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New Music This Week – Fiona Apple, Danzig, Brendan Benson, and More

New Releases for April 24, 2020 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Alyssa Caroline – Track: Bright Side

Alyssa’s newest song, “Bright Side,” came out on April 17th, 2020. Originally, the song was written with a relationship in mind but since the COVID-19 crisis has turned the world upside down, “Bright Side” has become an effort to cope with all that we as a world have lost and all that we have to do to keep moving forward. Thank you for sharing this journey!

Check Out Australian Rockers Ocean Alley’s New Single “Hot Chicken!”

Produced by long-time collaborator  Callum Howell at the idyllic Grove Studios (built by INXS’ Garry Gary Beers),  Lonely Diamond  follows the success of  Ocean Alley’s  acclaimed second full-length LP Chiaroscuro.  With its infectious blend of psychedelic surf-rock, the record propelled the band into national prominence. With selling 25,000 tickets and having 15 sold out shows  that year  in Australia alone – culminating with their ARIA nominated, double platinum-selling single ‘Confidence’ taking out  #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018. Their breakthrough year was then backed-up with 30 sold out shows around the world in 2019, in addition to major festival appearances at  Reading & Leeds Festival  (UK),  Splendour In The Grass  (AUS),  Sziget  (HU), Bottlerock  (US) and more, with the band amassing more than  250 million streams  to date.


Sense of Sound Singers is an award winning collective of phenomenal vocalists, renowned for delighting and thrilling audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Their incredible talent has been recognised across the UK and beyond, leading them to become the resident singers for ​Cream Classical and perform backing vocals for many big names. According to the choir’s ​creative dynamo, ​Jennifer John​, the new single is packed with ​”Feel-good Disco vibes” which is exactly ​”what Sense of Sound love to do”. O​ver the past 12 months they have continued to grow and expand on all fronts.

Rodrigo y Gabriela Perform NPR Music Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

World-renowned Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela recorded an incredible Tiny Desk (Home) Concert that is streaming now on NPR Music. “Rodrigo y Gabriela travel the globe playing to crowds who are captivated by their almost telepathic acoustic guitar interplay,” writes NPR. “For this performance we get a peek at their home studio… Rodrigo y Gabriela’s picking and strumming feel more relaxed than usual but maintains their intense focus.” The four-song setlist features some of the band’s most beloved songs across their career – “Tamacun” and “Diablo Rojo” from their 2006 self-titled album, “Hanuman,” off 2009’s 11:11 LP, and “Mettavolution,” the title track of their 2019 Grammy Award-winning record. Longtime fans will remember Rodrigo y Gabriela performed “Hanuman” on one of the very first Tiny Desk concerts back in 2009.

Rising Philly Hitmaker Lil Muk Shares the Emotional “Say Goodbye” Video

Bursting out of Philadelphia with his passionate and melodic rap tunes, Lil Muk is his city’s next rising star. Looking to continue his hot streak, Muk shares “Say Goodbye,” his latest poignant rap anthem. With a beat built around a lilting acoustic guitar figure and a haunting vocal sample, “Say Goodbye” comments on the harsh realities of neighborhood life–one day you’re here, and then you’re gone before you have the chance to make final farewells. Facing this sobering notion head-on, Lil Muk resolves to live his life without regret, even as he reflects on fallen friends in his soaring auto-tune: “I ain’t got a chance to say goodbye to the ones I’m missin’.” Shot in Olney, Muk’s home neighborhood, the video splits time between a basketball court and a funeral home, as Muk mourns his lost loved ones and resolves to honor their memory with his music.

New > AMA Shares ‘Hour We On’ Video > Dirty Hit > watch here

AMA follows up her acclaimed debut EP ‘SCREENLUV’ with new project ‘PIXELHEART’, out now on Dirty Hit. Enlisting production from both sides of the Atlantic, the lead single ‘Hour We On’ was produced by Brooklyn based Jim E-Stack (Haim, Anna Of The North, Dillon Francis). The includes personal clips from AMA, taken pre-lockdown in London and LA, watch it here.

Skope | snny – new upbeat R&B single “Abidjan”

Born in Africa’s Ivory Coast & currently based in NYC, snny fuses pop, hip-hop, and R&B on his new Otitọ EP out May 8, pushing the boundaries of modern pop music while exploring universal themes of love, family, and identity. Today, he has released infectious new single “Abidjan” which was written as an ode to his birthplace, just after purchasing his ticket back after almost 18 years.


“Come Morning” is Russell Taylor’s steamy return to the music scene since releasing his critically-acclaimed “Tin Man: The Blue” trilogy series in 2017. The sensual and up-tempo song was written by Russell Taylor, A. Cinelu and C. Richardson and co-produced by longtime producer T. Kvasnosky and Russell Taylor. “Come Morning” is available on all streaming platforms now.

Chaotic Metalcore group Toothless release new single and video “Grinner” ft. Justin Bonitz

Today, Wilkes-Barre, PA metal outfit Toothless announced their upcoming EP, Misinformed, out May 5th. In anticipation of the release, the band shared the new single, “Grinner”, with an accompanying video via a premiere with Revolver. The track wastes no time kicking in as vocalist Travis Antoniello belts out “Are you suspect of my motivations yet?”, unleashing on an onslaught of chaotic bass and guitar lines accompanied by pummeling drums. Featuring guest vocalist Justin Bonitz (Tallah), his eccentric style of screaming compliments Antoniello’s well, bringing a darker element to the turbulent track. Lyrically, “Grinner” serves as a prelude for the rest of the EP, capturing the anxiety of disinformation in the current climate. You can watch the video for “Grinner” here now.

Seán Barna Shares “Naked Heart” Via Cool Hunting

On the track Barna explains, “I was at Syntax Songwriters Open Mic in Denver, hosted by my friend and amazing musician, Anthony Ruptak. One of the performers was this mystical human, Missy. Missy, as far as I could tell, was fearlessly, unapologetically queer, and over the course of a few songs I deified them in my brain. This song is basically an answer to Rufus Wainwright’s song, “Gay Messiah,” because I think maybe I figured out who the gay messiah is. It’s also a call to arms for other queers out there to live fearlessly against any oppression from society or one’s family, and to continue to be fucking weird whenever possible. This song features Counting Crows’ Dave Immergluck on electric guitar.”

Premiere: “Naked Heart (Missy)” by Seán Barna

REVEL Drops Chilling New Noise Rave Anthem “In The Night”

Since launching a few years ago, REVEL’s name has been murmured in the shadows of the underground as an artist to keep an eye on. He’s released tracks on Insomniac’s Discovery Project, NULLSECT, and most recently Welcome Records commissioned him for a breakbeat-heavy remix of graves’ “Deadsong (ft. 93FEETOFSMOKE),” which landed in Spotify’s “Friday Cratediggers” Playlist. Inspired by dance music’s often forgotten history, the mysterious producer resurrects acid, d&b, and old school influences with a mission to ‘RAVE 2 THE GRAVE.’ Visually, REVEL’s social media presence is stained in a devilish aesthetic, projecting stark red and black images, complementing his rebellious, unconstrained sound.


Bassel & The Supernaturals are proud to announce the release of their third studio production, Smoke & Mirrors (LP). The Chicago based group tells the story of Bassel Almadani’s experience as a first generation Syrian-American using soulful melodies, funk inspired grooves, and captivating lyrics regarding love, loss, and the war in Syria. The significance of April 17 also holds another meaning for Bassel as it marks Syrian Independence Day. In the midst of a revolution that has left over 12,000,000 civilians in need of humanitarian relief, the timing of the band’s release combined with Bassel’s global advocacy efforts to support the sustainability of immigrants & refugees reinforce a message of resilience and hope for their eventual independence.

mxdwn PREMIERE: Bassel & The Supernaturals Share Grooving New Song “Relay”

Delune – ‘Quarantine Dream’ (Official Music Video on Zoom)

Reaching out about one of our most exciting new artists, emerging pop sister duo DELUNE. They interrupted their debut album release by responding directly to their experiences of Coronavirus lockdown with a live synth-driven, Robyn-esque pump-up ballad, “Quarantine Dream.” Sounds like: dreamy Robyn; Sia sisters; Kim Petras duo. The video was shot almost entirely recorded on Zoom, featuring people around the world in self-isolation. Fans sent footage in from around the United States, Italy, France, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Australia, and Germany.

Madchild Trapped Inside In New Music Video For “Quarantine”

While the whole world is in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, Madchild has stayed on the grind, recording the new Aliby produced track and dropping a music video for “Quarantine” featuring Hooper Turnt Sanger.

Directed by Anthony La Rose Films via Skype and shot on a Samsung S10 by Madchild to ensure he was following proper social distancing practices. The video is a comical look at how Madchild is dealing with being stuck in quarantine, as he’s trapped inside with his thoughts, broke up with his girlfriend, and trying to distract himself with social media and binge-watching TV series.

Best Intentions Share New Video For “Don’t Call Me”

“Don’t Call Me” is about people who constantly ask everyone for advice about their own personal lives but never end up taking the advice.” Best Intentions vocalist Tony Pietrafesa shared with New Noise. “I always say “you’re gonna do what you wanted to do in the first place,” and I think that’s what the guys and I were trying to convey on this one. It can be pretty frustrating when you have people like this that are friends and family because it can tend to sour the relationship.”

Video Premiere: Best Intentions – ‘Don’t Call Me’


Dropping infectious rhymes and flaunting fashion-forward fatigues, Skyxxx pushes a punchy new paradigm for hip-hop on his debut for Warner Records. Of Dominican descent, the New York-born and Orlando-based rapper went from corner battle rapping as a kid to earning early viral success with “Bangk” in 2013. A string of independent solo projects followed, including the And Then The Moon Fell and the Sixxxty EP.

LA pop phenom Fiona Grey who is back with a new single, Kerosene

Kerosene is an edgy and introspective tune that seems perfectly made for the dark times we’re currently moving through as a society. It’s the first song following up her critically loved Cult Classic EP, a cinematic musical portrait of the ways we escape from our lives into an almost religious fascination with pop culture. Named the 2019 Best LA Pop Artist by LA Weekly, Grey’s new single turns inward as she examines the wreckage of a failing relationship, while at the same time crafting a song that perfectly resonates with our current pandemic world. “The edgy, explosive new single,” as Atwood Magazine calls it, reflects how Grey “captures this sense of a world on fire, and the struggle to remain true to one’s desires in all the chaos.”

Premiere: Fiona Grey Douses Her F*cked Up World in “Kerosene”

Romance sours in Discrete’s – “Feed Me With Love”

Taking inspiration from an extensive range of genres that is evident in his artistry, Discrete pushes beyond the boundaries of dance music. Ahead of his debut EP, which is due to drop at the end of May, Discrete releases third and final single which sees him collaborate with vocalist Charla K.


Posting up nearly a million streams within a week and attracting widespread tastemaker praise, acclaimed Los Angeles singer, songwriter, and artist India Shawn, unveils the music video for her buzzing single “NOT TOO DEEP” [feat. 6LACK] directed by Charleene Al-chamaa and animated by Robin Eisenberg. She teamed up with ESSENCE to exclusively premiere the clip.

BLEACH EVERYTHING: Decibel Magazine Premieres Video For Rocket From The Crypt Cover Filmed In-Quarantine With Fans

Formed in the spring of 2012, BLEACH EVERYTHING is comprised of lifetime scene veterans from across the punk and hardcore underground – vocalist Brent Eyestone, guitarist Graham Scala, bassist Kelly Posadas, and drummer Ryan Parrish – who collectively hail from the likes of Corn On Macabre, Jesuit, Highness, City Of Caterpillar, Darkest Hour, Mammoth Grinder, Suppression, Iron Reagan, Harmonic Cross, Forensics, Souvenir’s Young America, Meditative Sect, and many others over the past two decades or more.

Watch Bleach Everything’s Quarantine Video for Cover of Rocket from the Crypt’s “Middle”


Unified Highway – comprised of Rebelution vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany and renowned producer, DJ, and remixer Amp Live (formerly of Zion I) – are back with their second full-length album, Headlines. The new album is out today on Easy Star Records and available anywhere you buy or stream music.

Darrin Williams – ‘Inside The Mind’

Inside the Mind is reggae fusion project based out of Loveland, Colorado, All the music is written and produced by Colorado local Darrin Williams. Williams spent his early years in the hip hop scene as the alias Diverge, playing shows with national acts such as Slick Rick, Gza, and countless others, while collaborating on songs with Zion I and Pep Love from Hieroglyphics and other big names in the industry.

Growing up with bands like Sublime and 311 that had reggae roots embedded in their style, Williams started out as a bass player learning their songs. “Bass from reggae songs are always pretty tasteful and take the lead on a track more than any other style of music, which is probably what attracted me to play them.” However, Williams would play in rock bands throughout his music career until finally landing in hip hop music. “Most the guitar players and drummers I would play with all wanted to play something a little heavier, and I guess I did for a period there as well. When I started doing hip hop, it felt really good to break away from all that. The possibilities of creating music without depending on anyone else makes it easy to get a lot done without compromising an idea.”

DVNA brings all the feels in ‘Half Past Sober’ video

Directed by Alex Greaves, the music video premiered via triple j Unearthed and heartbreakingly juxtaposes the bliss of new love with the hurt that follows when it ends. Explaining her vision for the video, DVNA said that she wanted it “to be real and super raw. We shot on a combination of film and camcorder to establish the narrative in the purest, most personal form and kept the wardrobe very minimal.” As a result, the video feels like an intimate snapshot into a relationship gone wrong: the highs, the lows and the crushing emptiness of losing love.

Kylie Odetta New EP is called “Roots & Petals”

Soul/Pop Artist, Kylie Odetta, is releasing 5 new songs this April 17th, 2020. The EP is called “Roots & Petals” and will be the first EP Odetta has released since “Undertow” in 2017. After the wonderful success of her singles “Under The Sun” and “Too Broke Too Busy” in 2019 with “Under The Sun” reaching over 140,000 streams on Spotify and “Too Broke Too Busy” winning the UMA for Best Music Video in the Upstate along with creating a community of dreamers through Kylie’s #toobroketuesday’s on social media, listeners can expect another epic and compelling project from 22 year old Odetta. Read on for details about the new EP:

Recorded in Nashville TN, Madison WI, and Greenville SC – this collection of songs was woven together over space and time. The title track “Roots & Petals” took over 2 years for Odetta to finalize after recording and then re-recording multiple different versions. Why you might ask? This is the song that shares the story of Kylie’s personal battle with anxiety and intrusive thoughts. As an artist, she was willing to wait until the right moment with the right music to tell of this deeply transformative experience. It was well worth the wait because listening to the “Roots & Petals” EP is like coming up for air. Each song is delicate, etherial, and sprinkled with hope. The sound of the EP is refreshingly stripped back featuring mainly piano, strings, and Odetta’s glittering vocals. There are songs with hints of gospel, pop, and even lofi indie intricacies. It’s brave and it’s timeless.