22 Year old Sydney based folk artist Gordi is buzzing. Her single “Can We Work It Out” has been added to Australia’s triple j. In late 2014, Gordi (Sophie Payten) picked up a lot of attention with her track “Nothing’s As It Seems”, a luminous pop track which drew comparisons ranging from Angel Olson, Asgeir, Joni Mitchell and Tallest Man On Earth. Recent highlights include #5 Spotify Viral 50 Chart, # 6 iTunes Singer-songwriter chart, & is showcasing at Bigsound Conference in Brisbane in September.
Nashville duo Poema has released its first EP, Pretty Speeches. This is the first independent release for the Albuquerque, NM natives Elle & Shealeen Puckett. Recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Nolan Rossi, they’ve have captured a laid-back alt-pop vibe as you can hear in Enough Messing Around. The 405 notes “If you’re looking for warm, endearing new acoustic-tinged alt-rock, well, it doesn’t really get any better than Nashville sister-duo Poema. Their chilled out sound is perfect for those quiet, hot summer days cruising down the freeway with the windows rolled down…”
Indie songstress LYLOH who hails from Rancho Cucamonga, California released the song “Sleep Easy”. Think Coldplay & Garden State meets electronica. Daytrotter named her as one of the best music discoveries, while Audio Aquarium compares this 22 year old Southern Californian to BANKS and FKA Twigs. LYLOH notes “The one thing that I want people to get, or understand, or maybe strike a chord with when they listen to my music would probably be maybe you’re not alone in feeling the way that you do”
SF/LA indie act Waters is generating a buzz with their Vagrant release ‘What’s Real‘. The record was recorded over a 15-month period with Grouplove producer/drummer Ryan Rabin as well as producer Carlos De La Garza (Paramore). “While current alternative radio is pumping out songs about the ‘best day of my life,’ I wanted to write songs about heartbreak, about finding clarity about feeling stuck in your hometown,” notes Van. The band has performed with Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, Smallpools, & Weezer to name a few. Stand out tracks include ‘What’s Real‘ & ‘I Feel Everything‘.
Kings became big fans of Kid Astray, a dance alt pop from Norway that just released an incredibly infectious track ‘Day in June‘ along with a video. They have been described as a motley crew of six friends (including a former junior golf champion, Italian Vogue model and piano prodigy), all in their late teens and early twenties, who knock out day-glo, indie-tinged dance-pop with the effortless ease of musicians with pure pop running through their veins. Influences range from Passion Pit to Foster The People to M83 to The Wombats. The band has upcoming shows with Walk Off The Earth & The Wombats.