1. Morcheeba  – ‘Sounds of Blue’

The British, pioneering indie electronic/trip-hop band Morcheeba are back with  the lead single ‘Sounds of Blue‘  from their upcoming studio album ‘Blackest Blue‘ due April 23rd. All the elements we have appreciated from day 1, are in this dope single: Impeccable vocals, engaging, moody vibes, effortless melodies and poignant lyrics. On repeat!

Christos Doukakis

  1. Monitors – ‘Previously…’

Paris-based band Monitors is an outfit born out from three cultures: Liverpool. Paris. Ex-Yugoslavia. Furthermore, the strongest bond of those dies is the friendship, and this is more than audible in the latest single  ‘Previously…‘, off their upcoming EP ‘The War Office‘. The track is a well balanced, and cleverly produced, blend of post punk with synth-pop, and contains one of the catchiest choruses, reminiscent of ‘The Point At Which It Falls Apart‘-era Mesh.

Christos Doukakis

  1. Sapphire Blues – ‘Daydream’ 

Bristol-based post punk trio Sapphire Blues, – Sam Lance Jones (vocals, guitar), Harry Beaver, (bass) & Chris Thompson (percussion)-, is back with its latest killer track ‘Daydream‘. The song was ‘inspired by a book not worth reading and the age-old story of being overworked and underpaid. Lyrically, the song was pieced together over a fair few years of struggling to make ends meet. It touches upon the ever-increasing prescription of anti-depressant drugs and how they, in my own experience, serve to make you cold-blooded in the face of menial work; making it all the more bearable, thus enslaving the human spirit‘.

Dystopic, ‘lightless’, post punk for the pandemic era…

Christos Doukakis

  1. KALI – ‘Lucy’

Next up we meet with the 16 year old prodigy KALI (her full name is Kali Flanagan) and the ear-melting ‘Lucy‘.  Having grown up playing recitals and covering Beatles songs, KALI sounds more than capable of  creating sunshine indie pop while the fresh of her youth is perfectly expressed.

The accompanying video, ‘directed by Zealand Yancy and Sophia Ziskin who also directed KALI’s first visual, captures this sentiment perfectly as it documents the beginnings of KALI and Lucy’s romance‘.

Adorable!

Christos Doukakis

  1. Whiner  – ‘Dog’

Fell instantly in love with this one…. New Jersey band Whiner don’t seem to give a rat’s ass about any kind of hype,  nor trend; They do not care to sound cool. They play music for real people, and they are not afraid to express themselves via their music and unleash all that lost emotion and drama in the social media/pandemic era.

Dog‘ is an indie “sentimental vortex”, closer to the 90s brit rock sound of underrated bands like Mansun and Puressence. Regarding the lyrics, ‘Dog’ is a song about heartbreak. It calls back to the old saying: “ That sometimes it’s best to let a sleeping dog lay”.

Once a 90s indie kid… Always one!

Christos Doukakis

Compiled by Christos Doukakis