Elements of anthemic EDM pop and indie jangle-pop coalesce in the sophomore release, ‘Reliever’ from up and coming London-residing artist, Edenhill, who may be one of the only artists with the ability to unite club kids and indie kids through one release.
Sonically angular guitars bite against danceable beats and experimental synth lines which almost bring a touch of psychedelia into the radio-ready soundscape which bleeds mainstream pop potential. While the instrumentals bring the authenticity, Edenhills vocals bring the accessibility and ensured that Reliever became one of the most infectious perennial pop earworms we’ve heard recently.
Reliever is due for official release on January 8th, you’ll be able to check it out via SoundCloud.
With ‘Walking on the Moon’, Siena Bella vented the frustration which we’ve all been feeling since the start of the pandemic. We’ve heard plenty of lockdown-inspired singles, but few artists dare to go deep with their exposing introspection as Siena Bella did. Walking on the Moon may carry some heavy emotion, but the main thing you’ll take away from this unforgettably moody electro pop hit is the resonance which it implants.
With lyrics such as ‘No desire to look at my phone and see the hundreds of wars going on, everyone putting a show making me feel so small’ and the relatable ennui projected through the vocals, Walking on the Moon became one of the most essential singles released in 2020. For your sanity’s sake, get her on your radar in 2021.
Walking on the Moon is available to stream on all major platforms via this link.
Vienna-based, Russian-born singer/songwriter/producer Aygyul mixes up the genres on her new, bilingual single “I’ll Be Alright”, throwing in Indie-pop, Electronica, and a little dash or two of R&B, to produce a classy little dance-pop track.
Created during lockdown from Aygyul’s bedroom music studio, and working with poet Pati Avish (who writes all the lyrics for Aygyul’s songs), this is a reminder that, no matter what’s going on around us, we need to look internally, to our inner resilience and strength, and to take the time out to care for ourselves and give ourselves time to recover; ‘I’ll Be Alright’ is a strong track, dance-oriented but still poppy and uplifting.
New York based singer-songwriter Alexa Marino has spent the last twenty years honing her craft around NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Shrine World Music Venue, The Bitter End, and Groove, all the while studying vocal technique. Now, she’s marrying her brand of narrative beauty and storytelling lyrics with a superb voice on her debut album ‘Laid Bare’, and it really has been worth the wait.
‘Laid Bare’ – the single – is the lead (and, obviously, title) track from the album, co-written with and produced by established New York musician Alex Hayes, and it’s an absolute cracker; poppy yet soulful, intense, beautiful, with a style a little reminiscent of Florence and The Machine mixed with Natalie Imbruglia and Katie Melua, Hayes’ production sparse yet mellifluous, a lovely mix of electronic instrumentation managing, unusually, to still sound organic and ‘real’, perfectly matching the timbre of Marino’s voice.
The rest of the seven-track album is excellent and out now, but ‘Laid Bare’ is the perfect taster of Alexa Marino’s undoubted talent.
Get nostalgic about your pre-Covid life with Melbourne artist Kelli Brogan’s latest soul-arresting Pop Rock single ‘I Miss the Little Things’ which will make 2019 sound as sweet as the Summer of ’69.
Through jangly Indie Pop Rock guitar melodies and energetic synth lines, the soundscape spills euphoria as it progresses in synergy with Kelli Brogan’s consoling vocals which run through all of the things which we took for granted in our past lives.
A track such as I Miss the Little Things could have so easily become an invite into apathy, but Kelli Brogan succeeded in creating a track which will fill you with gratitude for what you had and optimism for what you will have again.
I Miss the Little Things is available to stream via Spotify.
Independent Pop artist, Smisch released their most unashamedly amorous single to date with ‘Sugar for My Love’ on January 1st. If it has been a while since you last experienced the intensity of visceral emotion, this Latin-inspired high-vibe modernistic ballad will gladly remind you.
The Sweden-residing artist made their solo debut in 2017, he’s been bringing a uniquely powerful voice to the radio waves ever since. By drawing influence from the likes of Jason Derulo and Shawn Mendes, Smisch offers the same ardently evocative appeal, but that’s not to say that Smisch’s voice doesn’t cut through Pop mediocrity, it discernibly does.
Sugar for My Love is available to stream via Spotify.
Brooklyn, NY-born, Houston-residing singer-songwriter, Catterina, is set to make her unmissable debut with her heartache-inspired single ‘Wasted Time’, with an eclectic array of influence behind her accessible radio-ready Pop style, if anyone’s got what it takes to break into the charts in 2021, it’s Catterina.
Through a combination of blues, folk, indie and pop, Wasted Time is a track so fresh you can almost feel the breeze, and with the ability to make her lyrics as empowering as they are absolving, one hit of Wasted Time will affirm that Catterina is one to watch.
The production may be polished, but the lyrics run through unfiltered, bleeding sincerity and vulnerability in pitch-perfect harmony. I feel like if I heard Wasted Time when I was 16, I’d be much better prepared for life.
Wasted Time is due for official release on January 15th. You’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over here. In the meantime, follow Catterina via Facebook.
In 2021, it’s harder than usual to create everlasting positive memories, with timely their sophomore release, ‘First Time’, alt-electronic pop duo, Anaté, invite the listener to rekindle the magic of affable memories have become soured by embitterment.
First Time asks the listener to stop throwing previously cherished memories away by the wayside just because the co-creator of them is no longer around. It’s a difficult request to make, but through the celestially panoramic alchemy of this intrinsically stylistic feat of downtempo electronic pop, you won’t just feel yourself become open to suggestion. You’ll feel floods of nostalgic imagery finding synergy with the melodic tides of the sensual yet powerful release.
If the difference between Anaté’s debut and sophomore single tells us anything, it’s to always expect the unexpected. Yet, one constant is the depth of the lyricism which works alongside their intoxicating sound.
First Time may not fit the usual perennial pop earworm mould, but it’s all the more unforgettable for it. Anaté’s succinct command of melodies and ability to offer a resounding directness with their music will undoubtedly see them go far in 2021 and beyond. If you’re sick of artists who only scratch at the surface of superficiality with their music, it’s time to start paying attention to Anaté.
To revel in some amorous nostalgia for yourselves, you can check out First Time which was released on January 13th, 2021 via Spotify.
For more ways to listen and more information on the luminary duo, head over to their official website.
ThoseBricks sends us a message of hope that is inspired by his newborn daughter on the new single ‘Keep My Feet on the Ground‘.
The silky smooth Norwegian indie-pop artist and producer who has been open about his struggles with Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, brings us a ray of sunshine and a song that helps him each day to conquer the next step of his life.
When you have a child it changes everything in your world. Those little hands and feet, innocent look and at-times scared eyes, shine through all darkness as you find purpose. Raising a youngster in this wild world is not easy but it helps with easing the pain and deep scars you have inside Its like the re-birth of yourself in someway as you help raise a small human to be big and strong, just like you are.
His voice is so honest and he sings like a angel sent from above. Each word is meaningful as he is so inspired by his daughter that has come into his life at exactly the right time. The soothing melody is so glorious to hear and the soft piano background is perfect for this special moment. A man who now knows his purpose. Raising his daughter and making incredible music that helps us all heal together.
His young daughter Zelda gives him hope that each day is going to be a better one than before as she needs and wants her Daddy to be there for her. ‘Keep My Feet on the Ground‘ will bring tears to your eyes and you want Norway’s ThoseBricks to win at life.
You might not understand all that is going on inside his brain but you support him and wish him well. This is real music that has been created to share, inspire those who need it and also bring positive energy to a world that needs each sinew of it to re-boot again. The future is in the youths hands and we need to protect, teach and guide them, so they can reach their dreams and live in a better world.
Heart this incredibly real song on his Spotify and see how fatherhood goes on his IG.
Classically-trained singer-songwriter Molly Clare here brings her stunning, soaring voice to new single ‘Wings’, a divine, heartfelt piano-led ballad of love. Already garnering multiple radio plays, ‘Wings’ is the follow-up to ‘The Sun After The Rain’, which notched up over 40,000 views in support of NHS charities.
‘Wings’ really is an absolutely beautiful creation, the piano carrying the melody whilst leaving just enough space for Clare’s magnificent vocal to really shine. It’s no surprise that it’s already seen Clare into the semi-final of the International Song-Writing Competition and the John Lennon Song-Writing Contest, and as one of five finalists in the ‘Snowdrop Song-Writing Conpetition’ in front of judge Glastonbury-supremo Michael Eavis. With soft-but-supremely-powerful vocals in the style of her inspirations Joni Mitchell and Dido, ‘Wings’ is the lead singles from Clare’s forthcoming EP ‘The Sun And The Stars’, released this month, and it’s a perfect introduction to the incredible talent that Clare has at her disposal.