Bristol-based Stevie Parker delivers a unique take on ambient electronic pop. Having supported the likes of SOAKGeorgiaAlex G and Adam French, as well as playing a show for the famous fashion icon Markus Lupfer, Stevie is certainly already turning heads.

Sonically, Parker’s debut album The Cure stands out because of her raw talent: the 24-year-old’s smoky vocals (at times raspy, at times quite delicate) never fail to paint an evocative picture—of lost love, of longing, of the melancholic beauty of just living. Production-wise, pulsing synths (think: The xx) provide an atmospheric yet sleek backdrop. Under the guidance of her mentor, Rough Trade Records co-owner Jeannette Lee, Parker teamed up with Grammy Award-winning writer-producer Jimmy Hogarth for the majority of the LP, as well as producer David Wrench (The xx’s ‘I See You’, FKA Twigs, Caribou, Floating Points); Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and Seb Rochford of Polar Bear also contributed drums.

However, what truly sets The Cure apart is Parker’s self-awareness in her writing: the record is a deft yet frank examination of her strengths, her flaws, and her relationships with others, and with herself.

Stevie Parker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch ‘Prey’ below:

Plus support from LYCIO

Out of Birmingham, Lycio are a contemporary 3-piece bringing a uniquely authentic take on electronic/hybrid music – combining distinctive vocals, real & electronic drums, alongside pad/synth textures. Despite their interest in sound design, Lycio ultimately prioritise the song – great songwriting, vocals & melody.

Everything is played 100% live; no backing tracks, no playback. Hybrid music with that essential human feel.

Following the highly positive reception to ‘Air Part 1’, Lycio’s second offering ‘Saharan King’ sees a more reflective side to the band. ‘Saharan King’ was mixed by Craig Davis and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton (mastering artists such as The Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, The Pixies and cutting albums to 12″ by Radiohead, Coldplay and Massive Attack to name a few).

Emotive lyrics, evolving synths and pulsating sub bass see ‘Saharan King’ crescendo throughout. Lyrically pained verses build in tension, eventually opening out into its final yearning chorus.

Speaking of the single, front woman Genny Mendez explained: “It’s really about how us as people have a tendency to completely abandon our emotions and detach ourselves. In this case it’s about someone else completely erasing years worth of emotions they had towards me. It’s also a reflection of my own sense of detachment to my actual surroundings. Definitely has multiple concepts between the lines.”

Lycio Links: SoundcloudFacebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Saharan King’ below:

Plus support from CALLUM KERRIGAN

Callum Kerrigan is a 18 year old indie folk singer-songwriter from Rugeley, Staffordshire with influences including: Pinegrove, Tom Grennan, Kevin Devine, Keaton Henson and Bon Iver.

He has supported the likes of Dave McPherson (InMe), Cold Ocean Lies, Las Rosas and Eliza Shaddad.

“Kerrigan certainly does have a handy way with a tune, and the lo-fi thrums that dictate Giving Up display a maturity and wisdom way beyond his years.” – Brum Notes Magazine

“With its intimate feel and haunting echoes, Giving Up feels more like a series of diary entries set to music rather than actual songs, but that’s what gives Kerrigan a winning edge” – Louder Than War

Callum Kerrigan Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Listen to ‘Make Believe’ below: