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Weekly Gems 44

Harlee – Now I Know

Harlee by Andrew J Attah

We recently discovered rising pop-star, Harlee and we haven’t been able to get enough of her stunning debut four-track EP, ‘It’s Personal’.

The lead single from the EP, ‘Now I Know’, was written when Harlee was just 14 and explores the feelings that she experienced coming out of her first relationship and the first time she had ever felt pain.

Sounds like: Jess Glynne, Blonde, Dua Lipa

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WYVE – Sunset on the Bay

WYVE - Sunset On The Bay

Emphatic electro-pop band WYVE from France share their upbeat debut single, ‘Sunset on the Bay’.

Groovy by nature, WYVE effortlessly bounce between 80’s retro vibes and contemporary drumbeats and sugary synths. Having already made a start on their debut album, we are excited about what’s to come from the musical pioneers.

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Anna Pancaldi – Peace

Anna Pancaldi

Anna Pancaldi releases her guitar-driven song, ‘Peace’.

Since working with producer Matt Ingram (Florence & The Machine, Lianne La Havas, Laura Marling), Pancaldi has really got down to business honing her sound and adding more grit to her already heart-felt songwriting skills.

On ‘Peace’, Pancaldi states,

“A challenge at first but now an exhilarating awakening having discovered and then explored the electric guitar. ‘Peace’ is my first ‘foot stomper’ track which I think will surprise listeners who’ve been on the journey with me so far. It feels a bold evolution for me so here we go.”

Sounds like: London Grammar, Adele, Rhye, Birdy, Maiday, Courtney Barnett

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OSTON – bad

OSTON

We stumbled upon Chicago-based newbie OSTON on SoundCloud randomly this morning and just had to include her debut single ‘bad’ in our weekly gems.

The Chicago-based songstress embraces the misfit world, snuggling up nicely to acts such as Billie Eilish and RALPH, with her captivating take on pop.

Expect her ‘Sitting at the Kids Table,’ EP soon.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, VÉRITÉ, RALPH

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Calper x Latir – Run To The Moon

Calper x Latir - Run To The Moon

Uk producer Calper and North London artist Latir have teamed up on new single ‘Run To The Moon’.

With it’s subtle of hints of dance sensibilities, the track never quite takes off in that direction, but it’s not big deal as we absolutely love the romantic escapism inspired in the track.

Sounds like: Craig David, Bipolar Sunshine, Ayelle

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Tep No – Fighting

Tep No - Fighting

Canadian producer and remixer, Tep No, returns with new single ‘Fighting’.

Summer-ready production, floating vocals, and topics of melancholy make this the perfect way to see through the end of summer.

Speaking about his brand-new single ‘Fighting’, he says,

“‘Fighting’ is about the difficulty of breakups and moving past relationships, feeling like a part is taken away when it’s over, the loneliness, not knowin how to move on.”

Sounds like: Robin Schulz, Klingande, Goldroom, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Bon Iver, Summer Heart, Washed Out, Day Wave

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Super Duper – Horizons

Super Duper

Experimenting with vocal chops and melodic riffs, ‘Horizons’ is upbeat and memorable.

Exciting Nashville producer and creator Super Duper has managed to do something unheard of – create a repetitive song that is quite simply addictive, and in no way annoying. Even Super Duper puts it on repeat, and you should too.

Sounds like: Kasbo, Petit Biscuit, Big Wild

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Playlist: Brika

Brika

Brika is the alternative pop project of Cuban-American, Briana Martinez, who has been a musician since the tender age of three.

Whilst her music maybe lyrically mature, it has a profound pop swagger, which envelopes you immediately upon first listen until you reach the end and don’t quite remember how you got there, much like a taxi ride (which incidentally ties in nicely with her current release, ‘Taxi Man’).

Brika has kindly put together a playlist for Indietronica. Check it out below.

Steve Lacy – Some

Music is a very visual art form that constantly draws pictures from moments of your past. I generally believe that one of the many elements that determine if a song is good, is its ability to make you instantly daydream. The first time I heard this song, it was very early in the morning as I was driving, and it instantly provoked exactly that. Since I’ve been hooked.

Beach House – Space Song

I love this song because there is something very bittersweet about it. It reminds me of the general music I would listen to a lot in high school.

A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean – Purity

One of my recent late-night “what is life” songs for me. I think the structure of this song is very unique and refreshing. Frank Ocean’s voice makes me instantly nostalgic.

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

This… I mean, Thom Yorke is everything. Although this song isn’t in one of my more recent plays, it is definitely a song I always go back to. The production is timeless and Yorke is anexcellent lyricist I have spent several nights just analyzing his ability to make one song perfectly summarize so many emotions.

Demo – Sunshine Girl

The song you blast in your apartment with a bottle of wine as you’re cooking a delicious meal. I am a sucker for excessive harmonies that feel effortless, old-school elements, and wavy sounding tracks.

TOPS – Easier Said

Tops is a very underrated artist.

ROSALÍA – Catalina

Rosalía embodies what the future of music is. She mixes Spanish Flamenco with modern Pop and Hip-Hop beat elements. The music she releases is extremely innovative and her lyrics are also very tasteful. Even in her attempt to do a more commercial sounding track with J Balvin in Brillo, her unique palate of influences thrive.

Feist – A Man Is Not His Song

A Man Is Not His Song is special to me. I love how she uses ‘song’ as a kind of metaphor for saying, just because an artist sings or a person portrays a certain image, doesn’t necessarily mean that is their reality. Her message can be interpreted further to say, that no one can live up to first impressions forever, in the same way, that writers of beautiful songs often create things beyond them. I think this song analyzes and embodies perfectly, what is found often in the music industry, when an artist plays the role of something they are not. Every track in album Pleasure by Feist, had a lot of interesting insights in the lyrics, and inspired me in the creation of my new EP.

Rhye – Song For You

This is a great song to drive to. I saw them live, and was extremely shocked to find the singer was actually a male and sounded exactly as the record!

Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Although this album has been around for a very long time, these are one of the songs I’ve only more recently discovered.

Moses Sumney – Plastic

I think Moses Sumney is incredible and very underrated. Everything that this artist puts out is real music. I love the soft Jazz guitar, the distant reverbed harmonies, and subtle use of strings at the end. He never disappoints in creating beautiful arrangements that are topped by tasteful lyrics.

Sounds like: Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Macy Gray

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LOYAL – Patterns That Fall

LOYAL - Patterns That Fall

Brighton-based three-piece, LOYAL share ‘Patterns That Fall’.

Taking more of a “Fleetwood Mac” approach to the single, ‘Patterns That Fall’ dreamily considers the binary nature of our limited time on earth.

Sounds like: Fleetwood Mac, Rhye, Foals, Boxed In, Gryffin, Fairchild, Retro Culture, Angus Dawson

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TESHA – Dreams

TESHA

Brooklyn-based TESHA shares her mesmerising new single, ‘Dreams’.

TESHA effortlessly displays breathless vocal whispers with imaginary Japanese strings and a steady electronic backbeat.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Björk, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom

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LUMINAR – Stand Down

Luminar

Dutch production duo LUMINAR shares ‘Stand Down’,

A slow starter, but bare with it, as ‘Stand Down’ does build and burn into a stream of dream pop with spacious synths and drums.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Sigur Rós, London Grammar

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Nina June – Out to Sea

Nina June - Out To Sea

Finding artistic inspiration during a 700 mile solitary walk through France and Spain, while listening to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero 7, Nina June has created the cinematic pop song, ‘Out To Sea’.

Listen below.

Nina June’s album BON VOYAGE is out today.

Sounds like: Rhye, Seinabo Sey

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Superheart – After Midnight

Superheart - After Midnight

Superheart‘s new single ‘After Midnight’ has a serious sense of nostalgia to it, despite us not hearing it before today.

It reminds us a little of the music from The Beach soundtrack thanks to its warming vocals and subtly powerful tropical licks.

Sounds like: Brian Eno, Sugar Ray

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Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden

Adorned in flowers and a “no sweat” approach in his press shot, Joshua Worden oozes an effortlessly cool approach to his music.

Joshua’s new single release ‘Tennessee’ is both raw and organic, yet electronic and processed, and we’re not the slightest bit confused…in fact we can’t get enough of his nonchalant vibe.

Sounds like: The Strokes, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Jamie Woon, Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala

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Retro Kid – Retro Kid (RK Version)

Retro Kid

So it turns out you can make music from literally anywhere, including a studio with equipment sitting on ironing boards!

Usually one for more indietronica stuff, the bedroom producer Retro Kid has pulled this one out the bag for his DJ set, which is to be aired on BBC Introducing’s Big Bangers weekend on 29 March.

The track takes influence from the many late nights in Copenhagen and was largely produced with a headache the day after.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jungle, Hot Chip, Little Dragon

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JINKA – Countdown Forever

JINKA

Berlin-based artist JINKA shares the experimental and rather sporadic ‘Countdown Forever’, full of plonky synth sounds.

Speaking about the track, JINKA states,

“Countdown Forever is about an illusional state of infinite hedonistic experience. The title is paradoxical. But just because something is paradoxical it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea of it. I think, what I generally do when I’m writing is that I try to take a different perspective on the mundane, dip crude reality into some sort of surreal glossing, romanticize it without smoothening the contours.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Weekly SubmitHub Gems 9

Is 9 your lucky number? We’ve received some great submissions this week.

Enjoy them below!

Labrose – Disguise

Labrose

“When your lips are too thick to speak, sing”. What a great motto to live by. Meet the writers behind this line, Labrose – a UK/US producer/singer/songwriter duo who create delicate electronica.

Ironically, their new single ‘Disguise’ is left wide open with a stripped back approach, giving perspective to the complicated nature of both love’s beauty and its toxicity. Pure bliss.

It’s out now on PM Recordings.

Sounds like: Rhye, Rationale, Jacob Banks, James Blake

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ARY – Already There

ARY - Already There

Step aside ladies, Trondheim-raised / Oslo-based Norwegian solo artist ARY has arrived.

Her new single ‘Already There’ is ARY’s first attempt of a pop song, and it completely works. Pulsating synths worthy of club status and ethereal vocals, you won’t want to stop listening to it.

It’s out now via Petroleum Records.

Sounds like: Aurora, Sigrid, Kvelertak

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Vessels – Deeper In A Sky Feat Harkin

Vessels

Leeds-based five-piece Vessels share robust new single, ‘Deeper In A Sky’ featuring Harkin (aka Sky Larkin’s Katie Harkin), taken from their upcoming new album ‘The Great Distraction’ out on Different Recordings.

Speaking of the new album, Martin says, “The music acknowledges a bleakness and tension, but I think our response is optimistic and euphoric.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Caribou, Jon Hopkins

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Child Ivory – Angie

Child Ivory

US duo Child Ivory create uplifting music with a melancholic pinch.

Spacious vocals and a catchy AF guitar riff guide the dreamy ‘Angie’ through to our ears. Lovely.

Sounds like: KYKO, Phil Collins, The New Coast, Beach House, M83, Kurt Vile

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LOVE SICK – Bullet

LOVE SICK

We are all love sick to some degree.

Scottish girl/boy duo LOVE SICK share debut single ‘Bullet’, an ode to both heartbreak and obsession.

The couple met at a work Christmas party when Julie drunkenly let slip to Shaun (who also produced in his spare time) that she always wanted to be a singer. A few weeks later the duo coincidentally bumped into each other at a train station, and the rest is cosmic pop.

Sounds like: ASTR, Dagny, COSBY

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CAMARANO – Ashes

CAMARANO

Another debut, this time from Perth-based artist and multi-instrumentalist, CAMARANO (aka Mat Cammarano).

Having previous been involved in performing with bands as well as producing and recording for other artists, Mat has decided to go it alone and release ‘Ashes’.

It’s a fuzzy masterpiece that would fit well in the lo-fi category, alongside the likes of Tame Impala, Big Scary or Bon Iver.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Big Scary, Bon Iver

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Nina June – If We Never Go

Nina June

Dutch artist, Nina June, has just released ‘If We Never Go’.

It’s the fifth track taken from her BON VOYAGE project, which greets a generation that is on a constant quest to overcome loneliness, despite being more interconnected than ever before.

Sounds like: Thomas Azier, Agnes Obel, Rhye, London Grammar, Adele

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Anna Pancaldi – Brother

Anna Pancaldi

Anna Pancaldi

It’s rare these days that music can hit you hard in your core, but Anna Pancaldi has managed to do that with her piano-led ‘Brother’.

As you would expect, ‘Brother’ covers a highly emotional subject, exploring the reality of loss.

Live Shows

March 3rd – House Concert, Glasgow
March 4th – Hemelvaart Bier Cafe, Ayton
March 7th – Whiskey Bar, Manchester
March 8th – Making Waves, Manchester
March 10th – The Steel Rooms, Brigg
March 17th – House Concert, Essex
March 16th – The Stables, Cricklade
March 18th – The Drawing Room, Chesham
March 19th – Apple Store, Regent Street
March 22nd – The Victoria, London
March 24th – Big Comfy Book Shop, Coventry
March 25th – St Peters on the Waterfront, Ipwich
March 27th -Bespoke Records, Brighton

Sounds like: London Grammar, Adele, Rhye, Birdy, Maiday

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B.Miles – Running

B.Miles

B.Miles

B.Miles is back with ‘Running’.

A funky and humble track, ‘Running’ is bang on the pop trend for 2017.

It’s the first offering from B.Miles’ self-titled EP, out 17 March. The EP was written in the same storage-unit-turned-studio where ‘Twenty Fifteen’ was recorded, alongside co-songwriter Eric Nizgretsky and Brooklyn-based production duo Noise Club. Producer Matias Quarleri was also added to the mix this time around.

Sounds like: Rhye, Years & Years, Jess Nolan, London Grammar, Banks, Ji Nilsson, Lyves, Broods, SOHN, The Weeknd, Jesse Ware, Shura, Noosa, James Blake, July Child, The xx, Jai Paul, Rationale, Austra

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Playlist: Saro

SARO

SARO

Los Angeles-based artist, Saro, tells us not to fall in love on his SoundCloud page, but it’s too late as we already have.

He has just dropped his ‘In Loving Memory’ EP (produced by Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Jessie Ware, Jamie Woon, Quadron) and it’s seven tracks of well-crafted pop, and to celebrate, we’ve asked him to put together a playlist.

His chosen theme is “Sleepwalking & Daydreaming”.

Katie Dey – Fear O’ the Light
I learned about the mysterious Katie Dey this past summer and she has become one of my favorites. Her album Flood Network is perfect.

Okay Kaya – I’m Stupid (But I Love You)
Kaya gives me everything I’ve ever wanted lyrically and melodically. I’m an addict.

Temples – Certainty
I love the psychedelic production and sweeter than candy melodies. Temples puts on the best live show too.

Jenny Hval – Period Piece
I get lost in the beauty of the vocal pads. I also love how the guitar is reminiscent of Morse Code.

iamamiwhoami – Sever
Iamamiwhoami has given me endless sonic and visual inspiration over the years. They have 3 full length visual albums that every artist must see.

Moses Sumney – Seeds
Moses has the voice of a god. It can melt butter, too.

TR/ST – Sulk
TR/ST has been one of my favorite bands for years. I have a man crush on Robert Alfons.

Darondo – Didn’t I
So much pain and longing in his falsetto. I can’t decide whether to dance or cry.

Wild Nothing – Chinatown
An all time favorite. “We’re not happy til we’re running away”.

Portishead – Machine Gun
Probably the most riveting production I’ve ever heard. Beth Gibbons performs a haunting vocal that moves me to the core.

Listen to Saro below.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Jack Garratt, Draper, Clean Bandit, Years & Years

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Interview: Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Amanda Merdzan

Australian-born and London-based, Amanda Merdzan, has been gearing up to release her ‘Commands’ EP, which is finally out today.

We had a chat with Amanda about its release and her music, in general.

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

I started playing guitar when I was really young, and spent a lot of my younger years at all ages gigs after discovering the world of grunge and pop-punk music! I formed a few bands back then and would always be jamming with them in my parents garage or at one of the other kids houses. One thing lead to another, a punk rock EP, a few folk records later and here I am! It’s been an interesting progression.

Describe your sound in three words.

Dark Electro Pop.

Your EP, ‘Commands’, is coming out on the 25th July. Tell us more about the meaning behind it.

Leading up to writing the EP there were a lot of significant changes taking place in my life, which became the focal point of the songs. The title ‘Commands’ comes from the feeling of having very little control in the situations I was experiencing.

A close friendship of mine was on it’s way out the door, and I was learning that people can change very quickly when being guided by the will of others. I’d also just revealed the relationship with my girlfriend that I had been hiding from everyone for a long time, and I was trying to navigate my way through all the challenges that came with that.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I’ve always had a large folk influence, but when I was writing this EP I was listening to a lot of Broods, Grimes and Fever Ray.

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

Bat For Lashes, Haux, Anna Of The North and Amanda Bergman.

Order ‘Commands’ on iTunes here.

Sounds like: Leena Ojala, Rhye, Emma Louise, MUNA, Shura, Chinah, Wet

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