American Idol alumni Eddie Island is back today with not only a fabulous single, but also an equally impressive new album.
Lifted from his freshly-released ‘Folkstar’ LP (out now), ‘Honey (You Said Love)’ treats listeners to a shimmering fusion of uplifting pop, indie and folk. Speaking on his new collection of songs, the Nashville-based artist says:
“Folkstar’s songs are all based around solid concepts. All of my demos from years and years and years of writing had to be whittled down, and sometimes I combined several songs into one. On this album, I explore themes of not being understood, love lost, love found. I try to bridge the gap between my faith and the experience of reality, all while working jobs I hated and seemingly having no future in music. The songs are about the everyday struggles we all face in life and death.”
Eddie Island currently commands more than 68k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, while his catalogue of releases has amassed well over 5.5 million streams to date.
Showcasing some of the finest in fresh British indie rock are newcomers Jealous Nostril. Formed by Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell, this trio also features Jack Flanagan from Mystery Jets fame and ElliS D.
Daring and bold in tone, debut single ‘Phase 6’ serves listeners with a raw and anthemic sound that makes an immediate statement.
“Jealous Nostril, a binary system… One is fulfilled the other isn’t” Is it a drug reference? “the half of my north London friends who still party hear it as cocaine, and the half who have been through rehab, ask me if it’s referencing Pranayama yoga breathing. We’re definitely neither a coke or a yoga band! I actually think I just wanted a name that would help people under-estimate the band.”
The band will play their first live shows at The Horn in St Albans on the 19th October, and Our Black Heart in Camden the following evening.
Fans of retro-inspired indie rock will be pleased to know of American newcomers Plushie.
Picking inspiration from legendary musical groups like The Beatles, The Monkees and Black Sabbath, this outfit create an uplifting style of sound that feels charmingly nostalgic, while still maintaining a modern edge.
Fans based in Oregon can catch Plushie performing live at the Eugene Saturday Market on the 1st October 2022 – more details can be found here.
Emerging from the American state of Louisiana is newcomer Endie (aka Ike Thomas), who’s genre-bending style of music is already gaining considerable attention from both discerning listeners and tastemakers alike.
Latest single ‘love like that’ serves as a lively alt-pop anthem that was inspired by all of the unpredictable feelings associated with being in love.
“‘love like that’ pulls a lot of my current emotions together into one body of work.”
With over 800k catalogue streams to date and more than 18k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, this is one rising artist worth keeping on your radars.
LA-based New Yorker Jenny Newman has released one of the most exciting indie bops of the week.
This singer, songwriter and guitarist has already begun to garner momentum as a rising alternative artist to watch, thanks to her witty lyricism and emotive productions.
With its uplifting fusion of indie, rock and pop, Newman’s new single ‘Danish Boy’ reminisces over a teenage romance that she experienced with a Danish exchange student, and serves as a taster to her forthcoming debut ‘Daydream’ EP (out 22nd October).
“I wanted the vibe of ‘Danish Boy’ to make people feel the same genuine happiness and excitement for life that the relationship gave me. It’s kind of a time capsule of young love and blissful naïveté.”
While busy crafting hits for likes of Annalise Azadia, American producer Mike Baretz still manages to find the time to work on his own solo project.
Following on from the release of ‘Take It That Way’, new single ‘Worth It’ continues to showcase Baretz’s beautiful vocals and impressive songwriting skills.
“For me, ‘Worth It’ encapsulates a see-saw of self doubt paired with an almost-delusional belief in and love for someone. It zooms in on insecurities and flaws, but packaged in a ‘happy’ tone. When the chorus kicks in, the blind eye is turned from the internal doubts and insecurities and focuses on that person that makes you forget about everything having to do with the real world, those insecurities included. I wrote it during a time in my life that was focused on the downfalls and negatives of a breakup; I felt like I needed to write a happy song that still tied into the themes of everything else that I was writing about.”
To date, Baretz has garnered over a million catalogue streams, while also accumulating an ever-growing fanbase across social media and on Spotify.
Los Angeles-based newcomer charlø (aka Charlotte Reed) is a singer, songwriter and producer – who up until recently was working as a real estate agent.
Following a serious ski accident (which resulted in broken back), Reed decided to shift her priorities in life and began chasing her dream of becoming a musician.
‘numb’ serves as charlø’s debut single, and looks at the ways in which our memories present themselves to us – particularly after distressing or traumatic experiences.
“’numb’ was written about a vivid memory of a traumatic event that only recently came rushing back to me. I have been reeling trying to figure out if this thing actually happened or not ever since. On one hand, if I let myself believe it was true, I think I’d break down. So I’ve remained in this sort of undecided state of numbness towards the memory. Since it was a memory of something that happened so long ago, I realised I can kind of choose how I want to relate to it moving forward.”
charlø has already worked alongside the likes of Grandson, Banoffee, Josh Rubin and Tabi, and is newly signed to Californian label Future Gods.
Now commanding over 330k monthly listeners on Spotify alone, it’s clear that emerging Minneapolis artist Miloe is becoming a fan favourite.
Alongside the release of his much-anticipated EP ‘gaps’ (out now), new single ‘rewind’ features PawPaw Rod and is a joyful fusion of indie and pop that marks both of these US talents as ones to watch in 2023.
Miloe is currently touring the US (dates below), and hits the UK shores early next year as well in this quest to become one of the newest global indie-pop stars.
Sasha & The Bear is the collaborative project of Brooklyn artists Sasha Daniel and Dov Igel, who have been crafting sounds since their formation in 2016.
Upon Igel’s mother’s recent passing, the duo decided to travel to the wilderness of Sweden’s forests to work on a collection of introspective songs that were inspired by themes of mortality and loss.
The experience resulted in a 3-song EP, of which new single ‘Wake Me Up’ is lifted. Lyrically, the track addressees the feelings that we can experience when someone close to us is gone, as the duo explain:
“It’s a reminder that we’re all mortals and that our time on this planet is limited – it’s a song about learning to live with the loss and embrace all the feelings that come with it and mostly to learn how to keeping on going with the loss side by side.”
Emerging Canadian-based talent Nuela Charles is back with a perfect anthem to kick-start the week with.
Lifted from Charles’s freshly released self-titled album (out now), new single ‘Heavy’ is an inspiring piece of soulful pop that carries with it some powerful and enriching lyricism.
“‘Heavy’ like most of the songs on the album, started out as a voice memo. This time I was staying at my grandparents’ horse farm. I was in my room in the basement just thinking about certain situations in my life and even though they felt like I’d never get through them, something in my head just said – it’s gonna get heavy sometimes, but then we’ll get to the good part.”
“I hope this song brings people comfort or some sort of re-affirmation that even when they’re going through the thick of it, that there’s hope, and things will get better eventually.”
A critic’s favourite, Charles has been nominated for three JUNO awards to date, while also receiving praise from the likes of Fader, Earmilk and Refinery29.
Fast-rising Berlin-based singer Noraa unveils her second release as an independent artist.
‘Sweet Summer Dreams’ presents listeners with a gorgeously dreamy and sultry fusion mellow pop and R&B, while Noraa’s unique vocals tell of the singer’s yearning for happiness in love.
“I wrote “Sweet Summer Dreams” in the middle of Berlin winter – I was at a difficult stage in my relationship , and it was always freezing cold. I don’t cope very well with winter in general, so I projected everything I was longing for at that moment into it. Warmth, peace of mind and being happily in love. It became almost like a mantra to me”.
An accomplished songwriter as well as a talented singer, Noraa recently co-wrote Sting’s collaboration with Melody Gardot, ‘Little Something’, which went on to achieve gold certification and accumulate over eleven million Spotify streams.
UK artist, producer and songwriter DanDlion is back with one of the catchiest slices of R&B and disco-pop that you’ll likely experience this week.
Written in LA and produced in the artist’s Hackney studio ‘Knock Knock’ serves as an introduction to DanDlion’s new phase of releases.
DanDlion explains that the song captures that freedom of “the first time you meet someone, and lose all your cool. It’s about someone who makes you feel like you can drop your guard.”
To date, DanDlion has accumulated over ten million catalogue streams on Spotify, while also commanding close to 100k monthly listeners on the platform. DanDlion has also collaborated with the likes of Channel Tres, Griff, Dermot Kennedy and Tom Grennan among others.
Acclaimed South London artist dexter returns with a sharp piece of emotive pop through the release of new single ‘Vexed’.
As the title would imply, the song was written as a way for dexter to deal with her own personal feelings of frustration and anger.
To date, this rising 19-year old has garnered praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1, NME, Clash and The Line of Best Fit. dexter has also performed on tour alongside Denzel Curry and acted as support for Fred again..
Not many pop newcomers work quite as hard as Arden Jones – and judging by the size of this emerging talent’s fanbase (over 300k followers on Instagram and 1.4 million monthly Spotify listeners), all the effort seems to be paying off.
With its infectiously catchy melody and uplifting production, new single ‘mr. sunshine’ might well be one of your favourite end-of-summer bops this year.
The track is lifted from Jones’s new ‘age tape 8‘ EP (out now), which in itself is part of a wider series of releases from the artist this year.
It’s been a short while, but Denmark has once again delivered an outstanding new pop prospect to the world.
As the collaborative project of singer & songwriter Line Gade and producer Sebastian Igens, ROYA create a sound that feels melancholic and emotive, while still maintaining some strong pop sensibilities.
Latest single ‘Kinda Sad’ looks into those moments when we are emotionally vulnerable following a break-up, and reminds us that even if we feel alone and sad, that it’s just a part of a process we have to go through.
“It’s written out of the embarrassment of finding yourself drunk and alone, longing for someone you know isn’t good for you anymore. Lyrically, we wanted to dive into those suppressed feelings to give them a life of their own. The song is a reminder to anyone in this messed up situation, that sometimes it’s more than okay to be by yourself and feel kinda sad.”