TIDAL Rising: This Week’s 5 Picks
TIDAL Rising is a dedicated showcase for today’s emerging and independent artists. Curated by the TIDAL Editors, Rising highlights artists just beginning to make waves. We’re continuously updating the Rising section’s album and track lists, but each week we highlight five special picks you really shouldn’t miss out on.
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Zella Day is where the Old West meets Sunny California. Influenced by her Northern Arizona mountain home and now based in Los Angeles, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter makes electro-charged and inventive guitar driven indie pop, adding a flavor of sunlit melodies and psychedelic ’60s California culture into her desert mystique, as demonstrated on her gorgeous full-length debut, Kicker. The album is made in close collaboration with production/songwriting duo Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry (known for their work with Best Coast).
Lukas Graham was born in the ragged and free-spirited community of Christiania in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark, and raised on a musical diet of classical, folk and hip-hop (especially Dr. Dre’s 2001). Combining all these elements into his own brand of sophisticated pop, Graham first album went platinum four times over in his home country, with that success subsequently translated to the rest of Europe. Now Lukas Graham is a band – consisting of Lukas, Mark Falgren, Magnús Larsson and Kasper Daugaard – and riding on the wings of transcendent recent singles “Mama Says” and “7 Years” they’re organically expanding their success to the rest of the world.
London-raised JONES describes herself is as a detached, lone wanderer who admits that making music is a form of creative meditation to compliment her regular practice. Together with collaborators like XL Recordings resident producer Rodaidh McDonald, Raffertie (Ninja Tune) and alt-pop mastermind (and brother of Jai) A. K. Pau,l she blends polished electronic sounds with raw, organic elements, echoing her modern musical loves like Little Dragon and Lykke Li. Her debut album, New Skin, drops in March 2016, but you should check out her single “Hoops” right now.
Tagged as “David Lynch approved desert rock,” Escondido is the Nashville based duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Escondido self-released their debut album in 2013, described by Vogue as “one of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred.” The LP led to national tours with Lord Huron and Wild Cub, appearances on Conan and ‘Nashville’, and even led to them writing a song for Marnie and Desi in the HBO series Girls. For their upcoming sophomore album, Walking With a Stranger, they recruited drummer Evan Hutchings and guitarist Scotty Murray, and while retaining their southwestern approach, the updated Escondido sets out to paint a more complex and varied landscape, and the results speak for themselves. Try out their new single, “Try,” and see for yourself.
Saltwater Sun, the brand new and buzzing five-piece from London, makes fuzzy sun-drenched indie pop anthems, linking them up to artists like Alvvays, Wolf Alice and Best Coast. Their first EP, Wild, includes the smashing singles “Habit On My Mind” and “Making Eyes,” which Consequence of Sound recently described as “Moments of groove-driven seduction give way to machine-gun rambunctiousness, a thrilling mix that gives the band ample space to show off their pop sensibilities alongside rougher edges.”
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