Girl As Wave – ‘Houdini’


New York’s Girl As Wave follows her previous singles, ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘Polaroid’, with new one, ‘Houdini’, as she steadily builds a rep as a reliable source of wonderful dream-pop, piece by piece.

‘Houdini’ is mellow, calm and dreamy, imbued with a dose of sentimentality that lures you in, merging perfectly alongside the wonderful songcraft. It is a multifaceted sound, encompassing a fusion of subtle influences from Americana and Country & Western – a la the elegant of reverb – to a dreampop aesthetic and spooky, cinematic quality, led by the haunting vocals. In short, ‘Houdini’ is marvelous and so easy to fall in love with – the most creative single Girl As Wave has come up with yet.

Tune into ‘Houdini’ below:

Lamb Markous – ‘Look Back Down’


Lamb Markous (aka Lambros Markousis) is a musician and songwriter from Buffalo, in the US.

Inspired by everything from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Lennon to Kendrick Lamar, his organic acoustic sounds are formed with lo-fi psychedelic textures and an experimental edge. His most recent work, a series of bedroom recordings, armed only with one mic and a computer, are astoundingly warm, inviting and great – the latest of which, is ‘Look Back Down’. It swoons and swells as it drips along melodically, at an unhurried canter along a rough, fuzzy acoustic strum and joined by a mildly mournful, lightly fuzzed vocals. While the lyrics kick back against the bullshit and hum-drum of life, ‘Look Back Down’ feels overwhelmingly optimistic, if somewhat melancholic, and fills the heart with warmth. A joy!

You can listen to ‘Look Back Down’ below, and there is plenty more where that came from, here.

S//P – ‘Head On Backwards’


‘Head On Backwards’ is the first single from s//p – pronounced ‘Slip’ in case, like me, you were wondering – which is solo venture of Los Angeles based artist Taylor Brown.

‘Head on Backwards’ will appear on s//p’s forthcoming debut album The Cost, and as far a taster or opening salvo, well, they don’t come much bigger or better than this. This is indie-electro or indie-to-dance-to, if you prefer, at it insatiable best. Opening with a protracted parp of brass, ostensibly a call to arms, signalling it is time to get moving. Synth-laden and matched with quick step beats and math-rocky guitarwork, and hushed, often semi-spoken vocals; ‘Head On Backwards’ finds its own space, simultaneously radiating an mellow aura and energetic pulse as it builds to a huge crescendo of full-blown sound. A relentless and infectious mover bursting with vitality – this is one of those tunes that encourages you, nay compels you to dance.

Listen to ‘Head On Backwards’ below:

Andrew Goldring – ‘Lost in the Motion’


Utah-based singer/songwriter Andrew Goldring began his solo adventures in 2016, after fronting two bands – Golden Sun and Great Interstate – in the prior half-decade.

Thus far, Goldring has been drip-feeding tracks and now, he is back with another single in ‘Lost in the Motion’, with an EP to follow. The single is a delightfully elegant blend of dreamy, mellow and shimmering sounds – this is music to get lost in. Undulating ripples of lush melody, laid-back twangs, glistening hooks and general warmth transport you to a place of peace and tranquility, befitting of great contemplation. Goldring’s voice proves the key, soothing and sauve as it wafts across a hazy canvas of breezy, washed-out sounds. Goldring is kicking off 2018 in great form – no doubt about it – and hopefully we’re inundate with songs of a similarly sublime quality throughout the year.

Listen to ‘Lost in the Motion’ below:

Sure Sure – ‘Giants’


Sure Sure are an indie-pop foursome from sunny California who have quite the way when it comes to colourful confections of feelgood, sunkissed vibes.

Their debut album was released this month and includes 11 tracks, that fall somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Belle & Sebastian, Mystery Jets and Magic Numbers. Accompanying the record is lead single ‘Giants’ – demonstrating all these aforementioned attributes and more. Through an irresistible combination of plink-plonk keys, sunny piano melody, blustery percussion and beautiful harmonies, it is brimming with optimism but tempered with a mild fleck of melancholy. ‘Giants’ celebrates simple joy, engineered knowingly or not, to instantly paste a big smile on your face, my face and everyone’s else’s face who has the pleasure of making its acquaintance. An ear-catching, exuberant and joyous confection of pure indie-pop perfection!

You can listen to ‘Giants’ below; it is guaranteed to brighten up your day and general disposition.