Category: Hidden Gems

Hidden Gem: Poland’s Lee la Loa

Hidden Gem: Poland’s Lee la Loa

For the first of today’s two hidden gems, we head to Poland – Wroclaw specifically – to unearth a young band with an incredible future ahead of them – Lee la Loa. The indie quintet’s music cannot be pinned down to any one particular sound or band, but instead they spread out across the indie-rock and indie-pop landscape to find […]

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Hidden Gem: Australia’s Deja

Hidden Gem: Australia’s Deja

I was first introduced to De̊ǰa, the electronic-pop duo from Melbourne, Australia back in 2012 or 2013 when they dropped “Still Falling”, the stunning, groove-laced, synth-pop track that would later become a part of their first EP, Make Light. Their earlier sound had them following the same path of a more famous synth-pop twosome, Phantogram. Lately, though, the duo of […]

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Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Hidden Gem: Sweden’s Brother North

Scandinavian indie folk duo Brother North released their self-titled debut last April to great acclaim in their native Sweden, though they have been making music together for over a decade. Freyr Flodgren and Lucas Enquist, both in their early 20s, are childhood friends who formed the group in 2012. Featuring delicate acoustic guitar accentuated by cello and piano, the pair […]

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Hidden Gem: L.A. Garage-Punk-Pop Trio, Susan

Hidden Gem: L.A. Garage-Punk-Pop Trio, Susan

One of our favourite Hidden Gems of 2015 was Sumeau, whose psych-pop was overshadowed by the plethora of mainstream and indie music coming out of Los Angeles. To kick off 2015, we head back to the City of Angels for our first Hidden Gem of the year (at least in terms of an actual band) – Susan. Unlike Sumeau, Susan […]

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Hidden Gem: The Clash New Years Day ’77

Hidden Gem: The Clash New Years Day ’77

A couple of days ago, a documentary focusing on the rock and reggae scenes in England in 1977 popped up on Youtube. The documentary mostly focuses on The Clash and other British culture and counter-culture, and the growth of Punk culture in 1977.  Today’s Hidden Gem is based on the fact that this documentary seems to have some of the […]

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Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Young Romance, London’s Next Great Noise-Pop Duo

Way back in March, London duo Young Romance released their debut 7″ single, “Pale”, which also included “Break My Heart By Morning”. The 7″ was limited to the UK and was critically acclaimed by various local media outlets and blogs. The single is now available in North America via Young Romance‘s Soundcloud page. Comprising of mono-named Claire (vocals, drums) and […]

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New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon

Last week, Anthonie Tonnon, who hails from Auckland, New Zealand, released “The Songs of Your Youth”. The song is the first single from his forthcoming album, Successor. The track is characteristic of the orchestral indie-pop that is coming out of New Zealand – classical arrangements and instruments (in this case the piano) with a rousing chorus. It’s a great track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Hidden Gem – WOOF

Mundo Musique: Hidden Gem – WOOF

I haven’t been too intrigued by a solo artist in quite a long while. I came across WOOF recently who is actually Kelan Bonislawski from NJ and he is making music on his own and posting songs on soundcloud. He has quite an extensive list of songs on his soundcloud and everything I have heard so far is really, really good. The one […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The Limiñanas

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The Limiñanas

A few years ago, I stumbled upon The Limiñanas, an indie psych-garage rock band from southern France. Their self-titled album from 2010 was film noir-esque, psychedelic rock at its finest, akin to the fuzzed out style of Portland/San Francisco band Wooden Shjips and Ripley Johnson’s off-shoot project Moon Duo. Their sound also has a touch of the dreamy psychedelia of […]

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Hidden Gem: Mal Blum

Hidden Gem: Mal Blum

New York singer-songwriter Mal Blum has been writing some great music for a few years now.  They released their first record in 2007, Goodnight Sugarpop in 2008, Every Time You Go Somewhere in 2010, and their latest Tempest in a Teacup in May of 2013.  It’s no surprise to learn that Blum has just signed with Don Giovanni Records, given the quality of their […]

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Mundo Musique: Blank Cinema

Mundo Musique: Blank Cinema

If I had come across Blank Cinema earlier, they likely would have made our list of modern bands that are unabashedly retro. Composed of Jake Fox, Pat Lok (who has worked closely with Bear Mountain), Naomi Horii, Justin James, and Matthew F. Perry, Blank Cinema is self-described as “David Byrne and New Order in a blender”, and there are definitely […]

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Mundo Musique: TRISTEN

Mundo Musique: TRISTEN

Tristen Gaspadarek – who simply goes by the moniker TRISTEN – is, in many ways, living the indie musician’s dream. In 2011, the Lansing, Illinois-born songwriter, who now makes Nashville home, released her second LP, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, a captivating array of indie pop and folk music that was applauded by many critics, including Rolling Stone and Spin magazine. American Songwriter […]

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Mundo Musique: Kim Koren

Mundo Musique: Kim Koren

There are plenty of musicians who could be considered as “known artists who are unknown” – or maybe underappreciated is a better adjective. They may be musicians whose songs that you have heard throughout the years but can’t remember who sang them or artists that you had followed by lost track over time. They could be musicians who you heard […]

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Mundo Musique: Alea Rae

Mundo Musique: Alea Rae

One of the most pleasant music discoveries I’ve had recently is Westminster, British Columbia’s Alea Rae (Westminster is located just outside of Vancouver). Over the past year, the trio have publicly shared a handful of songs. Last year, they released their debut EP, Offerings, four songs of mostly brooding, indie-folk. From the album, the aptly named “Stunning Silence” shone above the […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Dream Stretcher

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Dream Stretcher

In hearing Dream Stretcher‘s new single, “Colors”, I was immediately reminded of some of the bands we’ve highlighted on Mundo Musique over the past 1+, including Black City Lights from New Zealand, Coves, and Mozart’s Sister. Electronic, synth, ambient, chillwave, and dreamy, Dream Stretcher is an apt name for the Los Angeles duo. Composing of Clinton Van Arnam, who is […]

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Hidden Gem: Sammy Brue

Hidden Gem: Sammy Brue

Singer-songwriter Sammy Brue may only be 13 years old, but he’s already started making a name for himself in the American folk music scene.  He’s opened for the likes of Hayes Carll and Joe Fletcher, and is on the cover of Justin Townes Earle’s latest record Single Mothers.  That alone shows that he’s already in good company. Inspired by the […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Black City Lights

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Black City Lights

The small country of New Zealand has produced some great musicians recently. Everyone knows Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor – or Lorde. The Naked and Famous are among the top indie synth-pop bands today. Liam Finn is adored in indie circles for his rock, pop, and folk approaches. Tiny Ruins is an emerging, young indie band from Auckland. Another young band […]

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Hidden Gem: Billy McNicol

Hidden Gem: Billy McNicol

Louisville/Los Angeles musician Billy McNicol has music in his blood. His father played music and his uncle Steve McNicol played in 1960’s psychedelic rock band The Rugbys. He was also the featured drummer for the University of Louisville’s basketball teams from 2004-2005 along with playing in other bands.  He’s still at it, and he’s release a pretty kickass single called […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem:  Porches – Slow Dance in the Cosmos

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Porches – Slow Dance in the Cosmos

Like many, I had never heard of the New York based indie rock band Porches until Sylvan Esso decided to cover them on Sirius Radio’s XMU Sessions, an in studio program where currently relevant bands play strip down versions of their latest material.  A staple of the show is for the artist to sing one cover song, typically picking a classic […]

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Hidden Gem: Mind Movies

Hidden Gem: Mind Movies

Mind Movies is the project of Raoni Santos.  You may remember Mind Movies from the Ummagma Lama remixes LP, and from our feature on Tuesday, featuring his remix of “Light Scheme” on Sounds of Sputnik’s latest album, which I called “absolutely fantastic”.  One thing that makes Santos’ remixes stand out from the crowd is the amount of sounds he adds […]

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