The music gurus at Sofar Sounds roundup the best new international artists to add to your playlists this month.
Having reimagined the live music experience, Sofar Sounds is here to help us reimagine our own playlists. Every month, they’ll round up their current obsessions from around the world and share why these global artists deserve a spot on your Spotify rotation.
This November’s up-and-coming acts range from angsty German dance beats to mesmerizing Spanglish folk-pop—think of them as little sonic vacations for your ears.
Location: Munich, Germany
Genre: Indie Pop
An ambitious and ambiguous indie pop band with funky beats and melodic bops, Some Sprouts is on tour and sharing their dreamy hits with music-lovers all over Europe. We can’t help but swoon (and dance!) to their angsty lyrics and dancey beats. Somewhere between Milky Chance and Vampire Weekend, Some Sprouts is a guaranteed new fave.
Location: Portland, Oregon
In the mood for something soulful? Get ready to swoon over the vocal range and contemporary melodies Portland-based artist SISTER is streaming. SISTER is the project of singer/songwriter Hannah Anderson, a multi-talented millennial who just can’t seem to stop creating everything, from a too-cool-for-Urban-Outfitters merch line to a charming food and travel blog. Wherever her travels take her, we just hope she doesn’t stop making music.
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Genre: Indie Folk
An indie-folk band with melodies to soothe the woes of modern life? Yes, please. Hollow Coves is the Australian music duo your heartaches deserve. Their earthy sound delivers folky-comfort with rhythms that leave you on the edge of your seat. Obsessed with The Oh Hellos and Caamp? Add Hollow Coves to your queue ASAP.
Location: London, UK
Genre: Funky Pop
This London band spent the last eight years paying their music-making dues in dorm room jam sessions before debuting this year with percussion-rich dance anthems that you just can’t help but move to. Their latest hit, “Hey Raoul,” has momentous lyrics and a toe-tapping beat that’ll have you skipping down the street on your commute. We 10/10 recommend plugging in your headphones and getting in on their joy.
Location: St. Louis, US
An accomplished bassist with a voice that sounds like Sunday morning, this St. Louis-based talent has soul to spare and she’s sharing it all on her latest album St. Lost. Getting lost in the beauty of her ballads? You’re not the only one — Barack Obama included Tonina’s interpretation of “Historia de Un Amor” on his list of top songs of 2018 (NBD).
Location: New York City, USA
Nella’s rich vocals and enchanting melodies will have you falling in love with the Venezuelan folk songs of her heritage. The rising talent has a new album, Voy, and a lot of momentum going into 2020. Her Spanglish songs and mesmerizing sound have captured the attention of record labels and producers alike, earning her a spot on our most-listened playlist and much more musical success in her future.