Today marks the return of Nashville-based outfit NIGHTLY, with the release of their new alt-pop gem, ‘on your sleeve’.
Written with the help of vaultboy, the song addresses the feelings we sometimes get when we need our partners to open up more and tell us how they feel.
“It [the song] describes a game of emotional chicken, where two people who are infatuated with each other, withhold sharing their feelings even though they are experiencing the same thing. It just creates unnecessary distance, so why not give it a shot.” – Jonathan Capeci, NIGHTLY
Over the span of only few years, NIGHTLY have achieved countless successful releases, accumulated a considerable following on social media and landed touring spots alongside the likes of Andy Grammer, Zella Day and K.Flay.
In every sense of the word, Amber Ryann’s latest release is epic. ‘Liquid Courage’ showcases a powerfully dark and intense approach to alternative pop, and one which is certain to solidify this rising singer, songwriter and producer as a star of the future. Speaking on the song, Ryann explains:
“‘Liquid Courage’ is all about the false sense of over confidence and temptation that comes along with drunk encounters and late night rendezvous. This track is as cinematic as it is mysterious and alluring.”
With her perfected techniques at music-making, it’s little wonder that Ryann has already picked up placements on key Spotify editorial playlists, as well as garnering praise from from the likes of Ones To Watch, Lyrical Lemonade and Earmilk.
Hailing from Los Angeles is hugely promising newcomer SAYAK DAS. Today marks this artist’s launch through the release of debut single ‘DID U RLY?’.
Refreshingly raw, bold and epic in tone, the track serves as an amalgamation of genres that include elements of alternative rock and R&B, soul and hip hop.
“‘DID U RLY?’ Is the break-up song I’ve been trying to write my whole life. I think just about everyone can relate to having an ex reach back out just to ‘check in’. It’s your typical ‘If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best’ – but angry.”
With such a confident and unique approach to music-making, SAYAK DAS has already proven that he is one artist that should firmly be on your radars.
Hailing from California is LA-native Dean Mitchell. Through her sleek fusions of alternative R&B and dreamy pop, this artist creates sounds that feel both current and timeless in equal measures.
Inspired by genres as varied as old-school funk and R&B through to 90’s grunge and today’s pop, Mitchell’s work draws on a multitude of influences – allowing listeners to experience sounds that are refreshingly original while still relatable.
New single ‘Hold Me Down’ features production from the acclaimed Lost Boy, and serves to showcase Mitchell’s beautiful vocals and exceptional songwriting skills.
Irish talent Filmore! really is about as fresh as they come. With a striking mix of punk, rock and alternative pop, this illusive newcomer creates sounds that epitomise the essence of youth in 2022.
Debut single ‘Where’s Your Hall Pass?’ is a confident and bold release that commands your attention almost immediately upon pressing play.
The Filmore! project serves as a character exploration of a student on school patrol, who seems to be taking his role a little too seriously…
“AFTER ONE PARTICULAR INCIDENT INVOLVING THE STATIONERY CUPBOARD, MYSELF AND THE PRINCIPAL DECIDED TO OFFER HIM TWO OPTIONS – EITHER SPEND THE REST OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR IN DETENTION OR JOIN THE SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL. HE CHOSE THE LATTER AND HAS CERTAINLY THROWN HIMSELF INTO THE TASK WITH ENTHUSIASM, ALTHOUGH PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH ENTHUSIASM AT TIMES. I KNOW THAT HE AND HIS PARTNER INGRID BELIEVE THEY ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY KEEPING THE SCHOOL SAFE FOR ALL STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT HE RATHER PECULIARLY DESCRIBES AS ‘GEEKS’, THOUGH HE HAS TAKEN IT TOO FAR ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.”
Today sees London-based German talent Ella Eliza unleashing the ultimate self-empowering anthem for Gen Z.
‘Imma Do Me’ showcases this rising singer, songwriter and producer’s skills – with its infectious melody, powerful vocals and punchy lyrics.
“Gen Z is really challenging societal standards which is incredible and I for myself have learned to give less of a f**k about who people think I should be.”
To date, Eliza has garnered recognition from the likes of Earmilk, Dummy, BBC Introducing and Wonderland. Eliza also sold out her debut show at the start of 2022, and looks set to take on her biggest year yet.
Presently commanding more than 140k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, Canadian indie-pop starlet Mikalyn is already garnering significant attention from music lovers across the globe. And pressing play on tracks like her new single ‘Phases’ gives you an understanding as to why this singer and songwriter is already so popular.
The song presents a thoughtfully constructed production that feels minimal and stripped-back, while still maintaining a beautifully emotive essence thanks to Mikalyn’s impressive vocals.
“The song is really self-explanatory to an extent; I’m singing about the different phases you go through in life but ultimately, the big takeaway from the song is to not dwell on the past. It’s not worth it because no matter how much energy you devote to it, you can’t change anything. And while I think everyone sometimes wishes they could do things differently, sometimes what you believe to be small moments can end up leading to bigger things.”
‘Phases’ is also released alongside accompanying visuals, of which Mikalyn says:
“Right from the outset, we wanted to invoke a sense of nostalgia with the video, but we also wanted it to feel authentic. And while we had bigger ideas for the video at first, Chris [Grey – ‘Phases’ co-writer & producer] and I were looking to just simply recreate the night we enjoyed when we wrote the song. What you see in the video is just us doing what we’d normally do in the span of an evening. Shooting the video in a candid style helps lend an air of authenticity to it.”
A master of many talents, German artist byelian is not only a singer and songwriter, but also a producer who creates all his work and shoots his own music videos.
Today marks the release of his new single, entitled ‘whenever it’s too quiet’. With its cinematic soundscape and introspective lyricism, the song creates a strong sense of connection with listeners and showcases this rising musician’s spectacular artistry.
Having accumulated more than 500k catalogue streams to date on Spotify alone, byelian could well be one of Germany’s next big musical exports.
American singer, songwriter and producer Michael Mayo joins forces with London-based musician Harrison Walker on the release of new single ‘Long Late Nights’.
A perfect song for the weekend ahead, the track blends dance-pop with essences of soul and R&B, creating an infectiously memorable and melodic slice of musical bliss.
“This song is written based on the feeling when you’re just driving home and you sometimes just wonder if you kept driving what would happen this song is about that feeling you get and actually doing it.” – Michael Mayo
Aside from amassing more than 600k career plays to date, Mayo is also a professional actor – and is currently working on an HBO Max production that is due to air later this year.
Canadian talent Tafari Anthony returns today with a sublime mix of soulful pop, dark synths and alternative R&B.
Released as part of the 604 Sessionsseries,’Replay’ is taken from the dual single ‘I’m Sure You Meant Well’ (out now). Speaking on the song, the Juno-nominated artist says:
“At the time of being selected for the Inaugural 604 Sessions I had just released a new project a few months earlier and had also been a few months into dating outside of my long-term partner. It was an exciting and busy time during the pandemic when all of a sudden things seemingly came to halt. I was left with many questions, very few answers and a very familiar feeling. “Replay” now feels like this very vivid snapshot in time where I was longing for that communication and no matter how I tried I was not getting it. It forced me to go inward, and I started creating my own narrative as to what was going through his mind.”
Anthony is already a noted creative in his homeland of Canada. The Juno-nominated artist has received extensive airplay on national outlets like CBC and also garnered praise from acclaimed tastemakers like Billboard and PAPER Magazine.
Captivating listeners all across Australia (and much of the world) from as early as 2014, Nick de la Hoyde’s style of music-making has treated fans to indie-pop sounds that are both expertly produced and packed with emotion.
New single ‘Close To U’ focuses on the feelings that we experience when we commit ourselves into achieving something – and reminds us that the journey is just as important as the achievement itself.
To date, Nick’s award-winning work has been featured on established outlets like BBC Radio 1, KIIS FM, The Hit Network and Sirius XM. Nick has also carved himself as a notable songwriter, collaborating and writing with artists globally.
One of the most impressive releases of the week comes courtesy of rising US starlet Lorelei Marcell.
Emotive new single ‘Nothing Hurts Better’ serves a masterclass in dark indie-pop. This is a sound that carries the perfect dose of melancholy to keep listeners engaged and intrigued, without feeling overwhelmingly heavy or intense.
“Nothing feels the same way anymore, Is this it, have we learned? Never gonna stop this back and forth, Nothing hurts better – Loving you like that”
Nothing Hurts Better
To date, Marcell has achieved over a million catalogue streams as an independent artist, and managed to work alongside songwriters as prolific as Valerie Broussard, Stefan Lit and Shannon McArthur.
With each of their recent releases, we have come to fall further in love with Meyru’s inimitable style of indie-rock.
Today marks the band’s unveiling of their ‘Slow Up LP’, alongside new single ‘Theatre Party’. Through its raw and melancholy tones, the track showcases modern American rock and roll at its finest.
“‘Theatre Party’ is a step into a heavier and more stripped down sound for the band. It’s the first song we wrote for the album and it sets the tone for the whole record as the opener. There’s a sense of unnerving and paranoia throughout the track. With the help of Sam Skinner (Pinegrove) we finally got the live and roomy drum sound we’ve been chasing for a long time.”
Garnering praise from the likes of Clash and Earmilk, as well as notable inclusions on flagship Spotify & Apple indie playlists, Meyru are set to take on their biggest year yet.
Today marks the release of ‘Desires’, by emerging Canadian electronic artist MKSTN.
Through its dreamy and hazy soundscape, the song represents the emotions that we go through when begin to fall in love.
This is a sound that is timelessly classic and ethereal in tone, reminding listeners of the beauty that lies within our own emotions.
“It’s about a love promise between two. Taking that leap of faith of following each others desires to be with one another even though it maybe just temporary. I wanted to capture the excitement, nervousness and butterflies that come with going for ‘it’ even if it has never worked in the past… the anticipation of making the right or wrong decision.”
With an upcoming debut album on the horizon, this Toronto-based talent has already garnered support from the likes of Majestic Casual, Indie Shuffle and CBC Music.
Some of New York’s finest emerging indie-rock comes courtesy of Rebounder. As the musical project of Dylan and Noah Chenfeld, these brothers create a style of sound that feels understated and cool, while maintaining a strong sense of charm and character.
New single ‘Boy Friday’ was self-written and produced, and perfectly fuses essences of summery nostalgia with playful tones of indie and pop.
“On this one we were really interested in the idea of feeling excited and optimistic about the future, while simultaneously noticing, recognising the passage of time more and the natural pressure it puts on you to try harder to get where you wanna go.” – Noah Chenfeld, Rebounder
To date, Rebounder’s work has garnered acclaim from notable tastemakers like NME, FADER, Pigeons & Planes and DIY Magazine. The band are currently on tour across the US, with stops in Washington, California and Ohio.
While still only 19-years of age, newcomer joshua epithet is creating some of the most interesting sounds to emerge from Manchester.
Inspired by a vast array of artists ranging from Blur and The Streets through to Tyler, The Creator and Childish Gambino, this talent crafts songs that feel alternative and experimental, while still maintaining some pop sensibilities. On new single ‘Casey Got The Call’, joshua explains:
“In a world where most people text, you know you’re more likely to get bad news in a phone call. The call represents the inevitable: the inevitability of failing, and ultimately being past your peak and knowing that there’s nothing you can do about it.”
With early support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, Clash, Ones To Watch and Dummy, this UK artist looks set to hit the mainstream very soon.