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Sam Wright – “Sand”

Sand by Sam Wright “Sand” is a lovely, mellow rocker from Sam Wright. The Toronto-based artist shows hazy vocals and jangly guitars in the verses, gearing toward more shimmering guitar tones past the one-minute mark...
 
Psychedelic Pop
 

Novelty Island – “Jaunty View”

Impressing with the track “Saturn Alarms” in January, Novelty Island continues to showcase a gripping, creative psych-pop array on new track “Jaunty View.” Full of wonderful structural and melodic twists...

 
Rock
 

Tugboat Captain – “No Plans (For This Year)”

“No Plans (For This Year)” is a new single from London-based quartet Tugboat Captain, off their debut album Rut, out in October. The track marks an expansion for the band from “lo-fi roots” into a “...
 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

SWiiMS – “Fill Me Up”

Fill Me Up by SWiiMS Showing a jangly, nocturnal sound fondly reminiscent of Wild Nothing, “Fill Me Up” is a newly released track from SWiiMS. The Toronto-based quartet are fronted by the serene vocals of Mai Diaz L...

 
Rock
 

Easy Honey – “Leo”

“Leo” is a fun rocker from Easy Honey, described as a reflection of the band’s “first impressions of their new home base, Charleston, SC.” The track’s “kinda wanna get away,” hook...
 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

Chinese Cherry – “Poppy”

The comfortably consumable “Poppy” is a lush gem from Chinese Cherry, a new project from a 19-year-old Swedish producer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer. A concise bass line and sedated synth-forward pulses form a...

 
Folk
 

tweed & hyenas – “sona”

It’s fantastic to hear again from tweed & hyenas, the South East London project whose 2016 album Yates was among my favorites from that year. The band’s melding of folk, rock, soul, and jazz rewarded listeners ...
 
Jangle-Pop/Rock
 

Charlie Duda – ‘Making Friends’ EP

Making Friends by Charlie Duda Charlie Duda‘s new EP Making Friends shows a strongly melodic sound from the Los Angeles-based artist, with satiable jangle-pop and rock aspects. Among its highlights, “I Don’t M...

 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

LUHA – “Call You Back”

“Call You Back” is a memorable dream-pop success from LUHA. The artist — originally from Saint-Nazaire, France — shows a firmly entrancing, dreamy soundscape throughout. Even at the two-minute mark, when...
 
Synths + Guitars
 

Ice Island – “The General”

The official debut from Ice Island, “The General” is a suavely catchy success that infuses twangy guitars with synth-minded nostalgia. The Milwaukee-based project comes via Steven Hawley, formerly the frontman of in...