@skopemag news for July 9, 2019 @ 2:45 pm est

New release: P.S. November – Empty Morning (album)

Although his life is somewhat shrouded in mystery, P.S. November is a musician pioneering in the Nu R&B / Alternative R&B genre, and a college student majoring in Japanese from Provo, Utah, USA. He has been playing piano, making music, and singing ever since he was a little kid.

Most of his songs are inspired by his experiences with relationships and heartache; others communicate messages of depression and nostalgia. With an indie work ethic and a singular voice combined with layers of catchy pop sensibilites or sometimes just a piano, he creates a memorable brand of music. P.S. November can move you to the heights and depths of a feeling, performing a balancing act of beauty and bravery on a tightrope suspended between hope and despair.

Watch Mauno’s New “Take Care” Video

“Take Care” is a play on words — it’s about caregiving as a woman, and also about saying goodbye. It is about filling the role of taking care of someone and self-identifying through that, while simultaneously resenting the expectation of having to do so. The chorus begins hinting at waiting for a relationship to finally feel reciprocal, and ends with the reveal of me actually waiting for it to fall apart / knowing all along that it was doomed.” – Eliza Niemi

Davina And The Vagabonds set to release ‘Sugar Drops’ on August 2 through Red House Records

SUGAR DROPS marks the first time singer/songwriter/pianist Davina Sowers entered a proper studio to record an album. The Minneapolis-based artist holed up in Nashville’s Compass Sound Studio with producer (and Compass Records co-founder) Garry West, along with her trumpeter, string arranger and husband, Zack Lozier, and a rotating cast of powerhouse players including Todd Phillips (David Grisman, Robbie Fulks) on bass, Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Tom Jones) on guitar and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa) on Hammond B3.


The album was inspired by a find Tegan and Sara made while they were writing their first memoir, High School, which will be published by MCD X FSG (USA) on September 24, three days before the album arrives.

“While working on our memoir, we discovered lost cassette tapes that had been unheard for over 20 years,” recalls Tegan. “They contained dozens of our first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17…we immediately recognized the songs as an essential part of our high school story.”

1349 Premiere New Single via Decibel Magazine, Announce U.S. Dates

Norwegian black metal masters 1349 have unleashed a brand new single, “Through Eyes of Stone,” via Decibel Magazine! The song has been taken from the self -titled EP, which will be released on August 16. 1349 have furthermore finished the recordings of their new full length, which will be released via Season of Mist in the fall of 2019. Listen to “Through Eyes of Stone” via Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.

Track Premiere: 1349 – ‘Through Eyes of Stone’

BOY & BEAR New Album ‘Suck On Light’ Out Sept 27; Official Video For “Hold Your Nerve”       

Following the release of new music last month, Boy & Bear have announced their anticipated fourth album Suck On Light will be available digitally, on CD and standard & limited edition colored vinyl on Friday September 27th. Fans can pre-save, pre-order and pre-add from here. With this news comes the official video for the upbeat and optimistic new single “Hold Your Nerve.”

The video celebrates the return of the Sydney band with an intimate and energetic performance, shot by director Onil Kotian (Angus & Julia “Snow” and “Cellar Door”). Filmed in black and white, the video is intercut between scenes of a constantly revolving camera and a series of open-ended abstract, texture-adding visuals. The colored visuals are lifted from the Suck On Light artwork, which was designed by Leif Podhajsky who is behind the album artwork for artists like Tame Impala, London Grammar and Foals, in addition to being the creative director for Vivid Live Festival.

OSO OSO share new single “Impossible Game” | New album “Basking In The Glow” out Aug 16 on Triple Crown | UK tour dates in October

If 2016’s beloved The Yunahon Mixtape found oso oso mastermind Jade Lilitri leaning more into the pessimistic side of his brain, their new album basking in the glow is an experiment in its glass-half-full opposite. Over the course of 10 songs––some with surprise Grand Canyon-sized choruses (“The View” and “A Morning Song”), others more like a crushing voicemail message (“Intro” and “One Sick Plan”)––Jade tries to embrace the good, if only because he knows it won’t last very long.

Kacy & Clayton To Release “Carrying On” Produced By Jeff Tweedy October 4th

Kacy & Clayton will release Carrying On via New West Records on October 4th, 2019. The 10-song set was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio & rehearsal space in Chicago, IL. Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).

Burna Boy Announced As Apple Music Up Next Artist

Apple Music today announced African superstar Burna Boy as its latest Up Next artist. As the credited creator of the enigmatic new genre “Afrofusion” – the rich blend of Afrobeats, hip-hop, dancehall and R&B – the Nigeria-born singer and songwriter is among contemporary African music’s biggest stars and Apple Music is thrilled to be propelling his music to the world.

Kelsey Waldon Readies New Album White Noise/White Lines For Oct. 4 Release

Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY, native Kelsey Waldon has announced the release of her new full-length album White Noise/White Lines, her first with Oh Boy Records, for October 4th. With White Noise/White Lines, Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Because of that approach, the record feels immediate, somewhere between a concert and a conversation. Co-produced by Waldon and Dan Knobler, the collection opens with a confident anthem, “Anyhow,” which finds the Nashville-based songwriter forging ahead after some frustrating setbacks. Garden & Gun praised the song as “a fitting first taste of an album that should firmly establish Waldon as one of classic country’s rising torchbearers.” “Anyhow” and its accompanying video are available today.


“I always wanted to know what it would feel like to crowd surf if the average age of the crowd was 71 instead of 17,” shared SWMRS co-frontman Cole Becker. “Ambar and I talked a lot about this video as a way of inverting the formula of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. Being a young person in 2019 feels a lot more like being in an inhospitable bingo club than being in the hyper idealized vision of a punk show. You have all this energy and vision and passion to contribute to the world, and you’re constantly met with this sludgy rejection as if you’re intruding on someone else’s party. ”

GURT share ‘Rolling Stoned’ video and new album details!

UK sludge purveyors GURT present their brand new video for ‘Rolling Stoned’ via Cvlt Nation today! They band also unveils the artwork and details for their upcoming third Album ‘Bongs of Praise’, due out on September 6th via When Planets Collide.

Witness the new GURT video “Rolling Stoned”