The Orielles – ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’

The Orielles announced their second album Disco Volador back in October with the release of lead single ‘Come Down On Jupiter’.

Given that their debut Silver Dollar Moment was one of 2018’s finest records, there is quite a bit of excitement around its follow-up and thankfully with Disco Volador due next month, the psych-pop foursome have shared a second single ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’.

It is five minutes of sleek, neon bright and danceable indie-disco drawing its seductive allure from an irresistible blend of disco, tropicalia, indie, psych, and of course, samba. Fuelled by a insatiable pop danceablility, ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’ is a  terrifically catchy and infectious jam oozing with colourful spirit and buoyant energy. It grooves along with a confident strut through funk-fuelled hooks, cowbells aplenty pulsating electrified cheeps and chirps, with Esmé’s syrupy-sweet and relaxed vocals juxtaposed with the relentless groove, dancey beats and swirling, psychedelic haze. This is pure indie-pop heaven, so addictive is it, it should come with a health warning.

Disco Volador is out 2/28 on Heavenly. Get in on it below.

Victoria Bigelow – ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’

Following on from her debut EP Going Blue, Nashville singer-songwriter Victoria Bigelow has returned with a new single ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’.

Bigelow’s latest offering is patient, vulnerable and potent as she reflects on past mistakes and lost love with honesty. ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’ is a stunning and beautiful piece of heart-aching indie-pop, it bobs along a woozy, retro-tinged waltz while Bigelow’s hushed, smokey voice strikes a reflective tone, channelling her deepest emotions. ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’ swells with each passing verse, from minimal opening arrangements of gently pulsating keys and sparse percussion to a rousing, rich and layered climax, all made more palatable on transition by the  light and woozy strings easing the track softly to life, with an Americana-tinged hum.

A sublime single, listen to it below: 

Valley Medical – ‘Ad Nadja’

Valley Medical is an electronic music producer from Chicago, and under this moniker, explored a flair for stunning sonic distillations that transfix and captivate, and get dancefloors moving.

Valley Medical’s latest single ‘Ad Nadja’ is an absolute banger. Emerging from a cloak of dreamy, ethereal tones it quickly establishes its dancefloor credentials. Soft swirls of synth and pillowy beats morph and transform into a bright up tempo jam as sputtering and choppy electronics and burbling synthesizers are stitched together with acid squelches, deep house basslines, winding techno and ravey tones. The frantic stuttering beats and wobbly bassline groove is a match made in heaven and not only is it totally addicting but it will get your body grooving (and no doubt dancefloors moving).

Listen to ‘Ad Nadja’ below:

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Bang Bang Bang’

Lauran Hibberd has been charming us with irresistible blasts of fuzz-filled indie pop for a while now and the Isle Of Wight native has kicked off 2020 with style with new single ‘Bang Bang Bang’.

Following on from 2019 debut EP Everything is Dogs, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is of similar pedigree; fizzy with guitar-pop brilliance. With driving guitars, hooks you could hang a hat on and sing-along chorus set against layers of endearing fuzz and distortion, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is Hibberd’s catchiest and most anthemic song yet. Hibberd has carved out a rep for super catchy and fuzz-filled guitar-pop heroics and even taking a cursory glance at her output over the past 12 months, it is easy to see why. It has been one solid gold tune after another, and ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is as good as any of them.

Check out ‘Bang Bang Bang’ below and if you like what you hear, there is plenty more where that came from here.

Yammerer – ‘Seasons 13-31’

Liverpool-based outfit Yammerer are a band with a preference for sharp, angular, high-energy, unhinged and raucous psych-punk fury.

Their audacious, boisterous and snarling sonic adventures are there for all to see (and hear) on their debut EP Reality Escape Resort, released toward the close of 2019. Forged from a swell of free-flowing psychedelia and hammered out in an incandescent rage, the EP is a whirlwind of off-kilter, frenzied psych-punk and none more so than ‘Seasons 13-31’. It is a nine-minute spectacular; a highly charged cacophony of pent up post-punk fury. A hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and spiralling effects, with frenzied vocals uncoiling above. A stunning intro to the Liverpool-based five-piece, it is a chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

You can listen to ‘Seasons 13-31’ below and the debut EP is here too

Happy Out – ‘Deadhead 2’

Happy Out are a post-punk trio from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, and are noise-makers supreme.

The trio have just released their debut EP Is, Was, Wasn’t, and oh my, it is a serious statement of intent. It is a powerful, potent and buzzing blast of scuzzy indie-rock/post-punk alchemy. A proverbial kick in the bollocks if you like, taking in post-rock, indie, post-punk and pure unadulterated noise, single ‘Deadhead 2’ leads the fuzzed-up charge. Vocals roar to heard above a thunderous concoction of fuzzed-up, rampaging guitars, soaring riffs and barrelling barrage of loud, pounding drums – and all drenched in fuzz and distortion. ‘Deadhead 2’ is a phenomenon; a rampaging riff-fuelled monster – hold on to your hats.

Listen to ‘Deadhead 2’ below and the EP here.

Nicolas Godin – The Border (Pierre Rousseau Remix)

Five years after his debut solo album, Nicolas Godin, best known as one-half of French electronic duo Air, is releasing a new album Concrete and Glass on January 24.

Soft, electronic lullaby ‘The Border’ is a perfect entry-point to Godin’s new record,  arranged and co-produced with Pierre Rousseau – a collection of lush hymns to buildings and architectural triumphs. It is the latter’s stunning rework of ‘The Border’ that immediately concerns us today. The original lush and dreamy electronic undulations are fleshed out into an eight-minute epic. The pop warmth is retained and re-enforced by a subtle undercurrent of euphoria as rushes of soft ambient pulses and melting minimalism creates a spellbinding groove that transfixes the soul. It is a super seductive wonder delivered with poise and style, and plenty to spare.

Tune in below and keep an eye out for the album in a few weeks.

Elsa Lester – ‘Sweet Ghost Inc.’

Elsa Lester, aka Lisa van Kampen, is a Dutch singer/songwriter with a penchant for no-frills guitar-pop.

2017 debut Stress Relief – written, recorded and produced in her bedroom – and 2018 Dinner Party EP established her as a real talent for catchy-as-can-be fuzzed-up guitar-pop. Good news folks; Elsa Lester is back with a new single, with an EP to follow. ‘Sweet Ghost Inc.’ is a bright, upbeat and breezy bout of divine indie-pop as it skips by with a jaunty vibe amid layers of lush fuzz and mild distortion. It is melodic and filled with hooks you could hang your hat on while hushed, honeyed vocals deliver a juxtaposed tale of struggle with insecurity and self-doubt. It is, as we’ve become accustomed to with Elsa Lester, an irresistibly infectious fuzz-filled wee earmworm that’ll be fizzing around your head for days and days.

The forthcoming EP Back From Vacation is expected soon – for now, there is plenty to enjoy below:

City Victim – ‘Screaming’

City Victim are an Irish alt-rock band currently based out of Galway who since forming in early 2019, spent the year drip feeding singles – four in fact – and they are kicking off 2020 with their best release to date; ‘Screaming’. 

‘Screaming’ echoes the style of previous but sees a further evolution of their sound. While channelling classic post-punk influences – Television, Wire and The Cure – combined with more contemporary bands such as Interpol and Beach Fossils, the single is fleshed into a bold and peerless bout of slowburning aggression that thrives on the darker side of post punk. Amid the intensity, ‘Screaming’ is a real groover as it swaggers along driving, meaty basslines with layers of shimmering guitars keeping pace with the burrowing rhythm as hushed yet passionate vocals float stridently above. It is a huge tune, and one that wields a mighty power, and is utterly brilliant.

Listen to ‘Screaming’ below. City Victim will hit the road in February / March for a tour with the great Eoin Dolan, Dylan Murph and Sheepy – dates below.

01/02 Craft Taproom, Liverpool
02/02 Stamps (Crosby)
21/02 Pharmacia, Limerick
12/03 Roisin Dubh, Galway
13/03 Sin E, Dublin

Stray Fossa – ‘Are You Gonna Be Okay’

Stray Fossa are a Virginia-based trio with a knack for crafting charming, catchy, bright and lovable indie-pop jams – their latest effort ‘Are You Gonna Be Okay’ is utterly spellbinding.

‘Are You Gonna Be Okay’ saunters along a bubbling undulating bassline amid a woozy vibe, lush grooves and glistening tones – the perfect dreamy backdrop from the hushed lilting vocals and shimmering guitar jangle. A fabulously alluring and infectious earworm, it combines a magical ear for a melody, divine harmonies and charm into a woozy, shimmering sonic delight.

This is the most irresistible tune you’ll hear all week, that sauntering groove is to die for. Magnificent!