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:

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:

EGOISM – ‘You You’

Egoism, Sydney-based dream-pop pairing of Scout Eastment and Olive Rush, are preparing the release of their second EP On Our Minds, later in 2020.

With that in mind, the duo have afforded us our first glimpse of what we might expect with lead single ‘You You’. A sizzling slice of soaring indie-pop that injects some sunshine into our lives, it is a shimmering, jangletastic delight with heavenly harmonies, hooks aplenty and dripping with heart-melting melodies. ‘You You’ is addictive pop-perfection fizzing with effervescence as bright riffs, shimmering guitar and seductive rhythm coalesce with a sunkissed, lush and alluring warmth; a perfect backdrop for the breezy, honeyed vocals to thrive. A magical, charming three-minutes of pop heaven.

Listen to ‘You You’ below – it is magic!

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.

Victoria Bigelow – ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’

Following on from her debut EP Going Blue, Nashville singer-songwriter Victoria Bigelow has returned with a new single ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’.

Bigelow’s latest offering is patient, vulnerable and potent as she reflects on past mistakes and lost love with honesty. ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’ is a stunning and beautiful piece of heart-aching indie-pop, it bobs along a woozy, retro-tinged waltz while Bigelow’s hushed, smokey voice strikes a reflective tone, channelling her deepest emotions. ‘To Everyone I’ve Loved Before’ swells with each passing verse, from minimal opening arrangements of gently pulsating keys and sparse percussion to a rousing, rich and layered climax, all made more palatable on transition by the  light and woozy strings easing the track softly to life, with an Americana-tinged hum.

A sublime single, listen to it below: 

Ten Fé – ‘Candidate’ / ‘Heaven Sent Me’

Having released their second album Future Perfect, Present Tense earlier this year, London outfit Ten Fé are signing off on a fruitful 2019 with new double a-side single ‘Candidate’ / ‘Heaven Sent Me’.

Born from the same sessions as the aforementioned album in Oslo, ‘Candidate’ is yet another grand slice of lush and woozy indie-pop. Strutting along a hypnotising rumbling bassline-led groove, bright riffs and seductive melody flow over the beats and cowbell and draped with softly sung, deep crooning vocals. It is a neatly packed, warm and alluring lush pop vision with a potent melody, hooks and warm vibes. With ‘Candidate’, Ten Fé are sounding fresh, carefree and cheery – not a bad way to be. its companion piece is just as seductive but somewhat more forlorn. Grounded by a gently propulsive rhythmic groove, it grows from a dark cloud as synths shimmer and electronics flicker to illuminate the path for the hushed, heartfelt vocals floating overhead. Another potent and transfixing pop song   

The double a-side is a wonderful way to sign off on 2019. Tune in below:

Night Hikes – ‘Belltown’

Night Hikes is the Seattle-based duo of Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell who’s preference for lush and fuzz-flavoured dream-pop is utterly beguiling.

The latest fruit from this dynamic partnership comes in the shape of brand new single ‘Belltown’. Sparse to begin with, it is a gentle and dreamy affair built around Godby’s lush vocals that float over a woozy wash of shimmering synth, glimmering guitar, seductive undulating groove and purrs with a rich melodic allure. It is a magical, timeless and stirring as the veil of melancholy and swell of emotion really pulls heavy on the heartstrings. A hazy, late-night lullaby that will transfix your mind and melt your heart.

Listen to ‘Belltown’ below:

Seatbelts – ‘Black Spring’

Liverpool outfit Seatbelts introduced their joyful brand of guitar pop with singles ‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’, ‘Content Crush’ and more recently ‘Capitalist Confession’

Comprised from James Madden and Ryan Murphy of Hooton Tennis Club, and Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn, Seatbelts are back with new single ‘Black Spring’. Inspired by the writings of Henry Miller, there is a subtle undercurrent of unease and tension amid the overwhelming charming, mellow and melodic vibe. Familiar yet fresh, ‘Black Spring’ touches on Brexit fears against a melancholic, twangy acoustic strum. There is an almost haunting air to it at times, especially with the mixing of vocals but their is light in the twinkling keys / synth and warm glow from (what I think is) organ hum. The dusky feel is brightened further by the instrumental bridges, coincidentally when that the song is at its most vibrant, colourful and experimental. ‘Black Spring’ is yet another wonderful track in an ever growing an impressive catalog. 

Tune in to ‘Black Spring’ below, and if it is to your liking, there is plenty more of the same over here.

J.R. – ‘PAL’

J.R. is Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (real name Julianna Riolino)

Riolino introduced herself with debut single ‘Be My Man’ back in April and now, three months later, she is serving up an alluring second helping with ‘PAL’.

Fuelled by emotional nostalgia inspired by the feeling of youth and naive invincibility, ‘PAL’ is a gleaming guitar-pop gem that purrs with a rich melodic power. Swooning soft-centered balladry and lush instrumentation combine with seductive hooks as warm, honeyed yet smokey vocals bring the detailed lyrical vision to life. It feels wistful, personal and bittersweet, all with a underlying sense of hope and defiance bubbling away. A marvellously lush and alluring single that purrs with a rich melody that will melt even the coldest of hearts.

You can listen to ‘PAL’ below now and the video is ace too, definitely worth checking out.

BDRMM – ‘Question Mark’

BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who reside in a world blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop.

They introduced intricately weaved dreamy sonics and sentimental tales with singles ‘C.U’ and ‘Heaven’ over the past nine months, and they are back new single ‘Question Mark’. Teaming up with Sonic Cathedral’s Singles Club it is slowburning, gently anthemic and highly evocative as we take a slumbering stroll through a woozy world of layered swirling textures. Anchored by shimmering guitar, ‘Question Mark’ floats like a lackadaisical daydream, the delicate instrumentals the bouncy for the dreamy vocals and bittersweet lyrics. A moving, evocative and elegant slice of dream-pop perfection, yet another exquisite single from BDRMM.

Listen to ‘Question Mark’ below: