The Dream X

The Dream X: Exclusive Interview with the Genre-Bending Artist

Latin American reggaeton rapper The Dream X takes the globe by storm with his infectious singles “Tijuana” and “BLA BLA” ft. Monaleo. The Salt Lake City-based artist sits down to chat about growing up as a classically trained opera singer to blending various genres in his recent project. With over 350,000 streams on “Tijuana” and no stopping in sight, fans of Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, The Weeknd, or MGK will want to pay attention now.

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Q&A with The Dream X

POETRY DANS LA RUE: How long have you been releasing music in general, and professionally?

The Dream X: “I started releasing music in 2020, but more so as a hobby, not necessarily as a professional career. Back then, the releases that I put out were mainly opera. Being classically trained in opera helped with melody building and lyrics. Going into music as a profession has always been a dream, so being able to do it now as an artist feels surreal.”

POETRY DANS LA RUE: After listening to your singles “BLA BLA” and “Tijuana,” I love the contrast between the two with the languages and the styles.

The Dream X: “I wanted to do something different with the two. “BLA BLA” is more culturally significant. I wanted to break the language barrier between these two countries to bring my music to different people. Even if people don’t understand everything, it joins English and Spanish together. We made “BLA BLA” with Monaleo, a hip-hop sensation, so we were very excited to have her featured on the song. She’s definitely a lyrical genius.”

The Dream X on Influences & Dream Collabs

PDLR: What genres or artists do you consider your main influences for songwriting?

The Dream X: “I have a lot of artists that I look up to to create the sound that I have. I love Bad Bunny, The Weeknd, and Post Malone; there are a lot of influences that go into it.”

PDLR: Any artists who are under the radar that inspire you?

The Dream X: “There’s an artist I follow who makes these beautiful beats. I listen to his music, and it makes me feel like I want to make something with the same energy. I work with him as well, so it’s great to feed off of that. His name is Michael Piroli.”

PDLR: Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

The Dream X: “I have an entire list of people I’d love to work with! My #1 dream collab would have to be Machine Gun Kelly. The second person would be Feid. Others would, of course, be Bad Bunny and Swae Lee…”

“Drama” Coming Soon

PDLR: Can you talk a little about the next single that is coming out?

The Dream X: “I’ve been working on a lot of music. The song that we are planning to release next is called “Drama.” It’s also very different from the previous two; it’s partially in Spanish with more English. I combine four different genres on this track. It’s a mix of pop, moombahton, reggaeton, and rap. It’s set to release this month.”

PDLR: What advice do you have for young indie artists or artists who are just starting their journey?

The Dream X: “Don’t give up because many people will discourage you. People will tell you you’re losing money and pouring money into it, and that it won’t pay off, etc. Which is true, but it’s worth it in the end. Dream big, work hard, and make it happen. If it’s your dream and what you want, go for it. You’ve only got one life. It’s up to you if you’re going to leave a legacy or leave a mark on this world.”

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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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Lucky Iris maybe i'm too much

Lucky Iris Talks New Candid EP ‘Maybe I’m Too Much’

The dynamic pop duo from Leeds, U.K., Lucky Iris, releases maybe i’m too much, the group’s most recent EP.  Lucky Iris is Maeve Florsheim and Jasper Exley, forming their group just before the height of the pandemic in 2020.  POETRY DANS LA RUE has followed Lucky Iris since the release of “Get Ready With Me,” an addicting pop track that can pair with any Reel or TikTok. 

On maybe i’m too much, the group follows a reflective journey with candid lyrics juxtaposed by energetic pop music. Lucky Iris comes into their sound and pushes the limits, especially with tracks like “23” and “blowing kisses.” Recently, the group had their songs featured on BBCR1, Love Island, and BBC Introducing…which mark major career highs for the duo.

We catch up with Lucky Iris to gush over the release of maybe i’m too much and chat about all things behind the scenes.

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Interview ft. Lucky Iris

POETRY DANS LA RUE: It’s so wild to reflect on when we first connected in 2020 for the release of “Get Ready With Me.” I love seeing how you guys have evolved in the past few years!

LUCKY IRIS: “We wrote those first tracks just before the pandemic. The lockdown was pretty quick here in the U.K., so it was a lot of calling between the two of us trying to release the songs. It was nice to have people like you pick up on it early. It reassured us that people were enjoying the music.”

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PDLR: So, your EP, maybe i’m too much, is out now! I remember listening to “23” when it came out. I noticed the production and was enamored by how it captivates the listener. Then I dove into the lyrics and the meaning of the track. I felt like this one set the bar!

LUCKY IRIS: “Since lockdown, the production has been self-taught by both of us, and we’ve been able to craft and produce our own music for the first time. We’ve had so much more time to sit with the tracks and sounds to make it feel how we want. I’m glad to hear you picked up on it.

When we first started and made “Get Ready With Me,” we wanted to make music that we wanted to listen to. The kind of music and the soundscapes have changed in a couple of years, but we still like that concept. We’ve grown into this sound, and this is the first time we’ve put our spin on all of it.”

PDLR: That’s awesome, and it shows on the tracks! Did you work with anyone else in the making of this EP?

LUCKY IRIS: “So it’s produced by just us, doing everything ourselves. We sent it off for the final production to be mixed by Richard Wilkinson, who has worked with Adele. Then it went to mastering in Denmark by Antony Ryan, who works with Oh Wonder.

We love writing songs, and we love producing, but it’s nice to have more ears to hear it in different spaces. It also helps to raise the sound quality and elevate the tracks. Our aspiration for this EP was to do what we’re doing but take it to the next level.”

“I think “23” will still resonate when I’m turning 53 because it’s the same retrospective idea of where you are at the time.”

PDLR: Can you provide more insight into the writing process of the EP and discuss what you were pulling from for the material?

LUCKY IRIS: “We were in a better headspace after lockdown and getting back into a normal routine. It was exploring the ways that we’ve grown. So with “23,” it was the idea of where we are now after these last couple of years. It feels like we blinked and woke up in 2023.

Now, I’m in my twenties, and I’m trying to be present, but you have all of these pressures. I realized that some of the things I want have changed since 2020. It comes with getting older in general; the ideas of what I want for my life are changing. The song is about that and how it’s not necessarily a good or bad thing.

I think “23” will still resonate when I’m 52, turning 53, because it’s the same retrospective idea of where you are at that time. You’re always reflecting.”

PDLR: I think the idea you explore on “23” is relatable to many different generations. People could be going through significant life changes and reflecting on where they are at any given time.

LUCKY IRIS: “Out of all the tracks, “23” is quite emotional because it perfectly captures the feeling of us coming out of lockdown and feeling a bit lost. Our entire EP is like this growth period, and “maybe i’m too much” is also a special track because it’s one of the first we wrote as a backdrop to the EP.

I think it started as quite a sad track about taking in all the impressions other people have of us. It has since grown as we’ve changed it into a rather joyful track. It’s about realizing those things don’t matter, and you shouldn’t give time to people who want to change you. The lyrics stayed the same, but the meaning was different. It’s saying, well, ‘maybe I’m too much, but maybe that doesn’t matter at all.’

“oh no (i guess i did it again)” worked similarly because it started as a trivial argument in a pub. It ended with this idea that I won’t allow people to tell me where I belong, and their opinion doesn’t matter. I didn’t necessarily write it expecting those feelings, but it’s very cathartic.”

“Having our songs be on the main radio station we listened to growing up was a huge pinch-me moment.”

PDLR: I’ve had “blowing kisses” in my head for the past few weeks; it’s definitely an earworm! I also saw that you recently had both of your latest singles on BBC Radio 1.

LUCKY IRIS: “We were so excited about that. It’s something we always dreamed about. Having our songs be on the main radio station we listened to growing up was a huge pinch-me moment. It was nice to have validation and achieve a longtime goal. After hearing “oh no (i guess i did it again)” and soaking it all in, they played “blowing kisses” the following week. To have that kind of reassurance meant a lot.”

PDLR: That’s exciting to have traction with the EP coming out!

“We like the juxtaposition of the lyrics being more melancholy and the feeling more energetic.”

PDLR: Any specific influences or something you were listening to while you were making maybe i’m too much?

LUCKY IRIS: “We listened to a lot of hyper-pop music because it brought us a lot of joy and put us in the mindset. We fell in love with more and more artists in that niche, and now we’ve kind of created our version of that. So, there may be some more surprises along the lines of that style to come. Some of the artists we had on rotation were Rina Sawayama, Tove Lo, Caroline Polachek, Charli XCX, and Kim Petras. We like the juxtaposition of the lyrics being more melancholy and the feeling more energetic.”

Upcoming Events for Lucky Iris

PDLR: Do you have any special events or shows coming up?

LUCKY IRIS: “We’re doing an intimate record store show on August 11th when the EP comes out. We’ll play the EP in full live and celebrate with friends. Then we’ve got a tour booked TBA soon, touring most of the U.K. We are eager to get the music out there and perform it for everyone.”

Listen to the brand new EP, ‘maybe i’m too much,’ from Lucky Iris below, and follow them on social media to keep up with their latest news.

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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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Emerging Female Artists

Emerging Indie Female Artists Summer 2023

It’s no secret that more and more women are dominating the music industry and finding unique ways to get their voices heard. This month, we’ve received countless buzz-worthy submissions from emerging indie female artists all over the globe. This post highlights some phenomenal women to watch for the summer in the independent music scene.

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Emerging Indie Female Artists

Emerging Indie Female Artists

ALBA

ALBA is a French pop artist who released her most recent EP, Le bon sens, on July 5th. Her polarizing two-single project, “Oh! Chéri !” and “Oui chérie ?” shows a relationship from both sides (chéri/chérie) with two different production styles.

The first, “Oh! Chéri !” depicts a frustrated partner singing, “dis-moi pourquoi avec toi, c’est toujours comme ça ? Les promesses vaines, ta mauvaise foi* !” While the visual is in color, the song stays in a melancholic realm of doubt, unanswered questions, and exasperation. In contrast, “Oui chérie ?” is a more upbeat, synth-pop track responding to all the questions. “J’ai jamais menti. Je vois bien le problème, mais moi, j’ai rien promis**.” ALBA portrays this “couldn’t care less” side of the story in a black & white video accompanied by violins and a Latin influence.

*Tell me why it’s always the same with you? Your vain promises and bad faith.

**I never lied. I can see the problem, but I didn’t promise anything.

Amelie Lucille

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Amelie Lucille’s latest single, “Mess,” will have you questioning whether you are listening to Billie Eilish, Nina Nesbitt, or Olivia Rodrigo. The NYC indie-folk artist released her self-titled debut EP on June 15th. At the young age of 14, she already sets herself apart with her classic influences ranging from Björk to Lana Del Rey. Her pure vocals and tone highlight her “old soul” mentality. “Mess” is one of seven tracks on her EP. The single is well-polished, exquisitely written, and perfectly delivered. Within seconds of listening to this track, you won’t believe your ears. Furthermore, Amelie Lucille emulates raw talent and poise and is undoubtedly an artist to watch in the indie scene.

Ferielle

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Parisian pop artist Ferielle shares singles “JAMAIS” and “JETER UN SORT” on her debut EP l’eau qui dort. Her voice is sublime and rich, often compared to the likes of Maggie Rogers or King Princess in her musical style. You may recognize her 2022 single, “dis-moi on où va,” from season 3 of Emily in Paris. Her voice is undoubtedly recognizable, soft, and ethereal. The catchy melodies in “dis-moi où on va” and “JAMAIS” linger in your head, even if you don’t speak French. Her music transports you to a lighthearted rom-com movie you idolized in the 90s.

Hello Sister

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Pop-punk sister trio, Hello Sister, is on a kick to follow the path of the Jonas Brothers but in the musical style of Avril Lavigne or Paramore. The Orlando, Florida sisters previously appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2021. This year, the pop-rock teens shared a catalog of singles, including “Invisible Girl,” “Lately,” “Things You Never Said,” and “tragic.” “Invisible Girl” shows a softer, more emotional side to the group, while “Lately” brings on Avril-esque teenage angst. Their songs are incredibly catchy and memorable, staying with you even after one listen. The lyrics relate to teenagers going through similar growing pains in relationships, friendships, life, and love. Above all, Hello Sister demonstrates a knack for blending genres with their charismatic flair.

Kaÿcie

Kaÿcie is a Franco-American artist born in France known for her folk/pop indie style. Her single, “MOON,” is an innovative blend of indie, pop, folk, and acoustic styles. A haunting twangy guitar rings out in the introduction, encouraging the listener to stay alert. Kaÿcie’s folky vocals lure you in and draw you to the chorus, encompassed by rock-esque guitars as it builds. It’s alluring, earthy, serene, and thought-provoking.

Her recent single, “Young Hearts,” showcases her superb vocal ability, soft indie folk style, and poetic lyricism. The chorus soars over a harmony of “My young heart is old, for my love is bold, and your fire’s beauty to behold.” Kaÿcie’s songwriting shines brightly on this track as she uses imagery to describe how her youth has dwindled, revealing an older, wiser, more poised version of herself in love.

Micaela Kleinsmith

Micaela Kleinsmith is a South African country artist and the first winner of the Apple TV+ series My Kind of Country. The series, executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, features coaches from the country music scene. Orville Peck scouted and coached Micaela on the show, leading her to victory. Micaela dazzled her audience with hit singles like “If I Die Young,” “Need You Now,” and “Good Kisser.” The soulful artist shared her original songs “Stupid Love” and “Butterfly” while on the show.

Micaela’s recent EP Butterfly includes her most popular single, “Raise This Cup,” a dance-worthy country drinking song. In contrast, a softer side reflects in her latest release, “Over You,” with Rudi Simon & Marcel Aquila. “Over You” spotlights her rich vocals on a surprising dance track showing her depth outside of the country music world.

Naya

Emerging Indie Female Singers

French singer-songwriter Naya shared her single, “vaguémo,” a melancholic dream-pop tune. The gloomy lyrics create a somber and sorrowful atmosphere around her mesmerizing vocals. Her voice is unique and memorable after a few seconds, setting her apart from many artists in this genre. The chorus draws listeners into a trancelike state as her voice rings out, “comme une tempête qui souffle dans ta tête, et tout le flot, tout le flot de cette vague émo*.”

Naya’s hypnotic vocals and distinctive style put her in line with the likes of Holly Humberstone, Gracie Abrams, and Beach House. Most recently, Naya opened for The 1975 at the gorgeous L’Olympia music hall in Paris.

*Like a storm blowing in your head, and all the flood, all the flood of this emo wave.

Sarah Lake

Emerging Indie Female Artists

Nashville country artist and former American Idol top 20 contestant, Sarah Lake, has had success lately with her single, “Good to Be Gone.” She released two versions of the track; a radio single and an acoustic version. Sarah co-wrote “Good to Be Gone” with Songland finalist Alyssa Newton. The song is produced by her husband and Grammy Nominated producer Ernie Lake. Sarah’s voice sounds flawless in this summer breakup track, especially on the acoustic version. The lyrics and storytelling aspect put you directly into the singer’s shoes. “Good to Be Gone” is an immediate earworm stuck in your head for days.

Sarah recently released a collaborative single with Lucas Grabeel entitled “Back to You.” She follows this with her brand-new track, “To Alabama,” a love song to Alabama, a peaceful place to escape. The single is a writing collaboration with the Nashville country rock group Everette.

tiger del flor

Emerging Indie Female Musicians

Emerging indie pop artist tiger del flor drops an ‘in-your-face’ grunge-inspired single, “shut up and kiss me!” You may recognize the singer from the popular reality series Love Island, USA (Season 4). Del flor makes a bang with “shut up and kiss me!” combining pop, punk, and grunge elements. She pays homage to fellow Seattle legends Nirvana, Hole, and Mudhoney, some of the groups she grew up listening to. “Shut up and kiss me!” is melodic, edgy, seductive, and nostalgic; it creeps into your ears and echos in your brain. tiger del flor is gearing up to release her debut EP see me in hell.

Discover these incredible Emerging Indie Female Artists and so many others on our “New Music Emerging Now” playlists for the season.

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New Music Emerging Now: Spring Fever

If you want to catch up on the best new music releases this spring, look no further than our New Music Emerging Now: Spring Fever playlists. As always, this past season has unlimited music to discover from your favorite indie, pop, singer-songwriter, and alternative artists. Strong album releases came this month from Ed Sheeran, The National, and Joy Oladokun. Hot new spring singles included drops from Babe Rainbow, The Japanese House, Anderson Hao, and Diving at Dawn. Take a deep dive into our New Music Spring playlists below as the holiday weekend kicks off into summer.

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New Music Emerging Now // Spring Albums & EPs

Ed Sheeran--Subtract // Singer-songwriter

Ed Sheeran shares an emotional diary of personal turmoil in relationships and professional life on -Subtract. The preliminary concept of Subtract was always acoustic and stripped down, but recent events in his private life tragically lined up with the theme. Sheeran sought instrumentals from Aaron Dessner of The National to channel some of Subtract’s more profound, intimate moments. Sheeran processes the loss of best friend Jamal Edwards and touches on grief, depression, and uncertainty. He pens his deepest, darkest songs with “Salt Water,” “Sycamore,” and “Borderline.” “Life Goes On” relates to grieving the loss of his friend while the world spins on with the daily grind.

In contrast, “Dusty” is the perfect parent-child track about listening to records and being carefree in a moment of childhood innocence. The song is squeezed between heavier tracks, bringing sunshine as Sheeran recounts a shared morning ritual with his oldest daughter. Subtract lulls to a close with a Celtic-inspired tune, “The Hills of Aberfeldy,” written with Foy Vance, to give a solemn and yearning end to a primarily heartbreaking album.

Joy Oladokun-Proof of Life // Singer-songwriter/Folk

Joy Oladokun delivers Proof of Life, a stepping-out for the upcoming artist. The album sends an uplifting message to those going through “Changes,” trying to remain hopeful and working on self-improvement. Standout tracks that convey the message of the album include “Taking Things For Granted,” “Somebody Like Me,” and “Trying.” On these tracks, Oladokun longs for acceptance and understanding while challenging herself to be unbothered by opinions.

The range of artists on this album flaunts Oladokun’s genre-crossing flair. The Nashville-local singer is opening for Noah Kahan on his headlining tour, who is featured on “We’re All Gonna Die.” Other emotive collaborations on Proof of Life feature Mt. Joy, Chris Stapleton, Manchester Orchestra, and Maxo Kream. “Sweet Symphony” ft. Chris Stapleton accentuates the soulfulness of the two artists’ voices. Proof of Life is soul-searching, eloquent, and introspective, often sounding like pages of a musical diary.

The National-First Two Pages of Frankenstein // Alternative

Excerpt by Kate Freeman@what.kate.listens.to

The National’s most recent LP almost didn’t happen. Twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner crafted their signature undulating instrumental pieces, while lead singer Matt Berninger struggled to pen lyrics due to depression and writer’s block. Thankfully, two things helped spark Berninger’s return to form: his wife and lyric collaborator Carin Besser using the phrase “your mind is not your friend;” and picking up a copy of Frankenstein from the bookshelf. The lonely, desolate setting of the book’s opening felt relatable at the time. It was an appropriate starting point for the characteristically melancholy band’s ninth album. 

First Two Pages of Frankenstein sees The National shed their earlier angular guitar sounds and harshness in favor of more delicate tracks, perfect for their vulnerable yet wry lyrics. The album is arguably their heaviest emotionally, but to counteract this, it is also their shortest in over ten years. In the standout lead single, “Tropic Morning News,” Berninger proclaims, “There’s nothing stopping me now from saying all of the painful parts out loud.” 

The album features three collabs that are any indie fan’s dream – Sufjan Stevens, Phoebe Bridgers, and Taylor Swift. The most notable, “The Alcott” with Swift, earns her a writing credit and gives fans another heart-wrenching duet following “Coney Island” from evermore.

Frankenstein is relatable yet elusive, with glimpses of joy between waves of sorrow. Perhaps the exception is closer “Send For Me,” where Berninger stops looking inward and offers sincere kindness—a hopeful close to the album and the beginning of a new chapter for our favorite sad dad band.

New Music Emerging Now // Spring Discoveries

Anderson Hao “GET a GRIP” // Acoustic/Pop

Anderson Hao is gearing up to release her debut EP featuring recent singles “GET a GRIP” (ft. Lance Redeker) and “SECOND RATE.” The artist’s soft vocals and poignant lyrics are similar to the style of beabadoobee, Gracie Abrams, or Olivia Rodrigo. Hao’s simplistic tone on “GET a GRIP” instantly lures listeners with, “You’ve got your guard up, I’ve got this nagging feeling, so I hide my neck for two weeks. The track weaves in subtle elements as Lance’s voice accentuates but never overpowers Anderson’s. It culminates to a sonic height with the duality of vocals and instrumentation at the end. Anderson’s knack for candid and straightforward songwriting radiates in every song she has released. Be on the lookout for her EP, What a Hard Winter, on May 31st.

Babe Rainbow “Super Ego” // Psych-pop

Australian band Babe Rainbow recently took the stage at Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta with their newest single, “Super Ego.” The four-piece band is known for their signature throwback sounds, which dominate “Super Ego” as the stellar production drifts listeners into a daze. “Super Ego” brings all the psychedelic vibes similar to a 60’s chill jam. One line even brings to mind Steve Miller Band’s iconic “Fly Like An Eagle” as the vocals soar over “and we were looking back through your computer.” Stay tuned for their upcoming EP, Fresh As A Head of Lettuce, set for release on June 16th.

Christian James, Laith, & Annalee Beck “Useless” // Alternative

Raleigh artist Christian James drops a collab track with Annalee Beck and local NC producer Laith. The upbeat style and carefree production are juxtaposed with the melancholy lyrics of being “Useless.” “Useless” embodies waves of ocean tides in the introduction, seemingly washing away spring and kicking off summer. “Nothing sounds right / I was slow dancing on the white rug, spillin’ wine / I love the fact that I am useless,” Christian repeats each word perfectly on the beat.

Diving at Dawn “Playing Your Records” // Alternative

Diving at Dawn, the solo project of Pete Hobbs from The Boy Least Likely To, goes on a sentimental flashback of experiencing music on vinyl for the first time. Hobbs paints a vivid image of exploring his father’s record collection as a kid and creating a core memory of spinning vinyl. This track is a must-hear for any record collector who loves the crackle of an old LP. “Playing Your Records” has similar vocals to Beck on “Stratosphere” and a melange of music Hobbs grew up listening to (Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Wings). Some songs were meant to be pressed on vinyl, and this one emulates that exact notion.

Dylan Kelley “Wherever You Are” // Country

Breakup songs have existed for ages but always seem vindictive, overly emotional, or often cliché. Dylan Kelley’s new single “Wherever You Are” is an ode to an ex, wishing them well in whatever journey they pursue after the relationship ends. Dylan’s storytelling on this track is spot on and sends the message softly but clearly in the most endearing way. Country music fans will want to put “Wherever You Are” on repeat and, for once, look back fondly on an old flame.

The Japanese House “Sad to Breathe” & “Sunshine Baby” // Pop

The Japanese House, solo artist Amber Bain of Dirty Hit, returns with sensational singles “Sad to Breathe” and “Sunshine Baby.” The debut single, “Boyhood,” from her upcoming album, In the End It Always Does, marked her first release since 2020. “Sad to Breathe” is an acoustic, more stripped-back style single that accentuates her pure vocals. The lyrics cut deep on processing the end of a relationship, “I go to bed, and I’m cryin, ’cause it’s sad to breathe the air when you’re not there.” George Daniel, drummer of The 1975, adds his magic to the production with the signature chimes of piano similar to The Birthday Party or The Man Who Married a Robot.

“Sunshine Baby” captures the bittersweet qualities of a relationship when you don’t want a good thing to end. “Putting off the end, ’cause in the end it always does,” is contrasted by “sitting in the backseat, driving with my sunshine baby.” Amber’s voice and diction on this track embody her feelings. Matty Healy’s backing vocals and a smooth sax solo brighten up the song like a warm spring day. In the End It Always Does is set for release on June 30th.

Lost Hearts “Night to Remember” // Rock

Lost Hearts brings pop-rock back to the forefront of the country-dominated city of Nashville. “Night to Remember” is a classic, catchy, live anthem. The lyrics on this single give listeners a glimpse of the mid-2000s. The simple concept of pining for someone that you can’t have rings out in a universal and memorable chorus. Lost Hearts have what it takes to command a stage and be the next big addition to rock tours around the US.


As May nears a close, we are still playing catch-up with new music this spring. Discover everything you see here and more on our New Music Emerging Now // Spring Fever playlists.

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New Music March

New Music March Moods Playlists

The music of March seemed endless as new albums arrived from Daisy Jones & the Six, Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, and boygenius. Other notable news in the music scene came from Hozier, The Japanese House, and Ed Sheeran. This month, we dove into several mainstream albums, explored albums from new emerging artists, and spiced up our playlists with eclectic tunes from around the globe. Our “New Music Emerging Now: March Moods” playlists cover everything from R&B to Singer/Songwriter and French Pop to Alternative. A few new favorite discoveries include Blak Emoji, Eremos, Taali, and Annael. Explore all of these artists and more in our New Music March playlists below.

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New Music March

New Music: March Albums & EPs

boygenius-the record //

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus start their debut album as boygenius with two sonically polarizing tracks. “Without You Without Them” is a minimalistic harmonic vocal intro showcasing the three women’s raw voices. The album, entitled the record, leads into “$20” with boisterous guitars and an emotional climbing crescendo. As listeners weave through the group’s three artistic styles combined into one entity, they revel in the push and pull of rock-driven tunes and stripped-back hushed desires. Other highlights of the record include the guitar-driven “Satanist” opening with Baker’s edgy vocals followed by “We’re In Love,” which holds a nod to Taylor Swift’s “This Love.” Every song on the twelve-track LP coalesces as perfectly together as the voices of the supergroup. Rolling Stone, DIY, NME, and Dork all boast 5-star reviews for the 2023 debut from boygenius.

Daisy Jones & The Six-AURORA //

Daisy Jones & The Six is an interview-style novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The music-centered story, influenced partly by Fleetwood Mac, can also be compared to the film Almost Famous for music lovers. Daisy Jones & The Six finally comes to life with the Amazon Prime Video series starring Riley Keough and Sam Clafin. As the series unfolds, the songs on its soundtrack, AURORA, build emotional credibility and exposure. While this album may never touch the 70s classics, AURORA becomes a modern-day nostalgic masterpiece of its own. Songs like “More Fun to Miss,” “Look At Us Now,” and “The River” combine elements of longing, feminine influence, timeless 70s-sounding guitars, and band member banter. If this album hasn’t struck a chord with you, watch the series to see how each song unfolds and comes to life.

Fall Out Boy-So Much (For) Stardust //

Fall Out Boy returns with their eighth studio album, So Much (For) Stardust. The thirteen-track album may not emulate the angst of “A Little Less Sixteen Candles…” à la From Under the Cork Tree, but the Chicagoan band cohesively and succinctly generates a modern millennial gem. Leading with two stadium-charged singles led fans to believe this album was a return to form of sorts to earlier FOB days. So Much (For) Stardust does not disappoint, combining elements from their sound over the past two decades. The band delivers dance-worthy anthems, witty lyrics, and vibrant pop-rock tracks. Anyone who strayed from the Fall Out Boy path seems lured back under their spell for “Heaven, Iowa,” “Fake Out,” and “What A Time To Be Alive.”

Taali-taali //

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Taali soars high with her self-titled record this month. Taali, a veteran songsmith, took upon the challenge of crafting an album with the idea of removing autobiographical anecdotes. The album leads off with an instrumental strings piece, “Did We Die?” straight into “When the Dust Settles,” a minimal piano and vocal track that builds midway with a sense of urgency. Taali’s artistry shines through on the poppier floaty number “Anywhere” as she uses her voice to let the notes take flight. “Somewhere over Kansas” swoons listeners with stacked vocals, while “It Comes for You” adds an edgier side to the album with a poignant keyboard melody. Lyrically, the album explores “grief, wanderlust, self-discovery, and empowerment.” Taali exudes artistic flair and cohesiveness. This album is one for the decades.

Violaine-Rose Rouge-EP //

Chanson française artist Violaine discloses a lyrical journey on her recent Rose Rouge EP. “Toute Petite” is a soft, heartfelt ballad about dealing with negative self-dialogue. Her poetic French lines roll off the tongue on “Juillet” with lyrics like “de nos errances, ivresses dense, je n’ai pas de regret…même si mon cœur n’est pas étanche, je veux rêver…” The second half of the EP picks up with “Oxygène,” a poppy confession of love, and the seductive closing track, “La Partie.” “La Partie” combines infectious beats with Violaine’s sultry vocals, leading to a satisfying instrumental fadeout.

New Music: March Discoveries

Annael “J’accuse” //

French pop singer Annael caught us off guard with his self-aware single “J’accuse.” On “J’accuse,” Annael blends genres with elements of dance and pop and a stylistic aura similar to the likes of Stromae. The diction and elocution of this song are beautifully executed. “J’accuse” creates a sonic loop of transcending sounds that echo a summer music festival. The track digs deeper, however, on self-criticism as Annael shares on Instagram, “Chaque personne à un côté sombre qu’elle doit apprivoiser. C’est un challenge au quotidien, de vivre avec ses défauts et d’y faire face*.”
*Every person has a dark side that they have to tame. It’s an everyday challenge to live with your faults and to face them.

Blak Emoji “Last Night Lost” //

Electro-R&B artist and producer Blak Emoji hypnotizes fans with the remastered single “Last Night Lost.” The vibrating electro beats meshed with luscious falsetto vocals immediately grasp and enthrall listeners. Seductive lyrics creep into your head and resonate with the catchy beats and chorus. “Last Night Lost” is a sweet addition to any going-out playlist.

Caroline Larke “Horses” //

Caroline Larke introduces us to her single “Horses,” and we fell for every detail in this song. “Horses” is a stunner on the first listen, with vocals soaring over open space. The track’s lyricism, delivery, and musical progression resound with perfect execution. The folk-style acoustic song paints a picture of serenity and loyalty. Stylistic decisions on vocal elocution echo Billie Eilish in “When the Party’s Over.” “Horses” invites you to channel your inner zen and surrender to your full potential.

Christine and the Queens “To be honest” //

Christine and the Queens announced “To be honest” as the first single off his upcoming album, PARANOIA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE. “To be honest” is yet another masterful melange of sounds surrounded by the striking vocals of Christine and the Queens. The ever-present combination of mixing French and English lyrics and creating transcending sounds prevails in this lead single. The three-part LP is due out on June 9th, 2023.

Eremos “Ghost On the River” //

In mid-March, Athens, Georgia, rock band Eremos released the mesmerizing single “Ghost On the River.” The delivery on this track, from the vocals to the lyrics and the emotion behind it, speaks volumes to listeners. Written with minimal production and drawing inspiration from blues, indie folk, rock, and country, Eremos hits every note with “Ghost On the River.” “Ghost On the River” is a timeless song that will have you belting out the words right along with it. The alluring and unique vocals only strengthen as the track continues. A captivating guitar arrangement, emotion-evoking opening vocals, memorable singalong chorus, and a properly placed guitar solo make this song perpetually superb.

Lucky Iris “23” //

Lucky Iris is an alt-pop duo from Leeds, U.K. After a period of writing and developing their sound, the band is gearing up to release their new EP, ‘maybe i’m too much.’ “23” is the first serotonin-boosting single from the upcoming summer EP. The production on “23” takes listeners on a sonic nostalgia journey; it’s truly the “frisson” type experience that many music fans often search for in a song. From what we’ve heard, “23” represents the beginning of a new creative era for the young duo.

Sophia Patsalides “Beautiful Ghost” //

Female Cypriot artist Sophia Patsalides, a new music discovery on Groover, landed on our March playlist with “Beautiful Ghost.” The single has a captivating intro, and the vocals are phenomenal. The buildup in this song and the recurring loop from the opening easily make it a breathtaking earworm. Sophia’s pop and R&B style on “Beautiful Ghost” solidifies our interest in the new emerging artist.


March was a massive month for new releases, so check out the full “New Music Emerging Now: March Moods” playlists below.

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New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

Things have never been hotter in the music industry, and we are here to keep you in the loop! New Music Friday is back with a collaborative fall playlist. POETRY DANS LA RUE curates Flames of Fall; highly anticipated tracks from The 1975, Noah Kahan, and Blink-182 mixed with undiscovered tracks from around the world to spice up your music taste.

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene worldwide. Our goal is to provide a platform for ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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New Music Friday: Fall Playlist

// “Harlot” by FABER //-Rock

FABER brings the heat and the vengeance on her latest single, “Harlot.” The single is bold and full of fury, yet comes out on top with the ‘take that’ type of comeback. The London rocker spices up her game with crystal-clear lyrics detailing an awry relationship. “Harlot” showcases FABER’s ability to draw her audience in and make them genuinely feel her story.

// “Central London” by Jodie Mellor //-Pop

Self-proclaimed “professional bedroom singer” Jodie Mellor gushes about love on her latest single, “Central London.” The Bristol-based singer-songwriter conveys her message of overcoming personal anxieties to show her love for her partner. Mellor sings, “I would drive through central London for you,” in a reassuring proclamation of her feelings. “Central London” may expose Mellor’s anxieties, but it also highlights her vocal and lyrical talents. The song paints the perfect picture of a selfless type of love.

// “All My Love” by Noah Kahan //-Folk

New England folk singer-songwriter Noah Kahan releases his third studio album today. “All My Love” is the third track on Stick Season, following his two lyrically flawless singles. Keeping the folky, fall feeling of longing and isolation, Kahan writes better than ever: “I’m sayin’ too much, but you know how it gets out here. No winter coat could keep out all the cold of your atmosphere.” “All My Love” is a respectful, mature break-up song for the season of change.

// “Necromancing” by Justin Kerecz //-Rock

We are very much here for Justin Kerecz’s latest chilling single, “Necromancing,” a Tom Petty-inspired track for the spooky season. Petty-esque guitars and a chorus of “oooo oooo” add just enough heartland sounds to this autumn tune. Also drawing influences from Butch Walker, Ghost, and Warren Zevon, “Necromancing” is the perfect eerie addition to your Halloween playlist.

// “At the Pool” by Lioba //-Pop

Germany-native artist Lioba released her latest single, “At the Pool,” defining her new alternative pop sound. “At the Pool” explores a melancholic Lorde-type concept of transforming bubblegum pop into intoxicating synthy waves. Lioba demonstrates magnetic allure on this track, weaving through airy vocals to a deeper range on the outro.


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New Music Summer 2022: Seven Songs Seven Genres

We are interrupting your Friday Eve with new music from a diverse group of upcoming artists. Luckily, we didn’t have to go further than our inbox to find a variety of tunes to soundtrack your workweek blues and get an early start to the weekend. Scroll through to your favorite genre or check out all seven tracks and more on our weekly new music summer 2022 playlist.

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New music summer 2022 playlist

New Music Summer 2022 Playlist

// “Lost Sheep” by Onyi Moss //-Singer-Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Onyi Moss takes you on a dreamy journey in her new release “Lost Sheep.” The Manchester-based British/Nigerian artist’s soothing voice will be the perfect addition to your meditation or relaxation playlist to cure those Sunday Scaries.

// “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk” by J. Antonette //-Country

Our Nashville country queen J. Antonette has the cure for your achy breaky heart. Drown out your tears with a few tequila shots and some Coyote Ugly style bar dancing to “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk.”

// “You Said” by Misa //-Trip-hop

London-based trip-hop singer Misa released the airy break-up single “You Said” last Friday. Her unique style of combining dance music with smooth ambient sounds and elements of hip-hop introduces a genre that is entirely new to us as listeners. The track sounds as if a cool evening sea breeze is whispering her feelings.

// “DIS MOI” by Omran //-French Rap/Hip-Hop

Maintenant pour un peu de musique française. “DIS MOI” est un nouveau morceau par rappeur et chanteur français, Omran. Sa voix douce peint une image de couples dansant sous le coucher de soleil à la fin d’été. On veut vraiment danser !

// “TALK RICH” by HeyStax //-Rap/Hip-Hop

Upcoming Atlanta, GA artist Heystax released his third studio album entitled “A Beautiful Way to Let Go” last Friday. The ATL rapper brings the heat with the single “Talk Rich,” which could easily be played on repeat with windows down all summer long. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well! Some of our other favorite tracks are “Break the Rules,” “Believe,” and “Right Hand Man.”

// “Kick It Up” by Michelle Fabre //-Pop

New York-based pop singer-songwriter Michelle Fabre blessed us with an all-out dance anthem, “Kick It Up.” The new track exudes elements of 80s dance music alongside upbeat pop vocals to serve as a great addition to your summer playlist. Michelle is certainly an artist to watch as she has been breaking the scene in NYC.

// “10:36” by beabadoobee //-Alternative

Indie-alternative artist beabadoobee (bee-uh-buh-doo-bee) is no stranger to the new music scene. Beatrice Laus of Dirty Hit Records will release her second studio album, Beatopia, on July 15th. “10:36” is the third single from her highly anticipated sophomore album. “10:36” sounds like a background track to a 90s movie, filled with lines of angsty spoken voice. We are fully prepared for this album to take us on a nostalgic 90s flashback of luscious female vocals.

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