Indie

Den-Mate – “Fall”

By Will Oliver, May 29th 2017

Den-Mate is the project of Washington, D.C. artist Jules Hale. In April she released her new EP Entropii via Babe City Records.

The EP’s first single “Fall” shares a lot in common with another group based in D.C., our friends in GEMS. “Fall” is similar to a lot of the dark ethereal electronic sounds they create but done with her own stamp and signature sound. Hale so easily summons up this dark atmosphere and matches it with more uplifting, spiritual vocals, that shape-shift into something pop-minded, yet also darkly textural.

Take a listen to “Fall” below and take a listen to the entire EP over at bandcamp.
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Haux – “Touch”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Haux is the project of photographer-turned-musician Woodson Black who resides the The Berkshires of Massachusetts.

He recently returned with “Touch” an electronic fusion of folk-rock that is every bit as emotive as it is pop-minded as it is well textured in production flourishes. Something of a love song for the internet age, made with as much human emotion as possible.

“Touch” follows the release of his sophomore EP All We’ve Known last year. Take a listen to “Touch” below and head to his soundcloud to stream the rest of his work.
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Febueder – “Morning Yawn”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Febueder are an English trio featuring lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kieran Godfrey, percussionist Samuel Keysell, and Toby Ingram on bass. Earlier this month they released their new EP From An Album.

“Morning Yawn” is the first single taken from the EP. Featuring a dark atmosphere that echoing vocals that sit somewhere between the worlds of Alt-J and Foals, a great thing depending on where you stand on those artists (who we both love). Smooth, confident, and sultry, “Morning Yawn” would be one well of a way to wake up in the morning.

Take a listen to “Morning Yawn” below, and if you like what you hear, grab the EP from iTunes.
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Melby – “Pat”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Melby are a quartet from Stockholm, Sweden, who caught the attention of blogs with their single, “Human.” This year they returned with their debut EP Melby, which was released on May 19 via Rama Lama Records.

“Pat” is the EP’s single and for good reason. It’s smartly constructed with an easy-going charm that features soothing vocals over some tightly constructed riffs. It’s a pure delight on the ears, that leaves you wanting to come back for immediate seconds.

Stream “Pat” below and head to the Rama Lama Records Shop to grab the EP on vinyl, limited to just 100 copies.
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Yellow House is the project of Emile van Dango, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. After trying to venture through the various genre waves that flood the music scene in Cape Town, van Dango instead opted to dream up a unique universe of his own.

He’s released his debut EP A Carnival of Fears, and based on the lush dreaminess of EP cut “”It Feels the Same Everyday,” it seems like he’s certainly lived up to his promise of dreaming up his own universe. From the vocals, to the electronic swirls that graciously welcome that groovy bassline, this song is an absolute delight to sink into.

Take a listen to “It Feels the Same Everyday” below, and head to his bandcamp to stream the full EP and give it a purchase if you like what you hear.
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Eliza & The Delusionals – “Salt”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Eliza & The Delusionals are a rock group out of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, led by Eliza Klatt. Their recently released “Single” is a track that is totally worth your time.

A mix of a garage rock stomper with some hooky pop-vocals, “Salt” is an addictive force of energy that would’ve been right at home in the 90’s but feels even more well needed today, a much smarter pop song than anything you’ll hear on the radio, at least here in the US.

Find the official music video for “Salt” posted below, along with the soundcloud stream.

Morgxn – “xx”

By Will Oliver, May 27th 2017

Morgxn is a Los Angeles-based producer who doesn’t need much time to reel you in with the addictive sounds of “xx,” the latest single from his soon to be released debut EP, vital.

Equal parts dance anthem, as well as a bit of a indie rocker (a bit of Warpaint can be heard in there), “xx” features a chorus that’s bound to get lodged into your head and stuck there for the rest of the day. It’s the type of indie rock/pop crossover that’s hard to argue with.

If the rest of his debut EP is this sharply written, it’s going to be one hell of a release.

Take a listen to “xx” below and head to his soundcloud to check out some more songs from him if you like what you hear.
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ACES – “Stranger”

By Will Oliver, May 26th 2017

It doesn’t take long to be completely entranced by the vocals of Alex Stewart on her stunning track “Stranger.” If you were thrown this track out of the blue – like myself – you’d be forgiven for thinking ACES was anything but a well known, brand name, established artist.

Hailing from Canada, Stewart now calls Brooklyn home and makes some stunning as hell ethereal indie-pop under the ACES moniker, releasing a sound that is cinematic and beautifully haunting.

Listening to “Stranger,” or anything else off of her impressive debut EP of the same name, it’s hard not to imagine the song soundtracked with a dramatic movie trailer or big time TV moment. It just has that quality to it. Which actually makes sense when you learn that Stewart works as a film editor, so the cinematic world already runs through her (and her husband whose a filmmaker as well).

I sense that big things are on the way for ACES and hope you keep her on your radar. I know I am.

You can find out for yourself by listening to “Stranger” below, and grabbing the EP on iTunes if you like what you hear.
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Ricky Hollywood is the France-based project of Stephane Bellity who has played drums for the likes of Melody’s Echo Chamber, Juliette Armanet and Halo Maud.

He’s recently gone solo and this is a good decision for all of us based on his totally delightful first single “Salut, je ne te reconnais pas.” It’s taken from his debut album Le Modeste Album which was released today via Nantes based label Futur Records.
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