Who said the Summer is not the best time to discover new music? This month’s selection is filled with very new acts and some premieres in the indie music industry. Condensing the full spectre of indie styles, these are songs for everyone, from the heartbroken to the happy ones. We even got promised some of them will be coming to Portugal soon, if they are given the opportunity. So, listen attentively to be ready when it happens.
Rain On Monday – Kill My Love
Kill My Love is Rain on Monday‘s debut single. This track is one that stuck in our heads and created a whole lot of expectations for what’s to come from this new artist. One of the reasons for why this happens is the way Kill My Love sounds a lot like our favourite ever interpreters of the so called indie-rock-folk compositions, while having it’s own thing. Check it out:
Lewis Capaldi – Lost On You
After the absurdly beautiful and intense debut with Bruises, Lewis Capaldi is back. And trust us when we say his second ever song is nothing short of perfection either. Lost On You is about feeling like you can’t make someone happy no matter how much you try. Charged with emotional meaning, heartbreaking lyrics, and again Lewis beyond gorgeous voice – Lost On You does not need more than the piano either. Honest songwriting, transcendent singing, and an heart in the open, for everyone to see.
Fenne Lily – What’s Good
What’s Good is Fenne Lily‘s latest single and it was dropped March 17th. Early July, it got a video. In fact, that same day Fenne Lily released her first ever official music video. “What’s Good is about the loneliness of realising you want somebody more than they want you; of playing by someone else’s rules. We wanted the video to articulate that feeling of isolation and powerlessness by playing ‘team’ sports alone.”
Kamaliza – Zanzibar
Zanzibar is Kamaliza‘s second track and it is about about taking the next step in the direction you feel you were destined for, even if that means saying goodbye to those that you care about. I believe there are unknown forces that guide us; in this tangible world of science and fact, it’s the unknown that I’m learning to trust… I’ve come to realize that although fear is a necessary, evolutionary response, if you let it get in the way of your focus it can cripple you. However, when a healthy amount of fear sits parallel with passion and reverence for your chosen field, it’s a winning combination.
Lauren Ruth Ward – Did I Offend You
Did I Offend You is Lauren Ruth Ward third consecutive single in four months, and an overwhelming 60’s-meet-modern-soul-powerful-rock song. A track that surprises from the first moment. It is capable of echoing vibes resembling Florence and at the same time bringing back the cadency of songs from Alabama Shakes. While both on stage and on record, her guitarist (and songwriter partner) Eduardo Rivera keeps being cool and calm, Lauren is usually seen all across the stage. A powerhouse both vocally and physically. That feeling is also reflected on the (just released) video of Did I Offend You.
Georgi Kay – Scary People
Continuing the same cool, electronic, underground vibe, Georgi Kay released six days ago a brand new dark electronic single called Scary People. “It’s about shedding light on the toxicity that surrounds us, reaching out to those who are desperate and suffering in their own way, letting them know that despite the truth that we are living in a scary time, a scary place, amongst scary people – that we must stay strong, fight that fire with fire and keep the love alive, burning always with the hardest flame.”
Oliver Tree – Cheapskate
“Unique vocals” to describe Oliver Tree‘s masterpiece instrument is an understatement. Cheapskate is built upon an atmospheric environment that gains depth, momentum and just a tiny bit of freakyness once he opens his mouth. Electronic, hip-hop-ish, oddly perfect, this is as mysterious and catchy as it gets.
Sara Hartman – Dance With A Ghost
Sara Hartman featured our Best Songs of 2016 and our Best E.P.s of 2016 and for the looks of it, she’s going to make a presence in 2017’s lists. Dance With A Ghost is fast paced, much like her previous Monster Lead Me Home, and folk-pop infused. The back vocal choir (that by now is a constant in Sara’s work) just put an extra humpf to this fun, dancey and inspired song. The music video that accompanies the single is equally energizing and captures beautifully the sense of freedom in letting go.
Drömstad – Rain
Another debut being featured in this list is Drömstad‘s Rain. This is a song that from the first bit of sound makes us feel like our heart is right on the tip of our lungs. They see it as a late-nigh song about the conflicts of unrequited love. And we truly feel it, almost like a love longing lullaby, Rain slowly captivates and lingers. With a minimalist piano (inspired by Philip Glass) and Amanda’s melancholic voice, everything works out like a nightly trip to a cold heart.
Wolf & Moon – Garden Of Potential
Wolf & Moon are a Dutch-dream-duo which now lives in Berlin, which just released their very first single entitled Garden of Potential. This beautiful folk-pop song is also the soundtrack for the beautiful scenarios of Açores in their first ever video. This is a folk-nomad contemplative phenomenon, where vocals sound like a mix between violins and an harsher storyteller. And the sort of banjo in the background takes the whole song to another level. So simple, it hurts. Dreamy and addictive. What a debut.
See you next month.