Aderyn

As a teenager Aderyn grew tired of life on a sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons and left home at 16 to become a drummer in a grunge band. After a few years of playing drums for other artists, watching the singers run around on stage, she decided that looked like fun too. So, she began work on her master plan to become an indie pop superstar! She got out her guitar and began to write. Drawing on her love of grunge rock and indie pop she wrote songs about past loves, new loves and future loves; basically, all about loves, this is pop music after all…

FFO: Beabadoobee, Courtney Barnett, Kate Nash

Chosen by God Is In The TV as part of their Sound of 2022

‘She’s cool isn’t she!’ Huw Stephens

Private World

Hailing from Cardiff, UK, Private World is a project which began with Tom Sanders and Harry Jowett, and described as a return to sophistication, the band aims to transfer composition, texture, and spatial balance to the pop discourse with their music.

CVC

CVC are a six-piece musical collective hailing from the sleepy Welsh town of Church Village. CVC’s members include Francesco Orsi (vocals); David Bassey (Vocals/Guitar); Elliot Bradfield (Vocals/Guitar); Ben Thorne (Bass); Tom Fry (Drums) and Daniel ‘Nanial’ Jones(Keyboard/Percussion).

The collective includes band members past and present, family, significant others, collaborators and of course, the fans. Without these people and the stories they’ve contributed the band wouldn’t be where they are today. The band’s style and confidence embodying what it means to be part of the collective. There are no barriers to being included. If you’d like to join CVC you need only apply within. The band are influenced by Snoop Dog, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Young & Nash, Luciano Pavarotti, Baxter Dury and RHCP. Following nominations for best breakthrough act at the Cardiff Music Awards 2018 as well as being accepted onto the 2019 Forte Project the band has grown organically. Their live shows are something to behold, selling out Cardiff’s famous ‘Clwb’ before lockdown put the world on hold.

Get ready for 2022 when the band will release their long awaited debut album, produced by the band and mixed by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys.)

Come comrades one and all and join the collective!

CVC are here to give you a GOOD TIME!

Cosmic Dog Fog

Cosmic Dog Fog were sent to planet Earth in its time of crisis, on a mission to assist the awakening of a global community consciousness. They arrived during the first of the great lockdowns in March 2020 and found sanctuary in a strange industrial North Wales town known as Sunny Wrexham.

During lock down CDF built up a large online following due to their ongoing theatrical psychedelic, lo-fi casio, space pop live streams. CDF performed on a number of online events hosted by the likes of Llangollen Fringe Festival and Ty Pawb, Wrecsam exposing their abstract musical experimentation and songs to a wide audience.

CDF finally got to play to people in the flesh at FOCUS Wales2021 and raised the roof! Even Gruff Rhys was impressed filming the Space Party finale thanking CDF on his personal Instagram page after the show. Many opportunities opened up for CDF during the weekend of the festival. Connecting with promoters keen to book the CDF show in cities around the country and elsewhere. Especially including Japan!

CDF are due to release their debut single ‘Overgrown’ on May 1st 2022 with support from PYST distribution and “Hound Sound Records’ followed by a UK tour.

Marta Knight (Catalonia)

Marta Knight makes music for dreamers to listen to in their bedrooms. When the rest of the world is asleep, her nocturnal songs glow like neon signs, shine like beacons, and blink like satellites in the distance, giving loners, lovers, and insomniacs alike something to hold. Hers is a universe of late-night confessions–the moments when one is just as likely to fall in love as they are to stare at the ceiling, wondering exactly where their lives are going and where so many possibilities might lead.

Her debut album, Strange Times Forever (due June 3rd via La Castanya) is the sound of those feelings rendered in vivid detail and the arrival of an artist with a view and sound all her own. Obsessed with Britpop and American singer-songwriters like Tracy Chapman, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, Knight began writing songs for guitar and voice in her teens, culminating in her debut EP, Peterloo Heroes, which she released in 2017.

In 2020, she found herself in a more reflective headspace, and soon found a new collection of songs taking shape. “I originally wanted to call the album ‘Patience’. It describes the way I made it. I want to do many, many things, but I also want to do them well,” she says of the process, which saw her songs bloom from arrangements for guitar and voice to something grander. Working with El Guincho collaborator and co-producer Pau Riutort, who has worked with Rosalía, FKA Twigs, and Bad Gyal, among others, as well as multi-instrumentalist Jordi Matas, Marta saw her songs become brighter and less introverted without compromising what makes her songs so unique. The record was also mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Deerhunter, Beach House).

She describes “Creations,” her first advance single, as about the people and places that leave marks on us–the parties we don’t go to, the movies that make us rethink our place in the universe, and the songs we cry to on a shitty day. Her looped guitar serves as her anchor: “Can you believe there was a time they weren’t there / And they could’ve been just air?” she asks. “I don’t believe in death / Don’t even believe life has started yet,” she sings.

On the album’s title track, she finds herself struggling with writer’s block and trying to get unstuck in real-time. Like Springsteen on “Dancing in the Dark,” she writes a letter to herself, asks why the songs aren’t coming, and processes the moment for what it is:

Beers in front of my house
‘Cause strange times forever
Dancing on the way home
‘Cause strange times forever

Along the way, she returns to Oasis–one of her favorite bands from childhood. “When you’re really young and you hear something for the first time, you’re very easily impressed. You think about doing so many things. Then as you get older and try to do things, you realize all the hard work you have to do to achieve it. Now, I use that music when I need to feel again what I felt that made me do what I do now.”

Across Strange Times Forever, Marta channels her inspirations into instantly memorable hooks forever in service to her iridescent voice, signaling the arrival of a songwriter and storyteller with a worldview and perspective all her own.

Strange Times Forever will be released June 3, 2022 by La Castanya.

Ani Glass

Ani Glass is the persona of Cardiff-based electronic pop musician, producer and artist, Ani Saunders. Glass sings in her native languages Welsh and Cornish and in March 2020 released her self-produced debut album ‘Mirores’. As well as receiving glowing reviews, the album was awarded Welsh Album of the Year.

“A dreamy and kaleidoscopic debut” Wales Arts Review

“A triumph from one of the leading figures of the Welsh-language pop-music boom”
Buzz Magazine

In September 2020, Ani released the Ynys Araul remix EP which included a version by electronic legends Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Glass is also known for her work with The Pipettes, joining to record the Martin Rushent-produced ‘Earth Vs. The Pipettes’ album.

Atzur (Austria)

Evolving colorful drama in the world of Alternative Indie Pop: Powerful, raw and emotional.

ATZUR is probably the only Spanish-Austrian duo in the world of indie pop that met on Tinder. With songs written from different places mentally and emotionally, ATZUR dives deep in the extreme feelings, where wild and raw drums meet dramatic and epic melodies. Patricia, who graduated in Fashion Design and is head of her own fashion label, is a fierce frontwoman, with a strong sense of aesthetics that flawlessly unites music with fashion. Paul, on the other hand, is a renowned drummer in the Austrian indie scene, having played for bands such as Cari Cari and At Pavillon. Together, the duo creates a sound that lives between north and south, warm and raw, free and epic.

Founded in Spring 2019, the band signed a record deal with the austrian label Seayou Records and released their first single “Running”. With a video produced in Spain, the single quickly entered the charts of Austria’s Radio FM4 and Germany’s EGOfm and stayed there for several weeks. With their debut EP “Flesh, Blood, Bones” they presented themselves for the first time in 2019 at the Waves Vienna and Reeperbahn Festival. The pandemic was clearly a challenge for the young duo, but still they played at festivals like Poolbar, Future Echoes, Reeperbahn (for the second time again in 2021) and the online versions of Live at Heart and Liverpool Sound City. They have been internationally supported by their #INEStalent nomination. No matter the stage – ATZUR has the capacity to successfully deliver a fresh performance in any size of venue.

The duo steps into the future with a new EP. “Big Delirium” will be out in May, giving us a taste in March with the single “Do you feel the same?”. A song about falling for someone and the excitement and adrenaline that the other person may feel the same and how it scares the shit out of you. Upbeat, energetic with indietronica vibes, it’s a great soundtrack for you to put your headphones on, close your eyes and dance around your bedroom.

Laikka (Austria)

When a new band is already surrounded by a certain hype, even before they have released their debut album, you know that something special is going on. Magical, mysterious and fascinating are just some of the terms that come up when talking about Laikka.

A duo that puts equal emphasis on both visual aesthetics and music, pushing into the international spotlight with an exciting mix of experimental soundscapes, dreamy vocals and electronic beats. Rather loosely and coincidentally, the band’s name is reminiscent of the first living creature to make space history – and yet it’s also somewhat programmatic.

Founded at the beginning of 2020, Laikka deal with the big issues of our time, both musically and in terms of content, right from the start. A deep, melancholic look inside, strong emotions, the feeling of loneliness, diffuse fears, or even boredom in the digital age are often juxtaposed with their own big dreams. The overall appearance of the band is influenced by a digital aesthetic – with preference Laikka also blur the boundaries between music and art world with their visual works.

After the internationally acclaimed singles “The Answer” and “Dissolving”, Laikka presented a great and true electronic pop gem with their album debut “Morning Glow” in October 2021. As with Laikka’s previous works, the album’s content is about breaking out of rigid, pre-fixed structures and diving into one’s own vulnerability. Compelling and fascinating how the duo thereby mixes dreamy pop, experimental electronics and dark techno into a unity.

“Morning Glow is for us a gentle rebellion against rigid categories, a commitment to the liberation of the true self. It’s about nothing less than the freedom to give yourself as you want to be, to stand by positive as well as negative emotions in equal measure, and to accept your own vulnerability as strength – without fear of thereby failing to live up to social norms. Feelings are placed above logic and rationality – all these emotions, melancholy and longing, ambivalence, but also the desire for fulfillment are infused in our
songs.”

The release of their powerful audiovisual artwork “Grey Edge (Unfolded Version)” will follow in early 2022, and a limited edition vinyl version of their debut album “Morning Glow” will be available from March.

deep tan

The latest exciting new act off the Speedy Wunderground label conveyor belt, deep tan are getting lots of people in the industry excited, with the likes of DIY Magazine, CLASH, Gigwise, and Dork, all championing the band in recent months, and we totally understand why. Don’t miss your chance to see the band in such an intimate setting.

Vagina Witchcraft (MB, Canada)

Hailing from the icy depths of Winnipeg, MB, Vagina Witchcraft blend rumbling, feedback-laden doom metal with frenzied elements of punk and hardcore to create their unique sound. Queer non-binary poet and vocalist, Kayla Fernandes, leads the sonic assault with blistering ferocity, delivering lyrical content concerning mental health, heartbreak, anger and racial identity. This band’s first, self-titled release landed them on the 2021 Polaris Music Prize long-list, and recently they won a Western Canadian Music Award for Metal/Hard Music Artist of The Year.

Peaness

Formed late 2014 in Chester university digs, the three-piece band Peaness write catchy, fuzzy, harmony driven indie-pop songs about love, friendship, frustrations, Brexit and food waste. The trio have been playing together since summer 2015, and their fun, friendships fuelled live performancses have been winning the hearts and minds of people up and down the country. They have secured nationwide and international shows with bands such as The Beths, Kero Kero Bonito, The Cribs, We Are Scientists, The Big Moon & Dream Wife. They have performed at many festivals including Green Man, Benicassim, Truck, Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Kendal Calling & Indietracks. Peaness have received backing from across the BBC, including a live 6music session with Marc Riley, multiple plays on Radio 1, 2, 6music and have become firm favourites on their local BBC Introducing stations BBC Radio Wales and Merseyside. The band have also received support from Radio X with a live session with John Kennedy, as well as a multitude of press coverage from Kerrang! Magazine, Rolling Stone, Dork, Clash, Drowned in Sound and The Metro. The band have strong roots in the DIY scene, self-releasing their first EP ‘No Fun’, and releasing their critically acclaimed EP ‘Are You Sure?’ with UK independent label royalty Alcopop! They often make their own music videos, have close creative friends doing press shots and art work, and even have their mum’s making handmade squeaky peas for merchandise.

Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a musician from Aberystwyth. Using folk influences to create a truly unique sound, her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013 and was nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Georgia collaborated with The Manic Street Preachers on their 2014 album Futurology before releasing her second album, Fossil Scale in 2016. Georgia has also collaborated with 2017 Welsh Music Prize winner, The Gentle Good and with Gwyneth Glyn and Tauseef Akhtar on their 2016 project, Ghazalaw, to name a few.

Georgia released her third album – Mai – in March 2020 through Bubblewrap Records.

“Her own debut is a wonder, full of longing and melody” – MOJO
“One of the British folk discoveries of the year” – The Guardian
“Georgia is finding her own distinct voice” – Q Magazine

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