@skopemag news for july 3, 2019 @ 9:15 am est

Griffin House Releases New Album, “Rising Star”

Today, acclaimed singer-songwriter Griffin House releases Rising Star, his anticipated 13th album. The dynamic album varies musically and lyrically, spanning thematically from fatherhood and overcoming writer’s block to his personal struggle with sobriety. The record features co-writes with fellow Nashville musicians Brian Elmquist (The Lone Bellow), Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), and longtime collaborator Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), with the first two lending their voices to the recordings. Rising Star has received praise from outlets like Billboard, Paste, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, No Depression, amongst others. House also stars in the full-length documentary film “Rising Star”, set for release this year; co-produced with music video director and filmmaker Shane Drake, the film chronicles House’s life as a musician and traveling artist, juggling fame and reality. The film features music from his new album as well as his previous catalog. The album is available today on CD and vinyl, and digitally via iTunes.

Nobody’s Baby Share “Life of a Thousand Girls” Single Via The 405, Announce EP Out 8/16

Today, San Francisco-based death doo-wop band Nobody’s Baby announce their debut self-titled EP, sharing lead single “Life of a Thousand Girls.” The 405 premiered the track with praise, stating, “Blending the carefree earnestness of 50s/60s doo-wop with observations of the oppressively grim present, Nobody’s Baby are emerging as one of the most exciting musical voices of 2019.” Next month, the band heads out on their West Coast tour (w/ The Atom Age, dates below) and will be announcing more shows supporting their upcoming release. Nobody’s Baby EP is out 8/16.


Making his official debut, Los Angeles born singer-songwriter and entertainer Jaafar Jackson releases his new single and video “Got Me Singing” today. Produced by his friend and chief collaborator Hardy Indiigo [Madonna, Carlos Santana], the track introduces a simmering style powered with live instrumentation and bordering pop, R&B, soul, and Caribbean influences. His dynamic delivery builds from breathy verses into a show-stopping refrain as he croons the immediately irresistible hook, “Got me singing.” An uptempo beat infused with South American elements such as Brazil’s very own Baile Funk and 90’s house chords, the track is Jaafar’s introduction to his world.

Elliot Lee Entitled ‘Dirt’

Now, as a self-taught adult with a clear vision, Elliot Lee is on a mission to destigmatize honesty, delivering listeners with an outlet to speak candidly about their struggles and highlighting that we are never alone in whatever we are going through. Elliot Lee reveals, “It feels so satisfying to wrap up uncomfortable messages in pretty, stomachable packages that make people want to dance and sing but also low-key cry about all of the sadness in the world at the same time”.

The Money War new single ‘Life Is Better in Dreams’ out now

The Money War’s years of globetrotting have profoundly affected both the lives and the music of its founding members Carmen Pepper and Dylan Ollivierre. Their forthcoming EP, Life Is Better In Dreams, is inspired by such travels – owing itself to the beauty of Olliverre’s ancestral home of Bequia, and the sheer wonder of New York’s eternal metropolis. Juxtaposing the serenity of a Caribbean Island with the greatest city ever built, The Money War have distilled their troubadour lifestyle into a joyous musical ride fuelled by nostalgia.

Inanna “NEFERTITI XXI” Official Video

Inanna revels in the power of feminine energy and pleas for us to save the planet in the compelling video for single “NEFERTITI XXI.” Directed by Alessandro Bordoni, and produced by Vartuhi Oganesyan and Dunker Media, the visionary music video delivers a pointed message. The ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, is summoned into the present to help save our planet, we are transported to the past where she is reborn.

Introducing Jairay and his visceral debut album ‘Stolen From The Audience Of My Life’

Closely following the release of first single ‘Crash Land’ last week comes a very special debut album from Brisbane folk-punk purveyor Jairay. Stolen From The Audience Of My Life received a first live-in-full treatment on Saturday night with an intimate kitchen show, forgoing the proposed single launch and announcing the imminent release of his long awaited debut album.

Automatic share video for debut single out now on Stones Throw Records

The video for “Calling It,” directed by Ross Harris, is a post-apocalyptic, modern-day take on the Greek myth of Pygmalion, the sculptor who fell in love with his own creations come to life. Shot in an aluminium factory run entirely by women and owned by drummer Lola Dompé’s grandmother since the 1970s, the video follows the trio as they realise they’re the only ones left in the foundry. As both the workers doing the hard labour and the bosses at the top, they start losing their minds and grow obsessed with making little men out of aluminium.

Autogramm relate past drug dealer debacles on new track

Active members of Vancouver’s incestuous creative scene (the band features members of Destroyer and Black Mountain), Autogramm have penned an album which tells tales of parties past and the joys and pains of growing up in the punk scene.

KETTLE OF KITES – Reveal eco-conscious new single ‘Orchid’

As with the rest of upcoming studio album ‘Arrows’, the latest single from the post-rock collective sources its inspiration from the revolutionary works of science fiction author Isaac Asimov. Chiming with the recent Extinction Rebellion and climate change protests that have taken place across Europe, Asimov’s novels often dwelled on the implications of man-made ecological disaster and the lyrics of ‘Orchid’ find Kettle of Kites inflecting his sentiments to provide timely reflection on the urgent need for environmental action.

Conor Maynard shares ‘Hate How Much I Love You’ + UK headline shows

With five Top 10 singles and a #1 album to his credit plus millions of followers at social media, Conor Maynard is one of British music’s biggest success stories. The stats speak for themselves: over 10 million monthly listeners at streaming services and over 2 billion career streams to date.

Joel Rothwell – ‘Just Don’t Know’

While these days, rubbing shoulders with well-known faces at events such as Cannes Film Festival may be commonplace, Bury-born Joel Rothwell’s down-to-earth nature and clean-cut image has stemmed from the family around him nurturing his long-harnessed dream to become a chart-topping success. With a stylishly crafted formula of honest story-telling accompanying his guitar driven electro-pop sound, the first of 4 inspired songs recorded with Brighton producer Toby Scott – ‘Just Don’t Know’ tells the story of a chance encounter, forbidden attraction and the inherent dilemma faced from within.

Sunderland’s alternative synth-pop outfit Vandebilt with ‘Pushing Through’

Vandebilt is an English electronic funk punk outfit led by multi-instrumentalist Jordan Miller and lead vocalist Joey “crack the dawn” Crack, and is completed by Jack Wade (drums) and Daniel Martin (guitar). ‘Pushing Through’ is a song which typifies this band’s style; it’s bursting with virulent energy, combining body-moving rhythms, relentless synths, indie-pop strings and in-your-face vocals.

Larkins release dreamy new song ‘Wallflower’

Larkins have released the dreamy new song ‘Wallflower’ as the B-side to their latest single ‘Sugar Sweet’ out now via Good Soldier Records. ‘Wallflower’ plays as if George Fitzgerald laid down production touches for Foals, with airy electronics and hazy samples paired with indie guitars and alluring hushed vocals.

[Out now] A Permanent Shadow explore love and loss with “Empty”

“Empty” is the debut single from Barcelona-based band A Permanent Shadow. With gnarly guitar riffs and new-wave nuances, the single pays homage to generations of misfits: from glam-rock icon David Bowie to eclectic synth-maestro Gary Numan. The song itself questions at what lengths will we go to in order to keep a relationship alive. When is it time to walk away?

Julian Marley Video Release Singing of The Storms Of Life

GRAMMY nominated Roots-Reggae crooner, Julian Marley releases new video to his self-written track, “Broken Sail,” off of his fourth and latest seventeen track album, AS I AM.

The four minute and twenty-one second video was filmed in both Jamaica Port Royal and Lime Cay. In the lyrics, Julian compares his life and the current state of the world to being on a ship with a “Broken Sail” singing, “Like a ship with a broken sail – on a stormy day – many, many miles from shore. He continues, “Look how far we’ve come and still no liberty. Unity and love can eliminate poverty.”

Erin Enderlin’s New Release, “Chapter Two: I Can Be Your Whiskey” + Music Video

Singer/songwriter/storyteller Erin Enderlin lets the love do the talking with the release of her highly anticipated EP Chapter Two: I Can Be Your Whiskey (Friday, June 28). The title track and official music video were featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Country Songs,” who also declared, “Enderlin serves up this barroom ballad about desperation, long nights, and quick fixes…offering up her love as the ultimate vice.”

Athens’ Nocturnal Blonde Announce LP

Nocturnal Blonde was originally created to bring awareness, in loose story form, to the devastating reality of the opioid pandemic. Ritchie Williams, producer/ songwriter/ singer/instrumentalist of Nocturnal Blonde, nearly lost his brother, Dave Williams, to an incidental opiate-related overdose. Though he survived, Dave was left with permanent neurological damage.

Nocturnal Blonde – Are Not Drowning But Waving With New Album, ‘Still Gushing’

COMMINOR from Sweden present RADIOFACE

COMEDIA is proud to present an exclusive video premiere featuring the Swedish band COMMINOR. Today you can check out the video to their latest single Radioface at Nordic Music Scene, a monthly section within the English music blog God is in the TV! Last week Radioface was added and highlighted on top of no less than three different playlists presented by New Nordic Indie.

new Labrinth song “All For Us”

2019 marks a new adventure for Labrinth, as he prepares to release more solo music in the coming year. In addition to his ambitious undertaking with Euphoria, the last year also saw the formation of supergroup LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) who released an album in April, collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Stefflon Don and his first solo music in 5 years with the video for “Miracle”.

Industrial/Rock Band PORN Announces Their New Video, “EVIL SIX EVIL”

Industrial/rock band PORN are pleased to announce the release of their new video “Evil Six Evil.” The track appears on their latest album, “The Darkest Of Human Desires – Act II.”

The video was directed by Matteo Vdiva whose previous work included videos with Powerwolf, Lord of the Lost and Mono Inc.

Musical maverick, Eil Marchini, flexes prowess with Dope Lemon deconstruction

Born in Italy, Eil Marchini has spent much of his life travelling the world, on a mystic mission to experience the sights and sounds of everywhere he visits, ready to mould them into the bewildering sonic creatures on both his first album, Smile, and this his self-titled four-track EP. The EP also features the tracks Magpies on Acid – the furiously demented debut single; Loop 21 – a spaced-out liquid guitar light show fed through loop number 21 of a 99-channel loop pedal; and Lydia, a track written and performed on a Weissenborn slide-guitar and injected with synths for a cinematic edge.

GENOCIDE SHRINES: CVLT Nation debuts track by the Lankan anti-dharmik militants

GENOCIDE SHRINES made their first monumental arrival with 2012’s EP and then proceeded to dominate with their LP, titled Manipura Imperial Deathevokovil: Scriptures of Reversed Puraana Dharmurder in 2015, enthroning themselves as one of the most destructive units of the Asian underground. The Lankan anti-dharmik troop have joined forces with their compatriots SERPENTS ATHIRST and New Zealand’s malignant entities HERESIARCH and TREPANATION for a four-way split, slated for release on July 26th via CYCLOPEAN EYE PRODUCTIONS. This four-track split, titled Scorn Coalescence, offers one brand new and exclusive number from each unit. These four punishing segments of the split together demonstrate the destructive nature of the human beings by alluding to the absolute of the individual in terms of conquest and survival as well as the futility of the situation in the grander scheme; it’s the fulfillment and rejection of “fate” at the same time.

Lose your shit and listen to the new Genocide Shrines “All And/Or Nothing”

Scratch Massive release sensual new video for Numero 6 from Garden of Love

In their latest music video for “Numero 6” Alice McMunn is a legendary pole dancer and renowned tattoo artist that seductively dances and sucks you into her trance. The song takes off from the very beginning. Vocals, synthesizers and rhythm merge elegantly, combining lightness and gravity, softness and heaviness. The melodic and dulcet voice of Toby Ernest completes the journey with his seductive repetitive pull set to heavy and dark beats.