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Lily Fitts Debuts Effortless Set at Lovin’ Life Music Fest

Lily Fitts shared the main stage with role model Noah Kahan at Lovin’ Life Music Fest in Charlotte, NC. The Boston-area folk singer-songwriter encompasses charm and poise, gaining popularity through her captivating covers of Zach Bryan, Noah Kahan, and Dylan Gossett, among others. Her original music combines a hint of country and folk with her signature vocal rasp. Recent singles “Boston to Barcelona,” “Lose You Now,” and “Buying Time” give her momentum going into a busy summer of festivals. Sharing the Lovin’ Life stage with her idols, including Stevie Nicks, marks a significant milestone in her career.

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Lovin’ Life Music Fest: First Festival Performance

Lily Fitts demonstrated confidence on the Lovin’ Life main stage as she admitted, “This is my first festival performance. I only recently had my first stage performance with Zach Bryan not too long ago.” Recognizing her talent, Zach Bryan welcomed the young singer-songwriter on stage to perform “Oklahoma City” at his headlining tour last summer in L.A.

Joining some of her long-time influences for her first festival was an immensely surreal experience for Lily. When asked about her favorite moments, she gushed, “All of the sets I saw at Lovin’ Life were incredible. I was definitely excited to see Stevie Nicks as she is one of my biggest influences, but Post Malone, Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, Mt. Joy, The Fray, and Ripe were all so fun and inspiring to watch.

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Performing on Sunday ahead of Noah Kahan’s headlining set brought fans in early to see Lily. Kahan’s fans likely know her from her cover songs being shared across TikTok and Instagram, with “Stick Season” being the most prominent. “It’s hard to choose just one favorite Noah Kahan song, but “Stick Season” is the most sentimental because that cover really jump-started everything for me on social media. It gave me the confidence to pursue music full-time. I also love “Homesick,” “No Complaints,” “Glue Myself Shut,” “Growing Sideways,” “Mess,” “The View Between Villages,” and so many more.”

Raw Songwriting and Vocal Talent

Lily draws inspiration from real-life experiences when writing relatable, emotional lyrics for her original music. As for her sonic influences: “I love raw, natural, and acoustic sounds. I try to incorporate that heavily into all of my songs.” During her set, she seamlessly transitioned between songs, sharing a new track with the crowd about her daily struggle with anxiety. “What They Say” takes us inside her head as she expresses there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to mental health. Songs like “Boston to Barcelona” and “Hurts Like Hell” undoubtedly drew music fans into Lily’s set, creating a deeper connection with her audience.

Lovin’ Life Music Fest only kicks off the performances for Lily this summer. She heads out on a mostly sold-out tour across the States with Michael Marcagi on May 13th. “I’m so so excited; I can’t believe it! I’m also playing Summerfest, Bonnaroo, and Sommo Fest! I’m planning to release more new music this summer as well.”

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Best Emerging Indie Artists: Summer 2023 Wrap-Up

Did you find your song of the summer? Do you have a list of your favorite albums of 2023 so far? Maybe you caught onto Del Water Gap if you watched The Summer I Turned Pretty. Or if you followed along with the New Music Friday trends, you probably checked out Olivia Rodrigo, The National, and Morgan Wallen. If you’re still searching for some of the best emerging indie artists of the year, stay tuned for a breakdown of new music discoveries. Our summer 2023 wrap-up will put some new artists on your radar as we head into spooky season.

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Best Emerging Indie Artists Summer 2023

Amanda Cross: Folk/Acoustic/Alt-Country

Amanda Cross’s music blends several genres, from folk to Americana, country, and rock. Her summer single “Desert Rose” has a haunting aspect that undoubtedly captures the atmosphere of the desert. The song comes to a powerful height, demonstrating Amanda’s vocal range and talent. “Desert Rose” sparks a similar feel to “The River” by Daisy Jones & The Six. Amanda Cross followed this single with “Tennesee,” a more stripped-down folk ballad.

ANI: Soul pop

ANI is a soul-pop artist whose music is pure, calming, and heartfelt. Her single, “Miss U,” is an easy-listening earworm and a perfect addition to any chill-out playlist. The bassline on this track drives the song but pauses for the listener to focus on the vocals and lyrics. The chorus is memorable and soothing as it echoes in your head. ANI most recently released “Waiting Game,” which features more of her soulful vocals and sultry sound.

Lucius Arthur: Pop/Rock/Punk

Lucius Arthur is a pop-rock/punk artist from the U.K. His summer single, “Bad Trip,” proved to be a success for his audience. “Bad Trip” creeps into your head and instantly has you singing along in an angsty way. The vocals are inviting and unique, calling upon fans of Måneskin or The Struts.

Lucius recently followed “Bad Trip” with “Scarlet Tears,” a 90s-inspired single with a guitar style similar to Radiohead. He shows an array of emotions in his voice and a wide vocal range to keep the atmosphere captivating. After hearing these tracks, fans should be enthralled with the surprises in Lucius Arthur’s music.

Luther Clayton: Folk/Acoustic/Pop

Luther Clayton is an emerging singer-songwriter from the U.K. His recent single, “It’s Amazing,” showcases his songwriting talent and acoustic influences. The slow-building progression of this song keeps listeners eager to hear the story unfold. Moreover, the lyrics are eloquently written and delivered by Luther’s unmistakable vocals. You can hear musical inspiration from Luther’s influences, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and David Gray. “It’s Amazing” is a heartbreaking track with an unexpected yet relatable ending.

Elijah Delgado: Indie rock/Singer-songwriter

Elijah Delgado’s music is for fans of Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, Young the Giant, or Paulo Nutini. His latest single, “Pipe Dream,” draws listeners in with a minimal introduction focusing on the vocals and lyrics. “Pipe Dream” has many layers that play to Delgado’s depth and ability to blend genres. The structure of this song continues to give as it builds to a culminating high.

Best Emerging Indie Artists Summer 2023

Del Water Gap: Indie pop

Del Water Gap (Samuel Holden Jaffe) is the most recognized artist on this list. His music became more prevalent with the second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty. His infectious singles, “All We Ever Do Is Talk,” “Losing You,” and “Coping On Unemployment” have infinite plays.

As a follow-up to his 2021 debut, Del Water Gap released his sophomore LP I Miss You Already + I Haven’t Left Yet. This album includes indie pop bops that will carry you into the end of the year. Standout tracks apart from the singles include “NFU” and “Glitter & Honey.” Del Water Gap’s second album is certainly gearing up to be a contender for AOTY.

Edgar Everyone: Electropop

Edgar Everyone is a French artist living in L.A. His most recent single, “Time is a nonlinear joke,” merges electronic, pop, dance, and funk. His style of music would resonate with fans of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, or Thundercat. “Time is a nonlinear joke” is psychedelic, melodic, and particularly transcendent. This track makes a great addition to any festival or concert pump-up playlist.

Cati Landry: Indie pop/Dream pop

Cati Landry is a Canadian singer-songwriter who fuses indie, alt, and dream pop sounds. Her latest track, “Mind’s Eye,” is undeniably memorable and melodic. The chorus flawlessly achieves the goal of being catchy within the first few seconds. The combination of romanticism alongside poetic lyrics encourages you to dig deeper. Cati’s vocals seem to float as they carry the atmosphere of this song. “Mind’s Eye” is full of dreamy melodies and longing expressions that will stick in your head.

LiketheAstronaut: Alternative

LiketheAstronaut is a new project from John Glenn of the band Stellar Young. Together with Dave Parker (Weerd Science producer), Josh Eppard (Coheed & Cambria drummer), and Kyle Hatch (Stellar Young guitarist), they released their debut EP. The EP, Moments Before, covers grief, new life, and reflection presented in an organic blend of soundscapes.

“A Part” is the lead single from this project, which holds a scope of deeper emotions masked by upbeat elements. “Slumber Still” is a favorite from the EP that pulls in every direction of life when you explore the lyrics. “Slumber Still” has layers of despair, vulnerability, and hope. The contrast of the ethereal instrumentals and significantly personal lyrics will have you listening repeatedly.

PRIMOVERE: Indie pop/Altnernative

PRIMOVERE is an 8-piece Italian group that combines influences of indie pop, post-rock, new wave, and classical music. Their two most recent singles, “Funeral” and “Dopamine,” both hit with an abundance of emotions.

On “Funeral,” a glimpse of hope shines in the chorus of a mostly subdued and melancholic track. The song starts soft and focused, gradually building to a more amplified sound. The feelings of “Funeral” pierce the audience both musically and lyrically. “Dopamine” follows a similar suit, with flawless vocals and a clearly communicated message. The style of PRIMOVERE echoes the likes of The National with their ability to evoke a goosebump feeling from a ‘never-before-heard’ song.


Other best emerging indie artists of the summer include Holly Humberstone, Babe Rainbow, Shak SYrn, Anthony Ortiz, Nation of Language, and Cannons. All of these artists and more are featured in a selection of playlists below.

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Seye Adelekan of Gorillaz Chats Therapeutic Single “A River”

Seye Adelekan is best known as the bass guitar player with the animated U.K. band Gorillaz. Adelekan, a man of many hats, is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, lyricist, and solo artist. His new single, “A River,” is the first release from his upcoming EP with the same title. Seye’s articulate songwriting, hypnotic vocals, and melancholy lyrics set his music apart from anything he has previously worked on. “A River,” out today, touches the listener immediately with its alluring introduction, emotionally charged vocal performance, and melodic chorus. This incredible song holds an unparalleled spot on our blog, where we chat with Seye Adelekan as he embarks on a remarkable new journey.

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Artist Q&A: Seye Adelekan

PDLR: How has performing live with Gorillaz shaped you as a solo artist?

Seye Adelekan: “The best thing I’ve picked up is the importance of collaboration. No great artist is an island or has all the best ideas or abilities. If you surround yourself with great people who help you do what you do best or add something you cannot, then it all just adds up to a better result.”

PDLR: What is one of your most memorable moments from touring with Gorillaz?

Seye Adelekan: “There have been many, but I would say anytime we go to South Africa, it’s always one for the ages.”

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“A River”

PDLR: In “A River,” you describe the need to help someone while also going through your own struggles.  Can you provide more details about the backstory of this track?

Seye Adelekan: “The song originated almost as a stream of consciousness. My friend Charlie had the chords, and we just turned on a microphone, and those words and melody came out! It felt like I was speaking to my slightly younger self, reaching out into the past when I was lost.”

PDLR: Did you work with other artists, producers, and collaborators for the making of “A River?”

Seye Adelekan: “My dear friend Charlie Morton is a long-time co-writer and production partner. Our friend Yves Fernández was also there during the writing process in Iceland, where we did the initial sessions for the upcoming EP. Both top lads and help me to be a better me!”

“Slow down, rest your head. They may be gone, but it’s not the end.”

-A River

Upcoming EP & Overall Sound

PDLR: What is the overall inspiration/theme for your upcoming EP?

Seye Adelekan: “The themes are hope, sobriety, love, and a bit of loss. Loss of an old self. I was also inspired by the Icelandic landscape. It gives a cooler temperature to the songs, I feel.”

PDLR: What do you want your fans/music fans to know about your musical style as a solo artist? 

Seye Adelekan: “My music sounds nothing like the people you would have seen me perform with in the past. I think that’s a good thing, and I hope my fans have an open mind to getting something sometimes melancholy, sometimes sweet, not super upbeat, but always melodic. The tracks bounce instead of bop, haha; if you like Bahamas, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, or Bon Iver, there is probably something in there for you.”


“A River” is out now on all streaming platforms. Check out the music video below, and follow Seye on social media for more upcoming news.

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