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Marble Empire – Hold Me Up

Marble Empire

London-based multi-instrumentalist & producer Marble Empire (aka Matt Berry) shares his new single ‘Hold Me Up’.

Written about going back to his ex-girl despite disliking her, the song is pleasantly upbeat and warm in his delivery.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kaytranada, Mura Masa

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Phil Good – Everything’s Good

Phil Good

Everything is far from ok at the moment, but perhaps we need a bit of light relief ahead of the weekend.

Cue Phil Good and his overtly optimistic attitude to what’s going on at the moment. Remember, someone always has it worse than you, so appreciate what you have. You can watch the Joren Cull-animated visuals below.

Sounds like: Honne, Joseph Salvat, Miike Snow, Glass Animals, Joywave, Just Kiddin’, San Holo

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Artio – All Things End

Artio

Unique band Artio share new single ‘All Things End’, released on Monomyth Records.

Embracing newly learned production techniques and taking an almost more mature approach to songwriting, with a feisty prowess not seen too often in modern bands.

Sounds like: Skies

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Phoebe Ryan – Reality

Phoebe Ryan

US based Phoebe Ryan shares her former ‘Reality’ with us, taken from a time when she was very dishonest with herself.

The visuals for the wistful and fantastical story is inspired by the psychedelic production of The Flaming Lips‘ 2006 album ‘At War With The Mystics’, a formative album for Ryan’s music career.

Sounds like: Grimes, ROZES, EXES

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Sea Girls – Do You Really Wanna Know?

Sea Girls - Do You Really Wanna Know?

Our favourte band in the UK right now, Sea Girls, share the visuals for ‘Do You Really Wanna Know?’.

Blurring the lines between reality and fansity, and touching on the topic of mental health, the video – directed by world class animator Francesca de Bassa – takes the band’s own self isolated photography and brings them to life as kaleidoscopic, animated collages.

Sounds like: Marsicans, The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Swimming Tapes, Slow Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Sundara Karma

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Gia Woods – Naive

Gia Woods - Naive

Gia Woods is an emerging voice in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as in the pop sphere.

As a queer, Persian woman, born into a traditional Persian household in Los Angeles, Woods grew up a loner and used this time to make music. Her latest single, ‘Naive’ touches on the subject of discovering what you want out of an intimate relationship.

Sounds like: Zolita, WENS, Sizzy Rocket, L Devine

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Milq – Summer Again

Milq

Canadian self-proclaimed “boy band” Milq share their nostalgic tune, ‘Summer Again’.

With extremely strong echoes of LANY and joan., their new single is inspired by the romanticising of young love and past experiences.

Sounds like: LANY, joan.

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Kidnap – Start Again (Macious Remix)

Kidnap - Start Again (Macious Remix)

Remix connaisseur Macious has turned himself to Kidnap‘s classic track, ‘Start Again’.

As one of his biggest musical inspirations, the opportunity to remix the nostalgic original came about during a time when Macious was going through some exhausting changes. It’s offered as a free download.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Ben Böhmer

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Sirens of Lesbos – How Many Miles

Sirens of Lesbos by James Bantone

Sirens of Lesbos by James Bantone

Swiss jazz/soul collective Sirens of Lesbos shares ‘How Many Miles’.

Originally written about travelling the world with their future children, the song has since taken on an unexpected, larger meaning due to current travel restrictions. For those eager eared, it features some reworking of lyrics from The Fugees‘ ‘How Many Mics’.

Sounds like: De Hofnar, MYNGA

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Neon Strangers – Stuck In A Rhythm

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

Neon Strangers by Ronja Dahlgren

‘Stuck In A Rhythm’ by Swedish duo Neon Strangers is short, sentimental and sweet.

The duo – comprised of Anton Ericson and Robin Dahlgren – explore their very own take on emotional songwriting, and what it’s like to be human.

Sounds like: Of Monsters And Men, Born Strangers

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Sophie Kilburn – Indigo Fever

Sophie Kilburn

Introducing Derbyshire-born Sophie Kilburn and her debut single ‘Indigo Fever’.

It’s a beautiful fiery alt-pop number that showcases Kilburn’s powerful songwriting with an anthemic backdrop – “How can you love your body, when nobody is loving you?”

Listen below.

Sounds like: KT Tunstall, Florence & The Machine, Angie McMahon, Emma McGrath, PJ Harvey, Jade Bird

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Tyler Meacham – Say Yes

Tyler Meacham

Tyler Meacham is one lady who, when she makes mistakes along the way, gets up, dusts herself off and tries again.

‘Say Yes’ is a punchy pop number with a slice of attitude for the modern female generation.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Maggie Rogers, City & Colour

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School of X – Write My Name

School of X by Jonas Bang

School of X by Jonas Bang

Touring drummer for and Major Lazer, Copenhagen-based Rasmus Littauer spends the majority of his time on the road. When he does get some rare downtime, he spends it writing and producing tracks for his solo project, School Of X.

His evocative synth single, ‘Write My Name’ is the final single release before his ‘Destiny’ EP, which takes us on a journey of leaving doubts behind and looking forward.

Sounds like: MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Cat Power

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Stranger Girl – Find The Humour

Stranger Girl

Indie music often alludes to themes of adolescence, but what happens when indie bands grow up? Should their songwriting not follow suit? Stranger Girl are the perfect example of that, they retain all the trademark sonic tropes but their songwriting addresses navigating love in their twenties, hoping to ‘Find The Humour’ post-breakup.

Listen below and check out the warm fuzzy guitars set the perfect backdrop for frontwoman Melissa’s Blondie-inspired pop-rock vocal melodies.

Sounds like: Wolf Alice

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The Chevin – Big Machine

The Chevin

We’re not going to feel bad for digging a band that racks up similarities to The Killers and U2.

The band in question is vibrant Leeds-based The Chevin, and we can’t help but admire their nod to energetic, 90’s rock in the new single, ‘Big Machine’.

Sounds like: The Wombats, The Killers, INXS, Duran Duran, U2

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ROOM8 – Only You Feat. The Sound of Arrows

ROOM8

Production duo ROOM8 have just shared their new single, ‘Only You’, featuring The Sound of Arrows on vocals, and taken from ROOM8’s album ‘Transduction’, released in October.

The love song interprets the feeling of being uneasy with people out in the world. It’s sway-inducing, timeless synth-pop, worthy of a slot on Stranger Things.

Sounds like: Electric Youth, St Etienne, Aeroplane, Lindstrøm, Ronika, RAC

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UNSECRET – Joyride Feat. Butterfly Boucher

UNSECRET

Who is UNSECRET you ask. Well, it turns out that no one really knows. It could be a producer, it could be a collective. We are not entirely sure, but one thing we do know is that UNSECRET’s new single with Australian singer, Butterfly Boucher is a summer corker!

Conjuring up an image of a ‘Joyride’ in new single of the very name, the retro beat is in a pop race with Boucher’s luscious vocals and anthemic lyricism.

Sounds like: The Knocks, Goldroom

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Ali Horn – Dreamers

Ali Horn

Ali Horn shares his psychedlic new track, ‘Dreamers’.

The ever so radio-friendly track echoes sounds from The Flaming Lips and Beck, in a kalaedscopic state, with a generous nod to the sound of the 60’s.

With a pulsating beat that builds through its verses into an uplifting chorus, it carries the listener through a lyrical journey much darker in content than the music would have you believe at first.

Sounds like: The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Beck, Pavement

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Amahla – Have Mercy

Amahla

Starting with a beautifully addictive bassline, ‘Have Mercy’ by Amahla immediately draws you in, allowing you witness to Amahla’s authentic, modern soulful approach to songwriting.

The honest track – a conversatin between two people about social progress – ebbs and flows between solemn verses and stirring chorus hooks, and has a live performance feel.

Sounds like: Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Grace Carter, Caswell, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R

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Delena – One Night

Delena

Ukrainian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Delena has been declared as one of the most exciting names in pop by a number of key pop publications, so who are we to argue?

Her new single ‘One Night’ is another intense slice of the action with an 80’s style drive and female attitude.

Sounds like: Dagny, Halsey, HAIM

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Gavin Haley – Show Me

Gavin Haley

Gavin Haley shares his incredibly emotive new pop single, ‘Show Me’, out now via Red Bull Records.

A former pro cyclist, Harley discovered an incredible drive to create his own music following a cycling injury.

A geniune lovesong about a love lost, Haley creates another perfect slice of indie-pop in the new single, a gentle burner that builds to a poptastic climax.

Sounds like: Shawn Mendes, Gareth Pugh, Jack Hawitt

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Iffy Orbit – Not Good Enough

Iffy Orbit

Norwegian five-piece Iffy Orbit channel Tame Impala vibes in new single, ‘Not Good Enough’, in which Iffy Orbit contemplate the pressure of possible failure.

Like with their former releases, ‘Not Good Enough’ combines psychedelic pop sensibilities with groovy vocals and funky basslines.

The single is out now via Toothfairy and features on their ‘Slow Times’ album.

Sounds like: MGMT, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Bad Family, Bad Sounds

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Iffy Orbit – Slow Times

Iffy Orbit

High school, ticked off the list. University, missed off the list. Meet Iffy Orbit, a Sandvika born five-piece who love to write music.

Upon listen to ‘Slow Times’, we are confronted with upfront lyrics about growing up, amidst a fog of carefully crafted, trickling synths and a nonchalant bouncy groove.

It’s out now via Toothfairy, and expect a 10 track album in the summer.

Sounds like: MGMT, Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Bad Family, Bad Sounds

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CHAPPO – Mad Magic

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

NYC indie rockers, CHAPPO make a brief return from outer of space to share with us the delightful video for their last single release, called ‘Mad Magic’.

The video has been directed and produced by Natalie Cleveland and features the three CHAPPO Sirens, Nicole Salm, Caitlin McKenna and Rawan Rihan.

CHAPPO explain of the video;

“The Mad Magic video was a collaboration with director Natalie Cleveland, whose prism photography was inspiration into the parallel universe of Future Former Self, playing with light auras and refraction she introduces three women as one who radiates across time and dances through alternate dimensions.”

Watch below:

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

‘Future Former Self’ was released on 22 January via Caroline International, and can be purchased from CHAPPO’s digital store, along with goodies such as signed vinyl and CDs, and T shirts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Exclusive: Lovespeake Playlist

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

We are proud to have one of Norway’s hottest exports right now, prepare a lovely playlist for all our Indietronica readers.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present Lovespeake‘s springtime playlist below:

Tycho – Montana
One of my favourite tracks to listen to while on the road touring, looking out the window and just losing myself to the soundscapes. I love everything Scott does.

Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong 
This guy is such a talent. The whole album “Malibu” is a rare breed of excellence – the lyrics, production and the musicality of it all is just stunning. It doesn’t hurt having Schoolboy Q and Pomo on this banger either! Such a groover.

Housse de Racket – Roman
I remember listening to this song loads when we toured Germany back in 2012. It reminds me of sweaty nights in smoke-filled indie-bars in Hamburg and Berlin, being stuck in a mass of people going nuts to the music! The Germans can party…

Mutemath – Vitals 
I was such a huge fan of Mutemath’s first record back in high school. It was one of those “holy shit” moments when I really got interested in production and layers of details that unraveled after each listen. Their songs are always so crisp, tight & punchy. They also have some great instrumentals, like “Vitals” here.

Alpine – Foolish 
I got hooked on Alpine after their hit “Gasoline” a few years back. Their album “Yuck” from last year was very tasty. Such slick and clever pop tunes.

Lovespeake’s latest release ‘Tightrope’ is out today, and has been taken from the upcoming album called ‘DNA’, which is out 22nd April via Toothfairy.

Sounds like: Harts, Tame Impala, The Levity, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, MGMT, CHAPPO, The Flaming Lips, Carl Louis, Karl Kling

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Gypsy & The Cat – Inside Your Mind

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat

Gypsy & The Cat are back and they mean business. If their new release ‘Inside Your Mind’ doesn’t tell you that, then you quite frankly don’t deserve to listen to the Australian duo.

We have the usual punchy falsettos and dreamy synths that Gypsy & The Cat have thrown our way before, but their new material has the benefit of an acoustic guitar and cultural influence from their recent travels in Japan.

‘Inside Your Mind’ has also been mixed by mixed by the legend that is Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips).

Sounds like: Empire of The Sun, Cut Copy, Pistol Shrimp, Ghost Beach, Sir Sly, Jagwar Ma, Day Wave, Miike Snow, Bag Raiders, Small Pools, Chromeo

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Exclusive: CHAPPO – EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We don’t usually condone acid trips, but we had to give this one a go in an Indietronica exclusive. It’s ‘EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip’ of CHAPPO‘s stop animation series called The Singularity, in which Rene Cogito journeys to the blackhole in a bid to save mankind. The whole series has been created by CHAPPO’s frontman, Alex Chappo.

In this episode the Commander tries to console Rene by telling him a story about a 2D creature who can only see “left” and “right” but has no concept of “up” or “down.”

If you don’t much about CHAPPO, they are a quirky indie band from NYC, and there is a great story behind the band’s releases, past and present, and all of which centre around the main character, Rene Cogito.

Like Rene, the band seems to have recently travelled back from a distant black hole, bringing with them a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerising sounds.

Their latest single release is ‘Mad Magic’, and it is written about a trip into the transparency of time as darkness surrounds Rene’s field of vision.

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This is a psychedelic band, through and through.

Watch previous episodes and find out more about ‘The Singularity’ by heading over to CHAPPO’s awesome site.

‘Mad Magic’ is the second single released from their second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out now via Caroline International and available to purchase on iTunes or their digital store.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Lovespeake – DNA

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

Lovespeake by Olav Stubberud

Lovespeake (formerly Eye Emma Jedi) was founded by Pav and Baya, but live, the duo becomes an electric six-piece and a force to be reckoned with.

Their debut album ‘DNA’ was recorded by Pav and Baya in a barn in the woods outside Oslo, where they enlisted the assistance of producer, Jonas Raabe.

Combining musical elements from the 60’s all the way to the 90’s, and with catchy hooks and lush vocals, the lead track from the album takes the listener on an incredible journey full of funky love and gospel highs.

One’s to watch for 2016.

‘DNA’ was out on 7 January via Toothfairy.

Sounds like: Harts, Tame Impala, The Levity, Arcade Fire, Goldfrapp, MGMT, CHAPPO, The Flaming Lips, Carl Louis, Karl Kling

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