Oscar: “Open Up”
London based artist Oscar crafts fresh and breezy guitar pop, straight from his bedroom. His most recent love song “Open Up" kicks off with the words I don’t want to tell the truth / I don’t want to lose you, something that immediately sounds very recognizable to all of us. His melodies are utterly convincing after one single play, just like Oscar’s deep and well-balanced voice. Overall, “Open Up" is a lovely lo-fi pop song full of sun-drenched harmonies and crisp synths, and is definitely worth your time now that spring is in the air.
This summer, Oscar is going to release his first EP, out on newly installed label Brown Rice. We’ll certainly keep you up-to-date on his EP. — Johan Baeten
Beach Heart: “Hold On, Let Go”
Louisville-based musician Beach Heart put out a stunning effort with his “The End EP” on Bandcamp last week. While all songs do have something special, the EP’s first track "Hold On, Let Go" caught us the most.
Imagine a mixture of lo-fi production, Owl-City-esque vocals and shimmering melodies, combined with a small but solid dose of shoegaze – that’s what this track is like. It’s chilling and somehow disturbing at the same time. It’s a worthwhile ride. — Lukas Hermann
We vaguely remember writing about Stockholm’s Colleagues back in November 2012, when the five-piece dropped their first single “Parents’ House”. After not hearing too much from their side last year, Colleagues now return with “Tears”, an absolute synth pop standout, which sometimes recalls us of the likes of San Francisco outfit Lemonade. On “Tears”, vivid vocals match brilliantly well with dynamic synthesizers, while sparkling beats capture a summer vibe we’re all so much looking forward to.
Colleagues’ debut single Tears / Parents’ House is out on April 14th via London’s brand new label In Stereo Records. — Johan Baeten