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Emma Gatsby – 2 Steps

Emma Gatsby - 2 Steps

Emma Gatsby – 2 Steps

Sassy 19 year old Emma Gatsby knows what the deal is, and she isn’t letting anyone get in her way.

Hailing from New York, Emma learned to play the piano and cello at the tender age of four, with her mother teaching her, until she sadly passed away when Emma was aged nine. Following this, Emma picked up a guitar and decided to teach herself to play. She was writing songs by aged eleven, but was using music as a way to distract herself from the realities that she found herself in, especially after her father passed away.

Of her latest song, Emma says, “‘2 Steps’ is a song I wrote about a relationship or should I say several relationships. As much as it’s based on my real life experience with an ex, it was more so, my realization that I was always the one doing the damage first that inspired the song.”

Sounds like: Violet Days, Dominique, Kissy, Amy Guess, Harper, Sizzy Rocket, SUMif, Sibling

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Petite Meller – Milk Bath

Petite Meller

Petite Meller

Introducing our little French beauty, Petite Meller.

Born and raised in Paris, Petite writes obscure, visceral pop, that celebrates the surreal and the absurd, in the everyday. “I only make music for the reason that I didn’t have anyone to dance with,” she says.

The song was recorded between Brixton in London, and Johannesburg in South Africa, where much of the instrumentation was performed by musicians from Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Petite is sharing another unorthodox video for ‘Milk Bath’, and as with all her releases, Petite developed the video treatment with long-time collaborator Asaf T Mann. It sees her travelling to Germany, and Senegal, where they shot scenes at a naturally pink lake. To find the locations, Petite and her team reached out to scientists from Cornell University, who became involved in the project, helping with locations and access, and asking Petite to take a sample from the lake.

Sounds like: Grimes, MØ, Ji Nilsson, Allie X

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Sizzy Rocket – Need Somebody

Sizzy Rocket

Sizzy Rocket

It was International Women’s Day on Tuesday, but every day is IWD as far as we are concerned.

Cue the video for ‘Need Somebody’ by Sizzy Rocket.

‘Need Somebody’ is a warm, synth number, showing a softer side of Sizzy. The video is romantic as hell, and features visual glitches similar to those of 90’s computer footage.

Sizzy has a real knack from switching between popstar and electro queen with a drop of a hat.

On that note, the candy pop track, ‘Thrills’, is also out today.

Check Sizzy out with all of her releases!

If you have a chance to listen to out her album when it’s out, do. It’s music that any respectable man would be proud to have created. Pre-order on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Evvy, Blood Orange, ASTR, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Elohim, Rihanna, Taylor Swift

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The Magnettes – Bones

The Magnettes by Catie Laffoon

The Magnettes by Catie Laffoon

Pop stars are usually clean cut, well behaved artists who write about nice things, such as love and rainbows. Not The Magnettes; a racy electro pop punk trio founded by best friends, Rebecka and Sanna.

In their new track ‘Bones’ the #sadgirls advocates talk about getting wasted, getting laid, and being social misfits in their small home town in Sweden.

Even their website asks us to “go down to start”, so with that in mind, go down to watch their new video:

Disclosure: I am The Magnettes’ publicist at the time of writing.

‘Bones’ is out now via DigSin.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Icona Pop

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Stamps – Interview & Two Kids

STAMPS - Two Kids

STAMPS – Two Kids

STAMPS is indie-pop-rock duo who have started making and self producing their own tracks.

We had a little chat with them about how they got into music:

How and why did you start making music?

(Ren) I started singing in musical theater productions and operas at five years old, so music has always been a huge passion of mine. I wrote my first song when I was eight years old, sitting on a staircase with my Lisa Frank notebook about my first “boyfriend” who couldn’t decide if he wanted to date me or my best friend, (Second grade is a DOOZY) and I haven’t stopped writing since. Adam was in a number of bands, making music since he was in middle school, and together, we have been writing songs and producing music for the past four and a half years.

Ren, you moved from your home town of Cypress in Texas to Los Angeles when you were just 17. Do you think that has shaped the music you write today?

Definitely! When I left home, I was only a junior in high school. I somehow convinced my parents that moving to L.A. and finishing my senior year online while touring the country in a van we named STAMPS the Van Morrison was a good idea, and was thrown into a world that I’d always wanted to be a part of. It’s shaped my writing, my music, and who I am as a person. Having to be independent and self-sufficient as a teenager is never easy, but it made me work harder than I ever had to before.

Describe your sound in three words.

Pop, Funky, Melodic

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Our musical taste varies from The Beatles, The Strokes, No Doubt, The Cardigans, Phoenix, Frank Sinatra, anything from the Motown era…to pretty much anything!

How do you think your music will be making a stamp on the indietronica world?

We have been making music for years now, and have gone through a lot of experimenting with what we want our sound to be, and with these new songs, I think we finally found out exactly where we stand in the music world. With producing our own records, we are able to find that blend of all of our unique musical influences and really make the songs our own…a fine line of blending real instruments with electronic elements.

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

This isn’t new, but it’s our favourite record of all-time…If you haven’t listened to ‘RAM’ by Paul and Linda McCartney, get ready for a life changing experience.

Listen to the super catchy summertime pop track, ‘Two Kids’ below:

Sounds like: Monogem, Noosa, Lady Gaga, Kate Perry, No Doubt, Kid Astray, Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Palmedo

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Scavenger Hunt – Wildfire

Scavenger Hunt - Wildfire

Scavenger Hunt – Wildfire

The new single from LA’s electro-pop duo Scavenger Hunt is out!

It’s a 90’s inspired pop gem. Perfect to keep the weekend vibe going.

This track is the first off their new EP of the same name, which is out on 23 June.

Sounds like: Priest, Goldroom, Grimes, Ladyhawke, HAERTS, I BREAK HORSES, Carousel, Washed Out

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Taylor Swift – Style

Photo Credit: Sarah Barlow

Photo Credit: Sarah Barlow

Introducing everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure, Miss Taylor Swift.

We wouldn’t normally write about such a well known artist, but we think her latest single, ‘Style’, fits quite neatly into the indietronica bracket.

Watch her video below:

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Evvy, Monogem, Paperwhite, Chvrches, Palmedo, Prinze George, Nina Yasmineh, Day Wave

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GEMS – Scars

Gems

Dream-pop indietronica duo GEMS, from Washington, D.C. have made this new, emotive broodin track ‘Scars’, full of pulsating crunching synths, along with thick basslines and glorious, soaring vocal melodies.

A journey through love and hurt, ‘Scars’, is an addition to their MedusaEP which came out late last year on Never Age Records, available to buy here.

Read more below to see GEMS’ US tour dates.

Sounds like; Phantogram, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks
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Until The Ribbon Breaks – Goldfish

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Until The Ribbon Breaks

Until The Ribbon Breaks is Cardiff born and bred, Pete Lawrie Winfield.

‘Goldfish’ is a track that starts off optimistic with a rocky edge until the lugubriousness kicks in, reminiscent of Massive Attack’s ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. But ‘Goldfish’ suddenly twists and turns again into another direction. It is really hard to nail the direction of this track down, and that is a pretty special talent to have in itself these days. As UTRB puts it, we just can’t connect the sound.

UTRB is a student of film. Combining his desire of film with his deeply emotional beats, we can only imagine how atmospheric his shows are if this video is anything to go by.

His debut EP ‘The Other Ones’ is out now via Casablanca Music.

Sounds like: James Blake, Ben Khan, Sam Smith, Lorde, Le Youth, Massive Attack, Nordic Giants, Harts, Alex Clare, Clean Bandit

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Sky Ferreira – I Blame Myself

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira needs no introduction… her latest music video for new single ‘I Blame Myself’ has attracted a lot of attention with people claiming it’s controversial, but quite honestly, this is a really great pop song, full of the trademark raw emotion and angst from Sky.

Sounds like; Charli XCX, Marina & the Diamonds, MNDR, MS MR, Prince, Blood Orange
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