Indie Roundup | 17 Songs To Make Your Monday Better

Start your week with The Orb, Zolle, Weeklings, Suntitle and plenty more goodness.

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The Orb leave you dazed, Zolle get animated, The Weeklings reach for the triple, Suntitle go big and more in today’s Roundup. Time to get a move on:


1 | The Orb | Daze

THE PRESS RELEASE: “March 27 brings Abolition of the Royal Familia, the 17th album by The Orb, featuring prolific electronic godfather Alex Paterson and his rotating roster of collaborative cohorts. It forms part two of a pair – a continuation of the same “anything goes” ethos as the previous, critically-acclaimed 2018 longplayer No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds. The journey commences in a light mood with the breezy Balearica of Daze, whose psychedelic video tells the tale of Alex’s dog Ruby and what happens when she gets her snout in Orb-branded honey. Blasting off in her doghouse/rocketship that she commandeers with Alex and Michael, she lands on the moon and promptly gets on the dance floor at the Atomic Dog disco before returning to Earth to her master. A “trip” indeed.”


2 | Zolle | S’offre

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Italian noise-laden heavy rock duo Zolle announce the release of their fourth studio album Macello this April 3. Blending a Torche-like sound and rousing stadium dynamics à la AC/DC, headbang-inducing first single S’offre is a fun watch, go for it now! Just like the entire Macello album, S’offre is a nutty piece of loudness drawn and animated by Italian artists Berlikete and Marcello Lega. The song deals with dark topics, paradoxically depicted with tiny crazy childish characters in the video. Zolle explain: “Macello (Italian word for “slaughterhouse”, but means also “mess” or “shindy”) is the crudest expression, in all senses, of the coexistence of end and beginning, death and life, absence and presence, tragedy and opportunity. A significant place, a time suspended, a powerful ritual, a real mess.”


3-5 | The Weeklings | 3

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Asbury Park, NJ foursome The Weeklings has shared three new videos for the title track of their new (and third) studio album 3 out now – three wildly different takes on what it’s like to have your heart broken in three. One 3 video finds fans from across the globe alongside Willie Nile and Michael Imperioli + Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos, all of whom submit their best Tik Tok dance routine. The second takes a trip down to the Jersey Shore boardwalk. The final creation is an animated lyric video where the biff bam pow! Marvel Comics aesthetic meets Yellow Submarine.”


6 | Suntitle | Big Jawn

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Following the band’s 2018 debut release, The Loss Of, South Jersey’s Suntitle hit the ground running with a consistently strong series of successful tours spanning the United States, and quickly returned to the studio to work on their next effort. Having shared the stage with countless bands, the ‘big rock’ outfit shows no sign of slowing down, and are currently preparing to release their sophomore EP Pure Forever, due out April 24. Here’s the video for Big Jawn.


7 | Between Kings | Antidote

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Rising alternative pop-rock band Between Kings has unveiled the official music video for their current single Antidote, the lead track off their upcoming album Young Love, out April 24. With its personal take on mental health, Antidote is a non-judgmental observation of how society copes with the pressures of modern society. “When it came to the music video for Antidote, we had an idea to tell the story of a girl who was struggling with mental health issues and needed her own antidote,” shares the band. “We wanted to be subtle with the term antidote as each person has their own method of dealing with things, so we used a boy as the thing that makes her feel like everything is okay. We got to work with a team of great, talented people, who all did an amazing job at bringing our vision to life. We’re extremely proud of the song and the music video and hope you all enjoy it too!”


8 | My Dying Bride | To Outlive the Gods

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Doom legends My Dying Bride unleashed their new album The Ghost Of Orion last week and today the band are releasing the official video for To Outlive The Gods. Directed by Hal Sinden, the video features frontman Aaron Stainthorpe and tells the tale of a doomed love story. Aaron commented on the track: “When passion is so strong and so driven, even the Gods will be put to shame.”


9 | Samuel Jack | Gonna Be Alright

THE PRESS RELEASE: “London born Samuel Jack brings a fresh and distinct sound through his passionate, storytelling lyrics and velvet vocals, resulting in a completely compelling delivery. Growing up in Johannesburg with his film director Father, Jack spent much of his time soaking in the vibrant tones of Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, which to this date play a big role in his songwriting. Combining the music of his childhood, with his new love for hip hop and pop, the soulful artist has established his own unique style which has been piquing the interest of listeners across the globe. Leading single Gonna Be Alright is a celebration of recovery – a song that stands as a reminder that we have to keep telling ourselves we can overcome anything and that all is going to be alright.”


10 | Emile | Det Kollektive Selvmord

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Danish psych folk artist Emile (also frontman of The Sonic Dawn) shares a trippy and mellow video taken from his debut solo album The Black Spider / Det Kollektive Selvmord, due out April 3. “Det Kollektive Selvmord is a mellow and tripped out track about the end of our civilisation. A surreal look into the eyes of a reality, where our species is slowly but surely committing collective suicide. The stream of unfiltered impressions unfolds as the colors peel from walls and curl up on the floor.” says singer and guitarist Emile.”


11 | West on Colfax | Misty Morning Blue

THE PRESS RELEASE:West on Colfax second release is the very catchy earworm that is Misty Morning Blue. As Alan Hay sings ‘Hell, I still love you” we don’t know if this is sympathy for the devil or a stalwart lover but we do know we hear echoes of Big Star, Teenage Fan Club and Stone Roses Sally Cinnamon era lead guitar merged together to make one summery blast of psychedelic hazy alt country lift your day!”


12 | Beyond Remains | The Rhythm Of The Night

THE PRESS RELEASE: “A few weeks after releasing their new single Silent City, French Djent/Thrash/Modern metallers Beyond Remains just shared a new song with the cover of The Rhythm Of The Night by Corona. This new track will feature on After The Violence, an upcoming “concept-EP” which follows their July 2019 self-released album. After the Violence consists in a concept mini-album, serving up six very different songs that widen the spectrum of their musical palette. Even though After The Violence is rooted in metalcore and thrash, it also doesn’t shy away from rock, classical and acoustic influences.”


13 | Deepshade | Arches of Innocence

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Hailing from Wigan in the north-west of England (UK), Deepshade are steadily gaining recognition for their formidable and uncompromising grungy alternative-psych rock identity, laced with psych and stoner vibes, that draws from the fundamental elements of influential artists such as Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath whilst incorporating aspects of The Doors, Soundgarden, Spindrift and Pink Floyd amongst many others.”


14 | Enter Shikari | The King

THE PRESS RELEASE:Enter Shikari unveiled a second track, The King, from their anticipated album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible, set for release on April 17. The King fuses breakbeat tempo verses with brass-fueled punk roar choruses, passing through an unexpected minimal “pop drop” on a journey towards its (in the parlance of the composer Rou Reynolds) “ghastly breakdown”. Reynolds shares: “The King is about the fervent, rushed desire we as humans often have for revenge. It’s almost a lesson in patience and forgiveness. Not just lyrically, but also because of how much of a struggle this boisterous track was to make. The fiddly detail in the drum production, the weird guitar tones, the five different choruses I went through before finding the right one! We’re glad we stuck with it and tamed this beast and can’t wait to play it live.”


15 | Max Styler | Back To Me

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Iridescent choruses, infectious flows and classic piano melodies ignite Max Styler’s showstopping vocal house cut Back To Me, featuring the emotive croons of Jimmy Nevis. Back To Me is the culmination of Styler’s long pursuit and dedication towards crafting the perfect club anthem. He originally began work on the single two years ago on a tiny island off the coast of Sweden. South African songwriter, producer and fashion icon Jimmy Nevis elevated the work with wistfully sweet vocals, providing earworm sing-a-long melodies. After several tweaks, Styler enlisted 3X-Grammy-nominated Engineer Luca Pretolesi to give the song a special finishing layer of gloss, illuminating the classic summer house sound.”


16 | Perséide | Sell Yourself

THE PRESS RELEASE: “A few weeks after releasing a first single from their upcoming album with Sell Yourself, French alternative-rockers from Lyon Perseide just shared another track called Trick Or Treat. Perseide was born from four childhood friends who decided to form a rock band in 2001, as they were just teenagers. Ten years later, they were crossing the frontiers to share their music widely. In 2018, they decided to go into the studio again to record their debut album, which is going to be released early 2020.”


17 | Jess Knights | Cover Your Eyes

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Calgary soul singer Jess Knights shares Cover Your Eyes, a biting commentary on what society chooses to ignore, with Joey Landreth contributing soothing harmonies to the chorus. The track offers various scenarios in which people turn a blind eye, the spry piano-pop melodies contradicting the dark subject matter. “The lyrics began as a criticism of myself,” Knights says. “I would walk past an emergency shelter every day on my way to work. Some days, I would engage with the people outside of the shelter, and other days I would put on my headphones, pull down my sunglasses, and try not see or be seen. It made me think of all the scenarios in life where we turn a blind eye. For better or worse, it seems to be something that humans do as a coping mechanism or survival method. I’m hoping this song won’t be perceived as a criticism, but rather a wake-up call.”