Yonaka – ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’

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YONAKA are indie-rock juggernaut – Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys) and Robert Mason (drums) – from Brighton and judging by their form thus far, they look destined to take a spot at the top of Britain’s indie-rock table.

The quartet’s new single is ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya'; and it is a heavy hitting example of what they are all about. This is heavy-hitting indie-rock with a dark pop heart which shifts from menacing, threatening riffy rock to anthemic, epic soaring variety. The hammering percussion and bass line pound incessantly, while when Jarvis’ stunning vocals enter the fray, it renders everything else secondary. A scintillating introduction by any estimation; file next to Wolf Alice, Joy Formidable & Estrons.

You can listen to ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ below. Hopefully we’re hearing from these four very soon.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #7

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A new regular feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #7. Enjoy!

Luddy Mussy – ‘Is A Sound’

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Self-described as “colorful, almost cartoonish music made by lunatics”, Luddy Mussy don’t do themselves justice.

With their new single ‘Is A Sound’, the Boston-based five-piece have served up one of the most intriguing and imaginative releases of 2017. It is a sprawling thirteen-and-a-half-minute adventure through era, genre and the rest, taking in alt-country, rhythm & blues, ’60s pop and indie. Opening with over four-minutes of instrumental brilliance, it kicks into gear when the vocals arrive, and how. For its rather protracted length on paper, it remains coherent and captivating exploration of sound in a similar vein to The Stones, Dylan, The Kinks and Wilco. That’s about that, a great song.

No indication to whether it will form part of more substantial release but for now, listen to this 13-minute epic and imaginative adventure below.

James Wyatt Crosby – ‘Candyfloss’

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James Wyatt Crosby is a Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who makes catchy, smiley dream-pop songs with a lo-fi DIY ethos.

Crosby’s latest single ‘Candyfloss’ is a case in point. A gentle, smile-inducing pristine piece of stellar pop-craft, this dreamy little ditty is chock-a-block full of lush instruments, hazy daydream vibes and the vocal harmonies here are irresistible. Warm, inviting and sparkling indie-pop; we’re greeted by, and treated to, an irresistible wave of hypnotising sounds, slinky grooves, shimmering guitars and oh so pleasant vocals. Smooth, sugary-sweet perfect guitar-pop!

Crosby’s debut album is forthcoming and if ‘Candyfloss’ is anything to go by, it’s going to be hard to ignore.

‘Candyfloss’ out now, tune in below:

Seazoo Announce Debut Album & Share ‘Roy’s World’

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Welsh indie pop maestros Seazoo have announced the release of a brand new single ‘Roy’s World’, taken from their debut album out summer 2017.

For a number of years now, the North Walian five-piece have utterly charmed us with their signature brand of effervescent, sprightly indie-pop tunes. Setting the standard for what will no doubt be a sparkling debut debut LP, Seazoo have shared ‘Roy’s World,’ the first track from the forthcoming record. ‘Roy’s World’ is both scuzzy and sweet, as it whizzes and fizzes through a blend of guitars, organs, synths and smiley melodies for an infectious, sun-kissed sound dripping with overwhelming sense of nostalgia. A sparkling, charming and irresistible piece of effervescent indie-pop, ‘Roy’s World’ should be a summer favourite.

‘Roy’s World’ is out now. Catch the Seazoo bug below:

Lucavietski – ‘Trust Your Self’

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There isn’t a huge amount of info available on Lucavietski. What do we know? He’s a producer based in the UK. His real name (or one provided) is Andrei Stan, and he crafts captivating, beat-driven tunes.

His latest single, ‘Trust Your Self’ was released earlier this year and a post has been in the pipeline for sometime (time, the eternal enemy). It is a stunning exposition of Lucavietski’s abilities; it is an elegant and crisp production. It is a downtempo sojourn through a wistful world of hip-hop inspired beats, plinking keys, humming synth and luscious strings that swells to an inspiring, wholly optimistic climax. ‘Trust Your Self’ stunning production and one that is deeply affecting, and given the overwhelmingly positive and optimistic vibes, you be all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Trust Your Self’ below – letting it into your life could be the best thing you do all day.

Pink Fruit – ‘Komputer’

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Pink Fruit is the moniker and latest project of LA musician, Ashley Garcia.

Garcia’s latest release is new single, ‘Komputer'; an apparent ode to cellphone culture. Whatever the song’s inspiration, it is a playful, giddy and infectious piece of electro-pop. Floaty atmospherics and twinkling synths are interspersed with playful bouts of electronics, as a bouncy beat steadily reveals itself. Garcia’s heavenly vocals are the icing on the cake for this cheerful, dreamy and irresistible bundle of joy. This is one of those tunes that will paste a big smile on even the most glum of faces. Wonderful!

You can listen to ‘Komputer’ and previous single ‘Teenage (No Honey)’ below.

Micronism – ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’

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‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ is the second single from the re-mastered re-release Inside A Quiet Mind by New Zealand artist & producer, Micronism.

Apparently dating from 1998 (though entirely new to me) the album was created over two years in bedrooms in Morningside, Kingsland, Mt Eden (NZ) & Brisbane (Australia). Now, almost 20 years later, Micronism (aka Denver McCarthy) is re-releasing a re-mastered version of the album. The tracks are synth dominated, with a sound that falls somewhere between electro/synth, minimal-techno and chilled ambient. Everything with ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’is head-noddingly mellow, yet transfixing as sounds wash over you waves, in a rather warm and mildly euphoric way. Very pleased to become acquainted with this record, albeit two decades later, it still sounds fantastic!

Check out ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ below. The album meanwhile, Inside A Quiet Mind will be released digitally & on Double LP, July 21, 2017. Order it here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #6

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #6. Enjoy!

Tom Terrien – ‘Pathfinding’

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French producer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Terrien has been in the music making game for close to two decades now, and it shows, in a good way.

The Toulouse-based artist has a deft touch when it comes to fusing genres and styles, something acutely obvious from his latest single ‘Pathfinding’. It gracefully floats in an ambiguous limbo of experimentation, between subtly euphoric and vaguely ambient. ‘Pathfinding’ is patient, slow-building and reveals itself gradually while sustaining the rhythm and protracting the promise of yet more to come. Captivating through repeated propulsive beats and swirls, chinks of light emerge from the hypnotic elegance, for a climactic finish enveloped in mild euphoria. ‘Pathfinding’ is a nine-minute-masterclass in precision, sound and style.

You can listen to ‘Pathfinding’ below. It is out now, and joined by companion track ‘Persistent Thought'; listen here.