Category: Pop and Electro-Pop


Urban Cone is a Swedish Indie pop band from out of Stockholm, Sweden that formed in 2010.  The band consists of Emil Gustafsson (vocals, bass), Rasmus Flyckt (vocals, keyboard), Magnus Fulko (drums), Tim Formgren (guitar), and Jacob William Sjoberg (keyboard).  The group formed while all of the members were in high school.  The band’s debut album, “Our Youth” was released on May 8, 2013 in the United States and was produced and recorded in Flyckt’s living room.

The group found initial success in late 2010 when their self-released debut single “Urban Photography” found much popularity through online music blogs.  In fall 2012, the band released their debut EP “Our Youth” and the single off the EP “Urban Photography” reached No. 2 on Hype Machine.  The EP was well received by both the public and critics alike, with Earmilk.com notably writing: “The EP exemplifies what Urban Cone is at its finest, staying true to their roots and presenting honest, gritty, dance/pop”.  Following the release of “Our Youth EP”, Urban Cone made their first tour into the US in January 2013.  They performed in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

On May 8, 2013, the band released their debut album “Our Youth”.  The album, as I said before, was well liked and received across the indie pop scene.  With a strange mixture of upbeat sounds and, at times, rather somber lyrics, it caught many, including myself, off guard, which is probably why the songs stand out from among the sea of sound-alike indie pop.

On May 12, 2015, the band released their second album “Poloroid Memories”.  This album seems to show that Urban Cone has mastered the art of making happy sounding, uplifting pop, that mixes in lyrics about heartbreak, lost love, and other real-life hardships that are usually absent from indie pop music in general.  This album, like the band’s predecessor has too been highly regarded among fans and critics.

This group is only two albums in and they already seem to have perfected deceptive indie pop that seems like its taking you on a fun and happy ride, when really your being thrust into life and the hardships that it can bring.  I love this group and their unique sound and feel like more people need to know about them.  Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and be sure to pick up “Our Youth” or “Poloroid Memories” if you can.

 

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Urban Cone – Picture: Google Images

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Life Of Dillon is a self termed “acoustic house” trio from the UK that consists of David Keiffer, Joe Griffith, and Rob Griffith.  The group describes themselves as a group that makes “acoustic-laced, dance-driven pop that captures the free spirit of a globe-traveling drifter.”  The trio takes their name from a surfing Nepalese wanderer named Dillon who the trio encountered while visiting Brazil, the Griffith brother’s birthplace.

This trip to Brazil inspired the trio’s first musical recordings which they started once they came back home to London.  The trio released their debut single “Overload”, which fused not only elements of folk and house but also some pop as well.  The single was released in early 2015 through Disruptor, a division of the major label Epic.  The trio released their first EP, “Prologue”, on May 19, 2015.

This group has only just begun to release their music but based on the tracks on “Prologue” they seem like they are going to have a very bright future ahead of them.  Check out some of their biggest hits so far below and see why this “acoustic house” trio will soon be the next big thing in electro-pop/house music.

Sources: Info: Spotify – Life Of Dillon Facebook Page – Videos: YouTube – Life Of Dillon – Picture: Google Images