“Through the juxtaposition of happy and painful images, I have tried to express the fragility of beauty and love in the face of the long work of demolition that is underway.” The talented Belgian songwriter and producer constantly deals with the sentimentality of everyday life in his songs. And despite the often melancholic tones, the music never seems heavy and oppressive, but rather inspires like sweet poetry.
English songstress Mabes might just be the conduit that bridges the gap between the two unsuspecting regions. One part pop, two parts folk, and more than a dash of Western twang, Mabes is an intricate tapestry draped in unlikely inspiration. Her outre luxe disposition is materialized by the way of her darling vocal instrument and a cherished relationship with her guitar.
The latest track by singer-songwriter and producer NOËP feels like a fresh breeze and is the perfect sound to start the weekend. ‘No Man Is An Island’ is another great piece out of his forthcoming debut album, which will be released in November. The way the song has been composed, progressing more and more into a complex electronic upbeat track, provides surprises.
Charlotte Mary O’Connor aka Charlotte OC started her music career very early and signed her first record deal at 18. The last year was not easy for all of us and it was also a hard year for the British singer and songwriter. In her forthcoming full-length album “Here Comes Trouble” she deals with some of these painful experiences – the loss of her father, the end of an relationship.
“It’s okay” could be the title of the band’s biography. It’s always a long way to the here and now, and no matter how things go in life, or whatever you decide to do, somehow it´s always good at the end just the way it turns out. That’s how I would interpret the message of the new single It´s OK by Berlin-based indie rock band PICTURES. A classic rock indie song, driven by powerful guitars and drums, along approachable lyrics.
The debut release “Bloom” by indie pop duo STAY GLDN has everything that makes a perfect love song, up to a voluminous and warm refrain that gets under your skin and makes you melt. Both artists, Anders and Thom, work together perfectly to create a lush, hauntingly piece that lands on the pop landscape.
We talked to Vincent Kottkamp aka who is vince and he reveals that he is an emotional guy, what music he grew up with and where to meet him on a Friday night in Berlin. “I think if we were more in touch with our emotions, and didn’t have the sense that they were a weakness maybe the world would be a better place. It’s cool to open up the dialogue about it, but in a simple way it’s also about falling in love and the vulnerability of that.”
The five-piece band Two Year Vacation describes itself as a “Swedish band making delicious pop music” and this description could not be summed up better. Coming from a country where you get less hours of sun compared to more Southern countries and therefore probably quite some melancholical moments are bound to occur. Packed in light-footed, airy sound, while the somehow rough vocals drives the songs catchy they definitely serve up a feel good slice of indie pop.
“I wanted to make a music video in person but, due to the pandemic, I had to think of a way to create something special remotely. I’m a big fan of pixel art and was inspired by the music video for ‘Move Your Feet’ by Junior Senior. I connected with Madrid-based pixel animator Apoonto and we hit it off straight away. Our goal was to create a playful game-boy inspired adventure which really vibes with the 80s aesthetic of the song.”
“Smalltalk is our debut release from a collection of tracks written during the pandemic, writing together we could tune out of the noise, I felt totally unselfconscious which is a testament to our synergy. The lyrics are all drawn from my journals, scribing my dreams and struggles with mental health. I don’t always know how to talk about it but songwriting just flows. The track has a nostalgic feel to it, written with my teenage self in mind.”
“This album begins after you’ve disagreed,” says Foreman, “You’ve had the fight, and then realize… we’ve got a long trip ahead of us. We both disagree, and there’s no way we’re changing each other’s minds.” Which is a testament to what the band’s mission has been since they formed in the late 1990s – unity. “Maybe unity is not homogeneity,” Foreman muses, “Maybe unity is people that look and think differently.”
“I’ve realized that life is nothing but obstacles and situations constantly interchanging. Take that how you want to, but I’d rather play with the changes than to resist them. You will lose if you resist change.” We had a chat with Toronto based talented singer and songwriter Rochelle Jordan to talk about her recent album, changes and the importance of creating awareness.
Nalan means something like “tear of emotion”. And indeed, the music of the singer and songwriter with Turkish roots has something incredibly gentle, sometimes melancholical deep. She already changed her artist name a few times, and is also known for projects such as slimgirl fat and part of the group Gaddafi Gals, but now will finally release her own debut album – “I’m Good. The Crying Tape” – at the end of this year.
An ending is not the end. It’s just the beginning of something else. Often just a smooth transition, sometimes a painful quick cut. That’s basically what the debut song of the Hamburg based, California-bred duo River is about. “It’s about not letting yourself get dragged down only because life doesn’t play by your rules.”
Toronto based singer Natalie Lynn´s alias Loviet new song “Chemical” – out of her upcoming album in fall – does exactly what we need most at the moment: It puts you in a good mood and pauses your mind for a moment. Wrapped in classic pop sound mixed with a breeze of nostalgia.