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Indie Roundup | 14 Tracks To Be Thankful For This Long Weekend

Stuff yourself with treats from Ali Barter, Andre Ethier, Anjulie and plenty more.

Ali Barter goes big, Anjulie refills your water, André Ethier has a frog in his throat, Conjurer have no one to thank and more in today’s Roundup. It’s El Camino time, bitches!

1 | Ali Barter | Big Ones

THE PRESS RELEASE: “One week out from her highly anticipated second album Hello, I’m Doing My Best, Ali Barter has shared the fourth single Big Ones and its accompanying video. Dodging the pressures placed on us by work, school, our relationships and ourselves is a constant dance, and Barter uses her frank lyricism as fancy footwork to curve negative vibes on Big Ones. Of the track, Barter says: “I wrote Big Ones during a time when I was sorting through the stress of expectation. Expectations from the people I work with, people I live with and mainly the ones I was putting on myself. So the song is essentially about opinions.”

2 | Anjulie | Holy Water

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Award-winning Canadian, Guyanese and Indian songstress Anjulie premieres a sensual, colourful video for Holy Water, her exciting collaboration with Mexican mega-star and multiple-Grammy award-winning singer Natalia Lafourcade. The song written by Anjulie, Natalia Lafourcade, and Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike also features Nigerian rapper Phyno. Directed by Clément Oberto, the visuals were inspired by artist Jana Brike’s hyper-visual, sensationally and sexually charged work. Explains Anjulie, “When I was thinking about the concept for the Holy Water video I was looking at Jana Brike’s artwork. Natalia and I shared some screenshots of her paintings in the studio when we were recording, then I sent them to Clément Oberto who directed the video. He loved the concept of flowers and came up with a beautiful treatment. It was really fun to make. I’ve never danced inside a vagina tunnel before.”

3 | André Ethier | Froggy

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Ex-Deadly Snakes frontman André Ethier celebrates the release of Croak In The Weeds with the new video for Froggy. On the track, Ethier says : “It’s like Froggy Went a Courtin’ except this time Froggy is courtin’ existential collapse.“ On the LP, Ethier explains: “I was imagining a pond at the swamp. A pond gets murkier the deeper you dive. Frogs are amphibians. They’re in and out of the pond like it’s no big deal, but we stay mostly on the shore and only peer in. Then, when the weather is right, the pond rises in a mist and we can breathe it too. We can be in the pond but also on the shore.”

4 | Conjurer | Thankless

THE PRESS RELEASE:Conjurer have released their new video for Thankless, taken from their globally acclaimed debut LP Mire. The band comment: “This video was captured over summer 2019 and a multitude of shows and festivals we were a part of. Thank you for the continued support.” Shot by Joe Guppy / JG Visuals, the new video demonstrates the impressively busy year Conjurer have had, marking their rise as one of the UK’s exciting new metal bands. Two tours of North America, with Rivers of Nihil and then Revocation and Voivod, bookended Conjurer’s Download Festival debut and triumphant collaborative Curse These Metal Hands release with Pijn.”


5 | Jean-Michel Blais | Le Souper

THE PRESS RELEASE: “French-Canadian composer and pianist Jean-Michel Blais will release the soundtrack to Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film release Matthias & Maxime on Oct. 25. Today, Blais shares a performance of Le Souper. Swiftly written in just a few minutes, Le Souper was born from Xavier’s desire to add mandolin over the piano. Although cut from the final film edit, this simple and sensitive piece, tinged with a sweet melancholy, convinced us that it should remain on the album. Directly approached by Dolan, Blais was eager to take on the project: “I was touched, moved, incredulous… without reading the script, I accepted right away. Growing up with every single movie [Dolan] has made, it was a simple choice for me cancel my vacations and get to work. Following a fairly unorthodox process, we ended up keeping the demos, improvised in the studio – variations on a Schubert theme – creating a cohesive musical soundscape that Xavier used during the shoot and the editing period.”

6 | Kadavar | Demons in My Mind

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Berlin, Germany-based rock overlords Kadavar release their new album For The Dead Travel Fast today. In conjunction with the album the band also release the brand new video for the song Demons In My Mind.”

7 | Blood Eagle | Impact Irreversible

THE PRESS RELEASE:Blood Eagle recently released their first of three EPs that will combine to make up To Ride In Blood and Bathe in Greed. The Denmark-based death metal band is comprised of former members of Volbeat, Mnemic, Hatesphere, Illdisposed, and Raunchy. Today the band releases the visualizer for the song Impact Irreversible. The band comments, “Impact Irreversible is the third song we ever wrote. The very first two songs we ever wrote were just classic death metal. Then we started experimenting with our sound and the outcome is Impact Irreversible. It’s one of those that just got pieced together, first with the main riff in protools, then the rest in the rehearsal. It’s one of the strongest songs on the album, with heavy triplets riffs, blast beats and some atmospheric black metal elements.”

8 | Max Styler | Echo Over Me

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Uplifting piano house melodies and earworm vocal hooks provide a strong foundation on Max Styler‘s club-focused offering Echo Over Me. Max Styler is making some of the best music of his career, with a streak of radio-friendly house records what highlight his diverse arsenal of euphoric textures and inspiring melodies.With Echo Over Me, Styler continues his run of infectious, dancefloor fillers, taking over airwaves and nightclubs one song at a time.”

9 | The 69 Eyes | Burn Witch Burn

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Last month, Helsinki vampires The 69 Eyes released their 30-year-anniversary album West End, and immediately hit #1 in the Finnish charts. With plenty of tour dates in Europe and the USA at the horizon, the band is getting ready for the Halloween season and so should you – it’s time to let the witches burn! “Burn Witch Burn is a vivid goth rocker before Halloween but also a commentary of the current spirit. Read a book, go out and meet friends. Don’t let the ‘mirror-mirror on the wall’ rule your world!” muses The 69 Eyes’ October-born singer Jyrki.”

10 | Fintan | Better Broken

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Indie-pop singer-songwriter Fintan releases the title track from his upcoming sophomore EP Better Broken due in 2020. Fintan started writing songs at the ‘ripe old age’ of 9, performing countless shows with his brother, sister and father in their family band, performing over a hundred gigs each summer for seven straight years. The O’Brien Family soon progressed from their downtown street corner to playing festivals and international shows in England, Ireland and Germany. Says Fintan, “My goal has always been to be as deeply honest as possible in my music — to take what I create from my most personal feelings, written in the loneliest hours, and make it available for anybody to listen to. It sounds scary, and I suppose it is, but when you really feel that what you’ve made is true to yourself, it’s comforting to know that whoever hears it will understand who you are. All I’ve ever wanted was for my songs to connect with as many people as possible, and hopefully be there for them in the moments when music is the only answer.”

11 | Blanke & Godlands | Hellraiser

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Fusing expansive buildups, melodic interludes and frenetic drops, Australian producers Blanke and Godlands bring new school midtempo energy via Hellraiser. Coming off the release of his Change & Decay EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats label last month, Australian producer Blanke is a master of synthesizing sounds old and new. Collaborating with Blanke is the self-proclaimed ‘hellraiser’ Godlands herself. Sitting at the forefront of Australia’s burgeoning bass music scene, the Adelaide-based musician had an ascendant year with the release of her debut EP, 4 U Only.

12 | Fat Freddy’s Drop | Kamo Kamo

THE PRESS RELEASE: “New Zealand juggernaut Fat Freddy’s Drop announce the release of their new studio album Special Edition Part 1 on Nov. 15 — and without further ado, drop the single Kamo Kamo to whet appetites. The late-night steppers exploration is a modern roots reggae fry-up with buttery vocals, compass point keys, salty snares and horn riffs echoing across the horizons. Kamo Kamo developed and evolved from the band’s celebrated live jam sessions, whilst on the road in front of audiences worldwide.”

13 | Owen Marchildon | She Is a Soil

THE PRESS RELEASE:Owen Marchildon is a Toronto based songwriter and guitarist. He has been part of the Toronto music scene since 2002. Teaming up with long time collaborator Paul Shepherd, Marchildon! just released his new album Fantasy Mirror and the single She Is a Soil. According to Marchildon!, “Fantasy Mirror is a five song character study on the absence of spontaneity, the disenchantment of one’s own reflection and the constant pressure to entertain. A daydream that carries everything outside itself. A hyper sensitive whirlwind of all knowingness, where each personality becomes built like an unprotected iPhone.“

14 | R3HAB & Ella Vos | Exhale

THE PRESS RELEASE: “For R3HAB’s brand new original single Exhale, he collaborated with LA-based, indie-pop singer/songwriter Ella Vos. Exhale is an electronic ballade, perfectly combining signature styles of both artists — dance music production skills of R3HAB and Ella’s velvety voice and dreamy soundscapes.