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[SONG OF THE DAY] San Scout - "Sideways"
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SKOA favorites San Scout have returned with another dose of downtempo alt-pop, “Sideways” straight from The Pharmacy, which is the band’s forthcoming project that will be dropping shortly for those of you just tuning in. Further carving out the vibe for this batch of songs, the broody bop is, as the band explains, “some sort of dark pop ode to the futility of modern relationships.” As usual you can expect their blend of vocal harmonies, warm synths, and ripping guitars to give you goosebumps in the best possible of ways.

While we wait on the proper release of The Pharmacy, fans can head to the band’s website and explore the virtual abandoned pharmacy that they created in an aptly dreary dystopian world. If you look closely enough while wandering around you can find links to the bands socials, games, and more.

Other cool things going on with the lovely London lads: apparently back in October the duo caught the attention of Emma Breschi who asked them to write the music for her Vivienne Westwood ‘Creatives’ campaign.

If you happen to be in London next week, be sure to check them out at The Lexington on September 19th.

[SONG OF THE DAY] TWINKIDS - "Eighteen"
photo credit: Iván Darío

photo credit: Iván Darío

LA queer pop duo TWINKIDS have returned with a brand new song, “Eighteen”, taken from their forthcoming EP Lizard House, which is slated for a November 22nd release. The scintillating slice of 80s era synth pop follows last year’s pair of poptastic singles, “I’m Sorry” and “Jigoku Tengoku”. As we’ve come to know and love about the dancy duo, the delivery of the group’s candid lyrics by vocalist Gene Fukui offers such a remarkably unique layer of tenderness to their sound and “Eighteen” is no exception to this. A retrospective song about young romance, the mid-tempo production is full of shimmering synths, offering a perfect setup to balance the slight twinge we often feel while reflecting on the past. As Gene explains, “The song is about looking back at your past self and realizing how much you’ve changed and how much other people have changed. I guess that’s terrifying in a way, like nothing really stays the same. Even something you once felt like you were going to devote your entire life to feels really distant, but it still left a hole in your heart."

Upcoming TWINKIDS tour dates:

OCT 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers

[SONG OF THE DAY] Husky Loops - "I Think You're Wonderful"
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The Husky hunnies have returned with a new track from their highly anticipated debut full-length I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH, which is now out on September 6th. “I Think You’re Wonderful” is an uplifting track about universal love, which could not come at a more appropriate time in the world’s current state. As singer Danio Forni mused, “I want people to listen to this one and feel encouraged to tell someone they care about that they’re wonderful.[…] Human beings are hard-wired to notice and remember negative news and events, but we need to have hope, we have to fight to stay happy and sane.”

What a lovely bunch of fellas, let me tell you. With an equally lovely song I might add. In the same way that with their previous single, “Everyone Is Having Fun Fun Fun But Me”, the trio has leveraged a catchy ass hook on repeat for the chorus, only this time instead of showcasing anxiety, you just find yourself so overwhelmed with joy. Every time I’ve played this song thus far I have thought of someone new that I want to send this song to so they know how much I care. Not too many songs can evoke that as effortlessly as Husky Loops has on this one.

In addition to the new track, I am happy to report that the band has also announced that they will be hitting the road in support of I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH starting with an album release party on August 15th at Rye Wax in London before hitting the road for most of October.

Also spoiler alert: yours truly has been blessed and has had a chance to give I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH a few spins and I have nothing but wonderful things to say, which I will share through closer to the release date. In the meantime, trust yer girl that you are gonna wanna pre-order this one.

OCTOBER
09 - Manchester, Jimmy’s
10 - Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
11 - Glasgow, Blue Arrow
12 - Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
16 - London, Bermondsey Social Club
17 - London, Bermondsey Social Club
19 - Southampton, Joiners
23 - Hamburg, Moloto
24 - Berlin, Maze Club
26 - Rotterdam, Rotown
27 - Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 - Paris, Supersonic
30 - Zurich, Kater

[SONG OF THE DAY] Make Friends - "Ellie"
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It’s time you got to know Bristol 4-piece Make Friends, who recently shared the video for their latest track, “Ellie”. The song is taken from their upcoming Hi EP, which drops tomorrow (7/26). The band have been carving out a space for their blend of glimmering indie pop with previous tracks, “Talk Tomorrow” and “Drop Naked”. If you live across the pond you might have caught wind of them on either BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, Amazing Radio, and BBC Introducing, where they’ve been getting some love.

Speaking of the latest single, lead singer Tom Andrew says "Ellie is the most personal track on the EP. It's a retrospective account of the frustration and emptiness felt from a lack of connection in your relationship. It's also about coming to terms with the fact that maybe it coming to an end was for the best and accepting that they might be happier with someone else."

[SONG OF THE DAY] The New Division - "Fascination"
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Last week Los Angeles future synth project The New Division dropped their latest EP Fascination and shared the music video for the title track on the EP. The track is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album Hidden Memories and is about project mastermind John Kunkel’s experiences of being on tour both stateside and internationally, and how sleep deprivation alters the mind.

“I’ve always wanted to write a song that touched on the mental health aspects of being on tour, sleep deprived, and how that starts to mess with your thoughts,” he shares, “The words are a series of lyrics that jotted down on a notepad, which at the time made no sense, but I jotted them down regardless. To me the song is a dream sequence where half of the time I’m enjoying being on the road while the other half I’m kind of hating life, wishing I was home. Touring never feels completely right and never feels completely wrong, and that’s where the fascination aspect of it all comes together. You’re in a constant zombie state where normal life ceases to exist, and your mind begins to adapt to being on the road.”

The accompanying video offers a different interpretation of the songs lyrics, showcasing the isolation that comes with everyone being obsessed with being on their phones.

“One of the things you notice a lot on tour is how little people interact with one another due to constantly being on their phones,” recalls John, “I remember touring 10 years ago and compared to what it’s like now. There’s a huge disconnect that nowadays we accept, but at the end of the day we all crave that real, undistracted human interaction with one another. I’m guilty of it as much as the next person."

[SONG OF THE DAY] Oscar Scheller - "1% (feat. Lily Allen)"
image lovingly lifted from    Oscar Scheller’s Instagram

image lovingly lifted from Oscar Scheller’s Instagram

It’s been a little over 3 years since I was fortunate enough to catch London songwriter Oscar Scheller at Baby’s All Right. He was just celebrating the release of his debut full-length, Cut & Paste, which featured cuts like, “Daffodil Days”, “Sometimes”, and “Breaking My Phone”, which I still reach for to this day. He’s been gradually rolling out singles over the course of the past year and from the looks of it my dude has been doing hella networking when he’s not crafting really fun future-forward pop productions. I’m struggling to think of a single UK artist that I’ve come in contact with in recent memory who *isn’t* a mutual follow of Oscar’s on Instagram. His first track back on the scene was with Sarah from Kero Kero Bonito, which got a solid remix from the Husky hunnies. It’s been more of the same since. It seems like the sky’s the limit in terms of who he could be working with next and this is no exaggeration.

His latest single, “1%”, is a collaboration with none other than Sheezus herself. The song is a call and response between the two who are trying to settle a dispute of a romantic nature via text, with the catch here being that Oscar’s phone is about to die because the battery is at 1%. As a person who gets stressed out when people post screenshots with the battery % in the 30s, I can only imagine the level of urgency of trying to diffuse a disagreement as that low battery sound (shudder) chimes in. Also the casual mention of the notorious "read receipt”, that depending on the situation can be a blessing or a curse, furthers the snapshot of anxiety involved with having a fight over text.

The track comes from his forthcoming sophomore full-length, HTTP404, which is slated for release on September 6th. The album further showcases his networking abilities as it includes a slew of stellar features, just have a glance at the tracklisting below and you’ll see what I mean.

If you’re fortunate enough to be on the other side of the pond, please live your best life and get to Omeara on Friday (7/12). The homey has a lineup of friends coming to perform with him so it’s sure to be a great night of music.

HTTP404

release date: September 6, 2019

Tracklist:

1. 1UP (f. Sarah Bonito)
2. Picture Perfect (f. Haveloc)
3. Interstellar Disco (f. PAWWS)
4. 1% (f. Lily Allen)
5. Confidence (f. Ashnikko)
6. Estate of Mind (f. Jevon & Miraa May)
7. Runaway
8. Go
9. Happy Meal (f. Mathilda Homer)
10. Tidal Waves" (f. Vera Hotsauc)
11. Young (f. Tyrer)

[SONG OF THE DAY] Timi Temple - "Tomorrow Is Yesterday"
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My most favorite find in recent memory, Sydney’s Timi Temple has returned with another spunky single. “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” is Timi’s response to being pressured by his family to get a “real job”. Gonna be honest, I’m not surprised that the same fellow who I came to know through his single, “2PM For Breakfast”, wherein he pokes fun at his friends who have to get up to go to work every day while he blissfully sleeps in did not take too kindly with the bombardment of questions he received at a family dinner turned intervention. “You can imagine the crushing anxiety that came with it,” he shares, “A line resonated with me after I had left frustrated from dinner... It was, ‘you’re not just a kid anymore’. This ended up being the first line of the chorus."

As he’s continued to carve out his signature sound, I continue to be impressed with how polished his songs are with how somewhat fresh out of the gate he is. He’s got that timeless alt-indie rock sound down pat, where it’s clear he’s been influenced by some legendary acts, but it also feels like he’s been around cranking out hits for at least like 15 years and having a fucking blast the whole time.

For the record, I’m having so much fun from this side of the planet to see some wonderful opportunities pop up for my the Sydney sweetie. Someone’s been getting some airplay for “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” on triple j’s ‘Home and Hosed’ show. FBi radio also said some super wonderful things about the track on their Under The Bridge show. Very fucking polite! Much deserved on this one for sure.

Fun side note: also had a glance at the top 5 cities where folks are checking him out on Spotify…NYC fam you makin’ me real proud over here. KEEP 👏🏻 IT 👏🏻UP 👏🏻.

[SONG OF THE DAY] Neon Valley - "Dancin'"
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Montreal duo Neon Valley have returned with a followup to their previous single, “The Look In Your Eyes”, which was my personal gateway drug to the funk infused synth-pop. This new single, “Dancin’” sounds like it could be a distant younger cousin of something on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. It’s got that like not quite completely Los Angeles 70s disco but enough of a nostalgic vibe that I would sooner get them to open for Chromeo than I would someone like Yung Bae who’s going full future funk. Either way, I fully intend on keeping tabs on these guys. Always looking for more ways to get funky.