Trudy and the Romance – ‘That’s Not Me’

Trudy and the Romance are preparing to release their debut albumSandman, later this month and ahead of its release on May 24, the trio have released a final single ‘That’s Not Me’.

‘That’s Not Me’ is that latest in a line of sultry singles demonstrating their penchant for rich, melodic and heartfelt old-fashioned pop. It is an intoxicating single, sweet, heartfelt and imbued with a pang of nostalgia. Drifting, delicately, this wistful indie-pop ballad purrs with a rich, dripping melody and pulls hard on heartstrings as vocals croon amid the swell of lush, swooning orchestral-pop tones. It is a beautiful song plain and simple – musically and lyrically – it is warm, hazy and heart-strung. It will take a cold heart to be enamoured by this beauty. A rich and alluring blend of dreamy harmonies and dazzling pop, it is bursting with everything good pop music should be.

Listen to ‘That’s Not Me’ below and keep your eyes peeled for Sandman on May 24.

Bibi Club – ‘La Plage’

Bibi Club are Montreal duo Adèle Trottier-Rivard and Nicolas Basque, who together create hypnotic and elegant lo-fi synth-pop.

The pair’s debut single is ‘La Plage’ (“the beach” in French) and it is something rather special indeed. It is a subtle, spellbinding and lush sea of textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out tones and flourishes of dreamy psych-folk. ‘La Plage’ bubbles along a rippling rhythm as guitars chime, synths twinkle and cascading cosmic electronic tones combine with a lapping groove creating a lush and alluring elixir, and one perfect for Trottier-Rivard’s smooth, light and mellifluous voice seems to breeze above, leaving us utterly powerless to resist.

A magnificent, hypnotic and elegant debut. Listen below:

Jouska – ‘Titanic’

Oslo-based musical duo Jouska – comprised of Marit Othilie Thorvik and Hans Olav Settem – have impressed at every given opportunity with an intriguing and inventive array of singles and debut EP Frog Fiction, as they explore some of the more leftfield realms of electronica.

Latest single ‘Titanic’ comes from a similar realm of colourful cosmic imagination – albeit delivered in a slight more mellow package. Tempered by a breezy atmosphere and ethereal ambience, ‘Titanic’ moves softly over a gentle alluring groove protruded by bubbling synths and flecks of electronics, creating a lush and dreamy world of cosmic electronica. Amid this utterly beautiful soundscape, another alluring layer of bewitching beauty is provided by the heavenly, hushed and ever so melodic vocals. ‘Titanic’ is a lush, mellow and heavenly track, marked by moments of exquisite beauty and bouts of mild euphoria.

Listen to ‘Titanic’ below, it is lifted from their so far unnamed album expected at some stage in the future.

Lauren Ruth Ward – ‘Hungry Barber’

We became increasingly aware of Lauren Ruth Ward’s brand of energetic and rowdy rock ‘n’ roll throughout 2018 with the release of her debut album Well, Hell, and string of super singles that followed.

The LA-based singer/songwriter has kicked off 2019 with a new single, ‘Hungry Barber’. Working with longtime collaborator/co-producer Eduardo Rivera, ‘Hungry Barber was born from a desire to create something different to her usual retro folk stylings of three-minutes-with-a-chorus structure that marked her debut. The result is playfully woozy song inspired by The Dodos, The Beatles, and Vali Myers. Clocking in at a minute-and-a-half it forms something of in a stream of conscience as Ward externalises the inner dialogue when chasing the night, and all amid some wonderfully woozy vibes and pleasantly buzzed guitar strums.

You can sample ‘Hungry Barber’ along with the excellent and suitably psych-influenced video below now. Ward’s debut album Well, Hell is available here too, if you fancy giving it a spin.

MOBVIBE – ‘Take a look around’

London-based, Greek foursome MOBVIBE have a real knack for crafting bright, upbeat and infectious cut of colourful indie-pop and their formula is presented with exquisite excellence on most recent single, ‘Take a Look Around’.

Take a Look Around’ is a smiley and charming confection of colourful sounds. It is a sweet and loveable blend of infectious guitar jangle, bursts of frazzled electronics, buzzing synths and snappy drums beats, and all dripping with melody and bursting with radiant sunshine. ‘Take a look around’ is a colourful, bright and quirking pop song with dizzying flashes of brilliance that bring to mind Twenty One era Mystery Jets – which given the esteem wit which that record is held here – is high praise indeed.

Listen to ‘Take a Look Around’ below – you will not regret it, in fact you will be all the better for it.

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Hoochie’

Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd has built a rep for irresistible fuzz-filled indie pop.

Hibberd kicked off 2019 with pulsating and satirical anthem for the financially troubled with ‘Sugardaddy’ and she is back parading the irresistible facets of her brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness with new single ‘Hoochie’. This is three-minutes of guitar-pop perfection. It is endearingly ramshackle, garage-indebted slacker-pop with an fizzy energy and that signature tongue-in-cheek humour and attitude. ‘Hoochie’ is sweet and coated in a warm layer of fuzz, adorned with hooks you could hang your hat on and those riffs, they are just sensational.

Listen to ‘Hoochie’ below:

TV ME – ‘Data Was Callin’

TV ME is a creative/musical art project fronted by Merseyside native Thomas McConnell, who having relocated to London, works from his home studio creating a cosmic confection of vibrant, psych-tinged electro-pop.

Having introduced his hypnotic and imaginative blend of synth pop, psych and electronica with ‘Circuits’, McConnell is back with new single ‘Data Was Callin’, and b-side ‘Magnificent Advertisement’. It is another distinctive distillation of uplifting and colourful sounds that sounds both familiar and fresh. ‘Data Was Callin’ sees Frankie Tibbles take over vocal duties for the first time, and how. Tibbles’ breezy mellifluous tones are the perfect companion for the terrifically catchy and sparking blend of neon bright indie-disco; ’90s indie, swirling psych and a touch their own unique charm and idiosyncrasy. A smiley, quirky charmer and shimmering sonic delight, it’s associate is equally spellbinding. A more melodic, drifting sci-fi-tinged psych-pop, ‘Magnificent Advertisement’ marries heartbreaking melodies and gentle instrumentation, sadness with beauty and cosmic atmosphere and sense of awe. A pair of magnificent spellbinding and off-kilter excursions into pure psych-pop heaven.

Listen to ‘Data Was Callin’ and ‘Magnificent Advertisement’ below:

DRAMAS – ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’

DRAMAS are Austrian duo Viktoria Winter and Mario Wienerroither, who from their Viennese base, cultivate a stunning brew of dreamy electronic-pop.

Lifted from their 2018 LP Nothing is Permanent, ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ is a beguiling example of their flair for dreamy pop and ethereal electronica being pushed into more experimental, spaced-out zones of bleary psych. Winter’s beguiling vocal floats with a weightlessness above a blanket of hypnotic shimmering synth and frazzled electronics, on contrast to the deep bass groove and snappy beats which propel us onward. Their’s is a sound of consummate balance and ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ finds an exquisite balance between bright and dark, heavy and light and analog and the digital. This is sweet, hypnotic and dreamy, and its transfixing allure is just irresistible.

Listen to ‘Comfort Zone / Robot’ below and if that is to your liking, why not check out Nothing is Permanent here.

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.