Indie band No Alarms have released their new single ‘Marble Bars’.No Alarms was born in Texas as the solo passion project of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Boles, and has since bloomed into a Detroit-based, fully-fledged, five-piece. Their single ‘Right is What’s Left’ was featured in an episode of ABC’s “Kevin Probably Saves the World’ and their ‘No Alarms’ EP was the 13th most added record on NACC college charts its debut week, and has since peaked at #132 on the NACC 200.
‘Marble Bars’ is a slick ethereal burst of youthful indie. it is brimming with lush synths creating that instant rush of adrenaline while a rooted rhythmic backdrop stomps and bounces on a fluctuant meaty heart thumping foundation. The track is compelling and filled with passion as the warm vocals caress the catchy sweet melody. No Alarms showcase their fine musicianship as they grip your heart firmly with every note, synth lick and guitar flutter. They douse the track in a youthful flurry of urgency while light zesty twinkles on guitar flicker in and out with an edgy sting and refreshing burst of energy. Its feel good exhilarating indie at its best.
Motions are an indie band from Dublin. Following the release of their well received ‘Late Night Calls’ EP in 2018, alongside a string of gigs and festival appearances across Ireland they have released their new single ‘Play The Hits’. . The track was written by Dave Nulty & Tom Daly and produced by Alessio Buso.
‘Play The Hits’ is a synth laced dance number luxuriate in 80’s speckled electronics. This catchy dance number is infused with rich flashing soundscapes as shimmering synths flicker and playfully ricochet off snappy beats and skittish rhythms. With a swirling ethereal atmosphere jangly guitars and smooth warm vocals this infectious number struts in cool and effortless with sticky scorching sun kissed electronics hooking it firmly into your brain. A few pinches of indie zest is sprinkled on top of this pop steeped anthem making it a charming shuffle-ready tune from Motions.
Baltimore songwriting duo Chaunter have released their new track ‘Boo Cat’. Comprised of Jenghis Pettit and Brooks Kossover Chaunter are set to release their first full length album, “Dream Dynamics” featuring an aspirational league of Baltimore heavyweights, from Dan Deacon to Sam Herring of Future Islands to Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter, Matmos, and more.
‘Boo Cat’ is a charming catchy number whisked up in dreamy synths, sizzling guitars and luscious tranquilizing soundscapes. A soft sugar coated melody soothes and slides through light guitar twinkles and floating atmospheres.The track drifts calmly and sweetly through before a catchy sing along chorus bops in, lifting the song from hazy and dreamy to sprightly and infectious. Gentle vocals caress the soft melody delicately before a magnificent group harmony introduces the rich full chorus. There’s a flute feature mangled beautifully between reverb laced guitar and ethereal synths adding an earthy texture to this unique soothing and infectious track. A little quirky and charming this track is well crafted and rushes with a refreshing retro sound that is simply divine.
No Alarms have released the video for their new single ‘Find Me’. No Alarms was born in Texas as the solo passion project of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Boles, and has since bloomed into a Detroit-based, fully-fledged, five-piece. No Alarms is blending the lines between modern indie pop and new wave revival, and building an engrossing live show from the ground up. Their debut single “Right is What’s Left” was featured in an episode of ABC’s “Kevin Probably Saves the World” originally airing on February 6th, 2018. ‘No Alarms’ EP was the 13th most added record on NACC college charts its debut week, and has since peaked at #132 on the NACC 200.
‘Find Me’ is an entrancing smooth indie pop track that swirls and floats elegantly upon No Alarms’ infectious melty melody. It’s a sleek glossy number as their rooted grooves set a fluctuant foundation for the flashing electronics to rebound and playfully ricochet off while velvety vocals coo and caress the tasty melody. With a sticky summer sun vibe this dance-filled song is uplifting and ethereal as it bounces along energetic drums and dazzling synths making for a wholly satisfying listening experience. With rich textures wrapped delicately in a multi coloured prism ‘Find Me’ showcases No Alarms ability to create a full bodied delightful tune that tantalizes all the senses.
The LA-based duo Magdalena Bay visit a darker side of synth pop on their latest single ‘Ghost’. The pop duo are 22-year-old Mica Tenenbaum (songwriting, vocals) and 23-year-old Matthew Lewin (songwriting, vocals, production). The lyrics to the new track are inspired by the iconic 80’s film Mr. Vampire, which Mica had just watched in a Chinese film class.Following the success of recent singles Neon and Waking Up, Magdalena Bay have an arsenal of finished music that they plan on unleashing on the world now that they’re settled in LA. Ghost is the second of these to be released, and is sure to show listeners a new side to the band who write and produce all of their music from their home studio.
‘Ghost’ is a silken, lustrous pop number tightly bound in laser precision electronics. This track wriggles and weaves its way through rich, pulsing beats slapping against shimmering synths while the glossy pop melody smooths on top with a dreamy luxurious texture that oozes class and swagger. The dazzling soundscapes flash with eerie dark stomps throughout creating a haunting atmosphere to this luscious pop number. Magdalena Bay have created a clean, dance-able and infectious number that moves with grace and elegance while a bubbling groove steers the track to something more sinister.
“We wanted to try something new when we started writing Ghost” explains the band. “We had just finished a string of really bubblegum pop songs. Then, this spooky beat came out of nowhere. The song is darker than our previous releases– but it’s still fun and totally dancy. To us, Ghost is what would happen if Britney Spears and MGMT collaborated on a track..”
Manchester synth pop duo Edits have released their new single ‘Cold’. Formed in the legendary crumbling walls of Salford Uni’s Adelphi building, Liv Westhead (Vocals/Synths) and Chris Abbott (Guitars/Programming) provide their D.I.Y. aesthetic; producing everything themselves, including their music videos. Their latest single follows on from January’s ‘Re-Surface’ EP and the accompanying video takes the viewer on a journey through snow-covered mountains.
‘Cold’ is an endearing, breezy synth pop number that chills and swirls with kinetic icy adrenaline. Twinkling synths glitter and glisten through the brooding melody as Westhead coo’s over the spine tingling melody. Her vocal command is mesmerising as she sweetly and effortlessly shifts into her falsetto holding a soothing yet ominous tone. The track flurries and dances about dark soundscapes as it becomes heavier towards the crescendo. The slapping beat flashes dazzling trip hop hues throughout as Edits use their electronics to their full potential- creating a cinematic icy number to chill you to the core yet entice you into the track depths. It’s a mature, bold track that slides this duo’s charming glacial sound into your frostbitten ears with ease.
Arcade Hearts have released their new single single ‘Bleach’, the second to be taken from their debut self-titled EP out this Friday 21st September on Republic of Music. After releasing their debut single in late 2017 the band have not stopped, taking the hard graft attitude of their day jobs into the music and applying a hunger only a few bands possess to make this work. This has led them to earn a loyal following and the booking of their largest headline show to date at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms. The band have gathered support from Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing, Spotify and Born Music alongside supporting some of the biggest new bands including Sports Team, Orchards, Wild Front, Jerry Williams, Swimming Girls and Fickle Friends.
‘Bleach’ is a sweet sugarplum swirl of 80’s fused indie pop that gets your heart racing with each delicious tender moment. Lush synths shimmer around the rich rhythmic ripples while the delicate melody drips and seeps like honey over this glorious tuneful soundscape. The velvety vocals surge with passion while zesty guitars inject vibrant glimmers of scintillation throughout. These guys write heart moving tunes wrapped in romance and tight angel delight doused instrumentation with a nice little underline sting to keep the edgy indie element. With a sound that evokes quivering emotion delicately and blissfully these guys are ones to keep an eye on.
Describing the single frontman Dan Surridge-Smith said: “Bleach is trying to tell a story of acute late night romance and the degradation of a mental-well being in a social age. Not in a pretentious way, just a blend or being delicate and obvious with the subject”
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”.
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.
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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Indie: (n) an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.