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Updated: Apr 17, 2021

Here is your next dose of standout tunes I have received recently and added to my playlists.

Thrillhouse - Where The Roads Don't Go

The latest release by Brighton based alt-indie band Thrillhouse, is a driving track, that fuses synths and pulsating drums in a Bruce Springstein-esque style, that keeps you hooked on every part of the journey. Instruments are layered in a manor that resembles U2 in their 80's peak, which also gives the track an anthemic quality without going overboard. A sound you get the feeling Mumford and Sons were going for when they went all electric guitar-ey on their third album 'Wider Mind'.

Vex Message - Data Regime

'Data Regime' combines elements of electro and rock to create a unique sounding single. The track is propelled by a droning synth bass line, that slowly layers electric guitar riffs and flowing drums - along with some swaggering vocals not too dissimilar to those you would come to expect from rock acts like Eagles of Death Metal. This is far from just a standard rock song though... There is much more to it than that. By infusing dance elements with electronic sounds and a melodic Britpop style chorus (that you could imagine on a Pulp or Stone Roses album), Vex Message have produced a song that will leave you wired.

Freddie Wilson - Bridget Jones

Freddie brings us infectious melodies that are carried by uplifting instrumentation, to create a song that'll make you want to get up and dance away your troubles - just like Bridget Jones herself did!! The vocals here are layered in a contemporary manor with just enough of an electronic feel to make it sound 'pure pop', but with enough authenticity that it feels real and alive. This song manages to sound like how The 1975 would sound if they would drop that film of pretentiousness that some people can't stand about them, and instead just wrote a straight up happy sounding tune with honest lyricism.

Elektric Animals - Want You

'Want You' stomps like a rockstar all the way through the 3:03 seconds of this track, as if it means business. The steady thudding of the drums sets a perfect foundation for the rest of the song to sit on. On top of this, a powerful, hooky chorus hits that has you nodding your head along with every stomp, in a similar fashion to how 'Do I Wanna Know?' by Arctic Monkeys does. This is swaggering Indie Rock at it's best.

The White Lakes - This Generation

Guitar music really has gone through a bit of a lull in recent years in the mainstream, but bands like The White Lakes are showing that the format is still very much relevant and you can still make really interesting, fun guitar music in 2021. The track kicks off with a sweeping sliding guitar motif, in an Oasis - 'Morning Glory' type fashion. This gets the pulse raised ready for the rest of the track. Synths are then layered tastefully in the verses along with a tight rhythm section. This along with excellent vocal production allows the track to sound contemporary and puts the 'pop' in 'indie pop' - whilst maintaining that energetic Indie element too. The choruses are big, anthemic and full of hooks, ensuring this tune is tailor-made for the live circuit in 2021 - where you wouldn't put it past The White Lakes to make a splash.

There we have the latest roundup of new tracks I have come across and wanted to share recently! Please do check out the tracks and share the love for these unsigned artists featured, and check out the playlists I have featured them on here:

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