Honey Moon – ‘Magic’

London jangle-pop outfit Honey Moon have made a habit of crooning their way way into our hearts with heartfelt, hazy and lackadaisical slice of indie-pop goodness.

This prodigious talent for crafting three minute plus pop gems is evidenced by last year’s wonderful Four More From… EP, and 2019 single ‘If I Could Only Dream’, and they are at it once again. Honey Moon’s latest single ‘Magic’ has liberal dusting of just that. Their trademark doo-wop and crooning enchantment is given a more lavish flavour, one of more grandiose proportions. It is a rich and colourful confection, it is bright and breezy,and swelling with elegant strings, sinuous melodies, lilting hooks and jangly guitars that will please your ears and melt your heart. This is another enchanting and whimsical illustration of classic pop-craft, Honey Moon have got a right knack for creating tunes the right side of familiar.

Listen to ‘Magic’ below – it is exactly what it says it is.

Bibi Club – ‘La Plage’

Bibi Club are Montreal duo Adèle Trottier-Rivard and Nicolas Basque, who together create hypnotic and elegant lo-fi synth-pop.

The pair’s debut single is ‘La Plage’ (“the beach” in French) and it is something rather special indeed. It is a subtle, spellbinding and lush sea of textures, soft-edged synths, blissed out tones and flourishes of dreamy psych-folk. ‘La Plage’ bubbles along a rippling rhythm as guitars chime, synths twinkle and cascading cosmic electronic tones combine with a lapping groove creating a lush and alluring elixir, and one perfect for Trottier-Rivard’s smooth, light and mellifluous voice seems to breeze above, leaving us utterly powerless to resist.

A magnificent, hypnotic and elegant debut. Listen below:

MIYNT – ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2’

A few years back, Stockholm artist MIYNT was carving out a name for lush, smooth pop music with a preference for orchestral flourish.

While quiet for sometime, MIYNT has broken radio silence with aplomb, serving us a gloriously rich and sultry slice of ‘riviera pop’ in the shape of Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2′. It is a smooth, stylish and suave theme for an imaginary Bond movie that slinks and struts on the back of groovy beats and funky guitar through a shimmering haze of swirling psych-textures and lush flourishes of grandiose orchestral pop. ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2’ is lavish, sultry and smooth orchestral pop that will leave you all the better for letting it into your life.

Listen to ‘Vacation With Bond In South Of France Part 2’ below.

MOBVIBE – ‘Take a look around’

London-based, Greek foursome MOBVIBE have a real knack for crafting bright, upbeat and infectious cut of colourful indie-pop and their formula is presented with exquisite excellence on most recent single, ‘Take a Look Around’.

Take a Look Around’ is a smiley and charming confection of colourful sounds. It is a sweet and loveable blend of infectious guitar jangle, bursts of frazzled electronics, buzzing synths and snappy drums beats, and all dripping with melody and bursting with radiant sunshine. ‘Take a look around’ is a colourful, bright and quirking pop song with dizzying flashes of brilliance that bring to mind Twenty One era Mystery Jets – which given the esteem wit which that record is held here – is high praise indeed.

Listen to ‘Take a Look Around’ below – you will not regret it, in fact you will be all the better for it.

Introducing: Fox Grin

Nashville-via-Atlanta outfit Fox Grin return to the fold in March following a period of hibernation with new album Dusk; a colourful, kaleidoscopic explosion of bright indie-pop, dreamy psych and vibrant art rock edges.

Primarily based around the pairing of Thomas Chapman (vocals / guitar / keys) and David Bean (bass / backing vocals), the new record follows 2018’s King of Spades, and is sparkling with colourful innovative ideas, strong grooves and pop goodness. Take ‘Broken Watch’ for example. It is an elegant and dreamy slice of sparkling indie-pop, rich in melody and dripping with sunny vibes it dazzles with lush pop orchestration and gorgeous vocal harmonies. This is radiant pop par excellence as Chapman’s hushed, heartfelt and velvety tones are wrapped in a warm, hazy and colourful psychedelic swirl. ‘Skull Candy’ meanwhile, offers a different side to their innovative formula. Glistening guitar lines, chiming keys and annular riffs race and run in tandem with meaty bubbling bassline and propulsive post-punk/krautrock groove to deliver a driving yet dreamy slice of psychedelic-pop peppered with powerful melodies and sweet harmonies. A mesmerising blend of lush pop, dreamy psych and jerky art-rock delivered with an abundance of charm and warm, hazy vibes.

Listen to ‘Broken Watch’ & ‘Skull Candy’ below and if they are to your liking, why not check out new album Dusk, here?

TOLEDO – ‘Some Samurai’

Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, TOLEDO have have drip-feeding us charming delights from their debut EP, Hot Stuff over recent months, and bewitching us in the process.

The long awaited EP has now arrived and is led by ‘Some Samurai’ which, unsurprisingly, is quintessentially TOLEDO – it is a sweet, heartfelt and melodic indie-folk delight. It is a hazy, shimmer of sweet indie-pop lightly dusted with fuzz and dripping with melody that flutters and flickers as lilting vocals flow gently on by. ‘Some Samurai’ is a lush heartfelt beauty, glowing with richness and warmth, and once again proving Toledo the masters of hook, harmony and heart. An absolute beauty, ‘Some Samurai’ will leave you powerless to resist its allure but all the better for it.

Tune in below and if ‘Some Samurai’ is to you liking, why not try out debut EP, Hot Stuff, over here?

Orouni – ‘Former Lorry Driver’

Parisian indie pop collective Orouni are back with a new single ‘Former Lorry Driver’, and oh my, it is a beauty!

This should comes with little surprise as the French outfit have proven with a number of records already, they are no novices. In fact they are virtuoso’s when it comes to classic, melodic guitar pop music, and on April 19, Orouni will be adding another LP, called Partitions to their burgeoning collection – of which today’s focal point is lifted.

‘Former Lorry Driver’ is playfully buoyant with an effortless ear for melody – it is the embodiment of pure pop perfection. It is charming and fizzes with an infectious, melodic energy as it skips along snapping drums, a smattering of 8-bit style synth and sprightly, buzzing keyboard creating a whimsical wonderland of pop for the dueting Antoni Collins and Sofia Bolt’s vocals to add a final layer of lushness. ‘Former Lorry Driver’ elegantly flits between melancholic and beautiful, the subject not withstanding – a man who survived a cancer scare after being told he only had six months to live – at times bittersweet, it is buoyed by hope.

Partitions is out on April 19 but you can get acquainted with ‘Former Lorry Driver’ below now.

Heavy Heart – ‘Dowsabel’

Hot on the heels of sublime single, ‘Bed Bug’, released only recently, London outfit Heavy Heart have followed it up with an equally transfixing affair with ‘Dowsabel’.

Heavy Heart – comprised of Anna Vincent (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Fitzroy (guitar, backing vocals), James Vincent (guitar, backing vocals) and Craig Brown (drums) – started as a lo-fi, bedroom project in a tiny flat above the main road in New Cross, south London, a few years back but has grown and flourished to yield some marvellous results – ‘Dowsabel’ is a case in point. ‘Dowsabel’ is an old English word for sweetheart, and this song is about a love affair, and graced by a mournful air. Sombre strings introduce the lament, as layers of glistening guitar tones and solemn basslines intertwine to create a dreamy tapestry tempered with sadness and loss. A heady and potent mix that is fragile yet powerful, melancholic but determined and altogether triumphant.

‘Dowsabel’ is the second of three tracks mixed and co-produced by Gabe Wax (The War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes and Soccer Mommy) which will form the basis of a new EP that is expected this spring.

Tune in 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.

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.