Perth’s most promising alt-pop artist, Bad Weather, has released his stickiest earworm to date, Caring is Cool, which merges anthemic nuances of power-pop, pop-punk, 80s pop and contemporary indie-pop in the same vein as M83 and The 1975.
The sonic eclecticism is one thing, but Bad Weather (AKA Callum Robertson) has plenty more in his aural arsenal than just crumbling genre constraints with his sound. His ambition to bring the best out in people through his music rather than attempting to emanate the cool indie rock stereotype will leave you instantly enamoured. I can only imagine how hard the choruses of sticky-sweet high vibes, overdriven guitars and galvanising synths hit when hearing them live.
Caring is Cool is now available to stream via Spotify.
The mix of indie jangle pop and 80s synthpop is a common cocktail in 2021 but Sign of Angelo succeeded in creating a release that piques your interest in the intro and leaves you captivated by the outro.
His latest single, Future Finds Us, was created in collaboration with Bethii; it is just one of the melodically sweet singles that preceded the release of the debut album, To TheHuman. Sign of Angelo is a relatively new name to the airwaves but the solo artist behind it has been honing his talent for over ten years since releasing music with the popular synthpop outfit Muchuu.
Sign of Angelo’s debut album, To The Human, is due for release on July 16th. Fans of Coldplay, Bastille, M83 and Imogen Heap won’t want to miss it.
The official music video is available to stream via YouTube.
Cape Town’s most promising indie pop-rock outfit Cherry Vynil released their latest single, Lights, which explores the meaning of life through shimmering melodies, vibrantly uplifting vocals and an anthemic level of energy.
With a sound that sits somewhere in between Bastille’s and the 1975, they’re seamlessly in line with the jangle-pop trend, but with their optimism-spilling lyricism, they well and truly set themselves apart on the airwaves.
Lights officially released on June 25th; you can check it out on all major streaming platforms via this link.
Xyno’s latest hit With You featuring Nina Sung is the musicians first attempt at the genre smash of Melodic Dubstep. The debut track With You proves to be the perfect medley of sonorous sound. This track is perfect for the introduction of dubstep it follows all of the same pace with a powerful, hard hitting baseline that’s softly muted to resonate under the talented vocals of Nina Sung.
If you’re a fan of M83 and London Grammar, or any other contemporary minimalist Indie Pop sound, this mix is definitely for you. Whilst Xyno is a relatively fresh-faced contender to the world of music production his music wouldn’t have you believe it. His tracks are mixed with a plethora of layers giving the sound ubiquitous complexity that you can fully immerse yourself within. The choice of Nina Sung’s haunting vocals, was undeniably the highlight of the track. If she was given better lyrics to work with this track would become a piece of art, it deserves to be. Nina Sung has all the delivery yet little poetic meaning behind her sound in the rep
Check out With You feat. Nina Sung on the YouTube link below:
BATTS aka Melbourne based Tanya Batt is back with her new single For Now . Bringing with it a new sound, a new creative direction and a new found love for music again. Moving away from the electronic world and getting back to her roots, BATTS presents you with a heartfelt journey through what feels like space.
Inspired by the roots of her favourite artists such as Mazzy Star, Bon Iver, Daughter, M83 and more. It falls back to the singer-songwriter inspired bed, mixed with her obsession of space and creating songs to make the listener feel they are travelling through outer space. For Now is a song about missing a loved one and it explores a mixture of genres creating a spacey dream folk pop.
BATTS has had a great start to her career with regular support from BBC Introducing, triple j, triple j unearthed, BBC Radio 1 and many more radio stations worldwide. Clocking millions of plays collectively online and playing shows live, supporting the likes of Australian favourites I Know Leopard, Elizabeth Rose, Flamingo, Lastlings and ending 2016 playing NYE On The Hill Festival alongside Tash Sultana, The Preatures and more.
In celebration of the single, BATTS will be holding a weekly residency on Sundays at her favourite Melbourne bar Some Velvet Morning. With free entry and with handpicked opening acts, Matthew Kenneally (Canary), Angie McMahon, Magnets and Robert Muiños.
Justin Romanos learned how to make music growing up in rural Connecticut, both by playing and by recording in his own makeshift home studio. During college at Drexel University’s Music Industry Program, he found a home with likeminded peers, and gained the nickname, “J Pré.” He honed his craft by continuously writing, and spent much of his time in the close knit Philadelphia basement community, where he fronted the indie rock band SHMNS. After graduating college in 2014, he moved back to Woodbury, CT to regroup, refocus, and reinvent himself as a musician. He spent the last two years writing and recording songs for this album as well as many, many others that may never see the light of day. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud
Nola Wren and Kill Dave are Brooklyn-based songwriter / producers whose blend of gritty experimental indie and infectious pop hooks is sure to turn heads. Knife is their first collaboration and a promising sign of what’s to come.
“Knife” is a great track and showcases Nola’s powerful vocals with Kill Dave’s full, grit-pop production. The lyrics were also inspired by the case involving convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner which gives the track an emotional edge.