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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Antwerp, Belgium – Strap in for Few Bits’ newest track “Sweet Warrior” because this song will take you on a rollercoaster. What intrigued me about this track is how smoothly Few Bits is able to fit in so many different sounds into one song that is just over 3.5 minutes. This song gives you a taste of soft rock, twee pop, and even a bit of psychedelic pop. The intro to “Sweet Warrior” kind of gives you taste at the dichotomous sound of the track with a light pop base but erratic psychpop sound. This is definitely an odd track but Few Bits still makes it sound cohesive and it’s worth a listen.
“Sweet Warrior” is taken off of Few Bits’ upcoming album Big Sparks out September 30 via PIAS Records.
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Seoul, Korea – Last month, Neon Bunny released her sophomore album Stay Gold. I’ve been exposed to her music because she was featured on Mark Redito’s track “Daytime Disco” so when I finally heard this album, I was immediately blown away. And to be honest, I’ve been listening to a couple tracks non-stop the past few days. One of my absolute favorites is “Room314″ which features my favorite dude Mark Redito.
Her music is what I call blissfully synthy. With “Room314″, you get a bit of the classic Redito flavor mixed in so the track is pretty pop-y. But if you listen to “All I Want Is You”, Neon Bunny’s delicate vocals practically float on top of the synth and it’s driven enough by pop that it gets you hooked in the beginning.
One of my favorite songs on the album is “Romance in Seoul”. Even though the song is mostly in Korean, something about her vocals convey all the meaning I need to get from the song. The slow rhythm and her soft vocals absolutely make me swoon. All I can say is that Neon Bunny is incredible.
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Work Drugs will be releasing their new album Method Acting this Friday, and take a listen to their newest single “Talking in Defense”. I’ve listened to this band way back in 2013 and I’ve always remembered their music to have this blissful synthpop sound. From listening to this track, it’s rather reassuring to be able to hear music that can still have that pop-y chillwave sound. “Talking in Defense” brings back some memories of easier summer days but there is still a grounded sound to this song that doesn’t make it 100% blissful.
Gjøvik, Norway – Anna of the North released her newest track “Us” just a couple days ago, and you’ll be blown away by her chillingly smooth voice. Even just listening to the intro, “Us” is an effortlessly cool track with its clean electronica but light pop. Anna of the North’s vocals have the perfect airiness to them that connect each of the elements in this song perfectly. Before you know it, this 3.5 minute song will be over but you’ll have it on repeat.
Spokane, Washington – Alaska-based band Lavoy recently shared the music video for their newest single “Smile”. It’s easy to tell just listening to the first few seconds of the song why I’m a huge fan. The infectious indie dance pop sound of the song will sweep you away and the catchy rhythm of the song is one that you can’t stop yourself from dancing to. The sections of the song don’t have lavish transitions but they’re enough to keep the verses separate while coherent. There’s also a sincere genuineness in the lyrics and intentions behind “Smile”, so smiling while listening to this song is a natural reaction.
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South London – Multi-instrumentalist Hudson Scott recently shared his newest track “Get Down”. I don’t even know where to begin with this song because it’s incredible every second of the song. In the beginning, “Get Down” might seem like a regular synthpop track and Scott’s vocals have that luxurious deep sound, but when you hit the chorus, you get the full effect of the song. The pop-driven 80s synth of the song is interlaced with some heavy, heavy melodies that really give the song this complex nostalgia. At first, I was thrown back to some similarities with A Flock of Seagulls but Hudson Scott’s songwriting also has this darkness to it that contrasts nicely with the heavy synth. Needless to say, “Get Down” is an intricate track and you’ll be surprised with the progression of the song.