Category Archives: Synth-pop

Ivory Wave ‘Frankie’

Birmingham’s Ivory Wave, have released their new track, ‘Frankie’ via ModernSky UK. Fresh from sets at festivals such as, Tramlines and Truck Festival, as well as Birmingham SHIIINE ON Weekender. The band have just supported The DMA’s by personal invitation.Formed of George, Connor, Luke, Rob and Seb, the band have become known for their hooks and good vibes to boot. The band have been touring the UK heavily for quite some time, and have started making some remarkable waves in their hometown. ‘Frankie’, picks up where Ivory Waves’s last single, ‘Cool Kids’, left off. The production of this track was aided by Gavin Monaghan in Wolverhampton’s Magic Garden Studio.

Much like their live performance, ‘Frankie’, exudes a level of fun-loving exuberance. This infectious party indie pop banger rides in on a slick wave of hyper synths swirling around buoyant beats and shuffle inducing danceable grooves. Glistening guitars meander through the exhilarating soundscapes lacing the track in a sleek fluid whack of indie while attitude drenched vocals strut in with panache and punch. Frankie is designed to fill the dance floor – it’s an instant adrenaline shot to the veins. With a clap along feature ready to infect the live audiences and glossy production providing a dazzling sheen-  it’s one heck of a body mover.

You can catch Ivory Wave Live at:

20th October – Manchester – Night People
25th October – Leeds – Lending Room
2nd November – Birmingham – O2 Institute 2
5th November – Brighton – Komedia studio

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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From LOVE SICK

Julie and Shaun first met working for the same life insurance call center at an office Christmas party where Julie divulged her passion for singing. A few weeks later, the pair bumped into each other at a Glasgow train station and the rest, as they say, is history. LOVE SICK first introduced themselves in 2017 with their debut single Bullet’, which quickly captivated a global audience of almost 1 million listeners and support from the likes of BBC, KCRW, and even Sir Elton John himself.LOVE SICK announces their forthcoming “No Sleep” EP by sharing the first single ‘Fever’.

This dark pop delight swirls and ferments beneath a hypnotic groove, driven by trip hop beats. Dizzying electronics lure you into the delusions of bliss prowling in the deep enticing abyss of ‘Fever’. The infectious melody seeps into your ears whispering a sweet bewitching curse  to your soul as Julie’s sweet vocals entice and seduce over this mesmerising hypnotic track. Warping their blend of pop into a trance inducing menacing number LOVE SICK are a duo to keep an eye on. Their cool, chilled, musically rich musicianship and slick crisp production will have you dancing in a darkly hued, mind dazed trance of bliss.

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Color Palette ‘Sunburn’

Color Palette have released their new single ‘Sunburn’. Color Palette – comprised of Jay Nemeyer, Joshua Hunter, Matt Hartenau, Rogerio Naressi, and Maryjo Mattea – are an Indie Electro Rock band from Washington, DC. Since their first release, Color Palette have garnered hundreds of press hits worldwide. The band released their debut full-length album, ‘Vaporwave’, in 2016 and  have shared bills with the following notable artists: Charli XCX, The Naked and Famous, Mother Mother, Day Wave, Yumi Zouma, Mr Little Jeans, The Kickback, and Spirit Animal. The band are set to release their second full-length album in 2019.

‘Sunburn’ is a soft marshmallow of swirling sweetness caressing your ears with glorious smooth textures which wrap a zingy indie interior in silken coated bliss. Ethereal and dreamy, this track pirouettes in, on a spongy buoyant rhythmic foundation while jangly guitars slice through with zealous vigor and sun kissed radiance. The subtle hazy vocals layer the track in dreamy vibes as shimmering whirling electronics set a Utopian atmosphere to lose yourself in. These guys blend the delicate electronic tones with blistering indie seamlessly to create a gripping enthralling listening experience that transports you to that euphoric sun soaked land, dreams are made of.

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Llovers ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’

Indie five piece Llovers have burst back onto the scene with their latest infectious offering ‘Go Get Her, Go Getter’. Specialising in shimmering indie anthems with unquestionable pop sensibility, the Teesside outfit’s newest effort reflects their continued rise in 2018, having  already been championed throughout the online community  and attracted encouraging national airplay (BBC 6 Music). Drawing widespread comparisons to the likes of MGMT, Tame Impala and The 1975, the rising quintet continue to hone their live show with support slots alongside Anteros, Caro, Dream Wife and VANT.

Produced by Sugar House  (Pale Waves,Viola Beach), ’Go Get Her, Go Getter’ is a sparkling track doused in hazy dreamy vibes with a vibrant indie backdrop.Zesty guitars weave a golden thread of sun kissed bliss through the luscious synth soundscapes providing glimmers of scintillation throughout the track. A dynamic rhythm maintains a peppy buoyant foundation while velvety vocals coo and soothe over the delightful heavenly melody making for a glorious ethereal listen. It’s catchy, melodic and a refreshing guzzle of sweet fruity indie.

Discussing their forthcoming release, co-frontman Jack Brooks explained:  “Go Get Her, Go Getter is about the end of a relationship – more specifically how falling in love with the concept of someone, rather than their true selves, leads to multiple contradictions and a breakdown of communication”.  

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TYNI ‘Good Luck’

Sheffield’s pop artist  TYNI has released her new single ‘Good Luck’. Over the last few years she’s been rubbing shoulders with the best in the industry, heading over to LA to work with Wayne Wilkins upon personal invitation (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,Björk) and receiving remixes from PC Music’s Sophie and Frank Ocean collaborator Troy Noka. She’s also recently spent time at London’s Abbey Road Studios with Help Musicians UK, recording in Studio Two (home of The Beatles & Pink Floyd, among others) with a host of artists for the Music Minds Matter campaign.

‘Good Luck’ is a glittering synth pop number saturated  with sun soaked melodies sparkling between swirling synth soundscapes. With a sticky gloopy groove infested beat flickering and weaving between lush vocals this track glides in strut ready and filled with dazzling dance floor bliss. It’s a spacious tune paced perfectly for maximum impact. The delicious melody floats and melts upon the sticky smothering beat and ethereal soundscapes creating a creamy delightful infectious track.

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Niki Kand ‘China Doll’

Iranian born synth pop artist Niki Kand has released her new single China Doll. Since moving to Liverpool in 2014, Niki has already connected locally having played at various venues and festivals including Threshold and Liverpool Sound City.

 ‘China Doll’ is a luscious sugary dream pop gem that bounces along on twinkling keys, a buoyant gloopy beat and glucose steeped soundscapes. Niki’s sweet vocals coo along an infectious melody while the feathery light synths wisp around the danceable beat. Drenched in pop elements this twinkling ditty is catchy and charming with dolly-esque keys glistening elegantly between the electronic flecks. Delicate yet groove infested ‘China Doll’ worms and wiggles its way into your mind until you are singing along mindlessly.

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Worth A Listen

Our Worth A Listen Track This Week Comes From Eldren

Denver-based psych-rock group Eldren have returned with their new single, ‘Still Want More’ which is off upcoming album, ‘Miss Information Aged’, which is set to be released September 21 via Needlejuice Records and follows a climatic two year run for the band as they shared the stage with the likes of Gomez, Cold War Kids, The Black Angels, Imagine Dragons and Dr. Dog while also experienced the loss of their founding bassist, Steve Holloway at age 25.

‘Still Want More’ is a juicy glistening number that struts and flexes with prismatic colour and swagger dripping from every glorious note. Velvety vocals glide upon a delicious honey drizzled melody and vibrant backdrop of shimmering synths, tantalizing beats and flamboyant pizzazz. Zealous guitars inject a dash of zest and vibrancy while the glistening synths dazzle and swoon around the dreamy melody. Eldren flood the track with rich doses of swanky panache as a funky bass line weaves between the psychedelic hues and euphoric heavenly synth-pop tones while the guitars provide punchy rock jabs through this angel delight filled tune. It’s so luscious, creamy and rich with chilled vibes consuming the track in a charismatic sun soaked bubble of joy. This is a charming glistening gem that will brighten up your day and have you strutting down the street like a boss- sweet talking your way out of every situation. It’s that good.

 

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Arcade Hearts ‘Humble’

Portsmouth’s indie-pop band Arcade Hearts have released their new single, ‘Humble’ via Republic of Music. The track  is the first to be taken from their Self Titled Debut EP out 21st September. To coincide with the release of the EP, Arcade Hearts have announced their largest hometown headline show to date at Portsmouth’s legendary Wedgewood Rooms on the 28th September.The band are four friends from Portsmouth and its surrounding satellite towns who bonded over a love of playing live and having fun. Their determination and grit has garnered them support from Huw Stephens and BBC Introducing as well as support slots with some of the biggest new bands including Sports Team, Orchards, Wild Front, Jerry Williams, Swimming Girls and Fickle Friends.

‘Humble’ is a luscious guzzle of invigorating sugary smooth indie pop at its fizzy refreshing best. Daniel Surridge-Smith’s uplifting vocals drift over the glorious energetic soundscapes with a soothing velvety tone that is blissful. Shimmering synths soar over glistening ethereal guitars while the dazzling beat sets a fluctuant foundation for this glorious track to rebound and intensify off. It’s brimming with adrenaline and a youthful surge of vitality as the catchy choruses and divine melody charm their way into your brain. The 80’s – esque disco beat keeps the track pulsing along with heart gripping intensity while the indie rock guitars add a dash of zest and edgy quality to this exhilarating earworm. It’s an instant dance floor track that is sure to do well.

Describing the single frontman Dan Surridge-Smith said: ”Humble was written straight after Christmas, we didn’t really have a break, we gigged and rehearsed all the way through. It was written after meeting a few bad people at a few shows when we started traveling about for gigs. I guess it’s around that time when it all started getting real for us, so we just ended up writing and experimenting with what we were capable of, and now we have ‘Humble’. It definitely means something to us as a band.”

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LOVR ‘Surf’s Up’ EP

LOVR is the solo project of Irish songwriter/producer Brendan McGlynn who has now released his new EP ‘Surf’s Up’. After his involvement in a number of successful Irish bands, he began this solo venture. LOVR combines rich pop melodies, 80s soft synths, layered guitars and vocal harmonies to create his sound. ‘Surf’s Up’ is the second EP from LOVR

‘Surf’s Up’ is a luscious, heavenly sweet collection of tracks that soothe the soul in a blanket of dreamy cosy soundscapes. Rushing with breezy freedom inducing synths and nostalgic honey drizzled melodies each track flows with a subtle adrenaline rush and blissful euphoric vibes. Pristine production and crisp textures evokes every emotion in the listener with flickering immaculate sea side images of euphoria. ‘Instructions For Surfing’ kicks all this off with McGlynn lamenting over warm keys and the calming sound of waves. His knack with delicate melodies becomes instantly apparent as he gently coos a sweet nostalgic melody with an 80’s pop undertone. The pace of this track is magnificent, it slowly burns with a glistening glow filled with soothing wholesomeness as McGlynn’s soulful vocals hit you right in the chest. The magical charming tunes continue withSurf’s Up’ as a soft spongy beat accompanies chiming keys and lush dreamy vocals. These are tunes to fall in love with, they are filled with tender tones, heavenly sugar sweet melodies and sublime dreamy soundscapes that wisp about caressing your ears with ethereal graceful bliss. ‘Song Of The Sea’ adds a hint of vibrancy to the EP. With choir like backing vocals layered over a jungle like beat, cinematic soundscapes and instant gush of adrenaline. It’s the kind of track that evokes picturesque images like it should be in a  Disney movie as the main character runs to the freedom or joy they have always craved for. This is the most gripping and vivid track on the EP. It is pretty intense and flawless.  Each track lays you on a light fluffy cloud of tranquilising soundscapes floating about soft synths and sublime harmonies over delicious pop goodness to create a unique yet consoling familiarity. The time stopping ‘Survive, Hold On, All You, Need Is, Time’ and the elegant closing track ‘Movin’ To LA’ are prime examples of this. With a glistening lamenting guitar feature gracing the latter with an angelic embellishment like a dream just out of reach pulling at your heartstrings while calming synths drift about the fragile melody -it’s the perfect sweet end to a beautiful EP.

‘Surf’s Up’ is an EP to cherish. Its bitter sweet delicacy is one to be admired as McGlynn finely blends sweet mesmerising melodies to create a wholly enthralling and exquisite listening experience.

When asked about the EP McGlynn said  “I made this EP about surfing because I don’t surf, but I wanted to. I was drawn to the lifestyle surrounding surfers, their freedom and connection with nature. So I thought if I write about it then I’d have to go experience it and learn about it, so that’s what i did. This is why making music is so powerful. You can take one thing you love and use it to enable you to experience things you never have before.It’s the perfect catalyst.”

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The RPMs ‘Gotta Let Go’

The RPMs are set to release their new single ‘Gotta Let Go’ via Xtra Mile Recordings on Sept 28 via all digital formats.New single ‘ Gotta Let Go ‘ raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. Following the success of their previous singles, ‘Your Ghost’ and ‘Let Things Happen’ new single, ‘Gotta Let Go’ is cast firmly in the mold of an indie pop dancefloor banger. The RPMs emerged from the Brighton scene that has also birthed contemporaries Black Honey and Fickle Friends. The band was formed in Dorset by childhood friends Jack Valero (lead vocals, guitar), Callum James, (drums and backing vocals). Following a move to Brighton they were joined by Miguel Cosme on bass and gained early momentum in 2016 for their debut EP, ‘Digital Disobedience , followed by their second EP in 2017, ‘Agents of Change ‘ released via Xtra Mile Recordings. Inspired by the support The RPMs expanded to a five piece, adding in Chris Bowden on keyboards and Ollie Summer on lead guitar to carve out a more ambitious sonic direction. Aided by in demand producer Gethin Pearson (Mallory Knox/Charli XCX) ‘Gotta Let Go’ flows into their steadily evolving plot together with other significant milestones: their SXSW debut ; being chosen by Huw Stephens as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018 ; their first Radio X-Posure session and inclusion on R1’s Best Of BBC Introducing Playlist.

 ‘Gotta Let Go’ will coax you to the dancefloor with its instant dizzying flash of keys swirling around zesty guitar jangles and slapping beat. This hyped up anthem speed balls into the frantic catchy chorus ready for those mass live sing alongs while woozy sonic soundscapes rush by with an adrenaline inducing surge of dynamism. It’s one to jump frantically to while the infectious chorus seeps into you mind hooking itself firmly ready to pop up when you least expect it- keeping you humming it all day.It’s explosive, charming and charismatic- perfect for those limb flailing “dance like you’ve never danced before” nights out.

Speaking of the track, singer Jack Valero said, “It’s actually a classic break up song, but not in the traditional sense being sad and tragic, it’s about the more explosive and potentially positive side to being freed from someone who’s treated you badly and feeling empowered from making that hard decision. But can also encapsulate lots of difficult situations you might have to shrug off in life.”

You can catch The RMP’s live at :

JULY 20 – Sheffield – Tramlines Festival

JULY 21 – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival This Feeling w. Pirate Studios Stage

JULY 22 – Stockport – Blackthorn Fest

AUGUST 3rd – Kent, Edenbridge – LeeFest Neverworld

AUGUST 4 – Kent Edenbridge – LeeFest BBC Intro Kent Stage (Abbie McCarthy)

AUGUST 10 – Peterborough – Green Meadows Festival

AUGUST 12 – Cornwall – Boardmasters

AUGUST 26 – Warwickshire – Camper Calling

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