Priyya – ‘Constant’

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Priyya, otherwise known as Priyanka Lamichhane, is a Nepal born and USA raised singer/songwriter/musician who has been has been serving engaging & atmospheric slices of electronica of late.

Inspired by her mother, who was also a classical Nepalese singer, Priyya’s latest single ‘Constant’ is the finest yet as she explores her family history. Projecting a ghostly, haunting aura, it blends an array of styles – electronica, folk & R&B vibes – to create a mesmerising cut of folk-tinged electronica that sweep us away to an otherworldly locale. Priyya’s hypnotic, transfixing and stunning vocal, delivered in both English and Nepalese, is the icing on the cake. A unique voice and talent, and one to keep an eye on for sure.

Listen to the beautiful, ghostly & otherworldly ‘Constant’ below:

Drinker – ‘Sinking / Feeling’

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LA / NY psych-pop pairing Drinker have just this month released their debut Happy Accident EP and ‘Sinking / Feeling’ is the latest track to be lifted from it.

Comprised of two former members of NYC outfits Isadora (Aaron Mendelsohn) and Stone Cold Fox (Ariel Loh), ‘Sinking / Feeling’ offers a perfect summary of the talents. It’s a slow-burning, gentle undulating jam imbued by a sense of yearning and melancholic vibe. A mournful melody and murmuring vocals serve as the lifeblood of the song, which floats as if soundtracking a hazy, half-memory until introducing flares of synth, slices of acoustic guitar and twinkling piano. These little flourishes help develop the atmosphere further before culminating in a surprisingly frenetic, climactic swirl.

The Happy Accident EP is out now via Dollar Slice Records. Listen to ‘Sinking / Feeling’ below.

Ephrata – ‘Odds’

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Seattle’s Ephrata have been purveyors of dreamy, indie-pop since their formation in 2012.

With a selection of singles and EPs to their name, the band will self-release their self-titled debut record on September 22. Ahead of the record, they’ve shared their new single ‘Odds’ – and oh my, it’s a special one! ‘Odds’ is a bright, upbeat guitar-pop jangle – all glimmering guitars, bubbly bassline, warm, swimming melodies, serene vocal harmonies – so infectious it is destined to be stuck in your head for days. It is a jangle-tastic piece of breezy guitar-pop with mellifluous cooing, to-die-for harmonies making for beguiling, buoyant and infectious two-and-a-half minutes of joy.

Ephrata are Skadi Von Reis Crooks (guitar/vocals), Brady Hall (guitar/vocals), Jules Jones (bass/vocals) and Ben Bromage (drums/vocals), tune into them below.

Introducing: Fresco Future

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Fresco Future are an indie-foursome hailing from the musical wonderland that is Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The quartet specialise in a blend of classic ‘indie’ with touches of early ’80s post-punk, fastened with flourishes of jangley guitars, swift, driving rhythms and basslines and hushed vocal delivery. Recorded with Padraig McCauley (P Affection & Disconcerting P) their debut double a-side Morning Mourning / Maybe Ellie sets out their stall in ear-pleasing fashion. ‘Morning Mourning’ is pure ‘ear-candy'; this is melodic, jangley indie with a lo-fi asthetic that purrs with a lovingly applied warmth and lightly-coated in fuzz. It gets inside your head and refuses leave, such is its insatiably catchy nature. ‘Maybe Ellie’ is a bit more rocking but no-less infectious or melodious. A fine opening introduction from the latest in a long and rich line of talented musicians to emerge from Newbridge.

You can listen to Morning Mourning / Maybe Ellie below or grab it for keeps, here.

Anna of the North – ‘Money’

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Norwegian-New Zealand electro-pop duo Anna of the North will release their debut LP Lovers on September 8.

Ahead of the forthcoming record the pair – Norwegian vocalist Anna Lotterud & New Zealand producer Brady Daniell-Smith – have been drip-feeding samplers in the shape of stellar synth-pop singles; the latest of which is ‘Money’. The latest single is a sublime slice of glacial, crystalline electro-pop with warm edges, honey-sweet pop vibes, eking out a sweet spot for synth-pop ballads with all the futuristic bells and whistles. A refreshing and uplifting blend of retro synth-driven melodies given an irresistible finish by the Lotterud’s alluring airy vocal. Simply sublime, and as with the rest of the LP, ‘Money’ was recorded in Oslo and mixed by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode).

Check out ‘Money’ below now & the album will follow on September 8.