Introducing: Loco Ono

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First things first, if there was a competition for the best named new band of 2017, Loco Ono would be way out in front with the shortest odds possible.

Handles aside, there are many more reasons to get excited about this London trio of Grace Zacarias, Pieter Stone & Nathan Edmonds. For one, with their ’90s inspired, lo-fi grunge hybrid, they make a hell of a convincing racket. Fuzzed-up, meaty riffs are driven by ferocious and insistent drums, all delivered with breakneck speed and electrifying intensity. There is dreamy quality too, in part due to Zacarias breathy, haunting vocals on ‘Black Hole'; and in the case of ‘Grizzly’, there’s an added dreamy feature of a ukulele interlude. Drawing inspiration from ’90s lo-fi and modern power pop, Loco Ono effortlessly blends fuzzed-up, buzz-saw guitars, catchy melodies with a fierce and fiery energy.

You can sample some choice cuts from their recently released debut EP Dog Massage, below.

Bad Flamingo – ‘Lucky Ones’

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Very little is known about the mysterious masked musical duo Bad Flamingo, who prefer to have their music speak on their behalf. And why not? When you can craft such stellar sounds as the pair’s latest single, ‘Lucky Ones’.

‘Lucky Ones’ is slick but stripped down blend of Americana-tinged, exquisite pop finesse and a whole lot of Western swaggger. It drips of infectious, sun-dreched tones as it shuffles along a groovy drum beat, stabs of guitar and impressive pop melodies, while the rich, sensuous smokey vocals mingle with an array of desert-drenched guitar riffs to tantalising effect. At just under three minutes, this is an exquisitely crafted sound that crawls its way into your head and destined to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Exactly who these ladies are remains a mystery for now. In the meantime, get acquainted with the seductive sounds of Bad Flamingo’s new single ‘Lucky One’.

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: