This piece features the best new bands and artists we’ve discovered this week in the indie genre via other awesome music blogs/sites. So this covers subgenres like dream-pop/shoegaze and alt rock as well. They may not be brand new bands or artists but they are new to She Makes Music nonetheless and we just want to share their amazing music with you!
Melbourne jangle-pop ensemble Swim Team return with the release of ‘Everyday Things’ - the first taste of debut album, Home Time, which arrives via Hysterical Records on July 12. 'Everyday Things’ has relaxed guitar melodies and pace-making percussive rhythms blending together underneath vocals, which as the band’s Krystal Maynard explains, “is an ode to everybody’s first world problems.” Listen below.
Brooklyn-based indie pop artist Claud’s (FKA Toast) latest single is ‘If I Were You’. The breezy, early 2000′s-type bop is a reflective track about a relationship that has run its course and the fact that some people simply don’t belong together. Listen below.
Allison, Iowa-based indie rockers Miss Christine have returned with 'Entitled,’ the second track of their upcoming album, Conversion. 'Entitled’ tackles topics such as double standards. “It really upsets me when my male friends get harassed that their harassment is not taken as seriously,” frontwoman Christina Moad comments. Listen below.
Austin outfit Blushing has crafted a self-titled debut album that’s set for release this summer. 'Dream Merchants,’ the second advance tune from the LP is a rush of guitars and feaures the angelic vocals of Christina Carmona and Michelle Soto set over a galloping storm of bass and drums. Listen below.
Just Mustard, a five-piece shoegaze/alternative band from Dundalk, Ireland, are back with new material in the shape of 'Frank,’ a tense and atmospheric taste of darkness that offers the perfect introduction into the band’s work. Listen below.
Oakland-based band Meernaa are gearing up to release their first full-length album in June called Heart Hunger. Latest single 'Better Part’ has a wispy R&B vibe. There’s a feeling of vastness as the song opens into a dreamy soundscape with some scratch drums and bass underscoring wavy synths and breathy yet piercing vocals. “It’s about fully realized love, the freedom that comes with absence of doubt, the acceptance and support of the changing human beings you are/will become and the open invitation to always come back to the love you share when, sometimes, you forget about it,” explains frontwoman Carly Bond. Listen below.
𝓢𝓹𝓲𝓻𝓲𝓽𝓼 𝓗𝓪𝓿𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓕𝓾𝓷
Indie rock band Spirits Having Fun’s members are split between Chicago and New York, and in a couple of months they’re releasing their debut album, Auto-Portrait. The album’s first single is 'Electricity Explorer’. The song is constantly in motion, a pinwheel that can’t stop spinning. Tangled guitars and scattered drumming come across as improvisational but its tightly controlled chaos, with Katie McShane’s vocals at its center, slipping from dreamy to abrasive with ease. Listen below.
Indie rock singer-songwriter and bassist Eva Gardner is preparing to release her debut EP, Chasing Ghosts. On her new single 'Dirty Bird,’ Gardner showcases a gritty yet alluring sound she has crafted over years of performing with an eclectic array of groups and performers including P!nk and Gwen Stefani. With a fun telephone sound effect flickering through the background, chunky guitars and thick bass create a heavy foundation for Gardner’s surprisingly light and fun vocal performance. Listen below.
Slow Pulp is a band formed in Wisconsin but currently based in Chicago that makes tender and slyly powerful indie rock. Next month, May 15, Slow Pulp will release new EP Big Day, and have shared the lead track 'High’. It’s explosive from the off, packed with big riffs and elevated by singer Emily Massey’s feather-lite vocals. Listen below.