Over the last 30 years, Beth Orton has resisted easy categorization, writing rich, sensitive songs that match her acoustic affinities and world-weary voice with bubbling electronic textures. This resistance has always been a confident feature of her music.
Weather Alive is Orton’s first album in six years, following 2016’s Kidsticks. She issued the latter shortly after returning to England from Los Angeles, where she’d lived for a harried two year. She thought she was through with the music industry for good, until she bought a charming old piano at London’s Camden Market. Its resonant tone beckoned her to write again, chasing nothing but her own satisfaction.
Indigo Sparke writes with a rare and reflective power, creating music that builds and bursts as she examines love, loss, grief, and a newly realized rage. Born in Australia and now based in New York, Indigo worked as an actress before establishing herself in the Sydney music scene with her EP Night Bloom (2016).
Now the Australian songwriter recently revealed that she’ll release her Aaron Dessner-produced second album Hysteria in October, sharing the excellent “Pressure In My Chest”. She now follows it up with a second teaser of the album, “Blue”.
Johanna Warren has put out some amazing albums over the last decade and has moved from dark folk to a fuller rock sound over that time. Her new single “I’d Be Orange” is possibly her most alt-pop single to date. Going full tilt prime MTV 90’s alt-pop, the electroacoustic rock number is about masochism and martyrdom in pop culture and the things people do in the quest for fame. It’s taken from the forthcoming album “Lessons for Mutants” which is due for release on the 7th of October.
Much like her predecessors Kate Bush and Imogen Heap, British vocalist Ellie Goulding stands at the forefront of independent-minded mainstream pop. With her unique soprano warble and knack for writing catchy yet emotionally earnest songs, Goulding quickly rose to the top of the U.K. charts with her 2012 debut album, Lights. Her folk-inflected electronic pop sound increasingly drew from electronic influences, touching upon dance music and ambient synth pop .
English pop sensation Ellie Goulding has dropped a new track titled “Easy Lover” featuring the renowned rapper Big Sean. The new single was released alongside an official music video directed by Sophia Ray.
Singing about love, death, nature and many other eternal and contemporary issues, Claire Pommet, aka Pomme, is a singer-songwriter who lives between Paris and Montreal.
Pomme released her first album, À peu près, in 2017. Acclaimed by the press and her fans, it was the logical successor to her EPCavale, released in 2016. Two years ago, her second studio album Les faillessaw her receive an award at the 2020 Victoires de la musique for ‘album revelation of the year’. The album was re-released last year under the name Les failles chachées. Pomme has just released a beautiful new song: ‘Nelly.’
Rising Seattle-born and now LA-based musician Tierra Umi Wilson (better known as just UMI) is a perfect embodiment of her middle name, which translates to “ocean” in Japanese. Her music—an amalgamation of lo-fi beats, intense soul, and poignantly simple lyricism—radiates a quiet and compelling peace, not unlike that found in breaking ocean waves. And being half-Black and half-Japanese, UMI has rooted her identity in fluidity. It should come as no surprise, then, that breaking barriers in music seems to come naturally for her.
The Californian artist, who emerged as a dazzling figure of synth-pop with gothic overtones in the 2010s, has been announcing her second album, Masochism, for over five years. Three years on since the release of her last single ‘Downhill Lullaby’, Sky Ferreira is back with new track ‘Don’t Forget’. (Hopefully) the first taste of the long-awaited follow up to debut ‘Night Time, My Time’,
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