Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for may 4, 2019 @ 8 am est

NEW SINGLE! SOFIA HÄRDIG from Sweden returns in… SILENCE!

Today the Swedish artist Sofia Härdig release the first single from her new album, which will be released later this year. On May 1 the single Silence was exclusively premiered by Nordic Music Scene, a monthly section within the English music blog God is in the TV. The critic rewarded the single with the grade 9/10 and wrote that Sofia Härdig ought to be headlining at the troubled Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival this summer: “This lady should be there, and if she had been at the original she would have closed the show with this, at nine o’clock on the Monday morning or whatever it was, elbowing Jimi Hendrix off the stage. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But not by much.”

Penny and Sparrow Announce New Album ‘Finch’ out 8/2 via Thirty Tigers, Tour with Josh Ritter

Today, the critically-acclaimed duo Penny and Sparrow announced they will release their sixth studio album Finch on August 2 via Thirty Tigers. The ten song collection finds “pin-drop performers” (NPR’s World Cafe) Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke in a metamorphic state of personal transformation where they shed long held perceptions of the world around them after rigorous touring for many years. Today, the duo released “Eloise,” the first song to be released from Finch.

Nuela Charles – Long Way Down Video

“Long Way Down” is a modern take on the old chain-gang songs; talking about society’s love of seeing people fail, but knowing that it’s at the bottom where you’ll find some of life’s biggest blessings.

NEEDSHES Release Brand New Album ‘Truth Power’

Off the album the band is excited to unveil a new video to accompany the track, “I. C. S. A. M.” which stands for “I Can’t Stand Any More.” Throughout the music video, the main character already appears dead with a bullet hole in his head, but he has something to still say. He shares his thoughts on how hard it is to feel like a hero, having left at home a mother without a son, a wife without a husband and a kid without a father. In this emotional video, he is screaming with all his might saying, “Who will give me back my life? Why am I here? What is the meaning of war?,” but in return, he gets only a handful of damp dirt. Fans can watch the brand new video here!

SYML’s Debut Album Out Today

Simplicity is what moves SYML – pronounced “sih-mul,” it means “simple” in Welsh. A child of a closed adoption, Fennell only discovered his Welsh roots as an adult shortly before naming the project. The songwriting process for ‘SYML’ was a therapeutic one, forcing him to confront his feelings around his identity, fatherhood, relationships and all the unexpected challenges we have to face. Recorded in his basement studio, 20 miles outside of Seattle, it was mostly produced by Fennell himself, with additional collaboration from Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Rudimental) and Chad Copelin. Mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer Joe Visciano (Beck, Adele), SYML by SYML is the sound of Brian Fennell opening up and letting us in, his emotional honesty and way with a killer melody and sharply observed lyric combining to powerful effect.

Vegas Man – Donald Trump is Like Hard Time

Laurence Juber Releases Latest Solo Collection ‘Downtown’

Downtown, the latest solo collection from Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber, blends the intricate detail of his fingerstyle guitar arrangements with jazz-inspired improvisation. Recorded in one afternoon session at Hollywood’s storied Capitol Studios, the repertoire is drawn from The Great American Songbook, with the bonus of a new Juber original. It is available now via Hologram Recordings.

The Head And The Heart share new track ‘People Need A Melody’

Living Mirage will be released on May 17th, featuring the singles ‘Missed Connection’ and ‘Honeybee’, and is an artful expansion on the earthy folk-rock that once defined them, following a “rebirth” when the band came together in the Mojave Desert to shed old skin before starting work on their fourth album.

Louder Than Words Make A Powerful Return With New Single “Stockholm”

Their first release in over a year (and the first to feature their new vocalist), the band has been hard at work on new music, continuing to develop and craft their sound. Evolution is the first word that comes to mind about Louder Than Words; the band is determined to release new music that showcases their maturity, while also sticking to their roots. “Stockholm” will be the first release of many in 2019 for Louder Than Words, giving a strong introduction to the energetic pop rock they’ve been creating.

About the single, the band states:
Ever since our hiatus in April 2018, we’ve been focusing hard on the future of the band. We’ve been constantly writing and recording. “Stockholm” is a song that hits home for us and it shows who we really are, musically. We plan on releasing 2 more singles before August, following with an EP later in the year. Our new music is 110% raw emotion and more heartfelt than ever before.

Baby Alpaca frontman Chris Kittrell unveils new project: Heather Strange

After finding success as the dreamy indie-folk act Baby Alpaca, Kittrell traded in the brooding minimalist approach to songwriting for a more glam-inspired electropop take. With the help of producers David Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Christopher Hines, Kittrell blossomed into the most self-realized form of expression, Heather Strange.

Brian Nasty releases new track ‘Cereal Killer’

Part of London’s underground network of young talent such as AMA, Osquello, and Theodor Black, Brian’s material is impeccably produced, pulling inspiration from unexpected places with a raw, honest quality. His past tracks ‘Thinking About My Lover’ and ‘No Games Boy’ were independently released and caught the attention of FADER.


‘XY Chelsea’ showcases the life and career of Chelsea Manning, a trans woman soldier in the United States Army. Manning was sentenced to serve 35 years at an all-male military prison for leaking information about the country’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The film premiered last night at Tribeca Film Festival, will be screened at London’s Bertha DocHouse on May 23rd, the Sheffield Documentary Festival from June 6th to June 10th and released via Showtime on June 7th.