Tag Archives: Indie Pop

Arcadia – Stripes

Arcadia was founded in June 2018 by Will Adler, and Scott Lubin. Will is a guitarist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, and Scott is a songwriter and talented vocalist. Will and Scott began making music in high school, and have been developing their sound and style ever since. Arcadia presents a bright and fresh take on indie rock music, with four on the floor driving rhythmic elements, paired with bright and exciting guitar riffs.

Arcadia

Jade The Moon – The Tide

Jade The Moon are an independent alt – pop band that consists of Dani, Benjamin and Jeremy who started making music from the age of six. They released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned eerie alt-pop lullaby. Real world inspiration. This is the follow up to the group’s self-produced 2015 debut release Habits and Hindrance sees the continued theme of “cycles” in human nature.

“We self produced our first record and our current record ’11:11′ was produced by Colin Munroe …except ‘HOTELS’ by Adam King. We are always very involved in every set of the creative process but it really helps to have some in the room to make sense of all the ideas. We are always looking to collab with new writers/producers. @mikkyekko if your listening ;)”

“Fall Tour Dates in the works.  We will also be premiering our short film created and directed by Black/Cartel in Toronto last fall”.

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Jade The Moon
Toronto’s Jade The Moon has released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”.

Anna Dellaria – I Choose Me

LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

Premiering today on The New Nine, “I Choose Me” is a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever felt apologetic for who they are or are not. Driven by tight production, Anna’s smooth soulful vocals captivate during intimate verses before booming with unbridled power on the refrain.

On the powerful meaning behind “I Choose Me,” Anna writes, “It’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever been manipulated, taken advantage of, or felt worthless for not fitting some ridiculous standard. In which you choose to commit to yourself and honor who you are, whether or not people are going to like or understand it. So often we are told to hide the parts of ourselves labelled as “flaws”, instead of looking at them as pieces that demonstrate strength, authenticity and character.  ‘I Choose Me’ is the moment you decide to say “f*ck that – I’m enough” and aims to allow those vulnerabilities to empower us instead of living with them as chains we can’t break and must make up for. ”

In keeping with the spirit of the song, Anna will also be donating a part of the proceeds collected from the song to Girls Inc of Alameda County. The organization gives girls from underprivileged neighborhoods the opportunities and resources that can help shape them into strong, smart, and bold young women.

A recent graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, Anna has truly honed her vocal and writing skills over the past few years – and it shows. She kicked off her career singing backup vocals for legendary acts such as John Fogerty and Chaka Khan.

Anna stepped into the spotlight last year with her single “Bolder,” landing a prominent sync of TV Land’s Younger and surpassing over 325K Spotify streams. With a rising profile, prominent furniture company Ethan Allen tapped Anna to sing in a national campaign that aired during the 2018 Academy® Awards.

Translating lyrical singer-songwriter catharsis a la Jeff Buckley through bold Aretha Franklin-style delivery, Anna Dellaria is quickly carving out a place of her own in the music industry.

Anna Dellaria
LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard tomorrow (July 10th) on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

Aaron Taos – Voodoo

Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover. The seven-track effort sees the self-taught artist’s bedroom noodling explode into a full-blown studio project with bolder sounds and bigger production. However, getting to this triumphant phase in his career was no clear-cut task.

Aaron Taos received his first guitar at only five years old. The New Haven, Connecticut suburbanite kid’s affair with the instrument was fleeting as he became more interested in hip-hop and a promising soccer career, even playing in the state’s Olympic Development Program. It wasn’t until he encountered  bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes in high school that music re-established its magic hold on his creative aspirations.

“My first instinct is to write songs,” Aaron Taos says of his artistic drive. “When I first got a guitar when I was little, the first thing I wanted to do was write songs. I didn’t want to learn covers; I wanted to make something new. I really like making tangible things out of ideas.”

As a 16-year-old, those ideas first manifested as a garage rock band with some fellow jocks. Still, athletics remained his primary focus — until he took those talents to college. He quickly found enthusiasm for soccer quashed by too much structure and a lack of creativity, so he resolved to turn fully to his true muse: Music. Between classes, Taos holed up in his school’s computer lab, instructing himself in the production arts. “My friends would make fun of me because I was always there watching tutorial videos, learning how to use Logic,” he recalls.

Literally learning as he went, he was resolute in his passionate pursuit. He moved home before relocating to Brooklyn for a Sony Legacy internship, all the while forging his debut EP, 2015’s GUITS. Lo-fi by necessity, the project “was really a bedroom experiment with guitar in a way I wanted to do it,” he says. “Just looping. It was my first time mixing anything from scratch.” Despite its novice DIY nature, GUITS drew attention from publications like Consequence of Sound, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Pigeons and Planes; it even landed Taos a manager. With minimal assistance or formal musical education, Taos felt himself fast-tracked to pop success.

Until the reality of the situation slowed everything down. His recordings’ homegrown nature made them intriguingly sincere, but ill-prepared him for the actuality of the industry. Taos went from training himself to being thrust into writing rooms from LA to Sweden and shown all sorts of contracts and licensing deals. It was a lot to absorb for someone who just wanted to create.

“It was a double-edged sword,” says Taos of his quick come-up. “It gave me a reason to say, ‘I can actually do this. I’m going to do this.’ But it also stopped my progress in some ways. I met a lot of cool people, I became a better songwriter, but I wasn’t making anything tangible for me.”

Throughout that year of fruitless co-writing sessions, he nevertheless kept learning, refining his craft while awaiting that serendipitous spark to reignite his artful ambition. Without warning, it returned full force when Taos found himself in the right room with the right song and the right producers. The production team was LA duo TÕN and the song was his early 2017 single “Off My Mind”. A hook-riddled groove of yearning desire mixing GUITS‘s guitar sound with “hard-hitting hip-hop-ish drums,” the track catalyzed a new flurry of writing, recording, and releasing.

Yet, just as his music was becoming more dynamic, his personal life was stagnating. His relationship with his girlfriend, who had been there since the beginning of this journey, was coming to a crossroads. Taos now had to find a way to explore his new sonic growth while simultaneously dealing with a broken heart.  Ever self-aware, he determined the best way to progress with both was to capture it all on Night Thoughts.

“This EP, for me, is to conceptualize what I am and what I’ve done, what this time meant to me,” Taos reflects. “It’s me retrospectively making sense of my life at that time personally and musically.”

As a result, Night Thoughts plays through the timeline of a relationship. The sleek, sexy tones of opener “Amazing” capture that first rush of attraction. Driving and syncopated, the hard-thumping “Twisted” expresses the dumbfounding anxiety of obsession with psychedelic licks nodding to Taos’ love of Tame Impala. Straightening himself up, Taos gets lost in the cool, carefree joy of true love on “Only One”, only to wistfully stumble on the dance floor as he recognizes a potential end with “Not Over Yet”.

More than just romantic contemplation, though, the EP is truly a time capsule of Aaron Taos’ last three years. It’s the result of a burgeoning musician’s quest to become the type of recording artist he knew he could be. Although it stands as validation that he’s succeeded, it also marks the end of this chapter in his life. It places this young songwriter on the edge of darkness, just stepping forward to meet whatever comes next. There, in those moments before the breaking dawn, live twilight ruminations rich with vulnerability, pleasure, and heartache — the Night Thoughts.

Aaron Taos
Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover.

Boys Choir – Sorry

Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies. On June 8th they released their third single, “Sorry” – A lush, grand sounding track with punchy drums, massive synths and glimmering guitars. On vocals we find the amazing voice of HART.

Boys Choir
Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies.

Foley – Talk About It

Foley  started  almost  as  a  dare  –  a  challenge  between  two  long  time  friends  to  blend  their  mutual  love  of  popfunk  and  dance  into  a  meaningful  spin  on  pop  music.  Frustrated  with  the  standard  model  of  two-piece  acts  being  pigeonholed  into  1  vocalist  and  1  producer,  Foley  made  a  point  to  be  equal.  Songs  are  crafted  together,  50/50;  with  neither  party  more  important  than  the  other.  In  a  male  dominated  industry  where  female  vocalists  are  often  commoditized,  it’s  an  important  distinction  to  make.

Both  talented  writers,  producers,  and  performers,  the  pair  collaborate  on  everything  from  lyrics  &  melody  to  instrumentation  &  performance  –  nothing  is  one  sided  and  the  result  is  greater  than  the  sum  of  its  parts.  The  long  list  of  achievements  following  their  debut  single  ‘Settle’ is  proof  that  going  against  the  grain  works.

Released  in  October  2017,  the  bass-driven  debut  immediately  launched  the  pair  into  local  hearts  and  minds,  receiving  extensive  radio  support  from  one  of  New  Zealand’s  largest  commercial  radio  stations  ZM  and  NZ’s  largest  dance  station  George  FM. ‘Settle’  also  received  wide  support  from  DSPs,  landing  on  Spotify’s  prestigious  Fresh  Finds:  Hiptronix  playlist  and  clocking  up  over  50K  streams  since  release.  And  after  only  one  month  in  the  public  eye,  Foley  were  invited  to  play  New  Zealand’s  largest  New  Years  festival,  Rhythm  &  Vines  for  it’s  second  consecutive  sold-out  year.

Waves  like  this  don’t  go  unnoticed  –  Foley’s  success  quickly  pricked  the  ears  of  the  industry,  landing  the  duo  features  on  tastemaker  blogs  like  Coup  de  Main.  The  pair  also  secured  government  funding  and  a  coveted  spot  on  the  NZ  On  Air’sNewTracks  disc  –  which  is  presented  to  top  level  broadcast  media.  Behind  the  scenes,  the  duo  have  formed  a  relationship  with  some  of  NZ’s  best  producers:  Josh  Fountain  (Thomston,  LEISURE,  MAALA)  and  Djeisan  Suskov  (Mitch  James,  Matthew  Young)  –  trying  new  sounds  and  tearing  apart  old  habits.

Foley
Foley  started  almost  as  a  dare  –  a  challenge  between  two  long  time  friends  to  blend  their  mutual  love  of  pop,  funk  and  dance  into  a  meaningful  spin  on  pop  music.  Frustrated  with  the  standard  model  of  two-piece  acts  being  pigeonholed  into  1  vocalist  and  1  producer,  Foley  made  a  point  to  be  equal.

TS Graye – MY2

TS Graye

MY2‘ – or Murder You 2 – is a remarkable introduction to an incredibly special new artist: TS Graye. At just seventeen years old, the Bristol singer-songwriter packs an almighty punch with her first release; powerful, smoky vocals glide atop smooth beats and neat production touches, with dark yet humorous lyricism inspired by her love of horror movies (fact: if she wasn’t a musician, she’d be pursuing a career as a makeup artist for horror shows).
Produced by Louis Mattrs, who she met online, ‘MY2’ is the first track from an EP due in October. In TS Graye’s words, “I wrote MY2 after finding out that someone I loved had broken my trust. It reflects the different and conflicting emotions I felt in the aftermath of that situation. At first, I play it off and try to fool myself that I’m cool with what has happened, but, in reality, I’m angry and hurting, hence the aggressive switch in the lyrics and production. I think you have to acknowledge and work through those feelings to accept the shit that happens and leave it in the past.
Growing up in the West Country, TS Graye’s influences never strayed far from home; trip hop and the sounds of neighbouring Bristol (e.g. Massive AttackTrickyPortishead) play out heavily in her music, but true to her generation she discovered most of the music she loves online (she references Lana Del ReyBanksPost Malone and Drake and her sound invokes likeness to greats RihannaSZAAlicia Keys and Jorja Smith). Self-taught, TS Graye learned how to produce and play piano from her bedroom and has been writing two songs a week since she was thirteen.
Despite spanning genres, exploring multiple perspectives, and experimenting with different vocal styles, ‘MY2′ works; it is natural, smooth and believable, showcasing a sophistication that belies her age. TS Graye’s intricate lyricism must also not be overlooked. With this single, she engages wordplay and double entendre – the line “guess I have to murder you 2” has multiple meanings, as does “f*ck with your beauty“.
Living in a small town encouraged TS Graye to explore the bounds of her creativity, and nowadays her passions outside of music include experimenting with make-up and working on a zine, which she has put into print ready to distribute alongside the release of her first pieces of original material.
The debut single ‘MY2‘ (“This ain’t just a heartbreak, this ain’t just a heartache…”) will be closely followed by next release ‘Rich Or Poor’ (“I don’t care about the past no more, just tell me that you love me…”). Sincere, evocative, relevant and inspired: TS Graye is an artist full of promise.
TS Graye
‘MY2’ – or Murder You 2 – is a remarkable introduction to an incredibly special new artist: TS Graye. At just seventeen years old, the Bristol singer-songwriter packs an almighty punch with her first release; powerful, smoky vocals glide atop smooth beats and neat production touches, with dark yet humorous lyricism inspired by her love of horror movies

Skai – Hooked

Skai

New Haven born Skai has officially returned after a brief hiatus and big move from London to New York. She’s back and ready with her new single Hooked. Accumulating over 20,000 views on Soundcloud, with a collection of oft-praised R&B/soul numbers – Rick Ross-inspired ‘Thugs Cry’ featuring Lil Wayne, the indecisive introspection of ‘Trust Issues’ alongside Bueffard Mallary, sexy slow jam ‘Pieces’, and the uber-submissively yet playful ‘Action.

She has received a plethora of high-profile kudos – and certified stamped approval – from 6-time Grammy Award winning producer, Jimi Kendrix (Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne), DJ Blazita (Jay-Z 40/40 former resident DJ in NY), and DJ Bedtyme (Remy Ma Official DJ).

Skai
New Haven-born Skai – has officially returned after a brief hiatus and big move from London to New York. She’s back and ready with her new single Hooked. Accumulating over 20,000 views on Soundcloud.

Joy Kate – Spin You Back

Joy Kate

Hailing from the South 16 year old Joy Kate is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, actress, and instrumentalist who cites musical influences ranging from Carol King and LeAnn Rimes to Astrid S, Billie Eillish, and Julia Micheals.
She is an emerging pop artist working with PCG Universal and numerous industry professionals including Margaret Becker (four- time Grammy Nominee),  Tom Michael (Shannon LaBrie, Twenty One Pilots), Judy Rodman (One Way Ticket), and Britton  Cameron (former staff writer Warner Chappell).
Joy Kates newest collaboration is co-writing  with Nashville Pop Duo Sharke (Harrison Boyd, Charles Harke) who produced her new self titled EP  scheduled to release Summer 2018. Her EP debut paints a youthful and innovative picture of modern day Juliet, with compelling love themes that relay pure, Generation Z teen spirit. She will feature 6 – 7 songs including her newly released first single “FLIRT”.
Joy Kate
Hailing from the South, 16 year old Joy Kate is a multifaceted singer/songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist on the rise in the music industry. She is currently collaborating with industry professionals, including several Grammy award winning singers and songwriters in Nashville as she prepares to release her new self titled EP.

All Faces – Summer In London

All Faces

All Faces is a pop/folk band from London. Lead by singing duo Ben and Daphne, the group formed in 2017. The band’s music relies heavily on the singular texture the mix of their voices creates and on meaningful songwriting.

Benjamin was born and raised in Paris. After having started to play the guitar at age 15, he quickly became involved with several bands, getting to play in notorious venues in France: The Bataclan, the New Morning, The Alhambra, The backstage and others.
He moved to the UK to attend the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and met Daphne, with whom he would eventually form All Faces.

Daphne was born in Paris and lived in multiple countries like South Korea and Belgium before moving back to France. Her passion for singing started at age 12 and only grew stronger. By age 16, she had performed in many renowned Parisian venues and then moved to London to pursue her career. She enrolled BIMM London in 2016 and met Ben with whom she formed All Faces in 2017.

Influenced by the likes of Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Bon Iver and Simon and Garfunkel, they managed to achieve a distinctive pop/folk sound with a strong identity. Experienced performers, they have played in venues like The Troubadour, The Hoxton Underbelly, and The New Morning in Paris.
After meeting with the production team at The Record Label in October of 2017, they immediately started to work on their debut EP. Their first single “The Oaks” is a folk ballad that was released on April 15th and has already reached 22k streams on spotify. It was followed by their second single ”Summer In London” on May 18th, released with a lyric video. This track is the perfect summer tune that will transmit its happy vibes and make you dance all year long.
Their eponymous EP will be released in June and will include ”The Oaks”, ”Summer In London” and 2 other exclusive tracks.
They will also be performing at the Acklam Village Market on June 2nd and at the Workshop on June 22nd.
All Faces
All Faces is a pop/folk band from London. Lead by singing duo Ben and Daphne, the group formed in 2017. The band’s music relies heavily on the singular texture the mix of their voices creates and on meaningful songwriting.