Check out Sultans Court and the new song “No Pressure” by the Berlin band Sultans Court has a cool indie vibe that’s great for the chilly season. The track is the third single from the forthcoming ‘Everything’s Fine EP,’ set to come out January 2024.
In this tune, the band flaunts their creativity with a cool lo-fi style. The drums and guitars bring a light and chill vibe, like a trip down memory lane in a cozy record store. The deliberately simple sound keeps up the band’s retro feel, kinda like Mac DeMarco or Arlo Parks.
The track could find a home on Spotify’s Indie Chill Vibes and Chill Indie Beats.
In “No Pressure,” the band dives into the ups and downs of a relationship that’s going through a tough time. The song captures the desire for happier moments while facing the struggle of trying to make things work. It’s all about wondering if it’s possible to leave behind the worries and fears and find better days together.
The band says, “We usually write quite sad and dark songs, “No Pressure” was made out of a desire to take a different angle than usual. We caught ourselves listening to a lot of Lofi Music to calm us down in hard times; “No Pressure” was made to do just that: even if things might look dire, try to have a look at the bright side.
When Julius Klaus and Konstantin Hennecke, the brains behind Sultans Court, first met in a car in 2015, they didn’t know it would lead to a musical journey. Later, Leander Kohn joined on drums, and Markus Hartung on synths. Their music is a mix of influences like Flume, Foals, and Weval, blending lively analog sounds with digital and sampled elements. After their debut EP, “From Afar,” gained over a million streams, Sultans Court played at festivals like Fuchsbau Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, and Nürnberg Pop.
Alberta Cross and Band Of Skulls dropped their new joint track, “Crooked House.” Crafted by Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Russell Marsden of Band of Skulls, and the drummer for both groups, Marc MacNab-Jack, this song was brought to life in Mizpah Studios (Bath, UK). The mixing was done by Claudius Mittendorfer (known for working with Weezer, Interpol, Temples) in London, and the final touch came from John Webber during mastering.
Petter and Russell’s collaboration blend their shared rock and blues roots into a refreshing sound. “Crooked House” is a fusion of gritty, guitar-driven rock and Americana-tinged melodies.
Russell from the Band Of Skulls called the collaboration a meeting of like-minded individuals who created a song that is both vitriolic and cathartic, but with an optimistic message. “By meeting Petter and collaborating on this song, I feel we have done both,” he says. “This is Alberta very Cross, or an alternate universe Band of Skulls with an ethereal male co-vocalist. Thanks to being introduced by our mutual friend and drummer Marc, something unexpected has emerged. Crooked House is the place I want to smash to pieces, yet I’m proud to survive it.” Petter of Alberta Cross adds, “Such a pleasure to work with these two dudes after bumping into each other on the long road often in many different corners of the world for years. Crooked House just happened in front of us really, and I’m glad it did. Quite a beast of a rawk tune.”
Both Alberta Cross and Band of Skulls have built dedicated fan bases and achieved individual success. Despite their line-up changes, both bands have chosen to persist under their original names.
Band of Skulls, founded in 2006, boasts a discography with five studio albums and one live album to their name. Their songs have found a home in various TV shows and films, such as Gossip Girl and Twilight Saga. Alberta Cross, on the other hand, introduced their debut album to the world in 2009 and has since added four more studio albums to their repertoire. Alberta Cross has landed on several TV shows and movies, including Sons of Anarchy and the film Collateral.
Grace Winslow just dropped a new track called “Intuition,” and it’s dreamy and mesmerizing. If you’re into artists like Dua Lipa, and more, you’ll love it. It could find a home on playlists like “Women of Pop,” “Feel Good Pop,” and “Indie Pop” on Spotify!
Grace says, “I wrote intuition for my self and for anyone else that needs to hear it.
I feel like there’s so many times in life where I’ve doubted things or disregard them even though I know that I shouldn’t. There’s that old saying that a woman’s intuition knows best and I think that that stands true for not only women, but for everyone. It’s crazy all the times that I’ve felt like something or someone wasn’t any good. And that’s what the song is really about is all the times that I’ve screwed up because I hadn’t listened to my intuition. And only recently I’ve found out that it’s only up to myself too do that, and never doubt it. And if there’s one message, that I want this song to send out it’s just to always trust your self and listen to your intuition regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.”
Estella’s latest release draws inspiration from the soulful style of Amy Winehouse, Nora Jones, Sara Bareilles, Adele. The song was recorded at the end of a live session in the studio, giving it a raw and authentic feel. The musicians jamming in a live performance lends an easy groove to the song.
A singer, songwriter, and musician from New Zealand now living in the US, Estella writes, records, and helps produce all her songs. Her singing style is similar to popular artists like Sia, Adele, and Halsey, and her songwriting takes inspiration from artists like Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga.
Emerging artist Jenna Roesller just dropped another hit called “Simulation“. This track features grunge production and is packed with attitude and angst, making it a must-listen for fans of alternative rock.
The song could be featured on Spotify playlists such as “Indie Rock Favorites”, “Alt Nation”, and “Sad Rock”.
“Simulation features more of my grunge side. I wanted this piece to be techy and sound like a video game. It’s different than what I usually write and that’s the whole fun of songwriting- getting to explore your sound and try new things!”
Jenna Roessler, an 18-year-old native of Fenton, MO, now based in Nashville, began her creative journey at just 5 years old, dancing and singing at recitals and school talent shows.
Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic, Jenna managed to emerge stronger from an all-girls high school. She found solace in songwriting, blending indie and pop influences into her sound and sharing her life experiences through melodies. Currently, Jenna is in the studio preparing to release new music in the coming winter and spring. Keep an eye out for her as she takes center stage in writer rounds.