Swimmers Jackson – ‘Believe’

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London-based Dubliner Niall Jackson aka Swimmers Jackson is probably best known for his bass-wielding duties with indie-rock quartet Bouts but aside from that, he’s also known to sporadically serve some sublime sounds via his solo guise, Swimmers Jackson.

Jackson has just released his fourth solo single ‘Believe’; a passionate, heartfelt and stripped back acoustic ballad – his finest release to date. A carefully-crafted tale, imbued with honesty and realness, it revolves around a gently melodic acoustic strum and Jackson’s fervent and deeply touching vocals as he tells a tale of refusing to give up on love and an unwavering belief that things can be worked out. ‘Believe’ is an emotive, compelling and beautiful three-and-a-half minutes that wields a powerful spell.

Listen to ‘Believe’ below

Adam Melchor – ‘Plan on You’

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Adam Melchor is a Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with a penchant for rich, melodic and heartfelt old-fashioned pop.

Melchor introduced himself to us last month with swooning slice of orchestral-esque pop ‘3 Hours Ahead’ and as he prepares to release his Plan on You EP this month, he has returned with the equally alluring ‘Plan on You’. 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. 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.

Listen to ‘Plan on You’ below – and keep your eyes peeled for the Plan on You EP later this month.

Mesa Luna – ‘Woronoco’

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Mesa Luna, the one-man dream-pop project of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Justice McLellan is preparing to release debut LP Lash on March 22.

Last we encountered the Vancouver artist was with blissful and shimmering synth-filled lead single ‘Dispel’, and McLellan is back with another taste of the forthcoming record in the shape of ‘Woronoco’. It is a blissed-out, majestic and heavenly slice of shoegaze indebted dream-pop that is equally beautiful and affecting. With ‘Woronoco’, Mesa Luna weaves atmospheric textures, glacial elegance, shimmering electronics, reverberating synth, slowburning guitars, yearning emotion and hushed heartfelt vocals together to create a song that is delicate and pristine yet simultaneously powerful and a compelling wall of noise. Yet another exquisite and emphatic track from Vancouver; things are looking rather well for the album on March 2.

Listen to ‘Woronoco’ below:

Heavy Heart – ‘Bed Bug’

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Hot on the heels of sublime single, ‘Bed Bug’, which was released last month the London outfit Heavy Heart have shared a transfixing and unnerving video to go along with it.

‘Bed Bug’ itself is spellbinding; a bright, shimmering tune from the get go, Heavy Heart explore the worlds of ‘90s indie rock, shoegaze and dream pop over the course of four-and-a-half minutes sprinkled with yearning, melancholy, hope and glistening guitar lines and a massive sound. Jangling guitar riffs and crisp but haunted vocals grab you attention before plunging into a soaring bittersweet chorus full of lamenting heartache with a lush backdrop of shimmering strings as ‘Bed Bug’ goes huge on the hooks and choruses. Delicate but powerful, layers of guitars, fuzz, distortion and whirring are moulded into something beautiful, transfixing you as it ekes out a perfect space between light and shade.

‘Bed Bug’, the first of three mixed and co-produced by Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Soccer Mommy) and a new EP is expected this spring,

Tune in below.

Brandon Romano – ‘The Last Spaceman’

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Brandon Romano is acoustic indie folk/pop stylist from the US Midwest.

Today’s curio and Romano’s latest single is a sweet, melodic and hazy four-minute psych-tinged sojourn into the mind of a forgotten spaceman. Constructed around a vibrant acoustic strum, Romano utilises a combination of hook, heart and melody which is all draped with his intuitive songwriting and storytelling ability. It is an infectious psych-folk earworm, of contagious arrangements and fluid melody, effortlessly bridging the gap between deeply rich acoustic folk, psych and pure, irresistible pop-craft that reveals Romano a master of style.

Listen to ‘The Last Spaceman’ below:

Laughed the Boy – ‘Post Card’

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Toronto-based indie trio Laughed The Boy specialise in exploring a genuine love of unpretentious 90’s nostalgia.

Comprised of brothers Chris and Sean Panacci and Brennan Hrehoruk, the trio’s output thus far has been joyous and littered with easy going tunes filled with catchy melodies and fuzzy guitar and the high point so far is undoubtedly their resplendent debut LP Here is Fine. The trio are back with new single ‘Post Card’ which not only marks the return of Laughed the Boy but signals the completion of their second LP. It is a charming, cheerful and bouncy bout of sweetly melodic indie-pop with a warm jangle of guitar, super sweet melodies, soft vocals and dreamy vibes, all coated in a mild coat of light fuzz. ‘Post Card’ is an irresistible delight of infectious, easygoing and breezy indie-pop delight – all is looking rather well for the new album.

Listen to ‘Post Card’ below & keep an eye out for details of the album too.

Simen Mitlid – ‘Tell Me Everything’

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Simen Mitlid is a precociously talented singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, Norway, crafting lush, Nordic indie-folk a la contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene and Patrick Watson.

Mitlid is preparing to release a follow-up to his wonderfully charming 2017 debut LP, Everything is the Same this year and having already treated us to the beautiful ‘Saturdays’, Mitlid has shared a second single ‘Tell Me Everything’. It is a beautiful, bright and colourful folk song buoyed by a perky mood, irresistible melody and marked by an optimism and warm inviting glow. Amid the glimmer, there is a mild undercurrent of melancholy due to Mitlid’s rich, emotive and tender vocal delivery. ‘Tell Me Everything’ is bright, buoyant, intimate and touching all at once – it is an absolute treasure.

Nothing concrete on the new album as yet – title, release date etc. – but for now, sit tight and enjoy ‘Tell Me Everything’.

Lucille Furs – ‘All Flowers Before Her’

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LA-via-Chicago psych-pop quintet Lucille Furs are gearing up to release their new album Another Land in March – ahead of which, they have shared another single ‘All Flowers Before Her’.

Lucille Furs are pretty shameless about their obsession with 1960s pop, rock and psych and ‘All Flowers Before Her’ finds them further mining the era for inspiration – incl. The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies and The Small Faces – and this is in now way a bad thing. ‘All Flowers Before Her’ is a rich, cascading and colourful tune that draws from the combined hues of a stomping groove, infectious buoyant melody, hazy guitar jangle and wonderful backing harmonies, which are all coated in a nice warm layer of fuzz – and presided over by warm, hushed and reverbed vocals. There is even space for a fuzz-fueled guitar romp through the flashback fields of psychedelia’s golden age – this is a wonderfully warm, easy on the ear and jangley delight.

Listen to ‘All Flowers Before Her’ below now & new album Another Land will be released on March 15th.

Idlewild – ‘Dream Variations’

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Scottish alternative rockers, Idlewild, are gearing up for the release of their new, eighth LP, Interview Music and, along with it, they have returned with brand new single ‘Dream Variations’.

Idlewild went on ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2010, sparking a number solo projects before reconvening with 2015’s LP Everything Ever Written and a fresh focus, reinvigorated appetite, and with new single ‘Dream Variations’ the band are sound similarly revitalised. ‘Dream Variations’ is bright, upbeat & beguiling indie-rock embracing a harmonious, rich melodic pop rainbow of twinkly keys, bubbling bass, scorching riffs that leads us to a shimmering closing sequence, a place that drifts by with ease and breeze, with its dreamy and air of tranquillity. ‘Dream Variations’ is just a thoroughly nice, enjoyable and harmonious tune, aided in no small portion by Woomble’s welcoming and instantly recognisable brogue. Over the course of their 20-odd year career, Idlewild have made of a habit of such things and their debut album Hope Is Important, recorded in just four weeks and released in October 1998 remains a firm favourite of mine.

Listen to ‘Dream Variations’ below now:

Michelle Blades – ‘Politic!’

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Michelle Blades is a Miami-raised, Paris-based, Mexican-Panamanian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a flair for colourful, catchy and effervescent psych-pop.

Blades is readying the release of her new album Visitor, due out on March 29 via Midnight Special Records, and has shared the vibrant off-kilter confection that is ‘Politic!’ as a taster. Blades’ multi-cultural experiences are reflected in the magpie like sounds of her colourful, imaginative and irresistible psych-tinged indie-pop as ‘Politic!’ flits in and out of psych dreaminess with jerky guitars, bouncy beat and jittery bassline puncturing the bright, luminescent spectrum of colourful sound. Addictive and infectious with decidedly danceable disco grooves, ‘Politic!’ manages sweetness, effervesces and jerky art-rock hi jinx simultaneously as vocals slide from deep and honeyed to powerful intent, and glass-shattering screech with such an ease. A colourful, fizzy and fuzzed-up psych-pop adventure of the finest calibre.

Listen to ‘Politic!’ below & watch out for new album Visitor, due out on March 29 via Midnight Special Records.