Last month, I started a new feature on my column called “Singles You Shouldn’t Miss”—great new songs by indie and alternative artists, both emerging and established. This month’s installment includes an up-and-comer from New Zealand, an established post-punk outfit from the UK, and a fantasy-pop duo from Brooklyn. Their tunes are making the rounds on the Internet, and are definitely worth a listen. Enjoy!
Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor (aka “Lorde”) is already a hit in her homeland, but is just now getting some attention here in America. Her EP The Love Club peaked at No. 2 on the New Zealand Charts, and the single below, “Royals”, has already gone double-Platinum there. There’s a lot of buzz about the fact that “Royals” made its debut at No. 30 on the Billboard Alternative charts here in the states and is now climbing fast, putting her in similar digs with the likes of M.I.A. and Alanis Morissette (who also broke the Top 30 with their debut singles). “Royals” is also sitting at No. 23 currently on the Billboard Rock Songs chart. Take a listen below and see what all the fuss is about! You’ll be glad you did.
SAVOIR ADORE “DREAMERS”
This Brooklyn-based pop/rock duo (consisting of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro) recently signed to Nettwerk Records, who re-released their album Our Nature this month. The video for lead single “Dreamers” from that record is approaching a million YouTube views thanks to its catchy, danceable rhythms and intriguing visuals. I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more from this pair in the near future. I’m sure looking forward to it.
EDITORS “A TON OF LOVE”
This UK-based indie-rock outfit has been around for a while, but there is a lot of anticipation for their upcoming fourth studio album, The Weight of Your Love, due out in early July. The lead single “A Ton of Love” gives us a clue as to why we should care. Strongly reminiscent of U2 in its vibe, this song makes it clear that Editors are widening out their sound and are ready for a larger audience to match. Helpful hint: if you’re a Spotify user, you can also get a listen to two additional tracks from the record, “The Weight” and “The Sting.” Well worth the effort.