Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and emo has returned. Below are some handpicked independent releases from this month in the form of post hardcore, shoegaze, and folk.
Stone Cold Super Friends
Uplifting psych/reggae from down under.
Origin: Western Australia Kindred sounds: Minus The Bear
Violent Dreams album cover for “Serotonin”
Reflective, hazy, Violent Dreams is a wall of noise with subtle vocals peering through. Check out
full EP streaming now available on Bandcamp. Origin: Liverpool and London , United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Slowdive, Tamaryn
Vulnerability and epic vocals shine in this emotional and slow dance number, featuring production by
Pomo. Origin: Vancouver, BC, Canada Kindred sounds: Chet Faker, M83, Liss
Tokyo Tea Room album art for “Forever Out of Time”
Formulaic psych pop served up, best on a warm breezy day.
Origin: Canterbury, United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Tame Impala
Album art for “The Swans”
Pensive adult contemporary by a brother duo.
Origin: Sydney, Australia Kindred sounds: Lifehouse, Duncan Sheik, From Indian Lakes
Album artwork for Bells Atlas
Immersive psych r&b- the fusion you never knew you needed until now.
Origin: Oakland, United States Kindred sounds: Little Dragon
Album artwork for “Pandora”
Bouncy neo-soul from
Tom Misch collaborator Alexa Harley and producer Hector Plimmer. Origin: London, United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Men I Trust
Sanguine shoegaze from a metropolis bedroom.
Origin: New York City, United States Kindred sounds: Brian Jonestown Massacre
Album artwork for “At Arm’s Length” by Arms That Fit Like Legs
Melancholic post-rock meets indie-electro in “
At Arm’s Length“, a rare treat from long time musicians Arms That Fit Like Legs. Origin: Dublin, Ireland Kindred sounds: Tycho
Album artwork for Language Arts
Electro pop gem with mystical synths and authentic vocals.
Origin: Toronto, Canada Kindred sounds: Metric, Metronomy, Little Boots
Album artwork for SYSTM OVLD
Romantic beats, tencho funk weirdness, and silky harmonies smooth out this soulful jam.
Origin: New York City, United States Kindred sounds: D’Angelo, Thundercat
Portrait of GEO
Chill jazz with a foreceful rhythm,
Geo‘s “ It Never Rains” is the serenade song of spring. Origin: Los Angeles, United States Kindred sounds: Bonobo
Album artwork for Elvar’s album “Daydreaming”
Sentimental shoegaze with a 90’s/folk atmosphere.
Origin: Iceland Kindred sounds: Olden Yolk, Nick Drake
Portrait of Teal Moss
Exquisite folk pop that will leave you feeling some kind of way.
Origin: Denton, United States Kindred sounds: Jay Som, Andy Shauf, Craft Spells
Album artwork for Fold’s “We’re The Ones”
Cryptic downtempo jazz with messages of empowered women as the centerpiece.
Leeds, United Kingdom Origin: Kindred sounds: Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo
Portrait of Mykimono
Lo-fi folk pop musicians
Mykimono croons a cryptic lullaby in “Silent Enemy”. Origin: L’Aquila, Italy Kindred sounds: Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls
Portrait of War Strings
Familiar and charmingly distorted vocals flesh out the melody of this bold track.
Origin: Los Angeles, United States Kindred sounds: The Strokes
Album artwork for Chalk Hands.
This one’s for emo
kidsadults. A brilliant, intricately laid out single from the split with Okänt (Sweden) and Reveries (USA), “Charm” is the motivational anthem your inner teen craves. Origin: Brighton, United Kingdom Kindred sounds: MewithoutYou, Modern Life Is War, Have Heart
Album artwork for “Mandarin”
Legendary life coach
Tom Duggins, percussion freak Sean Canty, and bass operator Tom Williams comprise Organised Scum, UK’s latest jittery rock pop band. Mandarin‘s essence is simple: nothing really matters, so have fun before you die. Origin: Canterbury, United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Modest Mouse, Django Django, Andy Bernard
Album artwork for “For A Reason”
Atmospheric psychedelic haze with shrouded feminine vocals.
Origin: United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Tamaryn
Album artwork for Arctween
There’s nothing serious about this seriously good dance track except you should seriously listen to it right now.
Origin: Portugal Kindred sounds: Todd Terje
Lo-fi loops ideal for meditative applications.
Origin: United Kingdom Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce, Ta-Ku
A charming + romantic pop song that you can either dance or cry to.
Origin: United States Kindred sounds: Asgeir, Chet Faker
Cheerful psych-pop for lovers that was written, recorded, and produced in Jackson’s Chicago apartment.
Origin: United States Kindred sounds: Beck, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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