Born in the remote Scottish Borders, Monogram is the brainchild of guitarist and producer Liam Rutherford. Imaginatively DIY and strikingly sincere, his music generously draws on big reverbed drums, classical piano, howling guitars, triumphant choir… all wrapped into one big drama. Following sparkling debut song “Romance”, here’s the new single “Anno” in all its big-drum-jangly-guitar’d glory.
This new tune is an epic post pop anthem Monogram crafted in an isolated little cabin in the Scottish countryside. Featuring lush guitar arrangements, almost tribal drums and powerful vocals, “Anno” is a swirling multi-layered song that that looks set to become the triumphant soundtrack to your long summer drives.
Hotly tipped Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora (born Aurora Aksnes) is an autodidact who started composing around the age of 10, and has in recent years matured into a strong, confident artist with solid compositional skills. After building a solid following at home and performing on national TV, she recently shared her debut EP, Running With The Wolves, released on iconic Decca Records in Europe and renowned label Glassnote in the US.
The 19-year-old Norwegian singer has been impressing tastemakers around the world at different showcase festivals, such as by:larm in Norway, Eurosonic in Holland, and CMJ in New York. Despite her young age, Aurora’s voice is clear and assured and her performances display a remarkable vocal technique and great stage presence that have already earned her numerous accolades.
Probably one of Scandinavia’s best kept secrets, Simian Ghost is an indie pop outfit founded in 2010 near Stockholm by musician and visual artist Sebastian Arnström. Their debut album, Infinite Traffic Everywhere, had bloggers and music critics raving about their lush electronic sound and its follow-up, Youth (2012), garnered equally impressive reviews. Fast forward to 2015 and the Swedes are now ready to dazzle their fans with their third album The Veil.
With The Veil the band wanted to test the barriers of how much brilliant pop the album format can hold, with no less than 18 tracks, ranging from foot tapping indie songs like “Never Really Knew” to more introspective psych pop tracks like the 8-min long “The River Ouse”.
Simian Ghost originally performed live as a trio, but more recently, they have added two new live members, Maja Agnevik on vocals and Wilhelm Magnusson on bass. They have toured in Germany, France, UK, USA and all over Scandinavia. Catch them in July in Italy…
For the past few months, English-born Australian singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell has been quietly working on her new album, scheduled for a late 2015 release. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s single “Wah Ha” has been given the remix treatment by Sydney electronic trio Seekae.
“Wah Ha” was originally released in September 2014 as a limited free download via Mitchell’s SoundCloud. It is the first track lifted from the 24-year-old artist’s forthcoming album – her third following on from 2009 debut Wonder and 2012’s Bless This Mess.
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
Kučka began as a solo bedroom project for Perth-based vocalist and producer Laura Jane Lowther. By carefully piecing together found sounds, delicate beats, industrial glitches and layered vocals, she created a unique combination of ambient pop and experimental electronica. More structured tracks formed, resulting in her 2012 self titled debut EP and culminating in breakout single “Divinity”.
Now Kučka has gained a reputation in her hometown for her forward-thinking poptronica and dazzling live shows, featuring Jake Steele (Injured Ninja) on analog synths and Katie Campbell (Catlips) on live beats. Check out Kučka’s brand new tune (premiered today!) “Flux 98″, the third single from the Unconditional EP out 18th August 2015 on Midnight Feature (also home to Elizabeth Rose).