D.J. Nolan coming at you with five new artists suggestions, this time in the “indie pop” genre! I chose these artists simply because I listen to their songs a lot and am a huge fan of theirs. Their music struck a chord with me (pun intended) and that’s why I wanted to share them with you today. Though they’re often considered indie pop, all of these musicians have their own unique sound and style. For each, I carefully chose a live session of one of my favorite songs to emphasize the pure artistry and raw talent they possess. Enjoy!
“Leave the Light On”
Overcoats is a duo from New York consisting of singer-songwriters Hannah Ellon (26) and JJ Mitchell (26). JJ and Hannah first met while attending the same college in Connecticut. They had an immediate connection and eventually ditched their job prospects to pursue music together.
They incorporate a ton of electronic elements: from vocal loops and digital percussion, to uniquely formulated sound effects. But the backbone of their music rests in the beautiful, deep cutting harmonies that the two singers can pull off. The chemistry these girls share is infectious, as you can see in this video. Overcoats debut album, Young, was released in April of 2017.
London Grammar is a trio from northern England formed in 2010 and consisting of Hannah Reid (28), Dot Major(26), and Dan Rothman (28). All of their songs are very much a slow burn, but it makes the music much more deep and powerful (if you are in to that style). Think Florence Plus the Machine, but with a laid back tempo and more classical feel. You can easily drift away while listening to their music. Hannah, the lead vocalist, has the voice of an angel and might be an actual angel.
The bands second and latest studio album, Truth is a Beautiful Thing, was released mid-2017 and peaked at number one on the U.K. albums chart–out performing their debut album, If You Wait (2013), which peaked at number two!
Sarah McLaughlin (25), known by her stage name Bishop Briggs, was born to Scottish parents but was raised in London then Tokyo then Hong Kong (she’s been around). When she finally turned 18, she moved to LA to pursue music and that is where she currently resides. She garnered some mainstream attention with her hit single “River”.
Sarah has a strong soulful voice but also incorporates a lot of electronic elements in her songs. Of all the artists on this list, she has the most potential to make it really big. Admittedly, her music is often considered in the alternative rock genre, but she has a lot of pop elements in her music. Sarah’s first EP, Bishop Briggs, was released in April of 2017, and her debut album is set to release this Spring.
“Running with the Wolves”
Aurora Aksnes is a 21 year old singer-songwriter-producer from Stavanger, Norway. I don’t think you could come up with a more Norwegian looking person than Aurora. But she embraces her viking roots in both her style and performance. Aurora fascinates me. She has this uncanny ability to view the world through the eyes of a child, and you can feel that through her music. Her songs completely suck you in and amerce you in to the various dream like worlds she composes.
Aurora’s first studio album, All My Demons Greeting Me as Friends, peaked at number one in Norway. I–along with many others–am eagerly awaiting her second album, which is currently in the works. Don’t tell the other four, but she is definitely my favorite artist on this list!
“All We Do”
This is another duo consisting of Josephine Gucht and Anthony West, both from England. The duo was formed in 2014 and are currently based out of London. They have already achieved international success but haven’t fared as well in the U.S. I just recently came across them so I haven’t listen to them nearly as much as the rest of the artists. So I can’t really give an accurate description of their music. They have two full length albums out, the second, Ultralife was released in July of 2017.
Bonus Artist: Zella Day
Zella Day is a 22 year old singer-songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona. Her voice has a raspiness to it that sets her apart from other pop singers. Her songs are well written stories. She is often compared to Lana Del Ray, but Zella’s music seems to have a little more versatility.
Her first album was independently recorded and paid for by a family friend who was impressed by her talent. It was released in 2009 when Zella was just 15. She followed it up with two EPs and eventually made her major label debut with the album, Kicker, which was released in 2015. She is currently working on her third studio album.