Radar: The new artists you need to hear this week
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Radar: The new artists you need to hear this week

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I know I wasn’t the only one shuffling through #NewMusicFriday a couple of weeks ago, who stumbled upon the slinky, dreamy pop gem ‘Coolhand’. How had I never heard the soulful croon of Buzzy Lee before? I asked. At the time her social media (two whole Facebook likes) was bare, but now we know the LA-songwriter is none other than Sasha Spielberg – daughter of Steven – but it’s pretty damn clear that this project doesn’t need a famous helping hand to get attention. The Nicholas Jaar-produced tune is part of a five-track EP called Facepaint, due out Friday April 27, and I’m absolutely ready for more.

I stupidly slept on her debut single, but with it’s follow up ‘Over & Over’, Melbourne singer-songwriter Eliott has definitely captured my attention. Here her delicate vocals are layered over a sparse, glitchy beat – it’s perfectly simple and incredibly beautiful. Even if you’ve been unfamiliar with Eliot up until now, I’m sure you’re no stranger to the team behind the track – Sydney producer Jack Grace and Melbourne’s own Lucianblomkamp. Her debut EP drops Friday April 20 and I’m gunning for some more honest. Tender pop jams to carry me into winter.

A lot of people have been talking about the resurgence of “guitar music” lately, and an artist that caught my ear amidst the discussion is Amsterdam’s Pip Blom, and her latest single ‘I’m Think In Love’. Since starting out a couple of years ago, she’s grown a three-piece band around her, and the additional layers only add to her overall sound. Her latest track is a slice of indie-rock with a scuzzy, lo-fi sound and bubblegum-sweet vocal that hooks you in, but it’s the edges of Brit-pop that tie this neat, two-and-a-half minute package together. Damn, this is slick.

 

Simplicity is clearly a vibe I’m on at the moment, and the delicate ‘Skin’ from Brighton newcomer Lume fits in perfectly. It’s a marvellous slice of electro-pop that builds into a catchy, singalong banger – without losing any of its intimacy. Her vocals are effortlessly understated, gliding along on top of the production with ease. She’s about to debut her live show this week, and with her debut EP arriving in the near future, there’s no time like the present to join me on Team Lume.