Ålesund-born, Oslo-based alt rock outfit Cashmere Factory is a unique and ever-evolving combo of different influences, styles and ideas. They create original soundscapes that embrace the band members’ widely different musical backgrounds and combine them in the most interesting and unpredictable ways. Some songs boast with solid rhythms and playful guitars, while others float through a roller coaster of crescendos, subtle synths and soaring vocals.
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.”
Four years after their sophomore album Beacon, Northern Ireland’s favourite indie pop trio Two Door Cinema Club are back with a brand new single: “Are We Ready?”. Taken from the band’s forthcoming album Gameshow, this high-energy tune was premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and is out now!
With its bouncy bass groove and jangly guitars, joined by a children’s choir “nah nah nah”-ing at various points, the track is a sleek, uplifting slice of indie rock that will make you dance.
Hailing from Silver Lake, CA, Local Natives have just released their new single “Past Lives” via Loma Vista (also home to Andrew Bird, Iggy Pop, Health). This song is the band’s first new track since their highly praised 2013 sophomore album Hummingbird, which saw them collaborate with The National’s Aaron Dessner.
While it is still unclear whether a new album is on the way, the band have reportedly been playing some new material at a few recent gigs and are also scheduled to appear at a handful of festivals this summer.
Russian outfit On-The-Go was formed in 2007 in Tolyatti and then moved to Moscow in early 2009. Initially they dabbled in dance-rock but, after a few years of experimentation, the band drastically changed their sound to adopt a style closer to Western indie pop.
The band’s brand new album Origins is a testament to their technical virtuosity as it clearly expands their sound palette to include hints of synthpop, low-fi blues and chamber indie-folk. What really stands out in this collection of emotion-laden songs is the vocal performance of frontman Yurii Makarychev, who has grown into a self-assured and extremely skilled singer over the years.
Amongst guitar solos, futuristic beats, elaborate and lush arrangements, the complexity of On-The-Go’s album reveals itself a little more every time, taking the listener on an emotional journey where each note, each sound, counts and experimentation plays a key role.
Bonus: On-The-Go put their spin on Ivan Dorn‘s single “Teleport”