wwoman – ‘FOA’

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wwoman is the moniker of Pittsburgh artist Gi Smee, whose project is self-described as ‘depression pop’.

Smee’s distillation of psych and pop, is anything but depressing. While smouldering with an undercurrent of melancholy, it is smarting a peppy, upbeat psych-pop vibe and hypnotic allure – of which latest single ‘FOA’ is a prime example of. ‘FOA’ swirls together a soft atmosphere with piercing fuzz, and there’s a palpable, frenzied energy steering us through a sea of lush synths. The quivering synths invite us into a dimly lit world of late night street lamps and mid winter fog while the  breathy vocal whisper in to the ears. This is a sublime synth-pop groover with bouncy neon-bright beats and hypnotic allure to capture your imagination.

Listen to ‘FOA’ below:

 

Moon By Moon – ‘Apple of My Eye’

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Moon By Moon are a four-piece indie band from Baltimore in the US whose multifarious concoction of charming, sprightly indie-pop hits the sweet spot between the two.

The foursome’s latest single ‘Apple of My Eye’ is a short and sweet pop nugget. Clocking in at just 1:46, it doesn’t hang around as it whizzes and fizzes by with addicting skuzzed-up guitar/riffs, delightful fuzz, mesmerising smiley melodies and snappy percussion. Infectious doesn’t even cover the half of it; this is charming indie-pop perfection – one to be treasured and enjoyed, no doubt about it!

Check out ‘Apple of My Eye’ below and if that’s to your liking, there is more where that came from over here.

Dead Sullivan – ‘Swallow’

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Dead Sullivan is the project of Denton, Texas resident Boone Patrello, who has been self-releasing lo-fi pop songs since 2015.

Patrello has a new Dead Sullivan album, titled Season, coming out later this summer but ahead of all that, we’ve been provided with a short and sweet introduction to what we can expect, in the form of ‘Swallow’. It is a slumbering, atmospheric delight as a gauzy guitar and soft percussion coalesce, swirling around Patrello’s gentle, semi-audible whispered vocals. It is the vocals which lend the track its doleful, melancholic air but perked up with the combined swelling mass of laid-back, meandering sparkled groove. Short and sweet it may be but in fairness, there’s quite a lot to crammed into a minute and a half nonetheless, and most importantly of all; it works and ever so well.

Don’t just take my word for it, listen to ‘Swallow’ below.

Tender Glue – ‘Rudy’

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New York City-based folk singer-songwriter Tom Gluewicki, aka Tender Glue, is readying the release of his album Closet Leftovers for later this year.

Ahead of the forthcoming LP, Tender Glue is teasing its release with new single ‘Rudy’. A love song, penned around 6 years ago, inspired by a brief, non-intimate encounter, ‘Rudy’ is a gentle guitar-driven ballad of real beauty. A sweet blend of lo-fi dream-pop with chiming guitar swirls around with a mellow undulation and an ambient touch, it just strikes the right chord. While draped in a dreamy, mellow aesthetic, ‘Rudy’ is compelling, passionate and ever so touching.

Listen to Tender Glue‘s ‘Rudy’ below. You’re in for a treat!

Freedom Fry Release Long-awaited Debut Album; ‘Classic’

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For quite some time now, we’ve been bestowing much warranted praise upon Freedom Fry.

Over the past few years, the LA-based indie-pop duo (Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll) have been a reliable source of charming, catchy, bright and lovable cuts of indie-pop. Beginning with ‘Summer In The City’ in 2012 through to likes of ’21’ and ‘Tropicana’ in 2015, the pair became something of ‘singles specialists’, and after a long but enjoyable journey, Freedom Fry released their debut album, Classic at the start of June.

For anyone who has been charmed by Freedom Fry before, the duo’s long-awaited debut will not disappoint. The 12-track album casts a recognisable spell, charming listeners with their cheery indie-folk sound, both the breezy and bright songs the duo is known for and a few slower, bittersweet selections.

Latest single, ‘Die Tryin’ is a folk-flavored ray of sunburst, bright indie-pop interspersed with breezy melodies and harmonies, as each delivers their own verse, before the pair combine in the chorus for a glorious finale. Album closer, and standout track, ‘Easy Street’ has much more of a slumbering, bittersweet vibe, aided and abetted by Driscoll’s vocals, cloaked in a light layer of fuzz. Meandering toward the midway point with a shimmering quality, it swells, tugging firmly at the heartstrings, bursting into full sunburst colour and a sense of resilience and hope. Two wonderful and utterly divine pieces of guitar-pop; a summery sheen, catchy hooks and gorgeous boy/girl vocal interplay make it impossible to resist.

Check them out below and if that is to your liking, their debut album is available here.