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The Levity – Levity

The Levity

The Levity

The Levity is a garage pop band from Plymouth whom we have just stumbled upon.

We sum the foursome up as having clever lyrics combined with smooth tropical vibes, reminiscent of the 80’s.

Check out the video for ‘Levity’. It is not quite as glamorous as Duran Duran‘s ‘Rio’, but is still just as sexy.

The Levity is playing at Notting Hill Arts Club on 19 November, alongside Nina, Owlle with a DJ set by July Child. Buy tickets here.

Sounds like: Cub Sport, Tina Turner, Thompson Twins, Brandon Flowers, Chromeo, Lionel Richie

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Indietronica’s Guide to The Great Escape Festival 2014

Our ones to watch at this year’s TGE:

LAUREL

Laurel

Laurel

Laurel is a 19 year old from London who writes tracks about lust and love. She already has an impressive backlog of songs just waiting to be released to the public.

Have a listen ‘To The Hills’.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Soft as Snow, Broods, Tove Lo, Lorde, Lana Del Rey

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TOVE LO

Tove Lo

Tove Lo

Tove Lo (aka Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson) is Swedish singer/songwriter. The feisty popstar-in-the-making has already written for the likes of Girls Aloud and Icona Pop, but this time it will be her taking centre stage at TGE.

Tove Lo is on a mission to get noticed and there is no doubting she will.

Tove Lo’s debut EP ‘Truth Serum’ was released via Universal Music in March and can be purchased on iTunes.

8.30pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Laurel, Icona Pop, Indiana

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CHILDHOOD 

Childhood

Childhood

Childhood were originally a duo who formed at Nottingham University. They have an expansive sound that has gradually flourished since their initial bedroom-recording days. We are expecting good things from these guys.

Sounds like: Be Forest, HAERTS, Swim Deep, Metronomy

10pm on Thursday 8 May at The Haunt.

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PAWWS

Pawws

Pawws

Pawws (aka Lucy Taylor) is a singer/songwriter from North London. She is classically trained on the flute and piano, but has branched into a more pop/electronic sound following tours with Kele Okereke and MGMT.

‘Give You Love’ is taken from her forthcoming debut EP ‘Sugar’.

9.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: MSMR, RAC, Goldroom, MGMT, Daft Punk, Annie, Robyn

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ALL WE ARE

All We Are

All We Are

Years & Years count themselves as big fans of All We Are.

Rich, Guro and Luis originate from Norway, Ireland and Brazil and describe themselves as ‘Bee Gees on diazepam’.

8.30 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Stealing Sheep, Be Forest, Amason, Sir Sly, Years & Years, Warpaint, Frank Ocean, Metronomy, TV On The Radio, OutKast, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi

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EYEDRESS

Eyedress

Eyedress

Idris Vicuña is Eyedress. The 23-year-old Filipino largely conducts meetings from his bedroom in his parent’s house, where he makes his music as well. His music has a Nordic-sounding sadness to it, yet twinkles with hazy optimism.

9.15 pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt

Sounds like: I BREAK HORSES, Death Rattle, Soft as Snow, The Chain Gang of 1974

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JUNGLE

Jungle

Jungle

The music by soul collective Jungle has been bubbling away at the surface for some time now. With a pinch of Gorillaz-esque bass lines and sexy lyrics, these guys are definitely going to give Rudimental a run for their money. Expect to hear them on an advert near you very soon.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at The Haunt.

Sounds like: Rudimental, Disclosure, Le Youth, Clean Bandit, Gorillaz

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Y.O.U

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U.

Y.O.U (Your Own Universe) (aka Elliott Williams) has worked with Tigersushi owner, Joakim Bouaziz. Think 80s synth pop, nu disco, and house, with a nod to the legendary ‘French Touch’. This eclectic, forward thinking approach has placed Y.O.U in an esteemed class of artists, with Elliot’s ethos mirroring that of Tigersushi’s varied roster.

10pm on Friday 9 May at Blind Tiger.

Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Years & Years, Phoenix, GUSH, Holy Ghost!

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PHANTOGRAM

Phantogram

Indietronica wrote about ‘Fall in Love’ by duo Phantogram back in December.

‘Fall in Love’ is a powerful, heavy, track, with bass-driven pulsating sounds, and crunching synths reminiscent of Sleigh Bells. The drums are at times heading down a hip-hop route, all while Sarah Barthel’s vocals drive the melody, pulling the layered sounds together in this really cool track.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at Digital.

Sounds like; Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric, Sleigh Bells, Charli XCX

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AMBER RUN

There is some good music coming out of Nottingham lately. Amber Run are a Nottingham five-piece with a true talent to whip up indie anthems.

7pm on Thursday 8 May at Concorde 2.
2.30pm on Friday 9 May at Above Audio.

Sounds like: Young Kato, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, The 1975, Foals

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GHOST BEACH

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach

We love a bit of tropitronica at Indietronica and Josh and Eric of NY-based synth pop duo Ghost Beach are no exception. Combing 80’s synth pop and 70’s disco vibes to create ultimate feel good tracks.

We aren’t expecting a visit from Noosa to this year’s TGE, but ‘Close Enough’ is just so catchy, it had to be included.

10pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Passion Pit, July Child, Noosa, Goyte, ASTR, The Knocks, Holy Ghost!, Smallpools, Goldroom, Oliver Nelson

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ULLA NOVA

Ulla Nova

Ulla Nova

Meet diverse London songstress, Ulla Nova.

From the get go, her debut track, ‘Kid From London’, fuses electro pop and hip hop beats, complete with cute snippets of chanson.

This London kid is tipped for big things.

10pm on Saturday 10 May at Sticky Mikes Frog Bar.

Sounds like: M.I.A, Iggy Azalea, Say Lou Lou, Lorde, CHVRCHES

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KIESZA

Kiesza

Kiesza

Shortly before the garage trend of the late 90s, the UK’s vice was house (acid house, deep house…you name it the UK loved it).

Kiesza is originally from Calgary, but is now based in NYC. The 25-year old started as a ballerina in her teens before joining the Canadian Navy. Training to be a sniper, she made the dramatic switch to music.

11pm on Friday 9 May at The Warren.
1.15am on Saturday 10 May at Brighton Coalition.

Sounds like: Disclosure, Aluna George

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WILD BEASTS 

Wild Beasts

With the distinctive falsetto voice of Hayden Thorpe loved and hated by all, Wild Beasts‘ songwriting abilities are unquestionably brilliant.

We are looking forward to watching these guys.

9.45pm on Friday 9 May at the Brighton Dome.

Sounds like; Foals, Antony & the Johnsons, Twin Shadow, Dutch Uncles

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SALT ASHES

Salt Ashes is 22 year old Veiga Sanchez. The Brighton-based dark electronica songstress cites influences from Kate Bush to Daft Punk.

11.30pm on Saturday 10 May at Brighthelm.

Sounds like: Daft Punk, Le Youth, M.I.A, Kavinsky, Kate Bush, Ghost Beach, Ronika, Kylie, Depeche Mode

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BALLET SCHOOL

Ballet School

Ballet School

Berlin-based Ballet School is Irish Rosie Blair on vocals/guitar, Japanese-Brazilian Michel Collet on lead guitar and Louis McGuire on drums.

Blair and Collet met two years ago in Berlin when Blair heard Collet playing his guitar in the U-bahn. Sharing their love of the Cocteau-Twins, she immediately asked him to form a band. In 2012 they began collaborating with McGuire.

With a mélange of 80’s pop and R’N’B at the forefront of the band’s agenda, their tracks provide a meditative driving beat of pop at it’s best and showcases both Irish and Japanese influences.

8.15pm on Thursday 8 May at Brighton Coalition.
12.30pm on Thursday 8 May at The Green Door Store.
3.30pm on Friday 9 May at The Green Door Store.

Sounds like: Cocteau-Twins, The Cure, I BREAK HORSES, The Naked and Famous, Blondie, Claire, BLSHS, Kavinsky, Madonna, Robyn, Ronika, BLSHS

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BROLIN

Brolin

Brolin

Brolin is a UK-based vocalist, songwriter, producer and remixer. To date, he has remained pretty anonymous simply stating on his Soundcloud page; “I am a bedroom producer, self-taught, self-analysing, into beats, space, and melody”.

We are looking forward to watching him play.

3.15pm on Friday 9 May at Komedia.

Sounds like: Rainer, H A R T E B E E S T, Kaleida

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Indietronica Interviews Gold & Youth, Troumaca, and Mt. Wolf

Indietronica has recently been following around some of their favourite up-and-coming artists with a camera and mic, asking them questions about themselves, their sounds, and their influences.

Gold & Youth

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We met up with Canadians Gold & Youth in a beautiful rainy park in Oxford, ahead of their live performance at Gathering Festival at which they played to a mesmerised crowd enjoying the 80s-tinged synth pop with soaring melodies and ethereal vocals.

Gold & Youth have just released their album ‘Beyond Wilderness’ in the UK and Europe, available for purchase here, or stream here.

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Troumaca

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Troumaca chatted to us in a corridor of the unique London venue Elektrowerkz just before their headline show there. They talked about their new single ‘The Grace’, how the video was made, as well as their total love for Prince.

The Birmingham lads release the storming tropical-infused indietronica single ‘The Grace’ on 11th November 2013, which is the title track of their new album, available to purchase here. Troumaca are signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label.


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Mt. Wolf

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South Londoners Mt. Wolf also played Gathering Festival. We caught their epic live performance, which
filled a stunning church with huge, ethereal soundscapes, complimented by luscious vocals from front-woman Kate. The light was pouring through giant stained-glass windows during their early evening set, and we interviewed the foursome in the side passage of the church.

The band have just released single ‘Midnight Shallows’, with an accompanying beautiful science and nature themed video which you can watch on Youtube here, and purchase here.

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