On her most recent single, HĒIR, who you may also know as Patricia Manfield, vividly outlines a time when the title rang true. Pulling from the personal experience of a close friend, she paints a gripping and morose nightclub setting, one where you’re on the dancefloor, waiting for your partner to arrive, when you mistakenly find out they’re seeing someone else.
Blending elements of R&B, pop, and alternative, she’s developed a brand as dreamy as the places she pulls inspiration from. Her most recent, “Double Decker”, is a warm glimpse back into her teenage years, when her and her friends would take the double decker bus from Solana Beach to Del Mar and get wasted before entering the famed fairgrounds.
Sometimes you just need some time to keep your head in the clouds. Groovy and melancholy, dreamy and sharp, “sonic96” is distinctly European; top tier indie pop that has many attributes reminiscent of the genre’s greats like Gorillaz, Foster the People, or Metric. And in 2021, a time when dreamy alt pop has been beaten into banality, it’s a gloriously refreshing reminder of just how great it is when a true artist does it the right way.
Philadelphia has a certain swagger to it that you won’t find in any other North American city. There’s a proud yet laid-back underdog mentality that is perhaps derivative of location; just 90 minutes south of New York. There’s also a comfort level you won’t find in a city like New York or LA. You can live in neighborhoods where rent isn’t outrageously expensive, and street parking is a cinch
Mental health is something we all deal with. Even when it’s not the most pressing, it can still be a real issue. That’s what Taska Black and Violet Skies are talking about on their most recent collaboration “When I Come Home”.
Brandon and Savannah Hudson have been making music together for pretty much their entire lives. Still just 23 and 21 years old respectively, the duo is absolutely rolling. Just last week they dropped their newest mixtape, tape 003.
The Panama-born, Texas-based “Disco Maniac” is back with a viber of a new single in “Shaggy Dynamite”. It’s everything you’d expect from the psych-popster; smooth, fresh, and in the pocket. Thematically it’s about convincing yourself when you’re over someone. In his own words, “Faking it ’til you make it.” Furthermore it’s the second in a slew of singles he’ll be releasing of a brand new EP that he’ll be unveiling later this year.
The American indie pop group actually came together in Australia when Noah Taylor followed his heart across the world, and down under. He ended up crashing with the group of guys who unknowingly were about to become his bandmates. With a modern alt pop sound that pays homage to some of the genre’s most prolific artists like The 1975 and Troye Sivan, 19&YOU has already emerged with a compete level just as exciting as the aforementioned greats, and they’re just beginning to strut their stuff.
“There’s a great sense of freedom in being an independent artist, but you don’t become very rich. But at the end of the day I get to share what I truly love and am passionate about. It’s cliché but every time I meet people on tour, coming to my shows or reaching out and telling me my songs mean a lot to them, I feel like the richest person in the world.”
Music is meant to unite us. That concept feels especially relevant today, but for the brothers of Saint Nomad, it’s become one of the driving principles behind their lives as individuals, and a band. Nikita, Ruslan, and Yan Odnoralov were just small children when their parents moved their family from a small Russian city called Pyatigorsk between the Black and Caspian seas to Denver, Colorado, USA.
“I wanted to make something to make people dance and move, and ultimately connect with all those not so distant, nostalgic, summer memories and romances in which we lose ourselves in the present moment. I hope this track gives you a brief pause from whatever you are facing in life right now and really serves as a reminder that we should all dream big, dream more, and love harder – now more than ever before!”
While chaos and cold weather overcome the world around us, perhaps the best way to cope is to momentarily disconnect. And Sally Boy’s debut EP EREZ, which dropped just yesterday, is the perfect antidote for any early onsetting seasonal ailments. What he dubs himself as “pretty boy rock”, is a smooth concoction of guitars, grooves, and sunshine.
The independent pop artist, who’s real name is Steph Wells, garnered a lot of buzz during Spotify’s wild west days, circa 2015-2016, when independent artists were regularly playlisted based solely on the merit of their music – (what a concept!). While the game has gotten increasingly harder for independents, Wells has pushed on, continuously growing and evolving as SUMif.
With three singles under his belt already in the rollercoaster ride that is 2020, he’s back with yet another new jam in “The Word”. It’s a smooth dance pop tune with a groove and guitar tone that are perfect for the late summer feels. At the ripe young age of 20, he’s got a bit
We’ve all had that feeling before – stuck in a rut, not knowing how to take the rollerskates off. Indie pop’s favorite bad girl Sizzy Rocket comes to terms with that on her new single “Rollerskating”. It’s a refreshing change of pace for the singer-songwriter, a mellower side she hasn’t shown much of since she emerged in the mid-2010s.