It's somewhat of an indie resurgence this week. Despite the incoming wintery breeze, trusty fave Oscar Scheller is keeping things warm and toasty as he returns with his first new music since 'Boys Cry'.
Elsewhere, Swim Deep have recruited Manchester powerhouse Phoebe Green for a new collaboration EP, iamkyami have announced their signing to Heist or Hit, and Ellie Bleach hers to Sad Club Records – plus the debut EP from Utrecht's TESSEL. Give 'em a spin below.
Oscar Scheller - 'Weirdo'
The first work of his own after producing two tracks on the stellar PinkPantheress mixtape, 'Weirdo' is another notch on the belt for Oscar Scheller – who is fast becoming a staple producer for the alt-pop artists of our future.
A tongue-in-cheek reflection upon his questionable romantic patterns, Scheller says: “‘Weirdo' is about the unhealthy behaviour of being attracted to emotionally unavailable people, and kind of just laughing at myself because it's a habit I'm constantly trying to break! The song came about when I developed strong feelings for someone who lived in LA. It all started with me asking myself 'why can't I like someone who's in the same city as me?? I'm such a weirdo'. I'd like people to be more self aware of their patterns, for themselves and others, but also see the funny side of it too. It's good to laugh at yourself. I started the track in London then finished it in LA. My friend Franco Reid added some sprinkles (we also made my track 'Peach' together).”
Swim Deep - 'On The Floor (Feat. Phoebe Green)'
It's been two long years since B-Town legends Swim Deep released 'Emerald Classics', making new single 'On The Floor' long overdue. Taken from a new collaborative EP, 'Familiarise Yourself With Your Closest Exit', the new cut pairs the fond familiarity of the Swim Deep sound with rising star Phoebe Green's transcendent vocals.
Speaking about their forthcoming EP, frontman Austin Williams offers: “The title comes from when I was on a plane, shitting myself, and I saw that sign in front of me. It somehow summed up my feelings about anxiety. The word ‘familiarise’ seemed cosy to me, getting cosy with the idea of leaving, whether it’s knowing when to leave a party, or a certain element of your life behind.”
iamkyami - 'Stars'
Joining the mighty hit machine that is Heist or Hit, iamkyami's endearing blend of indie and R&B shine bright on 'Stars'. Taken from a new EP due in 2022, the track engulfs the listener in a swirling haze of blissful melody and dazzling tones.
“The song is essentially about society, and how we treat others because of exterior variables that affect what boxes other people put us in." tells iamkyami. "Variables such as socioeconomic status, race, and sexuality, when in reality, we’re all just humans that need to be treated with love and respect. Stars is about having enough of peoples’ negativity towards each other but still taking that negative narrative and flipping it into a positive one. We’re only human and so minuscule in the big picture of the universe...there’s no reason to be mean and nasty to others.”
Ellie Bleach - 'Doing Really Well Thanks'
Announcing her signing with tastemaker label Sad Club Records, rising London singer-songwriter Ellie Bleach does sharp-tongued wit with a glamorous air of nonchalance on 'Doing Really Well Thanks'. Reflecting on the indignity of starting over in a new city, it's a captivating introduction to Bleach's knack for storytelling.
“It’s set in the period when I returned to my parents’ suburban home for a few months and felt totally lost." says Ellie. "I used to liken the process of finding a job to dating, you’re essentially tricking someone into wanting you, presenting a version of yourself that doesn’t exist and hoping they don’t see through your facade.”
TESSEL - 'Telephone'
Released alongside their debut EP, Utrecht outfit TESSEL's woozy brand of sunny melancholia shines bright on 'Telephone'. As tender and warm as it is breezy and carefree, the track spills with emotion and nostalgia; making for effortlessly soothing listening.
“Telephone displays a story of a boy in his mid twenties, trying to find out how to deal with transience (vergankelijkheid)." tell the band. "As in a dream, he describes how it feels to go out for a walk on the beach at night, how it feels to hear the sound of crashing waves in the distance, to feel the cold air touching his skin, and to know that life has just started, to know that it’s never too late to make a change. “Moving in the dark as we watch it fade, stuck in the middle of the night on the beach.”