Perhaps Chain Wallet’s self-titled debut is far away from aged Nordic tradition, in its sound, but the atmosphere of life in a rainy, melancholy Scandinavian town is vividly illustrated. It could be the lo-fi production, exquisitely crafted by Matias Tellez, but the nostalgia bares the feeling of discovering an old album and reminiscing about times gone by.
Everything about ‘Tides’, the latest single from dream pop five-piece Swimming Tapes, has the feel of a sunset evening at the end of a long beach side day. Between gaps in the waves of vocals, Robbie Reid and Louis Price’s waltzing reverberations allow the music to drift in and out of focus.
With a pang of 70’s psychedelia, and a twang of heavy reverb, Cali-based indie pop outfit Blondfire drift in with their latest single ‘Domino’ – suitably artsy video included.
If you have trouble deciding which sweet treat to take when offered a heavenly selection, best of luck choosing which heavenly hook to sing along to when listening to Inspired & the Sleep’s latest single. The Californian dream-poppers put resentment to one side for this ditty, rejoicing in the ‘Sweet Company’ of relationships past and present.
Amethysts have transcended sounds from raw live guitar to precisely recorded synth effects, producing ‘My Love’ – a case study of how to utilise the power of a male/female harmony, for a riling emotional atmosphere.
What is it about the English Riviera that inspires such sweet, synthesized, harmonic music? The salty air? The seaside holiday nostalgia? Whatever it is, just like Metronomy, Tourists have caught the bug and are spreading it relentlessly.
Sometimes the music is a distraction from the message. Uplifting hooks that emulate an Imagine Dragons track are a misty guise for the solemn lyrics on AZTEX’s latest single ‘Talking To Myself’, premiering below. But its cruising summer feel pervades all adversity and lifts the song into sunnier realms.
It seems as though a woozy summer jam is becoming the hallmark of a good British band, and twinkling into the summer limelight comes Swimming Tapes with another mesmerising dream pop hit.
A move away from a trademark style can sometimes be met with controversy, confusion and criticism – especially when you’re known for playing folk music (just look at Mumford and Sons, if you can bare it).
You know at the end of the night when you’re looking for that romantic shoegaze track to bring out all of those pent up emotions? A song for the times when a bit of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive just won’t cut the mustard. Look no further than Lowtide’s new single ‘Wedding Ring’.
Brighton’s arsenal of indie-rockers seems to be ever growing, and with the rise of ferocious four-piece Grymm, it would be naive to underestimate the power of this south-coast town’s musical artillery.
There’s an emotionally distressed feeling to Kidsmoke’s powerful new single ‘Heartache’. Inevitably, the Wrexham four-piece have layered some glistening melodies over the rolling bass we recognise from February’s ‘Cut Yourself Loose’, but the despairing vocals don’t hold back in casting a cloud of anguish over the song.
Put the Winter winds behind you, swap that scarf for some shades and cruise into the Summer with Coast Modern. Their first single ‘Hollow Life’ drew attention from all over; their second is sure to be a hit. The swagger in ‘Animals’ is too infectious to escape.
It seems as though for years there have been factions of British adolescents hidden away, listening to a concoction of psychedelia and grunge, waiting for the perfect time to emerge. Palma Violets heard the wanting wake-up calls, and JAWS awoke from their slumber to follow suit; it’s only right that RINSE join the party now.
Comparing love and drugs; The Beatles did it, so did Roxy Music and Justin Timberlake to name but a few. With a sound so cool you’d think the studio was a fridge, Private Island set themselves apart from the rest with a smooth ride through their Californian dream.
Iowa indie rock group Halfloves have given an introductory peep into the world of their upcoming self-titled album. Their single ‘It’s Easy To Love’ manages to place you in front of a mesmerising explosion of sound. Not a conventional explosion though; more of a controlled detonation in slow motion.
What do you get if you put an indie riff, a surf track and punk attitude into a blender? From the sound of their latest single, the answer must be Indoor Pets. If there were any barriers between styles beforehand, you can be sure that these Kent lads have smashed them down and pissed on […]
If you wanna know how music can be colourful, give Sleepovers a hearty listen. The brit-pop inspired sounds on their first single ‘I AM ME & YOU ARE YOU‘ has the radiant vibrancy of a jar of assorted gobstoppers, with no sweetness spared! If being told “you are the most beautiful girl I’ve met” doesn’t sweep […]