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Weekly Gems 64

Great Mountain Fire – Look UP

Great Mountain Fire

Belgium pop band Great Mountain Fire their shares new single ‘Look Up’.

Comprised of childhood friends, their music echoes of Daft Punk. Tinged with groovy beats, ‘Look Up’ is a fresh, sunny indie pop tune.

Sounds like: Breakbot, Goldroom, Daft Punk, Mirage Club

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0171 – SMTHN RL

0171

0171 is Hackney duo Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare.

Creating a beautiful clash of raw and honest music, the nostaglic dark pop duo shares their sophomore single, ‘SMTHN RL’. It explores a yearning for real experiences and real intimacy in a world where you can often feel distant from each other, and from your own life.

Their debut EP is out on 17 May.

Sounds like: Kllo, Kudu Blue, The xx, Myo

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Tropic Harbour – Calm

Tropic Harbour

Canadian artist Tropic Harbour today releases his ‘Calm’ EP.

Not disimilar to his former releases, the lead single continues to serenade the listener, and gives further gravitas to the beat-maker’s own unique take on the chillwave sound.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, DIIV, Jessy Lanza

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Joey Landreth – Cryin’

Joey Landreth

Meet Juno award winning guitarist Joey Landreth.

Also one half of the esteemed roots band The Bros. Landreth, Joey takes a more emotional approach to his solo material, creating a bold and versatile sound that explodes with energy while also remaining captivating throughout.

Listen to ‘Cryin” below, with its James Bay vibes.

Sounds like: James Bay, Hozier

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ORIION – Siren Call

ORIION

If you’re a fan of anything pop, there’s something for everyone in ORIION‘s latest, ‘Siren Call’.

His self-described ‘nostalgia pop’, walks the line from the 80s up to the modern day, with a one-a-kind vocal delivery that really conveys the lovesick motivations.

Sounds like: Zayn

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Manatee Commune – Growing Pains

Manatee Commune by Allen Daniel

Manatee Commune by Allen Daniel

Manatee Commune is exploring music and life in his mid-20s.

His blissful new single ‘Growing Pains’ hits the crux of the issue. Immersed in a sober and earnest landscape, the song features Samuel Eisen-Meyers and is out now via Bastard Jazz.

Sounds like: John Mayer, Teen Daze, Goldroom, Tropic Harbour

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Bokito – Colleen Bawn

Bokito

If there is one thing to do this year, go see Bokito perform live.

Sitting in the gap between tropical indie pop and soulful funk, Bokito’s ‘Colleen Bawn’ is bursting with summery energy and fills you will and irrefutable urge to move. Frontman Moses Moorhouse’s vocal is the perfect compliment to the tasty groove set by the five-piece.

Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club, Stereohoney, Shiners

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Weekly Gems 63

ALL THE REST – Our Youth

ALL THE REST

We challenge you not to become obsessed with ALL THE REST, a band from Georgia comprised of best friends, Caleb Smith (vocals, guitar), Baylee Waller (vocals, guitar), Jud Harris (drums), and Tre Housman (bass).

Their electro-pop catch, ‘Our Youth’ represents captures the essence of the band – loneliness and love while representing those who are “all the rest” of society.

Sounds like: LANY, joan.

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Tyne – Some Things (Macious Remix)

Macious

We don’t usually post remixes, unless they really grip us. Electronic producer and newcomer, Macious‘ remix of Tyne’s previously unreleased sample track of ‘Some Things’ does just that.

With it’s looping piano keys, the remix slots perfectly into the realms of hypnotic electronica and infectious melodic house, extending the original into a beautiful late-night crescendo.

Sounds like: Lane 8, Rüfüs Du Sol, Henri

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Jackie Charles – Dominikas Song

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Jackie Charles by Knut Åserud

Gothstar-in-the-making, Jackie Charles returns with the visuals for the washed-out and hallucinogenic ‘Dominikas Song’.

It’s a brutally honest track hidden by sweet melodies, that is “egging you on to stop overthinking and utilise the vessel that is your body”.

Sounds like: The Cure, Alvvays, Ariel Pink

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Crystal Knives – When I’m Okay

Crystal Knives

Hailing from Milwaukee, Crystal Knives (aka Spencer Mutsch) is a 22-year-old jazz drummer turned electronic producer and songwriter.

His passion for melody and pop music illuminates through his production sound and style which has gained the attention of many listeners and industry watchdogs alike. He has teamed up with vocalist,
Sarah Warren and the track is out now via Elysian Records.

Sounds like: Draper

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Beauty Sleep – Nature Will Eat Me

Beauty Sleep

Belfast trio Beauty Sleep has just shared the latest single taken from their upcoming album, ‘Be Kind’.

It’s called ‘Nature Will Eat Me’ and is a romantic take on dream-pop that takes cues from other acts such as Passion Pit and Bleachers.

Sounds like: All Tvvins, Pleasure Beach, Passion Pit, Bleachers

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Claudia Bouvette – Cool It

Claudia Bouvette - Cool It

Quebec artist Claudia Bouvette shares her short’n’sweet new single, ‘Cool It’.

Switching things up throughout, the Sebastien Duguay-directed visuals for ‘Cool It’ were shot in Quebec and depicts Claudia reclaiming her self-empowerment.

Sounds like: Billie Eilish, AlunaGeorge

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Mokita – Til I Don’t

Mokita

Moving on from a relationship can be challenging. The best thing to do is to write it into a song. This is exactly what Nashville-based Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) has done with ‘Til I Don’t’.

Mokita started playing the piano and at the age of six and singing in the choir shortly after. After adding the guitar to his list of skills later on, he eventually ended up in the world of music production; giving him everything he needed to begin crafting his body of work as an artist.

It’s out now via Armada Music.

Sounds like: Zayn, EXES, XYLØ

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Triptych Miró – Maybe

Triptych Miró

When two talented multi-instrumentalists get together, the result is Triptych Miró.

Effortlessly combining electronic jazz & soul, the duo – comprised of Erez Sivan & Sapphire Adizes from Los Angeles via Tel Aviv – melt boundaries with their ultra cinematic, but heartwarming production.

Sounds like: Kudu Blue

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Playlist: Sean Turk

Sean Turk

Production seems to be Sean Turk‘s forte, having already released material on Warner, Spinnin’ Records, and Ultra Records and gained support from some key players.

We wanted to get inside the musical mind of the New York-based #BedroomBass enthusiast to find out where he finds the inspiration for his music.

The result is the below playlist, or in Sean’s own words…

Hey what’s going on y’all! Here is a playlist that kind of encompasses the vibes I’m feeling at the moment. A lot of similar stuff that I am usually influenced by. These songs are my go to for traveling/driving around from day to day. Hope you guys enjoy!

Sounds like: Gryffin, Prince Fox, CHIMES

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The Erised – Liar

The Erised

The Erised

The Erised are a five-piece from Ukraine, comprised of drum & bass producers Detail and Hidden Element, and dancer-turned-singer/songwriter, Sonya.

Although their music stems from drum & bass, this group create a immersive collective of jazz, rock and pop.

You could be tricked into thinking the single ‘Liar’ is an indietronica track with Sonya’s opulent vocals, but every now and then snippets of dark and vibrant instrumentals drum & bass hit our ears, building to a great rocky crescendo at the end. Lovely.

They are releasing their debut album with Hospital Records‘ derivative Med School. Pre-order the album, ‘Room 414’, on iTunes, and you’ll get ‘Liar’ as an instant grat.

Sounds like: VÉRITÉ, Astrid S, Kacy Hill, ZAYN

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Astrid S – Hurts So Good

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

Astrid S by Ole Marius Fossen

ZAYN has met his match, in Norwegian singer and musician Astrid S.

Following on from the epic ‘Paper Thin,’ is the video for ‘Hurts So Good,’ directed by the acclaimed screenwriter and director, Andreas Öhman at Naïve Studio in Sweden.

About the video, Astrid remarks:

“It was a very cool experience to do this music video. I went to Stockholm for two days, and we filmed it by a beautiful summer house outside of the city, as well as in a studio. It felt so uncomfortable doing the scenes with the actor which depict the aspects of a complicated relationship reflected in the song’s lyrics. But after seeing the final result it was so worth it. I’m very happy with the video, and I think it suits both the song and me.”

It’s the lead single from her upcoming, self-titled EP, and was written by Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato) and Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Little Mix) and produced by Max Martin Studios and MAG. That would explain the strong pop influence!

Of the EP, Astrid says:

“Until now, my fans have had to wait a long time to hear new music from me, one track a year! But, I’ve been in the studio, working hard, and now I have lots to share with you. This May, my first 5 track EP will be coming to you all to listen to whenever and wherever! I am so excited!”

The EP is set to be released on 20 May via Virgin EMI.

May Tour Dates

Monday 2nd – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Tuesday 3rd – Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Thursday 5th – Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
Saturday 7th – Ottakringer Brauerei, Vienna, Austria
Monday 9th – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday 10th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday 13th – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Sunday 15th – Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 17th – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark

*Headline show – not supporting Troye Sivan

Sounds like: ZAYN, Zara Larsson, Rihanna, Evvy, Noosa

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BKLYN – Don’t Even Care

BKLYN

BKLYN

BKLYN are an alternative pop trio from Devon, UK, comprised of Josh (lead vocal / guitar), Alex (bass) and Jack (drums).

We caught up the guys to discuss Devon, musical influences and what their sound is all about (in four words, not three!).

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

Hi I’m Josh, I sing and play guitar. You’ve got Jack who plays the drums and Alex who also sings and plays the bass. We’ve all lived most of our lives in a small town on the coast of Devon. All 3 of us started playing music in different bands and through the playing of local shows, you kind-of got to meet and know who everyone was through the music “scene” – ’cause to be honest it doesn’t really exist where we are unless you venture inland a few more miles. But how we actually got into music started when we were all pretty young, I think we’ve now all got an urge/strive and passion to create a sound we can call ours.

Describe your sound in three words.

Lovesick Pop, Electronic, Ambient.

You’ve definitely got a The 1975 vibe going on. Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We have been told that our music resembles theirs and we’re humbled to hear that, but we couldn’t say that we were influenced by them in general. Our influences differ depending on which one of us you ask; we have American Football, Brain Eno, Peter Gabriel, Chairlift, Blood Orange, Sia, Neon Indiana, Bowie, I mean the list can go on. But we do have a huge mutual appreciation for hip/hop and take a lot of narration from the percussion and bass lines. It’s hard to narrow it down to a select few artists.

Tell us who the new release ‘Don’t Even Care’ is about?

Its kind a revenge song in my head, but its pretty self explanatory. I lead more towards it being in your face rather than it being vague and shadowing its truth, which is how I used to like to write. It needed to be more full fontal. Its pretty much about not caring about something special and being blatant about it, when you’re preaching to everyone that you did care. I’m heading down this self righteous road on how I’m writing these songs at the moment and most of the new songs we’ve yet to release will tell you that. Its exciting because we feel like this is the step we need to take in writing new music.

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

Josh – I’m smashing out ZAYN‘s new album, theres some great new sounds I’ve not really heard on songs before which I love.
Alex – been listening to KANO and Deftone’s new albums.
Jack – it been LANY for me.

Sounds like: The 1975, Fickle Friends, BLAJK, High Tyde, SKIES, The Northcoast

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Exclusive: Chelsea Lankes Playlist

Chelsea Lankes

Chelsea Lankes

Los Angeles-based Chelsea Lankes returns with a hooky new number called ‘Bullet’.

We caught up with Chelsea, who kindly put together a ‘Modern Romance’ themed playlist for Indietronica.

Enjoy!

Majid Jordan – Something About You

It’s a coffee in the morning or last call kind of jam.

The 1975 – The Sound

I’m super excited for their new album and have ultimate respect for a band that is willing to take risks and be pop.

School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes 

Something unique and beautiful about this song. it’s enchanting to me

Allie X – Never Enough

She’s such a rad artist and this song is super retro and vulnerable which I love.

ZAYN – PILLOWTALK
– because he’s sexy. need i say more?

Lewis Del Mar – Malt Liquor

Feels like Alt-J but I love his voice… it’s a good combo for me.

Gang of Youths – Magnolia

It’s rebellious and charming and exciting in all the right ways.

St. Lucia – Closer Than This

I will forever smile and dance to this.

Erik Hassle – Smaller

He’s an incredible talent and can do no wrong in my eyes.

Best Coast – Feeling OK

It’s effortlessly cool and honest. like, not feeling great… i’m feeling OK. Which is most of us most days.

Listen to ‘Bullet’ below.

Pre-order Chelsea’s limited edition 10″ Pink Vinyl via B3SCI Recordshere.

Sounds like: Evvy, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Ji Nilsson, Tove Styrke, Carousel, Kitten, Nina, Mikky Ekko

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