Alexis Neon – ‘Sink Into It’

Alexis Neon are a dream-pop duo based in Ottawa, Canada.

Buoyed by a flair for rich, dreamy soundscapes, the Canadian pair reside in an enchanted world of calming sounds, hazy vibes and rich melody, marked by an omnipresent melancholy.  

Alexis Neon’s new single ‘Sink Into It’ is lifted form their forthcoming Seven Windows EP, and is a case in point. ‘Sink Into It’ is a dusty and cinematic cut imbued with a hazy melancholy and rich melodic purr that makes you privy to every iota of emotion. It is a dreamy journey along an undulating meandering groove through transfixing hazy textures and moody, slumbering and somewhat gloomy atmospheres as we’re treated to breezy and mellifluous vocals, delivered with elegance and stirring commanding craft. ‘Sink Into It’ is all kinds of wonderful – it captivates, evokes emotion and thrills in equal measure.

Listen to ‘Sink Into It’ below and keep those eyes peeled for the Seven Windows EP.

Whyte Horses – ‘The Best Of It’

Manchester psych-pop outfit Whyte Horses produced one of last year’s most enjoyable records with Empty Words, whisking us off to a land of blissful, dreamy psychedelia that sounds both familiar yet fresh.

Whyte Horses are back with a single called ‘The Best Of It‘, lifted from the aforementioned LP, it is draped in all the wonderfully uplifting and timeless tropes that makes the record such a gem. Featuring La Roux on vocals, it is a cover of an obscure late 60’s West Coast psych-folk group called Thorinshield, it captures the beautiful and joyous sound of Whyte Horses. Unsurprisingly, it is a superb piece of pop music. Marked by melancholy yet bursting with sun-kissed tones, it swaggers gently along a seductive groove as a Soul brass section weaves around La Roux’s forlorn lyrics, with an added breezy harmonies bringing a lush 60’s California-esque vibe. This is peak Whyte Horses, and their knack for borrowing from the old and creating something new and contemporary, yet simultaneously timeless

Listen to ‘The Best Of It‘ below.

Black Beach Baby – ‘All I Know’

Black Beach Baby are Stockholm-based duo of Andy and My, who since forming in 2017, have been bringing all the gorgeous, dreamy indie-pop vibes – and with their single ‘All I Know’ delivers all that and more.

We got acquainted with the Swedish pair through previous single ‘Loser’ – a magnificent slice of melodic guitar pop – and ‘All I Know’ follows a similarly joyous path. It is bright, breezy and dreamy as hazy guitar, jangling riffs and snappy beat set the lush and alluring backdrop for the hushed and airy vocal tones to thrive. Dripping with a rich melody, ‘All I Know’ is buoyed by irresistible hooks and pop sensibilities as they charm our ears with their warm and infectious brand of lo-fi indie-pop. What they do is deceptively simple and that is by no means a bad thing; they just craft great songs.

Listen to the beautiful and sun-kissed sounds of ‘All I Know’ below:

BDRMM – ‘Question Mark’

BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who reside in a world blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop.

They introduced intricately weaved dreamy sonics and sentimental tales with singles ‘C.U’ and ‘Heaven’ over the past nine months, and they are back new single ‘Question Mark’. Teaming up with Sonic Cathedral’s Singles Club it is slowburning, gently anthemic and highly evocative as we take a slumbering stroll through a woozy world of layered swirling textures. Anchored by shimmering guitar, ‘Question Mark’ floats like a lackadaisical daydream, the delicate instrumentals the bouncy for the dreamy vocals and bittersweet lyrics. A moving, evocative and elegant slice of dream-pop perfection, yet another exquisite single from BDRMM.

Listen to ‘Question Mark’ below:

Sywel Nyw – ‘Jumping Fences’

Sywel Nyw is the new musical project from Welsh musician and Yr Eira frontman Lewys Wyn.

For his new project, Wyn has traded indie-rock wares for a more dreamy synth-based sound experimenting with guitars, synths and drum loops.The first fruits of this new project comes in the form of stellar debut single ‘Jumping Fences’. It gently swaggers along a seductive, slinking groove sprinkled with shimmering guitar tones, psych brush strokes, woozy synth lines, melancholic riffs and heavenly harmonies creating a soothing and hopeful vibe. Marked by melancholy but brimming with optimism, ‘Jumping Fences’ is buoyed by hope and overwhelmed by warmth, beauty and swells with a powerful sense emotional resolution.Vocally meanwhile, ‘Jumping Fences’ shifts between English and Welsh organically, for a thoughtful and introspective look on the effects of social media – a glorious tune that will have you headed straight for repeated listens.

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Chloe Foy – ‘Without You’

Manchester-based singer, songwriter and folk artist Chloe Foy introduced herself with the beautiful, expansive and melodic folk of ‘Oh You Are Not Well’, and with a debut album in the works, Foy has returned with new single ‘Without You’.

Thoughtfully arranged and elegantly expressed, ‘Without You’ draws power from juxtaposition; it is delicate yet intense, beautiful yet harrowed, sad but resilient and uplifting. It waltzes along a cushioned bass stomp and rhythmic guitar strum amid an elegant yet increasingly intense atmosphere swirl, tempered by lilting melodies and chiming guitars. This exquisite textured backdrop is the perfect and bewitching companion for Foy’s strikingly beautiful voice to bend you to the power of its whim.

Listen to ‘Without You’ below:

James Leonard Hewitson – ‘Deader’

Hartlepool native James Leonard Hewitson is an artist with a flair for fuzzed-up, infectious slices of slacker(ish) indie-rock; a rep fleshed out with a series of well-received demos.

James Leonard Hewitson has a debut LP called Only The Noise Will Save Me coming in the Autumn via Butterfly Effect Records and lead single ‘Deader’ is a charming bopper adorned with all the aforementioned attributes, and more. Buoyant yet sombre, ‘Deader’ is constructed around buzzing bass lines, crunchy riffs, raucous guitar, smashing drums, and all treated to a lavish lashing of warm fuzz. It is upbeat and bright pop song armed with hooks you could hang your hat on and the most alluring, singalong chorus you’ll hear this year; “I’m feeling deader, deader, deader.

Listen to ‘Deader’ below (you will feel better for it) and keep an eye out for that album come Autumn.

Remington Super 60 – ‘The Highway Again’

Remington Super 60 are a Norweigan outfit revolving around the songwriting exploits of Christoffer Schou with a preference for retro-flavoured indie-pop brimming with warmth and dreamy nostalgia.

Having formed in 1998, Remington Super 60 are something of veterans but on the evidence of their timeless and blissed out new single ‘The Highway Again’, the years have been good to them and have lost none of their sparkle. It is a deliciously sweet of confection that purrs with a rich melodic allure as it drifts along a wave of blissful dreamy nostalgia. A joyous affair of sumptuous swelling harmonies, gentle guitar jangle and Casio synth melody; it is a magical, timeless and ridiculously catchy single with a hopefully vibe. Three-minutes of blissful indie-pop perfection,‘The Highway Again’ is something rather special and resides on the right side of familiar.

A new EP is in the works for later this year but for now, you can listen to ‘The Highway Again’ below:

Wilding – ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’

Melbourne psych-pop purveyor Wilding – aka Justin Wilding Stokes – has charmed us with gloriously playful, jovial and off-kilter pop at every given opportunity but over the past few years, all has been quiet on the music front.

However, Wilding has broken this unholy vow of silence with new single ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’, the lead track lifted from his forthcoming third LP The Death of Foley’s Mall. Wilding has become synonymous fabulous, charming and sprightly indie-pop and his return marks no deviation from this rich vein of form. A two-and-a-half minute pop nugget, ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’ whizzes and fizzes by with scuzzy guitars, smiley melodies, charming hooks and his signature preference for playful, jovial and off-kilter pop, and all covered in delightful layers of fuzz. Infectious doesn’t even cover the half of it; this is sparkling indie-pop perfection – one to be treasured and enjoyed, no question!

Listen to ‘Speed King of the Commonwealth’ below and keep an eye out for the new record later this year.

Elly Swope – ‘Habits’

Elly Swope is a multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. Swope’s sound is a rambunctious, off-kilter and colourful confection of art-punk hi-jinx and indie-pop brilliance; think St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett, with a touch of The Futureheads and early day The Strokes.

Swope introduced herself towards the end of last year with wonderful debut EP It Feels the Same Everytime and has returned with a brand new single, ‘Habits’. Propelled by a muted guitar riff and driving synthesizer line, Swope’s lilting, fractured vocals tackle the intricacies of codependency. It is mellow yet meaty, confident while introspective and the synth/guitar combination is ever so seductive. As is its penchant for off-kilter, playful bouts, especially the charming melody and frazzled synth squiggles; both have their own bewitching allure.

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