Liverpool is producing some of the most exciting new musical artists in the UK right now, with Her’s and Pizzagirl amongst others putting the indie spotlight on the city. Alex Stephens aka Strawberry Guy dropped his excellent woozy debut dream pop single ‘Without You’. Since then the track has gone on to have nearly 700,000 plays on YouTube which is amazingly impressive for a self-release, without the PR and label machine behind it.
Moonlighting as a live keyboard player for The Orielles, Stephens has been getting a taste for tour-life and is gearing up to take Strawberry Guy live – watch this space! With many more unreleased tracks and a forthcoming EP release on the horizon, we’re really excited to hear more music and watch Strawberry Guy bloom. Strawberry Guy is for fans of Beach House, Tame Impala and Yellow Days. Read our chat below.
Great News are one of the biggest music revelations from Bergen. The Norwegian trio, after having released a single of songs, returns with a new one: “Told”. A new breakthrough of their first LP Wonderfault where the band will show off their impressive daze-pop influenced by bands like Tame Impala or Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Today at Vida Festival.
KYANOS is a four-piece jazzy-psychedelic band from Suffolk in the United Kingdom consisting of Zach Franklin, Fintan Wightman, Sam Golding and Seth Bauly. They take a large influence in their sound from bands such as Tame Impala, HOMESHAKE and The Doors , as well as each individually enjoying a wide range of different artists, from Dorothy Ashby the jazz harpist to the math rock band toe. All this creates a more eclectic, diverse atmosphere in which the band can explore many different musical paths that come together to create a more unique sound.
I Dottore, nuestro particular cirujano musical nos regala esta semana una colosal y sorprendente versión. Tame Impala hicieron una versión del conocido tema ‘Angel‘ de Massive Attack en uno de sus conciertos del mes de Junio en Australia. Una version terroífica y pantagruélica esta “Angel” de los fabulosos Massive Attack‘s perteneciente a su exitoso disco Mezzanine.
Alexandra Savior is a newly discovered gem. Even though Alexandra Savior‘s demo “Risk” appeared in series two of True Detective, and off the back of that she collaborated with Tame Impala’s Cam Avery on dusky torch tune “We’re Just Making it Worse,” the 21-year-old is still a secret. She’s your secret, but not for long. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, her slinky vocals and diaristic lyrics quickly caught the ear of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, who produced and co-wrote “Shades” along with James Ford (Florence, Haim). In fact, Turner’s so enamored he’s producing her whole debut album. The lush late-‘60s/early-’70s sound is the perfect backdrop for her upcoming debut album Strange Portrait,
Pop in capitals letters from Madrid. Or as they call it hipnopop, an epithet that perfectly sums up the soft fusion of brilliant melodies and delightful psychedelic developments that Baywaves produce following in the footsteps of Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and DIIV. Calm and relaxed psychedelia served up by a quartet that has just landed on the music scene and that has caught everybody’s attention thanks to songs such as “The Freak Kingdom” and “Dreaming”, perfect examples of hazy, acid pop that the band have self-released. Today at Bikini in Barcelona with other bands such as Los Bengala and My Expansive Awareness.
Hailing from the remote fringes of Perth, Western Australia, linchpin Jake Webb started Methyl Ethel in 2013 as a way of getting his bedroom recordings out in the public domain. The assonant moniker takes its name from the chemical compound Webb’s father uses to make fibre-glass – methyl ethyl ketone peroxide. Webb wrote, played and recorded everything on full-length debut “Oh Inhuman Spectacle”. Crafted in isolation, its understated psychedelic pop quickly drew positive plaudits from local media, leading Webb to recruit Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (bass) –friends from the tight-knit and thriving music scene in Perth–. With “Oh Inhuman Spectacle” given a national release by local label Dot Dash Recordings, Methyl Ethel’s impact on home soil has been palpable. The trio has grown into a must-see live act and shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize alongside Courtney Barnett and fellow Perth act Tame Impala. Now, having joined 4AD, Methyl Ethel have the opportunity to take their music to a greater audience. And probably will.