Indie Roundup | 36 Songs To Shake Things Up This Tuesday (Part 1)

Sorry, Kristian North, ONR, Muttering, Oh No Noh & the rest of today's starters.

Sorry are a handful, Kristian North comes out of the shadows, ONR make their point, Muttering need to talk about something important, Oh No Noh has a pointer for you — and what more could you possibly want from a Tuesday Roundup? What’s that? You want a second part? OK. Don’t say I never gave you anything.


1-5 | Sorry | Things To Hold Onto / Separate / Cigarette Packet / Don’t Be Scared / Favourite

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “North London’s Sorry just released theirnew EP Twixt us Twain. Following the previously released videos for Cigarette Packet and Separate, Sorry have released videos for Don’t Be Scared, Things To Hold Onto and Favourite. Created by Flasha Prod. (Sorry’s Asha Lorenz and longtime collaborator Flo Webb), these new videos complete the full audiovisual Twixt us Twain experience. Sorry say: “The Twixt us Twain songs, shapes and forms are more odd and misshaped to fit around the mantra type lyrical lines. They are smaller ideas that we wanted to explore.”

6 | Kristian North | Shadow Of The Pyramids

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Montreal’s Kristian North is a songwriter whose poetic wordplay and deep crooner voice lay the foundation for candid songs that take inspiration from hi-fi soft rock, arty disco, and smart new wave. As the music struts down analogue lane, quaint confessions, cloaked desires and mythical references, make up complex, yet heartfelt lyrics, just cryptic enough to engage insert and booklet enthusiasts. After arduous years of touring as he fronted garage punk band Babysitter, North entered a period of reinvention to perfect his craft. This resulted in The Last Rock N Roll Record, his debut album. He’s now readying the release of his sophomore full-length Passion Play, on April 30. His newest single Shadow Of The Pyramids is an apocalyptic and nostalgic psych track that stays true to Kristian’s overall alt-pop sound.”

7 | ONR | It Gets To A Point

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Following up recent collaborations with Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and the legendary Nile Rodgers, ONR surfaces with an anthemic, synth-driven soundtrack littered with tight percussions and powerful trademark vocals set to scintillating visuals. Having toured with heavyweights such as Lewis Capaldi, Bastille and Jake Bugg, and garnered support from fellow Scottish hit-maker Calvin Harris, the talented young star continues to ascend new heights.”

8 | Muttering | Rattle Your Cage

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Indie-rock trio Muttering have released an intimate session video for Rattle Your Cage, an unreleased track from their upcoming debut EP Don’t Think About It, which is set for release Friday. “It is so easy to get into a conversation with a stranger, but how do you have a conversation that is beneficial to both of you? Do you challenge the people in your life when you disagree?” asks vocalist Chaz Bush. “The premise of this song is to be aware that sometimes the fight is worth having, even if you’re sick of someone constantly contradicting themselves or making factually inaccurate statements. Rattle them. Make them think about it. The next time they have the opportunity to spew their nonsense, they might reconsider. This song is about understanding that everyone’s voice and actions can inspire others.”

9 | Oh No Noh | Pointer

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Oh No Noh is searching for beauty in unconventional musical settings, obsolete technology and daily surroundings. Oh No Noh’s live setup, an assembly of electric guitar, programmable robots and a Tapedeck resembles a laboratory and yet produces a catchy mix of indie, ambient, minimal music and electronica. Markus Rom is protagonist of long-time-experiment and started working with this alter ego in 2019. Today we have the pleasure to show you another gem from Oh No Noh: The video for the track Pointer in a live session, from just released album Where One Begins And The Other Stops.

10 | Piers Faccini | All Aboard (ft. Ben Harper & Abdelkebir Merchane)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “British-Italian artist Piers Faccini releases an animated video directed by La Blogotheque/FantômesHugo & Rodolphe Jouxtel for his state-of-the-nation single All Aboard. The track — featuring Ben Harper and Abdelkebir Merchane — is the latest from Faccini’s album Shapes Of The Fall. With All Aboard, Faccini makes a striking rallying call for action as the storm of climate disruption and the devastation of the natural world gather pace. He says: “I imagined a modern-day ark, with animals and plants, carrying precious seed and cargo to survive and start a new life. But I also wrote the song as a kind of parody, to highlight the absurdity of humanity’s inaction in the face of impending catastrophe. We’d rather let our home and planet and our very own paradise burn in front of us instead of just getting on board a green new narrative and all aboard a way to avoid that apocalyptic scenario.”

11 | Fences | Boot Height

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Seattle native Fences, the alter ego of singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield, has released Boot Height. The song appears on his just-announced new EP Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble, set for release on April 30. Mansfield says: “I was on a four-wheeler once after a friend had died. I rode it to the top of a hill and I saw an elk and steam came out of his nose. When he noticed the hum of my engine his eyes widened and I never forgot that. Clearly animals are a great analogy for love and death and the middle part of human experience. The EP feels like this.”

12 | The Workday Release | I Do

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Southern California singer-songwriter David Ottestad’s music project The Workday Release has unveiled a video for his charming and romantic song I Do, off his upcoming album Like The Light Of Stars, out April 16. Ottestad says: “For the video, I wanted to portray the idea that ‘I do’ isn’t just something you say on your wedding day. It’s something you say every day. I thought an interesting way to show this was to have the video take place in a time of life transition, and in this case, going through the process of moving. I decided to shoot the video with my wife and show us getting back into our wedding dress and suit years after initially saying ‘I do’ as a symbol of wearing that phrase during changing circumstances.”

13 | Holly Humberstone | Haunted House

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Holly Humberstone releases her single Haunted House, written about the crumbling, haunted house she grew up in, which has been the setting for Holly’s remarkable artistry to come to life. Haunted House explores themes of home, family and displacement, with the video an ode to saying goodbye to the childhood home, evoked through life “feeling like it’s spinning out of control,” says Holly. “I wrote this song about the old and characterful house I grew up in. The house is such a huge part of who I am and our family. With my sisters and I moving out and living separate lives, coming home feels very comforting and one of the only things keeping us all connected. The house is almost falling down around us now though, and we’ve realised that pretty soon we’ll be forced to leave. There’s a cellar full of meat hooks and a climate so damp mushrooms grow out of the walls. Loads of people have probably died here in the past but I’ve always felt really safe. It’s like a seventh family member. It’s part of me.”

14 | Alchemia | Grind

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Grind is the first single from Alchemia’s Inception album. The song introduces Alchemia’s music with a modern approach, presents versatility in the voice, and has lyrics that talk about conflicts between our conscious and the unconscious, where one side blames the other for allowing oneself to be placed in unfavorable situations. Says Victor Piiroja: “The videoclip production was really a fun adventure — it took 12 hours of hard work with our good friends from Caxao Produtora in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The makeup was a masterpiece.”

15 | Ashen Crown | Under The Leaves

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Death metallers Ashen Crown continue their world domination plans with their third single from the album Obsolescence. The video has been put together by Kieran Scott of Brutulz Art, who also happens to be the singer of Ashen Crown. Scott says: “Under The Leaves breaches upon the impermanence and the ebb and flow of life and death, we all know our fates as we get older and we lose people along the way and new lives are brought into the world and we either fight or go with river of fates, as the theme of the album parallels our music, which is created in the moment and will become obsolete to the artists and vicariously live through the listeners.”

16 | Baixo Calão | Esboroável

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The Brazilian band Baixo Calão debut the video for Esboroável. The track is part of the band’s last album, released in 2020, and brings all the energy of Brazilian grindcore. Says singer Leandro Porko: “Esboroável’s lyrics were written / recorded before the pandemic. Among so many losses, this clip perhaps symbolizes the most significant audiovisual work we have done.”

17 | Void Vator | Great Fear Rising

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “L.A. power-packed metallers Void Vator unleash the full-throttle third single and title track off their massive-sounding album Great Fear Rising, coming April 23. Go thrash and blow your speakers up now. THey comment: “We wanted to show a different side of Void Vator with our third single. Longer and more complex than previous singles … the title track takes the listener through multiple moods with its balls-out progressive thrash approach.” Packed with fire, attitude and hooks, this new onslaught from the Los Angeles trio is without a doubt their hungriest and most assured record to date, with its stadium-ready anthems taking no prisoner and taking their cue from the likes of Power Trip, Megadeth, early Metallica and Turbonegro.”

18 | Virginia To Vegas & NOTD | Malibu

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Delivering a perfect road trip beat, Virginia to Vegas team up with NOTD on the video for Malibu. Set in a desolate hotel and shot in winter tones — the antithesis of bright and sunny Malibu, CA — the cinematic video is a stark juxtaposition to the upbeat, seemingly positive track. Stepping into the role of leading man, a freshly-shorn Derik takes fans on a melancholy ride, bringing to life the emotions tied to looking back at lost love. Strikingly, the video brings to light the loneliness in trying to reclaim the pieces of the last year that have been lost and while trying to hold on to positive memories.”