lenses, maps

lenses, maps

After having a recent throwback to my love of math pop/rock with an old pal going by the name of Lewis I have been constantly stumbling across new bands playing with the sound that I fell in love with way back when I was a teen. One of those artists being the Melbourne based Lenses, Maps..

“Rock music, without the social aspect..”

Naming her sound as midwest emo, Tamara Westwood (Freya) is throwing around an old school math swing into her catchy new jams. Recently releasing her self titled debut record ‘Lenses, Maps’ it is abundantly clear that this gal is a talented one. New single “Better Intentions”, a track that shows off the start of a compilation with friends flows on from the debut with aplomb. Inhibition losing guitar work leading the way through a forest of atmospheric vocals/songwriting.

Listen to our weekly hit below or stream Tamara’s smashing, self titled debut right here..

 

sobs’ catflap

sobs’ catflap

After discovering this band that I’m literally about to tell you all about I went on a little mini journey through upcoming Asian indie-pop stuff and I’m not gonna lie fell in love with an awful lot. Anyway on to Singapore homed trio Celine Autumn, Jared Lim, Raphael Ong aka Sobs and their debut EP “Catflap”..

Charmfully indulging you in their world from the word go this collection of tracks tell a story. With just a little bit of help from gleaming guitars, endearing vocals and their “un-cool” pop songwriting and at just over 11 minutes this is a short but oh so sweet release..in my eyes it’s actually pretty much completely perfect.

‘Catflap’ collects real-life experiences, fantasies and melancholy rom-coms sewn into a diary of songs on life’s frustrations, affection, intimacy, a neighbour’s dog, and Singapore’s non-existent ocean…

Seriously wanting to pick the whole EP as my weekly hit but if I had to choose one it would be the the glistening, lead single “Girl” that made my weekend so darn special that takes the crown this week! Go and check out the whole release below and fall in love with me, well, not with me, with the songs..

the brightest of cities

the brightest of cities

I had the pleasure of being invited to the album launch of Brighton collective Bright City last week. Built inside the holy walls of St. Peter’s Church this is yes, music written about and surrounding a God but really, as an on the fence atheist, when you strip away the directive lyrics you will find a banger or two and that’s what sets these guys apart from your musical Christian stereotype..

Packing out The Old Market in Hove their album tracks “You Are The One Thing” and “Fly” brought the party to life, whether you were celebrating a faith or just celebrating the weekend these tracks made you feel great! Other tracks “Your Love” and opener “Maker Of The Moon” also stand out, promoting the diverse songwriting talents within the group. There were moments where the crowd took to their knees in prayer and their were times of moshing and drink lobbing, this isn’t your normal church band, this is the future.

Whether you are of faith or not give this album a chance. These guys aren’t just out to preach, they’re out to create atmospheric pop music and in my eyes they’re doing that pretty damn well!

Stream “Hello Maker” below..

 

the waves of juney

the waves of juney

My weekly hit this week won’t involve too much background on the artist as one, I don’t really know anything about him and two, he only released his first demo a few days ago. Regardless, that demo track is way too good not to feature..

“The Wave” takes a laid back approach to production whilst hitting every aspect out of the park. Dreamy, star gazing synths wallow throughout as guitar strokes and distorted mixing throw this track into the ring with the likes of the mighty The Japanese House.

Simple bliss, go and get behind this unknown Auckland based quantity..

 

it’s a no brainer

it’s a no brainer

It seems that I’m either getting old or artists these days just keep on getting younger, either way I feel old. Anyway, I am here to introduce you to 17 year old Isaac Waddington who judging by his 70,000+ Facebook likees actually needs no introduction at all..

With the Portsmouth homed high schooler constantly releasing snippets of his musical brain at work it is clear that this guy has already got it. If his track “No Brainer” was swung in to the mainstream it would be eaten up in seconds, it’s a complete banger! At just over 2 minutes it’s going to get you hitting play over and over and over and over..you get the picture, it’s good.

If you know what’s right then you will go and listen to Isaac’s way beyond his time back catalogue but first we need to get this track and my weekly hit into your life. Enjoy..

 

it’s all about chips and dip

it’s all about chips and dip

It sure has been a hot one this week in the UK but as the cloud makes it’s way back into our lives I am jetting us off to New York where the multi-talented gem that is Bettina Campomanes homes herself..

 “this is my love letter to tostitos and salsa.”

Going by the name of Valiant Vermin this talented youngster is producing hot on the trend throwback pop sounds from the comfort of her own bedroom. Her soundcloud page being marked with the quote “these may or may have not been recorded on the toilet” projects the easy going nature of her music and the newest track “Chip & Dip” is another chilled out joy to the ears to add her wonderful collection..

Go mess around in all of her stuff, it’s all pretty damn great.