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New Music – Colleagues, Foreign Fields, Mating Ritual

New acts to add to your must-check-out lists from Stockholm, Nashville and Los Angeles

Foreign Fields

Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 14:26


Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here. On a similar tip, you’ll find my pick of the new acts from SXSW 2015 here.


“Somewhere” is the kind of ear-worm which always gets a band noticed. Taken from the Stockholm act’s forthcoming EP for In Stereo, “Somewhere” has a strong bang of summer days to its modern pop sheen. Add this to “Tears” from last year and you’ve a band who are throwing all the right shapes as they prep for the days ahead.

Foreign Fields

Eric Hillman and Brian Holl met in WIsconsin, decamped to Nashville and came up with the sounds and songs on “Anywhere But Where I Am” somewhere inbetween those two points. A lovely slew of electronics, folk and downbeat soulful pop, their debut album is full of deeply resonant, bittersweet and quietly dramatic moments which get under your skin. Also check out their new EP “What I Kept In Hiding” for more wonderfulness. One of many acts we wanted to see at SXSW the other week but sadly never got around to.

Mating Ritual

New music fans with keen ears with remember Mating Ritual’s Ryan Lawhon from his previous duo-of-brothers Pacific Air (nee KO KO). Now that that band has called it a day, the Los Angeles resident’s eyes are on the prize as Mating Ritual and there’s a slight change of tone from the sweet pop of his previous outfits. Debut track “Hum Hum” is anthemic and beefy, a track with tough contours and frills and which wants to yell “yeah!” in your ear.