1. Cult Of Luna – ‘Lay Your Head to Rest’ 

Cult Of Luna gained popularity since their very early days in 1998. This year they signed with Metal Blade Records and are about to release ‘A Dawn to Fear‘ on September 20th.

Mary Kalaitzidou

  1. HXXS – ‘Learner’

Returning to ‘normality’, after the looong summer break, and what have we got here? Debut single off a debut album from a band called HXXS. Expect a bold dose of experimentation, glitchy dark pop melodies, eerie female vocals and 80s no wave structure (kind of). The fact that ‘Learner‘ reminded me (a bit) of a favorite, obscure 80s band named 3 Teens Kill 4, is leaving me full of expectations for their debut.

Year Of The Witch‘ is out within next month on Captured Tracks.

This is what HXXS say about the track: “‘Learner’ is about adaptability and looking within yourself to do whatever you need to do in order to survive. A mantra for moving forward. Whether the devil is inside of you, or someone else. Coming to terms and being able to see that and adapt as necessary as part of survival.”

Christos Doukakis

  1. Blushing – ‘Control’

We feel more than pleased that one of our Emerging acts (around 2 and a half years ago discovered) Blushing (check also their late 2017 interview) have evolved in one of the best and distinctive shoegaze/dream pop bands, and ‘Control‘ is a sublime sample of their just released debut self-titled album. Austin band mixed coldwave, shoegaze and dream pop in the best proportions and the outcome is an addictive tune to sing-along for the rest of the Autumn. Lovely! Check it out below…

Christos Doukakis

  1. A House Safe For Tigers – ‘Bumblebee’

Coming straight from the u/g indie scene of Buffalo, New York, A House Safe For Tigers (the brainchild of songwriters Mark Costantino & Brandon Delmont) are offering us ‘Bumblebee‘, an ear-melting indie pop tune to get lost in with its catchy melodies and laid-back vibes. However, if you pay attention to the lyrics, this gem is dealing with anxiety issues. Close your eyes, put on your headphones and let it all go. The best sedative is here. It’s called ‘Bumblebee‘. On repeat!

Christos Doukakis

  1. The Holeum – ‘Protoconciousness’

The Holeum from Spain take their name from the astrophysic theory about dark matter and black holes, an inspiration which affects also their music. Their second album ‘Sublime Emptiness‘ is already out by Lifeforce Records.

Mary Kalaitzidou

Compiled by Mary Kalaitzidou & Christos Doukakis