Debut Bands (Off The Radar)

DIVINE DECADENCE – “PURPLE DRESS”

“Purple Dress is about a mysterious dark woman, a kind of chameleon. She doesn’t care what people say or think. She waits for the right moment to set herself free and to become who she really is, whatever it costs. The rhythm of this track reminds one of a tango in order to underline the fierce sensuality and the strength of the character. Also, purple is one of my favorite color so that’s why it came first to my mind when I wrote this song.” – Tatiana / Divine Decadence

Parallel – Parallel (Original EP)

Parallel’s self-titled EP is quite an impressive debut release, and a compellingly engaging listen throughout; at the same time that the songs on the EP convey the wistful feelings of isolation that listeners will surely relate to, their powerfully dreamy atmospheres also bring about a relaxing sense of tranquility. Highly recommended. 

Toothbrush – “Kaleidoscope”

What makes this track unique is its originality and an almost obscene vibe of alcohol, cigarettes, and cynicism. With drunken steps, the track moves forward with a rock and roll vibe and a low end that makes the ground shake. Its attitude can be compared to a full pub at 3am where everybody is loosened up and trying to get away with everything they can.

Vanderwolf “When The Fire Grows Cold”/”Extinction!”

“I had produced a tribute to Wyatt in NYC many years ago. Fred Frith, Peter Blegvad, Hugh Hopper and many others appeared. Robert gave it his official nod of support. When I moved to London to produce my first Meltdown Festival, Robert seemed the obvious choice to curate it, and from that, a lovely friendship evolved. Of course, it was daunting asking him to sing something I’d written. I know he gets a lot of proposals of which he turns down nearly all. But happily, he said yes. He said he thought he could sing this set of lyrics— and commented about the possibility of singing about his father. It was a huge relief to me.’’ Vanderwolf

Catherine Elms “Frustrations”

“My songs are dark, fierce, introspective – written from my experiences as a queer woman, a feminist, a person with mental illness, and an introverted indie musician. I write about fighting to improve a world that wasn’t built for us, losing (and re-finding) yourself in toxic love, being a messy weirdo in an industry that values glamour and perfection, the simultaneous terror and allure of the male gaze, and burning your rage for fuel to become something more.”

Will Soma – “Days Are Long”

“It was written on one of those grey rainy days in winter last year where I was playing around with chords and came across one that I hadn’t come across before. That sound (the third chord in the verse progression) recalled a feeling of sorrow and distress, which reminded me of a relationship breakdown and how that sound of despair rings in your ears.” – Will Soma

Sea Driver – “Hook Or By Crook”

“The old lyrics were scrapped, new words and a tweaked melody took their place. Being in lockdown and the world being at a standstill it was impossible to avoid the news, the lyrics are basically just me letting off some steam about the terrible job and seemingly corrupt practices of our government regarding the PPE contracts.” – Sea Driver

Roisin O’Hagan – “Sunset Valley”

“It’s set in a fictional place called Sunset Valley with fictional characters. The protagonist, who is otherwise content with life, hangs onto the person they first loved in times gone by and hopes that they will find each other again one day. They wonder about where this person is now and hold on to the belief that “the best things are gonna take time”. – Roisin O’Hagan

Saturn Through My Telescope “If I Told You I Missed You Every Time I Did, You’d Never Hear The End Of It”

“If I Told You I Missed You Every Time I Did, You’d Never Hear The End Of It portrays the exact feelings of having finally found someone you can connect with on the deepest emotional level. I wrote this piece for my best friend while struggling with a mental illness. Knowing she was there helped tremendously, but came with the anxiety of not wanting to pester her with my waterfall of emotions, hence the title. Sonically, the quiet and loud sections represent the duality of being with her – feeling completely calm and free to talk about all parts of myself knowing she’s there, but also feeling stressed about revealing too much about myself and screwing up our relationship.”

Chet Bucke “Leaving (Marie)”

“‘Leaving (Marie)’ came to me one night a year ago, around the beginning Spring. I received a video of my grandmother singing for her friends back in Spain that inspired a deep sense of homesickness and longing for connection. I instinctively picked up my guitar and started fiddling along to her voice. I felt that something quite meaningful could arise, and it quickly materialised into the hook and main body of the song.” Chet Bucke

P L U T O B E A N – “THE RUNAWAY”

Covid did a great deal of damage to everybody, today’s debuting artist, Pluto Bean was not the exception. After losing his business and house because of the pandemic, the artist was forced to live in his car with his dog, driving from state to state looking for carpentry jobs only to get by.

Aubrey “Stay Longer”

Synths provide ear-tickling textures as they change and expand throughout the song, building that imminence underlying the anxiety and fear of being left behind. A thought-provoking message that definitely sheds new light on relationships between people, and simply a gorgeous debut for a lovely new artist!

VOCAL LONER “1976”

“This is, again, a tragic love song from another perspective — more of a tragic love story,” the artist begins with. Stating he’s taken heavy inspiration from a Star Is Born, the 1937 film presenting the doomed love between a famous man and a woman with deep aspirations to a similar future, VOCAL LONER decided to do their own take on the famous story that’s been recreated in film four separate times. 

DULCIE “Medicate Me”

“I wrote medicate me when I was 16 after having some really hard years with my mental health. I am diagnosed with borderline personality disorder which is a mental illness I will have to deal with my whole life so I’ve been on and off various medications since the age of 14. This song talks about my experience taking medication and the stigma that surrounds it. I want my music to advocate for mental health awareness but not been all doom and gloom- that’s where my groovy, feel-good sound comes into it! I love making music that makes people wanna dance!” DULCIE

Moonlight Thief – “4 a.m.”

“By now we’ve finished a few more songs, mostly acoustic with spare electric parts, and aim for a full album in summer. The mood of almost every piece will be sad and pensive with only a few uptempo parts. Aside from that, we look forward to some already concerted gigs in spring and summer.” – Moonlight Thief

Luchi “Alien Girl”

“Alien Girl is a collection of songs I wrote in the three years I have been living in London. Initially written on the piano in my room, they were then arranged with a group of exceptional musicians which helped me create the sonic atmosphere you can hear in the record now. It’s a story about love, roots and community. A combination of the past, the present and the future. Luchi

GALAXY SHORES – “GALAXY SHORES EP”

“Everything really came together over quarantine. I never thought I’d ever make music of my own, but being in a place where I had nowhere to go and nothing to do, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. Using the friends I had around me and a lot of YouTube, I began to teach myself how to use Ableton live, eventually learning how to track all live instruments and do the entire process from recording to mastering.” – Josh Herren

Nobody’s Wolf Child “The Fall”

As with every great beginning, the story of Nobody’s Wolf Child begins in layers of mystery and the story’s main character falling down deeper through the clouded space. It’s a slow descension, paced almost like the course of an emotional crash, and hearing the cinematic moodiness of “The Fall”, it could very well be one. There are symphonic swells at the beginning, intimate silence between her vocals and string melodies. It’s all so beautiful, yet behind the beauty of the elusive creature lies a complicated mess of existence, someone who never wanted any of this to happen.

Clara Hannigan “Sonder”

She just recently moved to New York and found something super beautiful and freeing about being anonymous here in such a crowded city. It’s about being able to find yourself, and the realization that everyone else is too busy living out their own story and you can just get lost in the crowd and be whoever you want to be.”

Beatdenker “Too Tall To Dance”

“The main focus always was music from South India, their unbelievable knowledge and abilities about complex rhythms and improvisational skills, then the crazy super complex rhythms in the New Complexity stream within the so called New Music, a quite intellectual dealing with rhythm, stuff you can hardly imagine and in the end the improvisational aspects of so called Jazz music and its open attitude how to handle determined material.”

MCMGM “On The Floor”

“The 2020 Pandemic hit. I had time on my hands, and a desire to dance, so I began to write funky music. But gathering a horn section together to spread the virus was not a great idea. So I turned to the computer, and started churning out my danceable grooves via electronics. This was major shift in direction from my previous genre of acapella/classical/children’s/video-game. So I invented an EDM avatar for myself, MCMGM.” Gunnar Madsen

sautereau- “Conversation Hearts”

“I think it definitely stems from being a bit of at a loss for what to do with yourself as days slipped by and both feeling nothing and so many things at once. The contrast between life being pretty bland but wanting to feel and live what we were supposed to feel and do. It’s definitely a light-hearted take on it but raw and honest nonetheless.” sautereau

Callipolis- “Kerosene”

This song emerged from a poem my friend sent me before moving back to NYC. I found it incredibly touching and couldn’t help noticing similarities with toxic relationships we both had. As I re-arranged some of the lines and played around with words and rhymes to fit in a song, the whole thing took a life of its own: the initial sentimental laments using diverse “fuel” analogies became almost a call to indulgence with regards to substance abuse, which is something I was particularly concerned about at the time. “Kerosene” plays therefore on the ambiguity of fiery love and alcohol/drug dependency, and their occasional link. -Timothée Botbol

Unfollow Me – “Disappear”

We have tons of processes when it comes to making our music and “Disappear” is the result of two friends who’ve been making music for over a decade. We know each other so well musically and we always push each other to have fun with our sound. We are also each other’s biggest fans so it was easy to create “Disappear”. Unfollow Me

CRISPR Kid “Blitzkrieg”

“The track is first of 3 singles from our new LP ‘Down with the Kid’ due out in March 2022. Recorded under lockdown in Ireland at Darklands Studios with Dan Doherty (engineer of Fontanes DC earlier records). The track is about renewal – that we all suspect we might have more in the tank to better ourselves. We try to keep it upbeat!” CRISPR Kid

Nordic Hamster – Nordic Hamster EP

“Nordic Hamster is a duo (Cody Nordine & Cody Hamilton). I met Cody (Nordine) years ago when he was the bass player for Alphæus. I remember finding out he was actually a guitarist primarily and I wanted to hear more from him. I was blown away by the music he began to share with me. I helped him release a single (Part Of Me) as a solo artist in 2020. He told me then that he wanted to do an album/EP with his friend Hammy (Cody Hamilton). I feel like the two of them complement each other incredibly, not just musically but personality wise. They have been friends for years, they’ve been in bands together before, and that dynamic carried over to what Nordic Hamster is.” Javier Perez (Indian River Music Company)

My Friend The Chimpanzee “Time Traveller”

“We did Time Traveller as the first single, because it features all instruments that we use with My Friend The Chimpanzee. It has guitar as well as electric bass, synth bass, synth pads, synth leads, vocoder (if you listen closely) and a string machine (again barely audible). Time Traveller therefore is something of an experiment, where we wanted to see how the different elements come together in the final mix and master.” Lukas Wieser from My Friend The Cimpanzee

Shyli Madhala “Pink For My Money”

“For me, it’s a revolution in every way. I’ve been hiding my dream and hiding my voice for so long, letting trauma and illness run my life story, this song is the end of that and a beginning of an era of beautiful music and powerful messages that need to be heard. Pink for My Money is about my pain and confusion around growing up as women at this point in time.” Shyli Madhala

JACK WAKEMAN AND THE DREAMSTRIDERS – VISIONS

“Visions is a song of apocalyptic optimism, written as a reaction to the yearning for a better life caused by social isolation, anxieties and uncertainty about the future. Written by Jack during a personal identity crisis, realising that things in his life could be better than they were. As well as being a personal song, the message of Visions goes beyond the individual and echoes out to a wider picture of needing societal change.

Serpenta “Puppet Show”

As my relationships became more damaged, I started to think about how much I was contributing to them. I did not want to accept any sort of responsibility after all, I never caused the initial pain from my past. However, I couldn’t really hide from it and accountability was always looming over me in some ways.” Serpenta

Top 10 No. 7 Top 100 Songs 2021 Major Bummer!- “On the Moon”

“On the Moon” focuses specifically on relationships. Using the metaphor of space, Major Bummer sings about those relationships that do not really work out. Instead of resentment, “On the Moon”‘s message is one of moving on: “It’s far away, I know/ but at least it’s not with you”. It is about enjoying ourselves without being tied to our past.

Ali Manges “Tangerine Love”

“I think they can expect extremely personal lyrics with a warm easygoing vibe. My songs are basically just a timeline of my very real, raw emotions. As for what’s next, I’m working on putting out the next single, (which is kind of a sister to Tangerine Love.) But also, I have a self-written album that I am hoping to put out at some point. I described my album concept in my journal once as “Bleeding coming of age smashed with honey folk and sentimentality.” So, that is the vibe I am hoping to achieve.”

Nouel “Milky Way”

In February, Nouel released her debut single “Milky Way”, which does follow the singer’s description – the softness in her whole sound is hard to miss. The dreamy guitars and piano notes painting the atmosphere in warm tones have a slight lo-fi quality to them, as does the percussion. And when we get to the best part of the song – her caressing voice, it’s safe to say this song will find its way into your chill evenings.

Ophelia’s Eye “Fight for Us”

“The song ‘Fight for Us’ is intended to encourage people to let go of everyday life through music, to immerse themselves and simply enjoy the concert but also a call to the metal community to support the smaller bands as well, presented with exaggerated, figurative but not literal language.” Ophelia’s Eye

MEMORY MOTEL “Scarlett”

“Our debut single: Scarlett is full of swirling ambient guitars, dreamy ‘Mazzy star-esque’ vocals and a groovy rhythm section to back it up. We wrote Scarlett way back when we first formed and have been performing it together since our very first gig so we’re super keen for you to all give it a listen. Memory Motel

Blueprint Tokyo – “Panic Carefully”

A powerful comeback from Oklahoma musicians Kevin Dawson and Andy Hale. A new band with a brand new single, the very first step for this duo to get back on track after a tough season. Blueprint Tokyo presents: Panic Carefully. Kevin and Andy were on the road for years as professional musicians before they returned… Continue Reading →

The Machine Knows “Killer”

We’re glad to announce that Aarhus, Denmark-based hard rock trio The Machine Knows have released their debut single, entitled “Killer.” The Machine Knows is fronted by Kristoffer Veirum (vocals and guitar). He’s the former lead guitarist from Danish rock band Dance With Dirt who shot to national acclaim in 2012, as well as from prog… Continue Reading →

Raine Emily – Songs from an indie movie

We’re glad to announce that indie artist Raine Emily has released her debut EP, entitled Songs for an indie movie. Raine Emily is a multi-talented indie artist from Vancouver, British Columbia, who not only writes haunting lyrics, but also creates equally moody melodies using piano, guitar, and ukulele. Her music is rooted in rock, rnb,… Continue Reading →

FAMILIAR ACTION – SUCH A WASTE

NEW SINGLE – Thursday 22nd April 2021 “The feeling of dread is taking over”. Do you ever get that feeling? I most certainly do – but it comes and goes… and then returns… and disappears… and returns again. Some days everything feels very manageable – but on other days, I feel totally overwhelmed. Why is… Continue Reading →

Cactus on a wall – Given time

Young spirit, new town, unknown faces. The struggle to adapt to a new environment can be challenging, specially when you’re young. “Given Time” is young musical promises, Cactus On a Wall’s, first single, a chill indie-rock tune that tackles the feelings of loneliness in a new community. The Beach Boys would be proud. Cactus on… Continue Reading →

SODA CRACKER JESUS – “MY ANTHEM”

“Gotta find the love… Gotta find the real…” Anthemic indeed, today’s song exudes energy and a determination to be who you’re supposed to be. My Anthem is Soda Cracker Jesus first single and its filled with an old school punk vibe mixed with poppy vocals and raw sound-waves. Soda Cracker Jesus is Regan L. Barger’s… Continue Reading →

LYD – SOMETHING

Debut single release – Friday 16th April 2021 It was another seemingly endless winter. But don’t you just love spring and the prospect of another summer? It becomes even better when we find great new music to soundtrack our seasons. “Is there something I’ve been searching for?” – well yes, most definitely… always! – and… Continue Reading →

Anne Bennett “Deep in the Shadows”

New alternative artist Anne Bennett debuts with the melancholic and slightly haunting single, ‘Deep in the Shadows’. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Anne Bennett is an alternative singer-songwriter whose sound blends her haunting and wistful vocals with dark, cinematic melodies. Her music, influenced by the days she lived in the infamous Witch City, concerns… Continue Reading →

RynoFish “Hot Summer Nights”

We’re glad to announce that New Jersey, United States-based indie rock band RynoFish have released a new single, “Hot Summer Nights.” RynoFish are Patrick Rynearson (vocals, guitar) and Jimmy Fisher (drums, bass), who work together to write RynoFish’s songs. Musically, they’re influenced by a diversity of artists including “Led Zeppelin, New Found Glory, A Day… Continue Reading →

Sleep Walking Animals, “Wild Folk”

“We want you to feel something when you listen to our music. Thats the main thing really, thats the holy grail. We want it to take you on a journey and make you think about love, life and death. It’s cinematic hopefully. ‘Atmospheric’ and ‘poetic’ we’ve been told. But that doesn’t mean you can’t listen on your way to work or whilst getting bevved up in park. It’s got groove and melodies for days. Can be quite hooky too, I think we’re all leaning towards a more pop side of indie-folk-rock anyway. Connect to it and then get it stuck in your head! Anyway, if you like foot stomping, anthemic folk rock with rousing vocals and rattling guitars give us a listen.” Sleep Walking Animals

Teja Palace “Listen”

The busy everyday life in modern world has disconnected us from our spirits and the healing magic we all carry. In times like the current era where unnerving news constantly pour in from all directions, the need for healing has become more crucial than ever. Fortunately, there is a brand new Australian artist who has… Continue Reading →

Zaeus ft. Faye “In Flames”

From time to time there come certain artists who challenge your auditive perceptions and your industry-standard song structure, pushing you to open your mind to new possibilities and sounds. Today’s artist does just that. Zaeus, collaborating with musicians from all around the world, presents us his first single “In Flames”, from his debut album “Be… Continue Reading →

MOXY ONE – “Never Break Up”

Making up excuses to remain in a relationship where both partners know they shouldn’t be isn’t a rare case, most likely the feelings they’ll both encounter will be negative, however, MOXY ONE turned the tables and gave this romantic dilema an uplifting vibe with their new, and first, single “Never Break Up“. A positive, catchy,… Continue Reading →

Flow State “Avon Giants”

This is our debut single as Flow State – the track is based on ancient Bristol folklore where we met and studied for 3 years. The story of the Avon Giants follows the tragedy of 2 brothers – Goram and Vincent who end up competing for the heart of princess Avona by draining the Chew valley lake out into the river Severn creating a huge gorge – known as the Avon Gorge which the South Wests proudest landmark sits on top of – the Clifton Suspension bridge. We wrote this in homage to the beautiful city of Bristol which has gifted us with so much influence over the years and so it had to be our debut release. we wanted to tell the story in a fairy-tale, story teller fashion with folk elements and a video that portrays the story with marionette puppets.” Flow State

Madonnatello – You Owe Me Rent

Don’t let the Danish group Madonnatello deceive you with You Owe Me Rent. In fact, don’t let Madonnatello deceive you with being Madonnatello, thought provoking as they are. If you see their cover art, their band logo in particular, you’d expect metal, grindcore maybe. But instead you get treated with a beautiful steamy indie-shoegaze-pop track… Continue Reading →

“Living Strange” by Wes King

“I originally wrote the song for my previous band (Tres Kings). However, as the recording process went on, it was clear, I needed to strip it back as my own. Some thoughtful piano, light acoustic guitar and slower tempo allowed the vocals to carry the song to a fuller potential. The track was recorded completely DIY in my home studio.” Wes King

A Conversation with Resounding Maybes on their Debut album

THE BREAKDOWN : Who: Resounding Maybes is Patrick O’Connor ~ vocals, guitars & programming Savannah O’Connor ~ Keyboards, vocals Ed Cho~Guitars What: Sine Qua Non, released Feburary 12, 2021 I had the pleasure of attending the Resounding Maybes album release show here at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis on February 12, 2021 after which I… Continue Reading →

Jack Goodall and the Kick – “Out Of Here”

Interesting, freshly unique and unexpected, a song that challenges today’s modern sound and composition. Jack Goodall and his new band “The Kick” have brought new energy and passion to the music this young composer has been making, and wants to let as many people as possible hear about it. Their new single “Out of Here”… Continue Reading →

Lyon Tide, “Blind”

“In terms of a message for first time listeners, if they like Keane, Kodaline, The Killers, Snow Patrol or anything from the 80s / 90s then we are the band for them. We have our debut album release in about a month which will be followed by a special EP and single release leading up to our next album which will be out towards the end of the year.” Lyon Tide

Moon Museum – Pleasures of Peace

Melancholy is key on this one. On this brand new guitar and vocals driven track of Moon Museum the singer can be heard reminiscing “It’s okay, I dream about you anyway” about not very long ago: San Francisco before the tech boom transformed the area completely. And while Moon Museum can normally be found in… Continue Reading →

Jesse Brady “Transformations”

“I started writing Transformations, after I had graduated from college. Releasing Transformations may seem like the first step of my career in music, but just getting to this point has been a journey. The first few months following my college graduation from Belmont University, I was, like any recent grad, dealing with the loss of community and routine, and overwhelmed by the amount of opportunities a city like Nashville has to offer, but not quite sure of which ones were mine to cease.”

The Connecting Dots – “Oblivious Beat”

I think “wonderful” is the right adjective to describe what these two piece band from Sweden have just accomplished in such a little amount of time. The Connecting Dots‘ debut album, Oblivious Beat is a true work of art, seamlessly united though and through; a world of it’s own created from night and neon bright… Continue Reading →

City Tracks, “You are mine”

Febrauary 15, 2021 There’s no better way to start your week off right than by checking out our most recently curated tracks; today I’ll have the pleasure of introducing you to the debut single of Canadian band City Tracks, so let’s get right into it! City Tracks is an indie-rock band based in St. Catherines, Ontario. Their… Continue Reading →

Saint Samuel – “On A Wire”

Love can sometimes be explosive, and when two people are deeply in love but just don’t fall in love at the same time, well… Today’s song, “On A Wire” by Virginia’s own Saint Samuel delivers what that must feel. A massive production of layer after layer with deep, sad yet hopeful lyrics and a powerful… Continue Reading →

“Brain on Fire” by J0VANNA

Surely having feelings isn’t a sign of weakness…? Having feelings means we’re human right? This is the sound of celebrating that choice, Jovanna’s choice to not deny her humanity, a declaration : a “two fingers” to the shame & stigma that attempts to keep us silent. This is the raw sound of courage and it… Continue Reading →

Cloud Shapes – Holding Onto Life

Cloud Shapes has a message of hope, or rather a reminder. That no matter how hard things get, there’s always something to keep living for, so keep holding onto life. Which is what the track is called too. This all wrapped in rap as English as it gets (to foreigners: think The Streets or Audio… Continue Reading →

Realma “A Hint Of Pink”

January 22, 2020. Part of the beauty in art is how it allows us to express all sorts of emotions, and even works as a response when we are unable to directly say what we’re thinking. Sometimes, some of the most interesting works are born from negative experiences. Based on her debut single, it seems… Continue Reading →

Guerilla State “Never Taking Me”

“Our debut single represents a microcosm of what we’re about. Freedom of expression through all forms of art in age of suppression of the medium. To challenge the status quo and cut through the sea of mis and disinformation. To tell the stories of the world that may not suit the mainstream medias narrative”.

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