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Weekly Gems 35

TESHA – Dreams

TESHA

Brooklyn-based TESHA shares her mesmerising new single, ‘Dreams’.

TESHA effortlessly displays breathless vocal whispers with imaginary Japanese strings and a steady electronic backbeat.

Listen below.

Sounds like: Björk, FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, Joanna Newsom

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LUMINAR – Stand Down

Luminar

Dutch production duo LUMINAR shares ‘Stand Down’,

A slow starter, but bare with it, as ‘Stand Down’ does build and burn into a stream of dream pop with spacious synths and drums.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Sigur Rós, London Grammar

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Nina June – Out to Sea

Nina June - Out To Sea

Finding artistic inspiration during a 700 mile solitary walk through France and Spain, while listening to the film music of Thomas Newman (American Beauty) and Michael Nyman (The Piano), as well as the ethereal pop of Rhye and Zero 7, Nina June has created the cinematic pop song, ‘Out To Sea’.

Listen below.

Nina June’s album BON VOYAGE is out today.

Sounds like: Rhye, Seinabo Sey

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Superheart – After Midnight

Superheart - After Midnight

Superheart‘s new single ‘After Midnight’ has a serious sense of nostalgia to it, despite us not hearing it before today.

It reminds us a little of the music from The Beach soundtrack thanks to its warming vocals and subtly powerful tropical licks.

Sounds like: Brian Eno, Sugar Ray

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Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden

Adorned in flowers and a “no sweat” approach in his press shot, Joshua Worden oozes an effortlessly cool approach to his music.

Joshua’s new single release ‘Tennessee’ is both raw and organic, yet electronic and processed, and we’re not the slightest bit confused…in fact we can’t get enough of his nonchalant vibe.

Sounds like: The Strokes, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Jamie Woon, Sufjan Stevens, Tame Impala

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Retro Kid – Retro Kid (RK Version)

Retro Kid

So it turns out you can make music from literally anywhere, including a studio with equipment sitting on ironing boards!

Usually one for more indietronica stuff, the bedroom producer Retro Kid has pulled this one out the bag for his DJ set, which is to be aired on BBC Introducing’s Big Bangers weekend on 29 March.

The track takes influence from the many late nights in Copenhagen and was largely produced with a headache the day after.

Sounds like: Röyksopp, Jungle, Hot Chip, Little Dragon

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JINKA – Countdown Forever

JINKA

Berlin-based artist JINKA shares the experimental and rather sporadic ‘Countdown Forever’, full of plonky synth sounds.

Speaking about the track, JINKA states,

“Countdown Forever is about an illusional state of infinite hedonistic experience. The title is paradoxical. But just because something is paradoxical it doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea of it. I think, what I generally do when I’m writing is that I try to take a different perspective on the mundane, dip crude reality into some sort of surreal glossing, romanticize it without smoothening the contours.”

Sounds like: Kate Boy, I BREAK HORSES

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Weslee – Boy Like You

Weslee

Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.

Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.

Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom

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Scene Writers vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – Real Life Baby

Scene Writers

Exciting Berlin-based duo Scene Writers (aka Christian Huerter and Sebastian Nouvortne) take inspiration from the art amidst the urban sprawl of Berlin.

They have produced a vibrant re-work of 3 Burners‘ ‘Real Life Baby’, which you can listen to below.

Sounds like: Becky Hill, Kungs, Draper

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joan – Tokyo

joan - Tokyo

We are still massively crushing on duo joan.

Continuing their knack for producing heartbreaking pop songs with a retro twist, ‘Tokyo’ is inspired by that moment of falling for someone but your time is running out. ​​​​​​​

Sounds like: Shura, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The 1975

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Argonaut & Wasp – Radio Sound

Argonaut & Wasp

Boom! Argonaut & Wasp are back with a funky new number called ‘Radio Sound’.

It is part of a double single, and combines elements of alternative, pop, indie, and funk to provide a bright sound, inspired by the bustling streets of Brooklyn.

It is released on the band’s own Bang! Jango Records.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Bad Sounds, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders

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ELD – Desire

ELD - Desire

Swedish trio ELD share their brilliant new single ‘Desire’.

Creating a big emotions and an anthemic sound reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The National, ‘Desire’ amalgamates electronica with post punk elements, and even enters the shoegaze realm in parts.

Listen below and prepare to be blown away.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Ulrich Schnauss

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Amanda Mair – Empty Blockings

Amanda Mair

Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.

In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,

“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”

It’s out now via Despotz Records.

Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, OH Land, Zola Jesus

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FOXTRAX – Everything’s Changing

FOXTRAX

Born in New York, now residing in Los Angeles, FOXTRAX are an alternative rock trio with an electronic edge.

A third release in their “moving to L.A.” trilogy, ‘Everything’s Changing’ is about taking time to appreciate when good things happen.

Their EP – expected for release in early 2018 – is produced by British production duo Alexander Wolfe and Ben Roulston (Wolf Alice, Florence + the Machine) plus Jim Kaufman (Atlas Genius, Night Riots).

Sounds like: Cage The Elephant, Atlas Genius

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Nightshifts – Karma

Nightshifts

Nighshifts is the cosmic pop project of Toronto-based Andrew Oliver.

His new single ‘Karma’ is about not overthinking the future and sitting back to enjoy the ride, as expressed in the track’s nonchalant off-kilter vocal melody and breezy beats.

Sounds like: Chappo, Steely Dan, Young Empires

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Shenna – Magenta

Shenna - Magnenta

Wow Shenna‘s new single ‘Magenta’ is a sassy pop number, one that will straight-up encourage you to declare your desires to your number one crush.

Full of crimson synths and retro vibes beaming throughout, turn this one up loud!

Her next show is 18 November in New York as part of The National Sawdust’s ‘The Revolution’ series. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Le Youth, ALMA, CAPPA

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Argonaut & Wasp – Prove It To You

Argonaut & Wasp

We are big fans of Argonaut & Wasp‘s indie-dance tunes, so we are psyched they have a new single called ‘Prove It To You’.

Once again testifying their ability to produce something catchy, we just can’t get enough of the track’s slurry vocals and groovy sensibilities.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix

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Glassio – Daydream featuring NAKAYA

Glassio

Electronic duo Glassio are going from strength to strength with each release.

The latest addition to their catalogue, ‘Daydream’, is an ode to their love of early 2000s LA-based Hip/Hop & R&B, and features the delicate vocals of NAKAYA.

The guys says they “were imagining Dre and AIR making a record together”, although we think the vocal loops are more reminiscent of Gorillz‘ ‘Stylo’.

Sounds like: Gorillz, Hot Chip, Metronomy, Foals, Jagwar Ma, Rüfüs, Flume, Odesza, Bob Moses, Glass Animals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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Henry Green – Stay Here

Henry Green

Bristol-based rising star Henry Green shares his dark but ethereal new single ‘Stay Here’.

A lot of greatness comes from dark places, much like this single, which Henry wrote at the site of Berlin’s 1950’s broadcast facility, Köpenicker Chaussee, during a moment of frustration and loss of direction.

It’s out now via Akira Records.

Sounds like: Jon Hopkins, Erased Tapes, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm

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Iris Lune – Lost In Chatter

Iris Lune

Brooklyn-based art pop quartet Iris Lune share ‘Lost In Chatter’.

Clever percussion throughout depicts chatter overlaid by synth-led harmonies and more of a dance-inspired melody, lyrically inspired by the final chapter of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Deerhoof, Björk, Σtella

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Au/Ra – Outsiders

Au/Ra

Growing up in the middle of nowhere has been the source of songwriting influence for Au/Ra‘s new single, ‘Outsiders’, not only because of her location growing up in Antigua, but also because of her introverted nature.

But this song is a call to arms for all misfits, giving them a chance to escape to a fantasy world.

She plays The Waiting Room in London on 13 November.

Sounds like: Florence + The Machine, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, The Magnettes

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Playlist: Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Secret Weapons

Brooklyn based, 80’s promoters, Secret Weapons have just shared self-titled their EP. But to top that off, they have also put together a playlist of epic proportions for our lovely readers.

Pasion Pit – Take a Walk
Sonically passion pit stood out from the rest. Buzz saw synths and joyful chord progressions with contradictory lyrics.

Jack Ü – To Ü (feat. Aluna George)
This track ushered in an era of production and a million imitates.

Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
This song is simply thrilling to us. A slow burn filled with so much dramatic tension. It does so much with so little, and builds to final climax like a masterpiece.

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love
This song redefined corky to us. It’s got such a killer groove and the most playful melodies.

Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
Pure emotion. Soul and personality spew from every singe vocal line and instrument.

Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
An incredible reimagination of this song. you could bring it around a million times and it keeps feeling better and better. the choir harmonies and live energy give us chills.

Selena Gomez – Hands To Myself
Simple pop bliss, haunting guitars.

The Killers – I Can’t Stay
A simple sentiment goes such a long way on this one. Also part of a larger album that we admire greatly.

Shamir – On The Regular
The dopest beat and the dopest visuals. You can’t imagine any other music video for this song.

Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
A beautiful love story, and some of the most heart-racing melodic beauty you can achieve.

The Strokes – You Only Live Once
The crunch of these guitars has influences us heavily. a solid strokes classic from a classic strokes album.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – still d.r.e
Hip hop classic, pure and simple.

Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
All around an incredible song.

Fifth Harmony – Sledgehammer
Every girl in the group is showcased beautifully here. The perfect girl group.

Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
Pure classic. We admire queen greatly for stepping into so many different genres. it’s hard to pick a favorite Queen song, but my god this is certainly Danny’s. This is also Danny’s favorite song of all time.

Secret Weapons be on tour this month across the U.S with Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco, and ending the tour with a date at Lollapalooza on Saturday night.

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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The Lapelles – Grab Life By

The Lapelles

The Lapelles

We’ve just been transported back to the early noughties with this new video for ‘Grab Life By’ by The Lapelles.

It’s very early years for the Glaswegians in respect of their music and their ages (they are only 19 years old), but the foursome are set to support The Last Shadow Puppets on tour, and we do know that they have something very special.

We can’t wait to hear some more.

Sounds like: The Strokes, The Libertines, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Kooks, The Vaccines, Palma Violets

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Argonaut & Wasp – Always

Argonaut & Wasp - Always

Argonaut & Wasp – Always

The Burlington boys, Argonaut & Wasp, are back with ‘Always’.

It’s an upbeat indie dance number full of summery vocals, party inserts and drunken choruses.

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Pistol Shrimp

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Osaka – Vessel

Osaka

Osaka

Former high school friends and now housemates Edvard Hakansson, Gilbert Hulme and Jack McKenzie are Melbourne-based band, Osaka. They spend all of their spare moments practising in their own attic studio, and the result is an adhesive and energetic sound.

Whilst Osaka cites musicians and bands they look up to as The Strokes, Foals, Phoenix, Taylor McFerrin and The National, lead singer Edvard says this:

“We try not to directly listen to what our influences are doing. Instead, we know what we like to hear and always aim to make the music we want to hear – to be that band that we can never find in our library. In our writing, we want you to be able to hear an emotion, and feel it when you listen at a deeper level to the songs.”

‘Vessel’ was recorded with Malcolm Besley (Client Liaison, City Calm Down, Snakadaktal) and is out today.

Sounds like: Bloc Party, Foals, Editors

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Stamps – Interview & Two Kids

STAMPS - Two Kids

STAMPS – Two Kids

STAMPS is indie-pop-rock duo who have started making and self producing their own tracks.

We had a little chat with them about how they got into music:

How and why did you start making music?

(Ren) I started singing in musical theater productions and operas at five years old, so music has always been a huge passion of mine. I wrote my first song when I was eight years old, sitting on a staircase with my Lisa Frank notebook about my first “boyfriend” who couldn’t decide if he wanted to date me or my best friend, (Second grade is a DOOZY) and I haven’t stopped writing since. Adam was in a number of bands, making music since he was in middle school, and together, we have been writing songs and producing music for the past four and a half years.

Ren, you moved from your home town of Cypress in Texas to Los Angeles when you were just 17. Do you think that has shaped the music you write today?

Definitely! When I left home, I was only a junior in high school. I somehow convinced my parents that moving to L.A. and finishing my senior year online while touring the country in a van we named STAMPS the Van Morrison was a good idea, and was thrown into a world that I’d always wanted to be a part of. It’s shaped my writing, my music, and who I am as a person. Having to be independent and self-sufficient as a teenager is never easy, but it made me work harder than I ever had to before.

Describe your sound in three words.

Pop, Funky, Melodic

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Our musical taste varies from The Beatles, The Strokes, No Doubt, The Cardigans, Phoenix, Frank Sinatra, anything from the Motown era…to pretty much anything!

How do you think your music will be making a stamp on the indietronica world?

We have been making music for years now, and have gone through a lot of experimenting with what we want our sound to be, and with these new songs, I think we finally found out exactly where we stand in the music world. With producing our own records, we are able to find that blend of all of our unique musical influences and really make the songs our own…a fine line of blending real instruments with electronic elements.

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

This isn’t new, but it’s our favourite record of all-time…If you haven’t listened to ‘RAM’ by Paul and Linda McCartney, get ready for a life changing experience.

Listen to the super catchy summertime pop track, ‘Two Kids’ below:

Sounds like: Monogem, Noosa, Lady Gaga, Kate Perry, No Doubt, Kid Astray, Fenech Soler, Ghost Beach, Palmedo

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The Wombats – Be Your Shadow

The Wombats - Be Your Shadow

The Wombats – Be Your Shadow

Liverpool trio, The Wombats have unveiled their new music video for ‘Be Your Shadows’.

The video, which was directed by James Moore (Coldplay, The Strokes, Catfish and the Bottleman), is fitting to its song title; it features an inspiring and lanky-looking wrestler training for a big fight against his wrestling idol, twice his size.

Download the new album ‘Glitterbug’ now on iTunes. It is out via 14th Floor Records.

Sounds like: The Pigeon Detectives, Circa Waves, The Strokes, Catfish and the Bottleman, Two Door Cinema Club, Of Monsters and Men, The Vaccines, The Kooks, Kopecky

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LYON – Catch Me If I Fall

LYON - Catch Me If I Fall

LYON – Catch Me If I Fall

LYON is Canadian Lauren Malyon. In 2013, LYON signed to Canadian label, Black Box Recordings.

She is back with ‘Catch Me If I Fall’, which follows on from her contribution to Wolf Saga’s cover of The Strokes’ ‘You Only Live Once’.

The care-free video is directed by Sean McLeod and watches LYON perform over a catchy and synth-driven production.

Sounds like: Ellie Goulding, Dominique, Imperial Mammoth, Taylor Swift, NINA

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