RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 7/3 – 7/9

Record Rewind - July 10, 2016

Our new Record Rewind is about highlighting the top new songs that you may have missed, or should discover, from many of my favorite independent acts out there. If you like what you see, let me know what you think!

Across the world of SoundCloud and my Indie Summer Mix on Spotify, these records stuck out as my favorite independent tunes of the week…

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BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT featuring ELTON JOHN – “Symmetry Of Two Hearts” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Next week marks the release of Rod Thomas’s latest album, Choreography, and based on the instant grat tracks so far, I think I’ll be enjoying it thoroughly. If you need a dose of 1987 in 2016, his intelligent and unabashedly bold pop melodies are a great treat.

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ELLE WATSON – “Phantom” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Watson last appeared on the blogs a couple of months ago; that’s when “Losing Any Sleep” debuted, a track that’s now achieved a massive 550,000+ streams on Spotify. Tapping into an ethereal R&B-flavored world, the haunting results are worth a few plays.

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GIRL FRIEND – “Hello Stranger”
This Manchester band has been a regular on my SoundCloud feed for about a year now, crafting great singles like “Tragic On The Dancefloor” and “Waste My Time”. Their latest gem, mixed by Louis La Roche, should be no stranger to your new music playlist.

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GRAHAM COLTON with EMILY HEARN – “Where You Wanna Go” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Colton’s had two big top five singles on my personal chart, including the #1 hit “Best Days” in 2008, so I’m always happy to find a new song from him. Collaborating with Hearn, their catchy folk/pop record is great for any road trip playlist this summer or fall.

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MYZICA – “Love & Desire” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Nashville duo, consisting of Isaaca Byrd and Micah Tawlks, strikes again with a delicious bright pop record. It’s the first taste of their forthcoming album, due in September. Driven by synth and drums, “Love” effortlessly captures a youthful 80’s memory.

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SAM TINNESZ featuring MAGIC MANSIONS – “Doesn’t Get Better Than This”
Tinnesz has been busy with two different projects in the last year, one being WΛVE & ROME and the other under his given name. In either case, many of his songs have been on TV recently, so expect this potent punch of rock realness in your living room soon.

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VINYL THIEF – “Letting Me Off Easy” (iTunes) (Spotify)
The Touch EP from this Nashville quartet was finally released on Friday. They’ve served up some hot cuts from the set in the last few weeks, and the last track from it, a dark fusion of electronic and indie rock, is among my favorites. It easily gets my approval.

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X&Y – “Footprints”
Last summer, I found this U.K.-based trio’s song “Rocket Science” on SoundCloud, but this may be their best single to date. Both their writing and production have unleashed a fresh energy and bigger sound for this track. Dig into it (your ears, not your toes.)


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For more new music, we suggest…
ALLIE X – “All The Rage” (iTunes) (Spotify)
APOLLO LTD – “Goodbye” (SoundCloud)
WILD – “Where Love Lives” (iTunes) (Spotify)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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