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EP: Albon – Other Niceties

LA-based singer-songwriter Albon creates folk inspired indie rock falling somewhere between the dreamy lineage of The Beach Boys, Grizzly Bear, (Sandy) Alex G and the whimsical soundtrack to Disney’s 1953 rendition of Peter Pan.

Jangly indie rock with dreamy melodies. Me likey very much. So perfect for this summer time…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: JW Francis – New York

A catchy dancy fast-paced indie pop jam from my favorite JW Francis. Another great single. An ode to New York.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Jaguar Sun – Keep You Warm

Third single I am sharing from talented Canadian multi instrumentalist Chris Minielly.

“Keep You Warm is about the trials two people face in a relationship, the moments you’re both down, the moments you’re confused and upset, but the moments you have to turn things around as well.”

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Mommy’s Little Boy – I Like Butterflies

Mommy’s Little Boy is the Bedroom pop solo project of Jake Derting. Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Jake found himself a new home there after dropping out of jazz school in Texas. He records and produces all the music in his tiny apartment. Always staying busy, Jake has completed 2 full length albums and 1 EP.

100 points for the cover art. Such a nice fresh dream/ bedroom pop. Released on BIRTHDIY.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Baby Combat – Hana Was a Wrestler

Baby Combat is an indie pop rock project by Noel Yeo, a singer-songwriter based in New York City. Born in Singapore, his previous bands include Shelves, Suchness, and Silverspy. As an experiment, Baby Combat will write and release a new single every month for a year, starting with Difficult But True.

This song is written for Hana Kimura, the late wrestler who starred in the hit Japanese reality TV series, Terrace House. She took her life on May 23, 2020, due to cyberbullying. I wrote the song the morning I woke to the news of her passing. She was what you might call an effervescent person, so this one hit hard. She was 22.

A beautiful heartwrenching indie rock. So fitting for this Friday evening.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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10 Recommendations from Twitter: @fishforbirds

We have series called 10 Recommendations From Twitter. 10 Bandcamp recommendations by our Twitter friends.

The entry #26 is by @fishforbirds










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Single: imsoproudofyou – my friends dont like me

Not much to find about this artist but it reminds me a lot of laptop funeral’s music.

You can find more music on Soundcloud.

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10 Recommendations from Twitter: @carmen_canedo_

We have series called 10 Recommendations From Twitter. 10 Bandcamp recommendations by our Twitter friends.

The entry #25 is by @carmen_canedo_










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Single: Oro Swimming Hour – Cold Tangerina

Whilst in between fronting other bands Pet Shimmers & Lucky Shivers, Cold Tangerina is the first single from Oro Swimming Hour’s third album out in summer 2020. The epitome of a feel-good, lo-fi pop song, Cold Tangerina passes by like a cool breeze whilst inducing the feeling of a pleasantly sticky summer day. With a DIY ethos recording onto tape machines, it also features vocals from fellow Bristol musicians herbal tea & Sleep Radio.

This song features my favorite herbal tea & Sleep Radio, which have been part of our compilations. Really beautiful lo-fi bedroom pop song. Reminds me a lot of early 2010s Bandcamp times. What a nice memory.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Ryan Jantz – NO HEALING

I have been really into Ryan’s music lately and here is a new single. Still so good.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Henry Aaron – A Moment of Clarity

Henry Aaron’s upcoming EP, A Moment of Clarity, offers an intimate mediation on the stickiness of location. Drawing inspiration from The National and Cass McCombs, Aaron’s sound captures and interrogates his upbringing in the northwest. Through swells of ethereal ballads, his songs constantly balance on the precipice of coming home or losing it. Paired with evocative lyricism, these songs beg listeners to lean into their longing as Aaron’s melodies often articulate the often-ineffable feeling of place.

Written in rural Idaho and recorded in Nashville, TN.

Short, but really beautiful indie-folk EP. The piano is just so beautiful in these songs.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Video: Lake Michigan – Wiring

A brand new video from my dear friend Chris aka Lake Michigan, a member of our Z Tapes family.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Love Montage – My First Gtr

Love Montage is Solomon from Nashville, Tennessee.

2020 has been rough. I recorded this tune during lockdown here in Nashville as kind of a pep talk to myself. I wanted to tap into the feelings that made me fall in love with music to begin with.

I love the lyrics in this song. I am jamming to this song really hard.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Simen Mitlid – Murders

On the new single “Murders,” from his upcoming 3rd album, Norwegian singer-songwriter Simen Mitlid expresses memories of friendship, family, doubt and loss bound together by the consistent sense of longing.

I like Simen’s music a lot. All you need to know.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Shy Curves – Stay Home

Another fresh, undiscovered lo-fi bedroom rock artist. 5 songs with nice vocals and great guitars. Me likey…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: kicktracks x amory reel x she is jules – heartliqour

A gentle, chill indie pop track with a perfect beat. What a nice collaboration.

You can find artists on Spotify: Kicktracks & amory reel & she is jules

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EP: Tallulah. – Revert

19 year old Indie Rock artist from Oakland, California.

Catchy, young & fresh indie rock. Short EP, but very interesting and promising a lot for the future.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Jon Connell – Small Flame

Solo artist from London, living in Saigon, Vietnam.

A bedroom pop with a different touch. I like the energy it brings.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Trace Decay – Photobooth

Photobooth details the experience of someone coming to terms with a long term break up & accepting the reality of moving on. There’s a strong sense of optimism and heartbreak as the song opens up with front man Jordan Depas’s voice delivering a raw performance, setting the tone for the rest of the track.

A beautiful voice (very interesting color) getting deep into your music soul. Melancholic, nonchalant indie pop from Melbourne.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Cape Francis – Just Because

Read this interesting story:

Cape Francis is a solo project started by guitarist and vocalist Kevin Olken Henthorn. After the break up of a former band that worked heavily in traditional pop structures and production, Henthorn started the new project as a way to break form and reconnect to a natural flow of instrumentation and storytelling.

Henthorn started playing guitar when he was 9 years old. He studied music with teachers ranging from classical to blues to metal, but by the time he was 15 he decided to commit solely to writing his own material. For Henthorn, writing was a way to practice and push his fundamentals, and discovery became intrinsic to each new piece he wrote.

Cape Francis was meant as a way to return to that mentality, to re-approach a relationship with an instrument after years of feeling stuck. The outcome is a new sound for Henthorn and is always evolving. It is centered around finger picked electric guitar, and surrounded by simple arrangements of percussion and synthesizers. Cape Francis pulls from folk and modern influences alike to bring the listener to an inviting atmosphere where familiarity and discovery are both at the forefront. In his third LP “Plateaus”, due out on Sleep Well Records, he examines the themes of neurosis, anxiety, and the erosion of mental health that played throughout his 20’s. The album serves as an effort to recognize the inevitable hurdles ahead and strives to visualize the path forward.

A beautiful. heartful indie rock.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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EP: del claro – del claro

del claro is a 23 year old musician from Brazil.

Chill, slacker, indie rock for your lazy summer days.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Album: Creamcan. – Mountainy

I am not sharing a lot of music from Japan so I am happy about this post. A little a bit of classic, alternative rock.

Japanese Alternative Rock Duo “Creamcan.“ The band makes noises influenced by urge of 90’s alternative rock, which well mixed with punk, blues, hip hop, folk, very junk music charged with tensions.

All songs are made with the feelings that countryside people despair and feel gloom, detestation against the urban. Alternative blues of people dispossessed of their lands.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Video: Television Blonde – (You Were My) Nightmare on Elm Street

(You Were My) Nightmare on Elm Street is the second single out of Television Blondes debut EP that is set to release later in July through Don’t Guitar Records! The track is a super fuzzy home recorded lo-fi tune with a nice surfy beach vibe.

I have chanced to become e-pal with Jonatan from Don’t Guitar Records and I am so happy for him to release his first label release. So excited about this new EP by Television Blonde.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Video: Gaspard Eden – Pancakes

A glorious nostalgia inducing clay animation video for your favourite childhood tv, “Pancakes” is directed by tattoo artist Phil Berge, who found himself dabbling with clay animation during COVID 19. The result is a colourful 90’s revival, reminiscent of shows like Wallace and Gromit, Pingu and Soupe Opera. “Pancakes” is taken from Gaspard Eden’s forthcoming album Soft Power.

Another single with an amazing video we are sharing from this talented Canadian indie artist.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Grease Weasel – The Cave Is a Metaphor

Another track from Grease Weasel I am sharing. Catchy, guitary, fresh…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: TOLEDO – FOMO

Last time when sharing TOLEDO’S single I wrote:

I love music that makes me feel better. Lovely from TOLEDO is one of that tracks. A gentle lo-fi indie pop.

And I can say that once more and even more… So energetic, so cheerful, so vibey.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Palo Sopraño – Wonder Woman

I have shared Palo’s music in my Spotify playlist before. Here is a new single that was released last week and I like it. Gentle indie rock for your ears.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Album: uneima – Bel-​Air

My new favorite band from French is uneima. They have a new album out and it is so freaking good. The French vocals are just beautiful.

I just wish this was on a cassette, I would get it right away.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Remington super 60 – Still near

My beloved Remington super 60 are back with a new single. Dancy, catchy, summerish.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Lentamente – Bajan lágrimas, son de vidrio

Sometimes music flies into my DMs and I listen to it and instantly want to share it. This is the case. Bedroom pop from San José, Costa Rica.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: LFTVR – LEFTOVER

My Friend Joshua (Birp, Vinyl Post) plays a bass in this new synth-pop band from Paris. They just released a new album worth checking out. Just listen in full.

You can start following the artist on Bandcamp.

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Grimalkin Records Statement

Today Grimalkin members issued a statement and list: “Grimalkin completed a statement and list of tangible ways labels and white folks in DIY music can actively and continually take to promote inclusivity and social justice in an ongoing capacity. The first slide is our general statement and it was written by several of our Black collective members. Then the following slides list the intentional and tangible steps that Grimalkin took prior to founding a label and the ongoing steps we continue to take to do this critical work.”

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Album: The Blackwashing

A compilation to celebrate black artists in the indie music community. A compilation curated by mynameisblueskye @tokenblackaspie and his new label ASAS, hosted by us with help of Counterzine @counterzine.

All digital sales will go towards racial justice organizations.

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Album: Various Artists – Grimalkin Sampler

If you are looking for something to listen and discover new artists, I recommend you this sampler by Grimalkin Records. Also all digital sales are going towards a good cause.

I recommend you check out all music released by this label.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Album: Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

A new album by Phoebe Bridgers. What else to say…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Port Lucian – 20z

Port Lucian is the lo-fi bedroom pop creation of Philly queer icon/hermit, Portia Maidment.

New single from my favorite Port Lucian. It is also part of awesome Z Tapes L.A. branch’s compilation. I am so into Portia’s music. So fresh, so interesting. I am so excited about our Summer 2020 compilation, which will have another track from her. I cannot wait for her full album in (near) future. It would be awesome to have it on cassettes…

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Kekeno – Light Pools

A beautiful minimal, downtempo music. It reminds me a little bit of a laptop funeral’s music. Just a perfect fit for my rainy Friday.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Migrant Caravan x The Common Face – Loup-Garou a Paris

Migrant Caravan (Maicol Ospina-Bedoya) is a Montreal-based Colombian producer focused on blending Latino sounds (from guasca, salsa to cumbia) with more contemporary alternative indie music. Migrant Caravan elaborates on an alternative sound that tries to materialize in songs the feeling of growing up in one of Colombia’s most notorious neighbourhoods (La Comuna 13), and also being an immigrant in North America.

The song is inspired by the french story The Werewolf. Written by Boris Vian in 1970.

A beautiful exploration of different sounds and melodies. Very enriching.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Video: Dylan Bean – Charts and Graphs

Dylan’s music has been part of our Winter 2020 compilation and I happy to share his new video. The piano parts in the song are just so beautiful. Listen and hear for yourself.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Yot Club – Go Away

Did I tell you I have been obsessed with Yot Club’s music? No? Now, you know…

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Single: Stevie Zita – Freyja

“Just a summery shoegaze pop song about loving a Norse Goddes”

Another single I am sharing from Stevie. Another good one. He makes such nice music and I recommend you check out more stuff from him.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Single: Ösla – Marina

If an artist reference my artists as FFO, in this case, my beloved orchid mantis, I know the music will be interesting. And I am right this time. Marina by Ösla is a beautiful dreamy lo-fi track I am falling in love with. Beautiful & peaceful melodies. Just listen…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Grease Weasel – Lukewarm Soup Days

The guitar parts… and the drums… So great… My needs to keep movin’…

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Premiere ~ Single: LIT. MAJOR – Tough One

I am so happy to bring you as first the new single from LIT. MAJOR. It is a new single from the upcoming album “Generosity” which will be out on cassettes via Community Radio Tapes.

LIT. MAJOR has been part of our seasonal compilation Winter 2020 and we became Twitter pals.

Listen to this dreamy bedroom folk pop song with stunning vocal parts, Be sure to support them by buying cassette or digital album. I am very excited for the full album and you should be too.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: Suburban Living – Indigo Kids

A brand new single from my favorite Suburban Living. It is 3rd single of their off their upcoming LP ‘How to Be Human’ out later this summer. Cannot wait to hear it in full.

You can find more music on Spotify.

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Single: Jaguar Sun – Next Year

Another single I am sharing from talented Canadian multi instrumentalist Chris Minielly.

“Next year is a song about that self-reflective drive back home after a breakup. That short moment to remember the highs and lows and the hope that your paths will cross again.”

Just another beautiful magical track.

You can find more music on Bandcamp.

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Single: stillblue – Bluets

A little bit copy&paste from bio:

stillblue is a Miami-based indie rock band comprised of Enrique Rosell (vocals, guitar, triangle), Sofia Soriano (vocals, guitar, didgeridoo), and Daniel Estrada (synth, lap-steel, vocals, rain stick). The band pulls from a multitude of influences spanning from folk to indie rock to Americana. The group found each other in the local Miami music scene after their past projects broke up. Now they share a love for sad songs, cathartic melodies, and a need to make music as honestly as possible. The band is still growing and writing together while searching for a permanent bassist and drummer.

“Bluets” is a track inspired by Maggie Nelson’s book Bluets. Blue has always been a color that catches the attention of the band and that they gravitate towards. This song is about Enrique’s time in Chicago and about the bushels of Bluets planted outside his building. This was written at the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine as Enrique reminisced on past memories of better times. This song is about being stuck inside your memories and how that holds you back from enjoying the things you should be paying attention to now. How Enrique keeps going back to the memories of these Bluets beating through his head instead of focusing on new moments. It’s about the pain that goes along with memories we love and trying to let that go while still appreciating what they gave you.

A gentle indie-folk single from a new fresh Band. I am probably one of the first people to follow them on Spotify. I love that feeling.

You can follow the band on Spotify.

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EP: Chris Blossom – The Garden

Experimental bedroom folk. Sometimes very catchy, sometimes interesting and layered. A short but nice EP with a lot of freshness. Just listen.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Video: HighSchool – Frosting

New Melbourne band, HighSchool, have surfaced after a year of writing and recording. Now they’re about to drop three music videos that present their distinctive outlook on how post-punk, grit and youthful sophistication can coexist. Together they’re the architects behind this earwormy, low-fi sound, all powered by progressive harmonies, driving choruses and emotive instrumentals.

Another fresh discovery, reminding me a little bit of early Beach Fossils’ music. My kind of jam and the video fits the music just perfectly.

You can follow the artist on Spotify.

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Single: Amory Reel – Benton

Amory Rell is Los Angeles based vocalist, songwriter, and record producer.

Benton’ is a song about growing up, leaving, and going back. About the place you once knew in your heart but no longer by your eyes. It’s a raw and intimate song that aims to convey uninhibited emotions of nostalgia and childhood, all in the framework of the present you. It doesn’t yearn for the past but rather wishes to feel whole in the now.

That subtle piano in the background is getting under my skin. So beautiful.

You can find more music on Spotify.