Here’s another monthly showcase of new releases including songs by Brettina, ALMA, Turnover, Budjerah, Bess Atwell, Anna Shoemaker and Bryde
EPILOGUE BY BRYDE
Though an unfiltered look at love and heartbreak, singer-songwriter Bryde still manages to imbue Epilogue with a sense of wonder. It comes from her soothingly melodic voice and inventive guitar strokes that augment the song at every turn.
EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL BY ALMA
Finnish punk-pop sensation ALMA is back with Everything Beautiful, the first single from her upcoming second album. Packed with a giant chorus, chiming synths and a stonking hand-clap rhythm, it’s the summer anthem we need right now.
GOLDIE BY EMILY JEAN FLACK
A song all about throwing caution to the wind, Emily Jean Flack’s Goldie echoes the sentiment at its heart. Driven by a hefty beat and sprinkled with euphoric production touches, it makes you want to forget your woes and dance the night away.
STARLIGHT BY RXTH
You’ll know by now that we’re big fans of Rxth and the subtle ways she is able to elevate her empowering pop music. On latest release Starlight the melody and production circle each other before coming together in one giant hug.
STELLA RAY BY SHANE COOLEY
With a naïve charm that can only be achieved by an accomplished arranger (think Brian Wilson), Stella Ray is a chance for Shane Cooley to show off his breezy side. Injected with the sounds of 60s pop, it’s a serious summer jam.
I’M YOUR GUY BY ANNA SHOEMAKER
“I will get you through your lonely night,” sings Anna Shoemaker on intimate new single I’m Your Guy. Written with Richie Quake, the electric guitars of the chorus act like a needed arm, lifting you up when all others have passed by.
SPELL BY BRETTINA
Bahamian singer-songwriter Brettina makes floaty neo-soul music that warms your spirit as it gently brushes by. As fresh as a rum punch enjoyed against a backdrop of sea breeze, new single Spell is a perfect example of what she does so well.
INSANITY BY SUNNY REYNE
Skittery drums are the first thing to grab your attention on Insanity, the new single by Melbourne nu-soul artist Sunny Reyne. Slowly though, space is made for her measured and layered vocals to take centre stage, it’s where they belong.
WHEN IT ALL FALLS APART BY THE BROTHERS COMATOSE
When It All Falls Apart is the latest offering from five-piece string band The Brothers Comatose. Finding the Californians in a musically upbeat mood, the slightly sombre lyrics can’t stop the group’s toe-tapping fresh-air feel from doing its thing.
GECKO BY DANKO
With a hint of Kings Of Leon at their most anthemic, Gecko is the latest song from Scottish rockers Danko. Particular highlights are the full-hearted vocals of frontman Lewis White and crash, boom, bang drums of Matthew McAllister.
TIME COMES IN ROSES BY BESS ATWELL
We think of songs as living entities whose adventures only just begin at the point of release. This Igor Haefeli remix of Bess Atwell‘s Time Comes In Roses takes the original and dips it into a luxuriant pool of atmospheric electronics.
MARTHA BY TINA BOONSTRA
With a sound so intimate that you genuinely feel like you’re sat opposite Tina Boonstra as she performs a concert just for you, Martha is a striking introduction to a rising indie-pop talent – we’re already demanding an encore.
READY FOR THE SKY BY BUDJERAH
With a soulful sound that could have come straight from 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Ready For The Sky is actually the work of Australian artist Budjerah. The crystalline vocals and sharp production only add to the classic feel.
3 WHOLE DAYS BY WYSE
By bringing together elements such as a rippling rhythm, surf-noir guitars and atmospheric synths on 3 Whole Days, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wyse has come up with an alt-rock sound all of her own.
MYSELF IN THE WAY BY TURNOVER
Unexpectedly, Myself In The Way by Virginia band Turnover transported us to an alternative universe where Daft Punk were making funky and blissed-out rock jams. The title track from their upcoming fifth album, it’s an absolute groove.
YOU SHOULD BE FINE DOWN THERE BY COLD GAWD
On You Should Be Fine Down There the shoegaze sound of California’s Cold Gawd is both lush and forceful. Layers of guitar create the atmospheric tidal swell before the drums bring the crashing waves that the vocals manage to float upon.
ICKY COTTAGE BLUES THE HAPPY CAMPERS
As we all set off on our summer holidays, The Happy Campers’ Icky Cottage Blues is a humorous reminder that things don’t always go to plan. From bold spiders to sticky carpets to suicidal mice, this destination won’t be getting a return booking.
ALWAYS LATE BY THE HORN
An anthem for the punctually challenged, Always Late is a charming indie slow-burner from north London’s The Horn. With guitars, bass, keys and drums in appropriately sluggish mood, it’s not just frontman Jonny Taylor who’s taking his time.