Orpine – ‘Sondern’

Orpine are Eleanor Rudge and Oliver Catt, an indie-folk pairing with a flair for harmonies, ear for melody and pitting rhythmic with the rumbustious.

Rudge and Catt introduce themselves with stunning first single ‘Sondern’. Lifted from debut album Grown Ungrown due in May 2020, ‘Sondern’ is about grief and defeat and written around the time of the first Brexit deadline. It opens with a burst of melodic exuberance before retreating to gentler more sombre surroundings, plateauing to a place of calm where duetting vocals and harmonies wash against gentle strums. The latter increases in pace in tandem with the percussion before bounding back into life with ebullience as propulsive groove is reborn. An absolutely stunning introduction, a masterclass in melody, harmony, rhythmic prowess and of course, juxtaposition.

Listen to ‘Sondern’ below and watch out for Grown Ungrown, it is due for release in May.

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:

Simen Mitlid – ‘Weeks’

Simen Mitlid is a Norwegian singer-songwriter hailing from the woodlands of Os, who has a precocious talent for lush, dreamy indie-folk.

This statement is backed up by two sublime albums – 2017’s Everything is the Same & 2019’s Neutral – and mere months after releasing the latter, Mitlid is back with ‘Weeks’, a first offering from a new forthcoming album Birds. Featuring Norwegian contemporaries Tuvaband, ‘Weeks’ is a beautiful, dreamy and heart-melting beautiful slice of indie-folk. It is lush and dreamy, tender and intimate as woozy layers and textures abound as atmospheric tones swirl around a gentle, melodic strum. ‘Weeks’ is brimming with blossoming pop euphoria as Mitlid’s lilting vocals, imbued with warmth, add another level of  innate tenderness and compassion that is wholly irresistible. It is yet another charming, heartwarming and utterly bewitching slice of indie-folk – that new album can’t come quick enough.

Tune into ‘Weeks’ below:


Chloe Foy – ‘Callous Copper’

Manchester-based singer, songwriter and folk artist Chloe Foy introduced her beautiful, expansive and melodic folk sound with ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ and ‘Without You’ last year, and Foy is kicking 2020 a new EP, Callous Copper.

Released on February 21, the EP is an intimate selection of songs, old and new, that have been re-imagined with the added stirring beauty of a string quartet. With its release, Foy has shared title track ‘Callous Copper’ as an introduction to the EP; an intimate selection of songs, old and new, that have been re-imagined within the setting of a string quartet. Pacy, sumptuous strings and drifting melody afford the perfect backdrop to Foy’s striking and silk, smooth vocals and distinctively bittersweet songwriting. Simplistic but stirring, ‘Callous Copper’ sweeps by with a touching tenderness and compelling swell of emotion, the poignancy of which is enhanced by the soaring levels of her stunning vocal performance. Effortless in its delivery, it is an utterly stunning single.

Listen to ‘Callous Copper’ below:

Harmony Byrne – ‘Good Idea’

Every now and then you come across a song so tantalising that it stops us in dead in our tracks, instantly demanding your complete and undivided attention. Well, one such track is new single from Australian Singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne.

‘Good Idea’ is the latest single lifted from Byrne’s forthcoming debut LP, Heavy Doors, due to arrive this spring. It is a deeply moving and intimate country-tinged folk song, Byrne depicts a realistic scene of everyday issues, while a steady guitar strum intertwined with a slow-burning waltz makes for a hypnotic and stimulating five-minutes plus. The distant wane of a steel guitar, the lilting, rich vocals and genuine emotion bursting from the speakers; ‘Good Idea’ transmits something you just can’t find elsewhere – it is on another level altogether.

Tune into ‘Good Idea’ below and keep an eye out for debut LP, Heavy Doors.

Tiphanie Doucet – ‘Under my Sun’ (bi-lingual version)

Tiphanie Doucet is a French singer-songwriter based in New York, singing and writing elegant, tender and mellow folk songs.

In August 2018, Doucet released her debut album Under My Sun – produced by Simone Felice and David Baron – and led by the beautiful single and title-track ‘Under my Sun’. Today, we are concerned with a reworked, re-imagined and bi-lingual version of the single. A song about growth, self discovery, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout life’s tribulations, filled with calming, undulating instrumentation, it tips and skips along a gentle strum and muffled snare, taking us on a pastoral journey through a world of lovely rich folk pop. Beginning in English before sliding to French, Doucet’s dreamy vocal is a revelation both beautifully calm and majestic, it works in perfect harmony with the acoustic driven, melodic and deeply rich folk sounds that reveals Doucet a master of style.

Listen to ‘Under my Sun’ below – it is divine.

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: 

Arema Arega – ‘Wherever You Are’

Arema Arega is a Barcelona-based Cuban singer-songwriter whose lush and soulful sound is marked by touches of Blues, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Folk, Funk and electronica, and of course, the tropical influence of her homeland.

Arega already has a number records to her name – The Red Soundtracks, The Blue Soundtracks: The Light Seekers Journey and some singles / EP – all part of an ever developing project which sees her craft scores for imaginary films. Arega’s latest single ‘Wherever You Are’ is very much of the same variety; slick, smooth and cinematic, marrying lush tones with seductive grooves. It is a record of of breath-taking beauty as smooth, soul-filled vocals flow above while percussive rhythms bubble away amid the smokey noir atmosphere, sweeping sumptuous strings and peppered by brass and flutters of flutes. A seductive, cinematic and evocative song tempered by an otherworldly quality, deliciously retro vibe and rich, smoky vocals – a grandiose soundtrack to the movie that never was.

Listen in below:

Ardentjohn – ‘I Wasn’t There’

Ardentjohn originally formed in Edinburgh but now it’s membership – Mark Abbott (lead guitar), Seth Marron (drums/percussion), Keiron Mason (vocals/guitar), Alan Shields (vocals/bass) and Linda Tym (cello/vocals) – are scattered far and wide.

Perhaps this dispersal was a catalyst, or at least assisted, in creating the rich vein of longing and melancholy to be mined from their latest album Malin Head; a tribute to the sense of heartache many an Irish person experienced leaving their friends, family and homeland behind. The album, melancholic and mournful as it maybe, it is a beautiful and moving experience filled with timeless songs marked with heart, soul and an ear for melody. The rich and earthy latest single ‘I Wasn’t There’ is a perfect example of their wares. As a softly hushed croon rolls in tandem with dripping melody, it is nigh on impossible to resist the sweet and beautiful harmonic pairing, as the gentle acoustic strums illuminate their tender song-writing, bound by a sense of yearning and longing, depicted with vivid storytelling draped with hushed lilting vocals. Passing with a whisper rather than a roar, it is a charming, rich and moving folky vibes delivered with warmth and confidence.

Listen to ‘I Wasn’t There’ below now – and the album Malin Head, is available here.

Adam Melchor – ‘I Choose You’

Adam Melchor is a Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter with a penchant for rich, melodic and heartfelt old-fashioned pop songs.

On his Plan on You EP, released earlier this year, Melchor displayed a knack for atmospheric dreamy folk-pop and he is back, signing off for 2019 with another alluring pop song ‘I Choose You’. While the folk ingredients remain, Melchor has braided more pop into the mix than before, delivering a colourful confection of sweet and charming ear-worm pop. Melchor’s verses bob along the skipping rhythms, playful percussion and jangly guitar and all sewn together with sinuous melodies – an unshakable blend.

A wonderful, charming single to sign off on – listen to ‘I Choose You’ below: