Ten of the latest hot picks that have been rockin the player at Little Indie HQ over the last weeks.
DELORENTOS - ISLANDS
The alt-indie Dublin four-piece follow their recently released fifth album, 'True Surrender', with this new upbeat, summery tune about friendship and being someone who is determined to follow their own way. Nice intro of steady beats and handclaps, before breaking out with an infectious melody, and Caribbean feel.
COUNTY LINE RUNNER - HARD TO FIND
London-based Adam Day is County Line Runner with long-term friend Sam Baldwin. Taking influences from Americana artists amongst others, this first single, produced by Bill Ryder Jones, is out June 28 on Paper Thin Hotel Records. Of the song, Day says: "'Hard To Find' is about talking someone around. When there seems no way forward. They've hit that turning point in the road. It's when they're forced to go in a different direction." There's a spacious feel to 'Hard To Find', geared for wide-open spaces and festival stages.
SOCIAL DRINKER - LET ME KNOW YOU MADE IT
Released June 23, the latest self-produced, chilled indie pop with an upbeat chorus - "that hits at 1:43" - from the Atlanta, Georgia indie electro-pop band. This seems to be their first new single since last year's 'Holding'. The wait seems to have been worth it as this is a really likeable, easily digestible four minutes, with understated synths, glitchy beats and a vocal that makes you want to hear more.
THE MOLOCHS - I WANNA SAY TO YOU
The LA duo share the first single to come from their album 'Flowers In The Spring', due on September 7 via Innovative Leisure. Speaking about the contemporary, yet retro track, which fuses a mix of 90s American alt-rock and 90s UK indie, the band say: "The words 'there's something I wanna say to you' are very liberating. They scream out. It could mean addressing someone else or addressing yourself. Sometimes you have to shake someone and yell a bit. Sometimes you have to shake yourself and yell a bit. It's good to call yourself out from time to time."
MOWUKIS - A QUICK STAB IN THE HEART
The solo project of French producer Louis-Louise Kay. After composing for movies and other outlets he "finally put my head around writing a solo album." This track gives a taste of synths, samples and effects pulled together, and which is out through Mare Nostrum Records. The vocal comes as a surprise after the opening electronic seconds, adding the right organic feel.
TIM CARR - TAKE ME THERE
Lead single from the Los Angeles-based singer/producer's upcoming EP 'Swing & Turn', combines a quasi-folk-esque feel of melancholia, fused with Carr's softly delivered vocal and delicate instrumentation, yet still has a singalong, earworm chorus. 'Take Me There’ is a compelling tale touching on the desire to escape apathy, highlighting the need to either let go and fully love or let go of a love.
TENDER GLUE - LIGHTS OUT
Taken from the New York-based singer-songwriter's upcoming 'Closet Leftovers' EP, this latest cut - recorded in the closet of his studio apartment - is something of a grower that gets better on each hearing. It's slow-burning intensity only becomes apparent on subsequent hearings. Tom describes it as a recollection of past days and experiencing life together until our lights go out.
SIMPLE FICTION - TALL STORIES
Follow up to debut single 'Enough', by London/Guildford-based three-piece, this new number came out on June 15. The hooky guitar riffs of Carlos de los Santos and soaring vocal from rhythm guitarist James Evans augment Tom Blunt's steady drums. "'Tall Stories’ is a very open and honest expression of anxiety for an uncertain future, whilst hiding beneath the frame work of an upbeat and hopeful musical foundation," says James. Catch live at the Cowley Road Carnival in Oxford on July 1.
MIYA FOLICK - STOCK IMAGE
After last year’s ‘Give It To Me’ EP and more recent 'Deadbody' single, Folick precedes her forthcoming debut album with this driving electro-synth-pop preview, that she describes, lyrically, as "the conversation you have with yourself when you're feeling lost and your colour has faded. When you're too focused on inhabiting a certain image and then suddenly you realise your insides are empty, that you're just a frame. I wrote it from a place of feeling shallow and grey and wanting to feel Full! Deep! Vibrant! I hope it makes you feel lush and coloured in.” It certainly does that with its gradual build to a bouncing pace and foot-tapping beat.
BAD BAD HATS - TALK WITH YOUR HANDS
New single from the Minneapolis indie pop-rock trio on the back of the recent 'Write It On Your Heart', both coming from their upcoming second album, 'Lightning Round', out August 3 on Afternoon Records. From its opening of distortion and Kerry Alexander's sweetly evocative vocal, it ups a notch with a catchy chorus, followed by some fizzy synths.