Published on 9 March 2023 at 13:58

Curated by Adam Wright


Hello and welcome to the brand new OSM new singles round-up. We’re here again to sprinkle your week with the brightest gems from the indie music scene. As always we’ll start with the single of the week; this week we’ve chosen the new one from The Silver Lines, ‘Blow Dry’. Arriving amid their current UK tour, the song feels like it was built for the live setting. Indie rock instrumentation is combined with a punky anger that expresses frustration at society’s habit of rapidly casting judgement. Its driven sound and harsh bite will no doubt add to the band’s fast-growing reputation as one of Birmingham’s finest live acts.


The Coventry-based band, Candid are next this week with their new track, ‘Tonight’. The song, which is about the moment of realising things need to change, features high-energy instrumentation punctuated with wobbly guitar lines and strung together by soaring vocals. It’s their first drop under their label, Marquee Records, and comes ahead of a UK tour this up this week is Docksuns; the Sunderland band dropped ‘Real Thing’ last Friday and, with it, have developed their indie-rock sound. Infectious opening guitar lines pave the way for immediate vocals that build the song into anthemic and commanding choruses. Focused on the message of living life to the full, the song may well be the band’s best to, we’ve got a solo artist, who comes in the shape of Glasgow’s Martin Leary. His fresh tune, ‘It’s Time’ commands a distinctly Brit-pop sound, complete with soaring choruses, neat guitar licks and Leary’s soft, Richard Ashcroft-indebted vocals. The singer will treat audiences to the new song later this month when he’s got dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh...The Dryas are up next with ‘BOY’; their first drop of 2023. The tune follows the band's acclaimed debut EP and seeks to push its sound forward. Featuring an inviting blend of indie pop and synth-pop instrumentation, the tune walks a more experimental path. Its raw lyrics, which examine themes of betrayal, add to the song's relatability, making the band’s intentions known. Expect big is the new drop from the Glasgow-based Shambolics. Their new tune, named ‘Take It Or Leave It’, interrogates unrequited love and gets its name from its protagonist's demand. Featuring a groovy rhythm, it combines jangly Britpop with sticky ‘80s-inspired grooves. The tune comes ahead of the band’s new EP - due out this spring - and a UK tour to support its release...yo close off this week’s list we’ve got another solo artist. It’s Foxpalmer with her new song, ‘Wanted’. Written about a previous love that turned into heartbreak, the song is a raw exploration of painful emotions. Acoustic guitars and stripped-back drums form the musical foundation, while the singer’s soft and woeful vocal gives it its emotive body. 


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