Pipedream by Rory Lyle is like an anthology of stories helmed into one. The track has 3 main sections that prepare you for a journey of breakups, moving countries & self discovery. When I was reading more about the artist, I saw that it took them 10 minutes to write this song and 5 years for it to see the light of the day. It made me realize that art, no matter how contented, can never be fully ready until the creator is. It’s an inspiring take and this is the result.
Both Japanese and Chinese by blood, born and raised in Hong Kong, matured in London, and currently based in Vienna – sakura’s music is crafted to tell her colorful story through her own brand of lyrically, and emotionally compelling indie, folk and rock.
I am still surprised Sakura is based in Vienna. I would love to see her play live, it’s just an hour away. Maybe when all this COVID-19 madness is over, I can make it happen. What an amazing indie pop. Strong in melody, strong in vocals and lyrics. I have a hunch this single will blow up because it definitely should. By the time I will enjoy listening to it.
‘Go Slow’ by Melbourne-based indie folk duo Tom Crawford & Jordyn Keating aka East Notion gives out a familiar sound in connection with Taylor Swift’s latest album ‘Folklore’. You somehow get easily swallowed by the keenly snappy & softly spoken vocals this gives. It’s surely a delightful track.
While being trapped in a 700-square-foot apartment in San Francisco, California, musician/writer/producer Jordan Baer just released a song called “If It Was Just That Easy”. The track is filled with vocals emerged behind a thin wall of reverb, flourishing with optimism yet gloominess is still evident. Diving deeper, it’s the kind of song you listen to when life seems like it’s all falling apart but you could still envision hope despite it all.
Read more about the track coming from the artist’s perspective here:
The song “If It Was Just That Easy” is an expression of resignation — the aspects of life you struggle with year after year appearing insurmountable. He presents the decision we all face in life: Should I accept what I cannot change or push onward hoping this time it’s different. Giving up becomes the reasonable choice, but is it the right one?
Usually, I get submissions as a single, so when I listen to the full album it can be sometimes a disappointment, but I am very lucky that it is very rare. Definitely, it is no the case with this album. I was so surprised about the variety of songs it contains and all the different influences. What an enjoyable listening from the beginning to the end. But if I had to choose two tracks I would go for the third one – Koolwater and eleventh one – Fed Up. Find some time, dive into the full album and discover.
Bathe Alone is the dreampop solo project of multi-instrumentalist Bailey Crone based out of Atlanta, Georgia.
I have shared a couple of singles from Bathe Alone before and I happy to share more. This one was released earlier in the summer and I missed it. Bailey’s music is very special. The layered instruments with a dreamy vibe are creating a perfect atmosphere in the song. This is the kind of single that you want to re-listen to get more into it and fully enjoy it. The best way to enjoy is to close your eyes, put headphones on, and turn the volume a little bit up. You will be surrounded by a different world.
I have shared Indigo waves’ music before and I am happy to share more. This is the kind of music I imagine having in my imaginary indie dance club. Jangly, catchy, groovy. It makes you enjoy your day a little bit more. I am sitting behind my computer and doing my daily job and this track in my ears makes it so much better.
Port Lucian is the lo-fi bedroom pop creation of queer, asian-american sweetheart, Portia Maidment, hailing from Philadelphia, PA.
Writing about our Z Tapes artist feels a little bit weird, but I will still do it. Especially if it is Port Lucian. This latest single is just perfect. I think writing anything about it would just ruin it. Just put the volume up, shut down all tabs and distractions, and smash the play button. You will be feeling something else. Something special.
You can pre-order the album on cassette on Bandcamp.
This is an album from May but for me, everything I hear for the first time is new music. Music never ages, even though some people are trying to convince you that it does. Jane Migraine is a member of a small record label Totally Real Records and they are cooking up something new together, but you can listen to this album for now before something is out. This album is called a yearn rock and you should enjoy it as much as me.
I have shared music by GOLDEN, a Brooklyn-based artist, before and I happy I can share another single. “Hate” is written about impermanence and the inevitable death and destruction that comes for us all. Stripped down instruments, basic beats and keys, and just mesmerizing vocals. Just close everything, turn the volume a little bit up, and just poor your ears and heart into this. You will not regret it…
Do you know what this reminds me of? R.L. Kelly‘s music. For fans of Orchid Tapes, not an unknown artist. Beautiful vocals accompanied with great guitars. I am getting so hooked on the melody. Simple, yet powerful. I hear in the song a lot of 90’s vibes and that makes it even more perfect. I have been listening to it on repeat and not getting enough.
Here is a little to introduction to the artist as well:
Cream with a K is a musician, visual artist and former model.
She is a British artist, based in Tokyo having spent the past 8 years in Tokyo fronting the Bubblegum Japanese Pop band NEKO PUNCH (Universal Japan / ASOBI SYSTEM).
Bilingual in Japanese and English, in Tokyo she is a recognisable media figure and was the TV host of the Japanese Rock music TV Show, NHK’s “Nippon Rocks” Series. She is seen as a link between the UK and Tokyo music scenes.
I know Joseph’s music mainly thanks to our Summer 2020 compilation on which he was featured. Additionally, he is being released on my favorite UK-based label Fox Food Records what says a lot on its own. So excited to listen to this release in full this Friday. I did not hesitate and pre-ordered the cassette already. I do not want to miss out on them. And btw, the video is just great.
This short description sums up the song just perfectly:
A heart-wrenching anthem, Joseph Futak’s ‘Garden’ is an ode to unflinching, heart-on-your-sleeve honest emotional expression; presented with a subtle trademark dry humour twist.
Taking influence from the work of Silver Jews’ David Berman and the band Low, the song started out as a piano ballad before being reworked into a stomping slowcore tune that builds from a whisper to a cathartic fury, unleashing scrapes of feedback guitar crashing against a wall of euphoric brass.
Also if you enjoy this artist, you might be into an old Z Tapes release – Ashland by EP.
Is sharing every single from artist too much? I don’t know, maybe you could tell me. Since I have discovered Simen’s music I have been sharing everything he is releasing. His music is very special and dear to me. It is os beautiful. Even this one is just great. I am not a fan of autotune on vocals, but the usage in this single is just perfect. There is so much positive energy in Simen’s music and I am needing it very much.
This is the 4th posts I am sharing with this lo-fi bedroom pop artist. It is about the feeling when things go the opposite way you want them to go. Maybe some people could relate to it. I really enjoy the guitar parts. So groovy.
These Days by Swiss Portrait has that fresh minimalist lofi dream pop sound we’ve come to know and love for. The song glistens, it’s catchy, but in a grounded manner, and apprehensive of wether it really what lies ahead comparing to the music video that goes along with it which by the way is one hell of a trip and I loved it.
Uriel by Greater Bird of Paradise expresses an emotion-filled evocative open spaces laced with intimacy & ethereal vocal flair. I don’t know what it is that engrossed me into a heart-rending yet warming state but this is what it feels like to know what’s left after the gust has calmed down.
Peek this project out! They have certainly earned a new listener.
An unwavering force reveals Metayouth’s ‘A Little Less Voices’. It’s a solid, semi energetic track that reels off a sickeningly fuzzed out guitars and distorted vocals. It should go without saying that this song is a thrilling start for the album.
As the band says:
A Little Less Voices is noisy gem of a track and it serves as a good appetizer for what to expect!
There is something that hangs haziness and tranquility variation on nocturnal over slowcore duo Joyer’s new album ‘Sun Into Flies’. It’s a beguiling, taut-like yet calm listening experience for anyone who invests their time to really listen to this record.
Below we had a quick chat with Nick & Shane of Joyer about their favorite films, influences & their far-reaching new album out now on Z Tapes Records.
‘Rocket’ a track taken from the debut album ‘Reply’ by Jorba emanates a familiar yet free from the simulated signifiers of lofi bedroom pop. The overall listening experience can be extra nice if listened to outside on a sunny day, strolls or maybe even bike rides heading to a greenfield for a picnic. However, the rest of the album gives off a different pleasant vibe compared to this one. Check it out! It’s a constant enjoyable listen.
You can read more about the song coming from Jorba’s perspective here:
A song idea based off of a meme that I saw, s/o to @kookyfonts on instagram, that then created this story inside my head about being young in adolescence years. The melody came instantly, I figured out some chords and then wrote thematically out of the text from the meme itself. The first verse is the once popular “Some people have a girlfriend…“-format and the rest is just train if thought after seeing the meme. It’s not a joke song! Maybe some morbid humour but not a joke, no.
“Gourmet is understanding that flavouring is not all about the sugar.”
London-based artist Group 1 just released a song called ‘(No) Sleep Song’ that blends between a touch of emo pop and lofi indie rock. It’s simple, creative and unbelievably catchy. An unexpected buildup occurs near end of the track and it’s surely something that will leave you wanting for more after a listen or two.
If the Everly Brothers had grown up in Twin Peaks’. “Know Better” is the first song off the new EP; Its a dreamy, folk-y stride through an alternate reality.
From the dreamy layered vocals & soothing Americana guitar plucking, ‘Know Better’ by The Moonless Nights is astonishingly beautiful. This song gives a mixed feelings of hope, restlessness & comfort. It’s like a warm blanket wrapped around you on a cold winter night. I could ideally picture this to be fitting in a soundtrack from a coming-of-age film.
Home recordings in every form are something I hold really close. Hometown Hero by Eric Bond radiates a contrasting set of tunes that unwraps a fun, melodic and mellow atmosphere with an up and down beat undertone. I loved this track more than I thought I would and surely you would too.
Read the short yet bittersweet story behind the song coming from the artist here:
I saw a love interest after five years of no contact because of her traveling and instead of me being the nervous one this time, it was her.
I’ve been listening to Billow for quite some time now and when I came across their latest 2-track release, it got me into a state where I had to pause— take a break from everything I was doing. I had to give myself, my ears enough time to compose and be ready to listen. ‘Don’t You Think the Trees Get Tired of Standing All the Time’ is one of those songs you can play on loop regardless of which mood you’re in and it certainly gives off a different ambience each time (or maybe it’s just me). The music video sets sail on nostalgic sceneries, a collection of memories compiled into one reel. Despite not being there, watching this video felt like I am reliving those moments.
Lol, I just remembered that I wrote to thanks for coming to be on our TV Theme Song Cover Compilation – FRY YR BRN and at the end they submitted a song. I recommend you check it out, the whole comp is superb.
Either way, there is a new album by thanks for coming and it’s a lo-fi gem. You should definitely check it out in full. It’s bummer that this album is not available on cassette. It would be just perfect.
I hit the play button and I’m suddenly blasted in the past— The track seems like it’s heavily influenced by the mid 60s psychedelic rock scene with the slightest hint of disco funk, something my dad and I would enjoy on road trips.
This is the band’s first single release with an LP coming out on January and you bet I’ll be grooving to more of their music!
“Music for non-human animals who travel in space.”
Shuttle is an electronic indie pop project by Grégorie Pasquier. Listening to their newest single ‘Boy’ feels like I’m at a beach with my friends dancing and drinking on a Wednesday afternoon just in time to catch the sunset but I guess at the moment reality says otherwise! I must say though, this song ended up getting stuck in my head as I might have played it multiple times.
This is my first ever (small) write-up working for START-TRACK and it’s off to a great start!
I used to well oriented in Philly music scene, but I lost track of it. There is just too much music to process. I am so happy I came across this artist from Philly. The new track is really a catchy indie dreamy wave. Apparently this was written in ten minutes, which, if true, is so insane. I wish I was good at making music…
I am slowly realizing that the style of guitars in the song is very important for me. Somehow I am really into jangly indie guitars as you can find in this song. It reminds me of my favorite band Beach Fossils. I used to dream of making music like this, but I never chased that dream. At least I can enjoy the music and in this case, the video as well. The video and song have a really nice summer vibe and I love that.
Before sharing the music I try to listen to it for a couple of times to fully immerse into it. And sometimes, the tracks are getting better after each listening. This is the case. I am so getting into the vibe of this song, the instruments are so nice in this one. Also, the production on this track is really great. It feels so right for my farewell to summer.
I am discovering so many new artists I have never heard before and I am loving it. This sweet dreamy bedroom pop EP is one good example. I really enjoy drums in these tracks, so nicely done.
I just looked around and through the window, I could see a red sky of sunset and it made a perfect combination with this music. I recommend you to check out the full EP and listen to all tracks. They are beautiful.
“Grandpa Ant” explores the process of getting older, more specifically, shifting from adolescence into adulthood. The song has some nice summer vibes, whereas the music video is made entirely of old black and white footage, providing an interesting juxtaposition.
When I listened to this song for the first time I had that “whoaaa” moment. I fell in love with it instantly. Such a beautiful bedroom pop track with heartwarming vocals. I love every part of this song from the start to the end and even the lyrics are awesome. I am so excited to hear more from this talented artist in future.
I guess this artist is from Argentina, even though Bandcamp says otherwise. Either this EP is in Spanish (I still do not speak Spanish), but I am really digging it. I am trying to explore Latin American artists more and my friends are helping me with it. This EP is a nice collection of bedroom lo-fi tracks. I recommend you check out the last track “Vapores”.
It looks like this artist is on the path to be successful and widely know. It reminds me a little bit of early Bon Iver. Especially some instruments, but to be honest I like this much more. Some parts of the track are so beautiful.
Still, I do not know much about this musician other than they are from Nashville, Tennessee, but I am so into their music. I am so into this 80’s synth-pop, especially with such good drums. I am probably realized that in general, I am preferring quicker paced songs. Maybe because I want to move my hips to music a lot.
I do not know why but this song kind of brings me back to 60’s, maybe the guitar effect is doing that. Definitely a lot of nostalgia for older music in this one. But this is a really nice and well-produced song. If the radio would play this as “commercial” music I would not be unhappy at all.
“Union Station” was written and recorded one month into lockdown, a clichéd source of inspiration perhaps. The lyrics, a stream of consciousness – mostly kept intact until the very end. It did seem like the right station to go.
Another song I am sharing from a band that was featured on our seasonal comp. Mellow, slow piano track with subtle drums. What a nice atmosphere this song creates.
Another very fresh band with the debut single coming out of Austin, Texas. Twee indie pop with catchy guitars and nice vocals. Such a good start for a new band. I am excited to listen to more from this band. Past days (weeks) I am listening to such great music. So happy to live in this age.
I was missing out on some summer vibes and this song is filling up my needs. Such a summerish indie pop. I love to discover music that fits the season when I am listening to it. This song so uplifting, so dancy, so catchy. Definitely will be jamming to this more.
Phantom Handshakes is a new collaboration between Matt Sklar (Exiles) and Federica Tassano (Sooner, Mônetre) based in Brooklyn, NY. Be Estranged is a collection of 7 tracks ranging from jangly indie pop to shoegaze-y post-punk. All songs were recorded at home during April and May of 2020 by Matt and Federica and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering in Chicago.
This is probably one of my most favorite discoveries of this summer. The album is so so good. I have listened to it several times and I am enjoying it very much. Listen to it from the start to end and repeat. The guitars, vocals, drums, everything is just perfect. I just wish this was released on cassettes.
There are so many releases I would love to see on cassettes… Maybe that s the reason I am releasing so much music on Z Tapes. 🙂
The best part of being a label is to receive a lot of submissions. Sometimes it is overwhelming, but I love hearing new music. That is the main reason why I also use Submithub because I can listen to music in very organized way.
This little album I received just today and I am really enjoying it. Kind of raw, but beautiful and honest. So good, just listen.
When Devil Town Tapes are releasing a new cassette I know I would love to own it. That’s why I have not hesitated and pre-ordered cassette with “batch_six” by boxset. Jsut the pure fact that it is released on DTT means a quality release I am excited to own. If you need more convincing, read this:
You know what it the worst feeling as a blogger, when you are so messy you forget to share an album you really liked. This is the case. I bought this record last Bandcamp Friday but totally forgot to share it.
This is such a beautiful record. I am so thankful that Ava from Oof Records send me this amazing record. You should definitely check it out.
The 21-year old musician writes with a wistfulness far beyond her years, weaving together pieces that are more akin to the greats of folk that came before her than her DIY/indie rock peers.
Sometimes the music is crashing at me like waves of the ocean and I am not really able to process it, but when my e-pals are sending me music I am trying to do my best to listen and share their music. So I have a pro-tip for you: become my e-pal if you want me to listen to your music. 🙂
Al Murb have been part of our seasonal compilations so I am very happy to share their music. I would call this experimental bedroom pop. Find some time and give it a proper listen. This album needs more careful listening to fully appreciate it.
SERF is the nom de guerre of Rory Maxwell, a Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) based solo multi-instrumentalist. Sonically planted somewhere on the spectrum between 80s counter culture and cheesy pop tunes, Rory feebly attempts to pay homage to his idols The Cure, New Order and Joy Division.
Metayouth is the project of Dakota Gilliland from Alabama, US. Dakota is a strong believer in DIY ethics and esthetics, and that is what drives his songwriting. He often hides sugary sweet pop melodies behind a wall of distortion, not as an accident, but as a creative choice.
I always loved fuzzy guitars. I was really into early Wavves music and this kind of brings me back to it. So happy that this single is coming our on new label Don’t Guitar Records run by my friend in Sweden. So excited for the future of this label.
What a beautiful indie-pop with such a great beat and very emotional lyrics. The best part was when I told Kaylee that I will share her new single. She was so happy and that makes me even more happier. If sharing music is not about making people (especially musicians) happy, I do not know why to do it anymore. So go, smash that play button and enjoy this amazing single.
Kaylee Marie Still is an independent singer-songwriter/music producer from Portland, Oregon.
This is Sagan Paisley’s first official release. It was inspired by the Butthole Surfers and samples “Everything is Going to Hell” by Teen Suicide. LONELY BOY bends a few genres, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The song in itself highlights some of the extents to which neglected and lonely teens will go to get someone to pay attention even resorting to self-loathing and self-harm.
I am really happy to share this track as it reminds me of the early stages of my blog. Also, I am very glad that the artist decided to put it on the Bandcamp. I always prefer to share music on Bandcamp. What a good lo-fi bedroom pop.