Indie Kids: Tycho Jones, Ilan Bell, moreofthem, Skinny Dippers x Scoobert Doobert, Crystal Cities, Social Station and Sky Olson

Our Indie Kids playlist celebrates everything on the indie spectrum, whether that’s rock, folk or pop, because we firmly believe in taking a little walk off the beaten track every once in a while.

Last month we featured Tycho Jones’ single ‘Risk To My Reward’ in our Five In Five round-up and now we’re very excited to welcome back the rising London talent to another of our columns with follow-up track ‘Pink + Blue’. n their latest single, the artist focuses on the optimistic view of the future and the importance of not getting consumed by mundane problems. The track features guitar-led choruses and 00s-inspired drum patterns that are sure to get listeners bopping along.

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With Ilan Bell’s upcoming debut album, American Love, the artist has unveiled promising second track ‘Anna’ is a great taste of what’s to come. Co-produced with Grammy Award-winning Paul Falcone, the song is a dynamic blend of indie and alternative sounds, with driving drums and gentle vocals that deliver a message of lost love. As a seasoned writer-producer, Ilan Bell’s experience shines through in his own work, and his involvement in the New York City music scene promises to bring a fresh perspective to the indie music world. ‘Anna’ is a promising addition to the upcoming album, and fans of the genre won’t want to miss it.

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moreofthem’s music is not just about their own personal experiences, but also about creating a safe and empowering space for LGBTQ+ and non-binary artists. Their new single ‘capture the moment’ addresses the pressures of social media consumption and the anxiety that comes with trying to conform to societal norms. Through a combination of glitch-pop, hyper-pop, and pop-punk, moreofthem creates a sonic landscape that reflects the mixed feelings of navigating modern life.

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Familiar Indie Kids’ name Scoobert Doobert put their remix skills to Skinny Dippers’ original track ‘Highs & Lows’. This remingination brings a fresh, danceable twist to the Brooklyn-based indie project’s signature guitar-driven sound. It’s taken on that distinctive lofi appeal of Scoobert Doobert and as a result the listener is taken on a psychedelic journey with a danceable beat. What’s really great about this collaboration is how it organically came about, when the two artists found themselves on similar playlists and became social media friends. You gotta love the power of the internet.

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Crystal Cities’ new single ‘The Strangest Dream; takes listeners on a journey through the band’s subconscious mind. The track is the third release from their upcoming LP, and sees the Sydney indie rock trio delving into darker and more brooding territory. Thunderous choruses alternate with spacey dreamscape verses, with new drummer Neel Shukla impressing with his rolling chorus pattern. The track also features a standout moment for Jared King’s bass in verse two, as it dances around the lead vocal before the song explodes once more into an anthemic chorus. With lyrics about fighting for one’s life and facing death, this one is a haunting and intense listening experience.

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Social Station is a father and son duo from Washington DC. It’s interesting to see how they incorporate analog synths, post-punk bass lines, and melancholic vocals into their music, which creates a unique and haunting sound. You’ll hear this deft combination in new track ‘Secrets to be Heard’, which explores the struggles of being comfortable in one’s own skin. It’s something to get listeners excited for their full-length album, In the Fallout, set to drop in May.

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Ending on an absolute high, we have brand new track ‘Lock & Key’ from the sensational Sky Olson for our Indie Kids curtain call. Dreamy vocals, gorgeous harmonies and lusciously lo-fi production drive this newest release and with a simplified, laid back arrangement, Sky’s vocals truly take centre stage.

Overflowing with plenty of hook worthy melodies, ‘Lock & Key’ is understated, edgy and utterly unique. Dusted with Sky’s soft and hazy tone, the award winning songwriter delivers compelling lyricism detailing the alluring, often intoxicating push and pull of being drawn to someone we know we shouldn’t be.

Inspired by a range of artists from Billie Eilish to John Mayer, Sky Olson showcases his impeccable and undeniable talents in the left field, indie, alt-pop track ‘Lock & Key’ with an array of ominous string work, enchanting piano chords and a moody yet enticing guitar Solo.

Sky Olson has our ears under ‘Lock & Key’ (quite frankly he can throw away the key) and we can’t wait to hear more.

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