Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and emo has returned. Below are some handpicked independent releases from this month in the form of post hardcore, shoegaze, and folk.

Stone Cold Super Friends

Stone Cold Super Friends 
Zoom Back, Camera!

Uplifting psych/reggae from down under.
Origin: Western Australia
Kindred sounds: Minus The Bear


Violent Dreams album cover for “Serotonin”

Violent Dreams
The Terror

Reflective, hazy, Violent Dreams is a wall of noise with subtle vocals peering through. Check out full EP streaming now available on Bandcamp.
Origin: Liverpool and London, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Slowdive, Tamaryn


Harrison Brome

Harrison Brome
Father Figure

Vulnerability and epic vocals shine in this emotional and slow dance number, featuring production by Pomo.
Origin: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Kindred sounds: Chet Faker, M83, Liss


Tokyo Tea Room album art for “Forever Out of Time”

Tokyo Tea Room
Forever Out of Time

Formulaic psych pop served up, best on a warm breezy day.
Origin: Canterbury, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Melody’s Echo Chamber, Tame Impala


Album art for “The Swans”

Dust of Us
The Swans

Pensive adult contemporary by a brother duo.
Origin: Sydney, Australia
Kindred sounds: Lifehouse, Duncan Sheik, From Indian Lakes


Album artwork for Bells Atlas

The Bells Atlas
The Khamsa

Immersive psych r&b- the fusion you never knew you needed until now.
Origin: Oakland, United States
Kindred sounds: Little Dragon


Album artwork for “Pandora”

Equal Echo

Bouncy neo-soul from Tom Misch collaborator Alexa Harley and producer Hector Plimmer.
Origin: London, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Men I Trust


Second Guess

Sanguine shoegaze from a metropolis bedroom.
Origin: New York City, United States
Kindred sounds: Brian Jonestown Massacre


Album artwork for “At Arm’s Length” by Arms That Fit Like Legs

Arms That Fit Like Legs
At Arm’s Length

Melancholic post-rock meets indie-electro in “At Arm’s Length“, a rare treat from long time musicians Arms That Fit Like Legs.
Origin: Dublin, Ireland
Kindred sounds: Tycho


Album artwork for Language Arts

Language Arts
Against The Wind

Electro pop gem with mystical synths and authentic vocals.
Origin: Toronto, Canada
Kindred sounds: Metric, Metronomy, Little Boots


Album artwork for SYSTM OVLD

Mark James III

Romantic beats, tencho funk weirdness, and silky harmonies smooth out this soulful jam.
Origin: New York City, United States
Kindred sounds: D’Angelo, Thundercat


Portrait of GEO

It Never Rains

Chill jazz with a foreceful rhythm, Geo‘s “It Never Rains” is the serenade song of spring.
Origin: Los Angeles, United States
Kindred sounds: Bonobo


Album artwork for Elvar’s album “Daydreaming”

Everybody Party

Sentimental shoegaze with a 90’s/folk atmosphere.
Origin: Iceland
Kindred sounds: Olden Yolk, Nick Drake


Portrait of Teal Moss

Teal Moss

Exquisite folk pop that will leave you feeling some kind of way.
Origin: Denton, United States
Kindred sounds: Jay Som, Andy Shauf, Craft Spells


Album artwork for Fold’s “We’re The Ones”

All Waken Finally to Being Human

Cryptic downtempo jazz with messages of empowered women as the centerpiece.
Leeds, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Zero 7, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo


Portrait of Mykimono

Silent Enemy

Lo-fi folk pop musicians Mykimono croons a cryptic lullaby in “Silent Enemy”.
Origin: L’Aquila, Italy
Kindred sounds: Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls


Portrait of War Strings

War Strings
My Alien Heart

Familiar and charmingly distorted vocals flesh out the melody of this bold track.
Origin: Los Angeles, United States
Kindred sounds: The Strokes


Album artwork for Chalk Hands.

Chalk Hands

This one’s for emo kidsadults. A brilliant, intricately laid out single from the split with Okänt (Sweden) and Reveries (USA), “Charm” is the motivational anthem your inner teen craves.
Origin: Brighton, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: MewithoutYou, Modern Life Is War, Have Heart


Album artwork for “Mandarin”

Organised Scum

Legendary life coach Tom Duggins, percussion freak Sean Canty, and bass operator Tom Williams comprise Organised Scum, UK’s latest jittery rock pop band. Mandarin‘s essence is simple: nothing really matters, so have fun before you die.
Origin: Canterbury, United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Modest Mouse, Django Django, Andy Bernard


Album artwork for “For A Reason”

For A Reason

Atmospheric psychedelic haze with shrouded feminine vocals.
Origin: United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Tamaryn


Album artwork for Arctween

Shapes and Thoughts

There’s nothing serious about this seriously good dance track except you should seriously listen to it right now.
Origin: Portugal
Kindred sounds: Todd Terje


Eamonn Watts
Drive on, Sunday child

Lo-fi loops ideal for meditative applications.
Origin: United Kingdom
Kindred sounds: Warren Xclnce, Ta-Ku



Avi Snow & IRO

A charming + romantic pop song that you can either dance or cry to.
Origin: United States
Kindred sounds: Asgeir, Chet Faker



Jackson Davis
Hold My Hand

Cheerful psych-pop for lovers that was written, recorded, and produced in Jackson’s Chicago apartment.
Origin: United States
Kindred sounds: Beck, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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