Mattress Food – ‘Burn Yr Idols’

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On the hunt for addictive, fuzzed-up and raspy indie? Look no further than Philadelphia foursome Mattress Food; Sami Rahman, Wallace Gerdy, Paul O’Connell & Adam Figurelle.

Taking their lead from the melodic, anthemic instincts of bands like The Replacements and The Strokes, adding a touch of the melancholy from British pop music a la New Order and The Cure and you’ve kind of got the idea. Their debut single proper is ‘Burn Yr Idols’. Backed by a steady beat, it blazes a trail with addictive riffs cutting through a mire of fuzz as Rahman’s raspy vocals, delivered with grit and attitude, rages against ‘toxic behavior’ (racism, homophobia, toxic masculinity, transphobia, etc.). It’s powerful, angered and defiant – the kind of tune that on playing it, you grow 10 feet tall and swagger down the street like nothing in this world can phase you.

Listen to ‘Burn Yr Idols’ below; a superb opening introduction.

Alpaca Sports – ‘Eiffel Tower’

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Having released their second album From Paris With Love in recent weeks, Swedish sunshine-pop purveyors Alpaca Sports have followed it with equally Gallic-inspired single ‘Eiffel Tower’.

Revolving around the talents of Andreas Jonsson & Lisle Mitnik, Alpaca Sports well paired with Spanish label Elefant Records, who’ve plenty of form for pushing irresistible pop. ‘Eiffel Tower’ is a bright, breezy and heartfelt piece of piano-pop perfection, capturing a night in Paris beneath the famed tower. A timeless pop earworm, ‘Eiffel Tower’ skips along a jaunty rhythm surrounded by gorgeous melodies, rich instrumentation and chimes as the interspersed girl/boy vocals of Jonsson, joined by Amanda Åkerman capturing precious moments. For all the chiming and joyous sounds, this is juxtaposed by a real sense of longing however; avoiding any chance of being too twee or saccharine sweet. An irresistible piece of pure pop perfection – so, so good!

Tune into ‘Eiffel Tower’ below and if that is to your liking, why not check out their new record From Paris With Love over here?

Introducing: Alffa

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Alffa are Dion Wyn Jones & Sion Eifion Land, a two-man riff machine from Llanrug, Wales.

Self-dubbed “punk-blues” two piece Alffa are a force to be reckoned with. Performing in their native Welsh, this pair have a massive sound and craft explosive tunes echoing the likes of The White Stripes, The Black Keys & Royal Blood et al.

Direct. Austere. Little is wasted here. The muscular ‘Creadur’ announces its deafening presence with a ferocious guitar riff, followed by the thunderous and propulsive drum beat with searing, hard-hitting vocals. This is a thundering three-minutes of gritty rock ‘n roll as one indestructible riff crashes into the equally mammoth percussion as the irresistible and tuneful nature of the chorus just seeps into your brain. Alffa’s other offering, ‘Tomos Rhys’ proffers a slightly different side to their punk-blues explosion. Equally hard-edged, it opens with a stomping slow-paced blues vibe struts its stuff amid bursts of riffs and crashing drums before succumbing to mammoth noise making mayhem of ‘Creadur’. Dazzling and brilliant; this is mighty stuff.

You can check out ‘Creadur’ and ‘Tomos Rhys’ below – just a suggestion, turn it up LOUD.

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Airhead DC – ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’

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Under the guise of Airhead DC, Washington D.C. native Vishal Narang releases dreamy indie-pop that he describes himself as “a meditation on love, spirituality, and creative freedom.”

With plans to release new album Crush Hi on October 26 via Danger Collective Records, Narang is teasing the senses with ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’. Recruiting the assistance of Cherry Glazerr members Tabor Allen, Devin O’Brien, and Sasami Ashworth, to produce, engineer, and perform on the record, it is a delightfully dreamy excursion to a melodic world of experimental pop music. It is peculiar yet beautiful, warm and inviting in its hazy ways. ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’ shimmers, winks and twinkles on its mellow way and the dual vocals are a delight as they swim amid layers of mildly coated warm fuzz. All in all, a fabulously dreamy delight.

You can listen to ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’ below. Don’t forget, Crush Hi, is set for an October 26th release on Danger Collective Records.

Henry Nowhere – ‘Good Thing’

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Through his project Henry Nowhere, Henry Moser has turned our with a steady set of solid dreamy singles in the past year, including a selection set to appear on his new EP Not Going Back.

‘Good Thing’ is the latest to be lifted from the forthcoming record and is apparently Moser’s favorite song from the EP. It is a woozy cut of whimsical dream-pop. Dripping with an irresistible melody, a piano plinks and plonks lightly amid a sea of shimmering haze as a gentle guitar strum warms the heart and Moser’s hushed lilting vocals hover above the lush and harmonically rich tones. ‘Good Thing’ is exactly as its handle states. Comforting, comfortable and delightfully dreamy; like a warm bed on a cold morning.

That new EP, Not Going Back, will be out September 14 via Sleep Well Records. For now, get to know ‘Good Thing’ below: