New Zealand artist Joe Morton released his debut single a few months back after recording this stunning first effort at Parachute Studios with producer Sam De Jong. We couldn’t find too much out there on this artist to date, but we found the following description of this rootsy song on his SC profile:
“Giants is little story inspired from my time living on the orchards around Motueka as a boy. While my parents were busy apple picking, I’d go play in the river with the other ‘hippie’ kids, it felt like we’d play there all day, then we’d make our way back to the tiny orchard bach’s, the evening sun would make our shadows look like giants.”Download Giants HypeMachine
No Turn On Red is the second single from The Bandicoots upcoming EP, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. The band are from Hamilton in Canada, and are Nicolai Kozel (lead guitar), Andrew Parkinson (drums), Lorant Polya (bass) & Justin Ross (vocals/rhythm guitar). Check out the excellent video below too.
Jesse Daniel Smith is one-half of the incredible Canadian songwriter duo, Bride and Groom, and has another new solo project you may not know about entitled, I Am the Sky. He issued a new single this past October, of which you are hearing here today, and looks to have just posted a great Dylan cover in the last week on his Soundcloud stream. I Am The Sky’s first album, “The World Doesn’t Need Another Record” was released a few months previous on August 19th and from the looks of it, Jesse is now involved in writing his second anticipated effort, “The Follow Up”.
JDS claims to have recently had open access to a recording studio from Midnight to 5am and recorded ‘If You Love Me’ in a live style setting, basically with nothing virtually added or arranged – a rather impressive feat. taking into account the quality shown here. Check the associated video below found via his YouTube site.Download If You Love Me (Overnight at McGill Studios) HypeMachine
Stockholm based Honeymilk has had a great 2014 with two new singles (check them out on SoundCloud), a UK tour and ever growing presence on US college radio. Now they’ve released their Sanguine Skies EP (check that out on Facebook).
From Altlanta GA, Concord America have released a free download single Put Your Money Down a boisterous dose of post-garage adrenaline very much in the spirit of their May EP release Suns Out Guns.
London UK singer-songwriter Tom Rosenthal put out today’s featured single, “Hey Luis Don’t Bite Me”, back in June, to what appears to be an ode to a hungry footballer we all primarily remember from Brazil’s World Cup. It’s a superb stand-alone track which you don’t even need to know of the biting sportsman to love. If there was actually a retrospective for the year on this site, this song would likely be among the top.
Animation on the video we’ve embedded further below is by a lad named Dave Anderson. Also be sure to check out Tom’s first two albums and more on his releases over on his Bandcamp page and over at Soundcloud.Download Hey Luis Don’t Bite Me HypeMachine
“Brill is “O” so happy to announce the release of their first single O Song. Brill is the current collaboration between singer/songwriters Brooke Trout and Dave Strauss. This acoustic harmonizing duo is in the final production stage for their debut album Fish Out of Water to be released in the Spring of 2015.” [bio]
London based indie rock foursome, HAWK have released their latest single, Hush a few days ago on December 8th. It is apparently the first release from the group’s forthcoming EP ‘Clock Hands’, and if this is any indication of what is in store, it will be a very promising year to come.
Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk initially embarked on a solo folk career, and began collaborating with band member Matt in 2012. After a year on the acoustic circuit, the pair gained support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson. The fledgling duo then joined Sam and Chris to form the band you hear today, adding a new abrasive edge to their sound while retaining the delicacy of their acoustic roots.
Also, beyond this excellent single, be sure to check out the new video for ‘Hush’, embedded further below.
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Charlie Belle is an Austin, Texas-based trio comprised of three teenagers with 30-plus years of music-making between them. The group, comprised of sister and brother Jendayi Bonds (vocals, guitar) and Gyasi Bonds (drums, vocals), and Zoe Czarnecki (bass), delivers a welcomed update of the 90’s English “alternapop” sound on their debut EP Get To Know which will be released on January 13th, 2015. [bio]
Ann Arbor, Michigan based singer-songwriter Vincent Colbert has just released the 2nd single, “Rose Yellow Moon” from his forthcoming sophomore EP, Stranger in My House coming out next January 20, 2015. The song is basically described as encapsulating the feeling of being in a new place which does not yet feel like home, yet there is so much more in the origins of this beautiful song:“Rose Yellow Moon” resulted from a songwriting game Colbert and other Ann Arbor songwriters played each week called “The Polar Vortex Song Game”. The game was invented during the polar vortex of 2014 with each songwriter given a random phrase to be incorporated into the song. A culmination of one particular week when Colbert was given the phrase “rose yellow moon” evolved into an autobiographical extinguishing of his woes.
The most personal song on the EP for Colbert, it highlights the period of time he refers to as the “dark days” when he first moved to Ann Arbor. Colbert says “moving to a new place where I didn’t know anyone was tough. I spent a lot of time alone with my thoughts, and I was pretty isolated and alone for awhile.” This feeling is captured with the lyric, “alone at the bar and it feels like the dark will descend on my stone heart”. Colbert strived to record this song live in a raw way with the addition of slide guitar which resembles the cry of a lonesome wolf howling at the moon with the hopes of finding others like him.
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“Tremors are a 2-piece semi-electronic act from Brisbane, Australia. Tremors recorded their first demo at age 16 in a bedroom in their rural home town, before receiving national airplay and interest. They then spent the next two years writing and recording their debut EP, relocating to the city and finding a band. Now having just independently released their debut, with lead singles Drink Me Down and The Game, Tremors are expanding their live show and playing headline shows and festivals over the 2014 Australian summer.” [bio]
Broadbay are self-described Noise makers from Northampton via Brighton who sound something like Yuck, Dinosaur jr or the Cloud Nothings. They’ve got a new single out called ‘Plasticine Dream’ which outside of demos may be their official debut. The group’s previous release this past June was the three track EP, Demo(n)s, a compilation of demos recorded in Brighton.
This exceptional single featured here today was Released by Art is Hard Records on The Pizza Club ’14, who we’ve featured from once before and have a track record of releasing really stand-out songs from a variety of great artists. Check out more below including a link to purchase the limited edition Pizza box singles!Download Plasticine Dream HypeMachine
We are proud to bring you another outstanding Polish artist shortly after the last ambassador was featured about a week ago. Gabrielle Kulka, going by the shorter nick, Gaba Kulka is from Warsaw, Poland and has recently released her album ‘The Escapist’, this past September 8th.
I’m having a hard time following the dialogue on her social sites, but the Soundcloud bio states that she sings, writes songs, and plays the piano, her music falling in area of progressive pop: a motley mixture of styles, from jazz, to piano rock, to weillesque cabaret.
She has written and recorded three albums, critically acclaimed and well received by an ever growing audience, even being awarded with the Polish ‘grammy’ (Fryderyk). We hope to hear more in the future as this is one not to be missed.Download Wielkie Wrazenie HypeMachine
Five songwriters (Scott Rouse, Lizzie Clapper, Jason Vivrette, Ciara McAllister & Sean Alexander) who comprise Hidden in the Sun spent weeks secluded in the California Redwoods to create an ethereal debut album Seven Seasons. Today’s Dose Salt and the Spring is a preview of the album, which will be released January 20th. See the album trailer below too.
Following on the heels of their recent ‘Invader’ EP, Manchester UK indie rock four-piece PLASTIC HOUSE have just released a new stellar track in their arsenal, Stockport Syndrome, available through the Soundcloud link below (in addition to several other great tracks).
The band claims to originally be from Stockton with band members: Oliver Podmore, James Lennon, Robbie Murray, and Jake Perry.Download Stockport Syndrome HypeMachine
Today’s Dose is from Lights, the upcoming EP from Los Angeles based The Active Set, due for release early 2015.
Matthew Stolarz – sing/guitar, Francis Ramsden – guitar/keys, Gabriel Grinta – drums, Alen Racedo – bass
With a few excellent tracks available at the social sites below, Nozart will soon be releasing what sounds like an exciting debut album, apparently his first self-produced body of work that will feature artwork and short stories inspired by the music.
Much of Nozart’s musical foundation stems from his long devotion to jazz, while other important influences include greats such as Son Lux, St. Vincent, Deadmau5, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Stravinsky and Ravel.Download Long Long Time HypeMachine
Sometime soon London band Concept 7 will be releasing their new album The Machinery Of Control. They have released the first 7 tracks from the album, on name your price basis, at BandCamp, with more new tracks being added soon.
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Manchester based A Show of Crows have just released a new EP called Act 1. The EP is available as a free download via the links below.
“Inspired by the darker, grittier side of rock n roll, A Show of Crows have been setting the Manchester unsigned circuit alight with their unique blend of dark and dirty garage rock.”
Members: Simon Frain – Vocals/ Guitar Gary Dean – Bass Matt Bowker – Drums/ Backing Vocals
Naturally with my part Polish heritage, the name of this group has been a magnet over the last decade or so since I first heard what was likely their debut on My(old)Space. It was just the other day that I stumbled upon and dove through their Soundcloud page finding a diverse range of incredible electronic sampling, including a nice mix-up featuring samples from a track by favorite instrumentalists, Explosions in the Sky.
Today’s feature is in the hip-hop meets world-beat vein with the Polish Ambassador’s incredible sampling skills putting together a seamless track featuring the talents of Mr Lif and Ayla Nereo on the Pushing Through the Pavement album. If you get a chance check out the Soundcloud or Bandcamp pages for a kaleidoscope of great tracks under the name-your-price model. A slew of tourdates are also currently underway so check the official website for the latest.Download Lost & Found (feat. Mr Lif & Ayla Nereo) HypeMachine