Fresh off a sold out hometown show and a BBC Radio 1 debut, Liverpool’s Toy Car are back with their newest track, “Better Than Before.” Beneath proper drums and distortion is a yearning for humanity, says frontman Shaun Hough. “We are all human and we all make the same mistakes and can learn from them,” he remarks.
The Muscovian group have kept fairly quiet in terms of new releases since 2020’s LP Bingo, but after long wait, are back. Their new single “Cold” is classic Pompeya – groovy, dancey, and retro – but moves with a sort of presence that is undeniably current. It’s an exploration of location, and what lead singer Daniil Brod calls a “peculiar” form of “sad travel.”
North American indie rock stalwarts Metric may call Toronto home, but what’s in a home anyways? The four-piece band, which is centered around songwriters Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, has…
Clean guitars, lush harmonies, and some implied sunshine. That’s the vibe on “Apathy,” the new single from Brighton-based indie rockers, Dutch Criminal Records. A bit of a nod to the Beach Boys, it reaches for breezy alternative flavors that have been repurposed time and again in indie rock – most notably the American 60s, British 90s, and Australian 2010s. It’s no surprise the band hails from where they do, as at any given moment, the mixtape would be well-fit for surf and sun.
“I’m… bewildered by the idea of people playing video games as a professional sport or filming themselves in the act for their millions of followers,” he says of the song’s title, a nod to athletes of the now-multi-billion dollar industry centered on professional gaming. It’s a smooth play in sequence with the Nottingham-based band’s other two singles this far, and perhaps a good flash of what else they’ve got in store.
Four singles deep, their latest is “Party People,” a breezy indie rock tune, that if not for its undeniably French delivery would neatly fit with the New Americana vibes – from Mac DeMarco to Mt. Joy – that have dominated American rock in recent years. There’s also a playful indie element to their latest, yet the band insists that “Party People” isn’t a party song. Nonetheless, it’s a perfect listen as the seasons begin to change across the states and Europe.
Utah’s The Aces would be a long way from home playing a gig in Boston, let alone Budapest. The foursome, comprised of Cristal Ramirez, Alisa Ramirez, McKenna Petty, and Katie Henderson, has been together since adolescence, not just as a band, but friends too.
In what they call “nu-gaze,” UK-based indie duo Amethysts create a brand of electro pop that pulls from several flavors of indie, most noticeably – you guessed it – new wave and shoegaze. Widely acclaimed, from Kerrang! to Earmilk to the BBC, the duo are no strangers to the field. Over 7 years since the release of their first single, their latest, “Bloodline,” exemplifies all the things the duo does best
Hailing from the southern British shores, Brighton-based four-piece Holler make a brand of indie that couldn’t be more of a dead-ringer for its natural habitat. Melding modulated elements of new wave with modern indie rock, much like their Mancunian countrymen The 1975, it’s a breezy cocktail of sorts that is realistically enjoyed best on the beach.
Lily Hain is spicing things up. The American singer-songwriter has been crafting melodies since she was just a little girl growing up in the mid-Atlantic province of North Carolina. Now based in New York, she’s found a home in organic, soulful musings, rife with fingerpicked guitars, and crooning melodies.
Hailing from the Nordic outpost of Iceland, Inki creates a brand of avant-pop that is difficult to qualitate. Haunting, interesting, and resolute, her sound possesses a sweeping dichotomy that feels appropriate for the plains or the club floor, an undeniably Scandinavian talent.
Dutch indie rock quartet Loupe are setting the summer right. The group make a brand of indie rock that is grounded yet groovy; breezy but interesting. Today they celebrate the birth of their first album, Do You Ever Wonder What Comes Next? Running about 45 minutes, the record needles its way through several flavors of indie, with sweeping guitars, resolute vocals, and production glitz, rounded out by steady, organic drums.
It’s fitting the album art for catGrinz’s latest single “Easily Erased” includes an old school convertible, because sonically there’s an element of cruising to it. Equal parts bedroom pop and hip-hop, its a wedding of nonchalant, yet directed sensibilities. Haunting pianos set a soundscape obscured by vintage drum machines and floating vocals.
The debut album. You only do it once, and GALE is as stoked as humanly possible on hers. The Puerto Rican artist and songwriter, who cut her teeth writing for artists like Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez, has arrived at the moment prepared. Lo Que No Te Dije – that’s “What I Didn’t Tell You” in Anglo speak – is in her own words, “a breakup album” that distills down the finest elements of urban, latin, and grunge.
Dutch neo-soul quartet Dragonfruit are bringing the vibes heavy this month. Fresh off a gig at Amsterdam’s legendary Paradiso, the group are also celebrating the release of their brand new Honeymoon Phase EP. The five track effort rocks back and forth from genre to genre, with a center of gravity that is resolute, yet joyful.