Jacqueline Tucci – ‘Fear’

Jacqueline Tucci is a Toronto-based musician readying the release of her debut EP, Jungle Sounds later this year.

Having spent time honing her songwriting abilities as a solo acoustic act, Tucci has heralded a transition to full-band dynamics with lead single ‘Fear’. Opening with a raw bass line, it is a bustling, fuzzed-up jam tempered by a meandering guitar riff and lavish layers of fuzz. It is a powerful and thrilling anthem that snakes its way through the warm fuzz and distortion showcasing Tucci’s brilliant ear for melody and lyricism. Tucci’s warm vocals are filled with emotion and rousing sense of defiance – albeit with a lingering sense of melancholy.

A superb tune and intro to Jacqueline Tucc – tune in below:

TOLEDO – ‘Lovely’

Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, TOLEDO have have kept us well supplied with irresistible, lush and melodic indie-folk delights.

The pair have returned with a new single called ‘Lovely’; a charming, sweet and dreamy confection that is, as its name suggests, ‘lovely’. It flows along a gentle, understated melodic groove with a patter of percussion, breezy air, alluring strum and tender vocal imbued with emotion and pang of melancholy. With its dreamy allure, easy-listening vibes and distant brass, we are whisked off to simpler times of hazy summer evenings, and bewitching us in the process.

Listen to the dreamy delights of ‘Lovely’ below:

The Whags – ‘Fraction Of’

The Whags are a Seattle-based five piece whose sound is a joyous amalgam of indie, psych, funk and soulful Americana with rich vocal harmonies and a deep seductive grooves.

‘Fraction Of’ is the first in a series of singles set for 2020, and is the perfect distillation of their sound. It is a deep grooving and swaggering slice of soulful pop the slowly unfurls into a beautifully bright, breezy and wholly optimistic jam. Everything feels big and bright as soaring choruses, lush harmonies and sweet licks are peppered with an uplifting air shimmering tones while the lilting, soul-filled vocals roll across the top.This a heavenly jam dripping with melody and lavishly coated with lush harmonies as it swells to enraptured bouts of euphoria. This an absolute joy, a treasure in fact and food for the soul.

Tune in to the wondrous sounds of ‘Fraction Of’ below:

Max Bloom – ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’

Best known for his role in London-based lo-fi loving indie outfit Yuck, Max Bloom is stepping out on his own, and releasing his debut solo album, Perfume, on April 24.

Ahead of that, Bloom has shared a new single lifted from his debut called ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’. Shifting away from distorted guitars and ’90s inspired lo-fi fuzz that marked his work with Yuck, ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ is a bright and uplifting slice of joyous pop – made all the more alluring (and fun) by the triumphant bursts of brass that illuminate the guitar bop and power-pop punch. It is an unbelievably catchy jam filled with sinuous melodies and adorned with huge hooks, ones you could hang your hat on. If you need cheering up, this is the right job for you.

‘Thinking ‘Bout You” is out now and Max Bloom’s debut is expected on 24 April via Anniversary.

Tia Gostelow – ‘Rush’

Australian artist Tia Gostelow introduced us to her lavish and exquisite indie folk / pop stylings with superbly addictive singles ‘Giants’& ‘Phone Me’ back in 2018.

Two years on, amid working on a new album, Gostelow has returned with a dazzling new single ‘Rush’. Delivered with recognizable pop finesse, it is a lush blissful and colourful burst of indie pop – exploring more feel-good territory than before. Gostelow’s sweet honeyed tones are the perfect pairing for the warm and colourful confection that shimmers above the seductive groove and propulsive synthline. This is lush, feelgood and bewitching electro-pop. It is irresistible and danceable as it goes, a sonic embrace made in heaven. ‘Rush’ is simply stunning and as good as anything she has produced to date – and that is lofty enough praise in itself.

Get lost in the feelgood blissfulness of ‘Lush’ below – three minutes of much needed relief from the realities of the world at the moment.


Life Aquatic Band – ‘Underwater Highway’

Life Aquatic Band are a seven piece forged in the furnaces of Sheffield, crafting a charming and seductive blend of indie, psych, funk, disco and pop.

Life Aquatic Band are fresh from releasing their debut album LABPD or BAND ON THE HUNT;  a concept album built around the premise that Paul McCartney has been on the run since Wings album ‘Band on the Run’ in 1973, and the Life Aquatic Band Police Department are determined to catch their man. Accompanying the new album is new single ‘Underwater Highway’ and a marvellous entry point the playful and slightly oddball world of Life Aquatic Band. It is a woozy and melodic slice of sombre indie-pop propelled by meaty, funky bassline as hushed vocals float amid shimmering psych guitars and cosmic sparkle, provided by the spacey, Casio-esque synths. It is colourful, charming and playful brilliance, and it is but one of many to be found on the new album.

Listen to  ‘Underwater Highway’ below and you can give the new album a spin here too.

Cherry Slide – ‘Does It Matter’

Cherry Slide is the musical project revolving around Dale Humphries, originally from the UK and now residing in NYC.

We last encountered Cherry Slide with the release of self-titled, 2018 debut album but Humphries et al is back with news of a new record called Sugar Slo-Mo. Expected on March 20, the forthcoming record is preceded by brand new single ‘Does It Matter’, which more than hints at a continuation of their lush, melodic and endearing indie pop sound. Hushed vocals hover gracefully over a steady strum and understated rhythm as a guitar twangs amid hazy parps of brass and splashes cymbals; it is lush, hooky and seductive, and dripping with a lavish, irresistible melody. A beautiful, warm and fluffy slice of richly melodic indie pop – and one that will leave you all the better getting acquainted.

Listen to ‘Does It Matter’ below:

Freedom Fry – ‘West Coast’

The ever prolific LA duo, Freedom Fry are preparing to release a new album in 2020, a follow up to their delightful 2018 debut LP, Classic, and ahead of which, have shared a first single called ‘West Coast’. 

The pair, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, have regularly brightened up our lives with charming, catchy, bright and lovable indie-pop songs, and ‘West Coast’ is no different. Regaling a semi-autobiographical tale about moving to Los Angeles with a dream and sticking with it despite many pitfalls, ‘West Coast’ is  lush and alluring, and delivered with a breezy softness and glistening elegance as pillow beat and gentle guitar waltz amid a warm, dawn-like shimmering haze. This shimmering sonic delight comes filled with their trademark ear for a melody, divine harmonies, charm and shimmering sonic delights. The sun-kissed vibes that radiate will have you fawning over this one all week.

Listen to ‘West Coast’ below – hopefully we get a release date for the new record soon.

MEMES – ‘J.O.B.S.’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, MEMES, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty sounds with a series of scintillating singles last year with ‘Blah Blah Blah‘, ‘Funny Man‘ & ‘Happy Shopper’ making them one of the finest new discoveries of 2019.

However, amid the silly season towards the close of 2019, another MEMES single slipped into the world without me noticing, until just recently. ‘J.O.B.S.’ is of a similar ilk to what we’ve quickly come to recognise as MEMES’ sound; fast, feverish and exhilarating post-punk fury – and cousins John and Paul McLinden have nailed it again. Hurtling off at breakneck speed along a frenzied rhythmic surge as meaty, bubbling bass riffs duel with fevered drums and short, sharp, jerky guitars as sneering vocals are spat out above. A thrilling, raw and exhilarating jam that will leave you breathless and have you hooked from the get go.

Check out ‘J.O.B.S.’ below (one especially FFO Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB):

Yammerer – ‘Seasons 13-31’

Liverpool-based outfit Yammerer are a band with a preference for sharp, angular, high-energy, unhinged and raucous psych-punk fury.

Their audacious, boisterous and snarling sonic adventures are there for all to see (and hear) on their debut EP Reality Escape Resort, released toward the close of 2019. Forged from a swell of free-flowing psychedelia and hammered out in an incandescent rage, the EP is a whirlwind of off-kilter, frenzied psych-punk and none more so than ‘Seasons 13-31’. It is a nine-minute spectacular; a highly charged cacophony of pent up post-punk fury. A hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and spiralling effects, with frenzied vocals uncoiling above. A stunning intro to the Liverpool-based five-piece, it is a chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

You can listen to ‘Seasons 13-31’ below and the debut EP is here too