Picture This – Unconditional

I discovered Picture This over a year ago thanks to Youtube, when their video for Modern Love (highly recommended) showed up in my feed. Since then, I’ve been following them closely as they got a knack for catchy alternative pop-rock songs. On top of that, this Irish band is very prolific, having released 1 EP, 2 studio albums and over 20 singles since the group debuted in 2015. Just a couple of weeks ago, Picture This made public their latest single, Unconditional, a romantic yet hook-ridden altpop song with sweet but not vomit-inducing lyrics.

If you like radio-friendly songs, then you will surely enjoy this potential hit from Picture This.

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Ellinor – By The Seaside

I don’t know what to write about Ellinor‘s music. It’s not that there’s nothing to say about her, quite the opposite. I could write about how, being the child of deaf parents and discovering music relatively late at 15, she developed such a talent for music so quickly. Or I could talk about the powerful voice this young singer/songwriter has. I could mention as well how she’s been influenced by Joan Baez, the Kooks and Johnny Cash, or how, being French, she released her first EP, River Lee, with all 4 songs written and performed in English. Or I could simply say that I think she’s immensely talented.

Instead, I think I’ll just let her music do the talking. It is that good.

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Astralign – The First Time I Saw You

Astralign is an Australia-based ambient/cinematic/downtempo project from Gavin Foo, a sound designer with a passion for music. Fragments is Astralign‘s first EP, released independently and which has now become available on Spotify.

The First Time I Saw You is the most downtempo track in Fragments, to the point that I was unsure about the most appropriate mixtape for it. In the end, I chose the Chill-Out Mixtape but it could have been the Relaxing Mixtape as well. It is a soothing track that somehow manages to express in music that feeling you get the first time you see someone special. You can find this track below and, if you like it, please support/follow the artists in any of the hyperlinks above.

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Lane 8 & Yotto – I/Y

This gorgeous track is what you get when you take an atmospheric tune and give it elements of house music. Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8, is an American musician and DJ who has been active since 2012, whereas Otto Yliperttula, aka Yotto, is a Finnish DJ who has been around since 2014. Both DJs are considered bright representatives of the progressive house genre and and this was their first collaboration together.

I/Y is not really a new track, but it’s recent enough (one year) for me to ignore that fact. It is a beautiful track that starts shyly with atmospheric sounds and then little by little starts building up in euphoria. Give a listen below to this new member of the Electronic Mixtape.

Neon Trees – Used To Like

Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to write anything today, so this entry will be an easy and short one. Neon Trees released a new album last week, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, and even though its lead single debuted much earlier this year, I still think it’s the best track in the album. The band had a few hits in the early 2010s, like Animal, but hadn’t released any new material in 5 years. They came back with their trademark alt-pop sound but with a bigger 80s influence. Used to Like is a perfect example of that. Enjoy!

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Kids In Glass Houses – Peace

After a few songs in a row that fell on the mellow side, it’s time to turn the volume up. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we have a song released not that far ago (2013) from a band that, unfortunately, broke up one year later. KIGH, in case you never heard of them, were a rock/punk-rock band from Wales that were active for 8 years, releasing 4 studio albums in total. Even though they achieved some success in the UK, they never reached international fame, which I presume was the main reason why the band members decided to call it quits.

Peace was the lead single from their last record, called the same way. It was a great album overall but the highlight was, without a doubt, its opening title track: an energetic, guitar-driven, in-your-face, rock song with punk-rock vibes and an infectious chorus. It’s almost impossible to hear it without starting to sing-along. I dare you to try!

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Oh Wonder – Don’t You Worry

I love writing about new, up-and-coming and/or unsigned artists I like because they are the ones who need it the most. It feels nice to help them out from this humble tribune. At the same time, I like to mix and match with new music from better-known artists as well, firstly, because not all of you might know about them; secondly, because you might not be aware they got new music out; and lastly, so that this page doesn’t become so predictable or monotonous. After featuring relatively unknown acts for about 3 or 4 days in a row, I think it is time to talk about this pretty new song from Oh Wonder: Don’t You Worry.

The British duo, who are also a couple, might not be a household name yet, but with over 7 million monthly listeners on Spotify, chances are that you know about them already. In case you don’t, this alt-pop act started in 2014 when they decided to record and release one song a month for a year, songs that later became their self-titled debut album. Six years later, Oh Wonder has sold out gigs in cities like London, New York and L.A., released 3 full-length albums and several EPs. Their latest one is Home Tapes, an EP that got out one month ago and that the duo recorded and released from their London Home during the lockdown.

Don’t You Worry, which is part of Home Tapes, is a light yet beautiful indie love song about facing difficult times alongside your loved ones. It suits Josephine Vander Gucht‘s delicate but pretty voice perfectly. Give it a listen below.

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Serenade The Stars – Rewind

Serenade The Stars are a U.K. based alternative rock act that reminds me a lot of the kind of bands that were popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. Formed in 2017, they have been releasing singles at a steady pace, with Rewind being their latest one, released last week. Now, I got to be honest: I don’t love the way the song was produced. I think there’s something odd with it and, as a result, the song doesn’t sound as neat as it could (and I don’t mean the bits that were obviously done on purpose). That being said, I’m not a music producer and I could be entirely wrong.

Production issues or non-issues aside, I actually like the song and I think the band’s lead singer has a nice voice for alternative rock. Lyrically, the song talks about “rewinding” back to better or easier times, in order to remember what gave us purpose when we feel lost. All in all, I think Serenade The Stars got a lot of potential and we will be cheering for them to live up to it. Listen to Rewind below and please let me know your thoughts (here or on the usual social medial channels). I’m particularly curious about your views on this one.

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Darkfield – A New Beginning

I”m always amazed by the amount of talented musicians that are out there just waiting for an opportunity to be heard. Here we have another example of that with Joey Westerlund, a multi-instrumentalist from Portland, Oregon, who is the person behind Darkfield. The music he creates as Darkfield is catalogued as post rock, with some songs leaning on the heavier side and others, like A New Beginning, on the mellower one. All of them, however, are definitely cinematic.

In fact, A New Beginning –which is part of Darkfield’s second EP, Carry Us Away, released in June– certainly feels like the score of an epic movie about space travel. At the very least, this beautiful track could be the perfect score for this Sunday afternoon. And you can enjoy it here:

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KidEyes – Ready To Go

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon KidEyes, an indie/altpop duo based our of Los Angeles. I know that it had something to do with Instagram and that it was one month ago or so, but the details evade me (did they like one of my posts? Were they mentioned by somebody I follow? I can’t remember). In any case, I’m glad I did because they make super enjoyable music, and this song being featured today is just exhibit A.

Ready To Go is the band’s latest single, which they released back in June fresh off their self-titled debut EP from 2019. It is a catchy indie pop track despite dealing with the subject of feeling lost and disoriented. I guess it could be the soundtrack of our summer on this weird year. Just listen to it here:

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