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Essy released a video for the track Cry For Me. A good “guilty pleasure” song/video that has Essy dancing around with a snake. If you love 80’s, you’ll like this uptempo pop track. The song is about the craziness of online dating during the pandemic. Before moving to Nashville, Rachel Braig aka Essy, studied at Berklee College of Music and collaborated with songwriters before writing with electronic duo Ship Wrek.

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Check out Favorite Boy by the 20 year old Cate Tomlinson. It’s reminiscence of Taylor Swift’s newer material. You’ll love if you like bedroom / indie pop. Originally from San Francisco, she’s now based out of Boston spending time at Northeastern University. Last year she dropped a track Before I lose You which we compared to Ellie Goulding. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders.

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I really like Bitch Can’t Spell February by Nolä. Fresh on the scene, the indie pop songwriter hails from North Carolina and is wrapping up her time at Berklee College of Music. She’s influenced by Bon Iver, The Japanese House, Imogen Heap, Remi Wolf, Banks, and Rina Sawayama.

Nola shares “The story behind the title is the girl that was dating one of my close friends would say really weird things to sound quirky such as “I don’t think the months should have names” or “I probably couldn’t even say the whole alphabet if I tried” – so a friend of mine said “I bet a bitch can’t spell february!” and instantly I was like that is a song that needs to be written NOW.” Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders playlist.

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Signed to L.A. Reid’s Hitco label, Chelsea Collins releases Hotel Bed along with a steamy video. Reminiscent of Bebe Rexha, the up and coming pop artist comes out of the box swinging, hoping to find a place in the pop world. The Los Angeles based 22-year-old released her debut track in 2019 “Tobacco and Tears”, following a series of released songs. Her most popular song “Used to love (L.O.V.E.),” clocked more than 25 million streams and was followed up with another track “07 Britney.”

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Happy Hour by Felix Cartal and Kiiara gets a piano remix. I like it more than the club version. A really great track that deserves more attention. Only 3 million Spotify streams? C’mon!

Cartal says this about the song: “The idea and lyrics for this song were created during a writing session in Norway. I think my time in Scandinavia was really beneficial to my songwriting process because they have this effortless approach to pop writing.”

Cartal had a string of singles that are certified platinum in Canada. He has collaborated with Kaskade, R3HAB, and Gallant, and created remixes for Selena Gomez, Zedd, Anne-Marie & Doja Cat.

Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders playlist. Watch the video here.

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