Charlotte & Magon – ‘I Don’t Wanna Go’

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‘I Don’t Wanna Go’ is the latest taster from Lyrical Miracle, the forthcoming album from Charlotte & Magon.

The Paris-based duo offer a fine in cosmic alt-pop, as evidenced by latest single ‘I Don’t Wanna Go'; slick, suave and super catchy indie pop song with a mischievous twinkle. Eerie content of the music is juxtaposed by dreamy instrumentation, upbeat rhythms and contrasting colourful sounds throughout – for beneath the catchy indie-pop environs this is an anti-war song, depicting the effects of Magon’s forced service. In short, it is a catchy and infectious tune that is approaching something akin to Kate Bush meets early Arcade Fire.

Listen to ‘I Don’t Wanna Go’ below and it precedes Lyrical Miracle, which is due for release on the 16th of March 2018.

Toledo – ‘Crane Song’

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Boston-based Indie-folk foursome, Toledo are preparing to release a new album this year, ahead of which they have kindly afforded us a glimpse of what we may expect in the shape of lead single ‘Crane Song’.

Deeply melodic folk vocals are supplemented by a gently picked guitar, brush cymbals and dark choral harmonies but ‘Crane Song’ is anything but a conventional indie-folk tune. At the halfway mark the acoustic atmospheric-folk gives way to a more sunny and spritely disposition, filling the spaces with luscious, dreamy slackerish psych-pop. An absolute delight and full of surprises this one. Enjoy!

You can listen to ‘Crane Song’ and we’ll be keep our eyes peeled for news of the aforementioned new LP.

Victims of the New Math – ‘New Victorians’

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Victims of the New Math are Phoenix duo – consisting of brothers Joe and Thomas Young – raised on a steady diet of late ’60s and early ’70s rock and pop.

Together, the sibling pairing deliver scrappy, rough-and-ready riff driven melodic rock with a raw edge, as they share stories of loss, loss of innocence, loss of love, loss of self and yet beneath it all, lies glimmers of hope. ‘New Victorians’ is the title track from their debut album and it nails it as an introduction to their scrappy, rough-around-the-edges sensibility. It is a warm, punchy and melodic jangle of off-kilter, psych that mixes it between sounds synonymous with early ’70s rock and ’90s garage-rock, full of raw energy and flat-slapping percussion. It’s an absolutely infectious treat and it should have you reaching straight for the play button again and again – a great name for a band too!

Listen to lead track ‘New Victorians’ below & if that is to your liking, check out their new LP, The New Victorians here.

Mr Gabriel – ‘Millennial Falcon’

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‘Millennial Falcon’ is the eloquently titled new single from Mr. Gabriel, and based on this evidence, he’s quite a knack for crafting ear-worming cuts of indie-pop.

Nashville-based Mr Gabriel – aka Gabe Simon – with Mark Pontius from Foster the People providing the percussives, deliver a simmering sonic stew of super catchy indie-synth-pop with psych flavours. The scuzzy guitar and rumbling bass riffs that make up the meat of the track, bring an unwavering energy while Simon’s distorted vocals add another level of vitality as he takes a not-so-subtle dig at the voyeuristic obsession with social media and glamour. A catchy confection of energetic and pumped up alt-pop, means as much business as it is hard to resist.

You can check out ‘Millennial Falcon’ below:

Gwenno Announces New Album; Shares New Single ‘Tir Ha Mor’

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Welsh artist Gwenno – former Pipettes front-woman, Gwenno Saunders – is releasing her second album, Le Kov, on March 3 via Heavenly Recordings.

Le Kov is the follow-up to Y Dydd Olaf, Gwenno’s spellbinding debut solo album, which intricately weaved mixture of moods and textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out Krautrock and Motorik rhythms. Ahead of the hotly anticipated record, shared a video for its first single, ‘Tir Ha Mor’. The first single follows a similarly sublime formula, sung in Cornish, it is lush, sweeping, sparkling and brilliant. The video features Gwenno singing and dancing, and reflects ‘Tir Ha Mor’ colourful psychedelic leanings.

The album, Le Kov is sung entirely in Cornish and translates to “land and sea”, and while it has an awful lot to live up to if it’s reach the heady heights of Y Dydd Olaf but judging by ‘Tir Ha Mor’ at least, Gwenno is on the right track.

Sit back and enjoy ‘Tir Ha Mor’ below: