Undiscovered Gems – HOAX, Gardening, FNTN

HOAX is infectiously catchy on the automatic Drew.  The anthemic energetic vibe recalls recent hits from Del Water Gap and Sam Fender.  It also shares some traits with classic cuts by icons like Phoenix.  HOAX screams with youth, injecting fun into this inspired vibe.  Undeniably indie, there’s a hint of pop to the melodic design.  Emotive synths lift the nostalgic appeal.  Drew grabs you and never puts you down.  The single has massive appeal and could easily crossover to mainstream radio on its way to smash status.  


Gardening write a proper rock hit with the impressive new release 1977. Drawing from diverse influences like late 70’s intelligent punk pioneers Television and the raw appeal of recent breakouts Car Seat Headrest, the track is full of attitude and urban swagger. It also draws some clues from the lineage of The Strokes and Interpol. The songs opening features a stylish syncopated riff with harmonic plucks beneath a filtered vocal. The introduction is clever and fun, but as the song develops it reveals studious intellect. The overall arrangement and really beautiful and borderline progressive. It never strays too far from the songs intent, while still pushing it further. Even better, it stays true to the bands conceptual grouping, making them a must see live show.


FNTN captures a fresh seasonal vibe on their new single Impossible Summer.  A solid blend of dream pop and surf rock, it recalls classic cuts from The Thrills mixed with recent vibes by artists like Mac Demarco and Real Estate.  The bright guitars and sentimental vocal embellish the classic California feel.  With indie sensibility the warm mix gives these classic vibes a modern update.  The shimmery ride cymbal breaks through rich layers on this hefty arrangement; surf never sounded so big.  Grab your board and get cruising, summer an’t over yet.


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