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ViVii – “One Day”

Here’s a beautiful one from Swedish dream-poppers ViVii. “One Day” finds the trio playing with sunny vibes, jangly guitars, airy synths, and reverb-drenched vocals. Full of strong pop melodies, the result is something that sticks in your head as it shimmers and sparkles in its own little dreamy haze. Fans of Men I Trust, Turnover,…

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MYLO BYBEE – “Spit”

Loving the late 90s feel of “Spit” from Boise, Idaho trio MYLO BYBEE. Bringing to mind emo legends like Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, Jimmy Eat World, or The Get Up Kids, “Spit” pairs an up-tempo drumbeat with twinkly guitar rhythms and a spindly bass presence. What’s more – this one feels ultra-sincere… It brings…

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Katy J Pearson – “Beautiful Soul”

Katy J Pearson recently caught our ears with the forlorn indie-folk-pop of “Beautiful Soul.” There’s no denying the UK-based singer/songwriter’s amazing vocals (which paint a breathtakingly soulful picture here), but “Soul” is also bolstered by a dark and mysterious indie rock instrumental layered lush with string sections, brass, male/female harmonies, and an in-the-pocket groove. Person’s…

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ESSY – “Cry For Me”

ESSY dropped a big, EDM-tinged pure-pop banger in our inbox and we couldn’t help but bite… “Cry For Me” is everything you’d look for in a bombastic pop jam – big, flashy synth leads, a driving electronic beat, and of course ESSY’s undeniable vocal presence. There’s also a surprising amount of substance in the message…

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Hard Yes – “Council Crest”

Here’s a cool debut jam from newly-formed duo Hard Yes. “Council Crest” is just the kind of indie rock we’re drawn to – swimmy, jaunty, jangly, and just a little bit sassy. “Crest” has a mix that sounds bedroom-y and sincere without crossing into demo territory… It’s just an all around stellar debut from this…

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Blue Canopy – “Motovun”

Portland’s Blue Canopy is here to relax you with the sprawling, shimmering “Motovun.” Multi-instrumentalist Alex Schiff (formerly Modern Rivals) is the man behind the name, crafting chillwave-tinged indie electronica that explores themes of anxiety, self-introspection, and past-self. “Motovun” certainly feels introspective, but it’s also ultra soothing, playing with arpeggiating synths and dreamy guitars. Check it…

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Florence Rose – “Someone New”

Florence Rose is the moniker for singer/songwriter Braden Norris… He crafts indie-pop tunes from his home base in Tulsa. We’ve been enjoying his most recent single, a lighthearted tune called “Someone New.” Jangly guitars, tight production, and a sunny, surf rock aesthetic propel this one forward – fans of Wallows, Islands, or Phoenix are going…

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Cal Rifkin – “Break My Heart”

Indie/emo trio Cal Rifkin have a home run on their hands with their latest offering, “Break My Heart.” Awkward baseball metaphors aside, “Heart” takes the best aspects of heart-on-your-sleeve emo (think charming late 90s emo, not mid-aughts emo) and mixes it with tasty elements of surf rock, bedroom pop, and a bit of mathy riffing….

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Balloon Ride Fantasy – “Easy”

We’re loving the big synthpop vibes from Philadelphia-based quintet Balloon Ride Fantasy. “Easy” effortlessly juxtaposes the 1980s and the 2020s – it’s layered lush with synth texture, rigid robotic drums, and lots and lots of reverb. The chorus of “Easy come, easy go” is a surprisingly hooky earworm; with so much pop value jammed into…

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The Backstays – “No Hot Cargo”

Here’s a fresh one from Saint John, New Brunswick-based quintet The Backstays. “No Hot Cargo” is a dark indie rock jam with touches of dream-pop and light flourishes of synth. Further setting this one off is the lovely blend of baritone male vocals and ghostly female harmonies from guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Pete Johnston and violinist/vocalist Serenna Chapman…

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