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MUNA – Winterbreak

MUNA

MUNA

Los Angeles alternative girlband, MUNA return with a video for ‘Winterbreak’, which features Ione Skye of ‘Say Anything’ fame.

Speaking about the video, MUNA says:

“The ‘Winterbreak’ video is about the dual experience of belonging and non-belonging involved in returning to a former home. Often when we’ve visited the places we grew up in, we’ve found ourselves in the strange space between nostalgia and total regression. We visit familiar places in which we no longer fit, surround ourselves with familiar people with whom we don’t necessarily connect anymore, and engage in familiar activities that might normally strike us as incredibly immature. Despite being in the same world we were immersed in as children and adolescents, there is a sense there that almost everything about ‘home’ has changed. Generally for us, the only solace has been really great friends. So we tried to show some of that.”

Their debut, ‘The Loudspeaker EP’, will arrive on 6 May via RCA Records.

Sounds like: KALEIDA, The Levity, Paperwhite, Monogem, Shura, Solange, Charli XCX, Kita Alexander, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Palmedo, Prinze George, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap

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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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Oli Hannaford – Free Things

Oli Hannaford

Oli Hannaford

Stunning debut track, ‘Free Things’, is released by creative newcomer Oli Hannaford.

Vocal, lyrical and melodic comparisons have been made to the likes of Will Heard and Sam Smith, but we think Oli stands as his own contender for musical acclaim.

With over 20 songs to choose from, Oli has been writing for years and has no plans of stopping anytime soon with intentions of creating big electronic live shows to enhance the depth of his already impactful sound.

‘Free Things’ is out via Downtown Artists and available for purchase on iTunes.

Sounds like: Boxed In, Tracy Chapman, Rationale, Rudimental, Alex Clare, James Blake, John Legend, Will Heard, The Levity

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Secret Weapons – Something New

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Now for ‘Something New’ from Brooklyn-based Secret Weapons.

Gerry Lange and Dan E. met in mathematics class and in 2014, they started making music together in secret until it was time to launch the duo that is Secret Weapons.

With influences from the ’80s, including Tears for Fears, Hall & Oates, and Cyndi Lauper, ‘Something New’ is a combination of electronic sounds from a former era with catchy indie pop that would definitely be classed as current.

We are also looking forward to the Haerts‘ remix of ‘Something New’, which will be out shortly.

Sounds like: The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks, Dagny

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Premiere: Runners – Up Against The Wall

Runners

Runners

Debuting their first single ‘Up Against The Wall’ is Runners; an indie rock five some from Los Angeles formed by Kyle Buckley, Renzo Bravo, Chris Wood, Nicholas Caceres, Ryan Wood.

An array of musical influences has created the free spirited Runners’ sound. One that is full of catchy melodies, and explorative harmonies.

‘Up Against The Wall’ has been taken from their first four-song self titled EP.

Sounds like: The Levity, Incubus

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MUNA – So Special

MUNA

MUNA

MUNA is a Los Angeles-based dark pop girl band comprising of Katie, Naomi & Josette.

The new track, ‘So Special’, means a lot to MUNA, coming from “a geniune, vulnerable place”. It is about being dumped, drowning your sorrows and dancing yourself back to normal again.

Have a listen below. We guarantee it will be stuck in your head!

Sounds like: KALEIDA, The Levity, Paperwhite, Monogem, Shura, Solange, Charli XCX, Kita Alexander, VÉRITÉ, Salt Ashes, Palmedo, Prinze George

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Go Wolf – Friction

Go Wolf

Go Wolf

Meet indie synth group, Go Wolf.

Go Wolf unintentionally formed at a Belfast poetry night and with two tracks under their belt, they are releasing their latest single, ‘Friction’.

It’s a catchy and upbeat indie track about the tribulations of love.

Listen below:

‘Friction’ is due out on the 10 March via Ooh La La Records. It is the first track taken from Go Wolf’s forthcoming EP under the name ‘Running’, that will feature four brand new tracks.

Sounds like: Alpine, Kid Astray, Dutch Uncles, The Levity, Metronomy, Bastille, Wild Beasts, The 1975, CSS

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Dutch Uncles – Decided Knowledge

Dutch Uncles by Adrian Lambert

Dutch Uncles by Adrian Lambert

Manchester pop group Dutch Uncles has shared the music video for ‘Decided Knowledge’, directed by Sam Alder and Nicholas Wood and produced by Manchester production studio Plastic Zoo.

Shot in a small beach town in Wales, the video features a puppet version of the group’s frontman, Duncan Wallis.

‘Decided Knowledge’ is comprised of intriguing lyrics, skittish vocals, a funky bass line, and colourful harmonies.

It has been taken from their topical new album ‘O Shudder’, which was out on 24 February on Memphis Industries. Purchase on iTunes here.

They will also be playing The Great Escape Festival in May.

Sounds like: The Levity, Everything Everything, Metronomy, Duran Duran, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, Peter Gabriel

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Satellite Stories – Heartbeat

Satellite Stories - Heartbeat

Satellite Stories – Heartbeat

Scandinavian four piece Satellite Stories are set to release their second single ‘Heartbeat’ off the forthcoming album ‘Vagabonds’, which was recorded in the Kentish countryside with producer Simon “Barny” Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap, Kasabian and Bombay Bicycle Club).

The indie boys have been touring relentlessly since their breakthrough and this was the inspiration for the tracks on their album.

Watch the video for ‘Heartbeat’ below.

Sounds like: Young Kato, Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Levity

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The Ugly Club – Passengers

The Ugly Club

The Ugly Club

Apart from the obviously brilliant name, these guys have a pretty cool sound too.

The Ugly Club is a foursome that resides in Brooklyn, NYC.

The Ugly Club’s new track ‘Passengers’ is about escaping. Proceedings commence with steady synths (and the synths are key to the track’s European vibe), but this doesn’t last long as Ryan Egan’s rocky vocals gives the track some wings in prepartaion for the punchy guitar riffs that take over its passengers about half way through.

This is a seriously catchy tune. Give it a listen below.

Sounds like: The Midnight Hollow, Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, Chromeo, The Levity, Future Islands, GUSH, Labrinth

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