Here’s the second round-up of submissions and found sounds. Give them all a listen: you never know, you might discover something new and wonderful.
OSKAR - OSKAR EP
When I was younger, so much younger than today, folks not much older than I am now would despair at the sound of carpet fitters from Essex launching a pop career with distinctly generic American-sounding vocals. It was - not to be dramatic about it - a mark of the inevitable decline of British society. And yet here we still are, and what’s more we have the likes of OSKAR, King Creosote, We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Twilight Sad to thank for their regionally appropriate vocals.
Hailing from Fife, OSKAR create dramatic, anthemic, and sweeping indie rock. They’ve supported Embrace and Catfish and The Bottlemen, and their self-titled debut EP was recorded on the back of a competition win. They hope to be back in the studio before the end of the year to record a follow-up single.
Owlle - Fog
It’s been a good year for fans of sexy synths and electronica. Fog is taken from Owlle’s debut album France, which is out next Monday (November 17th). Her first London gig takes place on Nov 19th, at Notting Hill Arts Club.
Something in the Trees - For Papaw
Something in the Trees is a Seattle based band consisting of Josh Snider (vocals), Adam Sarton (guitar), Larry Hopper (guitar), Matt Hopper (bass), and Eric Hopper (drums). For Papaw is the opening track from the self-titled debut album Something in the Trees. The album was engineered, co-produced and mixed by Ben Jenkins, owner of The Kill Room and guitar player in The Bend.
This is one that fans of cinema-scope indie guitar bands (think Doves, Verve) will definitely want to check out.
Spirals - Reborn
Look out for a first album sometime in December from this solo producer of spacey, ambient, indie, electronic beats.
Telepopmusik - Sound EP
Features beeps and beats. Also features vocals from Mark Gardener, who used to be in a band called Ride who I am confident will not be reforming any time soon no matter what the optimistic shoegaze fans wish for.
VYD - Tank Tops
In the “go hard or go home” spirit, Tank Tops is a total soft-rock overdose laid out on top of a summer pop beat. And why not? VYD are Brooklyn-based pair Justin Howard (Singer/Songwriter) and Nick Wisse (Guitarist/Beatmaker). Subtle they ain’t.