Stuck for new music? Well, you’ve come to the right place, and just in time to be added to your summer playlists too. Listen to some of our favourite tracks from the likes of Mighty Oaks, Only Shadows, Nickel Creek and Nothing But Thieves.
If this song doesn’t put a smile on your face, then most likely you are suffering from a lack of hearing. Just One Day sounds like summer if you ask me. Mighty Oaks uplifting folk pop doesn’t get better this. Taken off their upcoming UK début release, Brother EP, out 7th July. Smouldering harmonies, lush guitars and warm textures make Mighty Oaks music just too tempting.
The latest track from Perth musician Sean O’Neill, Vienna, takes his music to the next level. Vienna draws on a cinematic landscape of subtle, ambient tones growing in grandeur and purity. A ballad that not only establishes this artist as someone truly special but something that resonates with you long after listening, which is a testament in itself to O’Neill’s artistry. Comparisons to Bon Iver and Luke Sital-Singh come to mind when listening to this track, delicate compositions and rich string arrangements make this a track not to be missed. Stunning.
Only Shadows are a very enticing prospect with their infectious alt-rock, it’s inescapable that you’ll get swept up by their music. Reason To Bleed hits you hard and fast, it’s relentless urgency and powerful vocal make a mean combination. But it’s really Be Still that makes it’s mark, combining their rock edge with an addictive pop chorus and an infectious beat, undoubtedly it will burrow itself into your head and stay there for days.
Americana has never sounded so good, Nickel Creek make sweet, sweet sounds that are as warm and nostalgic as hazy summer days. Destination is laden with hypnotic female/male vocals and rich harmonies aplenty, catchy pop hooks make this track a big contender for the song of the summer.
Nothing But Thieves
Nothing But Thieves epic rock combines the stadium filling power of Muse with all the ambience and transcendence of Coldplay. They are a very special band, with the release of their début EP last year and new single, Graveyard Whistling, they are getting more ambitious and building something that is sure to turn heads in a good way.
Singer/songwriter Jack Wallen released his Although EP last month, title track of the EP you can listen to below. It becomes clear that when watching the video, Wallen’s music is gleefully emotional and triumphant like the vintage film footage. The track bolsters a beautifully heart-rendering vocal performance from Wallen, jazz elements dance elegantly with sumptuous folk melodies, hand in hand we are treated to a moving and personal bout of storytelling.
Pretties For You
Nothing is boring when it comes to Pretties For You, they bring glamour and grandeur to their indie rock and it’s never sounded sweeter. After recently releasing their début album, We Have Our Reasons, we are treated to the title track. A chiming, monochromic slice of 80s atmospherics teemed with bold visceral drums and hypnotic guitars. Standing proud in it’s glory, We Had Our Reasons, tangles itself in a web of soaring siren-like vocals, infectious lyricism, droning synths and mechanical post-punk riffs. This track will have you swaying and moving in no time at all.
Clap Clap Riot
Kiwi trio, Clap Clap Riot, have dropped new single, Cold As Ice, off their forthcoming new album out later this year. An infectious slice of 60s surf rock n roll mixed with garage pop takes this track to the next level. Cold As Ice establishes Clap Clap Riot as a force to be reckoned with. You cannot help but be swept up by this blurry haze of colourful pop sounds, insatiable groove, and a chorus that will be stuck in your head for days all I can say is get this track on repeat already.