We challenge you not to be struck in the best possible way by the outstanding and beautiful vocal performance delivered by Brooke Bentham on her very first single. Bearing similarities with talents such as Marika Hackman, Laura Marling and Sharon van Etten, the singer-songwriter recently came down from Newcastle to London. With such a stunning debut –both musically and lyrically- we can only imagine here getting some very much deserved attention in the next few months.
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The first release from Australian collective Bjear, “Nell” starts with a melancholic intro driven by delicate guitars and the powerful voice of lead singer Dan White, the combination of which already hints that something quite special is about to unfold. After a few moments of calm the folk ballad that could have fit on Ben Howrd’s latest album begins to escalate. Layer after layer it slowly turns into an outburst of soulful post-rock akin to bands like Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky. Have a listen below and keep an ear out for these exciting newcomers:
Futuristic sounds, trap beats, heavy bass breaks and emotionally charged vocals cohabit sleekly on the title track from Lido‘s debut EP “I Love You”. After a series of hyped-up remixes, the young Norwegian producer should easily seduce a large crowd with a blend of electronic music that’s very much in the air.
A few days of heat and summery weather set the tone perfectly for el el‘s joyful and soulful indie pop. The eight-piece’s debut track “40 Watts” sounds like a group of friends who decided to make unreserved music -and have fun doing it, and yet know exactly what they’re doing. Juggling dangerously with tin-pan sounds and psychedelic vibes, the band sounds as colorful as Empire Of The Sun but with more down-to-earth vocals by Ben Elkins that keep the track within the field of indie pop.
Once again we turn our ears to Australia, with this serene new track from Japanese Wallpaper. Based in Melbourne, the young producer teams up with Pepa Knight, our pick from last week and a very fitting choice to complement Gab Strum’s down-tempo melodies. The result is a soulful, intriguing blend of ambient electronica that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Stepping away from a band to start things up on your own isn’t the easiest of transitions, yet Pepa Knight immediately stands out as a bright new thing despite having released only a couple of tracks –since meeting success as part of Jinja Safari. Pulling out the most jubilant and exotic stems of the Australian indie band’s distinctive sound, Pepa Knight comes up with his own blend of what can best be described as “hypnotic tropical pop”. A necessary listen for fans of Jinja Safari that should also appeal to fans of Animal Collective ans Sufjan Stevens.
Months after the absolutely stunning “Nobody Knows”, the Norwegian singer returns with a captivating new piece of music, “Grown Up”. Fittingly backed by grainy video footage of her own family, Emilie Nicolas tells us her tale of growing-up, a complex mutation illustrated by the track’s changing atmosphere, with stronger beats and exhilarating harmonies bursting out towards the end.
Yet the most outstanding thing about this new song is the same thing that grabbed our attention with Emilie Nicolas’ debut: her crystal-clear vocals, always right on point, are probably the most soothing thing we’ve heard since first listening to London Grammar and Banks a few months ago. Now let’s see where Emilie Nicolas is in a few months.
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Folk artist Chloe Leavers is moving on, and her shift towards more ambient musical horizons is clearly reflected in this song — her first track under the moniker Sake. Her gentle vocals, making her sound like Julia Stone (from Australian duo Angus & Julia Stone), become more powerful and intense as the track builds up slowly into a mesmerizing patchwork of atmospheric sounds. The song is available as a free download, but what we really want is to hear more from Sake as soon as possible.
Zella Day’s Soundcloud biography insists on her American roots: raised in a small mountain town in the depths of Arizona, she grew up singing Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley covers in her family’s coffee shop. Strongly felt in the “Seven Nation Army” cover that first brought her to our attention, these influences are still there on “1965” and yet make way for a pop twist as Zella Day’s captivating vocals expand to tell a beautiful, nostalgic tale. Our friends at Blah Blah Blah Science are releasing the track as the B-side to Sweet Ophelia next week.
Having put out a couple of great tracks in the last few months, this young Icelandic duet could easily surf on the harmonious wave that is “Tension” to take their name further. After an ethereal introduction driven by bliss out vocals and minimalistic instrumentations, this amazing piece of electronica seamlessly navigates between peace and fieriness. Have a listen below…