With the sweet harmonic Beach Boys-style soul against the Saul Williams-Esque heavy beats, Valiancy’s latest alt-indie pop fix, Good Vibes, delivers what it says on the tin. Not through condescending euphoria peddling tropes, but through exuding nothing but transcendent soul that remains sympathetic to the reasons we need good vibes tracks in the first place.
The songwriter and producer orchestrated a soundscape unique enough to pique your interest and pull you in, yet experimentalism was notably secondary to ensuring that the infusion of harmonic pop vocals and ensnaring alt electro beats became a sure-fire hit of catharsis.
Get your Good Vibes hit by heading over to Spotify.
‘Travel Through the Milky Way’ is the bewitchingly hypnotic latest release by Shanghai-born and raised electro-pop visionary FiFi Zhang; its entrancing propensities aren’t to be underestimated. The single completely redefines dream pop with the pitch-perfect accordance that flows right through this entrancing downtempo mix.
The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, music producer and visual designer takes inspiration from the likes of Grimes, Faye Wong and Yaejj and her love of sci-fi and anime for her ethereal art-pop sound. As a massive dream pop fan, I just know that my playlist staples won’t feel the same after hearing how sweetly transcendent and artful the genre has the potential to be. It’s a game-changer.
The official video for Travel Through the Milky Way is now available to stream on YouTube.
London-based singer-songwriter and producer, Andrea, has released her seminal single; tell her that too, which explores unfulfilled promises and the ability for all words to lose meaning when they become a means to an end instead of an expression of truth.
The immensely powerful lyrics, “don’t tell me that you love me when you tell her that too”, extends the conversation around moving on from manipulation and infidelity. The only people that could conceivably hate this track are those left sick with guilt for the way it so innocently yet succinctly alludes to the pain caused by deception.
Despite the raw emotion projected into the 90s pop-inspired hit, Andrea still finds a way to bring emboldening euphoria to the listener.
tell her that too is now available to stream on Spotify.
Indie pop artist and producer daisan the coward has turned his wit to satire after lyrically baring all across seven albums. The best introduction to his new satirical future pop style is his harsh electro hit, MPDG (Manic Pixie Dream Girl).
If it was a serious pop track about the female archetype, I probably couldn’t have held back from a scathing review. Given his performative embodiment of an arrogant pop star, the Kansas City-based artist can get away with just as much as John Grant and Alex Cameron. There’s something so incredibly refreshing about an artist using some of the more devilish facets of their creativity instead of being endlessly earnest. MDPG is pure escapism music. I think we can all agree that escapism is essential in 2021.
‘Doors’ is the debut EP from Italian producer and artist Kevan, who has been making more than waves with his evocative alternative tracks. There’s been a tectonic shift of talent on the airwaves since he started contributing to the airwaves 13 years ago.
The title single is a cinematically dark take on contemporary pop which finds room for rock and ambient trap and RnB elements to add to the dynamism. The lyrics feed the brand of frustration that only comes to fruition when you’re contending with an ending, and you’re transfixed by the past, unwilling to look to the future for fear of not seeing something you convinced yourself that you needed.
The way he shares a common experience is something. The way he expresses what words alone can’t has ironically left us speechless. We’re fairly sure that is how he ended up racking up nearly 1 million streams on Spotify alone with his standout single, Call Me.
‘Aura’is the third confessionally passionate pop track from the alternative singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, TIBIBI. The dark and moody yet ethereally tender contemporary ballad spins a tale of loneliness and absolution through love. In a melodically powerful way, it reminds you that life is no fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t wind up finding the salvation that you yearned for.
I can’t help admire how TIBIBI explored the fraught emotions as deeply as she delved into the euphoria of finally finding someone on your level. Aura is easily one of the sincerest songs that you will hear this year.
Aura is due for release on September 28th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
For his latest release, the up and coming London-based artist Doyle put his uplifting touch on the iconic track, Arms Around Me by Starley. By all accounts, Arms Around Me was the perfect summer dance-pop anthem before the remix, under Doyle’s melodic manipulation, the track started to emanate quintessential indie-pop vibes, making the lyrics even more intimate and the vocals infinitely more endearing.
With his debut album expected to drop in 2022, you should leave ample space on your radar for the bedroom artist and producer.
You can check out Doyle’s entrancing remix of Arms Around Me via YouTube.
Las Vegas-based pop singer-songwriter and producer Jenna Jay is set to make her debut on August 27th with the release of her contemporary electro-pop hit, Someone Real, which candidly yearns for exactly that.
Someone Real follows the artist’s journey after escaping a toxic relationship and struggling to find someone who can offer a genuine connection. In a time when words are so manipulated they practically lose meaning, the single puts a spotlight on the pitfalls people are constantly forced into through other people’s lack of transparency.
You will find few pop tracks as mindful and raw as Someone Real; hitting play is cheaper than therapy; save a spot on your radar for upcoming releases.
Swiss-Italian singer-songwriter and producer Dave De Vita has given the airwaves a break from archetypal pop with the release of his feistily melodic folk-pop-rock track, Control.
With the same panoramic production style as the likes of Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers, the high-octane hit is instantly accessible without ever feeling assimilative. The emotion in the soundscape is cranked up just as much as the guitars when the infectiously euphoric chorus hits. Adding Control to your playlists is a sure-fire way to make them more eclectic.
NYC pop singer-songwriter Christopher Ambrose has been creating and producing for almost a decade; he’s produced tracks for the drag icon Honey Davenport (Ru Paul’s Drag Race, S.11), Robert Garcia, Jayce Vegas, and plenty more high-profile names. If you’re not previously acquainted with his energetically emboldening sound, his 2021 pride pop anthem, To Feel Love, is the perfect introduction.
If you could imagine Carly Rae Jepson, Years and Years and Ru Paul all aurally rolled into one, you will get an idea of the sticky-sweet luxurious feel that To Feel Love effortlessly exudes. The noisy synths cut across tropic pop beats to create the perfect platform for Christopher Ambrose’s upliftingly light vocals that inspire self-love and authenticity in times of uncertainty.
To Feel Love is now available to stream via Spotify.