While still only 18-years of age, pop talent AJA has grown to become a one of Canada’s most promising new musical artists.
Written during a difficult period in her life, new single ‘Fireflies’ is an inspirational piece of music that carries thoughtful lyricism over a beautifully constructed pop production.
“I wrote ‘Fireflies’ when I was in a pretty dark place and it was really about looking forward to what is next for me and getting away from negativity. Not letting anything stand in the way of me chasing my dreams.”
To date, AJA has received critical praise from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Billboard, Complex and Wonderland, while also commanding over 90k monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
Rising Irish starlet April returns with one of the most impressive pop releases of the week. New single ‘54321’ was written alongside Alfitude favourite Matt Maltese, and produced by Danny Casio. Speaking on the track’s lyrics, April says:
“‘54321′ is more about me knowing what I want from someone rather than being hopeless and helpless in love. Matt Maltese sent me a recording of the piano chords over a rough drum beat made by Danny Casio. I wrote the melody and lyrics, recorded vocals on my phone because my interface wasn’t working, and sent them back to Danny to produce it up. He emailed it to us a few days later and I was like ‘woah, time to shake some ass I guess!’ It embodies the more playful, electronic sound I’m mixing in with my songwriting, and is my take on the drum & bass trend that’s returning to music right now, inspired of course by artists like PinkPantheress.”
Fans can also look forward to April’s forthcoming ‘STARLANE’ mixtape (out in September), which was inspired by her move from a small Irish town to London.
Since April’s debut in 2020, this emerging talent has gained the attention of heavyweights like NME and BBC Radio1, and also joined Matilda Mann and Claud on their respective tours.
Track of the week. Emerging from Bavaria are German-Swedish sisters Josy and Mimi, collectively known as HAVET.
Inspired by the likes of Billie Eilish, Tyler, the Creator and Bruno Major, this promising teen duo create songs that incorporate a multitude of genres together – creating songs that carry mainstream appeal while still maintaining a strong sense of individuality.
New single ‘Toxic’ fuses 90’s inspired indie-rock with current pop sounds, treating listeners to a sonic experience that feels both nostalgic and future-forward in equal measures.
“‘Toxic’ is about getting free from a toxic relationship and finally realising all the ways the other person treated you wrong.”
Listeners can look forward to HAVET’s forthcoming debut EP, entitled ‘Muma’s Lullaby’ which is out on 11th August 2022.
Texan outfit Mamalarky are back with a blissful slice of feel-good summery rock, written as an ode to the friendships that they have with one another.
Taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Pocket Fantasy’ (out 30th September 2022), new single ‘Mythical Bonds’ is a refreshingly experimental and playful sound that is sure to put you in a good mood.
“I really needed to write something to accurately show Noor [Khan, bassist] how much her friendship means to me, and our journey as musicians and friends. We need more songs about friendship. In peak album-making mode we were churning out songs, at times to the point of delirium. So we decided to shake ourselves loose and make this serotonin rock song about how much we love each other–to push past all those hunched-over studio hours and create this little summer memento. At the time we were having a lot of pond, lake and pool-side hangs, laughter under the beating heat. At the end of those days all we wanted to do was come home and synthesise those feelings in our studio.” – Livvy Bennet, mamalarky
Alongside the release of the album, the group are also set to go on tour all across the US and Canada later this year – beginning in Phoenix in September and ending in Atlanta in November.
Hailing from Baltimore is rising artist Julien Chang. Releasing music since 2019, this talent creates work that is sonically elegant and lyrically meaningful.
A case in point is Chang’s new single, entitled ‘Marmalade’. Fusing elements of lo-fi, dreamy pop with guitar-driven indie tones, the song spotlights the ways in which our memories try to make sense of love.
“I think the point is that memory runs up against certain limits in sense-making and then has to start relying on fictions. I wrote ‘Marmalade’ at a time in which this feeling of passionate regret had just finished transforming into something domesticated, incorporated, and basically mundane–a part of everyday life, something that pops up in the mind from time to time and causes me to scrunch my nose.
Already garnering praise from the likes of The Guardian, NME and Fader, Chang is not only a tastemaker’s favourite, but also a promising mainstream prospect.
Just in time for the weekend comes your summery dose of nostalgic pop-rock, thanks to American newcomer Tanner Orange.
Feel-good single ‘Firebird’ could easily pass as something that was released 25-years ago (channeling the sounds of Sugar Ray, Beck and Weezer), yet somehow the production still maintains a modern edge that is refreshingly unique in tone.
“Roll your windows down, turn the volume up to 10, and cruise to the beach with ‘Firebird’ to make the trip a whole lot more fun! (You can also air-guitar the solo while you’re at it).”
With such an original approach to his craft, Tanner Orange is shaping up to become one of the most interesting newcomers to have emerged from the US this month.
LA-based artist Peyton Shay is back today with a punchy new anthem called ‘Badder Than The Bad Boys’.
Inspired by the 00’s style pop-rock sound, the song’s lyrics reaffirm Shay’s view that listeners should stand their own ground – and follow the paths they choose to.
“The idea behind ‘Badder Than The Bad Boys’ started in high school. I grew up in a very proper and standardised town where everyone followed certain paths and expectations, even the “bad boys” followed a norm. I couldn’t stand it. I wanted to be on top of the world and genuinely live life for myself. This song is about me speaking and thinking how I want, not how everyone else expects me too. I hope this song gives power to the listener and helps them discover their true self.”
Shay is currently one of the youngest female artists to have ever charted on the US Billboards, and has recently enjoyed the success of her single‘Aftertaste’going viral all across social media.
Emerging from the iconic city of Manchester comes self-described ‘hyper-dream pop’ trio OMA.
After garnering an impressive 40k fans (and millions of views) on TikTok within the space of just three months, this exciting outfit unleash their debut single to the world today.
Written, recorded and produced by OMA themselves, ‘All Again’ playfully blends elements of pop with nightcore, presenting listeners with a melodic slice of bliss that sounds like nothing else you will have heard before.
“It was inspired by afternoons spent riding round the same local park, drinking alone to try and relive old memories.”
OMA are currently preparing the release of their six-track debut EP, which is out soon.
Portland-based artist Zoë Ferguson furthers her ascent into pop stardom today with the release of her new single, ‘Die Alone’.
A classic heartbreak song that was inspired by the ending of a relationship, the track continues to showcase Ferguson’s exceptional skills at crafting pop bops that present emotive lyricism over sleek productions.
“I wrote ‘Die Alone’ after I had gotten out of a long relationship. I felt like I didn’t have very many people around and that I would never be in another relationship again. It was a hard time for me, but writing this song really helped me cope with the situation. I hope when people listen, they feel less alone and that they can relate. For me, ‘Die Alone’ feels authentic since it is about something I’ve been through and came from emotions I’ve felt personally. I love writing music that people can connect with and makes them think, “Wow, this is exactly what ’m going through at this moment.”
Since the release of Ferguson’s debut EP last year, this rising talent has garnered over a million catalogue streams and accumulated over 350k followers on TikTok and Snapchat alone.
Hailing from Jackson in Mississippi is promising newcomer Matty Hendley. With a style of sound that is self-described as ‘deep-south pop’, this talent creates songs that feel both fresh and classic in equal measures.
Shimmering new single ‘Nobody Like U‘ showcases this method of music-making perfectly – by layering Southern sonic elements (like the use of the banjo) over a dreamy indie-pop production.
Written as a love anthem of sorts, the song looks into the feelings of a man who begins to fall in love, as Hendley explains:
“I want to be really open and honest about love and hurt and the complicated nature of relationships in my lyrics. And I hope that this song and all of my music lets other men know that it’s okay to feel things deeply, it’s okay to be vulnerable, and you can still love with a broken heart.”
European fans of American pop outfit We Three will be happy to know that the trio plan on performing across the continent this autumn, hitting cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Dublin along the way.
Along with the news, We Three have also released their new single, entitled ‘Kissin’ When We’re Mad’. Lifted from the new album ‘Happy’ (streaming here), the song is inspired by the power that a kiss can have in healing tensions between lovers.
“Kissin is a manic moment… Just as all Hell breaks out a simple Kiss can cure it all.” – Manny, We Three
To date, We Three’s music has accumulated more than 200 million catalogue streams, while the group also command a loyal fanbase of over two million followers across social media.
Emerging Canadian starlet Mia Baron continues to showcase her immense talent with the release of new single, ‘Constant Contact’.
Once again, this rising 14-year old singer and songwriter proves that her wisdom is well ahead of her age, as she addresses the feelings of isolation that we can experience when going through tough times in life.
Baron has already achieved over 100k streams to date on Spotify alone, thanks to her catalogue of well-constructed pop songs that all feature emotive melodies, stunning vocals and meaningful lyrics.
Fans of Black Sabbath, Jefferson Airplane and Black Mountain can now look forward to adding a new favourite to their record stacks – Tulsa’s very own Sisteria.
Led by Katie Williams, this Oklahoma-based outfit create impressively bold, raw and anthemic pieces of psychedelic rock. Their new single ‘Wade My Way’ empowers us to push through our personal struggles, and also reminds us that everything is temporary. As Williams says:
“‘Wade My Way’ is about breaking free from a situation or anything that binds you, be it a situation, a person, etc. ‘I’ll bide my time til the river goes down then I’ll wade my way on through’ reminds us that we are capable of navigating our personal challenges and that this too shall pass.”
Sisteria’s forthcoming ‘Dark Matter’ LP is scheduled for release on the 19th August 2022 via Horton Records (pre-order here).
Showcasing some of the most exciting new sounds to emerge from Sunderland in recent years, English outfit noyou’s genre-bending style of music-making has been picking up momentum ever since the group’s formation in 2019.
Today marks the release of the band’s anthemic new single ‘The Way You See Me‘, which features a powerful blend of indie, rock and synth-pop. Speaking on the inspiration behind the lyrics, noyou say:
“‘The Way You See Me’ tells a story of long lost relationships and their eventual reunion, from the perspective of a not so perfect person. Friends, Family and lovers, will things be the same after time has it’s way with us? Or has the distance changed us too much?”
Be sure to catch noyou performing live at Independent – Sunderland on the 19th August 2022 alongside PICNIC and Violectric.
UK-based newcomer Zack Fowler unveils an anthem for self-empowerment with the release of his new single ‘figure it out’ today.
Through its punchy lyricism, this pop-punk banger encourages listeners to follow their own intuitions and live their lives on their own terms.
“I’m fed up with living a normal life, with people judging me and being paralysed by my own thoughts. That’s why I wrote figure it out. To say screw you world. I’m doing things my way. I’m going all in.”
After spending the last year writing songs (a hundred of them, to be exact), ‘figure it out’ marks the start of Fowler’s journey of releasing a new track every month.
If there’s a song that epitomises the essence of summer, then ‘Malibu’ by alt-pop duo The Driver Era is the one.
In what could be described as an anthem for the daydreamers, this shimmering slice of dreamy dance-pop allows listeners to escape into a world of excitement and bliss, where your imaginations run wild.
“‘Malibu’ is about reminiscing on experiences in the best locations. It’s about getting away. It’s the spontaneous trip you take with someone – maybe you knew them before, or maybe you’re meeting them for the first time”.
Since forming in 2018, The Driver Era have accumulated over 300 million catalogue streams while also achieving critical praise from the likes of Notion, Rolling Stone and Clash magazines.