X Ambassadors, “Low Life”
RIYL: Coldplay, Some Kings of Leon, Young the Giant
Fourth single from the debut album that was released last June and features Jamie N Commons, the British blues-folk-rock singer. Come June 28, they’ll perform a gig with Muse at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Not bad work if you can get it.
Zella Day, “Mustang Kids”
RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, some Joni Mitchell
According all those who say her Coachella gig, she just slayed the audience with this incredibly catchy song. She’s already received coverage in everything from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar to the New York Times and Playboy. This song has already had more than 100 million combined streams. Something’s happening.
RIYL: Foster the People, MGMT, Fleetwood Mac
Two-piece out of Nashville that can be described as one part Band of Horses and one part Matrimony. They’re such Fleetwood Mac fans that they named their studio “Fleetwood Shack.” You can get a free download of the song here.
Charming Liars, “Soul”
Single (Chartmaker Inc.)
RIYL: Coldplay, later Mumford & Sons, Bastille
Here’s a genuine global brand in the making: Anglo-American trio (the singer is from London) working out of both LA and the UK Their biggest market is Latin America, especially Mexico and Brazil.
Colours, “Mind Games”
RIYL: X Ambassadors, Bastille, Robert DeLong
Two guys from Sarasota, Florida—yeah, the non-American spelling of “colours” threw me, too—who are into an electro R&B thing with flourishes of goth here and there. This is the follow-up to a 2013 EP entitled Skin and Bones.