Spring-cleaning your Spotify playlists? Looking to discover a band you might not have heard about yet? Then look no further, with these songs for Spring you’ll be breezing effortlessly into the longer hazy days…
Radio Birds – Sleep City
I recently caught these guys opening for Turnpike Troubadours in Chicago and their stage presence was something else! They had the crowd in the palm of their hand, stomping along to their faster numbers and chanting enthusiastically where necessary with each gravelly chorus. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Radio Birds keep their distinctive Southern twang while delivering their own unique brand of rock and roll, and it’s their unlimited energy, impressive harmonies and charisma that demand your attention. Each cleverly penned song tells a story, but it’s the band’s soulful delivery and raw vocals that really hold your attention.
Billie Marten – You Make My Dreams (Cover)
Fresh off the BBC Introducing stage at SXSW this year, Billie’s definitely one to watch this year. For fans of Lucy Rose and Laura Marling, Billie’s angelic voice and sentimental composition weave together to form an absolute beaut package that’s just perfect for lazing in the sun with a chilled cider to. It’s handy then that she’s booked for a string of festival appearances throughout the summer! Grab your sunnies and a beverage and take a breather in the spring sunshine with her glittering gem of a voice.
Grapell – Arrow
One for lazy afternoons and long drives, I’ll be adding this track to our road trip playlist later this month! Perfect for achieving that springtime vibe, it’s chilled out, almost lazily paced and intimate-feeling, making it the ultimate track for dangling a hand out the car window while cruising the open road through America.
MOTHXR – She Can’t Tell
After interviewing the band earlier this year, I’d been eagerly waiting for their debut album to drop. The wait’s finally over and Centerfold has quickly found a place in my heart and has been playing on repeat ever since. Something about the way the tracks flow together conjures up a Drive vibe, from the deliciously rich synth to Penn Badgley’s silky smooth vocals, paving the way perfectly for the transition from frosty winter weather to sun-drenched summer days, with sand between your toes and a boombox on your shoulder.
Sundara Karma – Flame
Ever since seeing these guys live last month, I have been OB-SESSED with them. The hook-ridden ‘Flame’ is an absolute belter, and if anything’s going to get you amped up for the prospect of the approaching summer, long evenings filled with garden parties and laughter (probably the odd scorched ‘burger’), it’s going to be this track. I caught the opening night of their tour at Thekla, Bristol – my floating happy place – and the packed floor erupted into a frenzy of dancing and chanting along to the punchy chorus right from the off. Charismatic frontman Oscar Lulu really is an enigmatic character, and his commanding vocals make this band something special.
Band photography by the brilliant Brian VENTH
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