With warm (read: hot) weather and the summer season in full swing now, it makes sense that the majority of June’s highlights from the Hoosier State are feel-good tunes, all of which released last month. Trust me, you do not want to sleep on any of these songs (or artists), even if you are already familiar with a couple of these names, which you likely will be.
Dream Chief – “Love Me Back”: Continuing in their trajectory of improving with each and every song, electropop duo Dream Chief once again top their previous single with “Love Me Back.” Though this slower cut doesn’t drive nearly as hard as any of the Tuttle cousins’ other tracks, the guitars and electronics still complement each other perfectly, and overall it feels more powerful than anything they’ve released yet. Meanwhile, the lyrics are cheesy enough to put a grin on your face, but not so cheesy to where they’ll make you cringe.
Yadin Kol – “True Love”: Having arrived just in time for summer, the debut cut from singer-songwriter Yadin Kol is the perfect anthem for this time of the year. From the insanely catchy guitar line, to the Caribbean-like percussive groove, to Kol’s smooth, silky croons, everything about “True Love” oozes summer. It’s hard to even know what to call this—I’ll just settle on island soul pop for now—but whatever it is, it’s well worth five minutes of your time.
JAC – “Hearts Stop”: On his latest track, JAC layers fun, bright synths over top of nasty electronics, creating an infectious beat perfect for tapping your foot, bobbing your head, or whatever it is you do to keep time when jamming out to a song like this. And while it may not hold a candle to JAC’s previous single, the bouncy banger of a tune that is “3-6-5,” that doesn’t stop “Hearts Stop” from being a jam in its own right.
Kevin Krauter – “Suddenly”: Although also a member of the Bloomington-based pop band Hoops, Kevin Krauter has really been making a name for himself as a solo artist over the past couple of years, including a performance at last year’s SXSW. Krauter actually just released his debut LP a couple of weeks back, and though there are quite a few solid tracks on Toss Up, the highlight for me is “Suddenly,” a dreamy pop tune with a driving bassline and psychedelic electronics that make it feel like a more chill Tame Impala at points.
You can find all of my Hoosier picks in one place, whether you use SoundCloud or Spotify, each with its own set of exclusives.