‘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.
‘Chemical Compound’ is a clever little mishmash of a showcase song, starting off with some elegant picked guitar and bass parts before adding dreamy, ephemeral synths and a wonderful little phased and distorted guitar lead part, before dropping into total strummy acoustic guitar singer-songwritery-ness.
With less talent, that might all sound a little disjointed, but in the hands of Paul Marotto, it’s skilfully woven together into a cohesive, clever little whole all held together with a lazy, languorous, Plain White Tees-style vocal that perfectly fits that track. It’s reminiscent of those North-East US college radio indie-rock tracks that seem to permeate consciousness every so often – They Might Be Giants, Bare Naked Ladies, or the Presidents of the USA. That’s a very, very good group to be a part of, and Paul Marotto is in some very clever company with ‘Chemical Compound’. We can’t wait to hear more.
You can check out Paul, and his ‘Orange Crush’ recording set-up at Haunted House Studios, here; listen to ‘Chemical Compound’ on Spotify.
You’d assume that a retired airline employee would have plenty of stories to tell; based on Philp Guele’s single, ‘She is My Summer’, we can confirm that is the case.
The prolific traveller got some crimps in their travel plans during the 2020 lockdown; instead of jet-setting to new locations, he revisited old memories and pulled the poetry out of them. The poetry soon ended up as lyrics to their amorous indie-pop earworms such as She’s My Summer.
The slightly lo-fi vibe amplifies the intimacy of the proclamation and shows just how torrid and intense our lives can become when a whirlwind romance starts to kick up dust. It’s a timelessly relatable release that falls nicely into the contemporary demand for folky acoustic pop.
She is My Summer is now available to stream via SoundCloud.
If you share Goldë’s fascination with the human experience, you’ll undoubtedly want to dig for the introspective gold in her latest lo-fi indie-pop single ‘Dodged Bullets and Close Calls’.
While it is pretty easy to get depressed over the fact that navigating a dating pool is essentially like crawling across a minefield, the optimistic tones in the single bring a sense of comfort by affirming the collective nature of our intimately frustrating experiences.
The accordant sun-soaked production may be simplistic, but that doesn’t prevent it from drawing you into the aural experience completely.
You can check out the official video to Dodged Bullets and Close Calls via Spotify.
Sparse and stratospheric, ‘Drop In The Ocean’ is a moody slice of Electronic Dance Music, the debut single from Swedish pairing Valentina Ahlmark and Mathilda Ulfes; the tension is evident from the opening chords, the pain of separation and longing palpable and unmistakable and tangible throughout the three minutes ten seconds of the song.
The space in the track adds to its power, perfectly offsetting the strength of the vocal, the ambience and reverb carrying the beats and the swell of the programmed chords to perfection; ‘Drop In The Ocean’ is a stunning debut from a duo that are clearly ones to watch.
Is there anything better than belated epiphanies which occur after you realise that other people in this world are never the source of your happiness or purpose? Mitchel Logan’s Alt Lo-Fi RnB track Don’t Really Need You perfectly captures that liberating feeling of elation.
Don’t Really Need You holds the same accordant appeal of Lou Barlow’s melodically intimate solo project, yet, any comparisons to Mitchel Logan’s sound are incredibly fleeting. What starts out as a lofty minimalist Indie production evolves into a passion-soaked intensely beautiful track which simply drips with empowerment. If your self-esteem needs a boost after a romantically tragic battering, hit play.
You will be able to check out Don’t Really Need You from October 23rd via all major streaming services. In the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud to check out their former releases.
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.
Up and coming Alternative artist Avery’s latest single “Indebted to the Gravity” proves that you don’t need a flashy pristinely polished production to make an impression on the airwaves. Simply offering a connectable raw soundscape is all it takes.
The lo-fi production in Indebted to the Gravity gives the release an absorbing intimacy which compels you to immerse yourself even deeper into the slightly morose yet powerfully compelling soundscape.
The quiescent almost whispered vocals run through the candid lyrics which come without pretence, just unbridled honesty. Creating the perfect platform for Avery’s vocals are the soft and accordant electronic beats which spill warmth into the ethereally magnetic mix. It’s hypnotic from start to finish. There truly is little room to wonder why so many Alt Pop fans return to her resolving sound.
You can check out Avery’s release Indebted to the Gravity for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
It’s safe to say that up and coming Pop artist Raphi is on creative fire during lockdown. Her latest track “When We Gonna” is just one of the organically soulful singles which she’s written and co-produced during quarantine to share some much-needed good vibes on the airwaves.
She definitely succeeded with When We Gonna which borrowed nuances of 90s RnB Pop to infuse in a modernistic resonantly uplifting Lo-Fi Pop earworm. Between the funky basslines, Raphi’s instantly magnetic vocals and the distinction which lies in the production of the track, When We Gonna demands repeat attention.
When We Gonna is due for official release on May 22nd, in the meantime you can head on over to Facebook to keep up to date with news on the release, and you can check out Raphi’s former releases via SoundCloud.
Singer-songwriter Brat Pitt has made their debut with their unforgettably stunning Lo-Fi Indie single “Wallow”. If you could imagine what it would sound like if you put the Beatles, Elliott Smith and The Smiths in an aural blender, you’ll get an idea of just how distinctively mesmeric Wallow is.
The intimate bedroom Pop feel amplifies the accessibility of the candidly connectable single which has plenty of earworm potential. While the nuances of Surf Rock, Psych Pop, and Indie Jangle Pop ensure that you’ve never ingested dreamy melodic alchemy quite like this before. With an upcoming EP in the works, Brat Pitt is definitely one to watch.
You can check out Brat Pitt’s debut single Wallow for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.