Even though using the weather as a parable for complex emotions isn’t exactly novel, independent bedroom pop artist A-Mar’s single, Raining in New Orleans, proves there’s still plenty of poignant poetry to be pulled from our stormy, unpredictable weather systems.
Vocally, there is plenty of reminiscence to the likes of Jack Johnson, but it is in the instrumentals where A-Mar truly comes into his own. His soulful infusion of indie, blues and jazz in the cathartically laidback single sets him leagues apart from his contemporaries and icons alike. If this is what he can achieve alone in his bedroom, we’re all too eager to hear where the future takes him and his tender, instantly magnetic expression.
Raining in New Orleans is now available to stream along with the artist’s debut album, Around El Mundo, via Spotify.
‘More’ is the latest intimately sweet indie single from the alternative artist Nick Rannikko, which dropped onto the airwaves on July 7th, bringing with it bags of catharsis and consolation as it flirts with elements of pop, rock, RnB and trap in true cloud rap/indie-pop trip-hop style.
After a prelude of tape deck static and ambient waves of shimmering reverb, the smooth melodies come to the surface to serve as the perfect platform for Nick Rannikko’s vulnerably compassionate vocals that candidly contend with raw and intimate thought. When kicking 808s come into play, there’s a surge of energy in the release that you just can’t help getting caught up in.
Fox Evades is the solo project of Manchester-born singer songwriter and producer Jordan Mae. Following up the success of debut single ‘The Heart That Drowned’ and follow-up ‘Bira’, both of which garnered interest from BBC Introducing’s Hannah Fletcher, comes third single ‘Someday’.
A soaring, spacious three minutes of echoey dream-pop, reminiscent of Desperate Journalist, Belly, Slowdive, or The Cure, ‘Someday’ is deliciously gentle and atmospheric, tangibly breakable and ethereal, with a picked repeating guitar line that could have come straight from Three Imaginary Boys or Seventeen Seconds, and Mae’s haunting, delicate voice evocative of Tanya Donelly or Toni Halliday on vocal duties.
It’s truly excellent, and a beautiful, ephemeral taster for Fox Evades’ debut EP due out later this year. You can hear Someday on Spotify; follow Fox Evades on Facebook and Instagram.
Alt indie artist Danny Ritz has followed on from his debut EP with his latest artfully lo-fi single, Window. If you’re irresistible to the charms of bedroom pop, you’ll quickly succumb to the enamouring tones of psych-pop, synthpop and art-rock.
While most lyricists do their best to maintain a pretence of sanity in their songs, Danny Ritz threw his sanity by the wayside to channel organically manic, relatable emotions into Window. Any fans of John Grant, Spector and the Lathums will want to experience it for themselves.
With the macabrely inventive lyrical lines such as ‘you left my heart circumcised’, you can’t help but engage with the single. The intrigue is all too intense as you listen to Window unfold through the playfully polyphonic, unapologetically authentic progressions.
Catchy, hooky, easy-singalong-y (is that a word?), ‘No End’ – from debut album ‘Bedrock’ – is airy, dance-y shimmering electronic (as distinct from electro-) pop that sticks in your head from the first line of the first verse and refuses to leave again for a significantly long time.
If we say ‘a funky Lightning Seeds with maybe a touch of the Bluetones’, maybe even adding the song-writing perfection of Paul Heaton and the Beautiful South, you’ll immediately get the ball-park we’re in here; that instantly recognisable yet utterly fresh summery feel of irresistible, well-crafted timeless pop. That’s not to downplay it – it takes a disproportionate amount of skill to create something that sounds as effortless and easy-going as ‘No End’, with an instant familiarity that makes it sound both exciting and up-to-date and as comforting as a visit from an old friend, all at once.
Stylistically, the synths bring an obvious electronic vibe here – Daft Punk spring to mind – but there’s also heavy funk, disco, and 70’s pop influences, the Nile Rodgers staccato guitar and old-school Rhodes piano parts adding to the groove and loungey, nu-disco feel. Quite Vice might have just written the first perfect pop song of Summer 2021.
19-year-old pre-med undergrad, singer-songwriter and producer, atti jane has made her debut with the quaintly lo-fi indie-pop single ‘give me time’ which will be all too relatable for anyone who has trauma bonded during the past 12 months.
With lyrics that capture the anxiety which has manifested courtesy of isolation falling around playful polyphonic beats, atti jane’s single is persuasive enough for the listener to find the romanticism in the suffering we’ve collectively endured.
If every artist making their debut had such succinct command of melody, the airwaves would undoubtedly be a different place.
give me time is now available to stream via Spotify.
Even a global lockdown couldn’t stop Malaysian-born, Melbourne-based artist and producer Qeeran releasing yet another smoothly amorous RnB-infused bedroom Pop single.
Hit play on “More Than Enough” and you’ll sink into a hazy, atmospherically sweet soundscape which has plenty of familiar sentiments to share with anyone who has experienced conflict burning between insecurity and infatuation.
Any fans of The 1975, SG Lewis, Alina Baraz and ELIO will undoubtedly want to delve into this evocatively nostalgic melancholic bedroom Pop masterpiece.
You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out More Than Enough for yourselves. In the meantime, check out Qeeran’s equally as airy and resolving releases via SoundCloud.
US Singer, Songwriter and Producer Will Dailey dropped their latest sticky-sweet Pop single “Miss Seattle” as July grew to a close and served up the ultimate Summer Pop taste breaker.
If plastic Pop isn’t for you, prepare yourself for a viscerally romantic adorably indulgent soundscape when you hit play.
The amorously sincere Indie Pop earworm packs in plenty of smooth grooves and an even more potent helping of straight-from-the-soul emotion. Miss Seattle may have been independently produced, but Will Dailey still achieved a radio-ready sound through cooking up infectiously enrapturing melodies and pairing them with their endearingly accessible Future Pop vocals.
You can check out Miss Seattle for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Soare is a 24-year-old DIY UK artist and producer who is back with this foot-sliding funky pop summer song with ”You”.
Brighton-based, Soare creates a blend of Pop-R&B, indie and hip-hop soul-soothing bedroom tunes. This high-flying style makes me want to dance all night and concentrate on being in the moment.
This is the 2nd sexy single from the fresh producer and follow ups the superb ”High Ride” from May 2020 which was highly successful with over 10k streams and counting.
”You” is about finding that special person in your life and not letting go. You want to feel the vibe and let the good times roll. This is a seductive song perfect for those late nights while dancing over a bottle of wine. Southampton-born Soare gets it just right on ”You”.
Stream this funky new pop song right here on Soundcloud.
US artist and producer The China Blue has recently dropped their most evocatively hypnotic Synthpop single yet with Always on My Mind.
With the euphoric vibe, the hazy yet intricate production and the level of atmosphere weaved into the Pop hit, don’t be surprised if the perennial Pop earworm worms its way onto your contemporary Synthpop playlists after the first hit.
The up and coming artist may have borrowed an element or two from 80s Synthpop with the retro synth lines, but Always on My Mind doesn’t just hit the contemporary mark, it glides right past it thanks to the tangible ingenuity which The China Blue used to orchestrate this sweetly amorous soul-steeped single.
You can check out Always on My Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.