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Emma McGrath – Other Side

Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath is back with another knockout pop single called ‘Other Side’.

There is no doubt that Emma’s music has matured over the last year and this is adamantly clear in the bold, guitar-infused anthem, where we see a more vulnerable side of Emma.

Speaking about the track, Emma explains,

“Other Side is the first song I wrote in the US. The song started out with my best mate Alfie and I deciding we needed a quality country song, but it very, very quickly turned into something else! The song is about needing honesty; I can’t fix any of your problems, but I’ll promise to be there and help you through the ups and downs of life. I’m almost asking for permission, not wanting to give my all to something for fear of being let down; I’m searching for reassurance.”

‘Other Side’ is out today via Young Poet Records, and is taken from her upcoming four-track EP, to be released this Autumn.

Live

20 July – L Fest, Bodafon Farm, Llandudno, Wales
24 July – Blue Balls Festival, Switzerland w/ Charlotte Gainsbourg
27 July – The Drawing Room, Chesham, UK
27 July – Standon Calling, UK
2 August – Underneath The Stars, UK
18 – 21 September – Reeperbahn Festival, Germany

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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Interview: Beauty sleep

Beauty Sleep

Irish trio Beauty Sleep recently released their debut album, ‘Be Kind’ – a soundtrack to your summer, full of positive affirmations about self-love and good intentions.

We had a chat with them about music, and being kind.

Describe your sound in three words.

Groovy optimism with synths!

Your debut album ‘Be Kind’ is out now. What has the journey been like in writing and recording it?

We started writing/recording it early last year. We always said that when we do an album we’re gonna write it from scratch and try and tell a story. So we started with a blank page, which we naively thought we’d fill in a couple of weeks, but it took a bit longer than that!!

It was essentially just me and Ryan in a room, often late at night, writing and recording as much as we could for months. After a while, that scenario really burnt us out. This album really pushed us to make a decision on what we wanted our sound to be and what we wanted to say and it was a challenge! A good challenge, I’m so proud of the outcome and so much more confident about Beauty Sleep’s sound, but it was definitely a journey!!

We started super excitable, writing and recording a huge amount of songs we were really into. We got a quite burnt out, introspective and doubtful in the middle, we felt like we lost perspective on what we wanted to say. So we went to Donegal and shut ourselves away from the world – jumped in the sea and climbed cliffs and suddenly the music started flowing again. When we went back into the studio we could suddenly see what we were trying to say and what the album was about. That was super magical. It all came together and got finished really quickly after that!

What is the theme throughout the album?

The theme throughout the album is about being kind. Hence the name! This band and this album have marked a time in our lives where we really felt like we were growing up and changing. That awkward mid 20s era of trying to settle into the adult human version of yourself. We were learning how to be the best people we could be while facing challenging times – dealing with disappointment and fear and responsibility in ways we hadn’t before. Walking through anxiety and stress and loss. We were trying to be honest to ourselves and our loved ones, stay true to who we were but grow at the same time. These songs are a really honest depiction of that journey for us.

The overarching lesson we learnt was a mantra we would often repeat to each other – ‘just be kinder to yourself.’ Stop beating yourself up for no reason, it only holds you back. Extend that kindness and empathy to others, try to find the joy in the tough times. These felt like the most important lessons to hold onto and send out into the world in our music. So it felt fitting to call the album Be Kind. We hope people get some empowering comfort from the songs as they walk through their own journey. The whole album is a celebration of us feeling down and getting back up again!

What does 2019 and beyond have in store for Beauty Sleep?

We’re finishing off our album launch tour in our hometown Belfast in The Mac on June 29th! We’re so excited as the rest of the tour has been so amazing. The energy in the rooms has been insane! So this will be a big homecoming celebration.

For the next few months, we’ll be playing lots of festivals and shows across UK, Ireland and Europe, celebrating Be Kind whenever we go! Beyond that, more songs, more albums, more shows. This band has been such an adventure for us and seeing the joy it brings others makes us want to do it forever!

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

At the minute we’ve been listening to a lot of new releases from WHY?, Two Door Cinema Club, Chaka Khan, Pillow Queens, Hex Hue and Soak. We’ve got extra long playlists at the minute from all the touring, so I could go on for ages!!

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach, Passion Pit, Bleachers

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ROE – GIRLS

ROE

Derry-based ROE releases ‘GIRLS’, a call out out to the unrealistic expectations on social media and loving yourself for who you are.

Things seem to be going pretty well for ROE, having supported SNow Patrol on tour and playing SXSW and The Great Escape festivals this year.

Sounds like: Emma McGrath, Soak, Gabrielle Aplin

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Harry Nathan – Blue Eyed Girl

Harry Nathan

Dream-pop story teller Harry Nathan has just shared his debut EP, ‘Songs About Dreams About Her’, a piece of work true to himself.

A complete DIY project, the Australian producer/singer/songwriter/DJ ends the five-track EP with ‘Blue Eyed Girl,’ a closing and contemplation on the relationship as well as a little peek into the sound and direction of Harry’s production evolution on his next project.

Sounds like: Moby

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M w S – Too Young to Know

M w S

M w S are a songwriting duo from a small town in Italy, that have made London their home for creating their distinctive, soulful-pop sound.

So the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone. And that’s exactly what ‘Too Young to Know’ discusses – a bittersweet nostalgia of love lost.

Sounds like: Marie Dahlstrom, Tom Misch, Oscar Jerome, Honne, Blood Orange

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Naah – Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Naah - Wake Up Feat. C. Gold

Introducing 22 year old Swedish songwriter Naah, who has dropped an absolute banger with C. Gold, called ‘Wake Up’.

A background in the indie rock and pop world, Naah’s release is refreshingly catchy. Not wanting to be pigeonholed as pop or electro, Naah has born a love child of modern dance-music and old-fashion disco.

Sounds like: Whethan, Daft Punk, Tove Lo, Terror JR, Ninajirachi

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Aaron Taos – Bloom

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos by Dave Krugman

Aaron Taos‘ new single is about forbidden fruit, more specifically about him having a crush on his friend’s sister.

The video shows Aaron and his beau in a typical Sunday morning scene, set in a not so typical field of flowers, one that represent the fanasty of letting their love blossom.

Sounds like: Yoke Lore, MP The Kid

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RKCB – Till We’re In The Sea

RKCB

Los Angeles-based duo RKCB shares the beautiful new single, ‘Till We’re In The Sea’.

RKCB fuses neo-soul, modern electronic R&B and dreamy synth-pop with avant-garde lyrics, resulting in an unparalleled sound that has echoes of Icelandic band, Ásgeir, bringing back memories of long drives by the cold seaside.

The song is taken from their ‘Shores’ EP which aims to tackle global warming and climate change.

Sounds like: Ásgeir, Talos, Aquilo, Solomon Grey

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Like Swimming – The Ground

Like Swimming by C. Johan Knobe

It’s been a minute since we last covered Swedish trio, Like Swimming and goodness aren’t we glad they’re back!

‘The Ground’, the more organic and typical indie-pop style compared to their last single, ‘Strike A Pose’, is released ahead of their double EP Resistance / Relations’, out on DigSin.

Sounds like: Chvrches, Chrome Sparks, Of Monsters & Men

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ROE – Down Days

ROE

Rising folktronica artist ROE has just reeased her new single ‘Down Days’, whilst currently on a UK tour with Snow Patrol.

A song dedicated to those down days, the song is described as “grumpy electro-pop” by ROE herself, but we think this gives herself an injustice as we all suffer down days and there’s nothing wrong with being reflective about that.

‘Down Days’ is out now via Fictive Kin Records.

Sounds like: Emma McGrath, Soak, Florence + The Machine

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Jack Hawitt – Grow

Jack Hawitt

You may not know the name Jack Hawitt, but you soon will.

Despite his HUGE success with previous releases with DJ Lucious and his cover of Dua Lipa‘s ‘Be The One’, his new single ‘Grow’ seems like the first personal release from the solo act – and one that is about “embracing the past and diving into the future.”

Sounds like: Matt Corby, Freya Ridings

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Fintan – Say It Again

Fintan

Meet Canadian busker and soon-to-be-artist, Fintan.

A deeply honest take on modern-day pop music, confessional track ‘Say It Again’ is the closest Fintan has come to knowing himself, being as deeply honest as possible.

Sounds like: Troye Sivan

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Trapdoor Social – The Move

Trapoor Social

Independent band Trapdoor Social are on ‘The Move’ with new single.

Blending Cali surf rock with pop/rock, the band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique.

Sounds like: The Kooks, Panic! At The Disco, Great Good Fine Ok

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Emma McGrath – Butterfly

Emma McGrath by CK Goldiing

Emma McGrath continues to make waves in the pop world with the release of ‘Butterfly’ taken from her ‘Silent Minds’ EP, out on 13 April.

The song shows a more feisty and upfront side of Emma than her last release ‘Love You Better’, inspired about getting rid of fake people in your life and doing what is morally right instead of following the crowd, even though it may be detrimental to your own situation.

Disclosure: I am Emma’s publicist at the time of writing.

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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MANE – Chasing Butterflies

MANE

Paige Court is the name behind Adelaide-based indietronica project, MANE.

Smooth vocals, almost of a tenor nature, juxtapose with delicate strings, and drive MANE’s dark indie pop single ‘Chasing Butterflies’, resulting in a stand-out sound that isn’t usually found in modern pop tracks.

Sounds like: Soak, Emma McGrath, London Grammar, Gordi, Lorde, Maggie Rogers

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Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath by CK Goldiing

Wow, Emma McGrath is a North Londoner who, at just 18 years old, already has two PRS grants under her belt!

She started writing music six years ago and is now gearing up to release an EP called ‘Silent Minds’.

The first release from the EP is ‘Love You Better’ is as radio-ready as they come, written with Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth no less.

Disclosure: I am Emma McGrath’s publicist at the time of writing.

The ‘Silent Minds’ EP is expected on 13 April 2018 and can be pre-ordered here.

Sounds like: Soak, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar, Birdy, FOXES, Ed Sheeran

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HANDSOME – Late Night Ball Game feat. Joyride

HANDSOME

There are sweet whispers in your ear, inviting you to a ‘Late Night Ball Game’. Would you go?

Of course you would – you can guarantee it’s gonna be well hell of a ride. Well, a HANDSOME Joyride to be exact, from two unique and creative artists in their own right.

The film clip below follows five friends leading the queer revolution in a sequence of raw ‘This Is England’ scenarios.

HANDSOME’s debut EP ‘NO HAT NO PLAY’ will be out in 2018.

Sounds like: The xx, SOAK, IDER, Mura Masa

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Amy Milner – Easier

Amy Milner

Amy Milner

British singing talent, Amy Milner, always sings with great intention.

‘Easier’ is a perfect example of this.

As Amy describes, ‘Easier’ is an “all consuming” track, which makes the listener want to stand up and fight for a positive change.

Sounds like: Amy MacDonald, London Grammar, Rae Morris, Lucy Rose, Laurel, Gabrielle Aplin, Soak

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