Went heavy on Singer/Songwriter's this week, as well as a fairly large British contingent this week. I think there's something about the fact that the weather suddenly turned colder (and I'm nestled in a cardigan and big, fluffy socks right now) that influenced this week, as I was looking for music to have tea by...
Also, shoutout to The Hyve, TIF, SNSG and Alexrainbirdmusic for having videos to the songs I wanted to talk about.
The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new and different music that we are enjoying, or re-expose them to artists they may have forgotten about.
At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website, so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.
Nature - KYKO
Making his return to Tuesday Tunes this week is London based Singer/Songwriter KYKO with "Nature", which is taken off of his (expected in 2017) EP Wildlife. "Nature" is yet another example of KYKO's handle on creating warm, fun, and vibrant indie pop. just as we first talked about back in March This song is a near-tropical vacation delivered to you in three minutes, which, as someone hailing from northern climes, is exactly what I am looking for in my early winter pop.
The balance between the harmonies, and a perfectly layered, organic rhythms make "Nature" a must have for indie pop fans, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on the release of Wildlife...because KYKO has done nothing but impress thus far.
To the Brim - Jennifer Kamikazi
I honestly just stumbled upon East London based, indie folk Singer/Songwriter Jennifer Kamikazi's "To the Brim" and was immediately hooked. This is a beautiful, soulful track, which literally just relies on Kamikazi's unique and awesome vocals, and a lilting acoustic guitar. This is one of those songs that I just can't seem to take off of repeat; there's an emotional story in "To the Brim" that unfurls itself a little bit at a time into something really wonderful.
"To the Brim" is Kamikazi's first single off of her debut EP Wildflower which is to be released on the 27th of November.
The Drugs and the Dream - Adrian Glynn
Canadian Singer/Songwriter Adrian Glynn released his second studio album this October, morelightthannolight, and the first track "The Drugs and The Dream" is one of those indie songs that just melts into your head. "The Drugs" is a cinematic, indie folk song where Glynn's vocals slide over a well produced instrumental that seems simple on the surface, but reveals a complexity as the song progresses into what is best listened to when driving/riding through a city at night.
Glynn's website describes the album as "the hype and the melancholy..." and I think that is just about a perfect description, both for the album, and for "The Drugs and the Dream".
Kingdom - NAATIONS
Australian-bred and LA Based NAATIONS is an indie pop duo who, in their debut single "Kingdom", have delivered a sound that I feel fans of M.I.A. or folks who are just looking for a slightly darker edge to their island infused pop need to hear. "Kingdom" is catchy and danceable, but has that little bit of grit to it that makes it really stand out from the indie pop pack.
Recently, NAATIONS collaborated with King Henry on "Don't Stay Away", which is much lighter dance track, but well worth you checking out as well, as we wait for more from NAATIONS.
It's Been a Long Day - Gallery 47
Hailing from Nottingham, Gallery 47 has captured a pastoral, peaceful side of indie folk in "It's Been a Long Day", off of his third studio album Clean, which just released earlier this month. Long-time readers of Tuesday Tunes will probably recognize what caught my attention in "Long Day", as I am always a sucker for indie folk that compliments itself with piano and strings; the piano, which almost serves as harmonic punctuation to the lyrics particularly stands out here.
I do also have to recommend Clean for any indie folk fans reading this to check out--Gallery 47 has captured a real classic, almost 1960s folk feel on the album, and it really is just one of those albums that you can pick any track on, and enjoy.
Here's the Apple Music Playlist for October 2016! Missing three songs again, which does make me sad, but this is a very fun, and diverse list...with...slightly fewer hard transitions in it then there has been on occasion when I've been putting these together.
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