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Responsible for one of the best debut singles of the year Do Yeah, Aussie bunch Bananagun have hatched another slick psyched-out gem that’s part Motown banger, part funkadelic soul train that’s just rolled in from the Melbourne outback. Rapid fire congas take hold before a close to home love story unfolds, as leader Nick explains:
“It’s located in the heart and is basically me dealing with a break up and putting that into a song. Love is strange? You jump in the deep end with someone, roll the dice and pay the price but there’s no floatation device when the river runs dry. I just got married and then suddenly it all turned pear shaped, what the hell can you do? In those hard times the best way to get some clarity is to make a song about it, sing it back to me! Look inside, no answers, only dancers. Hopefully there’s as energy transfer.”
Norwegian Duo Darling West To Release New Full-Length Album “We’ll Never Know Unless We Try”
Mari Sandvær Kreken and Tor Egil Kreken, better known as Norwegian folk duo Darling West, have just announced a brand new full-length album, We’ll Never Know Unless We Try, to be released on February 7, 2020 via Jansen Records. Leaning into sunny California dreamscapes, We’ll Never Know Unless We Try is a little west of center for the band’s sound—a sound that Lucinda Williams dubbed “Cosmic Folk” after her first time sharing a stage with Mari and Tor Egil—but never loses the charm and feel Darling West fans have quickly grown to love since the band’s first record was released in 2014. Today, American Songwriter premiered “Hey There,” the new single from We’ll Never Know Unless We Try, commenting, “The sound puts a distinctly Nordic twist on American, and Americana, songwriting tradition…beautifully melodic vocals.” Darling West explains the origins of the track, “It’s not always easy to be inspired to write songs when everything feels good and you’re content. Usually, it all just comes out cheesy and it feels awkward. ‘Hey There’ came together in that kind of moment. We decided to put all fear of cliches aside and just celebrate the beauty of the connection between two people and true love as we know it.”
Nashville-based chanteuse Miss Tess has unveiled “If You Don’t Know How To Love Me,” the latest track from her forthcoming album The Moon Is An Ashtray. “Combining vintage-inspired instrumentation and Miss Tess’ smoky, emotive vocals, “If You Don’t Know How to Love Me” explores the pitfalls of a long-term relationship that’s fizzling out. It’s the kind of tune in which the hurt lingers quietly behind the lyrics,” said The Boot, who called the song “solemnly smoldering” and compared Miss Tess’ vocals to those of Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, and Lindi Ortega. “This song speaks to the struggles we go through to compromise and make things work with a partner, while all along questioning the confidence of the relationship,” Miss Tess told The Boot. “Are we trying to make it work because we truly believe it’s right for us, or are we just stuck because we are comfortable enough, and too afraid of change to try something new?” – Photo credit: Gina Binkley
This week, Brooklyn based singer songwriter Madison McFerrin released her new EP, You + I. This project follows the critically acclaimed Finding Foundations a cappella EP series, which led Questlove to dub Madison’s style “soul-appella.” On You + I, Madison’s timeless vocals are seamlessly paired with the modern production of her big brother, Taylor McFerrin. The COLORS premiere of the lead single, “TRY”, created instant fans of this combination, racking up over 830K views. The second single, “No Room” left listeners wanting more. Now, the wait is over…
After getting a head start as an acoustic project in Cincinnati, OH, Big Smile quickly grew to a 5-piece band, bursting onto the scene with a 2 song release in late 2017. With a string of shows under their belt, including playing with local heavyweights such as Mascots and You vs Yesterday, the group set out to record their EP “When I Left Home” with producer Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Sleep On It). After the release of the EP, the band was able to land multiple spots on Alternative Press’ Discover Spotify playlist, as well as putting out 2 music videos that quickly amassed over 60,000 collective views on social media.
The Oak Ridge Boys Release New Video For “Don’t Go Pullin’ On Santa Claus’ Beard”
“The Oak Ridge Boys got their own little Christmas miracle while recording their new holiday album…”
– Deborah Evans Price, Billboard Magazine
“If the holiday season is all about long-held traditions, then pushing play on an Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album should absolutely be up there with spiking the eggnog, arguing with your crazy uncle and watching “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours straight.”
– Kelly Dearmore, Sounds Like Nashville
“Cobb puts the signature vocal harmonies of the four Oaks out front, a wise approach that works well on ‘Down Home Christmas.'”
– Allan Sculley, TRIB LIVE
RICO NASTY MARKS HER ROCKSTAR RETURN WITH ENERGETIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE “HARD”
The single follows a number of recent releases, including “Fashion Week” and “Time Flies,” which is featured on the Madden NFL 2020 soundtrack and a jaw-dropping remix to Popsmoke’s “Welcome To The Party.” Earlier this year, Rico released the collaboration project “ANGER MANAGEMENT” with longtime producer Kenny Beats who is also joined by Baauer, EarthGang and Splurge. The collective follows last year’s label debut mixtape, “NASTY,” available at all DSPs and streaming services.
EDITORS SHARE “BLACK GOLD (ZAMILSKA REMIX)”
Following the recent release of their best of album Black Gold earlier this fall, and ahead of an extensive 2020 UK/EU tour, today Editors have shared a raw and metallic remix of title track “Black Gold” created by Polish experimental producer Zamilska. Listen to it HERE.
West Wickhams “He’s Acquired A New Face”‘
West Wickhams are Jon Othello and Elle Flores, a psyschedelique Garage Noir Deux peace, originally from Tresco on the Isles of Scilly. Tresco is famously the island of lost souls and is home to subtropical plants and shipwrecked figureheads.
They recently relocated to Richmond, Surrey, where the creatures rule. West Wickhams are an imagined rival gang to punk style icons the Bromley Contingent.
Over the past year singer-songwriter and producer Jasper Lotti has slowly revealed herself through a series of self-directed music videos, soundtracked by songs off her debut EP XOskeleton. Today Jasper Lotti has premiered another disrupting music video for XOskeleton song “Bad Juju” with i-D. In speaking to i-D about “Bad Juju,” Jasper explains that, “Bad juju is anything that obstructs you from your purpose.” Read more of the interview here that also touches on science, existentialism and arthropods!
Season of Mist are proud to announce the re-signing of Norwegian prog masters GREEN CARNATION! The band will release their long-awaited new album in the first half of 2020. In addition, Season of Mist will re-release 2006’s acoustic masterpiece ‘Acoustic Verses’ and to much delight of the fans, another three new albums from the band, the first of which will see a 2020 release. Stay tuned!
SNST featuring Chris Broach of BRAID and The Firebird Band and Sonja Broach, present their newest track “White Collar Villain,” taken from the band’s sophomore album It’s Hard To Be Loved By You (slated for Spring 2020). Produced, recorded, and mixed by Chris Broach, the single continues with their updated sound featuring Sonja Broach as the lead vocalist for SNST.
“This song is socially and politically oriented,” Sonja Broach reflects. “I’m pretty sarcastic for most of the song. It’s really fun to sing and I feel deeply about the subject matter.
Australian sensation Jack River announced the release of her new Stranger Heart EP today. Along with the news, Jack River is premiering a new music video directed by Tatjana Hamilton for the euphoric piano ballad “Closer” with the help of Billboard – who caught up with the artist about her career and her endeavors beyond the music arena.