@skopemag news – thursday december 12, 2019 @ 11:15 am est

Songwriter Stone Irr shares “Fine With Me” Animated Music Video

Stone explains, “‘My buddy Tyler reached out and wanted to do a CGI video for one of the tracks from my album. Fine With Me felt like the best fit since it has a noticeable dynamic range – starting off with solo guitar and vocals and building to a full ban. Plus it’s a short song – so there’s a shorter amount of visuals to render! We wanted to do something conceptually ‘out there’— essentially I gave him some references (colors, art pieces, the episode of the Simpsons where Homer eats a hallucinatory pepper) and wanted to give him free rein to interpret them as he liked. Tyler is a brilliant artist in every capacity (visually, musically, etc) and he made a video that matched exactly what had been spinning around in my head. There’s a lot of fun and beautiful imagery in this 3D world he made – all acting as little nods to the lyrics in the song.”

Yumi Zouma sign to Polyvinyl + release new single

New Zealand indie-pop outfit Yumi Zouma are thrilled to announce they’ve signed with Polyvinyl Record Co! Alongside the announcement, the band released new single “Right Track / Wrong Man”, a bouncy disco-infused song meditating on the closure gained by accepting that it’s time to move on.

Norwegian Glam Metal Group NOTÖRIOUS Join Sliptrick records

Notörious is a hard rock/glam metal band from Bergen, Norway. The band was formed at the beginning of 2018 with the intention to bring back to life the classic sound of the hard rock/glam metal bands that ruled the Sunset Strip back in the early 1980’s. The band is inspired by legendary groups such as Mötley Crüe, Van Halen (not Van Hagar), Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Europe, Skid Row and Poison, etc. Being a Norwegian band, they also draw inspiration from the black metal scene and incorporate some elements of this into their own music adding spice to the mix.

The band released their first EP called Seducer in the spring of 2019 and got great reviews, saying that the band was able to capture the rawness of those earlier mentioned bands …yet the music also has a lot of originality to it. Now the boys are ready with their first full length album Glamorized which will be released via Sliptrick Records in 2020.

Award-winning Ferris & Sylvester release ‘I Dare You’ video

Ferris & Sylvester have released the video for their latest single ‘I Dare You’, which wraps up what has been a phenomenal year for the highly acclaimed London duo. The video premiered with Gigwise who called the song, “Pure, furious and carnal bluesy rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Bob Baker Sound ‘The Way It Is’

Having moved to London at 17 to attend BIMM Music Institute, an introduction to producer Matt Jones (Ultrasound, Jamie XX, Beady Eye, Minuteman) was key in the realisation of the Bob Baker Sound. Inspired by his early years listening to artist like Johnny Cash, Elton John and Don Mclean, Bob wanted the Bob Baker Sound to be about the sound as well as the song. For the music to sound like it could have been recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, or RCA in Nashville.

And so today comes his first single ‘The Way It Is’. Bob explains, “it’s a song about sudden rejection. One minute everything’s going smoothly the next minute the rug gets pulled from under your feet and you’re forced to change plans and direction very quickly. When something like that happens you’re given no choice but to accept it, crack on with things and do what you’re good at. That’s just the way it is”.

Bosnian punks Dubioza Kolektiv share ‘Wild Wild East’ & album details

“Everybody has heard about the Wild West. But what about the even wilder East?”, asks Bosnia’s mighty ska punk outfit Dubioza Kolektiv. The band are gearing up for the release of their ninth album #fakenews, out on January 28th, and have shared another taster of the record in the form of brand new track ‘Wild Wild East’.

“Are you ready to plunge into the dark depths of the Balkan peninsula, to unleash mythical black and yellow beasts and feel infectious grooves that will make you dance until you drop from exhaustion? Are you ready for mind-altering, Rakija-infused experience that will change your life forever? If you are – welcome to the Wild Wild East,” they continue.

Eli Dan – ‘Treading Water’ Single & Video

Eli Dan’s debut single Treading Water seeks to rise above the swell of the music industry, addressing the resilience and focus needed to ‘keep your head up’ and achieve your goals in life.

The skillfully balanced harmonies gently help to unfold the narrative, as singer Elisha Apurado soulfully rich voice carries you through the emotions, questioning motives and searching for answers. With an indie-gospel kick, this electronic pop ballad builds upon organic musical concepts and comes to life through electronic flourishes, becoming emboldened by an unwavering passion. Produced and engineered by Elisha in her home studio, the origins of the track stemmed from the constant disappointments in the music industry and how they’ve overcome those hurdles to get to this point.

Kyan Palmer & nicopop. Deliver Pop Perfection On New Album “It’s Called Branding, Sweetie”

Today, pop powerhouses Kyan Palmer & nicopop. release their highly-anticipated collaborative album, It’s Called Branding, Sweetie. The past year has seen the producer-songwriter duo release an array of colorful pop singles, most notably their two streaming hits “Antisocial Socialites” (3M+ streams) and “Ms. Last Night” (1M+ streams). The new album features a number of previously released singles, as well as three brand new tracks: “Usually I’m Not Like This,” “Intentions,” and “Come4U.”

HEALTH & Xiu Xiu Collaborate On New Single “DELICIOUS APE”

HEALTH today released “DELICIOUS APE,” a new single in collaboration with Xiu Xiu. HEALTH says of their sixth collaborative track out now via Loma Vista Recordings: “The noise/DIY scene of the mid 00’s was characterized by an incredibly high tolerance for ‘difficult’ musical experiences. In many ways, the petit arms race to fortify our listening habits with the avant garde while competing with a handful of unknown bands to create the most challenging music possible was ironically juvenile and provincial. A preoccupation with abrasive experimentalism is not exactly a recipe for toe tapping or hummable melody, and many of us obscured the more enjoyable elements of music-making and listening in favor of weird shit…But not Xiu Xiu goddamn it.

DEATHWHITE Premiere Haunting New Music Video for “Funeral Ground” via Ghost Cult Magazine

Enigmatic dark metal collective DEATHWHITE have teamed up with Ghost Cult Magazine to premiere the morbid music video for their brand new song, “Funeral Ground.” The track is taken from the band’s upcoming full-length, ‘Grave Image,’ which is due on January 31, 2020.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Deathwhite – “Funeral Ground”


Landing multiple number ones this week, GRAMMY® Award-nominated global sensation Meduza top the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart as their international anthem “Lose Control” with Goodboys & Becky Hill ascends to the #1 spot. This marks the trio’s second number one on the respective chart. Maintaining unprecedented momentum, it also captures #1 at Dance Radio.

SERENITY Releases New Single & Official Video For “Souls And Sins”

After SERENITY set the world on fire with their latest addictive piece of symphonic metal, they are now ready to overwhelm your mind with their catchy second single, “Souls And Sins”, off of their upcoming album, The Last Knight, to be released via Napalm Records on January 31, 2020. Along with an artful conceptualized video, the symphonic medieval warriors capture the spirit from ancient times.

The dark occult atmosphere – in addition to the powerful basslines of Fabio D’Amore, smashing drums and the distinctive sound of Georg Neuhauser’s remarkable voice – conjure the good and evil in our souls by reflecting the consequences of every action we take.

Sony Music Entertainment’s The Thread Shop Signs Agreement For Worldwide Jimi Hendrix Merchandising Rights

The Thread Shop, the merchandising division of Sony Music Entertainment, today announced an agreement with Authentic Hendrix LLC and Experience Hendrix L.L.C. for the rights to design, develop and distribute exclusive Jimi Hendrix merchandise worldwide.

The Thread Shop will work closely with Authentic Hendrix and Experience Hendrix to create unique merchandise—including clothing, accessories and collectibles—in a new Hendrix-specific product line available through a variety of purchasing platforms, including pop-ups, brick & mortar retail, and online stores.


Cinematic duo ‘Vanbur’ share reflective new single ‘Last Look’

Cinematic duo Vanbur recently announced their debut E.P alongside the release of ethereal titular track ‘Human’. Today we share the pair’s second offering, ‘Last Look’, a song rooted in moments of reflection inspired by winter’s rapid approach.

Having already made a name for themselves as prolific film and television scoring composers, Jessica Jones and Tim Morrish are turning their hand to songwriting. The duo’s combined credits include BAFTA nominated film Pili and BBC2’s upcoming series Scandal as well as additional music cues for films such as Aquaman and Netflix series The Alienist. Jessica is a Scottish BAFTA award-winning composer and has also featured as a vocalist on productions such as Netflix’s upcoming film Lost Girls and ITV’s The Good Karma Hospital. The pair have also scored advertising campaigns for brands such as Barbour, Levi’s and Bose.