It’s time. Time for The Weekend Showcase, your weekly feature of stunning, awesome, mind-blowing new singles from the not-so-distant future. Twenty tracks as always. Same rules applies. If this is the first time you’re listening to the Weekend Showcase, some things to help you if you like what you hear:
- If you like the artist / band, click on their name to be taken to their Facebook page or website.
- If you like the song and want to hear more tracks from the artist, click on the song title because there may be other tracks and definitely additional information.
Tracklisting follows the SoundCloud audio. Enjoy and have a safe and happy weekend!
- “Sweet Release” is the lead single from New Zealand native, London-based Hannah in the Wars‘ forthcoming, eponymous new album (5/25, out on 99X/10). It’s a Laura Marling/Marissa Nadler-esque track. Oh, she worked with Roger O’Donnell of The Cure on the album!
- “HD Malibu” is the quirky, lo-fi, indie-rock tune from Willie J. Healey. The Oxford, UK musician has a Mac DeMarco / HOMESHAKE-like sound. The song is the title track from his forthcoming debut EP (05/11 on The Boatshed Music).
- “Talking with Strangers” is the devastating, gut-wrenching new single from Santa Ana, California singer-songwriter Miya Folick. The track is reminiscent of the power and honesty of TORRES and Angel Olsen. Simply remarkable. EP coming soon.
- “Atlas Sky” is the rousing, folk-Americana single by Hackney, UK’s Rebel Kites. The single is from their excellent EP, The Witnessing, which came out last week.
- “Heroine” is from Gengahr, another London-based band whom we’ve become fans with their mixture of dream-pop and indie-folk. The single is from their forthcoming debut album, A Dream Outside (6/15 on Transgressive Records).
- “Forgiveness” is from emerging electronic-pop band Made In Heights. The LA-based duo have a knack for blending scintillating beats with sugary pop melodies. New album coming May 26.
- “Come Home” is from Antix, a young hip-hop artist/rapper from London. He’s among a new generation of hip hop artists whose changing the genre by incorporating classical, pop, folk, and rock arrangements into his music and speaking about issues from the heart instead of the typical subjects you might hear on mainstream radio.
- “A Bell” is from Expert Alterations, the Baltimore-based band who weave a fun, little, pop-rock tune. It’s the lead single from their forthcoming debut EP (June, Slumberland Records).
- “Halfway” is the droopy, psychedelic track from Melbourne’s Sun Bazel. It’s like Pond or Tame Impala, but much more laid back and toned down. The single is from their self-titled EP.
- “Living In a Nightmare” is a single from psyche-synth band UMAMI‘s debut album, Ephemeral. The Minneapolis-based band has a sound that is reminiscent of Pyrramids. Click the song title to learn more about the LP.
- “Adventure” is a classic pop song from Cheat Codes, the LA-based band has taken their name from the button combinations used to change the outcome of a video game. In the music game, this trio gets a leg up by cleverly merging together a myriad of genres that range from electronic to hip hop, to pop. This track guarantees to put you in a better mood after first listen.
- “I Don’t Know” is a combo grungy, garage-rock single from False Advertising. The Manchester, UK trio is putting the final touches on their new album, due out this summer! With only two singles under their belt, we will be keeping an eye on this up and coming indie band.
- “Antigone” is from Athens, Greece band The Cave Children. It’s like hearing The Beatles reincarnated… From their new album, Quasiland, out now on Inner Ear Records. The quartet is a perfect mix of late 60s psych rock, british pop and a hint of mediterranean influences.
- ““Home” is the shoegaze new single from Slow Down Molasses, who hail from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The single has a bit of Snow Patrol and My Bloody Valentine. This single is from their forthcoming LP, Burnt Black Cars, out May 11.
- “Afterglow” is from another Melbourne-based band, Romeo Moon. The track echoes of Pablo Honey-era Radiohead. The song is from their latest EP, Wander, which is available now (click the song title for details and to hear more tracks).
- “Lily Pad” is from Arkansas native Brian Kupillas – a.k.a. The Wandering Lake. It’s a shimmering, psych-folk track that percolates with traces of Sufjan Stevens and Joel Plaskett. This is the lead single from their debut LP, Wend to Why (5/11, Whatever Forever).
- “Khazé” is the lead single from Toronto sextet MUNE‘s forthcoming, debut album, Falling Through (6/02, Culvert Music). It’s a gently gliding, synth-pop tune.
- “Aeroplane” is from yet another Melbourne band, Darts. The single beckons of the lo-fi awesomeness of Veronica Falls. Debut album, Below Empty & Westward Bound, comes out May 15, 2015 on Rice is Nice Records.
- “Dice Rolled” is from Ellis Swan, a singer-songwriter from Chicago who writes haunting, lo-fi songs with talented lyrical content. Last fall, he released I’ll Be Around, a 10 track LP. “Dice Rolled” was a track that didn’t quite make his most recent release.
- “The Ocean and the Sea” is the dreamy, indie-folk single from LA-based Birddog. This is the first track off their upcoming debut album, Hello Latigo. Their lead single perfectly meshes folk music with the energy of rock n’ roll.
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