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Emerging Finnish artist Sofia steps into the new year with the brooding, R&B-tinged single, ‘Sorry’, featuring Jesse Markin’s thoughtful verses.
Opening up on the story behind the song, Sofia explained how the idea for the track came from the “cheesiest” quote she found – “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” She continues, “I wrote this song while going through a breakup, just admitting that you’re through can be a pretty hard thing to do, but some things can’t be locked out and need to be experienced”.
Released in January as the perfect antidote to saccharine-loaded festive hits, the ominous track immediately draws the listener in with its quiet yet menacing introduction and stripped-back piano. The reverb-heavy low guitar riffs are overlaid with an evocative chain-gang clattering of chains, claps and foot stomps which generates Janet’s clarion call to break free from the imprisonment of her past. A mimicked heartbeat midway through the song provides a thrilling lead-in to the song’s climax where Janet is joined by a spine-tingling choral accompaniment bringing the track to its hushed conclusion.
GALANTIS, DOLLY PARTON & MR. PROBZ SHARE “FAITH” ACOUSTIC
Internationally-acclaimed duo Galantis have shared a stunningly stripped back acoustic cut of their explosive collaborative single “Faith” with country music icon Dolly Parton and Dutch singer-songwriter Mr. Probz – available now via Big Beat Records.
New Mura Masa video: “Teenage Headache Dreams” with Ellie Rowsell (Wolf Alice)
“Teenage Headache Dreams” follows “Deal Wiv It” with slowthai, “No Hope Generation” and “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” with Clairo, of which The New York Times said, “The tinkly bell tones that united the producer Mura Masa’s past hits as they straddled pop, hip-hop and club tracks are nowhere to be found…He’s gone punk and post-punk. He’s major-key, upbeat and sarcastic…with post-punk overdriven bass and jagged, distorted, dub-tinged electric guitars.”
Marieme has teamed up with Instagram guitar sensation Melanie Faye to collaborate on the new video for ‘Be The Change (Acoustic)’. Marieme talks about the video: “Be The Change’ is a song I wrote with Danny Burke that was a part of my debut self titled EP. I wanted to do a series of acoustic videos from the EP to showcase the core of who I am, raw vocals and one instrument.
ASTHMA CASTLE: Metal Injection Premieres “Mount Crushmore”
Stoner metal/sludge dealers ASTHMA CASTLE – featuring drummer Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index, Scour), guitarists Justin Ethem (touring rhythm guitarist for Integrity) and Cameron Smith (Passage Between, Crawler), vocalist Zach Westphal (ex-J. Roddy Walston And The Business), and bassist Jeff Davis – are pleased to unveil their new video for “Mount Crushmore.” The tune comes by way of the full-length of the same name, released last March via Hellmistress Records.
Tennis release new single/video; album out Valentine’s Day
Acclaimed indie-pop duo Tennis has unveiled “Need Your Love,” the new single from their highly anticipated fifth studio album, SWIMMER, via a video shot and directed by longtime collaborator Luca Venter.
“’Need Your Love’ is rooted in anger,” says Alaina Moore. “I usually deny myself the emotion, but the music demanded intensity from me and I had a lot to be angry about at the time. I was letting go of unhealthy relationships – trying to find healing without closure. The song turned into an emotional purge. We used sparse instrumentation and tempo changes to reflect the isolation and relentlessness of my mental state. Despite all the heaviness, writing this song was a joyful experience. The music was resilient enough to handle our wildest ideas and we indulged every whim. It’s my favorite song Patrick and I have written.”
New York city native singer and songwriter Leyla Blue releases a catchy tongue and cheek new track titled “Peppa Pig” out today. The song comes hot on the heels of Leyla’s stunning debut EP Songs For Boys That Didn’t Text Me Back, which has amassed nearly 2 million cumulative streams that features her first pair of soul-drenched singles, “Silence” and “What A Shame.” Sonically, Leyla is described as the offspring of Lorde and Destiny’s Child and “Peppa Pig” plays on the juxtaposition of both artists. “Peppa Pig” comes as Leyla gears up for her debut show in NYC at The Slipper Room on February 4.
Tall Tall Trees shares Paul Simon-esque new tune – “Happy Birthday In Jail”
Tall Tall Trees is the pseudonym of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Savino. Moving to New York in the early aughts with aspirations of being a bassist in the city’s vibrant jazz and experimental music scene, Savino soon switched his focus to banjo and writing songs, resulting in the eponymous 2009 debut, Tall Tall Trees. In the decade since, Savino has toured non-stop, pioneering a world of psychedelic electric banjo music, captivating audiences with his loop-based one man shows, as well as alongside frequent collaborator, Kishi Bashi.
ELLEY DUHÉ KICKS OFF 2020 WITH NEW TRACK “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT”
“MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” is produced by Andrew Wells (Céline Dion, Bebe Rexha, Ben Platt) and follows the release of the upbeat “NATURE” which is produced by Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Bellion (Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo) and Ojivolta. “NATURE” was praised by E! News as a “propulsive piece of nearly-perfect alt-pop…” while Ones To Watch described, “an exciting and tropical pop take… a crisp blend of sound and experiences.”
The Cadillac Three reveal brand new single ‘Hard Out Here For A Country Boy’
“We were playing some tour dates with Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band when ‘Hard Out Here For A Country Boy’ was written. He was on the bus when we were playing through some songs and with his big signature twang belted out the line. I grew up listening to Travis, and he’s a big reason I sing the way I do — that gritty twang thing. We knew he had to be on the song,” shared Jaren.
Danephesians 4:31 – Packing A Riff-Led Punch, Their Latest Single ‘Danephesians 4:31’ Is A Tongue In Cheek Account Of A Familiar Biblical Story, With A Twist. ‘I Wanted To Simplify Religion And Recreate The Story Of Jesus Through My Childish Brain Mind,’ Explains Guitarist/Vocalist Cash Burns. ‘Imagine It Now – Jesus On The Jeremy Kyle Show. Looking For Answers About Who His Father Is And How His Mother Conceived Him Whilst Keeping The Proud Title Of A Virgin.’ For This Band, Poking Fun At The Status Quo Through Hooked Vocals Is Sure To See Them Turn Some Heads At Gigs And Festivals.
The Secret Sisters’ “Hand Over My Heart” premieres at Variety
Recorded at Carlile’s home studio in Washington state, the album includes ten songs written by Laura and Lydia Rogers and features the real-life sisters singing individually for the first time instead of relying solely on their trademark harmonies—something Carlile challenged them to do. Carlile comments, “It’s really uniquely unified and harmonious when they’re in tandem and very tumultuous and deep when they’re not in tandem and I think for a brief, beautiful moment on this album we caught The Secret Sisters not in tandem for the first time.” She continues, “To be a harbinger for their honesty in these songs and to watch them work together to see the tension was one of the greatest gifts of my career because those are two very powerful people in a very interesting point in their lives.”
OUT TODAY: New Album from Orchestral Indie Pop Band The Brilliance (Feat. on American Songwriter, The Big Takeover, Obscure Sound)
The Brilliance’s acoustic-electric, symphonic-pop songs invite you to step outside yourself; to see the world through the eyes of the other, the stranger, and those you may consider your enemy. The band is comprised of songwriter David Gungor and composer John Arndt, who crafted the new “suite” in collaboration with Biola University Orchestra and Chorus.