@skopemag news for tuesday – October 29, 2019 @ 2 pm est

Oklou premieres “Forever” on Tap Records/True Panther, video out now

“Forever” is Oklou’s missive on post-relationship empowerment. Of the song, she says, “‘Forever’ is about forgiveness and using mistakes as some sort of cement. Something that is so powerful that you’ll remember it forever ∞.”

The new song debuts as Oklou’s first new release since 2018’s Rite of May EP which saw acclaim from titles including Pitchfork, DAZED and The FADER and fans in artists like ROSALÍA and Four Tet.

Additionally, Oklou is set to perform at Pitchfork Paris Festival on November 2. She has previously made festival appearances at Sonar, Red Bull Music Festival Paris, Unsound, Loom and many more.

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Release New Single, “Ever So Bold,” via Blood Music

Black sheep of the Black Metal scene. Outcasts and outsiders since the very beginning. Somehow, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are still alive, still thriving, still creating, whilst so many of their critics and competitors have fallen by the wayside. – Photo: Tara Dunleavy

Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) announces ‘Uncut Gems’ OST out December 13th

Daniel Lopatin returns as composer for Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest film, Uncut Gems, whose soundtrack will be out internationally December 13 from Warp Records, the same day the film is released in U.S. theaters by A24. The film stars Adam Sandler, NBA player Kevin Garnett, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, and Julia Fox, and has screened to rapturous response from critics and audiences at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals. The hypnotic crime thriller follows Sandler’s Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, on a twisted odyssey in pursuit of the windfall of a lifetime.

ESOTERIC Release Clip for New Song “Culmination,” Announce Two-Hour Gimme Radio Special

Funeral doom titans ESOTERIC have shared a clip of the song, “Culmination.” The clip is an truncated version of the full song, which can be found on the upcoming album ‘A Pyrrhic Existence.’

Normani “Motivation (Savage Remix)” with 21 Savage Out Now

Multi-platinum selling and chart-topping recording artist Normani has teamed up with 21 Savage for “Motivation (Savage Remix),” a remix of her critically acclaimed hit single “Motivation” out now. On the remix, 21 Savage brings a new vibe to the high energy single as he raps, “I swear she read me like a book, be my motivation” and his verse smoothly transitions to Normani’s soulful and sultry vocals. Listen to the “Motivation (Savage Remix)” remix here.

Pool Cosby Share “I Like You (feat. denitia)” Music Video | New Album Coming Early 2020

NYC-based electronic trio, Pool Cosby, have returned with a brand new single and accompanying video, titled “I Like You,” featuring vocals from NY’s own indie-pop artist, denitia. The video was premiered today with The 405 who said “the track builds on Pool Cosby’s oeuvre, pairing denitita’s soulful voice with a mid-tempo beat that blends jazz, hip-hop and pop, and even has some strings for good measure.”

Watch Miracle Sweepstakes’ new “Relative Mind” video via Treble Zine

Treble Zine described the track as “an upbeat, piano-driven pop gem reminiscent of a lot of ’70s-era greats like Todd Rundgren, as well as ’90s alt-rock in the vein of The Posies and Matthew Sweet. It’s one of the catchiest tracks you’ll hear all week … It’s pure pop euphoria to help get your week started right.”

Out Now: Lucas Laufen’s “I Know Where Silence Lives” explores vulnerability found through stillness

Through delicate acoustic melodies and Laufen’s earnest cooing, “I Know Where Silence Lives” explores the vulnerable moments found through stillness. This song was initially sparked while Laufen stood in a bird-watching tower on the border between the Netherlands and Germany. While on tour, someone offered to drive him to the tower in the morning to see the ocean.

DEIVOS: Sixth Album From Polish Death Metal Band, Casus Belli

With the drums recorded at Roslyn Studio in March 2019, the bass recorded at Kamil Home Studio in August 2019, the bulk of DEIVOS’ Casus Belli including guitars and vocals were handled at Zed Studio in Chechło Poland, as were several of the band’s prior albums. The record was also mixed and mastered at Zed Studio by Tomek Zalewski and completed with album art by Maciej Kamuda (Sleep, Coffins, Trauma, Pathology).

Sam Weber shares new LP ‘Everything Comes True’

“Blackout” is a break-up song about feeling divided – between doing what feels right to me or what’s comfortable for someone else. It’s about watching someone try and change who they are to make you happy. It’s about trying to have a deeper understanding of relationships and investing more – and about being afraid in relationships too. – Sam Weber

Folk Rockers KNASTERBART Release Brand New Video – Kneipenschlägerei

Folk rock collective Knasterbart, who are set to release their fourth studio album, Perlen vor die Säue on November 29th with Napalm Records, have unleashed a brand new video for the track Kneipenschlägerei ( english for Bar Fight )! The new music video perfectly shows, that on their new album Knasterbart have steered clear of all things golden and glamorous and chosen the hard life of a bunch of partying hicks instead: These seven dudes keep finding the stars in the gutter and have done so since 2012, churning out truly unique folk rock full of lewd humor, naughty daydreams and a healthy dose of self-mockery. Watch the endearing band among a good old pub fight, in their brand new video for Kneipenschlägerei HERE!

New Labrinth video for “Somethings Got To Give”

2019 has proved to be a monumental year for Labrinth. Having achieved huge success with the track ‘All For Us ‘ featuring Zendaya , from the hit HBO show Euphoria where he is also credited as the series composer. He has since gone on to release EUPHORIA , featuring score music from the first season – amassing over 10 million streams in the first week that it was released. Labrinth continues to add more incredible collaborations having recently worked with Kanye West , co-writing and co-producing the track ‘God Is’ from his latest album ‘Jesus Is King’. Labrinth also worked with Beyonce on ‘ Spirit ‘, which was written for and features in the new live-action Lion King film. Last year also saw the formation of supergroup LSD (Labrinth, Sia & Diplo) who released an album in April,

Austin-based Couple Band Moonray Release Additive Pop Anthem via Conversations About Her

In addition to forming a working partnership, the duo is also a real-life couple, comprised of Jonray and Barbara Higginbotham. The single is inspired by the pair’s passion keeping their love alive despite the challenges they were experiencing individually.

The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood Release “Counting Down The Days” Off Forthcoming Album

Critically acclaimed American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has released the debut track “Counting Down The Days” from his forthcoming album with The Brotherhood – a group of masterful musicians that includes drummer Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Macy Gray) and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts. The track was featured last week at Glide Magazine, who called it “a blackened riff howl of workmanship blues and Texas boogie that never surrenders.” Elmore featured the new lyric video today, saying “this material showcases Shawn Amos’s songwriting like no previous Rev outing, alternately furious, vulnerable; crazy, forlorn and tender.”

SONG PREMIERE: The Reverend Shawn Amos Enlists A Listers On Raw & Relevant “Counting Down The Days”

There’s Nothing “Spineless” About OVTLIER’s New Video Featuring UPON A BURNING BODY’s Danny Leal

“Not only does this song feature the power of Ovtlier, but they’re being backed up by the brilliant Danny Leal, lead singer of the massively popular Texas metal juggernaut, Upcon a Burning Body. Both the song and the lyric video are symbolic of the dreadful realities of modern society.” -Pure Grain Audio

“‘Spineless’ Video Premiere Goes Dark And Violent”-Dread Central

“…pulsing with heaviness, with a booming low end and a mix of fist-to-the-air anthems and driving rockers” -Loudwire

Sur Back Shares “Finish Line” Single + Lyric Video On The 405

NYC-based experimental pop artist Sur Back shares her new single “Finish Line.” The 405 premiered the track and its official lyric video, praising, “Loaded with that kind of emotional payload, ‘Finish Line’ delivers on its aim of appealing to the head and the heart with equal measure. Sur Back is narrowing in on a brand of pop that astounds on nearly every level.” Later this year, she’ll be releasing a singles compilation, with “Nostalgia in Motion” and “Finish Line” being the first offerings since her 2017 EP, Kitsch II. “Finish Line” is out now on all DSPs.

Erin Enderlin Set to Release Full-Length Album “Faulkner County” Nov. 1

Faulkner County arrives amidst mounting anticipation generated through a series of digital EPs Enderlin released earlier this year. Those EPs, released roughly in eight week intervals, garnered significant traction in the digital music space and led to Enderlin’s first significant playlisting on Spotify (Nashville Stripped, Next From Nashville, Wild Country), Apple Music (Country Roads, Speaking Easy) and Amazon Music (Fresh Folk & Americana).

Iguana Death Cult Share ‘Nude Casino’ LP

Dutch rock band, Iguana Death Cult have shared their highly-anticipated LP, Nude Casino, on all digital streaming platforms via Innovative Leisure. Their singles released from the project received praise from The FADER, Flaunt, The 405, Paste, KCRW and more. Nude Casino is the sophomore LP following, The First Stirrings of Hideous Insect Life.

Luke Combs’ “This One’s For You” ties record for longest reign at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart

Luke Combs’ double Platinum debut album This One’s For You is #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart for the 50th non-consecutive week—tying the record for the longest reign atop the chart with Shania Twain’s Come On Over in 1997. This One’s For You is also the most-streamed country album of 2019 so far.

Helsinki’s Lake Jons relinquish their inhibitions on neo-prog-pop cut ‘I Don’t Care’      

LAKE JONS, hailing from Helsinki and born from the woods by the darkest waters as their namesake reflects, is comprised of Jooel Jons and Mikko Pennanen, who walk a fine line between producer-tandem and full-on band. Since their formation in 2014, the Finnish duo has come through with delicate folktronica-tinged dream-pop. Following from their self-titled debut, which the band performed on their live circuit during the last year, and championed at festivals across the Nordics as well as by Ja Ja Ja, who showcased the band across London, Berlin and Hamburg.