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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:

‘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.

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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Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

With some new awards under their belt, Tame Impala join Spanish creative collective and directors, Canada (Justice, Phoenix, Scissor Sisters, El Guincho) to produce the video for ‘The Less I Know The Better’.

The video is an acid pop visual interpretation of ‘The Less I Know The Better’. A surrealistic explosion of colour and jealousy in the high school gym.

‘Currents’ is out now through Fiction Records.

Sounds like: MGMT, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Atlas Sound, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Grizzly Bear, Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Mackintosh Braun, CHAPPO

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CHAPPO – Hang On

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We are not sure why, but it has taken NYC psychedelic, indie boys CHAPPO quite some time to get themselves over to the UK. Perhaps because they love touring so much.

Anyway, their latest single ‘Hang On’ was released in the US some time a go, and it’s due for release in the UK on 23 November via Caroline International.

We love frontman Alex Chappo’s deep vocals set against a subtly epic chorus. This is definitely a slow burner, but one that is worth listening to a few times to appreciate its validity as a cracking indie tune.

The video follows a crashed space traveller from another time (played by Alex Chappo) who spends his last hours wandering New York City among its millions of inhabitants. Stranded and mystified, he feels the magnitude of loneliness and awe as he searches for a place to expire.

It’s the first release from their forthcoming second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out on 22 January 2016, and will coincide with a UK tour.

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

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Tame Impala – Let It Happen

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

We salute a new generation of Tame Impala lovers.

Following their incredible Top 3 UK chart entry, Tame Impala unveil the video for ‘Let It Happen’, taken from new album, ‘Currents’.

Teaming up with English director David Wilson for a second time, this visually stunning video is a surrealist take on the transient, overworked existence of a modern day businessman.

Tour dates:

Aug 28 Rock En Seine Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Aug 29 Zurich Openair Festival, Zurich, Switzerland
Aug 30 Rock En Seine Paris, France
Sep 04 End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, United Kingdom – SOLD OUT
Sep 06 Electric Picnic Dublin, Ireland – SOLD OUT
Sep 08 Barrowlands, Glasgow, United Kingdom – SOLD OUT
Sep 09 Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, United Kingdom – SOLD OUT
Sep 11 Bestival, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Lollapalooza, Berlin, Germany
Oct 02 Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
Oct 05 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA
Oct 06 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Oct 09 Austin City Limits, Austin, TX

‘Currents’ is out now through Fiction Records.

Sounds like: MGMT, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, Atlas Sound, Kurt Vile, Warpaint, Grizzly Bear, Neon Indian, The Flaming Lips, Mackintosh Braun

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