring vocal melodies into a textured, emotive soundtrack, evoking movement and visual imagery with sound.

SYML’s new EP ‘Hurt For Me’ is out on 9 September.

Sounds like: Phoria, Radiohead, Nordic Giants

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Sykoya – The Wolf

Sykoya

Sykoya

London dream pop trio, Sykoya, create atmospheric indietronica.

Their new track ‘The Wolf’ will hunt down and cast a spell on any listener. Whether that spell is to make you dance or sit in soft reflection, the rhythmic electronics, melodic synths and brooding vocals of Anna Marcella will immediately captivate.

‘The Wolf’ is taken from their debut EP ‘Strange Night’, out now via Lost People Records and available on iTunes.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey, Phoria, London Grammar, Massive Attack, The Knife, LOWES, The xx

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Altamina – Under The Black Sea

Altamina

Altamina

Altamina was originally a side project from US-based, Francois Graham and French-Canadian, Marco Gervais of Montreal’s Surface of Atlantic, but it soon developed into a fully-fledged, international band, following the enlistment of Australian, Matt Davis on drums and French-Canadian, Roxanne Miller on bass in 2014.

Sincere lyrics touched with baritone vocals, steady drum beats, and ambient riffs make ‘Under The Black Sea’ a stand out track from an equally as impressive band.

Their album, ‘Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight’ is out now.

Sounds like: The National, War On Drugs, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Phoria

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Playlist: Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

Leena Ojala

London-based alternative electro pop singer, Leena Ojala, has put together a playlist for us of ten tracks she has come across when listening to new music.

Of the playlist, Leena says, “I have gone for tracks that use varying influences and mix different styles in production.”

Oh Wonder: All We Do

I like the repetitive piano riff and the vocal melody. They create a sad yet beautiful feel for the song. The minimalistic approach makes the song memorable – it’s a case of less is more.

Dominique: Good Girl

I like the guitar hook she uses throughout the track. The hip hop beat underneath and the interesting distortion she uses are interesting giving the track a nice character. Big up for Dominique for creating her own lovely production!

Anevo: Electric Heart feat. Ameria

The unique sound of the different instruments used in the track come across nicely. Every section has different influences: the verse is more electronic and dance-like whereas the chorus is chilled. The different styles used give the track a nice vibe.

KINGDM: Say It Again

I like the use of drums with African influences. There is a soulful vibe going on with the vocals, melody and the piano which give the song a romantic feel.

MRGD: Skin Deep

I like the use of call and response mixed with the nice vocal hooks. The chorus incorporates different feels i.e. reggae rhythm and drum sound, synth piano and vocal hooks. This gives the track an unusual but unique crossover of styles.

XY&O: Low Tide

The minimal strumming and picking of the guitar in the verses gives the track a nice relaxed feel. I like the four to the floor drums in the chorus giving it kind of dancing in the summertime vibe. The vocals with an echo and a delay effect finish the track off nicely.

Phoria: Undone

I like the use of unusual blending of styles and rhythmic influences – the type you find with FKA Twigs. The track has a nice atmosphere, delivered by whispery vocals, hooks, dark piano tones and reverb effects.

Tess: Love Gun

I like the use of middle eastern feel in the track created by the vocal movement and the acoustic guitar. I can see influences of “Inna” here, but there are also elements of R&B, Pop and Hip Hop.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Adele, Rae Morris, YUAR, Micky Blue, London Grammar, Dominique, Amanda Merdzan

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Mystery Jets – Bubblegum

Mystery Jets - Bubblegum

Mystery Jets – Bubblegum

New raw material continues to be released by the Mystery Jets. This time it is the second track from their self-produced album, ‘Curve of the Earth’, and it’s called ‘Bubblegum’.

‘Bubblegum’ will be released via Caroline International on 25 March 2016.

2016 Tour Dates

12 Feb – Dublin – Whelans
16 Feb – London – Electric Brixton (NME Show)
18 Feb – Birmingham – 02 Institute 2
19 Feb – Manchester – Gorilla
20 Feb – Glasgow – The Art School

Click here to order the album, which was recorded by the foursome in a disused button factory in London.

Sounds like: The Cribs, Lucy Rose, Phoria, Tribes, The Maccabees, Spector, Young Knives, Basia Bulat

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BROADHURST – Little Lover

BROADHURST

BROADHURST

A beautiful new piece of music from Australian artist, BROADHURST (aka Nick Broadhurst).

Keeping his music stunning, yet simple, with falsetto vocals and gentle piano, the video (which has been directed by James Chappell) is equally as captivating.

Sounds like: The Kite String Tangle, active Child, Cloud Boat, Nordic Giants, 1987, The Album Leaf, Phoria, Boxed In, Oli Hannaford, Rhye

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Mystery Jets – Telomere

Mystery Jets

Mystery Jets

We’ve been waiting years for their return, and the new number by Mystery Jets doesn’t disappoint.

Directed by James Copeman and produced by Ria Hanish-Oaks, the highly personal track ‘Telomere’ is taken from their new album ‘Curve of The Earth’, which was recorded by the foursome in a disused button factory in London.

Will Rees commented “For us we’ve been through quite a lot in the last couple of years and there have been certain realisations that come with playing in a band that has been together for over two decades, I think these songs have real feeling about them.”

‘Curve of The Earth’ will be released on 15 January.

2016 Tour Dates

12 Feb – Dublin – Whelans
16 Feb – London – Electric Brixton (NME Show)
18 Feb – Birmingham – 02 Institute 2
19 Feb – Manchester – Gorilla
20 Feb – Glasgow – The Art School

Click here to pre-order the album and get your priority access to tickets.

Sounds like: The Cribs, Lucy Rose, Phoria, Tribes, The Maccabees, Spector, Young Knives

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