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Far West – Make It Up

Artist: Far West Song: Make It Up Genres: #altpop #indiepop Location: Santa Cruz, United States Release date: June, 2021 Influences: The 1975, The Cure Comment: Make It Up feels like the soundtrack to the memories of your most cherished summer holidays. According to Ryan Settles, aka Far West, it is a song about “trying to forget the bad and relishing in …

The Last Arcade – When We Were Young

Artist: The Last Arcade Song: When We Were Young Genres: #altpop #synthwave Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom Release date: June, 2021. Comment: Synthpop bands are quite popular nowadays, but very few of those bands can actually stand out. If their debut single, When We Were Young, is an indication, I think that The Last Arcade will be one of them. It helps …

Imagine Dragons – My Life

Artist: Imagine Dragons Song: My Life Genres: #alternativerock Location: Las Vegas, United States Release date: September, 2021. Comment: I remember when Imagine Dragons used to be this alternative band few people knew about. It wasn’t that long ago. Then they hit it off at some point and became so successful that nowadays some people dismiss them for being too mainstream. …

Still Charles – Wembley

Artist: Still Charles Song: Wembley Genres: #indiepop #indierock Location: Milano, Italy Release date: May, 2021. Comment: Wembley is a stunning single by Italian artist Carlo Aprea, aka Still Charles. The song is sang in Italian but it’s so good that you will enjoy it even if you couldn’t understand a single word (for the record, you should be able …

Funeral Lakes – Solstice

Artist: Funeral Lakes Song: Solstice Genres: #indierock Location: Ontario, Canada Release date: August, 2021 Comment: I featured Funeral Lakes here exactly one year ago and now the duo is back with a brand new EP: Redeemer. As is usually the case with  this act, the songs in the new EP are all filled with social content. It explores themes such …

School of Seven Bells – Ablaze

Artist: School of Seven Bells Song: Ablaze Genres: #indiepop #dreampop Location: New York City, United States Release date: February, 2016 Comment: The story of School of Seven Bells (SVIIB) is, sadly, a tragic one. It was formed in 2007 by sisters Alejandra Deheza (vocals, guitar) and Claudia Deheza (keyboards, vocals), and Benjamin Curtis (guitar, synthesizers, vocals), but then Claudia …

Michael Lane – Good Times

Artist: Michael Lane Song: Good Times Genres: #indiefolk #singersongwriter Location: Germany Release date: April, 2021. Comment: Good Times may sound optimistic and upbeat with its acoustic folk vibes and catchy melody, but it has a serious and deep message: having a nice house or a nice car does not necessarily make you happier in the long run. German-American artist Michael …

Montrell – Simpler in the Dark

Artist: Montrell Song: Simpler In The Dark Genres: #indierock Location: London, United Kingdom Release date: April, 2021. Comment: This band –and particularly this song– reminds me of the softer side of fellow British band JET. Despite talking about the desire to sleep with other people when you are in a serious relationship, Simpler in the Dark is honest and delicate. …

Said The Whale – 99 to the Moon

Artist: Said The Whale Song: 99 to the Moon Genres: #indierock Location: Vancouver, Canada Release date: July, 2021. Comment: The song that introduced me to Said The Whale, one of Canada’s most successful indie acts, was 2013’s I Love You, which remains one of my favorite tracks from that decade. I’ve been following them closely since then and I’m happy …

Aonian – Hideout

Artist: Aonian Song: Hideout Genres: #chillout #electronic Location: London, United Kingdom Release date: April, 2021. Comment: As suggested by his moniker, Aonian (real name: Alkis Livathinos) is originally from Greece and you can certainly perceive a Greek influence in his music. This London-based electronic music musician has composed pieces for brands such as Louis Vuitton and will soon release …

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