Los Angeles based singersongwriter Jesse Jo Stark releases the new video for Deadly Doll. Combining vintage horror with rockabilly, the sensual crooner is turning heads. The latest track was produced by Jason Lytle (Grandaddy, Band of Horses) and co-written with Chris Garcia (Lana Del Rey, Demi Lovato). Moreover, she kicked off the new year opening for Jane’s Addiction at Belly Up.
Since their formation, the LA indie act has been on an upswing with features in Billboard, Huff Post along with TV placements on MTV, VH1, and E. Now they are over a million plays of their last two EPs. The new track will come off their upcoming EP due out this Spring.
The Other End release the new single ‘Far From Home‘. The hypnotic and haunting melody hooked me after the first listen. The single comes off their EP which is set to be released on vinyl in March. The duo from Norway describe themselves as indie slow core, and come from the same pond that brought us artists like Aurora and Sigrid. While you can catch the indie act gigging around Bergen, I see their new EP bringing them to new places.
Kings favorite Natalie Major kicks off 2018 with the new track Waves that was featured on the season premiere of the sitcom “Grownish” which aired on January 3rd. Natalie has been quietly flying under the radar while building her songwriting resume. She’s worked with electro kingpins Bobby Puma, Tiësto, and teamed up with Showtek and Brooks for a track which clocked over 11.2 million Spotify streams. The LA based songstress will roll out more tracks in the coming months.
Watch out for alt-rock band Moon Taxi as they release their new album through a major label. The Nashville band which have four self- released albums under their belt could reach a whole new level of audience with their pop rock anthems. Solidifying themselves as a live performers, they performed festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo. The band first turned heads when their single “Two High” clocked 50 million+ streams on Spotify. The new album was produced by the band’s guitarist.
Look out for St. Catharines-based James Blonde with their upbeat alt. rock track Heartbreak. They kicked off their new year with a feature on Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlist. Previous tracks from their debut album also landed on INDIE FM and Aofd3. Moreover, the trio has made the stage their home and have opened for Weezer, Serena Ryder, the Arkells, and Lights.
Look out for Tom Forest as he releases his debut album HOPE in January. The British singer-songwriter who hails from a tiny village in London rolled out track Superhuman which is soaked with loneliness and vulnerability.
Speaking on the track, Tom states: “I have this image in my head of a man in a suit, underwater, never reaching the surface. ‘Superhuman’ is about working too hard towards something, and becoming engulfed. I worked for a few years at a law firm with the idea that a solid, well-paid job would somehow help me cling on in London, making music. But I was juggling two careers with no space for anything else, to breaking point. Sometimes it is better to give up, and to go home, if you can.”
Watch out for Ella Shockey this winter as she releases her new remix of her track Chalk Line. The singer-songwriter began posting YouTube covers, eventually releasing her own singles. Frequently traveling back and forth from Los Angeles to Kentucky, and working with a variety of songwriters, Ella has honed on her sound. The Louisville native will roll out a new track in the coming month.
Our first introduction to 2018 is the indie flavored VIØLETS’s . They released the hypnotic track Falling In Time a few weeks back. The three piece is led by the sensual front-woman Pippa who cites influences from Florence & The Machine to Vaults, Sylvan Esso and The xx. The London based act first made waves and picked up a cult following with their track Ghost.
I came across the Queens artist Duendita. She’s been quietly winning praise from various tastemakers and at just 15, she scored the award-winning indie film ‘Swim Little Fish Swim’, which premiered at SXSW. Her latest R&B flavored track Pray in which she says “’celebrates the experience of growing up in a diverse environment”, comes off her forthcoming EP, “direct line to My Creator”.
Having worked with some of the writers and producers behind Adele, James Morrison and Joss Stone, the London based singer-songwriter draws influences from the likes of Justin Timberlake and MNEK. Check it out.
The South London singer-songwriter Paige Bea releases the moody track Pick Up Your Heart as well as a video that makes a perfect backdrop. Paige crosses the boundaries of contemporary pop, neo soul, and jazz. The video which was shot at the crazy busy London’s Waterloo Station and directed by Rosie Marks (Mount Kimbie, Burberry. She has two more tracks in the works. Check it out!
Cat Clyde releases her new single The River. Although the scene can be littered with americana/ folk acts, this Ontario bred storyteller stands out. Drawing influences from Etta James to Lead Belly, the new track follows her debut album, Ivory Castanets. She’s at 340.6K + monthly Spotify listeners, with tracks featured on thousands of playlists worldwide. Moreover, she was featured as a Apples Music Hot Tracks, with Mama Said hitting over 5 million streams. Check it out!
Stello the project of songwriter-singer Kit Conway should be on your radar. A true indie musician at heart, at a whim, he traveled around Japan playing gigs in the indie rock scene there. The new track So In Love comes off the first in a series of four three-song productions to be released in the coming six months. You can find The NYC based band showcase their psych rock signature sound in venues such as Mercury Lounge, Knitting Factory, and Bowery Electric.
Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Kevin Andreas releases the new track Right Here ft. Kris Payne. I’m predicting this track will find a way on the blogosphere, and on several popular Spotify Playlists. Andreas who is a producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist cites Prince, Led Zeppelin, Kendrick Lamar as influences.
With a quick listen to the latest track Right Here, it’s apparent that he is taking a ‘no rules approach’ to his songwriting, and manages to take every single element of contemporary music, creating a signature sound. Andreas has several tracks lined up that will be released in the coming months. Moreover, Andreas co-wrote and sang the hook on A$AP Rocky’s breakout song Peso.
Singer songwriter Maiya, releases her debut single Sidelines. The 16 year old reveals her vocal chops in the uptempo club-ready track. Maiya who cites Adele, Little Mix, and Demi Lovato as vocal influences has been building a steady following in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Maiya notes,” Although Sidelines is a love song, I wrote it about not giving up and how you always have a chance or a shot at anything that you can do, so don’t give up or give in. Just keep on fighting and shooting for the stars.” Check it out!
Kings favorite Deal Casino releases the new single Blueberry Pop that comes off their new Calidus EP. The Asbury Park, NJ band took their creative spark to the next level. They recorded their entire EP in a junk yard in one take. See for yourself here. While the band has their own signature sound, the 4 piece draws inspiration from the classics like Pink Floyd, yet can go from Led Zeppelin loud to Nick Drake quiet. The band just wrapped up a performance at the iconic Asbury Park Convention Hall. Check out the interview had with the band here.
It can be a challenge to find a good rock act these days. Fortunately, there have been a few bands this year that could change course. The alternative act gP is one of the bands. They just released the new music video for the track Slow. The San Francisco band has a unique sound of trip rock that infuses trip hop beats and R&B. The band has 30K monthly listeners, 600K streams, and has shared the stage with Night Riots, Silver Snakes, and Rare Future. Check it out!
Kings favorite Taylor Grey released a lyric video for the new track Poison. The track which is one of the best out the bunch, was recorded at Pulse Studios in LA with producer by Josh Abraham (P!nk, Justin Bieber) and Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein (Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson). The 20 year old Stanford sophomore will wrap up 2017 with a WZKR performance in Wilkes Barre, PA where she will perform alongside All Time Low, Jake Miller and others.
Kings favorite Fling releases a video for the track ‘That’s Nice‘. The video which centers around a milkman is as cool as the song. The latest track could be this years indie breakout pop anthem. With heavy support from BBC 6 Music and spins from Radio X and Beats 1, the band is on a path to become a household name. They’ve been on the road in the UK since September and October which finishes in York on October 25th. The latest single was released through the Leeds based music label Dance To The Radio.