Thursday has finally arrived and another lockdown is here – to mark the occasion, here is episode two of ‘The Sound Sniffer’s Lockdown Mixtape’.
The aim of this series is to bring underground new music closer to you. We face a challenging winter and nothing beats a cup of tea with some new tunes to rise above any hurdle: Welcome to episode number two.
Mindchatter / Blame Game
Mindchatter‘s debut album ‘Imaginary Audience‘ came out a fortnight ago via Mind of a Genius Records. This fella, who hails from NYC, is one of the leading Electronic Indie artists about nowadays – I’ve been slightly obsessed since hearing an early single called Kerosene. The album is spectacular, filled with weird and wonderful little peaks and troughs. If you haven’t heard him before and like quirky, up-beat electronic music, don’t miss out. I could have picked ten tracks to post here but I’ve decided on Blame Game.
Genre: Indie Electronic
Neev / Excuse Me
Ah yes, no list would be complete without something from London-Based songwriter Neev. Originally from Scotland, Neev is one of my favourite folk musicians. Excuse Me is her latest tune and is typically well crafted. I’ve seen her play on numerous occasions in the capital, each time captivated by her sound. Give it a listen.
Promise & The Monster / Closed My Eyes
Closed My Eyes is a cinematic piece from Swedish songstress Promise & The Monster (Billie Lindahl). If you close your eyes while listening to this one, you’ll be transported directly onto a desert film set. It’s got a wild west feel to it, a sound not dissimilar to US duo Bad Flamingo. Got to love the eerie atmosphere.
Genre: Indie / Western Folk
Ground Loops / I Don’t Think He Remembers
Ground Loops is a new musical project created by TC Brownwell, one third of New York band Wild Pink. He has gone out on his own here and it doesn’t sound half bad. I Don’t Think He Remembers is a really catchy tune, think The Cure and Joy Division – I’ve listened to this a fair bit in recent weeks, it grew. The vocals are quite droll while the melodies and percussion provide contrast – Nice.
Genre: LoFi Rock / Bedroom Indie
Elskavon & John Hayes / Vermillion
On November 20, these two Minneapolis composers release a much awaited collaboration album titled ‘Du Nord‘. I came across their single Vermillion a little while back and instantly fell in love. It’s a wash of plucky strings, piercing percussion and brooding bass. Haven’t heard many tunes like this one, it’s unique and that’s rare nowadays. Cheers lads.
Blood Root / O.H.E
I realised that I loved the music of Nashville’s Blood Root a year ago. I think it was her debut single ‘Conversations‘ that did it. I’ve been meaning to write a little piece in support of her latest EP ‘Crux‘ for ages but just couldn’t find the right time – Life has been manic this year to say the least. O.H.E is my standout from the new EP – it has an incredibly catchy chorus. Sometimes I randomly whistle out this song as I walk around London. If I lived in Nashville, I’d be at all of her gigs. A talent.
Genre: Indie Folk
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The Sound Sniffer is a one-man music blog which is still only a baby – Founded and run by Kevin Coakley in early 2019. He is a music writer and ghostwriter. ‘The Sound Sniffer’ also runs gigs and showcases in London since Oct 2019. The showcases are picked from artists found in the blogs submission inbox.
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