British rockers Casino Havana are back in epic fashion today with the release of a new banger called ‘All For Nothing’.
The track marks somewhat of a comeback for the Halifax five-piece, who took some time out to work on a new collection of songs, which will culminate in the release of their debut EP. Explaining the production process behind the new single, they say:
“We’ve incorporated our own sound and taken bits from other artists to produce what we think defines ‘Casino Havana’ in this track.”
You can catch the band performing live tomorrow (30th September) at HMV Huddersfield from 3pm.
American singer-songwriter DYAN (aka Alexis Dyan Marsh) unveils a beautifully emotive new single today, called ‘Steady Hand’.
Lifted from the artist’s forthcoming sophomore album, the track fuses dark indie tones with lo-fi rock, and presents listeners with sonic elements like woodwinds and choral voices.
Alongside her work as a rising indie starlet, DYAN is also an accomplished film composer, who has worked on projects as noted as TNT drama Animal Kingdom and movies like The Unknown Country and NextGen.
If you’ve had a tough week and you’re looking for a punchy slice of pop-rock to vibe with then we’ve got the perfect anthem from you.
‘Therapy Bills’ is American artist Makena’s latest single, and is both lyrically and melodically captivating to experience.
Written as a revenge song, the track showcases Makena’s ability to craft sounds that are both bold and also relatable. Elaborating further, she says:
“‘Therapy Bills’ tells a story of personal growth and empowerment in the aftermath of a tumultuous relationship.”
The song was co-written alongside Brooke Daye, and produced by Alex Strahle. Makena has amassed more than 200k cumulative career streams to date on Spotify alone, making her one of LA’s most exciting new pop prospects and one to watch.
Danish-Faroese musician and songwriter Brimheim (aka Helena Rebensdorf) returns with her first release since 2022’s debut record, ‘can’t hate myself into a different shape’.
The wait has been long – but worth it, as the artist’s new single ‘Literally Everything’ showcases Scandinavian alt-pop at its very finest. Explaining the inspiration behind the track, Brimheim says:
“Throughout my life, I’ve behaved in a lot of self destructive ways, attempting to fill this deep, barren void inside of me with everything from drugs to self-harm. But more than anything else, I’ve had to reckon with an unquenchable desire for other people’s approval and adoration, both as a human being and as an artist. That’s what ‘Literally Everything’ is about – the overwhelming impulse to sacrifice everything, including my self respect, in exchange for a moment of admiration.”
“When I started receiving a lot of attention for my music on my local scene, it was a pivotal time for me. My lifelong dream of being a successful artist was becoming a reality, but I felt more insecure than ever. That small glimmer of fame was so enticing, I foolishly attached my entire sense of self to it. I remember reading a single negative review of my debut album, amidst an array of positive media coverage and heartfelt fan messages, and it completely obliterated me. It was brutal to confront how brittle my self-esteem actually was.”
Brimheim is rapidly marking her name as one of Denmark’s brightest newcomers. To date, this musician has picked up four Faroese Music Awards, and was a nominated entry for 2021’s Hope of the Year at the Danish Music Critics Award. The artist has also received support from the established outlets as prominent as BBC, The Line of Best Fit, KEXP, NRK and DR.
One of the most interesting releases of the week comes courtesy of rising UK singer-songwriter Duskbloom (aka Jack Osborne), with his new single ‘Disappoint’.
By blending elements of indie and pop with alternative hip hop, this refreshingly original track delivers on a sound that is distinctive and captivating in character. Elaborating on the song’s lyricism, Osborne says:
“The track came out of a crushing realisation that I couldn’t stand up for myself when I most needed to. I’d push my own voice down to placate others, bending over backwards to accommodate others when I really didn’t need to. I’ll never be one for confrontation, but eventually you have to realise that your feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s. The world still spins.”
‘Disappoint’ serves as the follow-up to Osborne’s debut single ‘Glow’ (listen here), which was released earlier in the summer. Learn more about this exciting British prospect by visiting his website right here.
It’s been a big week for Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh. Not only are they back on our screens as part of Netflix series Sex Education, but they have also just released a stunning new single called ‘daylight falls’.
As we’ve come to expect from this future-forward talent, the song pushes sonic boundaries in unexpected ways, and showcases a new edge to the singer-songwriter’s style sound.
“I was thinking about a point when I was at my lowest, and being a friend for kids who might be feeling the same, at the brink of it, especially with all that’s going on with trans and abortion legislation. Everyone’s going through it.”
Saleh’s work has been praised by iconic outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Complex, Nylon, Billboard and PAPER magazine. Impressively, the artist’s work has amassed more than 81 million streams to date.
If you’re a fan of Phoebe Bridgers or Conan Gray (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you might have a new artist to obsess over soon called Michael Isaak.
This LA-based newcomer thoughtfully blends elements of indie and folk with acoustic pop, resulting in a sound that is sincere, emotive and honest in tone. Elaborating on his new single ‘okay with this’, he says:
“Rock bottom felt like home. And in that darkness stood a strip of blue tape on my childhood bed frame. My brother put it there in some effort to tell me it’ll soon get better. That blue tape became a reminder of all the pain I endured–leaving college, losing friendships, feeling denied for who I was–but also the hope that I could overcome it all.”
A former Princeton neuroscience student, Isaak is now embarking on a new musical journey that has already seen him gain more than 70k streams from just two singles. We anticipate big things for this talent, so be sure to keep him on your radars.
One of the catchiest songs released today comes courtesy of synth-rock outfit Death Valley Dreams, and their new Brandon Yeagley collaboration, ‘Leave Me Alone’.
Aside from its refreshingly bold and energising style of production, this song’s anthemic melody is certain to stick in your minds all day. Explaining the track’s creation, vocalist Nick Coyle says:
“Originally we had a certain a singer with a higher voice of a well know band from the UK in mind for this song. When that ended up falling through, I thought who do I know whose voice would fit what we were hearing? Instantly I thought of my old friend Brandon Yeagley of Crobot. I called him up and he came down to my home studio and absolutely killed it.”
Having already found its way onto editorial Apple Music playlists, it seems likely that this will be one of the most prominent rock releases of the weekend – and we’re not surprised!
If you’re in the mood for some 90’s inspired garage rock then we’ve got the perfect banger for you today.
‘eye for an eye’ is the latest single from emerging Canadian group da nang, and delivers a style of sound that feels both fresh and nostalgic in equal measures. Elaborating on the song further, they say:
“Fuelled by life’s ugly endings, ‘eye for an eye’ is a classic revenge song that points the middle finger both outward, and inward.”
Despite releasing only a handful of singles since their debut earlier this year, da nang are already marking their name as one of Canadian indie’s most interesting and promising newcomers.
Scottish outfit Cloud House are back with an emotional new single called ‘Don’t Wanna Talk’.
The song contrasts a rousing production and anthemic melody with vulnerable and honest lyrics, resulting a track that is not only bold and energising, but also moving and sincere.
“This song is inspired by a journey I used to take as a young boy. My mum was ill throughout my childhood and I cared for her since I was old enough to remember. I always felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders as it was just Mum and I on our own. I used to put on a brave face for her but deep down it was a struggle for me. I wanted to be a kid. I wanted her to get better. I used to get the bus home and go past my stop as I didn’t want to go home quite just yet. I would go through phases of being okay and just getting on with it.” Conor McCarry – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Cloud House will embark on a short tour from the 29th September, and release their next EP, ‘Still Here’, on the 1st November. To date, the group have accumulated more than 100k Spotify streams, and received support from outlets as iconic as Clash Magazine.
Summer might well and truly be over for most of us around the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy one last shimmering bop before the cold nights settle in.
‘LEXI (MAKE TIME)’ is one of the sweetest and most uplifting love songs that we’ve come across in quite some time, and showcases rising Charlotte, NC artist Chris Buxton‘s natural flair for songwriting.
“The song represents the honeymoon stage after years of being with someone. After time spent trying to figure out if the relationship was meant to be, I finally matured and realised that everything I wanted was right in front of me. The record is the perfect song to end the summer on, and it’s a deep dive into my own relationship.”
Buxton’s music has recieved praise from heavyweight tastemakers as respected as Lyrical Lemonade, MTV UK, Fashionably Early and A1234. In addition, the musician has amassed more than 3 million streams on Spotify alone.
Hailing from Seattle is I Wish I Was A Punk Band (aka Phil Hamilton), who has just unveiled a refreshingly unique new single called ‘Ash’.
By blending elements of dreamy indie with alternative pop, the track showcases a style of sound that is distinctly original in character. Elaborating on the song’s intriguing title, Hamilton says:
“In the height of the pandemic, summer of 2020, Seattle was hit with it’s worst wildfire smoke of my adult life. For 4 days, the air quality was so bad that I wasn’t able to spend time outside for any extended periods, and the sense of the world getting smaller and more isolated kept growing. All while feeling cabin fever, social media was full of people posting pictures of beautiful sunsets caused by these wildfires. This song is a tongue-in-cheek retort to those posts.”
If this this your first taste of I Wish I Was A Punk Band, then you’ll be pleased to know that Hamilton already released an album back in 2020 called Takeda Bleach – listen here. A new EP is out soon.