Q&A with Polar States

When I first listened to “Gold” by Polar States, I knew immediately that I wanted to feature their latest single as our Song Pick of the Day. But why stop at one song if there is a stellar five tracks EP to present as well? Or why not go all the way[…]

PHOTOS: Fifi Rong live at Latitude 30 (SXSW)

Fifi Rong is a London-based singer and producer who does lush and dramatic synth pop songs. She is a sought-after collaborator and toured for example with Swiss avantgarde pop pioneers Yello. But her solo shows are no less a delightful experience: on stage she has a charming and enchanting personality[…]

SONG PICK: Yumi and the Weather – Distant Days

A bubbling bass line keeps the song grounded while synths and Ruby Taylor’s vocals soar in “Distant Days”, a beautiful synth pop piece by Brighton-based Yumi and the Weather. Ruby has released two EPs since 2013 and “Distant Days” contains an equally good B-side “In The Night”. Listen to our[…]

SONG PICK: The Technicolors – Little Charmer

What is more interesting, the fact that The Technicolors have a new song out? Or that this three-piece is based in Phoenix, AZ and not, as their sound would suggest, New York City? Or that “Little Charmer” is exactly that, one charming and totally gorgeous gem of an indie-rock track? Not[…]

NEW MUSIC: Overcoats – Young (Album)

You only need to listen a minute or so into “Father”, the opening track of the debut album “Young” by Brooklyn-based duo Overcoats, to enter their musical world: the vocal harmonies come from folk music, but instead of an underlying lovely acoustic guitar line, there is a carpet of industrial[…]

SONG PICK: Essx Station – Can’t Go Back

There are situations when you have to move forward and accept that things are changing – this is what “Can’t Go Back”, a new track by Essx Station is about. The song has the dramatic build that would make it a good fit for a montage in a romantic movie,[…]

PHOTOS: Dead Leaf Echo Live at Iron Bear Bar (SXSW)

Seeing Dead Leaf Echo live is always a treat, hands down. The show they put on for this year’s SXSW at Austin’s Iron Bear Bar was one for the ages, though! When approaching the venue, which is located up the hill on 8th street, we could already hear our favorite Brooklyn[…]


From a song title like “Be Happy”, one is inclined to expect some over-the-top upbeat, heavily sugar-coated tune yet this one is chill and laid-back, slightly melancholic even at times. No surprise here, because this super gorgeous track has a different idea behind it: “Be Happy is about finally reaching[…]