Luna03 – ‘Fade’

Luna03 are a Waterford-based outfit, comprised of P. Lucey, D. Falconer and T. Carey, they craft washed-out, hazy and melodic indie jams.

Utilising guitars/effects and enhanced by electronic beats, loops and sequencing software, Luna03 create a minimalist, ambient and experimental wash of sound. The trio’s new single ‘Fade’ takes us on a melodic waltz through a wonderland where dreamy melodies combine with subtle synth, cosmic squiggles and frazzled electronics combine to convey a deep intimate and wistful air. Reverb-laced vocals, melting guitar, smooth bass-line and rising, sparse percussion combine to complete the drifting, floating atmospheric cocktail of washed-out sound. This is an utterly gorgeous, hazy tune and one that washes over you with a great ease, it will leave you all the better for the experience.

Listen to ‘Fade’ below now and if it is to your liking, Luna03 have an EP of the same name out now and if you like, you can listen to it here.

Introducing: Fox Grin

Nashville-via-Atlanta outfit Fox Grin return to the fold in March following a period of hibernation with new album Dusk; a colourful, kaleidoscopic explosion of bright indie-pop, dreamy psych and vibrant art rock edges.

Primarily based around the pairing of Thomas Chapman (vocals / guitar / keys) and David Bean (bass / backing vocals), the new record follows 2018’s King of Spades, and is sparkling with colourful innovative ideas, strong grooves and pop goodness. Take ‘Broken Watch’ for example. It is an elegant and dreamy slice of sparkling indie-pop, rich in melody and dripping with sunny vibes it dazzles with lush pop orchestration and gorgeous vocal harmonies. This is radiant pop par excellence as Chapman’s hushed, heartfelt and velvety tones are wrapped in a warm, hazy and colourful psychedelic swirl. ‘Skull Candy’ meanwhile, offers a different side to their innovative formula. Glistening guitar lines, chiming keys and annular riffs race and run in tandem with meaty bubbling bassline and propulsive post-punk/krautrock groove to deliver a driving yet dreamy slice of psychedelic-pop peppered with powerful melodies and sweet harmonies. A mesmerising blend of lush pop, dreamy psych and jerky art-rock delivered with an abundance of charm and warm, hazy vibes.

Listen to ‘Broken Watch’ & ‘Skull Candy’ below and if they are to your liking, why not check out new album Dusk, here?

Super Paradise – ‘6:30’

London-based Milanese outfit Super Paradise fuse shoegaze, dream-pop and garage rock elements, to forge an edgy, gritty and powerful sound of their own, brilliantly showcased by brand new single ‘6:30’.

‘6:30’ is a furious and arresting four-and-a-half minutes of ever-evolving, tight and restless instrumentation of razor sharp garage guitar riffs that shoot off at a frenzied pace, leading the charge towards a full on out of control spiral to a plateau of distorted, murmuring bass, meandering guitars and feedback. Amid the squall, you can just about make out the feint slightly distant vocals from Francesco Roma’s. This is garage-influenced psych-rock of epic proportions – a colossus of a tune! Super Paradise are one to keep an eye on for sure.

6:30 is out now via Spring Chicken Records – tune in below:

Crimes Against – ‘Dirty River’

Crimes Against is the solo project of Dublin musician and producer Daniel Doherty (formerly of the Ghost Estates parish).

Working from his Darklands Audio studio in the capital, Doherty has been busy producing for artists like Munky, Galants and Fontaines D.C. to name a few, but has also found time for his own work under his Crimes Against guise.

‘Dirty River’ is the first track lifted from a so far unnamed forthcoming debut album, written, performed, mixed and mastered by Doherty and featuring ELM cellist Gary Molly, it is inspired heavily by Phil Spector’s productions for girl pop groups the Ronettes & The Crystals, with a nod to the Beatles, The Jam, The Ramones & Joy Division to name a few. Brimming with an air hopeful optimism, ‘Dirty River’ swoons and sweeps as it is fuelled by crashing cymbals and chugging guitar as rich melodies and sumptuous strings coalesce to form an exquisite and chic blend of beautiful textures permeated with richness. ‘Dirty River’ purrs gorgeously as it waltzes on its way, as Doherty strains against the rising tide of lavish sound which swells to a rapturous conclusion. An utterly loveable and lavish tune – beautiful stuff.

You can check out ‘Dirty River’ below now:

The Pickled Onions – ‘Room’

Dublin indie-pop outfit The Pickled Onions aka Paddy McGovern has quite a knack for bright, breezy and joyous bouts of effervescent indie-pop.

Back in 2016, debut EP The Woods was brought into the world and close to three years on, McGovern’s project returns with news of a new EP The Mines, and accompanied by taster track ‘Room’. A charming and melodic two minutes of garage indebted indie-pop, ‘Room’ is both scuzzy and sweet, as it whizzes and fizzes through a blend of rumbling guitars, rambunctious and rattling percussion, smiley melodies, lashings of fuzz and McGovern’s soothing and breezy vocal floating up top. This is an infectious, sun-kissed sound dripping with melody, overwhelming sense of nostalgia and sparking with an irresistible charm – just divine.

Listen to ‘Room’ below and keep an eye out for new EP The Mines later in the summer.

Low Hum – ‘Strange Love’

Low Hum are a revolving around the talents of Hawaiian guitarist Colin Desha, now based in Los Angeles.

Both places are well noted for surfing, so it comes with little surprise that surf-rock is the bedrock with which the Low Hum’s sound is built but refusing to be one dimensional, it runs a gamut of other vital influences; namely psychedelic pop, space-rock post-punk and a touch of Krautrock. Loosely inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, ‘Strange Love’ is hypnotic and heady brew of swirling soundscapes and danceable grooves. Harnessing its power from a vital blend of propulsive beats and krautrock-esque rhythms, it thunders onward with hypnotic effect as fuzz-filled crunchy riffs and bubbling basslines pummel through the swirling haze of fuzz and distortion. Amid an electrified vitality, driving intensity and incandescent glimmer, there are some similarities here to early Toy, or ‘Primary Colours’ era Horrors – and that is never a bad thing at all.

Listen to ‘Strange Love’ below – it is quite something, no question.

Winter – ‘Bonsai’

Winter are an LA-based foursome fronted by Brazilian born songwriter Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspires their dreamy cuts of pop perfection.

Together, they delight, excite and enthral with their shoegaze-meets-dream-pop sound – something born out on their 2018 album Ethereality. Almost exactly a year on from it’s release, Winter are back with new single ‘Bonsai’ which leads the way for forthcoming EP, Infinite Summer. ‘Bonsai’ is a woozy daydream delight propelled along a bubbling bassline, meandering through a blissful, beautiful and shimmering haze awash with dreamy pop hooks, irresistible melodies and effortlessly effervescent. It is charming and beautifully crafted dream-pop delight that should have get you salivating at the prospect of the new EP.

Check out ‘Bonsai’ and the Ambar Navarro directed video below – and keep an eye out for the EP on April 13.

Tokyo Tea Room – ‘Forever Out of Time’

Tokyo Tea Room is the psych-pop lovechild of Canterbury natives Daniel Elliott and Ben Marshall.

With the pair on guitar and bass respectfully, they are joined by four of their closest friends and fellow musicians; on vocals and keys, Beth Plumb, on drums, Sam Teather, on guitar, Ryan Debling and on synth, Graham Nunn.

This fellowship of friends has a preference for dreamy and psychedelic sounds, marrying melodic bass lines, hypnotic guitar riffs and dreamy synths together to form a seductive sound with a soulful personality – and their latest single is just one such example. Exploring the concept of holding on to the past, feeling an imbalance in life while trying to move on, ‘Forever Out of Time’ is an imaginative and colourful psychedelic pop song with layers of shimmering synth, frazzled electronics, fuzzed-up guitar and gritty bass tones. It is a song with the air of summery breeze as Plumb’s soft but euphoric vocals flutter above the glittering floods of surging psychedelia which veer off into a cascading mesh of experimental, spaced-out sounds. A beautiful and woozy cut of cosmic psych-pop – utterly divine.

‘Forever Out of Time’ is out now via Easter Island Records / Painted Halo Records – tune in below:

Arms That Fit Like Legs – ‘My Mind is Going’

Arms That Fit Like Legs are an electronic instrumental-rock foursome from Dublin, comprised of Mark Lynch, Gordon McCaughley, Michael McCaughley & Mike Mahon.

Taking their cue from the likes of El Ten Eleven, Redneck Manifesto, Fridge, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Aphex Twin to name but a few, these electronic experimenters leave quite an impression with their immersive and hypnotic genre-blending, majestically blurring the lines between exhilarating electro and propulsive Krautrock leanings. It is a description which aptly fits the Irish outfit’s latest single lifted from album Legwork, entitled ‘My Mind is Going’. Just shy of six minutes, this dynamic and pulsing electronic life-force is spearheaded by a spectacular succession of swishes of looped bells and chimes which eventually become consumed by waves of crunching beats, liquid blissfulness and boundless flourishes of crystalline percussion. Lush, glistening and elegant, ‘My Mind is Going’ is a futuristic, vividly imaginative and unique, shapeshifting sound.

Listen to ‘My Mind is Going’ below and if that is to your liking, get a load of their latest album Legwork, here.

$KELETON CLUB – ‘JENDALL KENNER’

Montreal trio $KELETON CLUB strut their way into our lives with a rootsy late-’60s / early-’70s inspired sound.

‘JENDALL KENNER’ is the first single from the Canadian outfit’s forthcoming debut album Death, Love, & Money – expected in August of this year. ‘JENDALL KENNER’ is heavy on the retro ’60s/’70s vibe as is gently grooves along with rumbling chords and basslines, sweetly sang vocals and to-die-for 60s-style pastoral pop harmonies. What we are left with is divine, a place where slo-mo glam-infused rock can coexist on a sonic pasture of zoned out dreamy, psych filled pop. This is the sound of three musicians loving their craft and enjoying themselves in the studio, unperturbed with trends and concocting a timeless and utterly brilliant track in the process.

Listen to ‘JENDALL KENNER’ below: