Mid-July brings a plethora of beautiful music with it and below we’ve highlighted four tracks we discovered this week. From soulful guitar pop to deftly performed indie to lofi London rap, each track this week has its own unique and addictive flavour. As always, click on the pics for a listen.
Hana Vu – Maker
With a melodic, guitar pop-driven underbelly, Hana Vu’s sound is unmistakenly pretty yet full of depth. With hints of Angel Olsen to her vocal talents, Maker dances along gently plucked guitar whilst the layers ebb and flow beautifully to allow the track to breathe where necessary. It really is Hana’s vocals that do the most heavy-lifting here, finding melodies others would miss but still playful and elegant. A wonderful track.
Abby Power – Count Blessings
Rapper and songwriter Abby Power shows what she’s all about with new track, Count Blessings. With a neo-soul, lofi underbelly, the track takes the listener on a deep and meaningful journey as Abby spits lyrics of late summer evenings, warm breezes, and the night air. The relaxing nature is only heightened by the artist’s interesting and vibrant wordplay which is always used in interesting ways.
Katie Toupin – Astronaut
Astronaut is about the dreamer living in everyone. Set against intermittent fuzzy guitars and a thumping drumbeat, Toupin’s vocals skate over the top of settled flowing melodies bringing the dreamy and uplifting sound together in an appealing way. The piano is subtle enough and perfectly balanced to guide the escapist atmosphere of the track forward with the later synths perfectly used to entice that sense of wonder.
Seafoam Green – Swimming in the Paint
This new track from Seafoam Green boasts an instantly addictive yet quirky sound that just has an overall sense of fun. With a variety of strong vocal harmonies that bring the track to life, Swimming in the Paint uses keyboards/clav to add to the soulful sound that is only heightened in its quieter and stripped-back sections. Definitely a track for those summer vibes.