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Weekly Gems 56

STRUAN – Awake

STRUAN

We’ve been desperately searching for some sweet, nostalgic heartbreak songs to play on the radio during our late night drives and we’ve just found one – ‘Awake’ by STRUAN.

Surprisingly written with this in mind, STRUAN explains he created ‘Awake’ because he was out in Los Angeles and couldn’t sleep thinking about his ex.

Sounds like: LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, Joan, The 1975

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Beauty Sleep – The Dark

Beauty Sleep

Rising Belfast dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep creates magical, synth-driven music. The three met at a friend’s party and bonded over a mutual love of G&Ts and music.

They are gearing to release their debut LP, ‘Be Kind’ is set for release on 17th May on Quiet Arch records. Listen to ‘The Dark’ below.

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach

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Caswell – Surface

Caswell

Following a stint of live shows last year, including Latitude Festival, Caswell releases ‘Surface’, a song of self-discovery and re-empowerment to reach a potential she didn’t realise she had the whole time.

It’s a crisp and clear rendition with definite musical intentions, and sets the tone for her second EP, to be released in April.

Sounds like: Låpsley, Skott, Lorde, Charlotte Cardin, Jorja Smith, JONES, Ray BLK, Sigrid, Maggie Rogers

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O Future – VOYEUR

O Future

Meet O Future (fka OOFJ), an electronic duo mixing electronics with symphony orchestra and voice consisting of Jens Bjornkjaer originally from Denmark and Katherine Mills Rymer from South Africa, now located in Los Angeles.

O Future’s new single ‘VOYEUR’ gains pleasure in watching other people’s vanity from afar in what the duo calls a “global turn on”, and with a gorgeously, exciting looping bass line throughout, what’s not to enjoy?

Sounds like: Grimes, Georgia, Santigold

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Sea Girls – Open Up Your Head

Sea Girls

Current favs, Sea Girls, share their latest single, ‘Open Your Head’ – it’s about unconditional love and is another brilliant addition to their stellar back catalogue

Can’t wait for their album? In the mean time you can catch them at one of their live dates in the UK this February and March…

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

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Leaone – Prairie Fires

Leaone

Meet Leaone (pronounced ‘Lee-own’).

After landing support from the Arts Council England’s International Development fund, Leaone found himself working from Transmitter Park Studios in Brooklyn New York, alongside multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Marsh (of Lana Del Rey’s band) and Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Bears In Heaven, James Murphy), on a body of new material.

The result is ‘Prairie Fires’, a deeply devastatingly emotive song that Leaone wrote at a time when he had to leave behind a blossoming romance.

Sounds like: The National

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Girl Crush – Baby Steps

Girl Crush

Last but definitely not least is Girl Crush, the music and fashion project of Swedish/British duo, Ottilia Kjulsten and David Sugar.

These two have a special interest in lost youth, lust-stricken heartbreak and a future that never arrived, which they define as “promcore”. Their new single ‘Baby Steps’ is out now via Brilliance Records.

p.s. Want to be as cool as these guys? Then buy one of their limited edition pieces of merchandise which they offer with every track release.

Sounds like: Niki & The Dove, LOVE SICK, So Below, Ralph, Anna of the North, Call Me Loop, SUMif

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Sea Girls – All I Want To Hear You Say

Sea Girls by Phil Smithies

Following an epic 2018, the upcoming 2019 is looking like a very exciting year for the young UK-based band, Sea Girls.

Their new single ‘All I Want To Hear You Say’ once again firmly instals in our ears, what the Sea Girls’ “sound” is – ambitious and unrelenting guitar-fronted, radio-ready bangers with thought-considering lyrics.

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

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Sea Girls – Eat Me Whole

Sea Girls - Eat Me Whole

It’s yet another banger from British indie rock band, Sea Girls!

Much like the source of its inspiration, ‘Eat Me Whole’ is impulsive and feisty in nature, and was written when vocalist Henry Camamile witnessed a vibe-killing disagreement at a party.

Live dates

18th April Heartbreakers, Southampton (supp. The Academic)
19th April The Garage, London (supp. The Academic)
21st April The Cellar, Oxford (supp. The Academic)
22nd April Mama Roux’s, Birmingham (supp. The Academic)
6th May Liverpool Sound City
17th-19th May The Great Escape, Brighton
15th July Citadel Festival, London
20 – 22nd July Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
4th August Belladrum Festival, Scotland
25th August Reading Festival
26th August Leeds Festival

UK Headline Tour

4th October Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
5th October King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
11th October Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
12th October The Leadmill, Sheffield
13th October Think Tank, Newcastle
18th October Scala, London
19th October The Haunt, Brighton
20th October Joiners Arms, Southampton
21st October Thekla, Bristol
+ further dates to be added. All gigs are 14+ except Scala 16+

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

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New Carnival – Solid Gold

New Carnival

Bristol quartet New Carnival have just dropped ‘Solid Gold’.

‘Solid Gold’ a luscious indie rock ballad with a fiery underbelly. Much like the fascination of gold itself, the track draws listeners in, immediately turning them into a hypnotic state as lead singer Max Radford purrs “come a little closer, move a little nearer”.

You can catch them at the Omeara in London on 21 September.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay

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Mushroom People – Wisdom Talk

Mushroom People

Mushroom People is a German electronic trio who all used to be in rock bands.

With some decent remixes under their belt (including XYLØ, NoMBe, Rainsford), Mushroom People have released their own track called ‘Wisdom Talk’, which sways more towards the contemporary pop sound than rock, although if you listen carefully you may find some powerful influences in there.

Sounds like: Salt Ashes, NoMBe

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Swim Season – Collide

Swim Season

Melbourne-based five piece, Swim Season, share their most addictive track yet.

A synth pop explosion, ‘Collide’ invites listeners to join singer James on a journey of escapism.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Honne, ISLE, Skies, Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats, High Tyde, The Griswolds

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JOME – Crystalline

JOME

JOME is the project of Los Angeles-based songwriter, Jesse Marc.

He has teamed up with New Orleanian writer/producer Christoph Andersson (G-Eazy, Olivia O’Brien, Monopol) on ‘Crystalline’.

JOME explains, “Crystalline is a song about getting away from our modern addictions to technology and immediacy. It was written for someone really close to us who was going through a tough time, as a reminder that everything will settle in time.”

Sounds like: Washed Out, Summer Heart

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Trevor James Tillery – Lonely With You

Trevor James Tillery

Nashville-based artist Trevor James Tillery shares ‘Lonely With You’.

It’s another enriched pop track with delicate production techniques that encourage new fans to take listen.

Expect his album ‘Together.Alone’ very soon.

Sounds like: Youngr, James Blake

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Sea Girls – Call Me Out

Sea Girls

Sea Girls are a four-piece from London who have been writing vibrant music since 2015.

The guys have just released their “best pop song” titled ‘Call Me Out’, which has distinctive seaside vibes (Brighton bands The Maccabees and The Kooks immediately spring to mind).

‘Call Me Out’ is the lead track from their debut EP, out now on Sea Girls’ own label Almanac Recordings.

Be sure to catch them at their London headline EP Launch gig on 8 June at The Islington in London.

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

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Playlist: Hudson Scott

Hudson Scott

Hudson Scott

We wrote about London based, multi-instrumentalist, Hudson Scott, a few months back.

Since then, Hudson’s been in the studio with Rodaidh McDonald (Låpsley, King Krule, The xx).

Lucky for us, Hudson has taken a little bit of time out of his busy schedule to put together one hell of a playlist for Indietronica.

Talking Heads – Born Under Punches

This is one of my favourite opening tracks of any record for sure- the perfect blend of groove, adventure and hooks.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – First World Problem

I’m an album listener, I like a body of work to sink my teeth into, but its sometimes nice when a band you love throws you a loose bone as good as this.

Chris Cohen – In A Fable

This song is so good. I love how warm and meandering it is and how the form has hardly any repetition but every melody is beautiful.

Shuggie Otis – Special

Shuggie has been a proper hero of mine for a while now but this one is pretty new to me. Its real bouncy.

Arthur Russell – You And Me Both

Another of my hero’s. This song is another meanderer, loads of breathing room. Arthur Russel has this amazing ability to balance romance and groove without it ever being cheesy and I think I’ll listen to him for my whole life.

Orange Juice – Rip It Up

Two things I wanted to get on this list was some 80’s tunes and some synth nerdery so I ticked both boxes with this song. Amazing song and inspired use of what I’m pretty sure is a Roland TB-303 (the synth that birthed acid house) for the bass- you hardly hear that synth in this pop context and it works so well.

Blood Orange – Desiree

Definitely his best record so far- I love it right now and this track is a standout.

Little Cub – Intent

These guys are my best pals an they’re gonna do big things in the next few years. Huge beat at the end.

David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

Needs no introduction.

Gwen Guthrie – Padlock (Larry Levan Mix)

I’m telling you to never doubt the triangle as an instrument- you’ve got to be pretty confident to have it pretty much on its own for almost 30 seconds though! This song’s chorus kills it.

UK Tour Dates

September 4 | We Are Your Friends, The Bullingdon, Oxford
September 15 | The Victoria, London
October 14 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Cookie, Leicester
October 15 | What Became Of Us Festival, The Bullingdon, Oxford
October 28 | Beacons Metro Festival, Headrow House, Leeds

Sounds like: The Maccabees, Foals, Morrissey, Prince, Simply Red, Simple Minds, Miles Davis, Chet Baker

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Fond of Rudy – The Line

Fond of Rudy

Fond of Rudy

Time for some feel-good indie pop from Brighton’s Fond of Rudy.

Their new track ‘The Line’ blends 80’s synths with a modern, catchy and melodic guitar hooks. It’s a track about frustration within a relationship. Something I’m sure we can all relate to.

Live Dates

10.09 – Printers Playhouse, Eastbourne
17.09 – Willow Festival

‘The Line’ was released on 2 August.

Sounds like: Young Kato, The Maccabees, Young Empires, Two Door Cinema Club, Temper Trap

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HONNE – Good Together

Honne

Honne

Sweet electronic duo, HONNE, return with the gospel tinged ‘Good Together’.

Another song about true feelings and desires, ‘Good Together’ is about that honeymoon-period in a new relationship.

Let’s hope the relationship with HONNE continues for many, many years more.

‘Good Together’ is taken from their forthcoming, much-anticipated debut album, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’, released 22 July via Atlantic Records.

Tour Dates

July 14 | Dour | Dour Festival
July 15 | Southwold | Latitude Festival
July 17 | London | Citadel Frstival
July 23 | Amsterdam | 22fest
July 30 | Los Angeles | El Rey Theatre
July 31 | San Diego | The Casbah
August 2 | Denver | Larimer Lounge
August 4 | Kansas | The Riot Room
August 5 | Minneapolis | Triple Rock Social Club
August 8 | Chicago | Lincoln Hall
August 9 | Columbus | The Basement
August 10 | Toronto | Mod Club Theatre
August 11 | Montreal | La Sala Rossa
August 13 | Philadelphia | Union Transfer
August 14 | Washington | 9:30 Club
August 15 | New York | Webster Hall
August 18 | Austria | FM4 Frequency Festival
August 19 | Hamburg | MS Dockville Festival
August 20 | Lichterfeld | Artlake Festival
September 2 | Poland | Soundrive Festival
September 29 | Dortmund | 3. Way Back When Festival
October 1 | Austin TX | Austin City Limits
October 3 | Atlanta | aisle 5
October 4 | Carborro | Cat’s Cradle (back room)
October 5 | Brooklyn | Warsaw
October 7 | Boston | Paradise
October 14 | Los Angeles | Fonda Theatre
October 15 | San Francisco | Treasure Island
October 17 | Seattle | The Crocodile
October 18 | Vancouver | Biltmore Cabaret
October 19 | Portland | Wonder Ballroom
October 23 | Bristol | Trinity Centre
October 25 | Glasgow | King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
October 26 | Manchester | Manchester Gorilla
October 27 | Leeds | Brudenell Social Club
October 28 | London | Roundhouse
October 30 | Brighton | The Haunt
October 31 | Nottingham | Rescue Rooms
November 1 | Birmingham | 02 Institute Birmingham.

Sounds like: Boxed In, MOTHXR, Harts, The Maccabees,, Frank Ocean, Jams Blake, Hall & Oates, Years & Years, Banks, Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN, Until The Ribbon Breaks

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Draper – Ready For Us (Feat. Sykes)

Draper

Draper

Draper is showing us something new with his latest collaboration. This time with London synth rock outfit, SYKES.

‘Ready For Us’ opens with crisp, polished melodies and a driving synth beat. Not necessarily something unique, but something brilliant.

Sounds like: Haim, Anteros, Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, Lights, Ellie Goulding, La Roux, Claire, Lorde, Fleetwood Mac

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Alpines – Completely

Alpines by Cyrus Mahboubian

Alpines by Cyrus Mahboubian

London electronic duo, Alpines, are back with the sultry video for ‘Completely’.

Continuing to bleed creativity, Alpines have managed to toe the delicate balance between commercial melodic sensibilities on the one hand (with big, bold and relatable vocals), and cerebral leftfield sounds on the other.

Watch below.

Sounds like: Jamie xx, Kiesza, Jessie Ware, Clare Maguire, Years & Years, Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, London Grammar, Disclosure, ASTR, Ballet School, SOHN, Banks, Shura, The Maccabees

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