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:

Pale Moon – ‘Waiting for the Sun’

Pale Moon is an Icelandic/Russian indie-pop duo comprised of Árni Guðjónsson and Natasha Sushchenko, which began life upon meeting in the Catalan city of Barcelona.

Together, the pair embrace a shared love of bright psychedelic-pop brimming with warmth, sweet melodies and joyous harmonies – to craft an alluring psych-pop brew all over their very own. By way of an example of their wares, the pair have just recently released debut EP Dust Of Days, which like lead single ‘Waiting for the Sun’, is divine. ‘Waiting for the Sun’ is a sweet and gently melodic slice of alluring sun-kissed psych-pop heaven. Beautiful breezy vocals drip with melody as they melt their way through this lush blend of swirling hazy textures, rich melodies, syrupy harmonies and irrepressible hooks, you know, the ones you could hang your hat on. ‘Waiting for the Sun’ is simply one of the most irresistible pop sings you’re likely to hear this year – it is pure psych-pop perfection.

Listen to ‘Waiting for the Sun’ below – the EP is here in its entirety too.

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.

Chloe Foy – ‘Oh You Are Not Well’

Chloe Foy a Manchester-based singer, songwriter and folk artist drawing inspiration from a deep well of folk, psychedelia and classical music influences, to craft songs of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment cryptic lyrics.

With a debut album in the pipeline, Foy’s latest single ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ is a stunning encapsulation of this sound and provides a perfect introduction to her delectable talents. This is beautiful, expansive, fragile and melodic folk, with ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ feeding off delicate yet intense atmospheres, backed with sweeping spectral tones, spurts of stomping but cushioned bass drum and rhythmic guitar strum. This exquisite textured sound is imbued with emotional sadness and honesty, resilience and defiance, creating an elegant yet intense atmosphere as with her strikingly beautiful voice, runs the gamut of shades too with bewitching results. ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ is exquisite, experimental and intense – it is simply stunning and will bend you to the power of its whim.

As mentioned earlier, a debut album in the offing, but before all that it is time to become acquainted with the engrossing splendour that is ‘Oh You Are Not Well’.

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:

TOLEDO – ‘Some Samurai’

Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, TOLEDO have have drip-feeding us charming delights from their debut EP, Hot Stuff over recent months, and bewitching us in the process.

The long awaited EP has now arrived and is led by ‘Some Samurai’ which, unsurprisingly, is quintessentially TOLEDO – it is a sweet, heartfelt and melodic indie-folk delight. It is a hazy, shimmer of sweet indie-pop lightly dusted with fuzz and dripping with melody that flutters and flickers as lilting vocals flow gently on by. ‘Some Samurai’ is a lush heartfelt beauty, glowing with richness and warmth, and once again proving Toledo the masters of hook, harmony and heart. An absolute beauty, ‘Some Samurai’ will leave you powerless to resist its allure but all the better for it.

Tune in below and if ‘Some Samurai’ is to you liking, why not try out debut EP, Hot Stuff, over here?

Retro Kid – ‘Sweet Nothings (ft. BRN & Christiane)’

Copenhagen-based outfit Retro Kid have endeared themselves to us with a series of irresistible electronic productions over the past 18 months or so.

Preferring a place between indie-music-to-dance-to and electronica, stylistically their work brings to mind the likes of Caribou, Hot Chip and Mount Kimbie, and with latest single ‘Sweet Nothings’ Retro Kid repeat the trick. Featuring BRN & Christiane, ‘Sweet Nothings’ is an exquisite piece of indie-electronica that is somewhere between club land and chilled electronica. Propelled through the atmospheric haze by an infectious deep house groove, it moves with a glacial elegance amid an ever increasing winding intensity with murmuring synth, samples and succession of slick beats. Intense yet chilled, ‘Sweet Nothings’ is treated to one final coat of gloss by the graceful (and soulful) vocals of Luke Byrne and Christian & Christiane Karoline Kjærgaard.

Listen to ‘Sweet Nothings (ft. BRN & Christiane)’ below now: