Johnny Kills – ‘Let’s Talk About Me’

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‘Let’s Talk About Me’ is the debut single from Brighton/London/York based garage-surf trio, Johnny Kills.

Now, by debut, just to be clear; this is their first ‘official’ release; the trio of noisemakers have already stolen hearts and minds with a series of tasty demos. With ‘Let’s Talk About Me’ they build on said promise, delivering a completely and utterly infectious hybrid of racey garage rock meets the early britpop stylings of Blur. Fuzzed-up and powerful riffs dance with unforgettable sing-along choruses, infused with a joyous melodies, pop sensibility and hooks you can hang your hat on. Undeniably brilliant and irresistible guitar pop with just the right amount of scuzz and fuzz to zap the sweetness of the pop. Just listen to the “la la la la la” of the chorus and you will be powerless to resist the persuasive prowess of this new single.

‘Let’s Talk About Me’ is out now, ignore it below at your miserable peril.

Introducing: Joy Downer

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Joy Downer is husband/wife duo Joy Bishop and Jeff Downer, originally from San Diego but now based in Los Angeles who are cooking up all manner of gorgeous indie-pop.

Inspired by themes of duality; light and dark, man and woman, mind and matter which collide to set the backdrop of the sound. And on another matter of duality, the creative chemistry between the pair is such that, from the outside at least, ideas and songs seem to flow with an effortless ease. ‘Stranger Places’ has a decidedly easy and breezy feel, the gentle buoyancy of its bass grooves floating away to joyful hand claps and whirring synths are only anchored steady drums and groovy rhythms. Meanwhile, Bishop’s saccharine vocal would bring cheer to the most despondent among us, on the bluest day of all. It is a delicately balanced dynamic done with a hooky, shimmery, smile-inducing sounds. Latest single ‘Goddamnit’ is more impassioned and intimate with immaculate storytelling as a tale of broken hearts is recanted in a world that is slowly falling apart. The soft and aching vocals are imbued with a powerful sense of emotion while the instrumentation is superb; this pop song for the brokenhearted is buoyed by the flourishes of the horns. This pairs talent’s has served us with an irresistible and irrefutably infectious indie-pop – and long may that continue.

You can listen to ‘Goddamnit’ & ‘Stranger Places’ below, both of which are taken from Joy Downer’s latest EP Radio Dreamer – listen to it here.

Sean Gadd – ‘Never Be Beautiful’

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Sean Gadd was a founding member of Grouplove and since parting company with the LA-based outfit, Gadd has been ensconced in his solo project under his own name.

Earlier this year he introduced listeners to his new solo work with the single, ‘Radar Sounds’ and following it up with latest single ‘Never Be Beautiful’. On the surface, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a cheerful, bouncy and bubbly pop song; all synths and smiles combine with the alluring duet vocals compliments of Hannah Hooper, Gadd’s long-time friend and former Grouplove bandmate. As highly contagious as it is, digging a little deeper, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a testament to self-love, belief and acceptance. An upbeat and fast flowing blend of frentic beats, colourful sounds and general infectious pop melodies. This is one that will be stuck in your head for ages.

Time for you to make up your own mind now, check out ‘Never Be Beautiful’ & ‘Radar Sounds’ below now:

Bad Flamingo – ‘Lucky Ones’

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Very little is known about the mysterious masked musical duo Bad Flamingo, who prefer to have their music speak on their behalf. And why not? When you can craft such stellar sounds as the pair’s latest single, ‘Lucky Ones’.

‘Lucky Ones’ is slick but stripped down blend of Americana-tinged, exquisite pop finesse and a whole lot of Western swaggger. It drips of infectious, sun-dreched tones as it shuffles along a groovy drum beat, stabs of guitar and impressive pop melodies, while the rich, sensuous smokey vocals mingle with an array of desert-drenched guitar riffs to tantalising effect. At just under three minutes, this is an exquisitely crafted sound that crawls its way into your head and destined to leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Exactly who these ladies are remains a mystery for now. In the meantime, get acquainted with the seductive sounds of Bad Flamingo’s new single ‘Lucky One’.

James Wyatt Crosby – ‘Candyfloss’

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James Wyatt Crosby is a Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who makes catchy, smiley dream-pop songs with a lo-fi DIY ethos.

Crosby’s latest single ‘Candyfloss’ is a case in point. A gentle, smile-inducing pristine piece of stellar pop-craft, this dreamy little ditty is chock-a-block full of lush instruments, hazy daydream vibes and the vocal harmonies here are irresistible. Warm, inviting and sparkling indie-pop; we’re greeted by, and treated to, an irresistible wave of hypnotising sounds, slinky grooves, shimmering guitars and oh so pleasant vocals. Smooth, sugary-sweet perfect guitar-pop!

Crosby’s debut album is forthcoming and if ‘Candyfloss’ is anything to go by, it’s going to be hard to ignore.

‘Candyfloss’ out now, tune in below:

Seazoo Announce Debut Album & Share ‘Roy’s World’

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Welsh indie pop maestros Seazoo have announced the release of a brand new single ‘Roy’s World’, taken from their debut album out summer 2017.

For a number of years now, the North Walian five-piece have utterly charmed us with their signature brand of effervescent, sprightly indie-pop tunes. Setting the standard for what will no doubt be a sparkling debut debut LP, Seazoo have shared ‘Roy’s World,’ the first track from the forthcoming record. ‘Roy’s World’ is both scuzzy and sweet, as it whizzes and fizzes through a blend of guitars, organs, synths and smiley melodies for an infectious, sun-kissed sound dripping with overwhelming sense of nostalgia. A sparkling, charming and irresistible piece of effervescent indie-pop, ‘Roy’s World’ should be a summer favourite.

‘Roy’s World’ is out now. Catch the Seazoo bug below:

Introducing: Patchwork Guilt

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Patchwork Guilt was born in a bedroom in Bristol, in 2014, through the late-night tinkerings of songwriter Phoenix Mundy.

Now based in Liverpool, she has since recorded and self-released two albums (2014’s Punch Bowl & 2015’s Dreaming on the Internet) and three EPs; it is a back catalogue which exudes beauty, invention and class. Latest single ‘Unwind’ follows in a similar vein; it is an intimate and imaginative, charming and infectious slice of lush, lo-fi dreamy indie-pop. Mundy’s unforgettable smokey vocals carve through layers of guitars, synths and any manner of lush sounds, to leave us utterly bewitched by this bubbly, fizzy gem that sparkles and glistens like summer sun the tranquil blue sea. Now, ‘Unwind’ should be enough to convince you but you will be left similarly smitten by the hushed, hazy and spaced-out psych-pop of ‘Get to Rest’ and the undulating manoeuvres of ‘Plastic Gazing Eye’.

If you listen to one new artist/act today, please let it be Patchwork Guilt. You will NOT be left disappointed. You can find the new single along with even more of her music, on her Bandcamp page.

Morrissey & Marshall – ‘She’s Got Love’

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London-based, Dublin duo Morrissey & Marshall are readying the release of their second album, due for release on May 26th.

Previewing the new record, the pair have unveiled single, ‘She’s Got Love’. It’s a timeless, immaculately tailored, super catchy slice of and infectious indie-pop. Lively, bright and chipper, ‘She’s Got Love is enveloped by janglely guitars, uplifting harmonies and a giddy, bouncy rhythm. This is as close to a perfect three-minute pop song as you’re likely to hear, and it is an impossible to resist, feel-good jam designed to paste smiles on faces. The two friends appear to possess an innate ability for incredibly catchy indie-pop, and long may it continue.

‘She’s Got Love’ will be released on May 5th and followed by a new album on May 26th. Brighten up your day below.

Flora Cash – ‘California’

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Swedish/American duo Flora Cash are a pair worth letting into your life.

Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall are preparing to release their debut album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) on April 21st, ahead of which, comes their new single ‘California‘. The acoustic strumming of the guitar sets the tone for this brooding folk-inspired atmospheric cut. Utterly captivating, it brilliantly illustrates the power Flora Cash’s sobering, distinctive harmonies and ambient edge. A stellar tune charged with raw emotion, that effortlessly blends euphoric highlights with distinctively dark undertones. It will demand your full and undivided intention.

‘California’ is but one part of a 10 track patchwork that is their forthcoming LP, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), out April 21st. Tune in now.

Orouni – ‘The Lives Of Elevators’

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Three albums deep already, French band Orouni are no novices, in fact they are virtuosos when it comes to classic, melodic guitar pop music.

Orouni’s carefully crafted arrangements are marked by an easy-going flow and a sense for melody and elegance – none more so than ‘The Lives Of Elevators’. The new track – which will be on their next album – is part of a live session with French streaming platform Findspire and followed by ‘The Devil And The Monk Seal’, from their most recent record Grand Tour (2014). Buoyed by an effortless ear for melody, ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ elegantly flits between melancholic and beautiful, fragile but authoritative, with lush arrangements and irresistible parps of brass. Charming and sometimes bittersweet, this is the class of perfect pop-craft associated with the likes of The Kinks, Sweet Baboo and Tap Tap et al. This is ever so endearing and delightful catchy but be warned, these pair of songs will get stuck in your head for days and days.

Orouni has recorded three albums to date, which can be acquired via Bandcamp, with another on the way in 2017. Check out ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ &  ‘The Devil And The Monk Seal’ below.