Winter – ‘Say’

Winter are an LA-based outfit fronted by Brazilian born songwriter Samira Winter, who’s love for guitar music and nostalgic imagery inspires their dreamy cuts of pop perfection.

Together, they form a formidable partnership, delighting us with a steady supply of woozy, glimmering and wistful dream-pop songs – delivered in abundance on 2018 album Ethereality. Winter have returned with news of a new album called Endless Space (Between You & I), due May 15 via Bar/None Records, it is accompanied by lead single ‘Say’. 

A lush, woozy and dreamy excursion, ‘Say’ sees Winter’s light, inviting vocals cast into a shifting series of settings, with beguiling results. At times entirely covered with a heavy blanket of reverb and fuzz, a bubbling bassline groove propels us through a gentle whirlpool of shimmering psychedelic dream-pop awash with slumbering tones, pop hooks, irresistible melodies and effortlessly effervescent. It is charming and beautifully crafted dream-pop, it strikes a perfect balance between pop and the psychedelic.

Listen to ‘Say’ below and keep an eye out for Endless Space (Between You & I), due May 15.

Wesley Gonzalez – ‘Change’

UK musician Wesley Gonzalez will release new album Appalling Human later in the year, the follow up to the 2017 debut LP Excellent Musician.

Out on June 12 via Moshi Moshi, it matches confessional lyricism to an increasing electronic music influence, mixed for the dancefloor by James Greenwood (Ghost Culture, Daniel Avery, Kelly Lee Owens). With news of Appalling Human comes the arrival of lead single ‘Change’ – a huge tune in sound and emotion. Underpinned by a bubbling groove, floating synths and bouncing bass rhythm, ‘Change’ will be stuck in head for days on end. Notwithstanding the electronic allure that graces his sound, at his music’s heart there is a depth to the song writing and his honeyed, melancholic vocals convey this message with aplomb.

‘Change’ is below now. Wesley Gonzalez’s Appalling Human album arrives via Moshi Moshi Records on 12 June

Cherry Slide – ‘Does It Matter’

Cherry Slide is the musical project revolving around Dale Humphries, originally from the UK and now residing in NYC.

We last encountered Cherry Slide with the release of self-titled, 2018 debut album but Humphries et al is back with news of a new record called Sugar Slo-Mo. Expected on March 20, the forthcoming record is preceded by brand new single ‘Does It Matter’, which more than hints at a continuation of their lush, melodic and endearing indie pop sound. Hushed vocals hover gracefully over a steady strum and understated rhythm as a guitar twangs amid hazy parps of brass and splashes cymbals; it is lush, hooky and seductive, and dripping with a lavish, irresistible melody. A beautiful, warm and fluffy slice of richly melodic indie pop – and one that will leave you all the better getting acquainted.

Listen to ‘Does It Matter’ below:

Le Couleur – ‘Concorde’

Le Couleur is a Montreal trio made up of Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums) who, together, craft wonderfully woozy, lush and disco-infused pop.   

The Canadian outfit strut their seductive wares with new single ‘Concorde’ – the title-track lifted from their forthcoming album, Concorde on April 17. It is lush and alluring as it slides along a seductive, deep, slo-mo disco groove as basslines bubble and synths shimmer and glisten while the irresistible breathy vocals float above. Peppered with breakouts of funky riffs and glowing synths, ‘Concorde’ is stunning and utterly irresistible. Suffice to say, it’s a catchy, fun, and pure pop, in the best way possible.

Listen to ‘Concorde’ below and keep an eye out for the album of the same name coming in mid April.

EGOISM – ‘You You’

Egoism, Sydney-based dream-pop pairing of Scout Eastment and Olive Rush, are preparing the release of their second EP On Our Minds, later in 2020.

With that in mind, the duo have afforded us our first glimpse of what we might expect with lead single ‘You You’. A sizzling slice of soaring indie-pop that injects some sunshine into our lives, it is a shimmering, jangletastic delight with heavenly harmonies, hooks aplenty and dripping with heart-melting melodies. ‘You You’ is addictive pop-perfection fizzing with effervescence as bright riffs, shimmering guitar and seductive rhythm coalesce with a sunkissed, lush and alluring warmth; a perfect backdrop for the breezy, honeyed vocals to thrive. A magical, charming three-minutes of pop heaven.

Listen to ‘You You’ below – it is magic!

Maddie Jay – ‘The Peanut Butter Song’

Maddie Jay is a Canadian musician, bassist, producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for jangle pop, experimental music, synthesizers and sloths.

Having grown up in the relative wilderness of the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Jay traded that for the warmer climes of Los Angeles, where she now resides, crafting lush and lavish sounds in her bedroom studio.

Jay introduced herself to us last year with ‘Little Love’ & ‘I Got You’ – a pair of hypnotising dream-pop gems – and she has returned with her first offering from 2020 with ‘The Peanut Butter Song’. It is another delicious bundle of suitably lush and woozy wonderment. An alluring blend of slinky grooves and hazy tones, ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ shuffles gracefully over a softly rippling wave of shimmering synths that cascade over a twinkling guitar and soft pillowy beat. Jay’s laid-back and breezy vocals are perfectly paired with the hazy dream-pop sounds.

Do yourself a favour, check out ‘The Peanut Butter Song’ below:

Freedom Fry – ‘West Coast’

The ever prolific LA duo, Freedom Fry are preparing to release a new album in 2020, a follow up to their delightful 2018 debut LP, Classic, and ahead of which, have shared a first single called ‘West Coast’. 

The pair, Marie Seyrat and Bruce Driscoll, have regularly brightened up our lives with charming, catchy, bright and lovable indie-pop songs, and ‘West Coast’ is no different. Regaling a semi-autobiographical tale about moving to Los Angeles with a dream and sticking with it despite many pitfalls, ‘West Coast’ is  lush and alluring, and delivered with a breezy softness and glistening elegance as pillow beat and gentle guitar waltz amid a warm, dawn-like shimmering haze. This shimmering sonic delight comes filled with their trademark ear for a melody, divine harmonies, charm and shimmering sonic delights. The sun-kissed vibes that radiate will have you fawning over this one all week.

Listen to ‘West Coast’ below – hopefully we get a release date for the new record soon.

Peaness – ‘Kaizen’

Longstanding favourites Peaness are back, and they are back with a bang!

The Chester-based trio have been charming our ears for years with their irresistible  brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness, and latest single ‘Kaizen’ is no different. ‘Kaizen’ (a Japanese for the phrase “change for the good”) sees them introduce an added muscularity to insanely catchy and addictive indie-pop. Vocals soar powerful above a seductive meaty bassline while catchy riffs burst into life while bouncing along an instantly addictive groove and jaunty rhythm. It is insanely catchy, littered with gloriously sweet harmonies and hooks you could hang your hat on, dusted with a light coat of warm fuzz. It is yet another gem from Peaness who have a propensity for such magic you know.

Listen to ‘Kaizen’ below:

Remington Super 60 – ‘I Don`t Wanna Wait’

Remington Super 60 are a Norwegian outfit formed by songwriter and producer Christoffer Schou, and while the outfit has taken many forms over two decades, one constant is the lush, retro-flavoured indie-pop brimming with warmth and dreamy nostalgia.

The current lineup includes Magnus Abelsen and Elisabeth Thorsen, and together the trio have released the aptly titled, New EP. The EP –  teased with ‘Fake Crush’ & ‘Highway Again’ late last year – is a selection of serenely beautiful dream-pop wrapped in lush, dripping melodies; the latest single ‘I Don`t Wanna Wait’ is cut from the same cloth. In fact, it sees a refinement of their warm, fuzzy, lush psych-pop by combining spacey sounds and textures with a luscious melody proggy-guitars and synths. In doing so they create something hypnotic and seductive, and topped off by the lush, melodic and bewitching vocals. The very essence of daydreaming escapism, sit back and let ‘I Don`t Wanna Wait’ flow over you and seep into your senses, and leave you better for it.

Listen to ‘I Don`t Wanna Wait’ below and if that is to your liking, please check out the EP here.

Seazoo – ‘The Pleasure’

Welsh indie maestros Seazoo will release their new album Joy, follow up to their sublime 2018 debut TRUNKS, on April 3 via Big Terry.

The North Walian outfit never cease to amaze with their effervescent indie-pop sound, and latest album taster ‘The Pleasure’ is no different. In fact, just like recent singles ‘Heading Out’ and ‘Throw It Up’, it is vintage Seazoo. It is giddy, quirky and full of that recognisable exuberance as it fizzes along with lively guitars whizzing around addictive melodies and splashes of spurting, colourful synths, painting a perfect backdrop for the self-deprecating, tongue in cheek lyrics to melt the heart. It is sweet, charming and bursting with contagious pop goodness that’ll have you bopping along from the off.

Listen to ‘The Pleasure’ below now and keep an eye out for the new album, Joy, it is out April 3.