More new sounds on Sunday for you. Hope you find something to enjoy, and please feel free to comment below. Many thanks to all contributors.
Tove Styrke – Mistakes: Newly released single from this Swedish singer-songwriter. A platinum selling and Grammy nominated artist in her native Sweden, Tove Styrke has been on a fast rise since the release of Kiddo, bolstered by striking lead single, “Borderline,” as well as strong follow-ups, “Ego” and “Number One.” The album paved the way for a full North American headline tour, SXSW appearances, a performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and widespread critical acclaim.
Jim Button – Just A Little Less: “Only a few years ago while curing herself from her anxiety of sleeping in the dark while hiking through Norway the woman that goes by the name of Jim Button decided to go for a career in songwriting. The back then photographer wanted to write songs. Songs for others to perform. To do so she simply taught herself to play six chords on the guitar and got started. It did not take too long until she realised that there was more to her songs. From that moment on she wrote for herself as well.”
Topia – Lay It On The Line: “Born from a love of euphoric and gothic pop, Los Angeles electronic duo TOPIA, consisting of Jack Payne and Jack Guimon, set out to explore that yin and yang… “Lay It on the Line” is a track that deals with emotional honesty, specifically about how it’s difficult to explain how you feel about something or someone, but it’s always worth it to make that effort. It’s a leap of faith, hoping the feelings will be reciprocated, while coming to grips with the possibility they won’t be.”
Patrick Joseph – Waiting to Begin: New single. “Pittsburgh native, Los Angeles resident & Award-Winning singer/songwriter Patrick Joseph has been active in the music world for years now, having toured extensively … With the support of music licensing, having landed dozens of film and TV placements (including The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl), and the support of influential independent radio such as KCRW and KEXP, Joseph has independently forged a spot for himself as one of LA’s brightest young songwriters and rising stars on the indie scene.”
Black Coast – Medicine (feat. Ponette): “The latest single from Black Coast … It’s a dreamy, minimal, alt pop song. Having grown up in The Bronx, Stan Rapoport aka Black Coast has been deeply rooted in New York’s music scene since he was a teenager. “Medicine” features … Helene Svaland, singer of Norway based outfit Ponette. With the two living on different continents, they wrote the song entirely through bouncing ideas and demos back and forth through email and Soundcloud. “I came across Ponette on a random Soundcloud share and really loved Helene’s voice; it’s really dreamy and emotional, so I wanted to contrast it with instrumentals that a more haunting, cinematic feel.””
Saunas – My Body: “Debut single from Nashville-based duo Saunas -Saunas is a brand new project out of Nashville, TN. The project began when two friends, Hans and Jay, reunited at a wedding and began collaborating. Between sessions in Nashville and Atlanta, the two developed a unique sound with nods to ’70s and ’80s pop and rock. With lyrical themes centering around the vacuity of modern life, patience, and becoming a better person, Saunas seeks to be a sort of self-help band for both artist and listener. Their forthcoming self titled EP was produced by Jeremy Clark (Rayland Baxter, Okey Dokey) and is set to release later this year.”
Danny Darko feat. Alisha Jade – Tainted Emotions: A new “future chill” single from Danny Darko, featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Alisha Jade. “Danny Darko is an eclectic italian artist, producer, DJ, musician (electric/acoustic guitar, keyboards). His productions cross a wide range of EDM styles, house, deep, electro, progressive, indie-dance and dubstep. With a constantly evolving sound, Darko continues to experiment with and cross over into various musical genres.” More here.
Priest – White Wing Dove: “PRIEST is electronic-based indie-pop comprised of vocalist Camille PRIEST and producer David Kazyk. Soaring electro-pop complete with lush synths, trance-enducing rhythms, and Camille’s enchanting vocals, she has captured the attention of music fans and critics alike. Garnering widespread praise among notable outlets like The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Nylon, NME, Earmilk, Idolator, Stereogum, The 405 and Indie Shuffle, and earned them well positioned live slots performing with Joywave, Young Empires, and Grace Mitchell. Nylon accurately pointed out that, “If Sofia Coppola is looking for a new artist to soundtrack her next film, Priest is it.””
Pekoe Cat – A Maze: “Pekoe Cat is multi-instrumentalist/producer Kyle Woolven and self-proclaimed as the artist you’ve never heard of. Woolven is part of the non-existent indie scene in Belleville, Ontario. His new single “A Maze” is a psychedelic trip through his many musical influences and a peek into his warped melodic mind. Pekoe’s goals: create, progress, and one day reach 40 Twitter followers.”
Alba – Diamonds and Cash: After her ethereal debut single “Life of A Bird” the Helsinki based singer-songwriter Alba reveals a different side of herself with “Diamonds & Cash”. It’s a confident pop song that adds her to the ranks of strong and independent Scandinavian female artists. More here.
Elijah James and the Nightmares – That Girl: “Indie-rock eight piece from Liverpool … Drawing influences from Elliott Smith, Joy Division and Pixies, Elijah James writes spellbinding melodies around thoughtful lyrics, that are brought to life with his dynamic baritone voice and band of accomplished musicians who weave the intricate instrumentation around his captivating stories.” From their debut EP. (My apologies, I thought I’d included this in SoS 45, but I missed it out).
Razorhouse – Regan’s Song: ““Regan’s Song,” the latest video collaboration by Razorhouse bandleader Mark Panick (http://punkdatabase.com/wiki/Mark_Panick ) and filmmaker and photographer Peter Rosenbaum (https://www.peterrosenbaum58.com/#/regans-song/ ), is a vivid, black and white tribute to Regan, who was a fixture in Chicago’s punk and LGBTQ bar scene from the late 1970s until her death in 1997. The track “Regan’s Song” appears on Razorhouse’s 2015 Codex Du EP.
Shakedown Stockholm – Out of Mind: “New single from Cheshire based 7-piece indie rock pop band, consisting of two sets of identical twins … Described by Alan McGee (Creation Records) as a ‘bluesy Fleetwood Mac’ the band offer a blend of lush, mesmerising harmonies layered over relentless aching guitar fuelled anthems, and their newest single Out Of Mind is exemplary of this. The lyrics tell the story of two people, who despite years apart and an uneasy past, always knew they were meant for each other, a story that many can relate to.”