James Leonard Hewitson – ‘Deader’

Hartlepool native James Leonard Hewitson is an artist with a flair for fuzzed-up, infectious slices of slacker(ish) indie-rock; a rep fleshed out with a series of well-received demos.

James Leonard Hewitson has a debut LP called Only The Noise Will Save Me coming in the Autumn via Butterfly Effect Records and lead single ‘Deader’ is a charming bopper adorned with all the aforementioned attributes, and more. Buoyant yet sombre, ‘Deader’ is constructed around buzzing bass lines, crunchy riffs, raucous guitar, smashing drums, and all treated to a lavish lashing of warm fuzz. It is upbeat and bright pop song armed with hooks you could hang your hat on and the most alluring, singalong chorus you’ll hear this year; “I’m feeling deader, deader, deader.

Listen to ‘Deader’ below (you will feel better for it) and keep an eye out for that album come Autumn.

Remington Super 60 – ‘The Highway Again’

Remington Super 60 are a Norweigan outfit revolving around the songwriting exploits of Christoffer Schou with a preference for retro-flavoured indie-pop brimming with warmth and dreamy nostalgia.

Having formed in 1998, Remington Super 60 are something of veterans but on the evidence of their timeless and blissed out new single ‘The Highway Again’, the years have been good to them and have lost none of their sparkle. It is a deliciously sweet of confection that purrs with a rich melodic allure as it drifts along a wave of blissful dreamy nostalgia. A joyous affair of sumptuous swelling harmonies, gentle guitar jangle and Casio synth melody; it is a magical, timeless and ridiculously catchy single with a hopefully vibe. Three-minutes of blissful indie-pop perfection,‘The Highway Again’ is something rather special and resides on the right side of familiar.

A new EP is in the works for later this year but for now, you can listen to ‘The Highway Again’ below:

Wilding – ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’

Melbourne psych-pop purveyor Wilding – aka Justin Wilding Stokes – has charmed us with gloriously playful, jovial and off-kilter pop at every given opportunity but over the past few years, all has been quiet on the music front.

However, Wilding has broken this unholy vow of silence with new single ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’, the lead track lifted from his forthcoming third LP The Death of Foley’s Mall. Wilding has become synonymous fabulous, charming and sprightly indie-pop and his return marks no deviation from this rich vein of form. A two-and-a-half minute pop nugget, ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’ whizzes and fizzes by with scuzzy guitars, smiley melodies, charming hooks and his signature preference for playful, jovial and off-kilter pop, and all covered in delightful layers of fuzz. Infectious doesn’t even cover the half of it; this is sparkling indie-pop perfection – one to be treasured and enjoyed, no question!

Listen to ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’ below and keep an eye out for the new record later this year.

Mindchatter – ‘Kerosene’

NYC producer Mindchatter has been dazzling us with genre-hoping aural delights; ‘Trippy’, ‘Blood’ & ‘Tough as Nails’.

Mindchatter is back with a similarly seductive single ‘Kerosene’. It is a sombre, slumbering sound that gentle meanders through a rich and textured soundscape marked by a bittersweet feel as hushed tones hover above the shimmers of synth and soft, popping beats. There is a tension and unease at play here but it is nicely cushioned by a sweetness and charm, creating a dremay and effortlessly chilled musical atmosphere. ‘Kerosene’ has a devastatingly powerful magnetism and becomes increasingly addictive and alluring with each and every listen.

Listen to ‘Kerosene’ below and if you like what you hear, you can check out previous single here too.

Elly Swope – ‘Habits’

Elly Swope is a multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. Swope’s sound is a rambunctious, off-kilter and colourful confection of art-punk hi-jinx and indie-pop brilliance; think St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett, with a touch of The Futureheads and early day The Strokes.

Swope introduced herself towards the end of last year with wonderful debut EP It Feels the Same Everytime and has returned with a brand new single, ‘Habits’. Propelled by a muted guitar riff and driving synthesizer line, Swope’s lilting, fractured vocals tackle the intricacies of codependency. It is mellow yet meaty, confident while introspective and the synth/guitar combination is ever so seductive. As is its penchant for off-kilter, playful bouts, especially the charming melody and frazzled synth squiggles; both have their own bewitching allure.

Tune in below:

Sid Steppes – ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’

Sid Steppes is a musician and songwriter from Southern California, whose dreamy psychedelic-pop sound is born from a penchant for DIY, writing and recording as he has in various bedrooms and makeshift studios.

Inspired by heartache, depression and the path towards rehabilitating the mind, Steppes’ debut album Trails came out at the end of May, and ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’ is the latest single to be lifted from it. Like the album, ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’ is marked by a deep fondness for ’60s and ’70s psychedelia. It is a woozy tune, meandering along a waltzing rhythm and joined by an intimate acoustic strum, bright guitar chimes and mellow undulations; ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’ is richly melodic, lush and alluring. Much of the later is due to the heartfelt, smouldering emotion and reverb-laden vocals, radiating a powerful sense of melancholy and nostalgia. ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’ is charming and utterly irresistible.

Listen to ‘Tiny Pieces of Belief’ below and if that is to your liking, check out the new album here.

Green Buzzard – ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’

Green Buzzard is the moniker of Sydney’s Paddy Harrowsmith who, judging by latest single at least, has a Midas touch when it comes to sweet and charming slices of sugar-spun psych-pop.

‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ is his first new material in two years and it is an absolute delight. It’s fusion of dripping melodies, bright hooks and catchy singalong chorus leaves you powerless to resist its hypnotic allure, as the sweet guitar jangle and popping percussion are coated in a warm blanket of fuzz. It is bright and breezy, sun-kissed and summery, and finds a perfect balance between sweet pop and crunchy indie and hypnotic psych. It is an engrossing sub three-minute masterclass adorned with some of the catchiest, most compelling pop hooks in the known universe. Dreamy and melodic, it’s charm, allure and delight is hard to resist.

Tune into ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ below:

Menik – ‘Long Distance’

Menik is a producer with a preference for music that is colourful, ambient, melodic and driving, and drawing inspiration from everything from blues, rock and hip hop, jazz, house and techno, and everything in between.

Menik introduced himself with the seductive, dreamy and wide-eyed ‘Brothers’ and having released debut album Story Time this month, he’s lifted another single from it ‘Long Distance’ unfurls with poise, shuffling along a soft and seductive hip hop inspired beat. Dripping with melody, it slinks on its merry mellow way through a sea of soothing sounds and dreamy undulations only to be shaken from its slumber by intermittent bouts of frazzled electronics. It is warm and washed-out, chilled and soothing but the beatwork entrusts it is not only transfixing but also infectious.

‘Long Distance’ is below and if you like what you hear, you can listen to the entire album here.

The Spiral Electric – ‘Swamp Type Thing’

San Francisco psychedelic rockers The Spiral Electric released their self-titled LP in March, produced by Steve Kille (Dead Meadow) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Ian Brown, The Mars Volta), it is a psych-rock powerhouse.

The Spiral Electric’s sound is built upon a number of key ingredients; a brutal rhythm section, soaring melodies, raucous face-melting guitar, potent danceable grooves and a heavy dose of west coast psychedelia – and latest single ‘Swamp Type Thing’ is of a similar vein. It delivers a dark, ominous and heavy affair powered by a brutal rhythm section injecting a potent groove to the doom-laden squall of meaty riffs, screeching guitars and hazy psychedelic swirl to furnish a rampaging wall of psychedelic sound. A phenomenon in its own right, ‘Swamp Type Thing’ is dark and ominous beast, one of bludgeoning brute force than of subtlety but one of gargantuan proportions.

Tune into ‘Swamp Type Thing’ below and if that is to your liking, check out their self-titled album here.

Sulkin’ Raven – ‘On The Beach’

Sulkin’ Raven aka Kevin De Nicolo is an electronic music producer, composer, and DJ hailing from North Hollywood, California.

Sulkin’ Raven’s intricate and delicately woven, glitchy atmospheric electronica flows from a well of ambient sounds and splashed with subtle grooves and melodies, and charming computer game synths and 8-bit sounds – fine and fascinating fare lavishly showcased on recent EPs; Summer Flowers 1.0 & Strange Days + Other Voices. Sulkin’ Raven is back again with a suitably gorgeous single ‘On The Beach’.

A bout of beautiful escapism, this is one to get lost in, as it whisks us away on dreamy trip through ethereal, atmospheric textures. Elegant and lush, ‘On The Beach’ is ushered gently forward on a pillowy bed of soft beats, seductive groove and bubbling synth. It is warm, seductive and hazy, as dripping melodies coalesce with distant parps of brass that drift through like a refreshing breeze on a sweltering summers days to leave us utterly transfixed and relaxed in a world of tranquillity.

Listen to ‘On The Beach’ below: