The New Smu: The best new artists in my inbox this month
Discovering great new artists is one of the most exciting things about music for me. If you don’t champion the stuff you love, you can’t complain when you only hear the shit you hate on the radio.
There is an endless and thrilling sea of music out there, but it can be bewilderingly vast and not without peril. You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet an artist formerly known as Prince. In this monthly review, I will be highlighting some of the most interesting releases I have heard by new and unsigned artists, wading through the audio slush pile so you don’t have to.
Bishop Ivy – Tunnel Vision
Dreamy, swooning and melancholic indie-electronic with a glitchy, emotive undertone and rich, sweeping vocals.
Jesse Walton – Into The Light
Emotive and melancholic but catchy, uptempo folk with sharp, well-crafted melodies and evocative lyrics.
Glass Dove – Just A Conversation
Punchy synth-filled alt-rock detailing the exhausting spiral of an unproductive argument.
Christin Nichols – Neon
Sophisticated electro alt-pop combining catchy chorus hooks with NEU! style sweeping synths. Christin’s voice alternates between sweetly melodic and the flat affect of robotic krautrock and the single comes backed by a neon-tinged video with just the right mix of low-fi seediness and stylish glamour.
Follow Bishop Christin Nichols on Instagram and Spotify
Single of the month
Callum Easter – What You Think?
Fellow Scot, Callum Easter, delivers a perfect piece of addictively catchy alt-pop with an Iggyish beat and exactly the kind of wry sardonicism I expect from my countrymen. A guaranteed earworm.
Follow Callum Easter on Spotify.
Video of the month
WINKIE – Burn The Town Down
Director Chris Mulligan creates a neon nightmarescape that perfectly captures the intense, threatening sound of the track. This could as easily have been a single of the month for me in its own right but the video is the cherry on the top. This is what I imagine the shrieking sound of the technopocalypse will feel like when it comes.
If you would like to submit your music to be included in a future edition of The New Smu please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to your track. I don’t care if you have 25k followers or only your dog has heard it as long as it’s interesting, beautiful, weird or wonderful.