Secret Shame is composed of their fierce, captivating vocalist Lena (she/her, synths), Billie (they/she, guitar/synth), Matthew (he/him, bass/synth) and drummer Nathan (he/him). Dark Synthetics also resurrects the moody deathrock style that swept through the 80s, as their frontwoman Lena’s exorcising vocals cut through the sonic atmosphere created by the band’s giant reverb-soaked sound, building to cathartic lyrical moments. The album spawned the undeniable singles “Calm,” “Gift” and “Dark,” any of which are excellent first tastes if you need an entry point!
Melody Federer releases new single “This Town” plus official music video
Ahead of the release, Atwood Magazine exclusively premiered the video and raved about the song saying “Federer spends time bouncing back from electric guitars to soaring melodies as she analyzes and takes apart what it feels like to be stuck in a place or feeling you don’t know how to escape. The track pulls off an incredible alternative-rock vibe that proves Federer bold, daring, and creatively dangerous.”
The band recently performed alongside the likes of Doomsquad, Dilly Dally and Ducks Unlimited with previous singles earning tips from tastemaker blogs inc. Impose Magazine, Cereal & Sounds and Diamond Deposits. ‘Simple Reflection’, the band’s first release of 2020, comes strapped with 80s-styled synths and washed guitars that build for a lavish psych-rock sound not too dissimilar to the likes of Pond and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Hayley Williams has announced her eagerly awaited first solo tour. The “Petals For Armor Tour” officially gets underway on May 13th with a series of European dates, including shows in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. North American dates begin May 28th at Seattle, WA’s Moore Theatre and then travel to Los Angeles, CA’s Wiltern on June 1st, Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel on June 24th, and through to a very special homecoming concert set on June 29th at Nashville, TN’s Brooklyn Bowl. The Ninth Wave will support all European headline dates, while Arlo Parks will provide support on all US dates.
ICYMI: Soccer96 share new single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Facism’
Today, Soccer96 return with new single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’. Having recently signed to Moshi Moshi Records, the track is accompanied by the announcement of the band’s forthcoming EP ‘Tactics’, which is due out 26th June.
Soccer96, is the revered synth and drums duo of Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett], who are most known as being two thirds of Mercury nominated band The Comet Is Coming (Impulse! Universal), and also producing and mixing the group’s records.
ABSOFACTO RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “LEMON DROP”
Today, Absofacto has released his eagerly awaited single “Lemon Drop,” accompanied by a trippy visual now streaming on Absofacto’s official YouTube channel. “Lemon Drop” arrives along with new B-Side track, “Python.” Listen to “Lemon Drop” and “Python” now via all DSPs and streaming services.
OTR SHARES NEW SINGLE, “MOON” FT. VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC
Ryan Chadwick – the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR – says, “Tim [Vancouver Sleep Clinic] and I first met during an Astralwerks writing camp at Shangri-la, the historic Malibu studio now owned by Rick Rubin. It only took 30 minutes for us to click and find the hook. After that weekend, I spent a lot of time thinking about what it was like to be at that iconic studio. I sort of felt like an imposter, and wanted to make something truly worthy of the history there. ‘Moon’ is the result of me pushing myself to rise to the occasion, and challenging my sound to be greater.”
“This song is about the simple importance of making someone feel special,” explains Strath. “We need to feel appreciated so fundamentally to the point that it can border on being transactional. I don’t think that makes it any less sincere or beautiful.” Among the noise and complexity of everyday life, Strath offers a clear and universally relatable message: the simplicity and peace of someone making you feel truly valued and cared for. A refreshing and optimistic listen, “Special” brings audiences back to simpler times, something Strath consistently achieves in his music.
Produced by “El Mobo” (Loudblast, ETHS, The Great Old Ones, Eryn Non Dae, etc.) at Conkrete Studio in Bordeaux, France, the engrossing ten-rack offering is thematically based on various stories, myths, and legends exploring classic childhood occidental fairy tales, unsung fables from Asia and Inuit lands, pop culture universes (ie Legend Of Zelda, Majora’s Mask, Doctor Who etc.), and so much more. Each story is linked however to a common theme: the repetition of human error and avidity across time. Musically, TEMNEIN here employs shorter song structures than previous offerings adding more dynamics to their melo-death foundation. More doom/death and post-metal influences have crept into the band’s sound consequently enhancing the overall atmosphere. The records comes swathed in the stunning artwork of Vincent Fouquet (Meshuggah, Kataklysm, Moonsorrow, Kampfar, Nordjevel etc).
On his self-produced debut EP Thrill Seeker, the 19-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, creative, and ringmaster Sub Urban reigns above a world of his own design. He opened the gates to this realm by way of his breakthrough smash “Cradles,” which currently sits at number 3 at Alternative Radio. Additionally, “Cradles” is closing in on half-a-billion total streams and is one of the most TikTok’ed songs of all-time with over 1 billion uses on the platform. The seven-track EP threads together imaginative, cinematic imagery through subversive pop and alternative sensibilities. Alternative Press asserted “His hybrid of minimalist grooves and youthful, psychic eccentricity will be the thing everybody will attempt to steal this year.”
Blending her signature feathery vocals with honest, biting lyrics and catchy, angular melodies, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Zoe Sky Jordan crafts a unique brand of alt pop with her newest album, Scenes From Infinity, out now on all platforms.
Produced by her husband, Liam Russell (a first-time collaboration for the couple), the new record was written entirely out of studio by Jordan on a Volca Beats drum machine, giving the material a sense of return to her teenage bedroom-writing days.
SOCIAL ANIMALS RELEASE SINGLE “GET OVER IT”
Missing someone can be addicting. Either you learn to live with that loneliness or you try to find a way to get over it. In this song, like scratching an itch until it bleeds just to find relief in a different type of ache, it’s trading one addiction for another. Even the comedown is a part of the hook, because it allows you to focus on that physical pain instead of the one that actually matters. – Dedric Clark (vocals, guitar)
Angel says, “I feel like French and Davido bring the track to a even wider audience. We all come from different cultures, me from London, French from NY and Davido from Nigeria with the Afro beat movement. It was just so organic to blend all of these sounds together. You see the track In a new light, and now the whole world hears the track With a new perspective. The original was about appreciating the blessings and now it’s about celebrating our blessings.”
London singer-songwriter, producer, and mixer, Ebenezer announces the release of his sophomore EP, Bad Romantic II, out now via 12Tone Music. Written, produced, and mixed entirely by Ebenezer, the EP features singles “Flaws and All” and “Mariachi Flow” with the latter being described by Rolling Stone as delivering “what might be the best bar of 2020 (so far)”.
Love isn’t always easy, but you were willing to do the work, to grit your teeth, to fight tooth and nail for a life you never thought you’d have.
She asked things of you: she asked you to be good, to think of her, to be her teammate. You wrote her songs and drew her portraits, gave her a thousand little snapshots of herself as you saw her, as something to be inspired by. You immortalized her in your art. All that staring at the page, though, blinded you to the woman she actually was. She was a flesh-and-bones person, after all, not a lyric in a song.
Of the video, vocalist and violinist Sam Craft says, “‘Sun Sept’ is a slideshow of images from childhood. Growing up in the 90’s in New Orleans, we used to take advantage of ‘hurricane days’ when we’d have off of school and play outside in the crazy weather. The title is pronounced like ‘sunset,’ which makes a nerdy franglish pun because the song is in 7/4 time (‘Sept,’ which is pronounced ‘Set’ means ‘Seven’). Because the song is so wistful and bouncy, we wanted to make a video of some local musician buds dancing and singing along, which they graciously did in a sort of ‘TikTok’ way. We are really grateful for our community and are pumped to show off our awesome friends.”
In speaking about the announcement, Peach Pit’s lead-singer Neil Smith says: “You and Your Friends is a collection of songs about me, people that the band and I care about, and some of the old friends we’ve had over the years. All the songs are written from true stories, some have been exaggerated more than others. We can’t wait to finally let go of it and start playing these songs for you out on the road!”
Birmingham rockers Broken Witt Rebels are set to release their eagerly anticipated new album OK Hotel via Snakefarm Records next Friday (March 13th), and have shared the new track, ‘Rich Get Richer’.
Oozing with an unmistakeable blues swagger that’s driven skyward by a slick bassline and a sprinkling of dreamy gospel tones, the track shows the band’s ability to change the pace without losing any of their bite. It was born from two previous song ideas fused together to create a bold, vengeful anthem that sounds like it’s taken straight from a scene out of Peaky Blinders – a characteristic that the Birmingham natives are more than happy to brandish.
GO BACK TO CHINA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Note From The Writer-Director: This is a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time. Going back to China to work for the family businesses happed my trajectory and defined who I am today. I learned a lot about my self during those twelve years, and making this film was a very cathartic experience. I split myself into two characters–older sister Carol (present me) and younger sister Sasha (me at 24). Everything Carol tells Sasha is what I wish I could have told my younger self. More importantly, this film is everything I wish I could tell my father–both the good and the bad. Making Go Back To China was my way of communicating my feelings with my family. It is a piece of self-expression rooted in love with the intent of healing any pain from the past while forging ahead with a hope full future. I am grateful for the collaboration and friend ship with Timo Chen over the years and for him composing a soundtrack that not only serves the picture, but also expands it. I hope you enjoy the movie and its soundtrack.