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Chela – Bad Habit

Chela - Bad Habit

Well this is an exciting day indeed. Australian indietronica songstress Chela is back for a new single!

Adorned in her signature orange, the glorious video for ‘Bad Habit’ sees Chela at her best, eyes right down to the camera and into your soul.

Welcome back lady!

Watch it below.

Sounds like: Charli XCX, Ladyhawke, DENA, Tei Shi

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Kill J – Gravity

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Danish experimental pop artist, Kill J returns with new stunner, ‘Gravity’.

Once again working with talented producer Nector, Kill J’s icy, falsetto vocals melt with lush strings and leftfield synths.

Sounds like: Grimes, Purity Ring, Keep Shelly in Athens, Kacy Hill, Tei Shi, FKA Twigs

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Too Shy – Oceans Rise

Too Shy

Breathy percussions and melting vocals are the ingredients for ‘Oceans Rise’ by Too Shy, a musical project based out of Oakland that delivers a strong environmental message.

Self described as “eco-pop and nymph-rock”, ‘Oceans Rise’ is full of synths and beats, voices and symbols, that mirrors water flowing through the mountains of Oakland.

Sounds like: Nimmo, Joe Goddard, Tei Shi

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Tei Shi – Keep Running

Tei Shi by JJ Medina

Tei Shi by JJ Medina

Tei Shi is back!

The Agostina Gálvez-directed video for ‘Keep Running’ by the Brooklyn based songstress oozes sex appeal and instantly takes us back to that Flake advert from the 80’s, but this time it’s a mic and not a chocolate bar.

Tei Shi’s debut album, ‘Crawl Space’, is out 31 March on Downtown/Interscope Records.

Sounds like: ASTR, Tinashe, Shura, Claire, Ballet School, VÉRITÉ, La Roux, Ronika, Kitten, Depeche Mode, Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Rilo Kiley, Dominique

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Interview: Badlands

Badlands

Badlands

Badlands is an electronic project by Swedish born songwriter, producer and sound designer Catharina Jaunviksna.

We caught up with Catharina to talk music and life.

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

I’ve always been into music. As a teen it saved me, like so many others. I was listening to a lot of post-hardcore, shoegaze, synth and new wave. And even though I started to record early, I was always very private about it. Music was this huge and intangible mountain to climb, I thought I wasn’t worthy. And I didn’t know anybody else that was into synthesizers, midi and sampling back then. So I hid away and made music for myself and external projects, such as movies and plays, so that I wouldn’t have to uncover myself. I did make a few failed attempts to form a band too. But something needed to get out. I was missing something that only I would be able to materialize. So eventually I thought it was time to start arranging and finish the huge pile of soundtracks and experiments that was lying around on my hard drives. And that’s how Badlands was born. The first EP was released together with my friend Nikals Tjäder, it was great fun at the time but pretty obvious whose baby it was, so after the first release Badlands became my solo project. It was a big relief, now I could just nerd out and do whatever turned me on, without having to compromise with anything. Then I released the single Tutu, and now the new album Locus.

Describe your sound in three words.

Melodic, lush, interstellar.

You were born in Sweden, but also call Ireland and Italy your home. What do you like and dislike about each place, and why?

Scene-wise? Well, I suppose I’ll have to generalize here quite a bit, so don’t hold me too much to it. Sweden… We have great judgement and taste when it comes to music, but we can be pretty anxious about trend and rep. Doesn’t make good pioneers, not any more. But I’m sure we will again someday. The Irish scene on the other hand is very vibrant, a great balance of DIY and professionalism. Fortunately, the country’s stubborn and silly old values don’t reflect in the music, it’s the complete opposite. And Italy… I think they’re on their way. I meet a lot of Italians who idolize the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon scene though, and try to copy that, instead of finding their own thing. I believe they have to take whatever they’re insecure about and turn that into their strength instead. Like they used to.

Your album, ‘Locus’, is out now. Tell us a bit more about the process of creating ‘Locus’, and the meaning behind the album.

I don’t intellectualize around music, at least not my own. It’s not until the end of the process that I start to realize what it was all about. And the meaning can change with the process too, or hold several meanings. That’s why music is magic and not rational. But the process is usually the same, pretty much.

These transient melodies and pictures appear in my head like capsuled mini revelations, and from there I walk in to the studio and try to communicate that exact feeling somehow. Sometimes that process takes only a couple of weeks, sometimes several months. I love the start and the end of a tune making process, but the 90% in-between is a chaos of doubt and self-contempt. Haha.

I think it’s funny how many people seem to look at Locus at this apocalyptic prophecy though. To me Locus is magnanimous, tender even. It’s more a study over human kind, rather than an assessment. It’s a lot about how much power we have over who we are and the decisions we make. But each song has its own story, and I don’t want to sabotage my listeners own interpretations either.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

A lot of stuff that inspire me is either from the late 70’s or early 80’s, even though I wasn’t born then. Music that lead on new wave, before it even became a concept. Both commercial stuff and more obscure space- and Italo disco. But I don’t try to sound retro or anything, I’ve never understood the thrill in trying to copy a sound myself, although I enjoy listening to others neo-synthwave and retro-futuristic work. But yes, the 80’s…I believe there was just enough technology to nurse creativity, but not restrict it, like today. It colored the sounds, made them re-assuring, warm and invincible. I build stamina and find strength in what they had then, that we lack today. I love the softness of the sounds too, that’s why my masters aren’t pushed so hard and ran through tape.

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

Most new music I listen to is unestablished. I spend many hours every week digging around in the huge tank of indie anarchy that is Soundcloud. I think that’s the closest thing to crate digging in the digital world you get these days. It’s the darknet of music, but in a good way. I love finding and pushing overlooked gems. I think many of the major music blogs have lost their sense of passion, excitement and courage, that’s why I don’t look there for new stuff anymore, like I used to. But of course I listen to a lot of signed music as well. If we’re talking labels I really dig Warp, Mute, Secretly Canadian, Italians do it better, Ghostly, Captured Tracks, Lucky Number to name a few. And my friends. I’m lucky enough to know a bunch of super talented people. You find them where you find me.

Badlands’ album is out now. Order on iTunes now.

Sounds like: Tei-Shi, Glasser, Still Corners, Enya, Be Forest, Lilies on Mars

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Ryan Egan – Finest Hour

Ryan Egan

Ryan Egan

Another cracking track from Ryan Egan. This one is called ‘Finest Hour’, and we are pretty sure this is Ryan’s finest musical hour to date.

While previous releases have seen Egan share production with Luca Buccellati (Tei Shi), ‘Finest Hour’ see’s Egan take on full production duties.

The result a glistening pop track full of 80’s vibes.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Tei Shi, The Ugly Club, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Shy Girls

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GEMS – Tangled Memories

GEMS

GEMS

We simply cannot get enough of Gems. Just see our backlog of posts!

New track ‘Tangled Memories’ highlights just how good the duo is at creating that type of dreamy indietronica we love.

Listen below.

Their debut album, ‘Kill The One You Love’, is out 30 October on Carpark Records.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lorde, So Below, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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GEMS – Living as a Ghost

GEMS

GEMS

Isolated creatives and goth-pop duo, GEMS, return with brooding new gem ‘Living as a Ghost’.

Recognisable vocals and distorted synths, GEMS are very much alive.

Have a listen below.

It is the first single taken from their debut album called ‘Kill The One You Love’, which has been mixed by Damian Lazar (Björk, Mas Ysa) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim) and is out 30 October on Carpark Records.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lorde, So Below, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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Ryan Egan – Between The Pages

Ryan Egan

Ryan Egan

Ryan Egan is a 26 year old NYC based artist, who is also one fourth of The Ugly Club.

Following on from the success of ‘Restoration’ is ‘Between The Pages’, Egan’s second track that he has worked on with producer, Luca Buccellati (Tei Shi).

It definitely has those Tei Shi urban vibes coupled with raw lyrics, further proving how well Egan and Buccellati work together to create a new slant on modern pop/RnB.

The upcoming debut EP ‘Postures’ is set for release in Autumn.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Tei Shi, The Ugly Club, Twin Shadow, Jai Paul, JUNGLE, Shy Girls

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GEMS – Sinking Stone

Gems

Gems

Cinematic pop D.C. duo, GEMS has shared a dramatic new video for ‘Sinking Stone’ as an exclusive short film for DAZED.

The beautifully shot short film is a gritty depiction of young love from an intensely visual perspective, courtesy of BRTHR (Alex Lee/ Kyle Wightman). The portrayal of an “epic, feverish love tale” has been achieved with the help of the notorious ATL Twins.

The track is taken from the ‘Medusa EP’, which came out late last year on Never Age Records, and is available to buy here.

GEMS is currently in the studio working on their highly anticipated debut full length album, due for release in 2015.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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