S//P – ‘Head On Backwards’

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‘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’

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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’

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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.

Miles Dismond – ‘Maybe You Love Her’

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Miles Dismond is a DIY singer/songwriter based out of Berkeley, CA, whose exploits find a home somewhere between the lo-fi psych-pop of Ariel Pink and hazy psychedelia of early Tame Impala.

Dismond introduced himself to us last year with a couple of sublime single – namely ‘She Doesn’t Care At All’ & ‘She’s In My Head’ – and he has kicked off 2018 in a similarly stylish manner with new single ‘Maybe You Love Her’. The new one is a jazzy cut of earworm psych-pop and one that finds Dismond at his mesmerising best. A melodic and colouful blend of frazzled doses of sunshine and loungey, washed-out vibes, it meanders, slinking, with a smooth and confident air of coolness. A beautiful confection of mellow vibes, mild psych undulations and meandering melodic sensibilities; slick work indeed.

There are rumours of an EP on the horizon too, but for now, latest single ‘Maybe You Love Her’ is plenty to occupy our time with.

Listen to ‘Maybe You Love Her’ below now:

Eldoradio – ‘Pipe Dreams’

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Swedish outfit Eldoradio first introduced themselves with debut single Black & Blue in 2015, and quickly followed by debut LP 21st Century Explosive Sound in 2016.

The band returned toward the end of last year with a more stripped-back, melancholic and touching take on their indie-tones single in the shape of ‘Pipe Dreams’. It is a dusky, soft centered, swooning song that greets us with a rather gentle acoustic strum and slide, embraced in turn by a warm organ hum, which swells to swallow all in its wake. Add to that a melodic and melancholic twist, and a distinctive deep drawl filled with feeling and emotion, really bring home the poetic lyrics. An intimate, intricate and captivating song from start to finish – it is hard to not be moved by this little gem.

Hopefully there is similarly superb stuff from Eldoradio throughout 2018 but for now, you can listen to ‘Pipe Dreams’ below:

Aggressive Swans – ‘About You’

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Aggresive Swans are Munich-based electro-pop duo of Janko Raseta (guitar, production) and Chris Chlupacek (vocals, bass, flute).

Together, the pairing are already proving to be a particularly potent partners in the ’80s tinged dance tunes, that brings the feelgood, party vibe’ stakes – something their new single ‘About You’ proves pretty resolutely. It is bright, upbeat and fun with phased synth and dancey beats aided and abetted by alluring vocals, forming a seductive sound of modern pop and electronica, infused with the spirit of the ’80s, and an overwhelming sense of wild abandon. The groove, the beats and the melody – just fabulous!

Hopefully we’re going to be hearing more from Munich’s Aggressive Swans throughout 2018 and beyond – for now, ‘About You’ is plenty to be getting on with.

Foresteater – ‘Avalanche’

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‘Avalanche’ is the new single from Phoenix-based multi-Instrumentalist singer-songwriter Foresteater aka Mikey Pro.

Formed following a dream about a band playing on an island in outer-space surrounded by electric rainbows – Foresteater formally introduced us to their wares with bright, colourful and catchy 2017 single, ‘Big Deceiver’. Pro and co. have repeated the trick at the first time of asking in 2018 with ‘Avalanche'; a neon-bright, sparkling piece of indie-pop. It is a pure catchy delight, a three-and-a-half sojourn to a space of irresistible sugar-spun harmonies, earworm melodies, alluring guitar-jangle and hooks you could your hat on. A rather wonderful way to reacquaint ourselves with Foresteater who has kicked off the new year in lavish style.

Listen to ‘Avalanche’ below now and if you like that, there’s plenty more where that came from over here.