Angus and Julia, born and raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, grew up around musical talent, their parents, who taught them music at home, used to have their own folk band.
If you like good, solid, british indie-rock in all its glory, then ‘Social Experiment’ from Dead Pretties will be right up your street.
With hints of everything from Blur to The Beatles and Oasis to The Arctic Monkeys, Dead Pretties seem to be taking the best elements from all of these bands, creating a super-amalgamation showing just how good British music can be.
Simple, clean struck guitars work perfectly with Jacob Slater’s raw vocals before the overdrive comes in during the chorus for that extra slice of oomph.
The band even have a strong subtext to ‘Social Experiment’, commenting on the conformity of youth culture all within one line: ‘All the girls and boys went to parties in disguise‘.
Dead Pretties are sure to be a name you’re hearing more often in the coming future and ‘Social Experiment’ shows why. Check ’em out.
Our Girl, is the other band belonging to Soph Nathan of The Big Moon and they have just release their debut EP ‘Normally’.
‘No Big Deal’ is full of shoegazy guitars that seem to get heavier as the track progresses, yet there are touches of delicateness too that balance it all out.
Despite this, the vocals are soft and almost whispered, providing an eerie contrast to the rest of the song.
Supposedly, a number of songs on the new EP are about emotional distance and this is exhibited clearly within the lyrics of ‘No Big Deal’.
Also, the video is an intriguing one, giving off a sort of vibe akin to Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover with the band submerged under water. Definitely worth a listen.
Hailing from the valleys of Wales, the talented singer-songwriter, Chey, is here with her storming debut single ‘Dirty Love’.
The track is a seductive, sultry piece of indie-pop combining heartfelt lyricism and enticing melodies, reminiscent of a lot of 90s alternative pop music.
Diversifying the music industry and creating an amalgamation of styles and genres, Chey certainly does not take a shy approach. “Dirty Love was written in the heat of the moment; having feelings about someone else can sometimes be the trigger you need to move on from the relationship you’re in. I recorded the vocals the same day it was written, to reflect the emotion I was feeling at that time, I wanted the single to be raw and edgy and convey as much passion as possible.”
Dirty Love adopts a unique view upon a love affair where the woman is in complete control of what happens. Speaking on the track Chey says “I wanted this song to emphasise the power of a woman and how she uses her sexuality to get what she wants.” Having had previous support from Chris Needs MBE (BBC Wales), Chey hopes her new single will captivate audiences with its alluring and distinct sound.
‘Dirty Love’ is set for release in January 2017.
Find out more on Chey here:
“The music is raw and unpretentious, juxtaposed with the vocals, which have an idiosyncratic style and are consistently engaging, while the lyrics are intriguing and intelligent.”
– Nigel Colley, Reflex Artists
Having found themselves a cult following in Manchester, unsigned genre-meddling indie act Liam Browne & The Love seem destined to take on the rest of the country with their eclectic and nutty Northern-rooted sound.
Straight off their upcoming album Forget & Remember, their brand new single ‘Baby Grow’ is an upbeat and bouncy indie rock anthem that provides a small taster of the band’s large sonic scope. A music video is set to drop soon.
Stream ‘Baby Grow’ on Soundcloud here:
Delivered with a raw and untamed Mancunian attitude, the album Forget & Remember is a crazy cocktail of lad rock, hip hop, folk and electronica all recorded in guitarist James Fraser’s garage (later mixed at Noise Boy Studios). Rowetta of the legendary Happy Mondays appears on two of the record’s tracks.
‘Resplendent, bold and ambitious. It’s her daringness to experiment – and those ethereal, oscillating vocals – that sets Daisy and The Dark apart’ – Chart Shaker
Cinematic in atmosphere and brimming with carnivalesque creativity, Circus is the brand new exciting EP from experimental pop artist Daisy and The Dark (aka Sarah Kayte Foster).
Previously a member of classical chart-topping band the Mediaeval Baebes for five years, Sarah left the band in 2014, after charting at No. 8 in the UK Classical Charts with the double album ‘Of Kings and Angels’.
She has since poured her musical talent into a solo career as Daisy, performing theatrical shows at Secret Garden Party and the Royal Albert Hall, and releasing her 2015 debut EP ‘Red Planet’ as a new interactive app which IBM called ‘the best collaboration between music and technology I’ve seen in a long time.’ The record went on to receive a whole host of online coverage, garnering praise from the likes of SupaJam, Chart Shaker and Noizze.
Her new EP ‘Circus’ is set for release July 8th.
Stream lead single ‘Circus’ here:
A vibrant video directed by BAFTA award winning Shreepali Patel accompanies lead single and title track ‘Circus’, with cinematography coming courtesy of award-winner Nicola Daley – making it one of the few music videos to have an all female team at the helm.
Sarah’s creative energy extends beyond music and she has worked extensively as a professional actress, as well as creating artwork, videos, costume and performance art all inspired, like her songs, by her great love of cinema and magic.
Her ethereal and other-worldly style is sure to appeal to fans of artists like Kate Bush, Bjork, FKA Twigs, Bat for Lashes and David Bowie.
Circus EP will be released on July 8th via Foster’s own label, Red Planet Records, and she will play a special free show at Miranda, Ace Hotel London on July 8th to mark the release. For limited free guest list contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin
Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.
The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.
Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk
The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook band page currently has over 150, 000 likes.
Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.
The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!
Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).
On May 31st the band will be playing an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.
‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release June 3rd.
‘Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.’