Sleeping Wolf – “Get You Alone”
From the very start, this song made us stop what we were working on and pay close attention. The alt-pop style of LA’s Sleeping Wolf has an arresting quality that is undeniable. Their last EP gained traction after a feature on Netflix’s “Mission Blue” and “You’re Not You”, with the track “The Dark” garnering over 2 million streams. Now they are back with an equally as intriguing EP, The Silent Ones. “Get You Alone” is a lusty and catchy burner of a track that plays in the wheelhouse of some of the most established indie pop acts out today. We think the duo are ready to explode onto the alt scene.
Esters – “Chlorine”
Do you miss the rock of yesteryear? We get it, so do we. Never fear however, Esters has you covered. We immediately were transported into Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday territory when we heard this track. It is the first release from the solo project of Sydney based Tom Botting. The guitar will take you back to your pop punk days you desperately want back. If you are like us, you will be transported to a simpler time full of the feels of a wasted youth. Vocally it is exceptional, while the sound is well crafted and executed.
Yacht Punk – “Nightmare Pool”
Explained to us as if “Stephen King’s movie Maximum Overdrive took a handful of downers . . .” we were immediately intrigued. The band name alone is one of our favorites of this year, but when we heard their mix of Killers like pop stylings, mixed with the resolve of Joy Division, we were hooked. Lyrically it harkens the desert vibes of California, with their own brand of melancholy mixed in for good measure. It comes to an anthemic climax with a well-mixed finale we totally dig. This act is fresh and intriguing. We cannot wait to hear more from the LA band.
Luca Mar – “Dinner With A Prostitute”
The electronic rock of Luca Mar is something to behold. Not to mention, their song titles are provocative as hell. Their first track, “Drunk in Public”, grabbed our attention and made us take notice of the band. After quitting their jobs and going all in on songwriting, founders Christian and Brock Jorgensen are fresh off the release of their debut LP Exit. The act has a firm grasp on the dream pop genre, mixed with a bit of shoe gaze for good measure. Their style reminds us of the spirit of their current residence, Seattle, with how they let the track breath while paining an ambient artistic vision. If you dig acts like M83 and Washed Out, then definitely check these guys out.
Lonely The Brave – “Dust & Bones” (Redux)
The best way we can describe this act is to tell you to imagine Bruce Springsteen fronting a folkier version of War on Drugs. Intrigued? You should be. This track has been reimagined and illustrates the breath of the band’s immeasurable ability to craft imaginative and expansive tracks. Coming off a recent sell-out headline UK tour, they also opened for Biffy Clyro. The beauty in this track sparked us to check out more from the act, and yes, they are as good as this one anticipates. Their sound swells with guitar laced intimacy, while begging you to hum along to every line painted in the shade of vulnerability.