We are back with our best seven tracks of the week! This time we dive into quite a peculiar pool of genres and talents. We have folk, alt-rock, pure electro-pop… something for everyone. If you particularly appreciate any of the following, let us know, it makes us happy when we drive new fans towards a talented artist. Enjoy!
Katie Keddie » Comfort and Despair
Katie Keddie ascends to artistic glory from the industrious Nottinghamian lands, leaving us with a delicate, nostalgic folk-pop gem in the processINDIE TOP 39
Providing poignant acoustic vibes, Katie Keddie ascends to artistic glory from the industrious Nottinghamian lands, leaving us with a delicate, nostalgic folk-pop gem in the process. Originally debuting in 2019, the English songstress took a few years to regroup and research her sound. With the help of producer Jake Buckley, Keddie is now back on the new music scene with ‘Comfort and Despair’, a poignant jewel that builds over acoustic guitars, organic arrangements, and a more rocky outro. Katie’s gentle vocals are light yet evocative, effortlessly floating over the song with charming attitude. If the record is anything to go by, the project’s upcoming album has all the elements to be a masterpiece. We bet it will be. Recommended!
Aiko Tomi » Gladly
‘Gladly’ will instantly mesmerize you into its unique sonic world. Mind you, it’s a short journey; the record comes at you thick and fast, to then release you with carelessnessINDIE TOP 39
We were not ready for this, and we suspect neither will you. However, Aiko Tomi’s energy was too much to ignore, so we gladly capitulate. Hailing from Toronto, the futuristic artist grabs hip-hop and hyper-pop, blending them together into an irresistible musical sauce. The project’s latest effort, ‘Gladly’, will for sure raise a few eyebrows, thanks to its tongue-in-cheek style and unapologetic, fiery character. However, we stand with it: the piece feels fresh and innovative, plus it comes with the right amount of bubbliness. Featuring a euphoric, heavy production courtesy of Andrew Rasmussen, ‘Gladly’ will instantly mesmerize you into its unique sonic world. Mind you, it’s a short journey. Clocking in at just 1.46”, the record comes at you thick and fast, to then release you with carelessness. Try it!
Alta Falls » The Space In Between
‘The Space In Between’ explores unknown territories for the Aussie outfit, exploring slow tempos and a more emotional, delicate lyricism. Needless to say, the results are very positiveINDIE TOP 39
You might have heard of Brisbane duo Alts Falls, by now. Debuting at the height of the pandemic, their artistic manifesto was clear: fast-paced indie bangers infused with retro synthesizers and anthemic songwriting. This exuberant sound concoction gained them the attention of a multitude of industry actors, including Triple J. Not to mention their 38k TikTok followers! Enough with the past though: this week, Alta Falls shuffle their cards by returning with a more measured, ballad-like gem. ‘The Space In Between’ explores unknown territories for the Aussie outfit, exploring slow tempos and a more emotional, delicate lyricism. Needless to say, the results are very positive, as expected: featuring an evocative, glorious chorus, the track showcases a different side of Alta Falls, one that we hope to see more often. Recommended!
Love Drunk Hearts » Weekend Blues
Love Drunk Hearts is the latest Aussie discovery to bless our pages, and with them comes their dreamy, candied latest record, ‘Weekend Blues’INDIE TOP 39
There’s no shortage of music talents in Australia. Sydney-based indie outfit Love Drunk Hearts is the latest Aussie discovery to bless our pages, and with them comes their dreamy, candied latest record, ‘Weekend Blues’. Born out of a trip to the UK, the track sees lead singer Aaron collaborating with music legend John Rivers and fellow vocalist Ash Dable. Channeling the bucolic settings of an English farm, ‘Weekend Blues’ offers the listeners a fragment of peace, a sonic background where they can lose themselves. Building up sleazy guitars, laid-back groove, and layered vocals, Love Drunk Hearts did something right this time, showcasing themselves as one of the most interesting newcomers. Having already turned heads far and wide in their native land (Spotify, Triple J), the group seems to be in for a bright career. We’ll be here supporting!
PRTLND » High
The Dublin-based talent delivers a heavenly slice of pop-rock, layering fuzzy guitars against nostalgic, poignant melodiesINDIE TOP 39
Debuting earlier this year with the alt-rock gem ‘Into The Distance’, PRTLND gave a quick hint of what we could expect from the project. Echoing seminal acts such as Radiohead, Pixies, and Smashing Pumpkins, the project channels a sound rooted in 90s guitar tones and metaphorical lyricism. PRTLND’s latest record – out this week – confirms our expectations: by doubling down on his lyrical qualities, the Dublin-based talent delivers a heavenly slice of pop-rock, layering fuzzy guitars against nostalgic, poignant melodies. While he wrote the song in response to a satisfying holotropic breathing experience, describing an alternate state of consciousness, the French native also suggests: “I’m sure people will interpret it their own way!”. And we did. Did you? Recommended!
Ryan Flynn » It’s Not Gone
‘It’s Not Gone’ doesn’t fit neatly into any genre, instead borrowing elements here and there to deliver a unique and charismatic musical packageINDIE TOP 39
Sometimes, a piece of music is not just a simple piece of music, but rather a convoluted work of art, the final result of a complex thought process and real-life experiences. ‘It’s Not Gone’ is the perfect example of that, not fitting neatly into any genre, but rather borrowing elements here and there, to deliver a unique and charismatic musical package. Authored by American talent Ryan Flynn, the track departs from his usual bubbly electro-pop style to land on more intimate, trip-pop-infused lands. To our joy, ‘It’s Not Gone’ makes heavy use of a vocoder, giving Flynn’s evocative vocals a certain otherworldly quality. Frequent trumpet inserts are used throughout the track, echoing pastoral vibes in true Bon Iver style. Not to worry, electronica is still very much present, just with a more refined, leftfield identity. Recommended!
Taylor Roche » day&night
Channeling his inner The Weeknd, Taylor builds his refined and inspired songwriting over a fast-paced whirlwind of big beats and pulsing synthesizersINDIE TOP 39
Emerging from Auckland, NZ, Taylor Roche has been consistently delivering contemporary pop goodness, showcasing tremendous songwriting expertise together with an excellent vocal tone. With a background in cruise performances, the New Zealand talent now bets on his own artistry, and rightly so: everything from the visual to the production is highly curated, signaling Roche’s readiness for bigger audiences. The project’s latest effort takes the shape of an electropop jewel, ‘day&night’. Channeling his inner The Weeknd, Taylor builds his refined and inspired songwriting over a fast-paced whirlwind of big beats and pulsing synthesizers. Crowning it all we find the young artist’s malleable vocals, which on this occasion really impress us: that’s world-class singing we are hearing. Describing a relationship hanging on by a thread, the track will have you hooked in no time. Recommended!