Max Bloom – ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’

Best known for his role in London-based lo-fi loving indie outfit Yuck, Max Bloom is stepping out on his own, and releasing his debut solo album, Perfume, on April 24.

Ahead of that, Bloom has shared a new single lifted from his debut called ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’. Shifting away from distorted guitars and ’90s inspired lo-fi fuzz that marked his work with Yuck, ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ is a bright and uplifting slice of joyous pop – made all the more alluring (and fun) by the triumphant bursts of brass that illuminate the guitar bop and power-pop punch. It is an unbelievably catchy jam filled with sinuous melodies and adorned with huge hooks, ones you could hang your hat on. If you need cheering up, this is the right job for you.

‘Thinking ‘Bout You” is out now and Max Bloom’s debut is expected on 24 April via Anniversary.

Tia Gostelow – ‘Rush’

Australian artist Tia Gostelow introduced us to her lavish and exquisite indie folk / pop stylings with superbly addictive singles ‘Giants’& ‘Phone Me’ back in 2018.

Two years on, amid working on a new album, Gostelow has returned with a dazzling new single ‘Rush’. Delivered with recognizable pop finesse, it is a lush blissful and colourful burst of indie pop – exploring more feel-good territory than before. Gostelow’s sweet honeyed tones are the perfect pairing for the warm and colourful confection that shimmers above the seductive groove and propulsive synthline. This is lush, feelgood and bewitching electro-pop. It is irresistible and danceable as it goes, a sonic embrace made in heaven. ‘Rush’ is simply stunning and as good as anything she has produced to date – and that is lofty enough praise in itself.

Get lost in the feelgood blissfulness of ‘Lush’ below – three minutes of much needed relief from the realities of the world at the moment.


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.

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:


Life Aquatic Band – ‘Underwater Highway’

Life Aquatic Band are a seven piece forged in the furnaces of Sheffield, crafting a charming and seductive blend of indie, psych, funk, disco and pop.

Life Aquatic Band are fresh from releasing their debut album LABPD or BAND ON THE HUNT;  a concept album built around the premise that Paul McCartney has been on the run since Wings album ‘Band on the Run’ in 1973, and the Life Aquatic Band Police Department are determined to catch their man. Accompanying the new album is new single ‘Underwater Highway’ and a marvellous entry point the playful and slightly oddball world of Life Aquatic Band. It is a woozy and melodic slice of sombre indie-pop propelled by meaty, funky bassline as hushed vocals float amid shimmering psych guitars and cosmic sparkle, provided by the spacey, Casio-esque synths. It is colourful, charming and playful brilliance, and it is but one of many to be found on the new album.

Listen to  ‘Underwater Highway’ below and you can give the new album a spin here too.

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.

Golden Bug – ‘Ground (Feat. Phoebe Coco)’

Ahead of releasing collaborative album with In Fields, French producer and artist Golden Bug (aka Antoine Harispuru) has shared stunning lead single ‘Ground’.

Featuring Phoebe Coco, ‘Ground’ is lifted from collaborative album entitled ‘Vibration Métallique’ – and it is utterly mesmerising. It is inviting slow mo disco that slowly swaggers along a winding deep house groove illuminated by acid squelches, hypnotic chimes an flecks of electronics taking the listener to spaced out ambient zones. Phoebe Coco’s cool and breathy vocals are the perfect pairing, smouldering with emotion they add another smooth seduction as they flow stridently above. Calm, composed and utterly cool – this is captivating stuff.

Listen to ‘Ground (Feat. Phoebe Coco)’ below, and Vibration Métallique is out via Höga Nord Rekords on December 27.


Night Hikes – ‘Belltown’

Night Hikes is the Seattle-based duo of Olivia Godby and Matthew Farrell who’s preference for lush and fuzz-flavoured dream-pop is utterly beguiling.

The latest fruit from this dynamic partnership comes in the shape of brand new single ‘Belltown’. Sparse to begin with, it is a gentle and dreamy affair built around Godby’s lush vocals that float over a woozy wash of shimmering synth, glimmering guitar, seductive undulating groove and purrs with a rich melodic allure. It is a magical, timeless and stirring as the veil of melancholy and swell of emotion really pulls heavy on the heartstrings. A hazy, late-night lullaby that will transfix your mind and melt your heart.

Listen to ‘Belltown’ below:

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:

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: