Eoin Dolan – ‘June Hope’

Whenever Galway musician and singer-songwriter Eoin Dolan, one of Ireland’s finest talents as it goes, releases new material it is a great day.

Following on from last year’s Commander of Sapiens – Dolan’s third album to date – new EP June Hope is a gentle, carefully crafted collection of psych-inflected indie-pop. Dolan has a remarkable ability for crafting sci-fi-tinged surf pop, marrying heartbreaking melodies and gentle instrumentation, sadness with beauty and interstellar psych-pop exploration – and this signature sound is all over ‘June Hope’. Breezy, light and thoughtful, it charts a journey from youth to young adulthood through the prism of seasonal change. It is woozy and dreamy as it drifts along a gently waltzing groove flanked by Dolan’s breezy air and twinkly guitar, while radiating a sense of hopeful optimism. As always, Dolan has delivered an absolute treasure.

Listen to the single below and check out the David Boland aka New Pope crafted video – the EP is here too.


Nia Wyn – ‘Atlantis / Ghosted’

Forever serving us with stunning soulful jams, London-via-North-Wales soul singer-songwriter Nia Wyn has returned’, with not one, but two singles.

Wyn has been busy in 2020 and this double dose of soul – ‘Atlantis’ and ‘Ghosted’ – comes hot on the heels of debut EP Love I Can’t Ruin and single ‘Who Asked You’. ‘Atlantis’ is a vintage soul ballad filled with soft guitar lines, plush beats, seductive grooves and all submerged in soothing, woozy waters with Wyn’s smooth vocals bobbing along above. An utterly beautiful stirring ballad delivered with passion and emotion. ‘Ghosted’ meanwhile is also a laid-back and woozy wonder but fleshed out with more of a R&B/hip hop feel. Wyn’s inimitable vocals take centre stage with a backdrop of bouncy beats, addicting groovy rhythms and warm parps of brass as she tells a heartfelt tale of a friendship drifting apart. Two superb additions to an ever growing catalogue of brilliance from a huge talent that impresses time and time again – long may it continue.

Listen to ‘Atlantis / Ghosted’ below now:

Winter – ‘Healing’

Winter is LA by way of Brazil artist Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspires gorgeous dreamy cuts of pop perfection.

To date, Winter has provided an abundance of woozy, glimmering and wistful dream-pop songs – as evidenced by 2018 album Ethereality – and with new album Endless Space (Between You & I), rescheduled for July 24, we’ve been afforded a second glimpse from the LP, with a fourth single, ‘Healing’. 

The track is typical Winter brilliance, drifting by in a daydream like state, as we are sated by delicate melodies and twinkling pop tones. It is touching and tender as Winter’s light and ethereal vocals glide through a wash of woozy arrangements, shimmering synth and glistening guitars – and we are mesmerised by the hypnotic and hazy allure that is ‘Healing’. Like previous releases have demonstrated, Winter posses a penchant for nostalgic psych-tinged dream-pop and a flair for pushing the limits to explore the outer realms and edges of experimentalism.

‘Healing’ is out now and Endless Space (Between You & I) will release on 24 July via Bar/None Records.


Air Devi – ‘Move Without Place’

Air Devi is the project of Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devi Majeske.

The project began life as home recorded lo-fi indie pop before releasing debut EP, swanning about, earlier this year. Majeske has followed that up with a brand new single called ‘Move Without Place’. A song about a search for freedom, truth, and belonging. Inspired by a desire to understand and connect with her Indian roots, ‘Move Without Place’ blends a love of punk rock music alongside her Indian heritage into a colourful confection of woozy, starry-eyed dream-pop. Hazy distorted guitars pair with melody dripping vocals above light, bright but quick-paced percussion that brushes through a swirling cloud of hazy and magical charm. It is bright, lush and shimmering delight filled with whimsical charm as it gently see-saws between woozy pop, psych brushstrokes and flourishes of intoxicating Indian sound. It is a richly rewarding and utterly divine single.

Listen to ‘Move Without Place’ below – you won’t be disappointed.   

Andrea Franz – ‘Running Back’

Andrea Franz is a Mexican American artist from Southern California who crafts, in her own words, ‘Sad Pop Rock’ as apt a description as you are likely to find.

Franz’s music sees mostly melancholic themes paired with upbeat, happy melodies, and 60s and 70s influences all wrapped up into a charming dreamy indie-pop package. Now based in Mexico City, the aforementioned sound has marked her five single to date, including the new one ‘Running Back’. Written following relocating to Mexico City, it is a tale of longing for friends and family, and pursuit of one’s dreams; ‘Running Back’ is an irresistible jam that exquisitely blurs the lines of beauty and darkness. A lush, woozy and dreamy air is permeated by melancholy, marked by dark and somewhat intense mood as honeyed vocals drift elegantly over a bubbling groove, playful melody bursts of electrified guitars and giddy escapist synth that brings to mind 80s video games lost to history.  ‘Running Back’ is a stunning single, given just a little bit of time, it will be bouncing around your head for days and days – leaving you all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Running Back’ below.

SYBS – ‘Cwyr’

Welsh outfit SYBS introduced them and their wares with deliciously catchy debut single ‘Paid Gofyn Pam’ last year, and the Cardiff-based foursome are back with another beauty.

With ‘Cwyr’ (Wax), we find SYBS in a more serious, driven mood. Produced by Stefan Pringle (Adwaith, Estrons, KEYS), this adventure in post-punk and psychedelia is fueled by a relentless rhythmic groove, chugging guitars and flurries of fizzing riffs as it dances along with swagger and explosive energy while deep toned vocals scoot across the top.It is a powerhouse of irresistible rhythms, mighty riffs and hooks you could hang your hat on – a stellar piece of guitar wielding brilliance.

‘Cwyr’ is out now via the every excellent Libertino Records – listen to it below now:

Accü – ‘Is There A World?’

Cardiff-based artist Accü aka Angharad Van Rijswijk has returned to the fold with her first new material since the release of her stunning 2018 debut Echo The Red; a beautiful, mysterious, delicate yet strident otherworldly listening experience.

New single ‘Is There A World?’ continues to reside and thrive in a hazy world of psychedelic electronic-pop and warped imagination. It tips along a playful yet eerie, almost nursery rhyme-esque melody while the kaleidoscopic swirl grows and swells, increasing the disorienting otherworldly air as we desperately attempt to cling onto some semblance of reality. This hypnotic and kaleidoscopic adventure waltzes along with warped Casio tones threaded with winding bass lines and flashes of scorched riffs and topped off with hazy vocals. Van Rijswijk is not one to rest on her laurels creatively, always moving forward and exploring, and ‘Is There A World?’ is no different – it is magnificent in fact.

Listen to  ‘Is There A World?’ below – it is out now via the ever reliable Libertino Records. 

Cate Von Csoke – ‘Dream Around’

Cat Von Csoke is an Australian-born, Brooklyn-based musician and songwriter with a flair for cinematic, ethereal, and transfixing psych flavoured soundscapes.

Von Csoke is gearing up to release a new LP, Almoon, on June 5, and ahead of which, she has shared ‘Dream Around’. Adorned with all the aforementioned attributes, ‘Dream Around’ whisks us away on a woozy waltz through a sun-drenched haze awash with layers of warm fuzz and distortion. Anchored by dark, hypnotic and reverb-laden vocals and intriguing lyricism, slumbering melodies undulate amid a nonchalant air as guitars purr and jangle, rich with melodic allure and swelling emotion. It is a mesmerizing slice of evocative, ethereal and sun-drenched musings – utterly divine.

Listen to ‘Dream Around’ below – the new LP is out on June 5.


Maddie Jay – ‘Shakes’

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

Having grown up in the relative wilderness of the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Jay traded that for Los Angeles, where she now resides, and creates lush, lavish and addicting sounds in her bedroom studio. Jay continues her propensity for hypnotising pop brilliance with sublime new single ‘Shakes’. It takes its place alongside previous dream-pop gems – ‘Little Love’, ‘I Got You’ & ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ – to form the basis of her debut EP, Mood Swings. It is another brilliant bundle of dream-pop heaven as it opens with a bright, infectious riff and hazy jangle while Jay’s laid-back and breezy vocals float melodically above as a soft beat bubbles below amid rippling waves of shimmering synths. It is woozy, infectious and undeniably pure pop perfection – just what we’ve come to expect from Maddie Jay.

Listen to ‘Shakes’ below – the Mood Swings EP is here too.

 

Martha Ffion Announces New Album; shares ‘After the Fact’

Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Martha Ffion (aka Claire McKay) has returned with a wonderful new single ‘After the Fact’.

Working with the excellent Lost Map Records again, ‘After the Fact’ is the first taste of from her forthcoming much-anticipated second album Nights to Forget, which will be released on August 14, 2020.

Ffion’s 2018 debut LP Sunday Best is a beautiful record, filled with gleaming guitar-pop, wistful-ballads, swooning sixties inspired indie-pop and touches of folk & country, and being as it was one the finest records of that year, the expectancy levels for its follow-up are set rather high. New single ‘After the Fact’ is magnificent; it is a glorious ray of gleaming indie-pop with an underbelly of melancholy and disquiet. A fractured pop song, Ffion’s honeyed lilting vocal is juxtaposed by the stuttering groove interspersed with angular riffs and stabs of off-kilter guitar, and the results are a glorious. This captures all that is greatest about Martha Ffion’s work in just three-and-a-half-minutes – a marvelous songwriting wrapped with bittersweet indie-pop.

Check out the new single below – and keep the eyes peeled for the new record coming in August: