London – UK three-piece Paradisia has been on Best New Bands radar since we first caught the band live last year. Soon to release its debut full-length, Sound of Freedom, Paradisia has shared a video for “Warpaint”, the third track to be aired to date. The song is a powerful endorsement of sisterhood, visually reinforced by a procession of women walking in union through the woods on what appears to be a bitingly cold day. Alternating as a trio for more intimate venues and as a six-piece for larger stages, London-based Paradisia covers a number of bases as a live act. Fans will be able to see the band at a selection of UK and European festivals in the coming months including Women of the World (Frankfurt, Germany), Isle of Wight (UK), Piknik I Parken (Oslo, Norway) and Kendall Calling (Grantham, UK).
Woods seem to be in vogue at the moment as they also feature heavily in the video just released by The King’s Parade. Set to the title track, “Haze”, from its forthcoming EP due on 12 May, the London quartet soundtracks a balletic love story set in woodlands. The soulful song plays out to clean cut bluesy guitar, rich bass and gospel tones, over which frontman Olly Corpe loses himself in a suitably impassioned vocal. To celebrate the release of the new EP, The King’s Parade will be headlining London’s Oslo on 11 May, having previously sold out headline shows at London venues, completed a residency at the iconic Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and become a big live draw in Germany.
From woods to jungle, or at least jungle rhythms, Los Angeles-based collective Salt Petal mixes the rhythms of South America with vibrant indie pop harmonies and textures in a boundary-breaking exotic and energetic melange. The new single, “Disco Rats”, is a fine introduction to the band’s diverse music with its surf rock guitar and bass line funk jousting with perky brass and overlaid with Autumn Harrison’s fresh vocals. The track, mixed by Eduardo Arenas from Chicano Batman, is a foretaste of its new album Rare Hearts due for release on 28 April 28. The album sets out to be a constant reminder to humanity to have faith and love in ourselves to help get through difficult times. Salt Petal describes its sound as subconscious; a natural extension of the collective members with the hope that its music will inspire people to be passionate, courageous and of course to dance!
On a different tack, upcoming Brighton, UK indie-pop five-piece The Island Club dropped a new track, the staccato-rhythm fuelled “Paper Kiss” this week. The song explores the corruption of money and how it can change people with the band seemingly performing to an audience of desk-bound workers whose hunger for the filthy lucre stops them getting on their feet and dancing. The Island Club’s debut song “Let Go” last year clocked up over a million streams on Spotify in just a few months. The band next plays live at The Haunt in its hometown of Brighton on 27 May; a good place to head to if you want to get in on the ground floor of a real emerging talent.
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Tony’s great passion in life is music and nothing gives him more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. His association with Best New Bands brings great opportunities for this. He also writes for Consequence of Sound and is a judge for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition.
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