Dead Sullivan – ‘Swallow’

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Dead Sullivan is the project of Denton, Texas resident Boone Patrello, who has been self-releasing lo-fi pop songs since 2015.

Patrello has a new Dead Sullivan album, titled Season, coming out later this summer but ahead of all that, we’ve been provided with a short and sweet introduction to what we can expect, in the form of ‘Swallow’. It is a slumbering, atmospheric delight as a gauzy guitar and soft percussion coalesce, swirling around Patrello’s gentle, semi-audible whispered vocals. It is the vocals which lend the track its doleful, melancholic air but perked up with the combined swelling mass of laid-back, meandering sparkled groove. Short and sweet it may be but in fairness, there’s quite a lot to crammed into a minute and a half nonetheless, and most importantly of all; it works and ever so well.

Don’t just take my word for it, listen to ‘Swallow’ below.

Odina – ‘I’ll Carry You’

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Originally beginning life as an intimate bedroom project following her move to London from her native Barcelona, Odina has evolved and grown into something far reaching.

Odina is an evocative songwriter with serious lyrical prowess, one of her greatest strengths, drawing on life experiences to produce music in the most honest and heartfelt way – something abundantly clear on new single ‘I’ll Carry You’, the latest lifted from her Nothing Makes Sense EP. ‘I’ll Carry You’ is elegant, heartfelt pop balladry with her haunting, spine-tingling and atmospheric vocals to the fore, amid a gentle strum, meandering layers of atmospheric sounds and vocoder effects, and topped off with a swell of a brass toward the end. Odina’s minimalist approach and stripped-back sound is deceptively simple, captivating and heartfelt.

Listen to ‘I’ll Carry You’ below – like that? Why not check out the EP over here.

Swine Tax – ‘Never Ending’

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, DIY trio Swine Tax do a fine line in the way of classic indie/alternative inspired sounds.

While there’s no denying the trace some well worn ground, the execution is excellent; done with flair, style and much love. Their latest single ‘Never Ending’ is a case in point. Probably best summed up as a bit indie, a bit alternative rock and a bit rough around the edges – ‘Never Ending’ is a powerful rendition! Opening with some beautifully wistful posturings, lulling you in alongside an irresistible combination of catchy melodies, smart lyrics, crunchy guitar and bubbling bass, and played with energy, passion and treated with a mild but warm layer fuzz. Bubbling away in a land of sheer ’90s alt-rock/indie glory, ‘Never Ending’ is a rousing, boisterous and brilliant blast of fuzz-filled greatness.

Listen to ‘Never Ending’ below now:

Galants – ‘In Vein’

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Dublin shoegaze foursome, Galants marked their return with the release of new single ‘In Vain’, last month.

The track, out via Zen Ten Records, is the first to be taken from forthcoming EP ‘Follow’, set for release in the Autumn. Sonically speaking, it’s the distillation of parts The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Chameleons and Ride; a pretty tasty concoction if there ever was one. ‘In Vain’ whooshes by in a sea of hazy, mild distortion. Ethereal guitars soar, basslines snap and beats pulsate as lush melodies swell all around adding another layer of sweetness and warmth, accentuated by Kennedy‘s tender, reverb laden vocals. An elegant five-minute exploration of bright and shimmering worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop filled with blissful sunshine, youthful yearning and glistening guitar lines.

Listen to ‘In Vein’ below:

Tender Glue – ‘Rudy’

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New York City-based folk singer-songwriter Tom Gluewicki, aka Tender Glue, is readying the release of his album Closet Leftovers for later this year.

Ahead of the forthcoming LP, Tender Glue is teasing its release with new single ‘Rudy’. A love song, penned around 6 years ago, inspired by a brief, non-intimate encounter, ‘Rudy’ is a gentle guitar-driven ballad of real beauty. A sweet blend of lo-fi dream-pop with chiming guitar swirls around with a mellow undulation and an ambient touch, it just strikes the right chord. While draped in a dreamy, mellow aesthetic, ‘Rudy’ is compelling, passionate and ever so touching.

Listen to Tender Glue‘s ‘Rudy’ below. You’re in for a treat!