Antonio Paul - Coloured Screens
Antonio and Paul are from Bunbury, Western Australia. Their track Coloured Screens is their most promising and also latest work to date.
The track features a looped guitar riff, some programmed beats and some glitchy 8-bit sounds sprinkled here and there for something a little different.
The lyrics are about the prevelance of technology in modern life and is a story inspired by one of the bandmate’s girlfriend’s desires to travel the world. The vocalist (either Anotonio or Paul), explains that there is no need to explore the world since there is so much technology available; but the realisation that technology will always be there allows him to finally decide to take the plunge and “explore the world outside my bedroom.” Agoraphobic much?
Glass Animals - Psylla
There is a simple appeal to the new UK outfit Glass Animals.
There is nothing excessive or overdone in their sound and the band’s new single Psylla off their upcoming debut album is reminiscent of the often-compared group Alt-J (∆) who had an enormous breakthrough in 2012 by combining interesting indie arrangement and alluring harmonies with subtle electronica production.
And with a producer such as Paul Epworth manning the executive production duties (Adele, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Azealia Banks), and a record contract on his new label Wolf Tone, it could be that Glass Animals might be the next indie breakthrough act if the publicity exposure matches the quality of the music output.
Sir Sly - Miracle
Today the internet is buzzing with the release of a new single by Sir Sly.
The new group have been compared to the likes of groups as diverse as Local Natives, Foster The People and The Neighbourhood. Such high profile comparisons are sure to bring sceptics, but the song is a strong lead single from the group and so far the reception to their music has been strong.
If you’re happy to divvy off your email address willy nilly, you can download this for free
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Emerging from obscurity this year comes Milky Chance, a German artist with strong songwriter skills that will please both genders. Guys will appreciate the guitar driven melody and girls will appreciate the pop sensibilities and range of Milky’s croon.
This song is easy to listen to and it is surprising how the pace transforms a fairly bittersweet ballad into an upbeat romantic declaration of love. Stolen Dance definitely has dancefloor appeal and DJs are already mixing the tune for their own sets.
Download - Stolen Dance
Matt & Kim - Daylight
In 2010, this song was more infectious than swine flu.
In 2013, it still hasn’t lost its instant effect on people. Much like the rest of Matt & Kim's catalogue, it is attention-seeking and in your face. You will definitely form a love or hate track relationship with this track fairly quickly, but after 3 years, there is still a lot to love about the brash, jaunty and repetitious melody that perpetuates Daylight.
Irie Office Music - Indie Mindie
After being introduced to this track via Hillydilly, I was instantly captivated. The guitar and bassline are catchy and the it changes up enough in the short 2 minutes and 8 seconds to keep you anticipating what is about to come next.
Josiah Panella, aka Irie Office Music chose the final version to remain an instrumental, however it is only a matter of time before someone ‘borrows’ the beat to take it to the next level. Irie Office Music is based in San Diego, just a few miles south of the a similar sounding group, Foster The People.
Kakkmaddafakka - Restless
The Norwegian rockers with the impossible-to-pronounce band name recently released the upbeat song Someone New from their new album. I was interested to know how a band with such personality and tight rock sensibilities could have flown under my radar for so long.
2011 seems to be the year when Kakkmaddafakka had their big break with Restless. Check out the quirky video below!
Glitches - Warm Seas
Glitches are a new British band, who combine a progressive bassline with some otherworldly synth effects and traditional rock n roll crooning to deliver an atmospheric single Warm Seas.
Glitches have just two other releases on their Bandcamp page, where you can purchase Warm Seas and check out a few remixes of their other two tunes.
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