Royal Castles – Schönsee

Royal Castles – Schönsee

Some of Royal Castles' new single "Schönsee" is complete gibberish to us... But the song is so good that it barely matters! For the record, the song is sung in both German and English (we only speak English here at buffaBLOG), but it's warm simplicity and earworm...

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Big Softy – “Supercomputer”

Big Softy – “Supercomputer”

You just can't ignore the huge synthwave energy from Leeds-based act Big Softy - we recommend starting with their latest single, "Supercomputer." Reminiscent of the mid-aughts indie-dance-rock greats (think LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, etc.), "Supercomputer" is full...

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demotapes – “devotion”

demotapes – “devotion”

Loving this super vibey slice of electropop-future-house goodness from San Francisco-based musician Parker Livingston aka demotapes. "devotion" pairs a glitchy Postal Service-esque instrumental track with a bit more of a dancefloor vibe. The result is something...

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Indigo Waves – “Dark Matter II”

Indigo Waves – “Dark Matter II”

Here's some surfy/spaghetti-western goodness from Provo, Utah-based band Indigo Waves. With plucky guitars, a bubbling bass presence, half-mumbled vocals, and keyboard-inspired noise waves driving this one along, "Dark Matter II" truly sounds like a band named after...

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Glom – “Gre[a]y”

Glom – “Gre[a]y”

Brooklyn-based duo Glom are no strangers to buffaBLOG - we've previously featured "Fungus" and "Again" because we loved them so much. They're back with another super-colorful take on indie-rock with the not-so-tellingly named "Gre[a]y." This song is absolutely loaded...

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Casey Conroy – “Over You”

Casey Conroy – “Over You”

Casey Conroy is an Orlando-based singer/songwriter whose refreshing approach to modern pop music has us feeling excited. Her latest song "Over You" eschews the often vapid insincerity of pop music for something deeply heartfelt, soulful, and real. About "Over You,"...

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Retro Kid – “The Room”

Retro Kid – “The Room”

"We've all been in a room with no way out. Whether it be in relationships or falling back into bad habits." Copenhagen's Retro Kid embodies that itchiness perfectly with this indietronica-meets-soul jam called "The Room." Full of Korg minilogue synth splashes, samples...

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nolo – “Deals”

nolo – “Deals”

Austin, TX-based emo-punks nolo set out to write something snappy... "Deals" came out of that writing session - and even just ten seconds of listening to its blistering pace is enough to know they hit their mark. The quartet each took a turn at the microphone in this...

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Alien Hellbop – “Take Me Home”

Alien Hellbop – “Take Me Home”

Alien Hellbop is a duo from Lawrence, KS that is pumping out way more sound than they should be capable of - we've been vibing on their latest single, "Take Me Home." In true power-duo fashion, AH is spring-loaded with raucous indie-punk energy, layered thick with...

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Sophie Meiers – “Mutt”

Sophie Meiers – “Mutt”

Sophie Meiers is a 20-something musician who seems to have their pulse on the indie rock of the moment, case-in-point, the downtrodden-but-vibey dirge of "Mutt." Reminiscent of Soccer Mommy or Snail Mail, "Mutt" is angsty af, built around unique guitar tones, a...

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Blanco Tranco – “Shapeshift”

Blanco Tranco – “Shapeshift”

Melbourne quartet Blanco Tranco here with their patented blend of melodramatic shoegaze flavor - we're highlighting "Shapeshift" today for several reasons... 1.) It's got really cool swimmy guitar tones. 2.) It's satisfyingly emotional without being too sappy. 3.) The...

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Broken Chanter – “Dancing Skeleton”

Broken Chanter – “Dancing Skeleton”

"I didn’t want to have an album that spent it’s entire running time reflecting on the past year and a half. Folk need a lift. They don’t need to relive the pandemic, and the associated trauma, right now." Well said, David MacGregor (perhaps better known as Glaswegian...

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Captain WildChild – “Peace In Life”

Captain WildChild – “Peace In Life”

Hamilton, ON trio Captain WildChild aim to change the world with their brash and bratty brand of indie punk. We've been psyched on their latest offering, the jaunty guitar-driven rock ripper "Peace in Life." The single is the trio's first off of their upcoming 2022...

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The Creepy Eepys – “You’re Creepin”

The Creepy Eepys – “You’re Creepin”

Sure, we're a little bit past Halloween now... But The Creepy Eepys feel as evergreen as ever. Their debut EP, Teenage Feeling, has been on rotation at the buffaBLOG offices as of late - we'd like to direct your attention to lead single, "You're Creepin." True to the...

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Man or Astro-Man? – “Tenth Planet”

Man or Astro-Man? – “Tenth Planet”

Man or Astro-Man? have been kicking around since the early 90s as a vital part of the surf revival movement. At this point, they've honed their song crafting into something special... Case-in-point, the upbeat bedroom-surf of "Tenth Planet." Plucky guitar leads,...

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Don’t Worry – “Crushing Weight”

Don’t Worry – “Crushing Weight”

Last time we checked in on Essex indie punks Don't Worry, we were psyched on their previous, wry single, "Get Out." They sent us another angularly-catchy song called "Crushing Weight" and it calls upon that same sardonic wit that we fell in love with before. It's a...

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Timi Temple – “Gasoline”

Timi Temple – “Gasoline”

Sydney-based enigma Timi Temple recently caught our attention with the wickedly catchy indie pop flavor of "Gasoline." Full of whistled hooks, a low-key drumbeat, and Timi's effervescent vocals, he has crafted a deceptively upbeat song about the perils of Stockholm...

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Gabby Holt – “Songbird”

Gabby Holt – “Songbird”

Portland singer/songwriter Gabby Holt is on fire - one listen to her latest single "Songbird" is all you'll need to confirm. Full of blistering, fuzzed out guitar riffs; sugary-sweet melodies; and sparkly keyboard textures, "Songbird" shows off Holt's guitar prowess...

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Mediocre – “Give In”

Mediocre – “Give In”

Here's a beautiful return-to-form for dreamy indie-pop act Mediocre. "Give In" pairs jangly guitar magic with lilting vocals, a mid-tempo pace, and an epic string ending. Fans of Jay Som, Alvvays, or Girlpool will find lots to love here - it's set off by a swirly,...

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Eden Rain – “Sugar Baby”

Eden Rain – “Sugar Baby”

Loving this sassy new single from Eden Rain about a very particular type of relationship. "Sugar Baby" is a straight up pop banger with tasteful hints of r&b, hip hop, and indie pop peeking through its left-of-center appeal. Eden's lyrical prowess is nothing short...

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Crush – “So Strange”

Crush – “So Strange”

Manchester quartet Crush is a mysterious band whose "So Strange" caught our ears for its dreamy, shoegaze-y approach. Singer/guitarist Amber Warren describes the song as: "A head-on challenge to negative feelings... It’s a dialogue in the first-person addressing...

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Trentemøller – “All Too Soon”

Trentemøller – “All Too Soon”

Copenhagen's Trentemøller teamed up with singer Lisbet Fritze to create the stunning, yet simplistic dream pop of new single, "All Too Soon." Sparsely-tracked guitars interact perfectly with Fritze's lilting vocals, creating a dark-pop atmosphere that sounds dusky,...

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llo llo – “Tethered”

llo llo – “Tethered”

Chicago-based dream-grunge band llo llo caught our attention with the soaring midwest vibes of their latest single "Tethered." Combining Billy Corgan-esque guitar tones with the shoegaze approach of Slowdive and the midwest sound of early American Football, "Tethered"...

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Cheap City – “Witch In The Alley”

Cheap City – “Witch In The Alley”

Fun, raucous, and weird are three apt words to describe this impressive new single from Cheap City... Let's just say we think fans of Pile, The Dismemberment Plan, and The Growlers will come together to find a common love in this unique crew. A strong bass line helps...

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Baby Bulldog – “Daddy”

Baby Bulldog – “Daddy”

Last time we checked in with Baby Bulldog, we were intrigued by the lighthearted indie-pop of "I Rly Rly Like You." Steph Barker is back with another jam, albeit, this one's just a bit more menacing. "Daddy" takes the same amazing energy of "Rly Rly" and packs it into...

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HUSBANDS – “Ancient One”

HUSBANDS – “Ancient One”

Let's just put it out there, we like HUSBANDS. We've previously featured their singles, "Culebra," "Mexico," and "Neuromancer," and today we're overjoyed to feature their latest single, "Ancient One." The multi-city duo (OKC x Seattle, to be specific) get a bit more...

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June Swoon – “Queen of Hearts”

June Swoon – “Queen of Hearts”

Don't let the summery name of LA's June Swoon fool you - her latest offering, "Queen of Hearts," is about as autumnal as it gets. Mixing the anthemic appeal of bands like War on Drugs with the shimmery indie pop of bands like Alvvays, "Hearts" finds June exploring...

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Past Life – “Connect the Dots”

Past Life – “Connect the Dots”

Philly-based joy rock band Past Life hit our inboxes with "Connect The Dots" and we've been hooked on their unique, bouncy approach ever since. Fans of Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, and Grouplove are going to like this one a lot - expect screaming guitar riffs and...

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Chloe Rodgers – “Bones”

Chloe Rodgers – “Bones”

Nottingham-based singer/songwriter Chloe Rodgers is here with an understated stunner called "Bones." Boasting a set of lyrics that are shrouded in abstract mystery, "Bones" plays with haunting electronic elements, unique chord progressions, and Rodgers' ever-pleasant...

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tummyache – “Soak”

tummyache – “Soak”

US-born, London-based act tummyache (aka producer/musician Soren Bryce) caught our ears with the unique alternative rock flavors of her new single, "Soak." Inspired by the out-of-the-box ways we've learned to live with ourselves throughout the pandemic, "Soak"...

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Creature of Doom – “Dead Ringer”

Creature of Doom – “Dead Ringer”

Just in time for Halloween, LA-based band Creature of Doom has released their menacing single, "Dead Ringer." Full of squelchy synth atmosphere (that sounds like a dank, bubbling cauldron) and haunting vocals, this one falls on the spectrum somewhere between the cold...

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Odaiba x Anna Majidson – “Help”

Odaiba x Anna Majidson – “Help”

Digging this in-the-pocket bedroom-funk collab between Odaiba and Anna Majidson. The French musicians hit it out of the park with "Help" - a funky mix of nu-disco and bedroom-pop with an ultra-catchy refrain. We all know someone we need to tell "Please go get some...

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The Voxes – “Closer Than Ever”

The Voxes – “Closer Than Ever”

LA-based quintet The Voxes hit our inboxes with a stunning indie rocker called "Closer Than Ever." Influenced by an equal mix of Latin music and modern bedroom pop, "Closer" takes a plucky acoustic guitar and juxtaposes it against a fuzzy bass. The song is capped off...

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Oberhofer – “SUNSHiiNE”

Oberhofer – “SUNSHiiNE”

Oberhofer teamed up with The Strokes’ Nick Valensi Shamir for this (third) eye-opening, psyched-out jam called "SUNSHiiNE." Oberhofer is no stranger to the limelight (just ask his myriad of placements and collaboration partners), but that didn't stop us from diving...

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Perry Zoso – “Guadalupe (2021 Mix)”

Perry Zoso – “Guadalupe (2021 Mix)”

Perry Zoso just doesn't know when to quit... And we're grateful for it. The Burbank crew revisited an old track called "Guadalupe" and gave it a facelift - think a new mix, a new guitar track, and some overall refreshed energy that really helped take it to the next...

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CARR – “Sprinter Van”

CARR – “Sprinter Van”

An ode to all the band dudes out there! We're using the word "ode" lightly, of course... CARR is here nailing it on her latest grunge-pop jam "Sprinter Van," a tune she describes as "about falling for the wrong type of boys over and over again." Whether it's the...

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The Klittens – “Canned Air”

The Klittens – “Canned Air”

Amsterdam-based quintet The Klittens maximize their happy/sad aesthetic here on the low-key indie punk of "Canned Air." What do we mean exactly by happy/sad? It's one of those songs that has an easy-going (almost upbeat!) instrumental presence that's laced with just...

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Endearments – “Ocean”

Endearments – “Ocean”

The tellingly-named Endearments explore themes of heartbreak on their latest synthpop/dreampop hybrid, "Ocean." Endearments is more colloquially known as Brooklyn native Kevin Marksson - the songwriter and synth-head describes, "Ocean" as: "A no-stone-unturned glimpse...

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Liily – “Anvil”

Liily – “Anvil”

Fresh off a tight September gig at Mohawk Place, we're happy to feature LA-based quartet Liily and their mathy/shoegaze hybrid, "Anvil." This young band is no stranger to the press - they've been featured heavily in Spotify and Apple Music playlists and have even...

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Belaver – “Mount Misery”

Belaver – “Mount Misery”

Belaver stepped out of his comfort zone to put out his first "upbeat" single and we think it paid off big time... "Mount Misery" is a look at the so-called American dream and how creatives in today's society tend to get exploited by faceless corporations. Belaver set...

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Ice In My Eyes – “Arpeggiator”

Ice In My Eyes – “Arpeggiator”

Luxembourg-based quintet Ice In My Eyes nailed it on this high-energy synthpop-meets-indie-rock jam they're calling "Arpeggiator." With a big synth bass bouncing the song along, the song lurches forward at a great, blood-pumping tempo. Even though this has an upbeat...

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The Washing Line Economy – “Mirrors”

The Washing Line Economy – “Mirrors”

Last time we checked in with The Washing Line Economy, we were excited to share their swirly, sunny slice of indie pop called "In As Many Minutes." They're back again with a new tune called "Mirrors" that continues their trend of slightly-squiggly indie rock with a...

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