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Land Lovers


Irish indi-pop band Land Lovers look to the late '50s and early '60s for inspiration and focuses on creating little nuggets of delicious pop confection. For example on "Angeline," one can hear the jangly pop guitars and pristine harmonies of the Searchers. Land Lovers are no retro project though, they simply draw ideas from popular music of the past and then expand on them in a modern fashion. Land Lovers will appeal to fans of melodic guitar pop and anyone with an ear for a great hook. Like the great British pop band the Beautiful South, or Paul Heaton's earlier project, the Housemartins, Land Lovers use ironic, critical and occasionally dark lyrics underneath the sheen of gorgeous music. It's subversive and relevant, just what a memorable pop tunes needs.

Passport to Stockholm

"Better Days"

London indie-folk ensemble Passport to Stockholm knows their way around a hook. The group creates memorable, pristine, addictive folk pop. Chris "Barney" Barnard and Tom Piggott have been playing music together since they were teenagers and they formed Passport to Stockholm and promptly added percussionist Henri Grimes and classically trained cellist Mariona De Lamo. These four musicians belong together as you'll hear on their new single "Better Days," which is underpinned with gorgeous cello lines below crystal clear harmonies and a chorus that Bastille would kill for.

—Sarah Zupko,