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.
“Much of our inspiration is drawn from scraps of our past…” These words lay the base for understanding the Bay Area-based darkpop project, Decant. The band, with Freddie Bytheway as the frontperson, features keyboardist and guitarist Joey Verdian, fellow keyboardist and guitarist Van Jackson-Weaver, and drummer Thelonius Quimby, creating a sound that is both melancholic and mystical.
The first music video from Sansyou’s latest EP, True North Coast, titled “Will I Dream (Warm Rays Mix),” feels like a warm summer rain. A warm rain that beads on the skin and one might hope, never ends. It’s a track that fills the room with its salient bass and mood-evoking guitar riffs without being intrusive.
In an era where authenticity is often compromised, Glassio stands out as an artist who draws deeply from personal experiences to shape his work. Coming from an Irish-Persian background and having lived in diverse places like Sharjah and Monterey, Glassio knows what it’s like to constantly adapt, something many of us can relate to.
“I just want to help these young artists like I wanted to be helped,” says Wantigga, a seasoned artist who has been shaping the music scene for over a decade. With roots in a churchgoing household filled with gospel, soul, and jazz, Wantigga’s musical journey has been anything but conventional.
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
In a world swamped with a bunch of noises, South Korean-Australian artist Peter Lee, also known as Munan, offers a retreat of sound with his debut EP, “Tranquillity.” “While making this EP, I wanted to capture the feeling of starting off calm and peaceful, slowly getting agitated, and then ending it on a high,” he shares. This EP isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an offering from the heart.
“Black Pool” serves as a alluring glimpse of what to expect from the forthcoming album. It is a single that irresistibly invites listeners to sing along, and it’s effortlessly captivating, making one wish the song would play on endlessly. Even with its catchy rhythm and uplifting feel, the song doesn’t shy away from its profound theme.
“I’m a big fan of collaborating with other artists who are stronger than me in their own areas. I love how it stretches me into details I never would have thought of if I was just doing it on my own,” Walshy begins, setting the tone for an artistic journey that grows on collaboration and emotional resonance. For those unacquainted with Walshy’s work, he’s transforming life’s simplicities and complexities alike into listening magic.
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.
“For me, Echo Thrills is about warmth, colors, playfulness, positivity, dream states, and groove.” With these words, Oskar Jennefors, the creative head behind the project Echo Thrills, beautifully captures the essence of his musical journey. Through his latest single, “Paradiso,” Jennefors invites listeners to immerse themselves into a shimmering disco realm. And it totally works.
Sheffield-based musician Otis Mensah is one of the nuanced figures exploring the intersection of poetry and experimental music. We are happy to premiere the latest track, “bruiser bb“, a second single from the upcoming EP released via the Berlin-based label Lekker Collective. And it doesn’t disappoint.
“Some record labels won’t even glance at a new artist unless they have a massive following on TikTok now. It’s always been this way; a social following is important, but it’s unique now,” says MarMar, an American producer now living in France. This honest insight into the music industry sets the tone for understanding the artist beyond the numbers and the buzz.
“Music is the rhythm of the soul, and Sol Blume 2023 was its dance floor.” Welcome to Sol Blume 2023, where the air buzzed with soulful rhythms of RnB & occasional hip hop. Despite a delayed start caused by unexpected venue flooding in April 2023, the festival is back under the August sky. Bay Area native Kehlani captivated us with her enchanting aura and deeply emotive vocals, leaving the crowd awe-inspired by her performance.
“If I can then take these songs and the emotions tied to them and share them with people who can connect with them in any way, if I can make them feel something, I think that is the best thing that can happen to you as an artist.” These words sum up the spirit of the gifted German singer-songwriter, Nina Bauer. Her debut EP, “Summer Breeze,” is set to be released on the 22nd of September. However, the first two singles “Meant To Be” and “Another Song” have been released as a first taste of what’s to come on the EP.