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Ones to Watch: MisterWives Release Video for ‘Our Own House’

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August 28, 2015

MisterWives are an indie pop wonder in their music video for ‘Our Own House’. The track, which is from their debut album Our Own House is a polished disco-infused dance party.

The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, Etienne Bowler, Marc Campbell, Jesse Blum, and Mike Murphy, brings a quirkily electric sound to the world of pop music. Fresh, funky, and fun are only a few words to describe MisterWives, who have been making a name for themselves since the release of their first EP, Reflections, back in 2014.

 

Over the past few years, they have been on tour, delighting crowds with their bubbly energy while opening for artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Half Moon Run, Bleachers, American Authors and more.

Their album Our Own House was released back in February of this year and boasts a collection of glittering pop jewels such as ‘Reflections‘, and one of my personal favourites ‘Imagination Infatuation‘. With such a strong debut, MisterWives are positioning themselves to be the next indie pop pioneers.

They manage to transcend different genres with ease, making for songs that are a blend of pop, dance, disco, singer-songwriter, reggae, and funk. Not only does it work, it makes one question how they pull it off with such ease and vivacity.

From defining themselves as a musical family to recording songs in a treehouse, they may very well be the most fun band you’ve listened to in awhile.

If that isn’t enough, they’ve even put their own folky twist on popular songs such as Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

A colorful anthemic debut album, striking in its soaring vocals and jangly guitar riffs, MisterWives are the band you need in your life to brighten your day or dance the night away.

You can catch them on their Scrapbook tour in North America this fall:

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Ones to Watch: Best Coast

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July 30, 2015

If you picture California nights as being slow and hazy, then American indie-rock duo Best Coast’s third album California Nights is not for you. The record was inspired by artists including The Go-Go’s, Gwen Stefani, and Sugar Ray. With anthemic garage-band pop power ballads, one can see their musical inspirations shine through effortlessly.

The indie-rock duo, comprised of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno is receiving praise from critics everywhere, especially after their stunning performance at SXSW in May.

Of the new album, Cosentino told Rolling Stone,”This is the record that we’ve always wanted to make. I’m sure I’ll get sick of these songs at some point. But right now it feels like the universe is aligning.”

The music video for ‘Feeling Okay’ (my favourite song off their record) dropped last week. Check it out below!

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Ones To Watch // George Ezra

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July 25, 2015

Bluesy British babe George Ezra released his first full-length album “Wanted On Voyage” in 2014, yet is only now beginning to pick up speed in North America but trust me; this is one voyage you don’t want to miss.

The first time I was introduced to George Ezra was in an article produced by NPR Music in January. It was titled “George Ezra: Listen To This Man, He’ll Make You Swoon”, and as soon as I read about being swooned I was more than ready to hit play. I’m really glad that I did hit play, because swooning was exactly what happened next. George is a great looking guy but a voice as great as his face was not what I was expecting when I first listened to him. It more than caught me off guard, but in the best way possible. His big voice is exactly what we need in a world where most music seems to blend together. So when I finally started to hear his first single “Budapest” on the radio I was ecstatic.

Ezra’s album was inspired by a weeklong train trip where he took in all that he could which eventually became the great compilation that is “Wanted On Voyage”. Everything about him and his album is enjoyable and different. His music has an almost addictive quality to it and every time I’m listening to him I find myself trying to imitate his enchantingly deep voice.

“Wanted on Voyage” has already made its way to the top of the British charts and has made some notable famous fans as well. Sir Ian McKellen another famous Brit even made his way into Ezra’s music video for “Listen to the Man”. People all over the place are in love with George Ezra and I can’t wait for them to be in love with him here in North America (mainly because I would really like to see him in concert).

With the video for his new single “Barcelona” being released just this week his popularity is bound to peak again and hopefully with a whole new fan base. Keep an eye out because it won’t be long before you will be seeing a lot more of George Ezra.

Article By Emily D’Orazio

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Ones To Watch: COIN

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June 21, 2015

When four students from Belmont University decided to join forces to make music, Nashville alternative indie pop band COIN was born. Joe Memmel, Zach Dyke, Ryan Winnen, Chase Lawrence are making a name for themselves with catchy songs about “actual human emotions: falling in (and out of) love, worrying about the future, and missing the past.” 

COIN is all about summery vibes and good times, with songs laden in synths and dripping in rhythmic guitar.

 

The band draws its influences from new wave music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Talking Heads and The Cure, just to name a few. Chase Lawrence has said that “modern bands like the Killers inspire us to keep becoming better songwriters and a better band.”

Their self-titled debut album is out now. It was produced with the expertise of Grammy Producer of the Year nominee Jay Joyce, who also has worked with Grammy nominated band, Cage The Elephant.

The record boasts 10 tracks, with standouts like ‘Atlas’, ‘Fingers Crossed’ and ‘Speaking Voice’. Fans of bands similar to Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend will find comfort in the upbeat and catchy songs.

Presently, the band is on tour with Betty Who, and will be opening for Neon Trees later this summer.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Ones to Watch: Francesco Yates

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June 7, 2015

Francesco Yates has a lot of groove and funk with his single ‘Better to Be Loved’ for someone only 19 years of age.

He commands attention. Not just from his voice, or his unmistakable head of floppy curls, but from the likes of Grammy winners Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams (with Pharrell co-producing his debut album). Yates even performed guitar on the track ‘Gust of Wind’ (ft. Daft Punk) which is Pharrell’s ‘personal favourite’ song on ‘G I R L’.

It’s all seemingly surprising for someone so young, however Yates has been writing songs since the age of 11, after becoming inspired to start performing after watching the movie School of Rock.

With unique covers of popular songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’ and unexpected mashups like ‘Thinking Out Loud / Let’s Get It On’ its clear that Yates has quite an exciting future ahead of him.

It’s evident he has a special talent as seen in the video below, showcasing him working in the studio with Pharrell:

We’ll have to keep our eyes on Yates this year as he continues to capture the world’s attention. Recently he won the Heatseeker award in Toronto at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, so it’s needless to say it’s going to be a hot and Francesco-filled summer.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Ones to Watch: Jack Garratt

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May 31, 2015

Jack Garratt is a indefinable artist. Born and raised in a small Buckinghamshire town and now living and working in London, the multi-instrumentalist and talented songwriter has released a handful of tracks that each differ vastly from the last. His latest track, ‘Chemical’, is a semi-mellow, semi-electronic track that wouldn’t sound out of place on Ed Sheeran’s latest album, whilst ‘The Love You’re Given’ is a highly experimental, lounge-like piece full of sleek falsetto harmonies and synth beats. Somehow, Garratt’s sound manages to feel both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly unique all at once, and perhaps that quality is exactly what his growing success has stemmed from.

The 22-year-old has been working long and hard to get his break. He started his song-writing career at the age of 12, writing tirelessly in his school lunch break – the first song he ever wrote landed him a place in Britain’s final for the Junior Eurovision song contest.

BBC Introducing have been keeping a watchful eye on Jack since he first added a track to the BBC Introducing Uploader in 2009. Since then, his single ‘Worry’ has been selected as Zane Lowe’s new hype record, as well as Huw Stephen’s record of the week. He also appeared – and reportedly enthralled the crowd – on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds last summer.

His first, four-track EP, Synesthesiac, was released on iTunes on 13th April this year and has already been receiving five star reviews from listeners (deservedly so) – even current pop-sensations Sia and Katy Perry has tweeted about his talent. Having toured the world tirelessly over the past few years, Jack is currently in the States and will be returning to home soil to hit the festival circuit this summer, including a spot, now on the Festival Republic Stage, at Reading and Leeds. Keep your eyes and ears open for this red-headed artist; he’ll be making huge waves this year.

Article by Amie Bailey

 

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Ones to Watch: Alvvays

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May 26, 2015

otw-finalAlvvays (pronounced “always”) is the latest indie-pop export straight out of Toronto, with their self-titled debut album released in 2014. The track ‘Archie, Marrie Me’ is definitely one of the anthems of the summer.

It’s a song about love that strums on your heartstrings, drawing you in with catchy lyrics and charm. It’s a perfect summer tune: infectious, bubbly, sunshine-soaked.

Expect big things from this little band this year. Simon Vozick-Levinson, of Rolling Stone, got it right when he labelled their debut album an “indie-pop wonder”. To top that off, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie also declared ‘Archie, Marry Me’ one of his favourite songs of the year, and then proceeded to do a really great stripped-back piano cover of the song. Strong albeit simple, it was lovely.

Both the original and this cover are great. Check it out for yourselves.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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