Los Angeles based band Loud Forest is fronted by married couple Bernard and Rachel Chadwick. Equally matched as singers and performers, they craft an eclectic mix of songs that can both swirl and drive, minimal rock drums and melodic singing is supported by electric guitars and textures that create a sonic landscape while infusing classic folk and gospel elements.
Bernard and Rachel have very different styles of songwriting, Rachel is abstract and experimental while Bernard is more direct. It is in the studio collaborating with other talented musicians, Alex Strahle, Carlen Walth and Steve Wilmot, that the pieces come together.
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After the triumphant success of his Home For Now EP, Melbourne singer-songwriter Benji Lewis has a brand new single to share with his followers called “Deep Blue”, which was produced by acclaimed Brisbane-based beatmaker Golden Vessel.
This track is taken off Benji Lewis’s forthcoming EP Together Apart, to be released later this year. 2018 is already looking very good for the young artist as he recently announced that he would be making his SXSW debut in just a few weeks alongside some top-tier artists. If you’re heading along, be sure to add him to your “must-see” list.
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Half-Austrian/half-Russian Valerio Dittrich aka MOTSA returns with the spellbinding “Falling”, featuring the guest vocals of Leiik’s Amy Spencer. This is the first taste of his forthcoming debut album and sets a remarkable standard for the music to follow. With his signature glistening soundscapes and soulful choruses ever present, the track stands as one of his best to date.
“Falling” follows the success of the Petricolour EP released on MOTSA’s imprint of the same name in November 2016. As a treat, here is the song “Petrichor” featuring Sophie Lindinger.
Amassing over 5 million streams on Spotify, MOTSA is a testament to creating a successful DIY label that has caught the attention of not only press and tastemakers, but peers who have requested his stunning remix work such as Submotion Orchestra, SG Lewis, Flamingods, Denai Moore, The 2 Bears, to name a few.
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The Linedots are a multi-talented London duo made up Evangeline Ling and Kevin Emre, who released their first track “Waterfall” back in 2014. Following two years of silence, the pair shared the impressive and powerful “Small Talk”, featuring Ling’s velvety and somewhat nonchalant vocals combined with Emre’s hypnotic beats.
Their next single “Indigo” was released a few months later, in November 2016, and once again it showcased the duo’s knack for seriously entrancing melodies paired with pitch-perfect production.
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While she may not be very well know outside Scandinavia, singer-songwriter Veronica Maggio is nothing short of a pop superstar in her native Sweden, shifting hundreds of thousands of records and selling out concert halls and stadiums on a regular basis.
“Jag Lovar” (in English, “I Promise”) is taken off Maggio’s fourth studio album Handen I Fickan Fast Jag Bryr Mig (Universal Music). Preceded by hit single “Sergels Torg”, her new album was released in October 2013 and shot straight to #1 in Sweden and #2 in Norway, confirming Maggio as one of Scandinavia’s most popular artists.
Bonus track: “Dallas” performed live on DR’s Store Juleshow
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