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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indie-psych pop from an Aussie-American duo. Their latest single, ‘No Sleep’, is bursting full of tropical vibes, putting you in a real happy, holiday spirit. It’s a fun, cheery tune without being too in-your-face or cheesy, transcending the line between chill-out music and indie pop in one clean movement. And if you enjoy this track, then there’s even more good news – they’ve also just released an EP to go with it, so take a listen to that as well!
Brilliant indie rock band out of LA whose fresh new single is extremely impressive and infectious. Produced by Eric Lilavois, who has worked with the likes of Saint Motel and Atlas Genius, it’s up to a high standard, and on listening you’d think they were an established, well-known band if you didn’t know otherwise. Very promising for their future music career – check them out before the world does.
Feisty, full-force Dublin trio whose latest single ‘Clutch’ and its accompanying video reinvent the meaning of explosive. Grungey, cool yet energetic and with some seriously powerful vocals, they’ve made quite a tune with this, and there would be no better way to experience it than at a live show. Given this it’s no surprise they are regularly heralded as Dublin’s best live act, and after backing from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens, look set to rise this year.
A glitzy, eclectic fresh pop release from this alt-pop female artist we commended for her single ‘Neoprene’ just three weeks ago. ‘Right Beside You’ meets and soars over any standards set by her previous release; a professionally written and produced track beaming ecstasy and a sparkling array of synths. Unsurprisingly supported by BBC Radio 1 and Clash Magazine, PATHS proves herself again to be very talented and an artist to be watching this year.