J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.

The Nice Nice – ‘Out Of Ideas’

So good they named them twice, The Nice Nice is Munich-based Australian / German duo Tim Sullivan & Tom Appel who have a penchant for pristine pop of the cosmic variety.

The pair are prepping the release of a forthcoming second EP, aptly titled EP II and it is preceded by stunning new single ‘Out Of Ideas’. It is an elegant, breezy and quirky slice of dreamy indie-pop. ‘Out Of Ideas’ drifts along a rich dripping melody with sweet and subtly seductive groove to a lush, blissful spaced out world. Heavenly harmonies and big pop hooks pull you in, and don’t let go amid that shimmering synths and frazzled electronics engulf you in the rapturous allure. This is utterly beautiful, beguiling and all together divine pop perfection – no question.

Tune in below:

Freedom Fry – ‘David Bowie’

We’d be hard pushed to name another pairing that have regularly and consistently dropped into our lives with an abundance of charming, catchy, bright and lovable songs, than LA-based indie-pop duo Freedom Fry.

The duo, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, released their delightful debut LP, Classic last year and followed it earlier this year with arguably their most buoyant, insatiable and infectious track yet with ‘The Seasons’. The pair have returned with a new EP called Come Bring Your Love, led by charming single ‘David Bowie’. The track is sunny, spritely and filled with infectious toe-tapping pop goodness as a bubbling bassline, gently winding groove, jaunty rhythm and bright hooks coalesce to form a fabulously alluring and catchy earworm. ‘David Bowie’ is – as is normally the case with Freedom Fry – a sparkling and supremely infectious jam filled with their trademark ear for a melody, divine harmonies, charm and shimmering sonic delights.

Listen to ‘David Bowie’ below and the Come Bring Your Love EP – accompanied by two other brand new tracks – can be found here.

Ynys – ‘Mae’n Hawdd’

Ynys (pronounced ‘un-iss’) is the moniker of Welsh artist Dylan Hughes, ex Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg, who introduced his new project back in April with mildly dizzying and waltzing psych pop song, ‘Caneuon’.

‘Mae’n Hawdd’ (which translates to “It’s Easy”) is another bona fide treasure and picks up where Hughes’ debut single left off; combining a supreme ear for melody and playful approach to song craft. Featuring long time friend Mali Llywelyn on vocal, an abundance of dreamy keys and glorious swooning strings provide a cinematic backdrop for the most seductive melody to lure you in as the warm and alluring vocal, shimmering synths and melancholic harmonies appear through the mist. ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ is richly melodic and charming, as psychedelic flourishes mingle with a classic pop twist, it is an utter joy to behold, and one that envelopes the listener entirely.

Ynys is one of the finds of 2019 – no question – listen to ‘Mae’n Hawdd’ below and tell me otherwise.

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’

Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd has built a solid rep for irresistible fuzz-filled indie pop and even with just some fleeting attention to her recent output, it is easy to see why.

Following on from ‘Sugardaddy’ and ‘Hoochie’ – both wonderful slabs of melodic, indie-pop goodness – Hibberd’s continuing an impressive 2019 with ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’; a third track from her forthcoming EP, Everything Is Dogs. Marked by her now signature blend of sass, tongue-in-cheek attitude, quirky vibes and love of fuzzed-up meaty riffs, ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ is so infectious and bursting with vitality and laced with delicious power-pop tones. It is sweet yet barbed, and all coated in a warm layer of delightful fuzz and distortion, ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ is the right side of catchy.

Listen to ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ below and it should get you in the mood for Hibberd’s debut EP Everything Is Dogs, set for release September 20, 2019.

Maddie Jay – ‘I Got You’

Maddie Jay is a Canadian musician, bassist, producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for jangle pop, experimental music, synthesizers and sloths.

Having grown up in the relative wilderness of the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Jay traded that for the warmer climes of Los Angeles, where she now resides, crafting music in her bedroom studio.

Jay introduced herself to use earlier in year with ‘Little Love’ – a gentle whirlpool of shimmering and lush dream-pop – and has returned with another suitably lush and woozy wonder in ‘I Got You’. Written for her roommate’s dog, it is a lush and alluring blend of irresistible slinky grooves and woozy tones as a soft wave of hypnotising shimmering synths cascade over a twinkling guitar. ‘I Got You’ is a lavish composition, one of breathtaking and beguiling beauty. The swirling textured haze mellow undulation is the perfect companion for for Jay’s soothing vocals.

Do yourself a favour, give ‘I Got You’ a spin below:

Who Boy – ‘Steve Reich’

Beginning life as a synth pop trio, Detroit-based Who Boy have grown to five – Max Stutz, Phoenix Eller, Sean Mackillop, Max Capasso & Maria French – and purveyors of lush dream-pop.

Following a couple of well received singles over the past 12 months – ‘Toy Plane’ & ‘Golden Reservoir’ – ‘Steve Reich’ is all kinds of wonderful and captures the very essence of the band in under three-minutes of beautiful splendour. It is a warm, woozy and serenely beautiful sound with a gently undulating groove bubbling away beneath the dreamy vibes, dripping melody and hushed, honeyed vocals. ‘Steve Reich’ is lush and alluring, sweetly melodious and glamorous, and smouldering with powerful emotion – utterly divine.

Listen to lush dream-pop personified below, a la ‘Steve Reich’.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – ‘Love Forever’

So good they named them thrice, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are a Cardiff foursome with a serious love and affinity for 70s rock.

The Welsh outfit strut into our lives with a sound heavily indebted to the ’70s and latest single, ‘Love Forever’ is a sumptuous slice of retro rock ‘n roll, and one that really feels like a labour of love. It is a hypnotic and gently swaggering jam with a seductive melodic allure, reverb-heavy guitar riffs, hooks you could hang your hat on and choruses that will, like those riffs, buzz around your head all day all while embracing a glam rock-esque spirit. The confidence and ambition of the arrangements and song makes ‘Love Forever’ an overwhelmingly joyous and infectious listen as they borrow from all the aforementioned bits and pieces, blend them together to create something that is fresh, fun and fuzzed-up, and importantly on the right side of familiar.

You can listen to their brand new track ‘Love Forever’ below as well as ‘Daffodil Hill’; the official song of the 2019 Homeless World Cup, taking place in Wales (July 27 to August 3), and commissioned by actor Michael Sheen.

Mat Creedon – ‘The Time Has Come’

Mat Creedon is an Australian artist from Melbourne with a penchant for dazzling, swirling synth-splashed psych-pop, or ‘Strange pop’ as he describes it himself.

Creedon’s latest single (a third in a trilogy of reworkings) ‘The Time Has Come’ sets out his stall for ‘strange pop’ as he ekes out a perfect balance with quirky and cool in an alluringly understated manner. A dazzling blend of parts Air, Beck, The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala, all wrapped up in delicious, swaggering pop package. ‘The Time Has Come’ is a colourful confection of quirky pop layered in psych brush strokes; it is transfixing, escapist and spacey odd-ball pop. Synths pulse as electronics fizz as we are moved along an alluring swagger groove washed with melody, hooks and harmonic qualities. ‘The Time Has Come’ is a joy as Creedon manages to create something on the right side of familiar.

Tune into ‘The Time Has Come’ below:

Laughed The Boy – ‘Sun’

Comprised of brothers Chris and Sean Panacci and Brennan Hrehoruk, Toronto-based indie trio Laughed The Boy have made a name for themselves in embracing and exploring a genuine love of unpretentious 90’s nostalgia.

The Canadian trio’s work to date has been marvellous and littered with easy going tunes filled with catchy melodies and fuzzy guitars; and they are back with new single ‘Sun’. Lifted from their forthcoming album Change of Scenery – follow up to their resplendent debut LP Here is Fine – that ear for melody and affection for 90s nostalgia is ever present. ‘Sun’ is a rich, heartfelt and swooning pop song, dripping with melody and adorned with lush, alluring hooks, sweeping grandiose violin and all coated in a mild coat of light fuzz. This is simply divine and all bodes rather well for the new record.

Listen to ‘Sun’ below: