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Always You – “Have It Your Way”

“Have It Your Way” is a fantastic track from Always You, the Los Angeles-based project of Anton and Christoph Hochheim, whose previous project Ablebody churned out sophisti-pop gems like “One Dime a Day.”...
 
Lo-Fi Pop/Rock
 

Mata Kopa – “Go Buy the Sun”

“Go Buy the Sun” is a stylish, moody track from Swedish act Mata Kopa, exuding a melodic convergence of sophisti-pop and late-night rock. Mellow vocal correspondence play alongside steady percussion and atmospheric ...

 
Folk
 

Pure Intruders – “Canoe”

“Canoe” is the warming, atmospheric opener on the No Hard Feelings EP, the latest from Chicago/Atlanta-based trio Pure Intruders. The project self-released three singles in 2020, drawing praise for a blend of bossa ...
 
Sophisti-Pop
 

why try – “time 2 heal”

Out today from Montreal-based group why try, “time 2 heal” struts a hooky, mellow sophisti-pop sound. The track is the first single from why try’s upcoming second album, we could do anything. Playful keys and ...

 
Pop
 

In VideColour – “Friction Against the Grooves”

The first single from In VideColour, “Friction Against the Grooves” bursts with a hooky sophisti-pop effervescence. Playful vocals and pulsing, bright synths craft a brightly melodic feel, driving especially well pa...
 
Sophisti-Pop
 

LearningToDive – “Promenade” + “I Stand on an Ice Floe”

Two new tracks from LearningToDive show the project’s captivating aesthetic, steeped in elements of sophisti-pop. They both come via the new album Norwegian Pop. “Promenade” touts a caressing soundscape, compl...

 
Sophisti-Pop
 

Da Capo – “Following You”

“Following You” is an emotive crooner from French artist Da Capo. Sophisti-pop and bossa nova vibes flow enjoyably, building to a vocally expressive chorus with string-laden yearning. A jaunty piano progression foll...
 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

Verandan – “Hideaway”

“Hideaway” marks the first of many singles in 2021 for Verandan, the project of Ville Hopponen (whose former band Cats on Fire was featured here over a decade ago). Jangling guitars and nostalgic synth flourishes ad...

 
Sophisti-Pop
 

Astropark – “Come Round”

“Come Round” is a slice of ’80s pop nostalgia from Astropark, the duo of David Santos and Mike Baber. They met at USC Film School, forming the band There Goes Bill and playing the local Los Angeles club scene ...
 
Sophisti-Pop
 

Julian Dinwoodie – “Madness Over Might”

Flourishing with melodic sophisti-pop charm, “Madness Over Might” is a new track from Julian Dinwoodie. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter impresses with ever-changing textures throughout, starting with solemn ...