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More new sounds for you – short but sweet this week; my favourites are The Hails and Evening Glow. I hope you find something to enjoy, and please feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Skytone – Second Hand Shops: “Skytone are the Ottawa, Ontario-based duo of Rodney and Darius Doddridge. The brothers have a keen ear for melodies that pack more sunshine and warmth per decibel than you would have thought possible. The bright jangle-pop tune Second Hand Shops showcases crisp vocals and tightly constructed hooks, with a bit of a beachside vibe. The track is off their new album JangleWaves, available via Bandcamp.”

GGOOLLDD – Excelsior Springs: “The Milwaukee-based band … have already made an impression on many, garnering a feature as a Nylon “Band Crush” and praise from AV Club for creating “synthpop that stands out thanks to impeccable production and catchy, danceable hooks.” From their forth-coming third EP, Teeth.

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Sounds on Sunday 47

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 tourSXSW 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.”

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Sounds on Sunday 46

More new sounds to investigate this Sunday, I hope you find something to enjoy and feel free to comment, below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Floral Couches – Ketamine Dreaming: “Chicago-based Floral Couches, the project of Cody Gray, released his new album “Electric Fever” a few weeks ago. One of its highlights, “Ketamine Dreaming” is a nice display of Floral Couches’ late-night atmospheric development and knack for emerging, twinkling hooks — present here just past the one-minute mark, with twangy guitars entering the fold shortly thereafter.”

Instantempire – Shapeshifting: “Instant Empire is a rock group from Denver that formed nearly eight years ago. Since then, they have released three EPs and a couple of LPs, the most recent of which – Last of the Lovers – was released on August 8th. The five-piece crafted the album with a concept centering around “the relentless march of time … consumed with finding grace and beauty in life’s tiny moments.””

Polartropica – Olympia: “New single … from whimsical space pop/bubble gum psych artist Polartropica. The track entitled ‘Olympia’ utilizes J-Pop characteristics, with shimmering dreamlike vocals, creating an electro-pop anthem. Thematically influenced by the movements for rights and equality during the presidential elections, as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics trailer, it’s a rallying cry with an energizing and upbeat message.”

The High Crook – Baby Do You Know: “The High Crook is a blues/rock band from Kolkata … the capital of India’s West Bengal state. They formed in late 2013, channeling a love for blues, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll… Anirban Roy plays a groovy bass line complementing Aditya Dutta’s powerful drum rolls. Arjun Mukherjee does a phenomenal job on the guitar and vocals, proving the calibre of the band which bagged the winners’ title in MICANVAS Coke Studio and IIT Kharagpur, Springfest.”

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Sounds on Sunday 45

Here’s some more Sunday sounds for you, a shorter list than usual as I ran out of time. My fave this week is Noah Gundersen, still time to catch him in London or Manchester if you’re quick.

Ray Monsky – Royalty: Ray Monsky is an upcoming Future Electronica musician from the UK. This is his new single, released on 30 August. “Following on from his Do Better debut – ‘I’m Too Confident’, Royalty is another vocal heavy, upbeat melodic slice of future bass. Featuring some nifty vocal edits, the track effortlessly swaps between catchy female vocal sample based choruses and Ray’s signature vocal laden verses.”

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. (Their) debut EP, will be released Live From Elevator Studios, on Saturday September 9th.”

Typeface – Someone Else: “Here’s a big song from a small town. Typeface is a partly electronic indie rock band from the town of Jyväskylä in Finland. The guys have been playing together since they were kids, and because of that they’re known as one of the greatest live acts you’ll find in Finland. That didn’t fully translate into recordings, though, before they were approached by the producer Jaani Peuhu, who is also known as Iconcrash … Someone Else is the first single out of a bunch of great songs they recorded together in an old wooden house outside of the city of Jyväskylä, in the middle of nowhere.”

Jaws of Love – Hawaiian License Plates: Local Natives’ songwriter, vocalist and pianist Kelcey Ayer side project as Jaws of Love … Having recently announced his upcoming debut album, ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, set for release via K-Rizzla/House Arrest as DL on 22nd September, with the UK CD and gatefold coloured vinyl release following up on 3rd November.”

Noah Gundersen – The Sound: “The Seattle-based musician is known for his deep and melodic explorations of relationships and religion, and is now back with a heavier and more powerful new sound, drawing comparisons with Jeff Buckley and The War On Drugs. The single is taken from Noah’s upcoming album ‘White Noise’ out 22nd September.” There are two upcoming UK gigs: 11.09.17. London Borderline, and 12.09.17. Manchester Night & Day.

Opāru – The Deep End: “Opāru is the stunning musical endeavour of Los Angeles based songwriter, singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire … Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, St. Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Self taught, her first instrument was the piano and she worked tirelessly at the craft of reading and writing music.” This is her new single.

Sounds on Sunday 44

Good morning, hope you’re ready for some more new sounds. Do feel free to comment, below, and many thanks to all contributors.

Max the Lesser – Me In Honey: Max the Lesser is a former musical theatre kid from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who does “weirdo music blending psychedelic dream pop, progressive folk, blue-eyed soul, and D.I.Y. tendencies.” This is his new single, a cover of R.E.M.’s 1991 song Me In Honey. This song is the third single from the upcoming compilation album Time Side / Memory Side: A Tribute to R.E.M.’s Out of Time to be released on Maisonneuve Music.

Wayfarer – Broken Wire (feat. LANKS): “Melbourne based producer Wayfarer teams up with fellow Australian LANKS on Broken Wire, the third in a string of wonderful collaborative singles leading up to upcoming Garden State EP. The track themes focus on growing up and not wasting your opportunities, with Lanks’ intuitive songwriting and beautifully cadenced vocal soaring above cinematic production.”

Brother Cephus – Toxic Slip:Toxic Slip is a new track from Tampa-based brotherly duo Brother Cephus with vibes reminiscent of Grizzly Bear and Modest Mouse. The track is off their newly released six-track collection Not That Important, released in late July. Opening up to new elements in their sound, Gabe and Seth felt a natural tug away from their folk and indie-rock beginnings. According to Gabe, their new sound has a “hint of Americana and old rock ‘n’ roll, but also some post-punk elements.””

Hoots and Hellmouth – The Down Part of Town: “Philadelphia roots rockers Hoots & Hellmouth have released their newest EP, Uneasy Pieces, on The Giving Groove. Frontman Sean Hoots’ voice cuts with clarity and cracks with vulnerability, soaring over rough-edged arrangements that swell from delicate acoustic guitar articulations to rich, densely textured choruses, driving rhythms always propelling forward. It’s atmospheric, it’s deeply personal, and it invites you to linger.”

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Sounds on Sunday 43

A short list this week, due to poor time management on my part. But a special shout-out to the “headliners”, YesBodyElse, and their excellent album “Elsewhere” which you can listen to in its entirety on Soundcloud. Any cries of “Nepotism!” will be studiously ignored; Matthew Rose may be the son of our own treefrogdemon but the band and the album stand in their own right. Have a listen for yourself.

YesBodyElse – Smooth Sailing: YesBodyElse hail from San Antonio, USA, and include Matthew Rose, son of our very own tfd. Also featuring Dale JohnsonRachel Elizabeth LavenJoe Reyes and many more. You can listen to the excellent album “Elsewhere” on Soundcloud (follow the link in the playlist above), or read more here.

TyC – Get To Know Ya feat. Nerose: TyC first established himself as a member of the band Carousel. He spent 2016 shadow producing and honing his craft as a songwriter and producer; this single is from his debut EP featuring Jocelyn Rivera, Sonny Step, REN and more. You can read more here.

The Bara Bara Band – Plimsoll: London folk band, this is an update of an old broadside ballad about Samuel Plimsoll, who Bristolians like me will remember as the man who devised the Plimsoll Line on ships. This comes from their forthcoming album “The Seeds Inside (The Grapes Upon The Vine)” which is due out on September 15.

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Right on time this week with another collection of new sounds for you. Hope you find something to enjoy; please let us have your thoughts, below. Many thanks to all contributors.

Jaws of Love – Love Me Like I’m Gone: Further to last week’s Sounds on Sunday, this is the second offering from the upcoming debut album ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, which is set for release via K-Rizzla/House Arrest digitally on 22nd September, with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November.

Tom Speight – The River: Tom Speight has battled Crohn’s Disease, like my son; hence my interest. This is from his EP “My My My”, and it’s rather good. You can read more here, including his UK tour dates in November.

Nick Schott – Shadows of Fire: “Nick Schott started playing guitar at age 13, focused on classical guitar from ages 17-21, and then began singing and songwriting from 21-24 (current age). Alongside Nick, drummer Stephen Cabebe, bassist Ian Earley, and keyboardist Francis Salamanca recorded the recently released 10-song album, Shadows of Fire, in four days (vocals on two separate days). The release’s theme centres around desire and individualism, with fire as driving symbolism.”

Danke Shane – Cave In: Danke Shane is the solo project of 25-year-old pop musician Andrew Burke from Washington, DC. Growing up studying classical piano and music composition, Burke draws from a wide range of influences … Danke Shane’s music offers an eclectic and slightly experimental approach to electro indie music. On his latest EP – now on Spotify … a unique sound … tinged with melancholy influenced in part by his experience working in the political sphere over the past two years.”

Four Star Riot – Oxygen: “Glossy power pop jam” released on 4 August, available on Spotify and Apple.

Brika – Just Wanna Be Single: Brika’s latest song “Just Wanna Be Single” … “a chill, alt-pop jam from her upcoming EP. The track is co-written/produced by R&B singer-songwriter and producer Shy Girls with Grammy-award winning producer Julio Reyes Copello.”

JIANT – I Really Don’t Know What I’m Running From: Duo from the Scottish Highlands. Ambient. This is all I know.

Papyllon – Seventeen, Baby: Papyllon is a young band from Prešov, Slovakia. “We´re kinda like black sheep on the scene, a four-piece: a natural shredder, a drummer, a singer, and a misanthrope. Our history began sometime in the fall of 2010. Since then, we’ve played any genre that the critics and fans could come up with. We come from a relatively small town of Prešov, in a relatively small country of Slovakia, so we´re relatively humble but somewhere deep inside, every one of us wants to sell out and buy a roadster. Our mutual goal is to be idolized sometime in the future, just like motivation speakers or cat videos.””

James Walker – Weathered: English singer-songwriter from Brighton, this is the second single from his upcoming album, “English Bones”. Currently on a 35 date European tour, here are the UK dates: 17/08 – Sofar Sounds, Oxford; 18/08 – House Concert, Hemel Hempstead; 19/08 – House Concert, Reading; 20/08 – Unplugged by the Sea, Sheringham; 21/08 – Three Minute Theatre, Manchester; 23/08 – The Tasting House, Reading; 24/08 – Caffeine & Cocktails, Reading; 25/08 – House Concert, Goring Heath; 29/08 – House Concert, Reading; 30/08 – Latest Music Bar, Brighton; 31/08 – The Library, Oxford.

Deborah Henriksson – Summer Roads: Lead single from … “Sweden-based artist who is releasing her latest album “Near and Far” in August. Deborah defines herself as a singer/songwriter of crossover styles including Celtic, folk, country, ambient and pop. In 2016, she was awarded a prize at the Swedish Folk at Heart Festival, which contributed towards the making of this new album.”

Gnarsh – The Rise of Slime: “Gnarsh’s “The Rise of Slime” … is a soulful, psych-friendly rocker that merges classic nostalgia with contemporary charm … Gnarsh is a basement bedroom recording project by Glennon Williams in St. Louis, Missouri. The aim of Gnarsh’s music is to make people smile, tap their foot, and scratch their heads. In “The Rise of Slime,” Glennon recorded his friend’s dogs barking and howling to include in the track. “I also went out a country lake with a dock, and had my girlfriend record me rocking the dock as well as playing a mad ship captain,” he explains.

Victors – Turn Out The Lights: “VICTORS is a 4 piece Pop/Electronic band from Leeds officially formed in early 2016. The band consists of: Harry Waterhouse (Lead Singer / Guitar / Synth), Simon Appleson (Guitar / Synth / Backing Vocals), Dominic Brooks (Bass Guitar / Synth) and Matthew Gillen (Drums / Sample Pad). Since releasing their debut single, Victors have accumulated over 1,000,000 streams on Spotify.”

Rainbrother – Fat Eggs: Danish, dream-folk five piece Rainbrother have just been back in the UK, sorry I missed promoting their tour dates, but thought I’d share this track anyway. “Fun fact – “Rainbrother recently played SXSW festival where Bjarke found himself in difficult situation as US immigration officials refused to approve his visa after deciding he needed a second interview. As a result, the band played their first gig in Austin with Bjarke still on his living room couch in Copenhagen. Not wanting to let Trump win, the band played the rest of their parts with a pre-recorded projection of Bjarke behind them not missing a single beat and creating a truly unforgettable performance.””