@skopemag news – thursday – february 6, 2020

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Josiah Johnson, Former Member of The Head And The Heart, Shares Debut Solo Track “World’s Not Gonna End”

Josiah Johnson – a former and founding member of the Billboard chart-topping band The Head and the Heart – has begun a new musical journey in 2020. Like many before him in need of recovery and self-love, Johnson has learned to cope with ghoulish feelings of self-doubt and he does so with new collaborative tools and creative blueprints in tow, buoyed by a single idea: no matter what happens, the world will still turn and you’re still here. This sentiment permeates through his thoughtful, uplifting first single for ANTI- Records, “World’s Not Gonna End”; listen to it HERE.

GRAMMY-Nominated Galantis Release New Music

Speaking on the album’s spiritual ethos, they said: “It’s important for us to have meaning behind our music. Our album ‘Church’ doesn’t necessarily refer to a building or a specific religion, but instead to people banded together in similar belief for a better humanity. Whether it’s advocating peace, change, or just lifting each other up – that is our ‘Faith’ and ‘Church'”.

Rustin Man (Paul Webb of Talk Talk) Announces New Album ‘Clockdust’ + Shares Track “Jackie’s Room”

Having waited 17 years for Drift Code, some may be surprised at Clockdust’s swift arrival, but the album’s roots can be found in the same extended sessions. “Early on I realized I had two albums worth of material,” Webb explains. “The first tunes I wrote were electric guitar based, with long arrangements that built up in layers to something sonically quite dense. These became the bulk of Drift Code. As a reaction, I wrote a batch of songs that were tighter in their structure but had more feeling of space. These make up the bulk of Clockdust.”

BLACKTOP MOJO Release Official Music Video for “It Won’t Last”

BLACKTOP MOJO has released the official music video for their single, “It Won’t Last,” off of their recently released LP, Under the Sun

The video was shot in Fort Worth, Texas at the Bodega bar by longtime friend and videographer Dustin Dow and our new friend, Larry Hinson, whom we met on the ‘Defy The Sun Tour’ with Otherwise.

BASK Announce Spring North American Tour

Appalachian psych rockers BASK will be embarking on a North American tour in May as direct support for ELDER! The band will be touring in support of 2019’s release, ‘III,’ which was named one of the best records of 2019 (#7) by Metal Injection.

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Surrender Hill (Americana, roots rock) to release new double-album in April

North Georgia-based Americana duo Surrender Hill (husband and wife team Robin Dean Salmon and Afton Seekins) is set to release its fourth album, A Whole Lot of Freedom, on April 3, 2020. An Americana/roots-rock record filled with harmonized vocals, electric guitar, and swooning fiddle, A Whole Lot of Freedom was recorded at the couple’s newly-constructed home studio in northern Georgia, with contributions from drummer Mathew Crouse (who also appeared on the duo’s 2018 album, Tore Down Fences), fiddler Wyatt Espalin, and guest guitarist Jonathan Callicutt.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Continue to Reach Milestones with Dragons

As Drew Holcomb hits the road with wife Ellie on The You & Me Tour: An Evening with Drew & Ellie Holcomb over the next month, the latest record from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Dragons – continues to hit new heights. Title track “Dragons feat. The Lone Bellow” is set to impact Americana Radio & AAA Radio in February as it approaches 1MM streams on Spotify and joins “Family” and “End of the World” which also hit that milestone this month!

DESERT STORM: new album details + “Black Bile” video unveiled!

Oxford’s cornerstone sludge metal unit DESERT STORM return with a bang this spring with their fifth full-length ‘Omens’, due out May 1st on APF Records and followed by an extensive UK and European tour. Watch their spine-chilling new video for “Black Bile” via The Obelisk now!

“Lyrically, Black Bile is based around the idea of the black plague. In the video the plague doctor is also represented as a grim reaper or Freddy Krueger-type menace haunting the sick in their dreams. Musically the song is one of the heaviest, yet most progressive songs we have written.” says the band. The video was directed by Josh Horwood.

Desert Storm Premiere “Black Bile” Video from New Album Omens


Today, Billboard chart-topping rap phenom and Oakland native Kamaiyah, returns with the release of a brand new, firey single – “Set It Up” featuring Miami native and one of hip-hop’s most successful female rap artists, Trina – available on all streaming platforms now. The hard-hitting, nuanced female empowerment anthem comes in conjunction with the announcement of Kamaiyah’s forthcoming third music project Got It Made – set for a February 21st release date. Kamaiyah unveiled the official project artwork on her Instagram, here. “Set It Up” was produced by Kenny Produced It and DJ Banks.

Sylvain Chauveau announces ‘Life Without Machines’ LP

French composer Sylvain Chauveau’s new album ‘Life Without Machines’, a set of short compositions using Barnett Newman’s series of abstract painting The Stations of the Cross as visual scores, is set for release on April 17th 2020 through Japanese label Flau.

HEAVY HITTER by EL WEST Alt Rock band from LA

Hailing from the desert of Phoenix AZ., El West is known for creating music that is ambient, has driving instrumentals and powerful vocals. This is no exception with their new track “Heavy Hitter” from their forthcoming album Illume.