Indie duo Flora Cash released a new track ‘Save Me’ that will become an instant favorite among indie fans. They met on SoundCloud which in began a “Skype relationship,” which lead to other memorable songs including City Love & I’ll Be With You. They have over 19,000+ YouTube subscribers and garnered over a million views on their videos. They’ve released several singles and three EPs and have recently signed with the new Swedish indie label with whom they’ll be releasing in EP late this summer.
Tourist Attractions, a 4 piece indie band from North West England released a new EP ‘React Reflect React’. The first single Black & Gold is haunting & melodic as the band displays their own style of indie rock. Introverted, Angsty Dark melodies tangled in hooks and straight-to-the-point beats, inspired by the likes of Joy Division. Their songs have featured on BBC Radio 6 Music and they will perform Sound Control in Manchester supporting Lunar on their debut single launch, August 22nd.
Oslo pop rock act The Lionheads dropped a new record and released the first track ‘Human Walk‘ – an electroacoustic track with big harmonies and an anthemic chorus, that crosses between Mumford & Fun. They will perform Norway’s Stavern Music Festival alongside notable artists including Elton John, Pharrell Williams, ASAP Rocky, EchoSmith, and Big Sean. Baeble says “Whether they realize it or not, the Lionheads have a potential radio smash on their hands with its arena-ready hooks and larger than life sound.”
Taylor Swift approached Apple with concern for its 3 month free music trial & not the music labels. Is there more to the story? It doesn’t add up.
Two weeks after Apple released its new $10-a-month streaming service, the pop star wrote the company a public letter on her Tumblr, explaining why she’s withholding her latest album,1989, from the subscription-based platform.
“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.
I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.
But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Have you heard ‘Lifeline’ by Secret Company? It’s fun catchy, upbeat & combines rock/electro/synch. The band also just premiered the new video for ‘Savior‘. Their debut EP will be released in July and they have several festival performances lined up.