Fresh Sounds Podcast, Playlist and 11 Global Indie Song Reviews

FreshSounds Podcast
6 min readMay 23, 2022

Episode 85, May 20, 2022

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Welcome to episode 85 of the newsletter! Hey, Fresh Sounds fans! It’s a Friday, so that means a new edition of the Fresh Sounds Podcast is hot out of the oven for you. Yes, Mark and Brendan are back with their usual five songs; four new and one from the dusty shelves of the Fresh Sounds Music Archive. Our playlists are back, too, so look for the big link button below!

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Now, on to the music!
Σtella & Redinho
“The Truth Is”
Up and Away
To be released on June 17, 2022
Sub Pop Records
Athens, Greece/London, England, UK

Back in April, we featured the first single from Σtella, the Greek singer-songwriter, from her new record put together with Redinho, the British producer and member of Swet Shop Boys. Gotta say, this is a record that has a smooth mood, perfect for slow summer afternoons, if those even exist anymore. Here, I am featuring Σtella & Redinho’s third single, and it is called “The Truth Is.” -BH

The Hics
“Caught In A Lie”
Released on May 6, 2022
The Fiends / EMPIRE Records
London, England, UK

We start in London with an eclectic duo, who are releasing their first music in over five years. It’s a deeply personal, 5-song EP somewhere between alt-R&B and nu-soul. These are thoughtful, somber ballads and as The Hics write “not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone.” The new EP entitled “HARMINE” came out on May 6th, and this is my personal…

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