twin hidden - A Berry Bursts
Formed in Manchester but based in London, twin hidden are sometimes a duo and sometimes a quintet. So we're guessing there's a core creative unit and a live band, but don't quote us on that. 'A Berry Bursts' is their début single and they're already reaching some impressive people, having been covered by NME and caught the ear of the Glastonbury organisers. We might be hearing more of this quirky indie-type bunch.
Download 'A Berry Bursts' for free by heading here
twin hidden's website
Catch them live:
SAT 01 FEB Jam in a Jar, London, UK
SUN 02 MAR THE RALPH'S LIFE CD FOR RETHINK CHARITY ALL DAYER 2014, Camden, UK THU 20 MAR The Water Rats, London, UK
Chronic City ft Henri Joel - Key Biscayne
Chronic City are from Vienna but this track could easily have come from the current Brooklyn music scene and merges indie, electro and dreampop together very nicely, as did 'The Man Who' which we featured last year. Both are on free EP 'Myra Falls' and this song features French vocalist Henri Joel providing the melody that flows over the twinkles and chimes.
Chronic City's website
Buy the single
Highrise Empire - Bones Of Gold
If you like you electro/indie hybrids to be a little more complex and experimental then bedroom-producer Highrise Empire might be someone to look out for. The Californian is self-taught and is giving away the very impressive track 'Bones Of Gold' for free. We say electro/indie as a loose term, as really the sounds this guy is making here are not easy to pigeonhole.
Highrise Empire's website
Dave Rave And The Governors - Wake Up Song
We sincerely hope Dave Rave is his real name, because as aliases go, it's all a bit 1980s mobile disco DJ. Still, the song's good! 'Wake Up Song is from the album 'Ashtray Makeup' and is his first with The Governors after working as a session musician for the likes of Alex Chilton, Andrew Loog Oldham and Daniel Lanois. An impressive CV and an impressive melodic alt-rock tune.
Dave Rave's website
Stream or buy the album
Sväva - Heather
We've focussed a lot of the Danish music scene of late, so it makes sense to venture further along the coast to see what great music the Dutch have to offer, and in Sväva they have a real delight. The band are from the north of the country and their current single 'Heather' is a very fine example of unhurried, carefully considered dreampop that acts like a warm blanket in these cold days.
Catch them live:
Sat, Feb 1, MC Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wed, March 5, Café Het Vliegende Paard, Zwolle, Netherlands
Fri, March 21, Podium De Klomp, Ovezande
Sat, March 22, De Spot, Middelburg, Netherlands
Fri, March 28, Leeuwarden, Friesland
Sun, March 30, Winschoten
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