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.
I can’t remember how I stumbled uponKidEyes, 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:
Arlo Parks, which is how Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho is professionally known, is a singer and poet from South London with a voice to die for. In a poll of music critics ran by the BBC, Sound of 2020, she was predicted as a breakthrough act for this year. We all know what has really happened in 2020 but Arlo is so talented that she might still prove those critics right even despite the circumstances.
Arlo cannot really be classified into a specific genre, as she could flirt with R&B and soul as easily as she could do the same with indie or bedroom pop; but the song being added today to our mixtapes is definitely indie. And yes, I know this legendary Radiohead song has been covered hundreds of times by plenty of talented artists, yet Arlo Parks‘ version is so breathtaking and unique that it feels like the first time listening to Creep. The truth is that nothing I could say here would make this stunning version any justice. Just judge by yourself, here: