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TVD Video Premiere: CAFOLLA, “1985”

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, there must be something in the air up in Scotland because the talent coming out that tiny country right now is palpable! Our latest discovery is indie-electro artist CAFOLLA and we’re pleased to announce we’re premiering the brand new single and video for “1985” right here at TVD.

If you didn’t guess by the name, “1985” is brimming in all things ’80s—from the synth-infused soundscapes, to the political lyricism, right through to the VHS-inspired visuals in the video, “1985” is a powerful time machine that deserves your attention. The distinctively soulful vocals remind us of a cross between Jamiroquai, Prince, and even Michael Jackson in parts—and we can’t get enough.

It’s an undeniably addictive debut with an important message that we should all take note of. Talking about the single and video, CAFOLLA elaborates, ““1985” is a blaring commentary on consumerism, greed, and a reminder of what it has led to. It asks the question, “Have we truly grown from this over indulgence or is it as rife as ever?” Some serious food for thought there folks.

Check out the vintage-inspired visuals above, created by videographer Danny McCormick and produced by McCormick, Gordon Beveridge, and CAFOLLA.

“1985” arrives in stores on 22nd August 2019 via Dusty Reel Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Glossii

Get ready to rock as emerging quartet Glossii take over as UK Artist of The Week, and they’re taking no prisoners in the process.

Their latest single “Watching Me” is a raucous slice of alternative rock that is snarling with attitude from the offset. Hard to pin down to one genre, Glossii combine post-punk, grunge, and feedback-laden indie-rock to create their unashamedly thunderous sound.

Frontwoman Sofia Zanghirella’s powerfully distinctive vocal is instantly reminiscent of Garbage’s Shirley Manson as she emits dark femme fatale verve by the bucket load. Talking about the single, the band elaborate, “‘Watching Me’ is about growing up and going against the rules that parents tell you and want you to abide by.”

Having recently performed as part of NME’s newly appointed Girls To the Front programme, it’s clear that Glossii are going from strength to strength. Also proud members of the LGBTQ+ scene, it seems Glossii are exactly what we need right now in a world of political turmoil.

“Watching Me” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the Week: Canary Gold

Glasgow’s been on a pretty decent roll recently when it comes to producing great new music, and today is no exception. Canary Gold are the latest pair of Scots to impress us with their undeniably spellbinding blend of indie-electronica.

Canary Gold are brothers Spencer and JP O’Grady and they are indeed worth your attention, so listen up. Their latest single “Hummingbird” is a celestial slice of indie rock that combines twinkling piano notes with a driving, tribal-like beat to create a sound that is truly unique. Fans of the likes of Alt J and Local Natives will feel at home here.

Talking about the single, the duo explain, “in our heads Hummingbird is about a made-up apocalypse but it’s quite open to interpretation. We thought innocent image of a hummingbird against the back drop of some of those dark lyrics brings out a really interesting contrast.”

“Hummingbird” is in stores now via Master Closet Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Bubbatrees

If you prefer your summer anthems to be a little bit more on the eerie side, then we’ve got just the ticket for you today. Bubbatrees’ new single “Alchemy” is a dark, brooding slice of indie-electronica that is bound to get your head bouncing instantly.

The Scottish quartet have been making a name for themselves in their home country for some time now, having already sold out Edinburgh’s well known Sneaky Pete’s venue previously. But its with “Alchemy” that the guys hope to break boundaries and reach out to the rest of the UK and beyond.

“Alchemy” definitely has a hint of ’00s nostalgia to it, with frontman Andrew Gibb’s deep, powerful vocal reminding us of Maximo Park’s Paul Smith. But it’s the spooky, tantalizing musicality that brings us back into the 21st century and follows in the footsteps of fellow Brits The Horrors or Blossoms. So if you’re a fan of any of the above and a bucket load of synth-infused soundscapes—you’re in for a treat.

Bubbatrees’ new single “Alchemy” is in stores now.

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UK Artist of the
Week: Buzzard
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Marc Bolan is that you? Nope, but you’d be forgiven for thinking so if Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s latest single”Love Forever” is anything to go by.

The Welsh quartet have been making quite the splash over in the UK recently, having even been praised by the one and only Noel Gallagher—who is notoriously harsh on Britain’s thriving young rock scene. It’s not hard to see why with singles like “Love Forever” being pencilled.

The band’s latest cut is an infectious slice of fuzz-filled glam-rock from the offset that combines ’70s-inspired swagger with modern-day sensibilities, creating a sound that feels both fresh and nostalgic. T. Rex is clearly a huge influence for all the members of Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, but it’s frontman Tom Rees’ wonderfully distinctive vocal style that is really one to sit back and take note of. Marc Bolan would be proud, we’re sure.

Catch the band live when they headline the first ever Big Indie Summer Sessions, in association with The Line of Best Fit, on 31st July 2019 at Pop Brixton.

“Love Forever” is in stores now via Big Indie Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Dudley Benson

PHOTO: MIRANDA BELLAM | We’ve got something pretty special for you today, something hard to pigeonhole, but we’re gonna try. New Zealand native Dudley Benson has just shared the extraordinary new video for his single “Mataraki” and its a must watch.

The word mataraki comes from New Zealand and it describes the time of year when the Pleiades constellation appears in the midwinter sky, in essence the Maori New Year. This relates to the Maori custom of tikanga, which tells that the people we’ve lost are still with us through the natural world. The video itself is a brilliant piece of animated work from Tokyo-based New Zealand illustrator Emile Holmewood.

We see Dudley himself in an array of fun cartoon-styled situations, representing a passage through time as he makes his way from creation to destruction to millennia. The song itself is a wonderfully weird slice of avant-pop that fans of the likes of Bjork and Brian Eno will certainly feel at home with. Totaling 6 minutes, “Mataraki” feels more like a short film than a music video at times, but perhaps that’s the point.

Dudley Benson’s musical style is undeniably unique and perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, its visually stunning and a conversation starter if nothing more. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

“Mataraki” is taken from Dudley’s latest album Zealandia, which is due for Eurpoean release on 23rd August 2019 via Golden Retriever Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Galileo’s Fan

Get ready to be blown away by Scotland’s latest majestic offering. Galileo’s Fan are a duo from the Scottish highlands who create stunning cinematic pop with flawless harmonies.

Their latest single “I Won’t Be Found” is taken from their upcoming new album of the same name, which is out on 16th September 2019. The track is instantly spellbinding, combining indie-pop sensibilities with their traditional folk roots to create something that is truly breathtaking. Think Of Monsters and Men meets Sigur Rós and your almost there.

Galileo’s Fan are siblings Fi and Martin Vass (surprise!). They have two other siblings—one of whom is renowned folk musician Mike Vass—but the pair decided to step out as a duo in 2012. “I Won’t Be Found” is the second single to be taken from Galileo’s Fan’s upcoming album and what’s up their sleeve next. Here’s hoping they’ll make their way across the pond sooner rather than later.

“I Won’t Be Found” is out now via GF Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: KTG

Those Irish know how to write a song, don’t they? It must be something in the air—which is certainly the case for young KTG who is our latest Artist of The Week.

KTG—aka Katie Gallagher—is pretty new to the scene but we’re sure that won’t be for much longer if her new single “Don’t Tell My Mother” is anything to go by. Her second release to date, “Don’t Tell My Mother” feels like a wholesome hug that keeps on giving. KTG combines elements of country-pop with indie-folk to create an undeniably infectious earworm, perfect for the summer months. Citing artists like KT Tunstall and Wallis Bird as her influences, it’s clear that her upcoming album Searching For Magpies will include even more tracks to get addicted to before the year is out.

At just 22 years old, Katie is already exhibiting huge potential and an incredible ability to write poignant lyrics way ahead of her years. With Searching For Magpies out on 26th September and another single on the way before that, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this wee, Irish gem.

“Don’t Tell My Mother” is in stores now via Beardfire Music.

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TVD Premiere: Gallery 47, “Weeklong”

It’s been quite a while since we featured young singer-songwriter Gallery 47 here at TVD, so it gives us great pleasure to share this exclusive with you today! His latest single “Weeklong” is his first official release of 2019 and its premiering right here, right now!

“Weeklong” has more of a classic rock feel than Gallery 47’s previous work, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. With a full band behind him, Jack’s warm, softs vibrato is filled with colour and a power that we haven’t really heard from him before. It makes sense that Gallery 47—aka Jack Peachey—has decided to change things up a bit, as the whole folk/singer-songwriter thing is starting to get a bit old isn’t it? With “Weeklong” Jack has stepped out of his comfort zone and it’s certainly paid off in our eyes. Fans of the likes of Canned Heat and Easyworld will feel at home here.

On the single, Jack elaborates, “‘Weeklong’ is a simple track which deals with the personal side of trying to make it in the music industry. Nobody knows quite how to treat you, and a lot of the time it ends up being down to how valuable you’re being perceived at the time. Anyone aspiring to achieve anything has to be willing to drop the rational anchors of stable life when a decent chance comes along, but as quite a cautious and cynical person I’ve often found it stressful to deal with that level of risk.

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UK Artist of the Week: BRIDGES

Indie rock is looking alive and well if our next Artist of the Week is anything to go by. BRIDGES’ new single “Return To The Drake’s Nest” is an indie anthem from the offset that will have your toes tapping in minutes.

The rising quintet have been making waves in the UK for some time now, having already supported We Were Promised Jetpacks, Slow Readers Club, and All Tvvins to name a few. With their latest anthemic single, BRIDGES hope to continue to captivate fans far and wide with their poetic lyricism and celestial soundscapes. Fans of The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit will feel at home here. Oh, and the harmonies between these guys are absolutely stunning by the way.

BRIDGES are the latest signing to Big Indie Records, a label we’ve had our eyes and ears on for a while now and they are yet to disappoint. Based in both Austin and London, Big Indie Records have been making a splash on both sides of the pond recently and we’re always excited to hear what they’re getting up to next. Catch BRIDGES live on 10th July 2019 at London’s Two Tribes Brewery in association with Big Indie Big Nights.

“Return To The Drake’s Nest” on 25th June 2019 via Big Indie Records.

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UK Artist of the Week: Chloé Caroline

This week’s Artist of The Week is a surefire sizzler who is bound to get you in the summer spirit. California’s Chloé Caroline has just released her infectious new single “Messy” and it’s an absolute delight from start to finish.

If you’re a fan of Shania Twain or early Taylor Swift then Chloé Caroline is definitely for you. Her new single is full of colour and feel-good vibes that will get your toes tapping instantly. Chloé combines country and commercial pop sensibilities to create a sound both vibrant and warm—along with being a totally addictive ear worm in the process. You’re welcome.

Talking about the track, Chloé elaborates, “This song is meant to unify people through our messiness and celebrate the strength it takes to keep moving forward despite the struggles.” Amen to that.

With residencies in Los Angeles and Las Vegas already confirmed for later on this year, it’s safe to say Chloé isn’t doing too badly for herself. We actually can’t believe this is the first we’re hearing of her, but we’re sure it won’t be the last.

“Messy” is out now via AWAL.

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UK Artist of the Week: Hein Cooper

PHOTO: ROBIN CERUTTI | Get ready to have your soul soothed by Hein Cooper’s mesmerizing musicality. His latest single “Hijack” is a breath of fresh air and will have you hooked in seconds.

The Australian artist has been making waves in his home country for some time now, even supporting huge talents such as James Bay and Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros to name a few. He’s now preparing to release his ethereal new album Underneath It All on 14th June 2019 and if “Hijack” is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.

The single soars with crisp electronic beats and velvet-like vocals that could easily be mistaken for that of the late, great Jeff Buckley. Cooper manages to combine his warm voice with a celestial musicality that creates a sound entirely of his own. If Jeff Buckley and Chet Faker were ever able to collaborate, it would sound something like “Hijack” (in our opinion anyway).

You can also check out previously released album tracks “Like That,” “Fear Of Missing Out,” “Over Again,” and “Hear My Voice” to give you even more of a taste of what’s to come before the album release this Friday. So what are you waiting for?

Underneath It All is in stores on 14th June 2019 via AntiFragile Music.

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UK Artist of the Week: Kidsmoke

Are you ready for summer? Well you will be after listening to our Artist of the Week’s newest single. All the way from Wales, Kidsmoke kick off the summer months with their dreamy new single “She Takes You Under,” in stores now via Big Indie Records.

If you’re a fan of sparkling harmonies, jangly guitar riffs, pleasant drum beats, and general feel-good vibes, then “She Takes You Under” is the song for you. Reminding us instantly of fellow brits Bombay Bicycle Club, Kidsmoke prove there is nothing quite like a bit of uplifting indie-pop to get you going. Consisting of Lance (vocals/guitar), James (bass/vocals), Sophie (guitar/vocals), and Ash (Drums), the quartet’s harmonies are on point throughout.

Lead guitarist Sophie’s powerful guitar twangs are undeniably infectious and, as a result, it’s no surprise that they’ve been making waves over in the UK for some time now. They’ve also already been making some splashes over here as well, having played SXSW earlier this year and now signed to Austin/London-based label Big Indie Records, we’re sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Kidsmoke in the coming months.

Due to perform as part of Big Indie Big Nights on 12th June 2019 at London’s Two Tribes Brewery, we have high hopes for Kidsmoke and wish them all the best with this fantastic release.

“She Takes You Under” is in stores now via Big Indie Records.

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UK Artist of the Week:
Luke Marshall Black

Sometimes all you you need is a sweet, wholesome piano ballad to sort you out, and that’s exactly what Luke Marshall Black’s “Losing Sleep” is all about.

If you feel like having a good ol’ cry to wipe the toxins away, this is the single for you. Luke’s warm, gritty vocal is full of emotion throughout, soaring effortlessly over the gentle keys of the piano. Fans of the likes of fellow Scot Lewis Capaldi and even Damien Rice will certainly feel at home here, so get the tissues at the ready. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but everyone needs to sing along to a powerful piano ballad every now and again right?

Now based in Bristol, the Glaswegian born singer has been honing his skills for some time, whilst dealing with heartbreak in the process, and as a result, “Losing Sleep” was made. With a slot at the UK’s previous Glastonbury Festival due soon, we’ve got high hopes for this young lad and, who knows, maybe he’ll make it across the pond in the near future too.

“Losing Sleep” is in stores now via Prospect 21.

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UK Artist of the Week: Danny McMahon

This week’s Artist of The Week is the UK’s answer to Keith Urban, well in our opinion anyway. Country singer-songwriter Danny McMahon creates beautifully poignant songs that will pull at your heart-strings and stay in your head for days to come (in a very good way).

Danny’s latest release is a gorgeously nostalgic video for his hit single “When I See You.” The single, written by songwriter Dan Evans, is an emotive tale about Dan’s grandfather who had recently passed away. Fittingly, as a result, the video sees Danny with his own grandfather in a number of clips from family footage over the years.

The single is incredibly moving from the offset, filled with twinkling guitar melodies and Danny’s soft, smooth vocal sounding incredibly honest and pure throughout—so get the tissues at the ready.

With “When I See You” having debuted at number 1 in the UK iTunes country charts, there are extremely high hopes for Danny’s forthcoming EP “Boys Cry Too,” in stores this Friday, and we can’t wait to hear it. Keith Urban better watch his back, that’s all we’re saying.

“Boys Cry Too” is in stores on 24th May 2019 via Puzzle Maker Records.

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