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Margot Polo – Sing Hallelujah

Margot Polo

Margot Polo is the project of David Provenzano. Based in California, this indie pop boy writes uplifting summertime classics for good fun kids who reminisce about the noughties.

Margot Polo will be putting out a series of tracks throughout the summer, mixed by Chris Keene and Wesley Slover and featuring vocals by Becky Filip. Listen to ‘Sing Hallelujah’ below.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, CHAPPO, The Beatles

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Interview: Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook

Will Joseph Cook is a Kent-based pop act. Although he creates wistful tunes, he often has comedic tendencies.

We had a chat with the young man about growing up and his recent videos.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Will Joseph Cook and how you got into music.

When I was young teenager I went to a lot of gigs with my dad. It was almost every other weekend, I became pretty infatuated with what it meant to be an artist and seeing all the different ways people react to music. Having those experiences definitely made me want to write songs and play my own shows.

Describe your sound in three words.

Your wildest dreams.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Like most, my dad and older sibling’s records had a big influence on me. Some of the early constants were bands like Eels, Beck, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Fatboy Slim… Then as i got a bit older and started buying my own records some of the first were Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Darwin Deez, Calvin Harris, Bright Eyes

You like starring in your own videos. The video for ‘Girls Like Me’ shows you taking on various different characters, including a few sassy ladies, whilst your new video for ‘Take Me Dancing’ features you dancing around an office.

Where did the idea behind these two videos come from, and were they fun making?

Both were a lot of fun to make for sure. I find that with most ideas they just come into my head randomly. With the last two I have tried to take the titles of the songs and base the idea around to give the track a second meaning.

You’ve just been signed to Atlantic. How does that feel?

Feels great, anything that helps my music reach more people is awesome.

You’ll be playing the first ever Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on October 8th. Have you got any other shows lined up this year?

I’m playing Reading & Leeds, Y NOT festival, In The Woods and a bunch of other festival dates this summer. Hopefully I will have some headline show announcements in the coming months.

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

I’ve been listening to band called Beatenberg today, not super new but have been enjoying recently. Also the latest Villagers album is great.

Sounds like: Darwiz Deez, Dan Croll

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Few Bits – Summer Sun

Few Bits

Few Bits

Few Bits are a Belgium band, who are making waves in their home country and beyond, having already supported the likes of Vampire Weekend and The War On Drugs.

Imagine an untroubled Lana Del Rey, and you’d likely end up at the euphoric, hazy vocals of front woman Karolien Van Ransbeeck. Combine this with the shimmering guitars from the rest of the band, and the result is ‘Summer Sun’.

Watch the picturesque and colourful video for ‘Summer Sun’, below.

‘Summer Sun’ has been taken from their upcoming sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’.

Sounds like: Daywave, Summer Heart, Swimm, Lana Del Rey, Hazel English, Brett

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Rostam – Gravity Don’t Pull Me

Rostam - Gravity Dont Pull Me

Rostam – Gravity Dont Pull Me

Rostam has kick started the release of his own music.

‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’ is a brutally honest track, languished in R&B electronica; a far cry from the cheery days of Vampire Weekend.

The video features two improvised dancers and was co-directed with Josh Goleman.

‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’ is out now via XL Recordings. Purchase on iTunes here.

Sounds like: James Blake

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Hurts – Wings

Hurts

Hurts

Following on from the brilliant video for ‘Lights‘ is another dramatic performance from Hurts in their new video for ‘Wings’.

It was directed by renowned music video director, Dawn Shadforth (Björk, Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp).

It has been taken from the ‘Surrender’ album, out on 11 December through Columbia Records.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine

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Hurts – Lights

Hurts

Hurts

Hurts returns with the incredible video for ‘Lights’, the latest single taken from Hurts’ forthcoming album, ‘Surrender’ (out worldwide on 9 October).

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Beyoncé), ‘Lights’ is a startling dose of modern, well crafted, disco pop.

The seven-minuted video by Dawn Shadforth (Kylie Minogue, Björk, Goldfrapp, Florence + the Machine, Primal Scream) follows two outsiders having a contemporary Saturday Night Fever moment together. That is until it all kicks off…but they don’t let a bit of fighting spoil their fun.

It is probably one of their best videos yet.

Pre-sale tickets for upcoming European tour available here.

Sounds like: Depeche Mode, Brandon Flowers, X&Y, Young Empires, Polyna, Kylie Minogue, Florence + the Machine,

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Telepathe – Drown Around Me

Telepathe

Telepathe

Telepathe (aka multi-instrumentalists Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais) have quite a history.

The duo initially started recording music in 2006 by moving to a warehouse in Bushwick and recording their first EP ‘Farewell Forest’. This was followed in 2008 with their debut album ‘Dance Mother’, which they worked on with TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek.

They later quit their day jobs and relocated to Los Angeles to record the album in a few short and intense months. “Melissa and I decided to leave NY for a couple of months during the winter to write and record this new album,” Busy explains. “We rented an apartment on Sunset Boulevard. At the time we were reading a lot Science Fiction and researching California cults, which became themes that seeped into our music.”

Watch the effortlessly cool video for ‘Drown Around Me’ below:

The track has been taken from their long-awaited second album ‘Destroyer’. Co-produced with Lewis Pesacov and mixed by Matty Green, the girls have started their own label BZML to release their album on their own terms.

Sounds like: Ballet School, Monogem, Madonna, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Vek, Rilo Kiley

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The Griswolds – If You Wanna Stay

The Griswolds

The Griswolds

It’s been a while since we’ve written about Aussie synthpop on Indietronica.

What better reintroduction than with the fun-filled video for ‘If You Wanna Stay’ by Sydney-natives, The Griswolds.

Sounds like: Phoenix, Smallpools, Great Good Fine Ok, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, Chromeo, Passion Pit, The Foals, Local Natives, Fenech Soler, Vampire Weekend

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Rae Morris – Skin

Rae Morris

Rae Morris

Lovely 19 year old Rae Morris is from Blackpool, UK.

You may recognise Rae’s voice from Bombay Bicycle Club‘s single ‘Luna’, however she is talented in her own right.

Rae’s debut album release is produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Charli XCX). She will also be heading out on the road with Bombay Bicycle Club as main support through March.

The video for her new track ‘Skin’ (directed by Nadia Marquard Otzen) is pure and simple as a bodyless Rae sings amongst marbled shadows.

Sign up to her website to access a free download of ‘Skin’. We guarantee that this track will be in your head all day.

Sounds like: Lorde, Bombay Bicycle Club, Riziero Ortolani & Rina Ranieri, Panda Cubs, Lucy Rose, Charli XCX

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