‘Racecar’ by Aries Is Chilled-Out Modern Pop-Trap with a Tropical Vibe

‘Racecar’ by Aries is relaxed modern hip-hop with a tropical trap beat and poppy sung vocals. “Hailing from Southern California,” this artist “is part of a new generation of artists that have bypassed the traditional channels of reaching fans in favor of a more direct approach.” Continue reading ‘Racecar’ by Aries Is Chilled-Out Modern Pop-Trap with a Tropical Vibe

‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space Is a Compelling, Immersive Electronic Soundscape

‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space is an expansive soundscape touching on pop and indie electro. “A retrofuturistic drone leads to a unique pop soundscape with complex beats,” the band says of this album-leading track, which features, “layers of melodies and grooving bass.” These Scots describe themselves as, “a future-pop band.” Continue reading ‘Home Sweet Home’ by L-Space Is a Compelling, Immersive Electronic Soundscape

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ is an angsty, poppy take on nu metal out of Stockholm. The band describes itself as fusing, “an ambient sound with progressive undertones and catchy melodies. Kerbera is too hard for the soft and too soft for the hard, too dark for the bright and too bright for the dark,” they say. Continue reading Kerbera’s ‘Home Is Where I Don’t Belong’ Is Accessible, Groovy Swedish Pop Metal

Color Palette’s ‘Sunburn’ Is Bright-Yet-Melancholy D.C. Indie-Electro

“Since their first release,” the group says, “Color Palette has garnered hundreds of press hits worldwide,” including “NME Magazine, USA Today and NPR.” The way these guys pit the bright, bubbly nature of their self-ascribed indie-electro label against the anxious, atmospheric sensibility that’s come to define the current zeitgeist is impressive. Continue reading Color Palette’s ‘Sunburn’ Is Bright-Yet-Melancholy D.C. Indie-Electro

Light Scene Factory’s ‘This Emotion’ Is Dynamic, Free-Form Electronic

The group describes this as a “nighttime disco burner full of spacey sounds and heavy grooves that take you for a trip.” The song utilizes a very loose format which lends itself well to the duo’s layered approach. At the same time, it covers a lot of ground. Continue reading Light Scene Factory’s ‘This Emotion’ Is Dynamic, Free-Form Electronic

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds is glitzy, whirring indie pop with a distinctly retro approach. These guys tap “into a sound that can only be described as Morrisey-esque, merging a haunting, classic tone with a contemporary new-romantic vibe.” They say “the combination of vulnerable vocals, synth elements and rocking guitar and drums is what makes Tygersounds roar.” Continue reading ‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

GLMR’s ‘Take All You Want’ Is Modern, Bubbly Indie Pop with Retro Influences

GLMR’s ‘Take All you Want’ is modern, bubbly indie pop with some decidedly retro influences and tendencies. This self-described “synth pop rock band from Los Angeles,” said this is the “second single from our upcoming debut EP Be Where You Are.” The group makes use of modern techniques to extrapolate on the eighties pop rock sound pioneered by groups like Depeche Mode or New Order. … Continue reading GLMR’s ‘Take All You Want’ Is Modern, Bubbly Indie Pop with Retro Influences

BLXPLTN’s ‘No English’ Is Eclectic Punk with Industrial and Hard Rock Leanings

BLXPLTN’s ‘No English’ is a strong, fuzzy middle ground between bluesy hard rock and vibrant, industrial punk. “Of all the punk rock bands who’ve turned their derision against the current authorities,” the group says, “none are more ferocious – or unsparing in their contempt – than BLXPLTN.” These guys fuse “examinations of race, class, gender, and sexuality with incendiary music that kicks hard at conventions … Continue reading BLXPLTN’s ‘No English’ Is Eclectic Punk with Industrial and Hard Rock Leanings