@skopemag news for – tuesday – december 3, 2019 @ 11 am est

Lake Jons recall and reconnect with nature on conscious-pop cut ‘Human’

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.

DUSTER shares ‘Letting Go’ off of their self-titled LP out Dec. 13 on Muddguts Records

Clay Parton, Jason Albertini, and Canaan Dove Amber make “Experimental depressed music” that feels at once immensely personal and universally atmospheric. Devotees new and old have scrambled to find and share their music for years but in 2019, Numero Group brought them back into the collective conscious with Capsule Losing Contact, a re-issue box-set that included 1998’s Stratosphere, their 1999 EP 1975, and 2000’s Contemporary Movement along with previously unreleased tracks. The boxset sold out almost overnight, as did a string of live shows no one anticipated after years of silence. Contemporary indie artists like Snail Mail and Sandy Alex G have cited Duster as an influence and asked the band to play with them at their respective shows. The bands resurgence is a testament to how timeless their music remains.

FROZEN WINDS – “Paternal Triumverate”

Based in Limassol, Cyprus, Frozen Winds revolves around Occultism, Mysticism, Spirituality and Left Hand Path thematology, praising and honoring the obscure ancient traditions which have been long forgotten and neglected throughout time.

With their debut full-length album ‘Necromantic Arts’ the band combines distinctively the Black Metal formula with Occult ritual ambience, crushing riffs, hell pounding drums and vocals of ecstatic frenzy.

Matt Megrue’s ‘The Mourner’s Manual’ Out Feb 7th

In a message to fans on his newly re-launched website, Matt writes, “I cannot believe that this day has finally arrived. I have lived it in many a dream over the last few years, and yet, here we are. My first solo LP, The Mourner’s Manual, is finally here. I began this project as 2016 was coming to a close with the help of Sean and Brendan Kelly and, over the next three years, we saw it to completion. The Mourner’s Manual is Loss. Love. Anger. Hope. Longing. Vulnerability. Spirit. May you find a little bit of that here. Think less, feel more. Yours en mourning.”


Set to be one of the most highly anticipated tours of 2020, Stormzy has today announced a massive 55-date ‘H.I.T.H. World Tour.’ With shows spanning across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK & Ireland and Africa, the tour marks Stormzy’s biggest live offering to date. Kicking off in Dubai on February 7th and concluding in Africa in October, the tour will include shows at The Novo in Los Angeles and New York’s Brooklyn Steel, as well as stops in Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago and more.

David Broza with Trio Havana in Boston (Dec. 14)

David Broza, one of Israel’s most important recording artists, brings the full spectrum of his work to this amazing production with his Cuban band TRIO HAVANA, and special guests.

Performing with Broza on stage is the TRIO HAVANA, including MANUEL ALEJANDRO CARRO aka MANNYA – Cuban-born singer-songwriter and master percussionist with a style firmly rooted in Latin Pop, YUNIEL JIMINEZ “ELGUAJIRO” – master tres guitar player from Santa Clara, Cuba, JORGE BRINGAS – renowned bassist from Havana, Cuba, who played previously with Albita Rodriguez and the late Celia Cruz.

Saturday, December 14th, 7:00pm
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon St, Brookline

Will Samson shares “Beyond the Dust” ahead of new LP ‘Paralanguage’

Will Samson today reveals a new single ‘Beyond the Dust’, taken from his fifth album, Paralanguage, his first for Wichita Recordings, which will be released December 6th. Listen via God Is in the TV and Soundcloud.

“‘Beyond the Dust’ originates from an old song that I co-wrote with my good friend, Heimer, way back in 2014,” Samson explains. “There was something about the chords, particularly when played on piano, that really stuck with me. It’s essentially a song to remind myself to be grateful. ‘Pray for the darkest night that brings the morning’ simply acknowledges that the difficult experiences are the ones that often bring about the most growth.”

Hip-Hop Artist Jimmy Two Shoes Releases Single, “Drive it, It’s Simple”

Hip-hop artist Jimmy Two Shoes (J2S), is excited to announce his debut single release, “Drive, It’s Simple” off his forthcoming project, The Jimmy Two Shoes Album. Hailing from San Francisco, CA, J2S’s new single is an honest track about the universal themes of identity, self-esteem and having the drive to accomplish your goals.

J2S articulates his struggles against anxiety and society, and the ordeals of his own past and present relationships. Coming across vulnerable Jimmy Two Shoes creates music for “outsiders like him.”

Fresh Off Drake’s ‘Nice For What,’ Big Freedia Is Back With New EP


Piano-led British trio Exploring Birdsong released their debut EP “The Thing With Feathers” on November 29th, 2019 via Long Branch Records.

The EP is broadly speaking a concept release, centred on the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Bye Child’ and the story of Kevin Halfpenny, one of the most bizarre cases of child cruelty ever recorded. This is mirrored in the EP title and cover art, with broken backbones becoming broken wings. The title itself also references Emily Dickinson’s “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers” poem, which itself is a call-back to the music found within:

For Skope: Thomas Gold & Teamworx’s ode to electro house – “We Remember” (out on Protocol)

Electronic music icon Thomas Gold teamed up with Israeli heavyweight producers Teamworx for their new single “We Remember,” a nostalgic but hard-hitting ode to the OG of the electronic genre. Abandoning any previous penchant for melodic sounds, Gold and Teamworx employ minimalistic bass and mechanical synths to drive the track’s climb to an uncompromising drop. “We Remember” is simply made to be played on huge stages that can support the immensity of its sound, making it a guaranteed festival-friendly tune. The new release follows Gold’s Universal Music single “Get Up” with Eagle-Eye Cherry, and Teamworx’s collaboration with Dannic “Bump N’ Roll.”

Elsinore’s new record, “A Life In the 21st Century” (11/16/19)

Elsinore is a pop/rock band that makes music with intelligence, heart, & magnetic energy. The Champaign, IL, US band released a new record called “A Life In the 21st Century” on November 16th, and will continue to reach out to a worldwide audience with this, their fourth full-length album.