Ten Fé – ‘Coasting’

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London outfit Ten Fé will release their new album Future Perfect, Present Tense on March 8th.

Since they announced details of their follow up to there wonderful debut Hit The Light, the now fully-fledged five-piece have embarked on a fairly relentless campaign of enlightenment sharing super singles ‘Not Tonight’, ‘Won’t Happen’, ‘No Night Lasts Forever’ and ‘Echo Park’ – and they have kept the heat up with yet another single ‘Coasting’. It is a grand, breezy and hypnotising number of lush instrumentation of drifting into a daydream of woozy dream-pop and coated with an Americana-tinged gloss and aura of free abandon. With ‘Coasting’, Ten Fé are sound fresh, carefree and loved up – not a bad way to be. ‘Coasting’ is a fine addition to the Ten Fé canon and things are looking good for the forthcoming new record.

Listen to ‘Coasting’ below – Future Perfect, Present Tense is set for release on March 8th via Some Kinda Love/PIAS.

Dentist – ‘Upset Words’

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Dentist are a New Jersey-based indie-pop/surf rock outfit centred around the songwriting partnership of Emily Bornemann (vocals/bass) and Justin Bornemann (guitar), who are complemented and kept on point by Matt Hockenjos on drums.

2018 saw the trio release their third album ‘Night Swimming’ via Cleopatra Records, and it is a feverishly infectious collection of fuzzed-out, surf punk-tinged indie pop jangle and sun-kissed garage rock crunch.

Dentist have marked the coming of 2019 with the release of the album’s opener ‘Upset Words’, which pretty much captures everything that makes the trio’s sound so lovable in just three-minutes. It is a freewheeling, furious and fuzzed out blast of lively and addictive surf-tinged guitar-pop with waves of choppy guitar and big meaty riffs, propulsive drum rhythm and churning bass. This more forceful, aggressive side to Dentist is tempered and complimented perfectly by an abundance of hooks and infectious melodies, and Emily Bornemann’s sweet and buoyant vocals. ‘Upset Words’ is wonderful and like the album from from whence it came, is completely and utterly addictive.

Listen to ‘Upset Words’ below and you can check out all of ‘Night Swimming’ here – it is definitely worth some of your time and attention.

Psychotropics – ‘Sunburn’

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Psychotropics is an alt-rock foursome – Daniela Defilippi, Joshua Brierley, Alexis Nuñez & Felipe “Pipeño” Vidal – from Santiago, Chile.

Psychotropics sound is born from a sulky rock darkness composed of parts psych, post-punk and alternative rock – and their latest single (a recently re-mastered take on a 2017 release) ‘Sunburn’ demonstrates in abundance. Opening in rather sombre and gloomy fashion, a twangy guitar and languid drums appear, glinting amid a hazy mist of atmospheric sounds. ‘Sunburn’ burns with smouldering emotion and wistful yearning and bursts into life with an explosion of crashing drums, guitars and soaring riffs gushing fuzz, grabbing your attention completely. This melee is tempered by the ethereal and yearning vocals of Daniela Defilippi before ‘Sunburn’ reseeds back to it origins of woozy guitars and undulating rhythms. Dreamy, melodic pop meshed with taut, aggressive rhythms; these two parts intertwine perfectly, shifting like sand beneath the tides of the sea. Powerful, beautiful and very special indeed as it draws you in under its intoxicating spell and envelopes your being.

Tune in below:

Phileas Fogg – ‘Will Never Be Played Again’

Phileas Fogg is the moniker of London-based artist Asi Binyamini, who like his namesake – the protagonist in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days – Fogg spirits us away on an imaginative intrepid adventure.

Fogg introduced his decidedly catchy brand of reverb and fuzz-laden psych-rock with single ‘Ready or Not’ last year and he’s followed that with ‘Will Never Be Played Again’. It is an enthralling psych-rocker, tentatively building from a haunting and unsettling opening atmosphere it gradually grows in slowburning fashion, swelling as his vocals ascend rousingly above the dense competing layers of psych noise to add a topping of the anthemic. ‘Will Never Be Played Again’ serves as a timely reminder of Fogg’s knack for the hypnotic and captivating tunes – as evidenced by its predecessor ‘Ready or Not’.

Listen to ‘Will Never Be Played Again’ below now.

Simen Mitlid – ‘Saturdays’

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Simen Mitlid is a precociously talented singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, Norway, crafting lush, Nordic indie-folk a la contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene and Patrick Watson.

In 2017 Mitlid’s wonderful charming debut LP, Everything is the Same was one of the year’s finest and he is back with his first new material since. New single ‘Saturdays’ is the first taste of what Mitlid is cooking up for album number two, and the good news is his powers for fashioning beautifully charming and elegant indie-folk has not deserted him. Opening slowly with a delicate acoustic guitar and rich emotive vocal, ‘Saturdays’ is a tender ballad that feel both intimate and vast, set against a beautiful atmospheric soundscape. This is a beautiful folk song with an undercurrent of melancholy but marked by an optimism and warm inviting glow – ‘Saturdays’ is a delight.

Nothing concrete on the new album – title, release date etc. – but for now, sit tight and enjoy ‘Saturdays’.

Superheart – ‘Talk About It’

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Over the past 18 months or so, UK-based producer Luke Batt aka Superheart has proven a reliable source of comforting and dreamy, electronic synthpop jams with singles ‘Count On Me’, ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Satellite’.

Superheart is kicking off 2019 with an equally elegant, shiny, glittery new single ‘Talk About It’. Moving along a slumber pace, in a dreamlike state of awe ‘Talk About It’ combines gentle hushed guitar, a soothing layer of synths and a pillowy soft bassline with elegant, heavenly vocals and the outcome is just beautiful. All dreamy, blissful vibes and warm, gentle soundscapes, packed with emotion, divine layered vocals, and a beautifully, tranquil and soothing finish – ‘Talk About It’ is a small slice of heaven.

Superheart really is a gift that keeps on giving – listen to ‘Talk About It’ below:

TOLEDO – ‘Qué Pasa?’

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Revolving around the Brooklyn-based pairing of Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, Toledo have have drip-feeding us charming delights from their forthcoming debut album over the past while, and bewitching us in the process.

The good news is Toledo will release their aforementioned debut, HotStuff in March and the latest single lifted from it, is without question the best yet. ‘Qué Pasa?’ is a heartfelt, lush and melodic slice of indie-folk delight. Dripping with melody as hushed, lilting vocals flow gently on by amid a sea of richness and warmth, flourishes of soft drums and state of tranquillity. ‘Qué Pasa?’ proves Toledo the masters of hook, harmony and heart. It is one of those songs, filled with such heartfelt beauty, glowing with warmth and marked by just the right amount of melancholy, that will leave you unable to resist its allure but all the better for it. An absolute joy!

Listen to ‘Qué Pasa?’ below and keep an eye out for the debut record come March.