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Tessa And Friends - The Loser Gets Set Free (Forrest Records)

10 July 2024

Tessa and Friends is a solo indie-pop project run by Tessa Forrest. Tessa does all her writing, recording, and production in her home studio. Through music she reflects on ever-lasting friendships, the urge to search for a place to belong, and the longing for freedom. Despite Tessa and Friends being a solo project, its name gives credit to all the people behind it: a group of friends and family who inspire and support Tessa along her way, fellow musicians helping her, supportive fans, and also a Friends TV show reference

Blind Man's Daughter - One Life Down (Blind Man's Daughter LLC)

10 July 2024

Blind Man’s Daughter, the brainchild of Ashley Wolfe, has been carving its path through the musical landscape. With her new album Protect on the horizon, she is undergoing a musical metamorphosis, adding a more pop-focused sound for her upcoming album Protect while maintaining her signature progressive edge for 2nd upcoming album Dissent. The band’s name, derived from a Korean parable, symbolizes sacrifice and love, setting the tone for their deeply resonant music.

Sophia St. Helen - To Where and Where From (TMC Publishing)

10 July 2024

Sophia St. Helen is a singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ca. Her smooth vocals paired with her 60s/70s inspired songwriting and productions blend her classic influences (Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young) with modern ones (Father John Misty, Adrianne Lenker). As a result, her music aligns with modern indie artists like Julia Jacklin, boygenius, and Marika Hackman.

wht.rbbt.obj - Romeo Bravo Bravo Tango (Clandestine Records)

10 July 2024

Bluesy, smoky, sexy, and raw, wht.rbbt.obj* (“White Rabbit Object”) is a “femme fatale” fronted, guitar driven alternative rock outfit from *Chicago, Illinois. What started as a secret side project for a married couple, Frank & River Rabbitte, wht.rbbt.obj has grown into a four piece musical tour de force.

Dark City Kings - Love Is Punk (self-released)

9 July 2024

Dark City Kings sound as if Debbie Harry was lead singer of The Waterboys. Kevin Moloney, the producer of Sinead O’Connor’s first two albums and engineer for U2’s first five albums, contacted Dark City Kings through social media. Moloney came along to numerous band shows and practices and then Dark City Kings recorded Love Is Punk with Moloney at Studio B at Citizen Vinyl in early 2024. Our music is heartbreaking love songs, rowdy drunk sing-a-longs, and make-out songs for the dark end of the bar. We use traditional instruments like fiddle – but our music references the smart art pop of The Cure, B-52s, Duran Duran, INXS.

Luna Waves - Comedowns (Rob Muir)

9 July 2024

Comedowns contains 12 tracks that Rob Muir has been working on since the Autumn of 2023. It finds him ushering Luna Waves into more nostalgic and heavily 90s Rock/Shoegaze-leaning territory than previous albums. This is reflected in both the lyrical themes of nostalgia, fading memories, lost friendships/lovers, as well as the washed out and sombre tones that drift and float across many of the 12 songs on Comedowns. The album has a distinct mood and was intended to capture the feeling of laying awake late at night, into the early morning haze, ruminating on past lives.

Brandon Grant - Knowing (self-released)

9 July 2024

Brandon Grant is a Cape Town-based singer-songwriter and live looping artist. He values authenticity, relatability and vulnerability over all else. He’s a storyteller who’s goal is creating honest and raw music that resonates with others. Using his trusty acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, and loop pedal setup, Brandon builds his songs from scratch, right in front of the crowd. He has opened for prominent South African artists such as Jeremy Loops, Prime Circle, Matthew Mole. He describes his sound as indie folk blended with a unique contemporary soul edge. His new single ‘Knowing’ Is out now. ‘Knowing’ is the last single and title track of his anticipated debut album coming out towards the end of the year.

The Harbours - So Sweet (OMT Studios)

8 July 2024

The Harbours are a dynamic indie-pop band known for their melodic tunes and heartfelt lyrics. Formed in 2024, the group has quickly gained a loyal following with their unique sound that blends modern indie vibes with classic pop influences. The band consists of lead vocalist Ollie Drakard and lead guitarist Will Massarella-Tyler. Will and Ollie met in their first year at University in 2020.

Harry Stafford & Marco Butcher - We Are The Perilous Men (Black Lagoon Records)

8 July 2024

Harry Stafford is guitarist and singer for post-punk-blues-Gothic-rockers Inca Babies. In 2017, he decided to release untamed solo material that echoed his love of blues pianos and barroom ballads. There were songs about funeral Blues, End of the world piano dub, Bebop mash-ups and punk jazz tales of melodrama and murder. But 30 years with the incas meant it wasn’t going to be as musically simplistic as that. Guitar Shaped Hammers (2017) and Gothic Urban Blues (2020) are the result. After the more experimental album Bone Architecture (2021) with Brazilian punk blues guitarist Marco Butcher, such was the positive feedback that Harry has teamed up with Marco again for the Album We are the Perilous Men (2023). The sound is richer and even allows for more instruments from Marco to complement the lyrical songwriting from Harry.

HATS™ - fear the mourning (Riser)

8 July 2024

HATS™ is a chameleon. Crafting dreamy soundscapes for weary souls. A bittersweet chorus of vocals slice through strange synthy songstories to weave blankets of sound for your soul. Their musical roots go back to their initial band, Vienna Ditto, where they sang bluesy riffs over rockabilly guitar. They’ve grown up now and branched out alone. Inspired by ANOHNI, Radiohead, and Kate Bush, HATS™ is unfurling leaves of musical tenderness, escalating tension and genre shapeshifting.

FiveSidedDice - Silly Songs For Clever Girls (self-released)

8 July 2024

FiveSidedDice is a multi-genre music project from the coast of South Africa which was started in 2008 by Roscoe Nefdt. After eventually attaining an inclusive degree in music and music technology and after having done a year of a general diploma in music at Nelson Mandela University, the journey of FiveSidedDice remains ongoing, and the sound is ever-changing and evolving. With several full-length studio albums, as well as dozens of EP’s and singles, the music of FiveSidedDice and most other affiliated projects/artists is consistently being produced and is available for streaming/download across all major online stores.

TerraTara - Warrior of Love (Tara Shelley)

8 July 2024

Hard to put in a box, blending genres, Terra Tara loves to use different instruments to express her innate creativity! She plays guitar, mandolin, piano and all types of percussion. Having travelled the world with her guitar, she switched to mandolin because it was easier to carry while on the road, busking on the streets with her unique sound. On her travels, she learned many traditional melodies of Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Indian, Irish, Gypsy and Reggae that she implements in her music today.

Bad Guru - Love and Fear Me (self-released)

7 July 2024

Bad Guru is a dynamic genre-spanning rock band known for channelling life’s extremes into a sound that balances chaos and order. Other gurus will tell you to live in moderation. To refrain from forming attachments. To separate oneself from emotional whims. Bad Guru says to live in excess. To love one another and boldly love thyself. To really feel it all, in all its depth and intricacy. To feed the dark alongside the light. You’ll feel the pull of chaos and order, of dark and of light. Life isn’t simple, and their music reflects that.

Starlight Alice - Pieces of My Heart (JB Records)

7 July 2024

Starlight Alice draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of country music history, yet infuses their sound with a modern twist. Their journey began in the UK, where they honed their craft and developed a signature style. As individual artists they have combined Spotify plays of over 30million.

Marky Wildtype - If Destroyed Still True (self-released)

7 July 2024

Marky Wildtype is an Edinburgh-based songwriter/musician/producer who has been plying his trade and honing his craft under various guises for many years. Most recently, he has been providing the buzzsaw guitar backbone of the vibrant heavy-rock-meets-trad instrumental alt-folk band The Jig Show. If Destroyed Still True bold, confident affair. The songwriting has more depth and exploration, as does the instrumentation and production, while still keeping a strong focus on hooks, harmonies and memorable melody. At the same time, the subject matter is often deeply emotional, exploring the consequences of a tumultuous few years.

An Gof - Nullarbor (self-released)

6 July 2024

An Gof are a Penzance post-punk band. They play fiercely independent original music. Uniquely DIY in their ethos and deeply rooted in their sense of place. All the while remaining acutely aware of their own irrelevance.Their sound is heavily subsidised by menial office work and poorly paid labour – playing live shows rarely due to a distinct lack of interest in their art, alongside the cessation of European funding and an aversion to social media platforms.

ZOE from Earth - The Sun EP (becoming music)

6 July 2024

With an aim to create works that are timeless in a new sense, incorporating elements of the contemporary and the modern, and earthy and the electronic, ZOE from Earth has created a world where we are all invited and welcome as our truest self.

FLORIDA - Metal Detector (Florida UK)

5 July 2024

This is an old school rock album. It’s 80’s and 70’s, it’s loud guitar and melody. It’s written about growing up in Florida. How isolated it felt. How hopeless it feels sometimes. It’s about death and hope. It doesn’t really fit in with other music. It wasn’t made to be popular.

Urban Walrus - Not Today (Fabian Körber)

5 July 2024

After an intensive 6-month World Tour through the pubs and shady bars of New York, Amsterdam and Zurich, Urban Walrus found its way back to the recording studio and presents its new masterpiece, which undoubtedly has number-one written all over it.

Leanne Gallati - Party For One (self-released)

5 July 2024

From Nancy Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to Olivia Rodrigo, there’s a long tradition of empowering breakup songs in pop music. With “Party For One,” Long Island-via-Brooklyn singer-songwriter Leanne Gallati once again puts her stamp on the form with an unforgettable sense of flair. Where other artists often focus on the despair and longing that can grip us in the aftermath of a relationship, Gallati is having none of it.

Hans Halstead - Minnesota Girl (self-released)

5 July 2024

At just 22 years old, Hans Halstead is a perceptive, powerful songwriter, with a maturity that appears almost beyond his age. A true storyteller at heart, Hans reimagines modern Country in the backdrop of traditional storytelling. Exploring the passage of time, a feeling of yearning for past relationships, and a detailed understanding that only comes through painful experiences, Hans embodies the North: tough-minded, hardworking, but irresistibly charming.

Chris Murphy - The Red Road (Chris Murphy Music)

5 July 2024

Chris Murphy is a musician with a distinct talent, his ability to nurture and maintain a multitude of musical identities that includes being a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. Even more daunting is his chameleon-like music persona that embodies a wide range of musical styles and influences from jazz, blues, country, classical, ethnic and electronic, resulting in a distinct original and powerful voice. He is that rare breed of musician that creates and performs in a wide range of musical worlds with ease.

L.A. Drugz Reissue Outside Place EP

4 July 2024

Available in exclusive gold vinyl via Green Noise Records, L.A. Drugz is back during these uncertain times not to join in with the chorus of civil unrest but to melodically harmonize with gleeful indifference. Song titles such as Ooh Ooh Ooh and On The Street boldly remind you just what you’re getting here and L.A. Drugz sound like a harder backing group for The Shangri-Las but with the necessary stimulants required to charge ahead to more Punk tempos.

Gareth Koch – Song for George Harrison (Foghorn)

4 July 2024

Across three distinct mixes, the “Song for George Harrison” single is one of a series of original song tributes Gareth Koch is writing this year. The project is a set of dedications to influential artists of the modern era. With “George” the Tasmanian multi-instrumentalist brings his usual virtuoso A-game.

Calliope Wren - Fading (self-released)

4 July 2024

Emerging Singer/songwriter Calliope Wren presents “Fading”, now available on Spotify and all the major music services. Calliope Wren’s latest single, “Fading,” is about letting go of control, submission to the universe. The lonely, uncomfortable, blissful journey of oneself. With “Fading,” Calliope Wren once again demonstrates her ability to translate deep, personal experiences into relatable and evocative music, solidifying her place as a rising star in the music industry.

Rob Eberle - hope u feel ok (earthprogram)

4 July 2024

“hope u feel ok” by Rob Eberle is a deeply emotional reflection on a past relationship that was torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. With its infectious melodies, nostalgic 80s vibe, and poignant lyricism, this track is the perfect anthem for those late-night drives down the 405 with the windows down, lost in thought.

Hearse Pileup - Realise (self-released)

4 July 2024

Hearse Pileup is but one of the remaining living corpses that roam the wastelands of London, supposedly a major cradle of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s un-living heart, if you like. Between homogenised ashen Starbucks and Westfields you can possibly find them if you look hard enough, in one of the surviving toilet venues or squatted spaces.

Belouis Some - Imagination (Orchestral Version) - (August Day)

3 July 2024

80s hits are transformed on the album Orchestral Eighties – releasing internationally 19/07/24. The 14-track project compiles together music legends of the decade, including Rick Springfield, A Flock of Seagulls, and Cutting Crew to name a few, with a full orchestra that brings together fan favourites as they’ve never been heard before.

The House Flies - Mannequin Deposit (self-released)

3 July 2024

Get ready to immerse your audience in a mesmerizing sonic experience with Mannequin Deposit, the debut album by shoegaze post-punk mavens, The House Flies. With eight tracks blending dreamy pop melodies and dark, grungy goth influences, this album promises an unforgettable journey. From ethereal ambiance to raw intensity, The House Flies deliver a consistent tone while exploring diverse styles

Tom Minor - The Bad Life (Overreaction Records)

3 July 2024

An invitation to hedonism and all the pleasure and pain that it may entail or a warning thereof, we can’t quite figure out, can you? What’s obvious though with the fifth single by singer-songwriter Tom Minor, is that although his evident attempt at an Iggy Pop impersonation on the choruses may fall a tad short of being convincingly ‘Midwestern’, the Islington indie iconoclast manages to come into his own again, creating a unique sound we’ve come to expect from him and bringing us yet another new aspect of his evolving artistry.

Frank London/The Elders - Spirit Stronger Than Blood (ESP-Disk’)

3 July 2024

London blends his usual swinging take on Jewish folk melodies with impressions from adventure jazz figures.

Mercvrial - Glittering Oblivion (self-released)

2 July 2024

“Glittering Oblivion” is a guitarchitechtured shimmering of post-punk nostalgia; as if the Jesus and Mary Chain collaborated with 90125-era Yes, with Steve Lillywhite twisting the nobs.

McCloud - Movie Script (self-released)

2 July 2024

Hailing from the drunken, sunken city of New Orleans, LA, McCloud has been playing their unique brand of melodic rock since their days attending LSU in the early aughts, when they would try to sneak in an original song or two in between Creed and Fuel covers at various bars around campus. Fast forward 20 years, wives, kids, and careers, and you will find a kinder, gentler, wiser McCloud.

Darling Black - Dial (Ilegalia Records)

2 July 2024

If you like Ladytron, Death in Vegas, The Normal, you’ll love this. “Dial” is the first single from a forthcoming full-length from Darling Black music that is steeped in these electronic sensibilities, aiming to make you groove and dance in your vinyl & lace

Dick Aven - Double Down (self-released)

1 July 2024

Dick Aven is a saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from 1983 through 1987 on full scholarship. There he played saxophone in the jazz band under legendary director Steve Sample.

Final Form - Spitbite (Dimed)

1 July 2024

Spitbite is a band dedicated equally to big sound and impactful song craft. Their debut single, “Final Form,” was inspired by a personal friend of the band who went through a physical evolution that has resulted in the appearance of their true self, in which they truly feel themselves.

John Guidroz - Another Shot (self-released)

1 July 2024

John Guidroz is a Louisiana-based singer/songwriter who blends elements of folk, pop, rock and other genres to create a sound that is truly his own. His new album, Another Shot, is set for release May 17, 2024. Three singles — “Another Shot”, “Running”, and “Jukebox”, were released earlier this year.

Chris Murphy - Worn Thin (Chris Murphy Music)

1 July 2024

Chris Murphy is a musician with a distinct talent, his ability to nurture and maintain a multitude of musical identities that includes being a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer. Even more daunting is his chameleon-like music persona that embodies a wide range of musical styles and influences from jazz, blues, country, classical, ethnic and electronic, resulting in a distinct original and powerful voice. He is that rare breed of musician that creates and performs in a wide range of musical worlds with ease.

John Escreet - The Epicenter of Your Dreams (Blue Room Music)

1 July 2024

With such a solid band with whom to collaborate, Escreet can’t help but bring his triple-A game.

Carniwhore - Tyrannosaur (self-released)

29 June 2024

Carniwhore is a band based in Stoke on Trent, UK. The band consists of unique members including The FreakShow, I-Mad dog, Ex Al, Scarecrow, Babydoll, The Captain, and Smidsy the Clown. Carniwhore is dedicated to bringing a new edge to unsigned music. Their unique selling point is ‘The Freakshow’.

Brian Mathew - Old Flames (self-released)

28 June 2024

Colorado-based folk artist Brian Mathew is set to release his latest single, “Old Flames,” on June 28th. This charming and reflective tune delves into the wistful memories of past loves, bringing a fresh yet traditional folk sound to the forefront of his music.

Max Norton - Nothing In This World (self-released)

28 June 2024

Max Norton is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Songs of hope, change, and having a good time are the central themes of his work. Max wrote, recorded, produced, and played every instrument on the songs that make up his debut EP, Each One Is A Movie. Drums will always be the anchor to his songs along with lyrics that transport the listener to a timeless place. Max grew up in Tampa, Nashville, and now resides in London.

Matt Saxton - The Edge of Things (self-released)

28 June 2024

Do you ever feel your life is like an extra in someone else’s film? Is the real action somewhere else? Are you therefore on the edge of things and not front and centre? The second single from Matt Saxton’s new album is a quirky upbeat song exploring this universal feeling. Drum loops move the song along and the brass and saxophone stabs give it a bit of an 80’s vibe. Look out for my little saxophone solo at the end!

Icarus Phoenix - High Tide (self-released)

28 June 2024

Having built a cult following after being included on Stereogum’s albums of note for their Son EP as well as their DIY tour to Japan/USA in 2024, Icarus Phoenix is preparing to release their fourth studio album in August 2024.

Stephen Jacques - Prayers For An Orange Cat (self-released)

28 June 2024

A true artist and songwriter world-renowned for his prolific, heartfelt alt-rock love songs, Stephen has released ten albums to date, with his eleventh on the way. His body of work was culled from a lifetime of experiences, including those as an engineer, a Hollywood actor, a custom builder, and a TV host. Though Stephen lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, his family hails from New Orleans and New York. His Italian grandfather was a multi-instrumentalist during the roaring 20s and an aunt on the French side of his family was a fabulous blues singer. His music was influenced by great rock and punk bands heard throughout the mid-Atlantic in his 20s and 30s, as well as by a good friend — a Beatles fan — who introduced him to his first chords on an acoustic guitar at age 16. Stephen currently writes all of his music and performs in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area.

The Muster Point Project - Nothing Ever Goes Away (Francomedia)

27 June 2024

“This americana/folk rock song is narrated by a man with a young family dealing with crippling debt. There are moments of hope, but it’s quickly taken away… a subject most of us can relate to. I’ve been told the song has Tom Petty vibes. My last single was featured across Canada on all Corus rock stations as the Undiscovered Gem of the Week! Sonically, this song just feels good, lyrically it resonates with all.”

James King - deluge (The System)

27 June 2024

“Deluge” is a short melancholic song that blends a soft guitar riff with beautiful lyrics, and a soft piano gently playing countermelodies.

The Bloodstreams - Parliament of Magpies (self-released)

27 June 2024

South East London Post-Punk/Alt-Rock 4 piece. With their debut album released 2023, The Bloodstreams are a full blown songwriting ensemble with a trio of vocals from Jasmine (Keys), James (Lead guitar) and Danny (Bass) on the front line, blaring an energetic melodious layer of dark whitty word-smithery alongside a cacophony of piano synth, guitar noise and ferocious drumming by Nico, which has earned them a badge of unorthodox, unpredictable range stretching across decades of rock n roll, punk, funk and prog.

Harry Kappen - Cool Down (self-released)

27 June 2024

After the ballad ‘One life’ Harry Kappen thinks it’s time for a more uptempo song. It became a rocksong with a lot of acoustic and electric guitars. ‘Cool Cown’ is an urgent appeal to humanity to slow down and contemplate. Realize what’s real important for you and the people around you.

Everything but the Everything - A&B sides Vol 2 (self-released)

27 June 2024

Bay Area music veteran Izzy The Gent has been producing alternative new wave post punk out of East Oakland. His current project Everything But The Everything started as a one-man band before becoming a studio collaborative. Performing live was the next step.

When performing live: Everything But The Everything longtime collaborators, vocalists Sophia Prise and Tobias Hawkins front the band while guitarist Ian Dowd (Fire In The Hamptons), drummer Chad Roxxit (The Hot Takes, Chad and Scott) and Izzy handle the rest.