Friday Releases Feb 12, 2021


February 12, 2021

Sarpa Salpa - Another Life

Ah! We are so happy to find Sarpa Salpa! We had missed them! What's great about their songs is that in less than 3 seconds, you shake your head and you want to get up to dance. Incredible, right? 

Incredible energy and choruses that stay in our minds for days, this is Sarpa Salpa's magical recipe. And every time, it works!

Another Life, released today, is no exception. The track confirms once again that Sarpa Salpa is a group of exceptional quality, which masters everything from start to finish, from the writing to the melody, and down to the smallest detail.

Have you ever been in love to the point of sacrificing everything that matters to you? And to forget yourself? "Another Life" tells us about these relationships where everything seems to work fine, with one detail: when there is one who invests more than the other, there's a problem.

Lyrics which finally tackles a somewhat desperate theme, the one-sided relationship, but with an overall joyful melody. Playing with contrasts is Sarpa Salpa's specialty. And again, it is successful.

Included in our "Indie Pop" playlist, and played daily on the Indie Music Radio.

Sarpa Salpa's point of view

Another life tackles the idea of being completely head over heels in love with somebody, devoting everything to them. However, despite the warning signs, you cannot bring yourself to admit that your love is unrequited, your optimism outweighing what you know - that you’ll never quite have the love you’re giving reciprocated

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More about Sarpa Salpa

The band kicked off 2020 with the release of their debut EP ‘Say Something’ and managed to sneak in a 10-date tour in February just before coronavirus struck. Despite missing out on several major festival opportunities including a BBC Introducing slot at the Great Escape Festival, Sarpa Salpa continued to grow against the odds with the release of the disco tinged ‘Forwards Backwards’ and indie banger ‘Stick to What You Know’ scoring them a slot at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend virtual festival.

The singles continued Sarpa Salpa’s run of radio success with extensive support from BBC Introducing, Radio X & BBC 6 Music as well as particular support from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders giving the band 2 ‘Next Wave’ features and crowning ‘Forwards Backwards’ track his Tune of the Week in June, consistently playing the band on his show for 12 weeks straight. This national radio exposure attracted the attention of the Student Radio Association who added both tracks to their curated Spotify “Student’s Union” & Deezer “Campus Sounds” playlists in addition to their official playlist for over 100 University radio stations around the UK.

The SRA further showed their support for the band placing them in their ‘Student Radio Association Class of 2021’ indicating their continued support over the coming year on the huge network of student radio stations alongside the likes of Inhaler / Martha Gunn / Arlo Parks / Kenny Hoopla & Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard. Sarpa Salpa ended the year on a high in the form of a grant from the PPL Momentum Music Fund in December.

This grant, supported by PRS Foundation, PPL, Spotify UK, Creative Wales, and Arts Council Northern Ireland has enabled the band to continue to progress by funding the recording, mixing, mastering, and promotion of their sophomore EP. Additionally, this funding will back the release of the EP on vinyl and help the band promote the release through a series of live dates in 2021 both socially distanced and hopefully as regular gigs towards the end of the year.

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Fly the Nest - Old Street Lover

My teenage years were the early 2000s. And I built myself up listening to bands like The Killers, Stereophonics, Kings of Leon. This kind of band that really has a soul and a very strong identity, and which no longer really exists today. Be careful, don't get me wrong, when I say "doesn't really exist anymore", I'm not talking about bands, I'm talking about the soul. Of course, some of them still make music, but I find that the spirit is not the same. It lacks authenticity and spontaneity. And we find them at Fly the Nest.

With one big difference: Fly the Nest is not a band, it is a solo artist. And being able to do it all yourself as he does is just fantastic. Stephen Cooper started playing music at a young age, and you can hear it. The experience is there. Except that unlike the previously mentioned bands, he has not lost his authenticity and his generosity.

"Old Street Lover" is what we call a banger. A very captivating melody from the first seconds of the intro, a voice recognizable among millions, and above all, a song that makes you want to stand up and shake your head while pretending to play the guitar.

If you recently lost a connection with someone, the track may speak to you. A little retro side, which is not unpleasant, mixed with modern production techniques, and the result is amazing. We love it.

Included in our "Indie Rock" playlist, and of course, you will now hear this amazing track on the Indie Music Radio.

Fly the Nest's point of view

This song is about having a connection with someone that’s ultimately lost. Though it hurts to see it end, you really do wish them the best and hope they find what they’re looking for.” The verses of the song tell the story of the day that it all comes to an end. They outline hard conversations that are had and looking back on shared memories. The narrator knows that they have to let it go. The uplifting choruses express the hope that the other person finds happiness, comfort, and satisfaction with what they decide to do. Though you’re parting ways, you still see so much potential in the other person, heard in the lines, “you’ve got it!” And though you’ll miss them, you genuinely still believe in them and their dreams. Maybe you’ll even find your way back to each other one day.

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More about Fly the Nest

Dublin native Fly the Nest (Stephen Cooper) started playing music at a young age, performing in various bands before starting solo project Fly the Nest, a name inspired by the many adventures music has led him on. As well as writing and releasing his own music, Stephen also writes for sync and says that writing for film and TV has opened up another facet of his creativity. Stephen now spends his time between Ireland and Denmark, and gigs regularly across Scandinavia. 2021 is proving to be another big year for Stephen, who is known for wide, cinematic songs and precise songwriting.

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Willemijn May - Just Me

It was on June 8, 2018, that the Dutch artist Willemijn May was presented to you for the first time on IMC, with the song "Make-Believe". It's crazy how time flies. And since then, the young singer has come a long way. She is now approaching 300K monthly listeners on Spotify. It is always a great pleasure to see my artists evolve and grow, and above all, to see that they still think of us once they have "grown-up". Here is "Just Me", her new single, which is released today.

And, I'll be 100% honest with you: I had a big crush. The chorus is so catchy, and the lyrics are so touching, that it's not impossible that you shed a tear. I would have warned you.

And now I'm going to be 1000% honest with you and tell you a secret. My girlfriend has a huge self-confidence problem. She does not accept herself as she is, she is always afraid of the image she will convey to others, and she is always afraid of not being up to the task. While she's just ... wonderful. In short, she feels "a little lost" all the time. But after all, she's just her. This is why the "That's just me" sentence, at the end of the chorus, speaks so much to me because I would really like her to understand that we are as we are. And you first have to love yourself in order to enjoy life to the fullest. And that's why the tears came so easily to me while listening. Because I'm also lost and never know how to help her. So I think that making her listen to this song is the best gift I can give her, two days before Valentine's Day.

Well, here, it was my personal case, but if this amazing song spoke to me, it will speak to many of you. And if you, too, know someone who has difficulty accepting themselves, let them listen to this masterpiece. Because yes, I am not afraid to say it, with its production pushed to the smallest detail, the angelic voice of Willemijn May, and the moving lyrics, we can speak of a masterpiece. Also, the music video is amazing. Featuring beautiful girls who are not really happy with their imperfections, finally accepting themselves and smiling. My girlfriend could have been one of them. After Kahone Concept's "Hylow", released on January 8th, "Just Me" is my second favorite song this year.

Included in our "Indie Pop" playlist, and we have the pleasure to play this incredible song on the Indie Music Radio.

Willemijn May's point of view

“There’s a part of me, a version of the person that is also me.” This song is about me as well as everyone who feels they sometimes hide a little bit of themselves. The first few lines of the song came to me right after I woke up one day. The lyrics and melody flowed out so naturally because the feeling was and is natural. We are all a little afraid to feel or show ourselves fully sometimes. I might not always feel insecure consciously, but unconsciously I’m always thinking about what people think of me, if they like me and what if they don’t? With this song, I want to share that feeling with you. The feeling of being afraid to show your whole you, because showing all might cause you to get hurt more easily, yet having the greatest urge inside you to just let go and be you, just you with all your perfect imperfections.

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More about Willemijn May

No bullsh*t, just the truth and nothing less. In her songs, singer-songwriter Willemijn May (1998) combines total honesty with world-class songwriting and unique style. She had her breakthrough in her native, The Netherlands with her debut single Fire and the age of 15. A few years later and with 2 EP's under her belt (Willow Tree and Chapter 18) she scored worldwide hits with Mike Perry (Don't Hide), OLWIK (La La Light), and Tough Love (Crazy). With 50 million streams to her name, she's ready for more.

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Andrew Patterson - Normal People

Let's go to Belfast, Ireland, to meet Andrew Patterson. A complete artist full of talent. If you don't feel "normal" right now, then you are going to love this song. "Maybe there's no more people like us" is what I sometimes say to myself about the blog, when I feel like a dinosaur who keeps writing his thoughts while everyone reviews songs with "cat head" filters on TikTok. So at my level, the song spoke to me. But with the current context, and the situation where the Earth has almost stopped spinning for a year, the song is likely to speak to thousands of people. With decidedly folk roots, perfectly mastered vocals, and a super catchy chorus, "Normal People" will stick in your head all weekend, and maybe more. There is only one thing that bothers me about Andrew: his number of monthly listeners on Spotify. He deserves a lot more. So if you liked this track, you know what you have to do! .

Included in our "Indie Folk" playlist, and of course, you will now hear this amazing track on the Indie Music Radio.

Andrew Patterson's point of view

Also inspired by my own journey, the song is a call to the struggle in each of us to fit in despite all of our quirks and insecurities. The realisation becomes that really, no one is truly normal, and everyone is searching for the same sense of belonging

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More about Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson has been releasing music and gigging regularly across Dublin and Belfast for the last five years. Known for anthemic yet intimate songs of love and hope, his 2019 EP “Out of Babylon” was met with critical acclaim. 2020 saw Andrew writing new songs and ideas that would speak into the current worldview, and sharing these pieces to a growing audience. As a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme funding, Andrew has been thankful for the opportunity to bring these songs to life.

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tara-bridget - Eighteen Again

Have you already thought of going back in time? What if you could be 18 again? This is what this song is all about. Normally, when you write that kind of song, you're as old as I am, at least. I'm 33. And like many of you, I have some regrets about some choices and decisions I made. For sure, if I could go back in time and be 18 again, and above all, knowing everything I know today, I wouldn't do the same mistakes again. But the funny thing here is that tara-bridget wrote this song before her nineteenth birthday. Like a projection in her future. That's what I call a creative artist.

Of course, loads of things happen between 18 and 33 (33 is just an example), like people you love passed away, or some friends are gone really far from you. Or you're gone really far from them. Honestly? I miss this era. When I was able to stay locked in my bedroom for hours, listening to good old Coldplay's songs. That was authentic. We didn't have social media and we were happy though. tara-bridget didn't make this song in her bedroom, but almost: "Eighteen Again was recorded at my home, at my desk, in my attic", as she said. Okay, I have to admit that my bedroom was a part of the attic.

To be honest, I don't really like to put sticks on people, and on a song in general. We've included it in our pop section, but it could also be considered as lo-fi rock or even shoegaze. For the artist, when people like me who has difficulties saying what genre the song is, it's a huge advantage. It means you succeeded in creating your own musical universe. Good point.

Included in our "Indie Pop" playlist, played daily with a huge pleasure on the Indie Music Radio.

tara-bridget's point of view

Eighteen Again is about an age left behind, one that is to be reconciled with its growth while also grieving the immaturity it enabled. It's the coming-of-age song that doesn't celebrate being a teenager - it mourns it. But that doesn't mean to say the party is over by any means. I learned that through making the song

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More about tara-bridget

tara-bridget is the performance appellation of the project created by Tara Bridget B, hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Budding on Soundcloud in late 2017, and re-emerging from the lo-fi indie-pop genre in mid-2018, her audience gravitated to her dream-like vocals and layered attitudes in demos Anne Marie and dream boi / dream boi (pt.2) and stuck around to graze new sounds, synths, styles. Then came her re-invented single in 2020 - Something Other, giving her nod to indie rock, gradually earning recognition and open arms from new fans and critics. She really appreciates that. “Tara-Bridget’s mature sound and raw vocals make her a standout pick on the digital music platform, and she’s certainly a highly talented force to be reckoned with. Confidently coining her elevated techniques in her April release “Something Other” and with plenty of new projects on the way, the 18-year-old singer is claiming her place in today’s ever-evolving musical landscape.” -V Magazine, 2020.

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Caroline Richardson - Goldmine

A simple piano and a voice, that's all Caroline Richardson offer to start this wonderful song. “Goldmine” is only the third single from the Los Angeles artist. Worth knowing that her debut single "Malibu" is now approaching 100k streams on Spotify. The artist, new to the indie scene, is already growing very quickly.

In Goldmine, you find everything you love about a pop song: a catchy tune, a fantastic melody, and lyrics that are good for the mind. “Boy you're a goldmine, how did you take what's mine?”, Caroline sings in the chorus.

A song that explores the sometimes delicate transition between two relationships, especially when the previous one was more toxic than beneficial. We've all been there before, and the emotions we feel at that moment are sometimes confused.

You will probably recognize yourself in these words. Caroline captivates with her charm and delicacy.

She is an artist that we will follow closely because she may well surprise us in the months/years to come.

Included in our "Indie Pop" playlist, and we're really proud to play this track on the Indie Music Radio.

Caroline Richardson's point of view

This single, "goldmine", evolved in the process of healing from a tough breakup and the transition to a new relationship. The theme is freedom and healing - I grew up wanting to be that Disney princess who was rescued from the tower. Our culture teaches us that the right relationship will heal us. But that hasn't been my experience. Another human cannot heal you. But they can love you through the hurt. Freedom is being loved not in spite of your past, but because of it. He didn't heal me. He just was himself and proved his genuine goodness and trustworthiness over time - no matter how much I searched for there to be lies/bad hidden underneath it all. His steady, true, pure heart allowed me to grow and move forward in freedom.

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More about Caroline

Caroline grew up in Texas listening to Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw with her mom, and the Beatles, John Denver, and James Taylor with her dad. Not one genre influenced her more than another - she finds the heart of music and the depth of relatability comes through powerful storytelling; and that transcends genres. Songwriting and lyrics have always been where her ear gravitates first. Songwriting influences are Maggie Rogers, Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Lizzy McAlpine, Phoebe Bridgers, and John Mayer.

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Flo Chase - Everywhere With Me

It's not even been a month since we introduced you to "More of You" by Flo Chase. And it is with a nice surprise that we woke up this morning. A new single and a new video from our singer who lives in California. Flo grew up speaking French, like us, and over time has become a great friend.

Much calmer than "More of You" or "Spinning Wheel", this new track reveals a side of Flo Chase that we had missed: the romantic. Yes, well, that's right, girls, he's a handsome kid. And besides, he's very creative. "Everywhere With Me" is the declaration of love that everyone needs. Two days before Valentine's Day, that's perfect!

The song builds up until incredible fireworks with haunting backing vocals and then ends up with a very calm and smoothing final part.

Flo also takes care of the visual side. The music video is incredible and very professional.

Another masterpiece by MISTER Flo Chase. This artist will become really big and we still believe in his huge potential. Watch him closely!

Included in our "Indie Pop" playlist, and of course, you will now hear this amazing track on the Indie Music Radio.

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