UPCOMER – Chris Kelly & Nicole Gibson

Montreal pop duo whose new single, ‘Ghost of You’, deserves a lot more listens. The pair started off their music careers through uploading a variety of covers on YouTube, ranging from Linkin Park to Leonard Cohen, but in the last couple of months have began recording and releasing their own originals. Their debut single ‘Out of the Dark’ is a vocal-driven, powerful song, blending piano and guitar in a way that mirrors their influences whilst reinventing it into their own style. Their recently released second single ‘Ghost of You’ is slightly softer then their debut, with a beautifully produced video to accompany it, and proves that they’re just as good – if not better – at writing their own tracks as they are at covering other songs. Look out for their upcoming ‘Out of the Dark’ EP!

UPCOMER – Eloïse

A singer/songwriter who we featured earlier this year as one of our ‘Sound of 2017’ artists to watch out for, and has only gone on to create further exciting music since then. Her enchantingly dark debut single ‘Studio54’ was extremly impressive, as was ‘Like the Way’, and her latest single ‘California’, doesn’t disappoint as a follow-up to these. Elegant, assertive, and with a vocal aura reminiscent of the luxurious sounds of First Aid Kit, it’s another incredible track boding very well for her upcoming debut EP ‘Marie Antoinette’. Look out for future London-based gigs from her this summer.

UPCOMER – LELO

Another top-notch local Leeds artist for you – the Northern cultural capital is bustling with brilliant music this year. This time, we’re introducing mellow dream-pop solo project LELO and his debut single ‘HOME’. ‘HOME’ is a slow, purely acoustic track, at once uplifting and nostalgia-provoking, and a perfect listen for lovers of musicians like Bear’s Den and Luke Sital-Singh – and perhaps providing a source of comfort during this slightly scary, post-election period of uncertainty. Look out for LELO’s debut EP to be released on July 10th and if you’re in Leeds, catch him at Oporto on July 16th.

UPCOMER: Tom Branfoot

A local Leeds artist with an exquisite, dark new single ‘Knees Please’. Influenced by Nick Cave and James Blake, Branfoot has settled upon a sombre brand of pop, and one which is really somewhat different to what other upcoming bands on the Leeds scene have to offer. There’s a majestic, smooth quality to both the vocals and fragmentary instrumental of ‘Knees Please’, which is as unnerving as it is entrancing, and it’s no wonder that his single release show at Wharf Chambers a couple of weeks ago was so successful. Definitely music which stays with you even after the song has ended. Make sure to catch Tom Branfoot supporting PILL at Headrow House on May 30th.

CASSETTE RELEASE: Love Anyone Else by SUGARHOUSE

A fun, vintage-spiced track from boyfriend/girlfriend indie-pop duo SUGARHOUSE, appropriately being released on cassette tape this coming Friday (May 5th).

‘Love Anyone Else’ is the debut single from SUGARHOUSE, and is an enchanting listen from start to finish. Endearing yet feisty vocals compliment the instrumental combo of ditzy synths and breezy guitar, and its overall hazey, sun-kissed feel completely defines the essence of summer. The pair themselves met in the summer, at Reading Festival 2014, so perhaps the balmy, nostalgic element of their music spirals from their memorable first weekend together a few years ago.

The cassette is being released by Sad Club Records, a London-based, independent label, and although you may be thinking its been a while since you last bought a cassette tape, its definitely worth re-commencing your cassette collection – or even beginning one – with ‘Love Anyone Else’.

UPCOMER: Silver Rose

Dream-pop musician whose latest release, a self-titled EP, is a wonderful six-track journey of vintage shoegaze. It begins with ‘Suenos de Amor’, a track brimming with rock vibes and carefree attitude – capturing the essence of the rest of the tunes to follow. Her third track, ‘Take Me Home’, is doing really well with listeners and has a brilliant video to accompany it on YouTube, filled with an array of the exact images and aesthetics you would associate with her sound. Silver Rose is a really indiviudal, promising young artist.

UPCOMER: Trapdoor Social

Three or four upcomers in the space of about a week? Yep, I’m on Easter break. But Trapdoor Social are a lot different to what we’ve been posting recently – with far slower, emotive music coming from them. They released the video for their single ‘Great Lake’ a couple of weeks ago, and its very well-produced, artistic nature, paints a beautiful backdrop for the accompanying mellow, understated song. With music along the lines of Massive Attack and The XX, you can’t really go wrong.