January Recap

Check out some of the best songs released in January by Kaufmann Frust, Red Telephone, M. ilune, Josienne Clarke, and Juri Volta.

January Recap
Jury Volta's Diego Maradona is utterly catchy.

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And now, without any further ado, here are five song recommendations from the past few editions.

Kaufmann Frust – Pausenraum

The German band Kaufmann Frust return with their first single since 2019. Pausenraum, a beautifully balanced indie rock track with post-punk vibes, is fueled by poetic nostalgia and the contrast between its smooth flow and the raw vocal performance.

Red Telephone – Waiting For Your Good Days

Cardiff's newcomers Red Telephone fuze together indie-rock, dream pop, new wave, and post-punk with astounding precision. Waiting For Your Good Days is the only single announcing their debut record coming in March, and it's a captivating song that shines in its lush composition. But most of all, the vibrato in the singer's performance adds spice.

M. ilune – hide

The upcoming Swiss-American LGBTQ+ artist M. ilune has a smooth and evocative voice, which leads us into a universe of beauty, love, and vulnerability. The latest song, hide, is a beautiful and dreamy alt-pop ballad that shimmers and sparkles in the night.

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Josienne Clarke – The Tangled Tree

Unearthing earlier songwriting back home on the Scottish Isle of Bute, Josienne Clarke's upcoming record, Onliness, promises to be one of the more exciting releases of 2023. The soothing single, The Tangled Tree, gives a beautiful first impression—meandering between folk noir and a chamber-like interpretation of singer-songwriter artistry.

Juri Volta – Diego Maradona

As Florian Summer, he charted with a bit cheesy Swiss german pop songs like Machu Picchu. But now, as Juri Volta, the Swiss musician reinvented himself spectacularly as a philosophic guttersnipe, a poet of everyday life. With its mixture of pop melody, stadium rock vibes, and sprinkles of Neue Deutsche Welle and Schlager, Diego Maradona stays in your ears.