Category Archives: Indie

AVANTE BLACK – DRUG MONEY (Indie – Sweden)

Avante Black

“Drug Money” is the debut single from Avante Black, a project led by 22-year-old Swedish singer/songwriter Ottilia, alongside fellow Swede Emil on guitar, Italian bass player Gabs and British drummer Dean. Produced in London by Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir, Depeche Mode), the release is the band’s first new tune since signing a global deal with PIAS electronic imprint Different Recordings.

With a distorted sound and dreamy vocals, Avante Black create an atmospheric vibe that meets a rhythmic drumbeat. “Drug Money” caused a storm at the end of last year and it has now received the remix treatment, courtesy of Anna Of The North, the music project of Norwegian singer Anna Lotterud and producer Brady.

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LISA MITCHELL – WARHOL (Indie/Alt – Australia)

Lisa Mitchell
Australian singer songwriter Lisa Mitchell released her third album, Warriors, in October 2016. Sonically different from her previous works, this new LP was produced by Eric Dubowsky (who has worked with Flume and Chet Faker). “We really got rid of a lot of guitar and piano in this album,” she explains, “I was interested in someone doing a different thing than what I’d done in the past.”

Directed by award-winning Australian director and writer, Vanessa Gazy, the video for “Warhol” is Part One of a story that spans over both this song and “Warriors”. Watch both videos below!

Lisa Mitchell is currently in the middle of a UK and European tour. Get all the dates on her official site or Facebook. Buy on

ANNA OF THE NORTH – OSLO (Pop/Indie – Norway)

Anna of the North

Anna of the North is a collaborative project between Anna Lotterud, an electropop artist from Norway, and New Zealand-born producer Brady Daniell-Smith. The two happened to live in Australia a few years ago and they met at a show in Melbourne. They hit it off and started working together over Skype, which led to debut single “Sway”, released in 2014.

The song became an internet hit and was quickly followed by singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer”, “Baby” and most recently “Us”, which all together racked up over 40 million streams. Anna of the North also caught the attention of tastemakers such as Fader, NYLON or Noisey and picked up considerable airplay on Australia’s Triple J Radio and BBC’s Radio 1.

Released on Honeymoon/Different Recordings, brand new single “Oslo” was premiered in early January and is the official version of the track which surfaced online as a demo and has grown to be a fan favourite. It’s an icy, dark, chamber-pop tune which perfectly blends 80s tinged synths with beautifully delivered vocals.

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CLOCK OPERA – WHIPPOORWILL (Indie – UK)

Clock Opera

Eclectic avant pop four piece Clock Opera emerged from London’s alternative scene in 2012 with a debut album that earned them great reviews and. After a string of highly praised singles (“Changeling”, “In Memory”), they are returning with new track “Whippoorwill”, taken off their sophomore album Venn, to be released on February 10th via !K7 / League Of Imaginary Nations.

“Whippoorwill” is the third sample of the quartet’s long-delayed album and it comes with a beautiful video, made by the band’s own Andy West (bass/guitar), mostly by hand and extensive labour.

Check out CLock Opera’s official site or Facebook and listen to more songs on their SoundCloud. Buy the music on

HOSPITALITY – GOING OUT (Alt/Indie – US)

Hospitality

Hospitality is an American Indie trio from Brooklyn, NYC, formed in 2007 and consisting of Amber Papini (vocals, guitar), Brian Betancourt (bass) and Nathan Michel (percussion). The band released their first full-length album on Merge Records in January 2012 to very positive reviews.

“Going Out” is taken off the band’s sophomore album, Trouble, which features a darker sound than its predecessor. Hospitality’s trademark pop is still present but with a more stripped-down instrumentation, creating a space where undulating synths come alive and mysterious voices fill the void.

Amber Papini elaborates: “Most of the songs are about everyday environments that arouse anxiety or unease. I think a lot of the songs deal with this ‘out of place’ kind of theme, feelings of unease and the questions of what is under you or what surrounds you.”

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