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BEij – Bad News

BEij
Meet BEij, a band originally set up by a couple of school friends.

Their latest release, ‘Bad News’ is essentially a funky number, inspired by music from the 60’s and 70’s, but it has a modern indie pop sound to it.

The track is said to be “about pursuing your passions instead of the path that your friends and family see fit.”

Sounds like: CHAPPO, Pharrell, Santana

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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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Mark Diamond – Dark Matter

Mark Diamondd

Mark Diamondd

Mark Diamond is exactly that. A musical diamond, shining brightly amongst the competition.

He has probably sparkled this bright since he started writing music, despite the regular rainfall in his hometown of Maple Valley, just outside of Seattle. Mark hopes that his music reminds fans (just as much as it does himself) to focus “on the brightness of the stars rather than question the darkness in-between them.”

Tattooed onto Mark’s left forearm reads “XVII-II-MMVI” – the date he first performed an original song in front of a large audience. Each day that tattoo staring at him is a reminder that all it takes is the courage to be yourself. At that moment, Mark remembers feeling like nothing in his life would be the same.

His expansive new track, ‘Dark Matter’, is about the push and pull of his own life and forms part of his ‘Cosma’ EP.

Mark says;

“The Cosma EP is so much more than a body of music to me. Writing these songs was extremely spiritual for me because I began to feel like I had found my place in the universe. Right away the record really started to take on a large atmospheric type mood and I definitely wanted that to continue because it felt so natural. I realized the importance of creating something without searching for perfection and allowing the life of a song take its course. For the most part, I feel as though these songs wrote themselves and I was just lucky enough to be there to catch them.”

Sounds like: Take That, Tom Odell, James Bay, Tender

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Premiere: Clyde Hill – Cascade (feat. Lyon Hart)

Clyde Hill by Andria Lindquist

Clyde Hill by Andria Lindquist

This track is enough to put anyone in a great mood.

It’s called ‘Cascade’ by Seattle DJ/producer, Clyde Hill, and features the opulent vocals of New York resident and house vocalist, Lyon Hart.

A smooth and alluring entrance lead to an outpour of spine tingling vocals full of positivity, alongside some highly uplifting production. Love!

Sounds like: Keljet, RAC, Goldroom, Le Youth, Viceroy, Penguin Prison, Ghost Beach, Great Good Fine Ok, Ayer

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Liyv – You Should Know Better

Liyv - You Should Know Better

Liyv – You Should Know Better

Liyv is a dream pop duo from Seattle, comprising of Olivia Paige Holman and Joel Marchand.

They like to make songs for sad people who like bright colours, combining sky high synths with lush vocals.

Their debut ‘You Should Know Better’ is the first in a long line of monthly releases. We can’t wait for February’s track.

Head over to Liyv’s Soundcloud for a free download of ‘You Should Know Better’.

Sounds like: Evvy, Noosa, BLSHS, Leena Ojala, Kyla La Grange, Kimbra, Ellie Goulding, Ayer

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Premiere: The Northcoast – With You

The Northcoast

The Northcoast

Pioneering the modern age of remote music making is The Northcoast; an indie pop duo from New York and Seattle.

Using nothing but Dropbox as a means to co write, produce, record and finalise their songs, they write music inspired by the 80’s and early 90’s as well with some of today’s music in the realms of Passion Pit, M83, The 1975 and Chvrches.

Watch the video featuring the two together at last, directed by Nikolai Vanyo.

Sounds like: The 1975, Great Good Fine Ok, Passion Pit, M83, Chvrches

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Vallis Alps – Young

Vallis Alps

Vallis Alps

Vallis Alps is a new trio from Australia comprising of Parissa and David Ansari.

They are a prime example of the quality of music exports from Australia that we’ve seen in the last few years. Just think of all the artists on the Future Classic label alone!

Our favourite and most indietronica track from the self-titled EP is ‘Young’, but we also like the EDM production value of ‘Thru’. Have a listen to ‘Young’ below:

Sounds like: Goldroom, Chela, Broods, Prinze George, July Child, Banks, X Priest X, Daughter

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