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Profiles of the most interesting up-and-coming artists of the moment

Perila’s Ambient Music Finds Strange Beauty in the World Around Us

In this Rising interview, the Russian-born artist talks about producing work that is as intimate as it is abstract.

Indigo De Souza’s Ultimate Indie Rock Glow Up

In this Rising interview, the North Carolina artist talks about holding nothing back in her songwriting, her stunning new album, and, um, the unique pleasure of sitting on cakes.

Shygirl Is Shaping London Club Music In Her Own Bawdy Image

“When people think it’s crazy to be talking about sex, I’m like: Is it, though?

Step Into the Inscrutable World of Mega Bog

Mega Bog leader Erin Birgy talks about running from and eventually confronting her fears through the off-kilter, improvisational pop she makes with her tight-knit band.

Magdalena Bay Are More Online Than You

Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin are at the center of their own internet multiverse made up of surreal TikToks, Y2K-style websites, and sticky-sweet synth-pop songs.

L’Rain Wants to Confuse You

A fixture of New York’s art and experimental music communities, Taja Cheek envisions a decidedly uncategorizable world of sound as L’Rain.

Yendry Is the Limitless Pop Star of Tomorrow

In this Rising interview, the Dominican-Italian artist talks about confronting racism, singing on X Factor, and finding inspiration in everything from Beyoncé to bachata to Aphex Twin.

Julia Jacklin Was Finally Breaking Beyond Australia’s Indie Rock Scene. Then the Pandemic Hit.

Known for her wincingly relatable songs, the singer discusses what she learned about music and life while she was forced to put her career on hold over the past year.

Bizzy Banks Is at the Forefront of Brooklyn Drill’s Next Wave

A day in the life of the budding rap star as he travels around his home borough, from the corner store to the barbershop to the studio.

Get to Know Arooj Aftab, the Defiant Singer Who’s Reimagining Traditional South Asian Music for Today

In this Rising interview, the boundary-breaking artist talks about growing up on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Jeff Buckley, accepting grief as part of life, and her stunning new album, Vulture Prince.

Meet KMRU, the Ambient Musician With His Ear to the World

Armed with a handheld recorder and a reverence for environmental sounds, the Kenyan artist is carving out a unique place in electronic music.

Ethel Cain Fears No Darkness

In this Rising interview, singer, songwriter, and producer Hayden Anhedönia discusses her witchy alter ego Ethel Cain, her stifling Baptist upbringing, and her desire to soothe listeners even as she unsettles them.

The Radiant Slowness of Ana Roxanne

The ambient musician on her winding path to discovering her voice, with detours into jazz and Hindustani singing.

Dry Cleaning’s Everyday Surrealism

In this Rising interview, the London art punks discuss their prosaically profound debut LP, their favorite YouTube videos, and why they read the comments.

Navy Blue Needs to Get a Few Things Off His Chest

In this Rising interview, the introspective Brooklyn rapper talks about how writing helps him work through pain, collaborating with his childhood friend Earl Sweatshirt, and his restorative new album.

Cassandra Jenkins’ Hypnotic Folk Music Turns Everyday Moments Into Monuments

In this Rising interview, the New York singer-songwriter talks about making art out of interactions with strangers and how her experiences with the late indie legend David Berman inspired her brilliant new album.

The Dream-Pop Transcendence of IAN SWEET

Jilian Medford, who records as IAN SWEET, talks about facing her trauma and making the mightiest music of her life in this Rising interview.

Get to Know Loma, Who Make Shadowy Indie Rock That Sounds Like a Séance

In this Rising interview, frontwoman Emily Cross talks about how her work as a death doula affects her art, collaborating with Brian Eno, and the ghostly wonders of new album Don’t Shy Away.

Get to Know Amaarae, Who’s Expanding the Sound of Afropop

In this Rising interview, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter based in Accra, Ghana talks about her genre-bending sound, her punk mentality, and the globalization of African music.

Mustafa’s Meditative Songs of Mourning

In this Rising interview, the Toronto poet-turned-singer-songwriter talks about getting to the heart of his community’s grief, rage, and love on his upcoming debut project, When Smoke Rises.

Lomelda’s Hannah Read Is Forever Searching for Connection

The L.A.-based, Texas-raised singer-songwriter discusses her early life in the church, loving Sufjan, Lomelda vs. Hannah, and learning to apologize.

Step Inside ML Buch’s Digitized Art-Pop Wilderness

In this Rising interview, the Danish songwriter talks about swallowing a tiny camera for art, moving to a commune in the woods, and synthesizing the melancholy with the uncanny in her modern love songs.