We are back with our best seven tracks of the week. It is always a hard selection, there is so much good stuff out there. If you believe you have what it takes to be a New Music Sunday artist, feel free to submit to us directly, we’ll be listening!
Tarn PK » Simple Love
A luscious slice of pop goodness, layered on top of mesmerizing electronicaINDIE TOP 39
Upon listening to ‘Simple Love’, we instantly felt a sort of admiration for its author; Lyrically, it is a luscious slice of pop goodness, layered on top of mesmerizing electronica: steering towards the leftfield, but stopping short of it, resulting in a sonic concoction that sounds fresh yet familiar, brave yet comforting. So yes, you should listen to ‘Simple Love’. Penned by Tarn PK, the track represents another glorious record in the project’s history, an already successful one, if we might be so bold. Garnering more than one million streams on Spotify alone, Tark PK seems to be projected towards brighter things, with the quality of his musical output going up release after release. We’ll be listening, will you? Recommended!
Abz Winter » It’s Not Your Movie
The track features a fashionable punk-like sonic aesthetic while providing the perfect springboard for the British talent’s effortless songwritingINDIE TOP 39
The keen reader will not be unfamiliar with Abz Winter; the British talent has been active in the past couple of years, steadily releasing pop material that explores various subgenres, with the constant of her incredible, evocative vocals. Well, the keen reader will then be even more impressed with Winter’s latest record, ‘It’s Not Your Movie’. Perhaps her best release to date, the track features a fashionable punk-like sonic aesthetic while providing the perfect springboard for the British talent’s effortless songwriting, recalling personal experiences while adapting them into a song format that suits her vocal tone perfectly. Precise, malleable, and charismatic, Abz Winter is a voice to look out for!
Alex Kate » Don’t Hold Back
Navigating a productive year, Kate returns this week with a brand new, beautiful song, ‘Don’t Hold Back’INDIE TOP 39
Talking about promising British voices, your attention should leave space for Alex Kate, Norwich-based talent with a knack for poignant choruses and evocative lyricism. Navigating a productive year, Kate returns this week with a brand new, beautiful song, ‘Don’t Hold Back’. A retro-infused gem with an organic arrangement, the track builds the perfect backdrop for Alex’s charming vocals, drawing a fierce conclusion on the back of a painful experience. With her upcoming EP ‘Rebel For Love’ set to be released on the 14th of October, we are excited to see what the future holds for Alex Kate. If you’d like to catch her live, you can do so at her EP release party, at St. Peters in Notting Hill, on the 13th.
Amateur Ornithologist » Sunscreen
‘Sunscreen’ will represent a welcome discovery for the music aficionados, for the ones not afraid to deviate from the beaten path and explore alternative avenuesINDIE TOP 39
Having received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and NARC Magazine, Amateur Ornithologist is by now a solid reality. Championed by its creator Daniel Clifford, the project has been exploring a mellow, slightly retro brand of indie pop, featuring organic arrangements with a knack for vintage guitars and layered vocals. Now releasing his fourth record this year, Amateur Ornithologist offers us ‘Sunscreen’, a slow-tempo, poignant number built around its author’s fear of summer. Perhaps not a record for everyone, mainly due to its retro influences, ‘Sunscreen’ will represent a welcome discovery for the music aficionados, for the ones not afraid to deviate from the beaten path and explore alternative avenues. Like us, for instance. Recommended!
Drew Thomas » All My Friends
Navigating an energetic indie pop aesthetic, Drew builds catchy melodies and relatable lyricism, exploding into a gigantic chorus that wraps the listener around pop goodness and fierce vibesINDIE TOP 39
There’s no shortage of pop talents around: Drew Thomas is certainly one of them. Emerging from Nottingham but now residing in London, the young artist has been showcasing his songwriting prowess on a series of singles, marking a short but intense career so far. ‘All My Friends’ is Thomas’ latest effort, and frankly, it is really good. Navigating an energetic indie pop aesthetic, Drew builds catchy melodies and relatable lyricism, exploding into a gigantic chorus that wraps the listener around pop goodness and fierce vibes. Plus, the song’s message is one we can all relate to, seeing all of your friends building ‘serious’ and ‘adult’ lives, while you are stuck following your dream. Furthermore, Thomas explains: “for the LGBTQ+ community, it’s not as simple and straightforward as settling down whenever you want and naturally end up resenting stereotypical relationship culture as a result”. Recommended!
The Lost Trades » Keep My Feet Dry
It is by navigating a sound that was long lost, that they are able to connect with the present, handing the listener a well-needed musical refuge from the everyday hustleINDIE TOP 39
Anyone familiar with Laurel Canyon? The legendary Hollywood neighborhood where some of the biggest bands and songwriters of the 70s used to live (The Byrds, the Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell…). Newcomers The Lost Trades – British folk outfit – claim to be directly inspired by the Laurel Canyon aesthetic, delivering material that’s big in intentions and simple in its storytelling. The talented trio has just released ‘Keep My Feet Dry’, a mellow, folk-pop gem focusing on ecstatic vocal harmonies and accessible lyricism. It is by navigating a sound that was long lost, that they are able to connect with the present, handing the listener a well-needed musical refuge from the everyday hustle. Discover The Lost Trades – you won’t regret it. Recommended!
Wise John » Mr. Love
‘Mr. Love’ will instantly capture your attention: perhaps with its mellow choirs, groovy beats, or simply Wise John’s excellent vocal toneINDIE TOP 39
Debuting last year, Wise John was able to turn heads (and ears) far and wide, thanks to a blissful organic sound that directly borrows from 70’s pop, funk, and psychedelia. Also aided by the artist’s charming storytelling qualities, the project seemed to be off to a great start, culminating in the album ‘A Wonderful World’. This week, Wise John returns with his first release of the year, a delicious, bright pop tune, channeling all of his retro influences into an irresistible package. ‘Mr. Love’ will instantly capture your attention: perhaps with its mellow choirs, groovy beats, or simply Wise John’s excellent vocal tone. In any case, there’s quality here. Recommended!