Alexis Neon – ‘Sink Into It’

Alexis Neon are a dream-pop duo based in Ottawa, Canada.

Buoyed by a flair for rich, dreamy soundscapes, the Canadian pair reside in an enchanted world of calming sounds, hazy vibes and rich melody, marked by an omnipresent melancholy.  

Alexis Neon’s new single ‘Sink Into It’ is lifted form their forthcoming Seven Windows EP, and is a case in point. ‘Sink Into It’ is a dusty and cinematic cut imbued with a hazy melancholy and rich melodic purr that makes you privy to every iota of emotion. It is a dreamy journey along an undulating meandering groove through transfixing hazy textures and moody, slumbering and somewhat gloomy atmospheres as we’re treated to breezy and mellifluous vocals, delivered with elegance and stirring commanding craft. ‘Sink Into It’ is all kinds of wonderful – it captivates, evokes emotion and thrills in equal measure.

Listen to ‘Sink Into It’ below and keep those eyes peeled for the Seven Windows EP.

Springfield Elementary – ‘Machine Fiend’

Springfield Elementary are Manchester-based post-punk powerhouse comprised of Billy Goodwin (Vocals/Guitar), Brad Lewis (Lead Guitar), Liam Moffat (Bass) and Chris Tomkinson (Drums).

The foursome introduce their raw, raucous and thrilling post-punk (with an underlying garage-rock and punk element) sound with new single ‘Machine Fiend’. A frantic and exhilarating opening offering, it explodes into life with a meaty guitar, chugging bassline and furious crashing drum combo, like releasing a coiled up spring. Searing riffs, fuzz, distortion and furious fast-paced insure it becoming even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with volatility as vocals spat out with venom. It is a short, sharp and muscular intro that is exhilarating and bursting with vitality and will have you headed straight for repeated plays.

Tune into ‘Machine Fiend’ below:

Introducing: Memes

Memes are Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-making duo of cousins John and Paul McLinden.

The pair introduce their fast, furious and feisty post-punk with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Funny Man‘ – a thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo. ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ is dismissive and prickly as crunchy guitar, winding riffs, mesmerising meaty bass and furious fast-paced beat provide the backdrop for the barbed tones of the frantic, volatile and sardonic vocals. ‘Funny Man‘ meanwhile, is even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with a jerky and hyperactive fervour while vocally it is even more agitated and spat out with an increased bite and bark – while tempered with a wee bit more of a melodic sensibility. Two short, sharp and thrilling blasts of attitude filled post-punk vigour (with flashes of parts Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you stretching for the repeat button.

Listen to ‘Blah Blah Blah’ & ‘Funny Man’ below:

BDRMM – ‘Question Mark’

BDRMM are a Hull based 5-piece who reside in a world blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop.

They introduced intricately weaved dreamy sonics and sentimental tales with singles ‘C.U’ and ‘Heaven’ over the past nine months, and they are back new single ‘Question Mark’. Teaming up with Sonic Cathedral’s Singles Club it is slowburning, gently anthemic and highly evocative as we take a slumbering stroll through a woozy world of layered swirling textures. Anchored by shimmering guitar, ‘Question Mark’ floats like a lackadaisical daydream, the delicate instrumentals the bouncy for the dreamy vocals and bittersweet lyrics. A moving, evocative and elegant slice of dream-pop perfection, yet another exquisite single from BDRMM.

Listen to ‘Question Mark’ below:

Green Buzzard – ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’

Green Buzzard is the moniker of Sydney’s Paddy Harrowsmith who, judging by latest single at least, has a Midas touch when it comes to sweet and charming slices of sugar-spun psych-pop.

‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ is his first new material in two years and it is an absolute delight. It’s fusion of dripping melodies, bright hooks and catchy singalong chorus leaves you powerless to resist its hypnotic allure, as the sweet guitar jangle and popping percussion are coated in a warm blanket of fuzz. It is bright and breezy, sun-kissed and summery, and finds a perfect balance between sweet pop and crunchy indie and hypnotic psych. It is an engrossing sub three-minute masterclass adorned with some of the catchiest, most compelling pop hooks in the known universe. Dreamy and melodic, it’s charm, allure and delight is hard to resist.

Tune into ‘I Don’t Want To Be Alone’ below:

Honey Moon – ‘Magic’

London jangle-pop outfit Honey Moon have made a habit of crooning their way way into our hearts with heartfelt, hazy and lackadaisical slice of indie-pop goodness.

This prodigious talent for crafting three minute plus pop gems is evidenced by last year’s wonderful Four More From… EP, and 2019 single ‘If I Could Only Dream’, and they are at it once again. Honey Moon’s latest single ‘Magic’ has liberal dusting of just that. Their trademark doo-wop and crooning enchantment is given a more lavish flavour, one of more grandiose proportions. It is a rich and colourful confection, it is bright and breezy,and swelling with elegant strings, sinuous melodies, lilting hooks and jangly guitars that will please your ears and melt your heart. This is another enchanting and whimsical illustration of classic pop-craft, Honey Moon have got a right knack for creating tunes the right side of familiar.

Listen to ‘Magic’ below – it is exactly what it says it is.

Super Extra Bonus Party – ‘Some Dark Forces’ (feat. Sorcha McGrath)

Super Extra Bonus Party have long been makers of exceptional tunes – indeed some of their choice cuts reside in my all-time favourites list – and that’s not to mention the copious amount of phenomenal live shows.

The Newbridge outfit returned from hiatus in late 2017 with ‘Switzerland’ and followed a few months later by ‘Purple Heart’ – the latter is an infectious groover and the former, it is arguably their finest tune – the second coming has delivered, and looks continue to do so.

SEBP are busy working their third album, which is well overdue but in the meantime, they have released a brand new single and video. ‘Some Dark Forces’ features Sorcha McGrath from Ships on vocal duties; one of Ireland’s foremost vocalists adding a next level touch of class. It’s an upbeat, driving and emphatic electronic indie anthem. Propelled by a stomping drum beat and rhythm, ‘Some Dark Forces’ is littered with glistening synth lines and soft guitars, as cascading electronics and synths gradually fill the remaining space as it swells to an emphatic climax. It is a lush backdrop for McGrath’s stunning vocals to excel, in fact, the subtle swagger of the groove isn’t a million miles away from the cosmic disco vibes of Ships, so it is a perfect paring for McGrath. Another stunning single from SEPB mark II, hopefully work on the new album continues at pace.

There is also a video, directed by fellow Newbridge native Peter Fleming, which is equally magnificent and gorgeously shot. Check out ‘Some Dark Forces’ and video below:

Buí – ‘Something Else To Think About’

Formed in May 2017, Buí is a collaborative musical project established by musician and singer-songwriter Josh Healy, who, with Eoin Johnson, Adam Sloan, Ronan McQuillan and Amy Nolan recorded and released debut album, Eugene, before the close of 2017.

Now, 18 month on, the Belfast indie outfit are back with wonderful double a-side ‘Something Else to Talk About / People Don’t Think’ – and there is an irresistible alchemy at work. ‘Something Else To Think About’ is a gently meandering, scuzzy, soul-consuming guitar jam. It is charming and melodic, as brazen retro synth riffs, subtly dissonant guitars and introspective lyrics and beautiful lilting vocals, combine amid layers of warm fuzz and distortion. In just over three-minutes, ‘Something Else To Think About’ captures the very essence of Buí’s ear-pleasing appeal; warm and fuzzy sounds mingle with catchy harmonies, melodies and pop hooks, and stunning retro synth-work.

The double-a side single is out now and you can listen to the beautiful ‘Something Else To Think About’ below.

Also, you can catch them live across Ireland over the next few days starting with Dublin tonight:

30.05 – Dublin (The Workman’s Club, Dublin)
31.05 – Galway (Róisín Dubh)
01.06 – Limerick (Pharmacia)

HAVVK – ‘Shifting Shape’

Formidable Berlin-based Irish outfit HAVVK will release their debut album Cause & Effect later this year and the trio have been ramping up expectation levels with singles ‘Always The Same’ and ‘Birds On A Wire’; and HAVVK have added further with new single ‘Shifting Shape’.

‘Shifting Shape’ is urgent and pulsating as it whizzes by in a whirlwind two-minutes of raucous, distorted and grungy alt-rock. It is fierce, biting and epic as it hurtles off along a furious stomping groove armed with searing, buzzsaw riffs, impassioned vocals and unrelenting guitar lines. It is gritty and raw, packed with vitality and passion, it is relentless but also incredibly catchy. Yet another reason to get excited for HAVVK’s debut album which is coming later in the year – watch this space.

Listen to ‘Shifting Shape’ below now:

The Hannah Barberas – ‘I Like You In Blue’

Over the past 18 months or thereabouts, self-proclaimed “DIY pop partisans”, The Hannah Barberas have treated us to a steady stream of irresistible singles and EPs and in doing so, this London-based indie-pop foursome have forged a rep for home-brewed charms, with a knack for charming effervescent indie-pop gems.

Following up this early promise, the New Cross outfit have released album The Hannah Barberas Get Physical, fronted by lead single ‘I Like You In Blue’. It continues with their winning formula for crafting charming indie-pop. A light and hazy jangle is smothered with woozy and breezy vibes, creating an enchanting and addicting parcel of pop-craft that’s dripping with melody and brimming with heavenly harmonies. There’s a simplicity to their songs, they don’t over complicate things and it works like a dream for The Hannah Barberas. This is timeless indie-pop gold.

Give a listen to ‘I Like You In Blue’ below and the whole album available to stream/purchase on Bandcamp.