London is popping out lots of singer-songwriters. Look out for Matt Wills and the new track After Party. The track is very Ed Sheeran but Wills has his own original spin that blends acoustic pop, folk and electronica. He has picked up mentions from Clash Mag and Flavour and also garnered support from BBC R1. The singer-songwriter supported Halsey at Koko and O2 and Alessia Cara at Dingwalls. Matt notes, “After Party is about finding love in the most unexpected of places. A British after party is not glamorous like American ones so it’s not the height of romance. When I met my girlfriend at an after-party, I remember trying to act like the coolest guy and was telling her all these things to try and impress her and it just didn’t work.”
Anna Clendening releases the indie pop track If I’m Being Honest via East West Records. The Chapel Hill, NC native found an audience through YouTube music covers and a run on America’s Got Talent in 2014. The track Boys Like You clocked 50M+ streams and 60M+ spins on Pandora. The latest track was co-written with Noah Conrad (Steve Aoki, Backstreet Boys, BTS).
Up & coming Toronto based Carys drops Some Of You via Warner Canada. She reached over 250,000 views on her debut music video for BadBoy and 80k + Spotify streams. The Canadian singer-songwriter notes, “I wanted to hold on to our love for as long as I could, even if it wasn’t how I wanted it”. Give it a stream.
Brooklyn based alt pop singer-songwriter Aaron Taos drops the standout track Closure. Aaron notes, “Closure is about the process of searching for resolution after a break-up,” – It’s about that unexpected rush of emotions that come when you unexpectedly see your old person’s face – even when you were sure you were over them.”
Playlists: New Music Friday, Fresh Finds, and Chill Vibe.
Blogs: Wonderland, The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Stereogum, Clash
Placements: Featured in NBA 2K20 video game
Streams: one million+ Spotify streams
Look out for Nashville based Wave & Rome. The band led by Sam Tinnesz was created with co-writer and co-producer Josh Farro (formerly of Paramore). The band tracked five songs releasing the Map EP. Now, the band released their single “Stardust” followed by their self-titled track including “Be My Girl”, “Hey K”, and “Velvet Sea”. The second single, “Hey K” landed on the Spotify Rock/ Pop playlist alongside Two Door Cinema Club. Give it a listen.