Indie Roundup | 44 Songs To Pop Your Cork This Thursday (Part 3)

Magic Bronson, Ddidthat & Tim Rose, Dräger & the rest of the acts sealing the deal.

Magic Bronson do the robot, Ddidthat & Tim Rose make the most of things, Dräger wonders how it will all turn out, Big Little Lies picture the past, Kath Myers learns that sometimes age is more than a number — and there are plenty more numbers left in your Thursday Roundup. Make the most of them:


31 | Magic Bronson | My Baby Is An Android

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Magic Bronson continue to spearhead music trends, tackling social issues and the anxiety of what’s going on in the world, coupling it with sensational and experimental melodies. Self-described as “profoundly uneasy,” Magic Bronson take unnerving and anxious energy and channel it into songs that ultimately lift you from a place of uneasiness. Michael Nicastro (vocals, synths, drum programming, production) and Matthew Lieberman (lyrics, bass, synths), know how to create music fans can’t get enough of. Their latest single My Baby is an Android emits playful tones and exuberance through its tongue-in-cheek matter. Its mellow melodies and doo-wop quality complement the nonsensical narrative which touches on falling in love with a robot and how as a society we have become too dependent on technology. Lieberman confides, “We spend more time with our phones and those AI voices than we do with our significant others or family.”

32 | Ddidthat x Tim Rose | For The Most Part

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:For The Most Part is the latest release from Hawaiian  funk/soul artist, producer and songwriter Tim Rose & R&B producer and multi-instrumentalist Ddidthat (Darien Newton). This is the duo’s first in a series of lo-fi vibes sure to put your troubles at ease. For the Most Part begins with a phone call from a struggling friend trying to resist relapsing. The heavy drums and big synth bass are a nod to J Dilla, a hero to both Darien and Tim. The guitar solo is a minimal, pocketed, stream of consciousness — and was tracked in one take.”

33 | Dräger | Are We Gonna Make It

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Less than a month away from the release of his debut album, Goths à la Discothèque, Brooklyn musician and creator Dräger has shared the single Are We Gonna Make It? The song shifts through an indie rock-meets-new wave soundscape, highlighted by dreamy synths and Dräger’s emotional vocal. He states: “Being in love is natural something you don’t control — it’s essentially “easy” and what society obsesses over but a relationship requires much more than just love to last. This song is about the doubt that leads to asking the hard questions in wondering if there’s a future even though you’re in love and your lives align. Nothing will ever be perfect and every relationship has its peaks/valleys and it’s in those extremes where we ask ourselves ‘Are we gonna make it?’ ”

34 | Big Little Lions | We Were Young

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Big Little Lions continue their monthly releases with We Were Young. This song is a nostalgic look back at our younger years and is accompanied by a video using old photos sent to us by our listeners.”

35 | Kath Myers | According to the Law

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “L.A. musician Kath Myers is proud to announce the June 25 release of her debut album Sensitive Groups. Born from the spirit of a songwriter who only began playing music at 31, Myers approaches her craft with a unique balance of world weary wisdom and the exhilaration of a newfound obsession. But all the enthusiasm she felt for her burgeoning passion for music wouldn’t have led to such a beautiful album if she hadn’t committed to sobriety before sitting down to record. Today she shares the first single According To The Law, a song Myers wrote about a relationship she had with a person younger than her. “We had something very special,” says Myers of the relationship that inspired the song. “But I convinced myself that it was ‘wrong’ so I ended it. Looking back, it was one of the most special connections I have ever had with someone. And I wonder what could have happened if I didn’t let societal norms get in the way of my feelings.”

36 | Gaspard Augé | Force Majeure

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Gaspard Augé, best known as one half of Grammy-winning electronic duo Justice, who united rock and rave in the mid-2000s, has just teased a forthcoming debut solo album with the release of his new single Force Majeure. It is a gleefully hypercharged prog-dance anthem that could double as a soundtrack to a robot wrestling match, sealing his reputation as a master of maximalism. While there are some elements hearken back to his work in Justice — the crunch on whirr of the synths, the song’s sense of cinematic enormity — Force Majeure exudes a bombastic playfulness, crafting a sonic utopia that ignores narrow definitions of “good taste or bad taste” and captures the innocence of enjoying music in your youth, where you’re guided first and foremost by feeling.”

37 | Heather Valley | If It Makes You Happy

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Heather Valley’s new single is a dreamy cover of Sheryl Crow’s heartbreaker If It Makes You Happy. Accompanied on lap steel by cult hero Mike Brenner & on bass by Nimal Agalawatte of Basement Revolver. From the forthcoming covers album Wildflower Radio, out in May, mixed and mastered by Nimal Agalawatte at Four Strings Studio in Hamilton.”

38 | Glaare | For Sale

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Tomorrow, L.A.’s Glaare will release their highly anticipated sophomore album Your Hellbound Heart. Today they share For Sal, the final pre-release single. Glaare defy time and space by being in two places at once: Both in and of the moment while engaged in the dark dance of the ’80s. For Sale is Siouxsie and Killing Joke locked into a death ballet, all black kohl and gleaming chrome, with choreography by Martin Gore. It’s the opening scene of The Hunger, set in 2022 with pink neon and an addictive beat. It’s brooding and airy, with just a hint of menace. But with the right kind of eyes, you can see beyond the darkness — and it all takes on the rosy hue of unlimited success.”

39 | AJ Wander | Eye To Eye

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “London pop singer-songwriter AJ Wander has just released the single Eye To Eye. It s an electric ballad detailing the difficult side of relationships. Produced by Brad Mair (Dean Lewis, Jamie Cullum, Kygo), with a video directed by Louis Berry (JP Cooper, Emily Burns), the song is a real-life take on the hard-charged emotions that eventually surface in romantic relationships. AJ says: “I wrote Eye to Eye whilst sat on my bed in the middle of the night last year. My girlfriend and I were fighting a losing game and we couldn’t pretend to be OK anymore. It was a moment of realisation, we were broken, and the pieces couldn’t be glued back together.”

40 | Humphrey Dennis | Carlo

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Producer Humphrey Dennis continues to tease his forthcoming EP and now unveils a rhythmic, emotive new single Carlo. A sample-driven South American groove that features delicate synths and a smooth R&B breakdown. In contrast with static vocal samples, he entices us to let the rhythm have its way. Included on the track list of his anticipated EP release of the same name, his latest offering takes us on a personal journey, as he channels upon the relationship he has with his father. Acting as part of a dedication to the male figure in his life, explored on the project as a whole, with Carlo, Humphrey Dennis uses his craft to produce an instrumentally driven piece. He said: “This track represents transforming the negative energy of the past into art. It’s a celebration of my father and our relationship.”

41 | P!Off? | Mein Walkman Ist Kaputt

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: Nein … I mean, none. Some things don’t need explaining.

42 | End You | The Call

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Aimless Dread is the caustic debut album from Philadelphia hardcore/noise-rock solo outfit End You. The lead single The Call is out now. It’s not uncommon for punks approaching the golden years of their later 30s to undertake a solo project. They might want to indulge their sensitive singer-songwriter side, they might have gotten really into DJing, or they might just be tired of dealing with drummers. But while the inclination towards going it alone isn’t rare, the approach taken by Eric Smith eschews so many of the cliches that the phrase “solo project” evokes, opting instead for a set of the most intense output Smith has ever released, a vicious yet cerebral set of material calling to mind the dissonant brutality of Deadguy or Breather Resist as much as it does the smartass noise rock of Karp and Born Against.

43 | Supervøid | The Acceleration Of The Universe

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Noise-laden dark ambient project Supervøid (Eraldo Bernocchi, Xabier Iriondo, Jacopo Pierazzuoli and Jo Quail) will release their mind-boggling debut The Giant Nothing on May 7. Today they unveil the single The Acceleration of the Universe. They take their name from an empty section of space defined by the lack of superclusters. In this particular case, this empty section of space is missing an estimated 10,000 galaxies. Scientists suspect it may be draining energy from light travelling through. Getting through such a big chasm takes hundreds of millions of years. The travel has begun.”

44 | The Shook | Unblind

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Northern Michigan’s Andrew Newvillle and Benjamin Stephenson set out to form a blues-rock project. Their forces, combined with the wizardry of Derek Keller & the percussive prowess of Brandon Billings, have turned into much more, incorporating elements of everything from psychedelic rock to grunge. Thus The Shook were born. They are here to take you on a trip, make you feel something and put a little more love into the world.”