Canadian singer-songwriter Erica Knox creates a style of pop that feels classic yet refreshingly emotive. The inspiration for this song came from a relationship that was doomed from the start; there were so many red flags and obvious signs that were ignored. The moral of the track is that it’s not worth losing yourself to be with someone else, no matter how good the ending could be.
An exploration into the delicate balancing act between a songwriter’s music and her personal life.
“I think I developed this mindset where music always got in the way of my friendships. I’d always miss birthday parties or other random stuff and over time I’d slowly lose touch with people. So I guess this song is about finding someone you love, but being scared of it not working and always assuming you know how it will end. Maybe it’s a kind of protection.”
Taken from the new EP ‘Settled in Motion (Silent Minds, Pt. 3)’ which is out now.
Mixing indie with heady doses of power-pop, British talent Edenhill is back with a track that demands your attention right from the start. While still early on his journey to pop stardom, this kid is one to watch.
“I wrote ‘Reliever’ to assess the relationship between love and escapism. Whether we sometimes use love and distractions as escapism from our pain, and as a way of avoiding facing the reality of ourselves. From personal experience I noticed, the longer we live with this confusion, the harder it becomes to distinguish between what is real and fake emotion: what is love and what is just us running away from ourselves. So, similar to how we can all hide behind distractions from reality, I thought the song should similarly be deceptive, and hide behind the facade of a glossy, fake, pop aphetic.”
Shaé Universe starts the year with an empowering track that is stylistically reminiscent of early 00’s RnB, blended seamlessly with the sounds of UK Drill.
“This song was written for my tribe around the world. It’s an anthem for all kings and queens to empower themselves with. It took me a long time to comfortably sit in my own worth for a multitude of reasons, many of which were subconscious influences that I was completely oblivious to until recent years, and I know many other people have experienced the same or are still somewhere in that unlearning process. This song is a reminder that you’ve got this and you’re worthy.”
The London duo return with a slice of nostalgia today, fusing early 90s indie-dance with hip hop to create a low-key banger just in time for the weekend.
“What’s great about this song is it was made less than a month ago. And as soon as we recorded it we knew it was gonna be the single. It’s unusual to have such a quick turn around with a tune, so to release this so quickly after making it is really refreshing. The inspiration behind it isn’t anything mind-blowing, it’s just things that you might hear and see on a night out, at a party or at an afters. It’s a (after) party anthem essentially. And we are buzzing to play it out live.“
Deeply moving pop tones, fused with sweeping cellos and an emotional piano progression. The fast-rising American duo have already amassed more than a million streams from their previous two singles.
“The song continues on to lyrically explore how pain and strife can bring you closer to loved ones. But even when that pain causes you to step away, we learn that starting over can be the most important part of the journey.”
A phenomenally exciting talent hailing from North Carolina, who blends melodic rap with elements of trap and RnB.
An eccentric and intriguing approach to indie-pop from this Liverpool outfit, who have seemingly created a sound that feels highly individualistic yet totally relatable.
Canada continues to show itself as a hotbed for talent with the introduction of 19-year old artist Charlie Houston, who’s approach to music-making fuses sharp lyricism with melodic indie-pop tones.
“I just want my songs to be super authentic and address shit that all young people deal with.”
Taken from the upcoming EP ‘I Hate Spring’ which is due on 23 April 2021.
It’s impossible not to feel moved with this release from Australian talent Laura Hyde. A flawlessly crafted production that blends dark electronic pop with indie to create something that is beyond epic as it culminates.
“‘Coca Cola’ is about watching someone trying to cover their tracks. It’s calling that person out and letting them know they’re not going to get away with it. It’s about standing up for those who don’t feel strong enough to stand for themselves. This song is a flagpole for anyone who has been grossly mistreated and thinks they won’t be heard or believed. The truth ALWAYS comes out in the end, you will be heard and peoples true colours will be seen.”
A talent hailing from East London who creates an understated yet immersive alt-pop sound that’s rooted in RnB and electronica.
“’Enough’ is a song I wrote after a break up (classic). It is about the realisation that you’ve reached your limit and everything is screaming that you need to stop, however you’re still questioning whether it’s the right decision.”
A finessed, beautiful and totally pure Danish soul sound by a talent emerging from Aarhus. Blissfully melodic and completely enchanting.
This spring will see the long-awaited release of Emmit Fenn’s debut album, ‘Far From Here’.
In the meantime, the first single from the record was unveiled today and it’s just the most stunning and heart-melting piece of cinematic dream-pop you could ever wish for.
“I think a lot of artists find themselves in a certain lane early on and feel like they need to stick with it their whole career, but constantly creating different things is something that has always excited me and something I will always do. Each song on the album brings something new, something different, and ‘Edge Of The Dark’ is no different.”
Consistently delivering beautiful music in the form of dreamy vocals, smooth melodies and sincere lyricism, Dana Williams continues to delight with her unique approach to soul and RnB.
“‘You Win’ is about contemplating the end of a relationship in the aftermath of an argument. It’s about the moment of clarity that is required to break out of a toxic relationship, and having the foresight and regret for not doing it sooner.”
Punchy, bold and confident pop with a sassy flair.
“‘Hate Myself’ is an inner monologue of someone who seems to find themselves in relationships of any kind with people who deal with their feelings internally – unfortunately resulting in assuming the issue is with them.”
One of Norway’s brightest pop prospects returns with a finessed piece of highly charged power-pop.
An emotive blend of lo-fi pop and indie with heavy doses of melancholy.
A refreshing sound that fuses indie-pop, RnB and soul together to create something that feels new and compelling.