“Remember the days when the only way we discovered new music through magazines and newspapers? Times have changed and although we do love a bit of nostalgia here at Talk About Pop Music we move with the times. So here it is – a brand new playlist, available to you instantly.”
The New Music Express is one of our newer Spotify playlists that’s growing all the time.
Updated regularly with new songs of a more indie, edgy vibe, it contains 100 awesome songs! Find out more here.
So, what’s new on the New Music Express recently?
‘Carry You’ – Conversing With Oceans
Conversing with Oceans is an indie rock project fronted by singer-songwriter Alex Bondarev.
His narrative begins in Grozny, formerly of Russia, when the unrest of war led him and his family to immigrate first to India, and then to the Bronx. Having music as his anchor from an early age and as a self-taught musician, he started his first band ( A Moment’s Worth ) with his best friends from grammar school. Their brand of optimistic rock resonated with audiences as they made front page news of New York Press, won the first College Battle of the Bands (alumni include Mike Posner & Local Natives), and received the Elfenworks Social Justice Award for their song “Dedicate.”
Following the award, Alex and Elfenworks began their official partnership, working together to spread a message of hope. He has since composed music for Google and had placements in national television ads and programs. His compositions have over a million streams on SoundCloud.
Bondarev describes Conversing with Oceans as an even more authentic version of his voice, combining a devotion to melody with his characteristically introspective lyrical style. Collaborating with the team behind the Grammy-nominated “A Color Map of the Sun” (Pretty Lights), he spent the majority of the previous year in the studio honing his new songs, while steadily growing his audience at some of NYC’s most trusted venues (Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall & The Bitter End).
CWO’s first single “The Gold Rush” led to a one-on-one showcase with Randy Jackson at SXSW and quickly followed with a global distribution deal with Sony’s The Orchard . The debut EP “PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE.” premiered on Atwood Magazine and featured a collaboration with the Grammy-nominated John Forté , who co-wrote and produced Fugees’ groundbreaking LP The Score.
The debut full-length album with producer-mixing engineer Nate Fox (Chance the Rapper / Francis and the Lights) will be available everywhere this summer via The Orchard.
‘Receipt’ – Monday Night Special
Monday Night Special are a Manchester based indie rock 4 piece. Having formed within their first few months at university in 2018, they instantly bonded over their shared love of all different kinds of music. Since then, they have taken on Manchester’s underground scene. In June 2019 they headlined the grassroots student Festival OWEN’S PARKLIFE.
Their sound is a blend of all things ranging from old time rock to hip hop, metal to funk and dream pop to psychedelia which is held together by the foundation of catchy indie rock. They see themselves as a jam band. All their songs are the result of hours jamming together, making noise and sculpting each song.
MNS have recently finished recording their debut EP at Dead Basics Studio in Manchester, to be released in the coming months. This will show them delving into their heavier and rougher side. These five tracks blend the surf rock of Dick Dale with the punky 00s indie of the Arctic Monkeys and fuzzy proto metal of Black Sabbath, always centring the song around catchy riffs and vocal hooks.
‘Far Behind’ – Sub Cultures
Sub Cultures are an indie/alt rock band with members from South Wales, The Forest of Dean and Gloucester. Originally formed under the name of ‘Plush’, the band changed their name and sound after losing two members of the group. Sub Cultures now consists of Lewis Parks (Lead Guitar), Charlie Foster (Bass), Eric Karvic (Drums) and Kane Raynor (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar).
‘fall 4 u’ – imanexperiment
imanexperiment is the solo project of the hungarian DIY artist Nita, who started to record electronic music in 2014 stage name refers to experimental music altough the artist likes to describe it as electronic dreampop or spacepop imanexperiment’s music is mostly an etheric dancy mix of many styles and genres with mysterious, ironic and sometimes very personal lyrics another interesting fact is that the artist does everything herself from composing to mixing her first ever LP called HOLOGRAM has been released in 2017 on the 11th of June currently working on her second album
‘Cicadas’ – Wild Manes
Wild Manes is a 6-piece band from Brooklyn featuring the voices Lindsey Nadolski, Heather Santana and Jocelyn Conn. Mixing elements of folk, soul and indie with three-part harmony and crunchy guitars, the band walks the line between danceable energy, dynamic introspection, and stuff your mom would probably clean the house to.
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‘History’ – The Adrenaline Rush
‘Mind’ – Baltic
‘Better’ – Blazar
‘Dutches’ – The Backstops
‘Take Another Step’ – Opus Orange