Monday, July 09, 2018
10 Little Indie Hot Picks
Ten of the latest hot picks that have been rockin the player at Little Indie HQ over the last weeks.
FIREMELON - BEFORE GOODBYE
The California five-piece create a fusion of twangy guitar - the opening seconds are ace - Americana imbedded with a little rock’n’roll grit. The vocals and rhythm are likeable and infectious on this latest single - lyrically about the end of a relationship - which also features a sweeping pedal steel guitar, resonating harmonica, Hammond organ and a dominating bassline. Firing melons - and melodies!
DRAUMR - NONE OF THESE DAYS
Rather an 80s feel to this sultry vocalled track by French dream-pop Parisian artist, Gabriel Cheurfa. This track, taken from his June released second EP 'Ethereal Mildness', is influenced by a rich variety of artists from Panda Bear to Tame Impala; he describes his sound as "ethereal dream pop and glo-fi, settling in an atmosphere at the crossroads between 'Air', 'Washed Out' and 'Paul McCartney'." There you go then.
PROVOKER - SEX WITH MY EX
Although released previously, this track also features on the San Francisco-based electronic punk-wave band's recently released limited cassette EP, 'Dark Angel'. The darkwave textures and sludgey bass meld with an evocative vocal that sounds both contemporary, and with a slight retro sound. Catch live at SF's El Rio on August 2 to hear more.
SUNGAZING - FILM
This Washington DC emo-gaze outfit released their self-titled debut album at the end of June, from which this dreamy, melancholic, post-punk track comes. It's brushed with a hazy resonance so don't think the usual post-punk style here, as the four-piece tone it down with a shoegaze coating.
AMONG THE CITIZENS - WORDS MEAN NOTHING
If 'words mean nothing', this Peterborough/Cambridge-based four-piece are doing rather well filling out three minutes on this new single released last week. An upbeat, jangly style with synth and guitar melodies, rather like the late Viola Beach. If they recreate a good vibe live, this band could be ringing potential cash registers by next year.
THE YOUTS - RIVER
The indie four-piece from Kingston, south-west London - whom Little Indie introduced here last year - unveiled this three-guitar-driven new single on July 6. There's a melodic ambience sneaking in here, amongst a raw vocal and a mosh-pit-ready chorus. Catch live at Kingston's Fighting Cocks on July 15 (free entry) to hear it, well... live.
ABDOMEN - ANGER ISSUES
Second single from the Dutch punk trio's forthcoming album 'Emetophobia', out September 14 via Dutch label Geertruida.
Raw, discordant, in-your-face loudness that is laced with a garage-pop overtones, inducing a chaotic mix of aural sensations. It all works rather well.
PRO TEENS - TULSA
The Phoenix, Arizona indie dream-rockers deliver a lo-fi chillwave pace here on this track from last year's 'Philistines' album. Andrew Phipps' dreamy vocals combine with synth-gaze melodies that flow through a lush palette of sound.
SEAWAVES - AGE OF ARIES
Manchester's indietronica dreampop duo, Si Van Brussel and Daniel Benjamin, are no strangers to what works in the realm of emotional soundscapes. This new number pounds its way into the senses on a cacophony of electronic beats to set the heart racing, while Si's vocal fixes an aural magnet to stamp its presence over proceedings.
GAFFA TAPE SANDY - MEAT HEAD
It's safe to come out, vegetarians, as the Suffolk garage rockers - following last single 'Beehive' here - are a meat-free zone really. A soya-infused sub-three minutes of infectious beats that straddles the punk-pop border with a zeal, and helmed by Catherine Neilson in true style. Produced by George Perks (SuperGlu) and out now via Antigen Records, the song's lyrical influence the band define as “an attack on the type of mind-sets people harbour which involve believing that they somehow own or have the right to the body of another person. The song is intended to be a pointed finger, an accusation and a vexed comment aimed towards reckless attitudes that exacerbate rape culture. It’s a topic we feel strongly about."