Seazoo – ‘Dig’

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It’s been said many, many times on here but Welsh five-piece Seazoo are an absolute treasure.

As one of the finest purveyors of indie-pop on the planet, they have consistently conjuring up majestic slices of smile inducing indie-pop bursting with exuberance, fizzing with energy.

The North Walian outfit are seeing out 2017 with ‘Dig’, the third single lifted from their forthcoming debut album, confirmed for release on January 26 2018. The new one is another effervescent piece of perfectly primed pop perfection, emblazoned with their signature and unrivalled fizzy, smile inducing and quirky tendencies with driving guitars, splashes of synth and infectious vocals. Quirky, catchy, infectious and undeniably brilliant, in four minutes flat ‘Dig’ displays the many delightful attributes that have marked them out as something so special from day one. Try get through to end of this catchy, upbeat beaut without bopping your head or smiling; impossible.

You can listen to ‘Dig’ below – along with a wee demo of said gem that Seazoo kindly provided for the GruffWuff compilation. 

Martha Ffion Announces Debut LP; Shares ‘We Make Do’

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Irish-born, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter, Martha Ffion is set to release her debut LP Sunday Best early next year, through exceptional Welsh indie-label Turnstile Music.

Last we heard from Ffion was with wonderful debut EP, Trip about this time last year but she’s broken the silence with this album news which is accompanied by new, and lead single, ‘We Make Do’. It is a melodic piano-led pop song with a slight ’60s twist, as lush instrumentation combines with soft shakers, piano melodies and mellow acoustic guitars to create gentle surroundings for Ffion’s utterly compelling vocals; delivering detailed and uplifting lyrics. As ever, Martha Ffion beautifully crafted a wonderful, compelling and memorable song – delivered with aplomb. It is both familiar and warm; akin to being perched in front a glowing fire on the coldest of winter’s eves or an embrace from a cherished old friend.

You can listen to ‘We Make Do’ below – and keep an eye out for the LP in the new year – it promises to be a rather wonderful record.

Milano Sun – ‘Eldorado’

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We might be in the depths of December but Swedish foursome Milano Sun are still chasing the summer with their shimmering new single, ‘Eldorado’.

Milano Sun – David Axelsson, Johan Jonasson, Love Sivik & Zackarias Ekelund – have served us with an unseasonably sunny slice of summery, psych-infused indie-pop. ‘Eldorado’ bobs along a snappy Peter, Bjorn & John-beat and bubbling bassline which mingles with an utterly infectious confection of swooning melodies, dreamy hooks and warm, delay-drenched vocals. A gleaming, bright and irresistible piece of psych-pop perfection, ‘Eldorado’ will have you pining for sunnier climes and paste smiles on faces, no doubt about it.

 ‘Eldorado’ is out now on VÅRØ as a double a-side single, backed by ballad ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Milano Sun are planning the release of a full-length album in 2018, and in the meantime check out ‘Eldorado’ below.

AKWUAR – ‘Millions Of Same Faces’

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AKWUAR is the kaleidoscopic-pop project of Patrick Braun, hailing from Cologne in Germany.

Braun is taking his first furtive steps as AKWUAR with an eponymous LP penned in for release on January 8 2018. Ahead of its release in the new year, AKWUAR has shared lead single and the album’s opening track, ‘Millions Of Same Faces’. It is three-and-a-half-minutes of dream inducing, melting instrumentation, frazzled electronica and twinkling synth filtered through a gauze otherworldly textures and layers of mild fuzz and topped off with drifting, soft focused vocals. ‘Millions Of Same Face’ is an always welcome wave of calmness and tranquility that will have you suitably reclined and refreshed as it washes over you with a gentle, fresh breezy brilliance.

You can listen to ‘Millions Of Same Faces’ and ‘Do You Deserve My Mind’ (equally delightful) below.

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Ave Maria Overdrive & Skiba Shapiro – ‘Shabba’

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Ave Maria Overdrive were born in Zurich in 2016, the creative brainchild of Caccia Schiacciatore (Guitar, Synths & Drums) and Captain Bitrage (Bass, Synths & Drums), the pair do a fine line in off-kilter alt-pop.

The duo’s most recent release is EP, Photogenic Melodies of which latest single ‘Shabba’ is lifted from. The track is marked by a sense of balance between pop and experimental. Albeit a bouncy pop song, within the fabric of ‘Shabba’, there are a variety of disparate musical strains; disco, post-punk, electro, bossa nova and pop. These strands are bound together and intricately woven and adorned with an ear for infectious pop hook, buoyant melodies and an under-stated hint of electro and synth-pop nous. The result is something broody, beautiful and dramatic – an altogether different, intriguing and exploitative sound.

A big thumbs up for ‘Shabba’ – which you can listen to below. And if that is to your liking, why not get acquainted with the duo’s Photogenic Melodies EP? Listen to it here.