Andrea Franz – ‘Stupid Nerves’

Andrea Franz is a Mexican American artist from Southern California who crafts, in her own words, ‘Sad Pop Rock’ – as apt a description as you are likely to find.

Last we heard from Franz was with ‘Running Back’ – a lush, woozy and dreamy affair permeated by melancholy, irresistibly blurring the lines of beauty and darkness. Cut from a similar cloth, Franz is back with a new single ‘Stupid Nerves’. Hushed, honeyed vocals drift breezily by recalling tales of anxiety and fear and juxtaposed by the charming dreamy indie-pop ruminating below as guitars shimmer, bassline bubble amid playful bursts of twinkly chimes, warm melodies and waltzing grooves. It is lush, woozy and bewitching fare, that given a modicum of time, will be jangling around your head for days.

Listen to ‘Stupid Nerves’ below now, you are in for a treat.

Ailbhe Reddy – ‘Looking Happy’

Dubliner Ailbhe Reddy is gearing up to release her debut album, Personal History, on October 2 and has been teasing the record with singles ‘Time Difference’ and ‘Between Your Teeth’, and now ‘Looking Happy’.

‘Looking Happy’ is a buoyant and bouncy indie-pop jam that is simultaneously happy and sad.Punchy guitars dance above a bouncy beat, jerky groove and splashes of cosmic synth while Reddy’s vocals soar powerfully above. ‘Looking Happy’ is a bright and buoyant indie-pop-powerhouse, adorned with addictive hooks you could hang your hat on but with melancholic themes seeping through as lyrically, Reddy laments an ex’s life unfolding on social media. An irresistible jam that exquisitely blurs the lines of beauty and darkness.

Listen to ‘Looking Happy’ below and keep an eye out for debut album, Personal History, on October 2. 

Relick – ‘La Magie’

Relick is the indie-pop pairing of Amber Nicholson and Matt Hibbard from Texas whose creative chemistry has been on show since debut EP ‘Twin House’ back in 2015.

The Texan duo’s latest single ‘La Magie’ is a lavish, lush and woozy affair. A sweet charming and seductive groover, sublime honeyed vocals flow over an irresistible blend of pop melodies and psychedelic brush strokes as it slinks along a gently swaggering, subtle bubbling bassline as guitars shimmer over the patter of soft drums.  ‘La Magie’ is cool, confident and undeniably irresistible – a pristine piece of pure pop perfection.

Listen to ‘La Magie’ below – it will leave you all the better for it.

James Holt – ‘Pendulum’

James Holt is a Manchester musician with a real flare for sweet, charming and glinting jangle-pop and a supreme ear for melody and hook.

His latest single ‘Pendulum’ is a joyous wee slice of indie-pop. Produced by The Coral’s James Skelly it evokes the spirit of classic guitar pop and has arrived at the right time; it is the perfect companion to balmy summer sun. It is a lush and soft-edged guitar-pop gem as bright twangy guitars shimmer above a seductive groove, twinkly chimes of glockenspiel and sweet vocals, and all adorned with hooks you could hang your hat on. ‘Pendulum’ is hazy, charming and utterly divine pop song – and one that is totally irresistible.

Listen to ‘Pendulum’ below and be prepared to be bowled over.

Andrea Franz – ‘Running Back’

Andrea Franz is a Mexican American artist from Southern California who crafts, in her own words, ‘Sad Pop Rock’ as apt a description as you are likely to find.

Franz’s music sees mostly melancholic themes paired with upbeat, happy melodies, and 60s and 70s influences all wrapped up into a charming dreamy indie-pop package. Now based in Mexico City, the aforementioned sound has marked her five single to date, including the new one ‘Running Back’. Written following relocating to Mexico City, it is a tale of longing for friends and family, and pursuit of one’s dreams; ‘Running Back’ is an irresistible jam that exquisitely blurs the lines of beauty and darkness. A lush, woozy and dreamy air is permeated by melancholy, marked by dark and somewhat intense mood as honeyed vocals drift elegantly over a bubbling groove, playful melody bursts of electrified guitars and giddy escapist synth that brings to mind 80s video games lost to history.  ‘Running Back’ is a stunning single, given just a little bit of time, it will be bouncing around your head for days and days – leaving you all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Running Back’ below.

Kidsmoke – ‘Layla’s Love’

North Wales band Kidsmoke – Lance, James, Sophie & Ash – have been charming us with their woozy indie-pop wonders for a while now, and following a string of sublime singles they will release their debut album A Vision in the Dark on June 19.

Out via the ever impressive Libertino Records, the Wrexham outfit are previewing the record with another beautiful slice of dream-pop splendour; in the shape of ‘Layla’s Love’. It is sunny and cheery brimming with heartwarming charm as guitars shimmer over driven basslines, lush melodies and lavish harmonies as ‘Layla’s Love’ conjures up memories of golden sunsets and balmy summer evenings. ‘Layla’s Love’ is a truly wonderful and charming reminder of what Kidsmoke do best – the intertwined male/female vocals are a particular highlight – together, they will have you hooked.

Listen to ‘Layla’s Love’ below and keep an eye out for A Vision in the Dark coming on June 19.

Maddie Jay – ‘Shakes’

Maddie Jay is a Canadian musician, bassist, producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for jangle pop, experimental music and synthesizers.

Having grown up in the relative wilderness of the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Jay traded that for Los Angeles, where she now resides, and creates lush, lavish and addicting sounds in her bedroom studio. Jay continues her propensity for hypnotising pop brilliance with sublime new single ‘Shakes’. It takes its place alongside previous dream-pop gems – ‘Little Love’, ‘I Got You’ & ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ – to form the basis of her debut EP, Mood Swings. It is another brilliant bundle of dream-pop heaven as it opens with a bright, infectious riff and hazy jangle while Jay’s laid-back and breezy vocals float melodically above as a soft beat bubbles below amid rippling waves of shimmering synths. It is woozy, infectious and undeniably pure pop perfection – just what we’ve come to expect from Maddie Jay.

Listen to ‘Shakes’ below – the Mood Swings EP is here too.

 

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Old Nudes’

Lauran Hibberd has fast become a reliable go-to name for irresistible blasts of fuzz-filled indie pop with her satiric, tongue-in-cheek approach is wrapped with fuzz, crunchy guitars and anthemic tendencies

The hotly tipped Isle of Wight native has returned a with playful new single ‘Old Nudes’, which has a strong case for being Hibberd’s most infectious to date. With punchy riffs, crunchy guitars, swaggering grooves and dripping with melody, it radiates all that hooky and sarcastic brilliance that we all know and love. Even taking a cursory glance at Hibberd’s existing work and it is easy to see why she’s built a rep for super catchy and fuzz-filled guitar-pop heroics. It has been solid gold tune after solid gold tune, and ‘Old Nudes’ is as good as any of them. 

Listen to ‘Old Nudes’ below:

Freedom Fry – ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’

The ever prolific LA duo, Freedom Fry will follow up their delightful 2018 debut LP, Classic, with Songs from the West Coast on May 29th.

Ahead of the album’s release, we had ‘West Coast’ back in January and now they have shared a new single ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’.

The duo, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, have regularly brightened up our lives with charming, catchy and bright indie-pop songs, and ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’ being no different – it could not have come at a more opportune time. It is lush blend of warm sunny tones, gently undulating grooves, sweet acoustic strum and twinkle of xylophone, all whisked together into a beautiful confection melodic, dreamy and hazy allure. As is so often the case, the pièce de résistance of Freedom Fry’s sound is the wonderful harmonies and beautiful vocal interplay from the pair. A simply beautiful song and one that will leave you all the better for letting it into your life.

Listen to ‘Tell Me It’ll Be Alright’ below now:


Oddnesse – ‘All American Lie’

Oddnesse is the fruitful collaboration between musician Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, two east-coast heads based in Los Angeles with a shared affinity for catchy hooks, heavy grooves and apocalyptic hypotheticals.

Together they have produced a steady stream of lush, dreamy and alluring indie-pop gems – ‘Are You Down’, ‘I Used To, ‘Donut Shop’ & ‘Lover’s Calling’ instantly spring to mind – and the pair have shared their first release of 2020, ‘All American Lie’; an elegant and intimate slice of lavish indie-pop. It oozes sophistication and melodic allure as we are treated to a dazzling blend of subtle guitar-lines, glistening chords, sleek synths and lush tones that shimmers and drip with a rich melody while the pristine honeyed vocals are a perfect pairing for this glittering pop. As has been the case so many times in the past, Oddnesse deliver a beautiful, melodic and lush pop treat – and one that will be bobbing around your head all week.

Listen to ‘All American Lie’ below now: