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Furniteur – Mysteries


Helping us get back to our synth roots is Washington-based Furniteur and her mesmerising new track, ‘Mysteries’.

The project is headed up by Brittany Sims, who has enlisted former Brett members Mike Toohey and Kevin Bayly.

Much like mystery itself, this track allures with its driving beat and dazzling keys.

It’s taken from Furniteur’s upcoming debut LP ‘Perfect Lavender’, out now via Prince George Records.

Sounds like: Avec Sans, Ladyhawke, Little Dragon, Prinze George, Brett

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SHAED – Thunder



Meet SHAED, Washington’s newest indietronica export.

SHAED is a trio comprised of multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and vocalist Chelsea Lee.

New single, ‘Thunder’, is a supreme track full of belting harmonies and blistering synths.

It’s out now via Photo Finish Records (MisterWives,  Mowgli’s, Marian Hill).

Tour Dates

9/09 – Providence, RI @ The Met Cafe (tickets)
9/10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (tickets)
9/11 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater (tickets)
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (tickets)
9/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Social (tickets)
9/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (tickets)
9/17 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (tickets)
9/18 – Dallas, TX @ Club DADA (tickets)
9/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Cresent Ballroom (tickets)
9/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (tickets)
9/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (tickets)
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (tickets)
9/28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater (tickets)
9/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets)
10/01 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (tickets)
10/02 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater (tickets)
10/04 – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room (tickets)
10/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/06 – Minneapolis, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom (tickets)
10/08 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic (tickets)
10/09 – Columbus, OH @ The A+R Music Bar (tickets)
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston (tickets)
10/12 – New York, NY @ Webster (tickets)
10/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (tickets)

Sounds like: Rae Morris, Sia, Marian Hill, VÉRITÉ, Laura Welsh, Laurel

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Playlist: Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is a talented artist from Washington, US.

The tracks on her upcoming EP give us a glimpse into the many facets of her music, and with that in mind, we asked Young Summer to put together a playlist for us, featuring the artists that influence her the most.

Björk – Stonemilker

This song is such a work of art and stretches the traditional framework of song structure. I revisit her and this song whenever I feel I need inspiration.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I love the lyrics in the beginning, “checked into my heart and trashed it like a hotel room”. The vocals and how they’re layered and affected are perfection. The drum fills are brilliant, I love how they punctuate and separate sections of the song.

Miguel – Waves

This song has one of the best bridges and falls in line with that old songwriting rule that you don’t put an active bridge in a song if it isn’t better than the entire song, otherwise it can ruin it, and this song and its bridge are incredible!

Niki & The Dove – So Much It Hurts

The title alone had me the moment I read it. The song is so emotional but has a groove that doesn’t quit. I am a huge fan of theirs and loved their record “Instinct.” This song and their new album are amazing. Malin Dahlström’s voice has elements of Stevie Nicks but is still all her own and I could listen to it all day long.

Anohni – 4 Degrees

She’s incredible for a myriad of reasons and this song is one of them. There’s a delicate synth and a menacing brass section, which make it so beautifully dynamic. And of course, her vocal is so mesmerizing.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

I love this song’s gritty, raw guitar tone. His lyrics are direct and unambiguous which is one of many reasons to love him. He brings a direct narrative to his songwriting which I haven’t loved this much since Johnny Cash did it. I have mountains of respect for him and if you get a chance to see him live, do it.

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

This is a song that feels like you’re living inside a lush breeze for three minutes and 56 seconds. The sentiment is explained immediately and washes over you. It is perfect and beautiful. If you’re paying attention and listen to the entire song you get the reward of a confession at the very end, “And you’re the only thing I think about. It’s all that I can still do. And you know you’re the one I dream about. I couldn’t do without you.”

Maybird – Turning into Water

They’ve got a psychedelic sound and I am so down with that. The guitar tones and ambient vocals are on point. It feels classic but new all at the same time.

Radiohead – No Surprises

It wouldn’t be a playlist without Radiohead. I am a massive fan of theirs. This song is beautifully dark just the way I like ‘em. He [Thom Yorke] sneaks the most desperate of lyrics into a beautiful, shiny almost childlike sounding song. I love to disguise sadness with melody.

Spoon – Inside Out

I love the percussive undercurrent of this song and how it feels as though it dictates its movement and evolution. Britt Daniel’s vocals are just perfection as always.

Listen to the jazzed-out and laid back ‘Paused Parade’ below.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ, Jorja Smith

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Mark Diamond – Dark Matter

Mark Diamondd

Mark Diamondd

Mark Diamond is exactly that. A musical diamond, shining brightly amongst the competition.

He has probably sparkled this bright since he started writing music, despite the regular rainfall in his hometown of Maple Valley, just outside of Seattle. Mark hopes that his music reminds fans (just as much as it does himself) to focus “on the brightness of the stars rather than question the darkness in-between them.”

Tattooed onto Mark’s left forearm reads “XVII-II-MMVI” – the date he first performed an original song in front of a large audience. Each day that tattoo staring at him is a reminder that all it takes is the courage to be yourself. At that moment, Mark remembers feeling like nothing in his life would be the same.

His expansive new track, ‘Dark Matter’, is about the push and pull of his own life and forms part of his ‘Cosma’ EP.

Mark says;

“The Cosma EP is so much more than a body of music to me. Writing these songs was extremely spiritual for me because I began to feel like I had found my place in the universe. Right away the record really started to take on a large atmospheric type mood and I definitely wanted that to continue because it felt so natural. I realized the importance of creating something without searching for perfection and allowing the life of a song take its course. For the most part, I feel as though these songs wrote themselves and I was just lucky enough to be there to catch them.”

Sounds like: Take That, Tom Odell, James Bay, Tender

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Young Summer – Alright

Young Summer

Young Summer

Young Summer is the project of Washington-based musician, Bobbie Allen.

Resilient from her teens, Bobbie taught herself guitar and got through debilitating stage fright by-way-of open mic nights and club dates. This is perhaps why the Young Summer sound gives off three times as much oomph as you’d expect from a solo artist.

The first track from her new EP is a summery jam called ‘Alright’. It’s about unrequited love and follows Young Summer’s three year hiatus.

Sounds like: HAIM, MUNA, Wet, VÉRITÉ

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Brett – Electric

Brett - Electric

Brett – Electric

Brett return with the release of ‘Electric’.

The track is more of an acoustic lo-fi track than electric, but Brett are taking an abstract route with their new material, of which is featured on their upcoming album, ‘Mode’.

Brett took influence for the album from Jean-Luc Godard’s recent film, ‘Goodbye to Language’. “The defining quote for me was: ‘For women, it’s only sex and death. For men, it’s only infinity and zeroes,’” says vocalist Mick Coogan. “It’s a fairly opaque statement, but I think the irony lies in assigning absolutes to human relationships, which can be so beautiful and inspiring. At the same time, the fundamental differences between men and women are very real and that shit is difficult to figure out.”

The vibrant album artwork was designed by Los Angeles based artist, Charley Alexander. The piece was then cut into 50 squares, each of which will be sold with limited edition pre-order copies of the vinyl record. “Our only direction was for the work to be vibrant and bursting with vitality. On the simple level of color, we wanted the jacket to express the brighter sounds and songs on our second album in relation to LP1. We feel Mode has an emotional warmth that the first album deliberately avoids. We also wanted to give our fans a chance to make a closer connection to the music.”

‘Mode’ is released on 18th March via Cascine.

Sounds like: Gypsy & The Cat, Postiljonen, Summer Heart, Day Wave

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Pleasure Curses – Under the Moonlight (ft. Christen Cappello)

Pleasure Curses

Pleasure Curses

When we first heard ‘Under The Moonlight’ by Portland-based duo, Pleasure Curses, we knew we had to have them on Indietronica.

The childhood friends founded Pleasure Curses in Washington before moving to Portland. They create pure, indulgent synth pop, influenced by electro, disco, new wave and early hip hop.

‘Under The Moonlight’ features Brooklyn vocalist Christen Cappello, and is said to explore “the coercive attraction of the lunar cycle and the furtive implication of decisions made under the impulse of the night.”

Sounds like: Paperwhite, Monogem, Evvy, Micky Blue, Pistol Shrimp

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Sunbathers – Intimacy



Introducing Baltimore-based band, Sunbathers.

Sunbathers was started by Sean Lynott and Tim Boate, who met while attending the University of Maryland, and began performing as an acoustic duo before embarking on more of an easeful, sun-soaked indietronica sound.

Listen to ‘Intimacy’, the first track from their new, self-entitled EP.

Sounds like: Fenech Soler, Great Good Fine Ok, Young Kato, Strange Talk, Shura, Ben Howard, City & Colour, Justin Bieber

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GEMS – Tangled Memories



We simply cannot get enough of Gems. Just see our backlog of posts!

New track ‘Tangled Memories’ highlights just how good the duo is at creating that type of dreamy indietronica we love.

Listen below.

Their debut album, ‘Kill The One You Love’, is out 30 October on Carpark Records.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lorde, So Below, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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GEMS – Living as a Ghost



Isolated creatives and goth-pop duo, GEMS, return with brooding new gem ‘Living as a Ghost’.

Recognisable vocals and distorted synths, GEMS are very much alive.

Have a listen below.

It is the first single taken from their debut album called ‘Kill The One You Love’, which has been mixed by Damian Lazar (Björk, Mas Ysa) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim) and is out 30 October on Carpark Records.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Lorde, So Below, Chvrches, Purity Ring, Goldfrapp, Polica, Banks, VÉRITÉ, Tei Shi, Broods, ASTR

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