Little Indie's 10 hot picks that have been on the player over the last weeks. Try one, or try all!
HEART TIDE - FEW THINGS
'Few Things' is the follow-up to 'Blame' and last year's 10 song mixtape compilation, ’Vulnerable’, by Finnish outfit Heart Tide. The creation of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Samu Hietainen, the song takes an ominous route around atmospheric instrumentation, and adds melancholic vocals to give a chilled - and chilling - feel over dark and introspective lyrics: ”Playing these strings until my fingers bleed / That’s my way of coping with all that I feel / Chills creep up my spine / My breath is totally gone / Sometimes I wonder why it keeps haunting me”.
CAEZAR - WAITING
Released August 3, the debut single from the London-via-Cheltenham-based dance pop trio. Across just under four minutes, soft synths play under a dance music production and upbeat melodies that lend the right summery vibes for the season. Chris Quigley's interesting vocals spin a narrative on the complexities of love around infectious guitar hooks. “'Waiting' was written about the frustration of unreciprocated affection. We had the idea of the song based around the idea that you can’t always help who you fall in love with,” say the band.
SHLOMI ASH - TAKING ME OVER
There's a nice feel to this effective debut single from the London-via-Tel Aviv singer-songwriter. Expertly produced by Chris Potter (the Verve, Blur), the track builds on a driving drum beat and luscious sounding guitars, everything comes together for a song to gently stir the ears.
ARLO - DISTURBING THE PEACE
Championed by Radio 1's Phil Taggart, the Hackney, East London artist returns with this intricately produced and seductively vocalled new track of intoxicatingly hypnotic beats and contagious energy. “'Disturbing The Peace' is fun a song. It’s full of energy and character," he says."I’m normally distraught and broken in my records. This is a side of me that people haven’t really seen yet. It’s bold, brash and cheeky. It’s full of bravado and grandiosity. I’m literally busting out of the gate in a very loud way." Watch out for a new (as yet untitled) EP coming shortly.
VILE BODIES - HEAVEN
The lead cut from last year's 'Permanent Dive' album released through Beggarman Songs, by the five-piece alt-rockers from Ottawa, Canada. It's an easy-going, foot-tapping three minutes which sounds more CSN&Y, than their self-description of delivering "Songs about car crashes, the occult, Kubla Khan, human shit, and vampirism."
MUSHA - MY HEROINE
This three-piece from Bangalore, India who may well defy expectations of what Indian music should be. Western influences abound in this edgy, guitar-driven alt-rock track from the group (Cohen Rao - vocals, guitar; Astitva Kumar - bass; Gershom Ben - drums), which with 'Stoner Witch' and 'Paper' forms part of their 'Demos Collection'.
EXIT - SEE YOU AROUND
Produced and co-written (with TJ Piccirillo) by the Connecticut four-piece's Andrew Manning, catchy pop-punk cut taken from their 'Too Little, Too Late' album, released last month through SunPop Music. The follow up to April's '2005', and debut EP 'Familiar Ground', winds you in from its opening seconds, before picking up and rolling at a vibrant pace.
THE FLAVIANS - ON THE RADIO
Released last month, the latest from the Berlin-based quartet. The first single from their upcoming debut album ‘Ordinary People in an Ordinary World’, takes a bouncy beat with Liam Blomqvist’s rough and raw vocals, melded with 60s styled guitar sounds.
YACHT PUNK - A DOG OF DOGS FOR A GHOST
The LA four-piece bring some big-sounding indie rock riffs to this new three-minutes-plus single. Inspired by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton’s short story, The Haunted and the Haunters, it features a searing guitar that hammers at the senses as (Great White Buffalo's) Graham Bockmiller’s vocals climb in intensity and all-out rocky dude-ness.
TRAFTON - RISK
New York-based singer-songwriter-producer Evan Gordon - aka Trafton - released this latest single on August 2. The follow up to 'Here For You' is a dark pop flavoured three minutes of reflective lyrics (“When you wake up in the morning light and realize / It’s a risk but it feels like bliss”) augmented by a piano opening and Wolf's delicately pitched vocal, it is soon joined by choppy beats in an atmospheric soundscape. “I am only satisfied when doing everything in my power to move forward and up, towards greater knowledge, experience, and all the things I want in this life,” he says.