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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The Downtown Lights – ‘My Best Friend’

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In an age of information overload it is quite nice to find an act in which there is little or no information about. It sort of focuses the mind away from the frivolous and keeps us on the matter at hand; the music.

A case is point is The Downtown Lights, an indie/alternative trio based in Paris, France, centred around chief songwriter/producer Briag Maruani (who also provides guitars and vocals) and is ably assisted by Alfred Joseph (drums) and Ivan Queffelec (bass). And that’s it, aside for the fact that there latest single is ‘My Best Friend’, and it is all kinds of marvellous. It’s a super catchy, melodic mesh of jangle-tastic indie that effortlessly shifts from La’s-esque ’60s inspired delights to the fizzy, equally lovable but more oddball psych territory, a la H. Hawkline/Super Furries. Just shy of three minutes, it is an impossible task to resist its super infectious allure.

Listen to ‘My Best Friend’ below & if that is to your liking, there’s a treasure trove of similarly wonderful tunes here.

Thanks. – ‘Annabelle’

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Steve Pagano and Mario Borgatta make music under the moniker thanks. – which they blend, morph and encompass psych through the prism of melodic and irresistible proggy pop.

The Los Angeles-based duo’s latest single ‘Annabelle’ captures their enchanting psych-pop confection perfectly. It is a hallucinogenic slice of woozy, waltzing and enchanting psych-pop perfection, with an abundance of sinuous melodies. laid-back and spaced-out vibes. Truth be told, it is hard not to be taken by this wonderful, woozy number. A playful, easygoing, enchanting and whimsical, good old fashioned pop gem, with a healthy dose of Lennon/McCartney and Brian Wilson threaded through the fabric of his sound. The pair are currently prepping their debut album ‘Colfax’, which, if ‘Annabelle’ is anything to go by, should be a treasure trove of buoyant and irresistible psych-pop.

Check out ‘Annabelle’ below & watch the video too, while you’re at it:

Introducing: Maintain Mainframe

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“In the year 3046 a robot searches for the Alpha Key to unlock a cryptic sequence of code” – as far as back stories go, Maintain Mainframe’s is pretty different.

Unusual as it may be, it is pretty apt as this peculiar music outfit treat us to an unusual retro-futuristic fusion of classic rock, synth & psych pop and indie/alt-rock, strewn with science fiction influences. And aside from the imaginative sci-fi backstory, that’s the tale of their self-titled debut record.

Most recent single ‘The Mirror’ opens with a pastoral sounding strum and hushed vocals, before making way for a series of gritty riffs as it swaggers along a danceable groove., that sounds wonderfully gritty, dark and edgy. Similarly danceable is ‘Dreamphase’. Engulfed in layers of fuzz and eerie and menacing tones, muscular guitars and buzzing riffs up the intensity and ferocity, while propelled along an irresistible rhythmic groove and some sparkling retro-futuristic synth work. Meanwhile, ‘I Am A Robot’ channels the sound of The Flaming Lips for a colorful, melody filled and spaced-out spectacle.

This is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the colourful and imaginative creations for sometime. Combining everything from psych-pop, rock, electronica, krautrock and more, they do so with a supreme potency and in full Technicolor.

You can check out some choice cuts below, I assure you I’m not spoofing and you can listen to their debut album here.

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