Tired of the old Taylor? Well, a new Taylor has arrived in the male version. His name is Conan Gray. His biggest influence is Taylor and credits her for his love of music. The 21 year old electro acoustic pop artist was born to an Irish dad and a Japanese mom. He moved around a lot, rarely in one place. That’s where you want to be as a songwriter, always on the move with new experiences, new scenes, and new faces. He was enrolled as a college student at UCLA. He was building his career while attending classes during the day. You see? You don’t even need college anymore. Plus he saved a a bucketload of money. The hundreds of thousands that would have went into UCLA now can go into tour production – once live entertainment venues reopen. He has played ton of shows, opened up for Panic! At The Disco in 2019 and has a million of subscribers. Now, Conan is set to conquer the mainstream with the ballad Heather. You may start hearing the track on top 40 radio as it just made its debut on the Official UK Singles Chart.
You need to listen to the track Sunrise by Willow Robinson. It’s an epic track that belongs in an apocalyptic film. Seriously, give it a few listens, it’s pretty amazing. Willow Robinson was just BBC Radio’s Artist of the Week and he has an upcoming sync in the series “American Gods.” The latest release comes off the three song EP Titled Summer – prior to that, Robinson released the 3 track Winter EP and Spring. Very clever and creative. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders.
I couldn’t help but to give Jane a shoutout with her quirky indie pop track MANCHILD. You may like it if you’re a fan of experimental pop, think Canadian artist Grimes. The New York-based singer, songwriter and producer also made some waves with her previous releases BIRTHCONTROL’ and ‘boys 2 MEN’. Give it a stream.
Watch out for Madison Olds and the track ‘3’S a Crowd‘. It’s a mix of pop and R&B, perfect for a club, but not for social distancing. She cites Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels and Billie Eilish as influences. The 22 year old Canadian pop singer released her debut album in 2008 which led to radio play, support slots including a show with Kacey Musgrave, and placement on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Pop Sauce. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders playlist.
Check out Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Carsen and the new track ‘Losing My‘. Although the song is about a relationship it couldn’t have been released at a more opportune time because lots of people are losing their shit. “Losing My is about the struggle with anxiety and the self-doubt that comes along with it. It’s a way of saying “f*** you” to the voice in your head that’s telling you you’re not good enough.” says Carsen. The Nebraska native now lives in Los Angeles . She’s currently playlisted on Ones To Watch and LetFutureWave and previously Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Brand New Chill, and Pop Right Now.