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TOLMAN – Chaperone

TOLMAN

TOLMAN

Musicians, Brittany and Andrew Tolman, met in college. They soon formed a jazz band, but their relationship went further than jazz music.

After marrying, the duo performed with the band, Imagine Dragons, but sometimes less is more, and the couple decided to work on their very own, intimate project, aptly going by the name of TOLMAN.

TOLMAN have shared ‘Chaperone’; a track that effortlessly combines retro synths and lush vocals.

Of the track, Brittany explains,

“‘Chaperone’ is about being independent and recognizing your own worth, even when somebody else can’t. One afternoon, we had an intense conference call and I stuck up for myself and it felt really empowering. We were both fired up and needed a way to express our frustration so we immediately went to our Moog synthesizer and wrote the song’s bass line and chorus vocals. It was very cathartic.”

Sounds like: Monogem, Scavenger Hunt, Phantogram, Broods, Imagine Dragons, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit

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BOA – Pharaoh

BOA

BOA

Bristol-based synth pop duo, BOA, have shared their glorious new single, ‘Pharaoh’.

It’s another mellow track from the newcomers, with sweet twists of meandering, vocoder-style backing vocals shining through enchanting pop riffs.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Boxed In, Saint Raymond, KYKO, Honne, Great Good Fine Ok, Pistol Shrimp, Girl Friend, Fickle Friends, Ben Hobbs, XY&O, Imogen Heap

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Late Night Revival – Irony

Late Night Revival

Late Night Revival

It’s summer, so line up the upbeat pop tracks to help you enjoy the sunshine even more!

‘Irony’ is a debut from a California-based indie pop band who go by the name of Late Night Revival.

It’s a modern feeling number with a throwback twist, perfect for any midnight pick up.

‘Irony’ is taken off their upcoming self-titled album.

Sounds like: Great Good Fine Ok, Fickle Friends, Kid Astray, Pistol Shrimp, The 1975

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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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Prinze George – Freeze

Prinze George

Prinze George

Taking a year out to work on their creativity, tight-knit trio, Prinze George, are back with the brilliant ‘Freeze’.

Vocalist, Naomi Almquist, has taken a slight turn in the direction of Stevie Nicks on this one, but Kenny Grimm on production/instrumental, and Isabelle De Leon on drums, keep us reminded of the dazzling Prinze George sound that we love here at Indietronica.

It’s the first song taken from their upcoming album, ‘Illiterate Synth Pop’, recorded with Evan Bakke (Prince, Fraea, Soul Asylum).

Sounds like: Stevie Nicks, Birdy, Foxes, Kid Astray, MS MR, Indiana, X Priest X, Years & Years, Chvrches, The Naked and Famous, Pistol Shrimp, Little Boots

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Kid Runner – Give Me Something To Love

Kid Runner

Kid Runner

Happy 4th July to our US readers out there.

To celebrate, whack ‘Give Me Something To Love’ by Kid Runner on your stereo full blast.

Kid Runner are a dynamic synth pop act comprised of Drew Lizon, Fran Litterski, Kurt Keaner, Scott Griffin, and Bobby Heigel.

With scopic vocals worthy of any Passion Pit or Arcade Fire set, this is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day.

Their ‘Body Language’ EP is out on 12 August.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Arcade Fire, Foster The People, The 1975, COIN, The Griswolds, Beach Tiger

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Draper – Ready For Us (Feat. Sykes)

Draper

Draper

Draper is showing us something new with his latest collaboration. This time with London synth rock outfit, SYKES.

‘Ready For Us’ opens with crisp, polished melodies and a driving synth beat. Not necessarily something unique, but something brilliant.

Sounds like: Haim, Anteros, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, Lights, Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Claire, Lorde, Fleetwood Mac

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New York Movie – Firecracker

New York Movie

New York Movie

New York Movie is the project of long time friends Austin Jones and Philip Anderson Edsel.

Both cite influences from Peter Gabriel and M83, to name a couple, and their music has a theme; no excuses, compromises or regrets.

‘Firecracker’ is a cinematic synth pop number, that is the perfect soundtrack to a modern day life in NYC.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, M83, Passion Pit

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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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Interview: Draper

Draper

Draper

After moonlighting as a prolific producer to pop stars (Rita Ora, Lapsley), Draper is finally breaking as a solo artist.

We decided to have a chat with the UK-based multi-instrumentalist.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you got into music.​

I was born in France, grew up in London, and when I was about 16 I wanted to find out how drums and synths were made electronically so I did! I taught myself everything from the ground up, it took a while…

You are a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist. Tell us the pros and cons of each.

Song writing is the best, there’s nothing like creating something from absolutely nothing, it’s massively exciting.

Producing is great because you can make someone else’s writing a reality, which can be hugely challenging at times but also very rewarding.

Playing instruments is something I don’t do enough of, I write ‘in the box’ meaning I do almost all instrumentation on the computer, I would love to have a studio with a wide variety of hardware that I can jam on, much more fun than sequencing midi.

Describe your sound in three words.

Eclectic synth party

What was it like working with Jazz Morley on her new track?

Really great, she’s an awesome song writer and I love her vocal tone!

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

All over the place, there’s not really one specific one, when I hear something that inspires me I find a way to use the same techniques (never copy).

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

I’ve been listening to Flume‘s new single a lot, I find him a real inspiration because his sound pushes producer technique ‘norms’, I’d love to see him live too.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, The Maccabees

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