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Oakland, California – An artist that I’ve really loved lately is Hazel English, who will be releasing her debut EP Never Going Home on October 7 via Marathon Artists. Today, she shared her newest track “I’m Fine”, a dreamy, synth-driven track that’ll pull your heart strings. The track starts off with some gritty guitar chords but it sets the tone of the song and contrasts nicely with English’s synthy vocals. “I’m Fine” may have a light, airy sound but the softness of the track adds a melancholy sadness that’ll catch you off guard.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – On October 7, Suburban Living will be releasing their sophomore album Almost Paradise via 6131 Records. Take a sneak peek at the album with their single “Come True”, a heavy synthpop-driven track that has that almost erratic chillwave sound. It’s kind of insane how synthy this track is but when you keep listening to it, you’ll find the inner groove within the song soon enough. The lighter vocals on “Come True” add a nice contrast to the reverb. It’s kind of like a cross between Deerhunter and Here We Go Magic for me, and I’m digging it.

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On September 2, Southern Shores will be releasing their debut album Loja on their home label, and one of my personal favorite labels, Cascine. The duo released new track “Riders”, a gloriously synthy track that sounds ethereal beyond words. All the light vocals that echo throughout the song give the song a heavenly presence and the airy synth is simply breathtaking. The percussions keep the song grounded, always giving “Riders” something to go off on. The ending to this song is delicate and soft, and finally finishes with the lightness that the song starts off with.

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I think you all know that I’m a huge fan of Madeira. Our synth pop princess announced that she will be releasing her debut EP Bad Humors on September 23 via Carpark Records. Her newest single is “Come On Thru”, a glistening pop track with some darker melodies and harder vocals. I was definitely thrown off a bit with how much the vocals stand out on this track rather than her usual blissful synthy vocals that melt right into the track. With “Come On Thru”, you can hear a clearer direction and groove in Madeira’s music that just shows how she’s developed as an artist.

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Newcastle, UK – Just a few days ago, dream pop band Seeing Hands shared their newest single  “I Knew You”. If you’re a fan of Wild Nothing right when they came out, you’ll enjoy this song – it has the same heavy synth sound with some darker melodies that makes it less of an easy-listening song than the ones that Real Estate makes. “I Knew You” is the perfect mix of heavy synth pop but super dreamy reverb and if you’re trying to numb yourself a little bit, this is the song to listen to.

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Oakland, CA – Trails and Ways will be releasing their sophomore album Own It on October 7. From the upcoming record is their single “My Things”, and the band just released a music video featuring their very own Keith! I had the pleasure of interviewing him when they had released their single back in spring and “My Things” is a song relative to the capitalistic nature of society and perhaps even more so about the excessive value and attention people give to their things. The video is a funky little piece, featuring Keith and all his things, or at least a good portion of it. He has some pretty solid dance moves in here that I might draw some inspiration from but check it out! It’s all stop motion :~)

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Southern Shores will be releasing their debut LP Loja via Cascine on September 2. From the LP is new single “Palo Alto”, a beautiful synth pop track featuring some dreamy vocals. I feel like there’s no good way to describe this track because the way the song builds, it’s practically breathtaking. Southern Shores has lots of layers in this track and while it’s a pretty thick track, the light vocals and escalating build kind of brings about a delicate airiness to the track.

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