Wigwam – ‘Rhyddid’


Wigwam are a Cardiff-based outfit with a flair for bright, upbeat and eminently catchy garage indebted indie-pop.

Formed in 2017, they released their debut album ‘Coelcerth’ last year and they are back with a new single ‘Rhyddid’. It is a bright, upbeat and utterly loveable tune of plucky guitars, playful riffs and energetic rhythm. It is big on hooks and melodic allure, as ‘Rhyddid’ bounces around with swaggering carefree abandon as sweet and melodic vocals dance above; like it’s title, the vocals are in their native Welsh which aside from being delightful on the ear, also provides a further distinctive character. An utterly loveable blast of charming, infectious and bright guitar that will leave you all the better for getting acquainted.

Listen to ‘Rhyddid’ below:


Orouni – ‘The Lives Of Elevators’

To date, French indie-pop outfit Orouni have proven their propensity for brilliance when it comes to classic, melodic guitar pop music.

Orouni’s output has yielded three delightfully charming albums, with a fourth just having landed; Partitions continues this trend. Orouni’s carefully crafted arrangements are marked by an easy-going flow and a ear for melody and elegance – and none more so than new single ‘The Lives Of Elevators’. It elegantly flits between melancholic and beautiful, fragile but authoritative, with lush arrangements and irresistible parps of brass. Charming and sometimes bittersweet, this is the class of perfect pop-craft associated with the likes of The Kinks, Sweet Baboo and Tap Tap et al. This is ever so endearing, delightful catchy and dripping with melody, but be warned; it will get stuck in your head for days and days.

Listen to ‘The Lives Of Elevators’ below and if that is to your liking, may I suggest that you check out new album Partitions here.

BDRMM – ‘Shame’

Hull based outfit bdrmm have been blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop since 2018, and wooing us in the process.

Having teamed up with them for their Singles Club, bdrmm have signed to Sonic Cathedral, for debut EP If Not, When? which arrives on October 11. Ahead of the forthcoming release they have shared ‘Shame’, the first track to be lifted from their new EP and arrives via a similar sonic playground as its predecessors. Anchored by a winding, meaty bassline and glistening guitar-line it hurtles off along a metronomic beat as a white hot scorching riff rises to welcome locked, icy monotony of the vocal delivery. Combine the aforementioned qualities with the transfixing rhythms and you have ‘Shame’; this is bdrmm at their most assured and most potent to date.

Listen to ‘Shame’ below:

Sun Bloom – ‘Take It Away’

Sun Bloom are a London-based trio crafting an addictive blend of dreamy, fuzz-filled guitar-pop.

Their latest single ‘Take It Away’ – from their debut EP of the same name –  is a sizzling slice of hazy indie-pop that injects some sunshine into our lives. Their addictive surf-inspired dream-pop sound fizzes with effervescence as bright riffs, shimmering guitar and bouncy rhythm coalesce with a sunkissed, lush and alluring warmth;a perfect backdrop for the breezy, honeyed vocals to thrive. A charming, bright and sunny slice of  jangley indie-pop wonderment and packed with a punchy character too, it brings to mind the likes of Alvvays or Best Coast.

Listen to ‘Take It Away’ below:

Bad Flamingo – ‘Open the Gates’

Masked musical duo Bad Flamingo introduced their desert drenched, woozy Americana sounds with album I Said a Prayer Twice for Both My Faces, and companion singles last year – and as the adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Their latest single ‘Open the Gates’ another warm, woozy western slowburner. It is assured and somewhat dangerous as it swaggers along a muted guitar riff with soft, subtle drums and rolling bassline in the background, as the lead vocals claw their way through the layers of woozy, smokey atmosphere. Amid this sparse, desert drenched sound Bad Flamingo strike a balance between stomp and finesse as the combined seductive power of rhythmic, bluesy swagger and exquisite pop harmonies reels you in.

Listen to ‘Open the Gates’ below now:

M O S E S – ‘Joy’

M O S E S are a London four-piece with a preference for fizzing indie sounds recalling a thrilling mixture of Jamie T and Blur.

The foursome have been introducing their wares over the past 18 months with a steady release of singles and their latest ‘Joy’ is a colossus. Amid these gloomy surroundings and sparse sounds emerge an uplifting, heart-swelling surge, bristling with anthemic fervour, it leads to an with it’s unforgettable chorus as riffs buzz and guitars swell. The distinctive and passionate voice is the perfect pairing, adding a final layer of emotive allure. It is rousing and bristling with energy, purrs passion and will leave the hairs on the back of your neck on end.

Listen to ‘Joy’ below:

The Hannah Barberas – ‘It’s Not Over For The Heartache’

London-based indie-pop foursome The Hannah Barberas have graced us with a steady stream of irresistible sounds over the past few years and in doing so, have forged a rep for home-brewed charms, with a knack for charming effervescent indie-pop gems.

Continuing their winning formula for crafting charming indie-pop, their latest single ‘It’s Not Over For The Heartache’ leads the way on their new, 6-track EP, Dial H for Hannah Barberas. ‘It’s Not Over For The Heartache’ takes their quintessentially easy going and refreshingly ramshackle sound and inject it with some precision Motown rhythm and Northern Soul stylings. Sweet 60s beat-esque vocals and lush vocal harmonies woo us above layers of pop hooks, sweet jangly guitar and rich melodies to deliver an enchanting and addicting parcel of indie-pop perfection.

Tune into the timeless indie-pop gold below and the EP is here too.

NANCY – ‘When I’m With You’

NANCY is mysterious, reclusive post-punk outfit hailing from the North East of England.

Self-described as “Sgt. Peppers for degenerates”, NANCY demonstrated a propensity for furious, jerky and brilliantly mind blowing art-rock meets post-punk sounds with colourful EP The Mysterious Visions last year. 

Following on from that, NANCY is back with yet another weird and wonderful tune in the shape of ‘When I’m With You’. It’s a spectacular return, one comprised from a glittering confection of colours and shimmering synths and whisked together with otherworldly magic as melodic vocals rush over a seductive, Northern Soul-esque groove. It is supremely catchy and it’s off-kilter, playful allure is one that is hard to resist – it is an arresting fusion of sound. 

Listen to ‘When I’m With You’ below – The Mysterious Visions EP is well worth checking out – tune in here.

Oddnesse – ‘Donut Shop’

Oddnesse is the fruitful collaboration between musician Rebeca Arango and producer Grey Goon, two east-coast expats based in Los Angeles with a shared affinity for catchy hooks, heavy grooves and apocalyptic hypotheticals.

The pair introduced themselves with singles ‘Are You Down’ & ‘I Used To’ in late 2017 but have been quiet since. Thankfully, however, the pair have made a buoyant return with ‘Donut Shop’. A first offering in over a year it is a forceful, driving song propelled by Arango’s gorgeous vocal harmonies and melodies, as synths gush alongside a burst of hazy guitars and a persistent drum beat – and all covered in a mild blanket of warm fuzz. It is a rich, melodic and reverb-laden treat – one that will be spinning around your head all week.

Listen to ‘Donut Shop’ below:

Simple Kid shares new tracks: ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’

Longstanding patrons will be aware of my adoration for Simple Kid, albeit not offering many opportunities to display it regularly.

The London-based Irish artist (aka Ciaran McFeely) released two brilliant albums in the mid 00s – SK1 in 2003 and SK2 in 2006 – before entering a prolonged period of musical hibernation, disappearing off the radar, only to reappear briefly here and there with ‘The Road’ in 2011, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in 2014 and ‘Because’ late in 2018.

However, since the latter, his YouTube account has seen something of a flurry of activity and uploads including ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’; which coincidentally are (IMO) the pick of the new material.

‘The Last Bus Home’ is a deliciously infectious and richly melodic blend of folky indie, with country and Americana brushstrokes. A gentle acoustic strum, hand claps and harmonica coalesce in perfect harmony, with warm vocals completing the loveable, swelling, heartfelt allure. ‘Lost in Space’ is the more complex of the pair as lush layers of psych-tones, spacey sounds and cosmic textures swell and swirl to engulf the delicious piano-led melody. Mining brilliant streams of melody and heavenly harmonies it is a roving, hazy and cosmic adventure that swells to beautifully epic climax. With its gorgeous melody, irresistible chorus, blend of guitar and frazzled electronics, and swelling emotion, ‘Lost in Space’ is not easily forgotten. Two differing (but equally stunning) sides to the talents of Simple Kid bound together by an undisputed ear for melody.

While not discounting something more substantial in the future, for now Simple Kid is enjoying crafting new songs in his loft – fingers crossed this fruitful period continues to blossom.

Listen to both ‘The Last Bus Home’ & ‘Lost in Space’ below, and you can listen to the man himself chatting to Dan Hegarty here.

And credit where credit is due: H/T to Dan Hegarty’s ‘The Alternative’ on 2FM & John Barker’s ‘Totally Irish’ on 98FM.