@skopemag news – wednesday – june 10, 2020 @ 2 pm est

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Evening Hymns Shares New Single: ‘Pyrenees’

‘Pyrenees’ is the third song to be released after ‘I Can Only Be Good’ and ‘My Drugs My Dreams’ – tipped so far at NPR, Gorilla vs Bear, American Songwriter, The Line Of Best Fit, Exclaim and more – from the long-awaited new album, Heavy Nights, out via Shuffling Feet Records on June 26, 2020.

NANCY shares garage rock slammer ‘Call Me On Your Telephone’

“NANCY’s songs find FM radio gold corroding into strange, misshapen forms” Paste

Revelling in psychedelic eccentricity, enigmatic garage-rocker NANCY drops pulsating new effort ‘Call Me On Your Telephone’, set for release June 10th via B3SCI Records (Jungle, Thyla, Trudy and the Romance).

Vive Le Rock premieres music video for Statues new single ”The Salt”

Swedish alt. rock band Statues are back with a new release. Their album “Holocene” will be released on Lövely Records during autumn 2020. The first single from the album, “The Salt”, is set for release June 12. The single is released together with a music video that is available to watch now though UK based Vive Le Rock.


New album from acclaimed Malian artist Afel Bocoum “Lindé” out Sept 4

Named after the wild expanse near Bocoum’s hometown of Niafunké, Lindé is a blend of deep tradition and audacious innovation. With the support of executive producers Damon Albarn and World Circuit artistic director Nick Gold, the album was recorded in Mali’s capital Bamako and stitches together the age-old music of the Niger bend with styles from across the globe, boasting performances from a number of eminent Malian musicians including Madou Kouyaté, the late ‘Hama’ Sankaré and Madou Sidiki Diabaté, along with the drums of recently-departed Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, the trombone of Vin Gordon (Bob Marley, Skatalites) and the violin of Joan as Police Woman.

OUT TODAY for Skope: Experimental pop/R&B duo Black Grapefruit share euphoric new music video + remix of “Waist”

“…finds a surprise resolution in something like gospel.” – The New York Times
“…Black Grapefruit have made one of this year’s most confounding and unpredictable pop records.” – Noisey
“…in pursuing a more danceable sound, Smith and Dekker have created an overcast, but emboldening, suite of beautiful, restrained, syncretist R&B.” – NPR
“…an exuberant, afropop-tinged production that draws much of its strength from Smith’s richly layered harmonies and Dekker’s heart-pounding percussion.” – The FADER

Alt-Pop Trio Scarlet Pleasure Transports Us To A Carefree World In New Video for Top 5 Single In “SOS”

Danish trio Scarlet Pleasure have been on a meteoric rise since 2014 with their unique brand of sunny, alternative pop. On a planet far, far away where the grass is always green and only the blue sky is the limit, the band hope to bring some optimism and good cheer back to 2020 with the release for “SOS,” their latest top charting single from forthcoming LP, Garden.

Fontaines D.C. share video for new single “I Don’t Belong”

Fontaines D.C. have shared the opening track from their forthcoming album ‘A Hero’s Death’ – out July 31 via Partisan. With its lonely intensity, “I Don’t Belong” stands in stark relief to the swagger that kicked off their debut album last year (“Big”). The song is also accompanied by a music video directed remotely by FDC bassist Connor Deegan III. Listen/watch below and feel free to share.

Ane Brun debuts new single “Honey”

Brun explains the song was inspired by the voice of her 18-year-old self she found on an old cassette tape. “Her energy struck me and I was filled with love for this young, and in many ways innocent, version of myself—this girl talking non-stop in a boundless flow of words and emotions.” she goes on to say, “While listening back, I realized that the woman I am today had reconnected with the girl on the tape, and that simple act had made me feel in some way more whole.”

Pacific Estate – “Saturdays”

Following years of shows across Ontario as both a headliner and in support of larger acts such as; I Mother Earth, Hollerado, Pkew Pkew Pkew, and The Temperance Movement, the band recently settled into Arc Recording Studio to record their debut album with Juno Award winning producer Julius Butty (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, Protest the Hero).

ORGÖNE: stream phantasmagoric album ‘MOS/FET’ in full via Riff Relevant

Enter a sonic world of mysticism filled with ancient gods and tribal soundscapes from outer space, with the debut album from French psychedelic/acid rockers ORGÖNE today! ‘MOS/FET’ comes out this June 12th on digital, and on June 19th on CD and vinyl through Heavy Psych Sounds.

Exclusive Premiere: ORGÖNE Stream Debut Album ‘MOS/FET’

Stockholm based artist flyckt announces himself with spellbinding art-pop debut “Spotlight”

Today, Stockholm based artist and producer flyckt is sharing his debut single “Spotlight”. A spellbinding invitation into his curious world, “Spotlight” is the first track to be lifted from flyckt’s debut EP Instant Gratification pt. 1, out August 28th via Humming Records.

THE DEVIL’S TRADE Unveils New Album Details, Releases New Single

Dark folk project THE DEVIL’S TRADE will be releasing the sophomore full-length ‘The Call of the Iron Peak’ on August 28 via Season of Mist, making its debut to the label. The project is the brainchild of singer/musician Dávid Makó. The emotional first single, “Dead Sister,” is out now –

UNDERER: Metal Injection Premieres “Miniature Jimmon”

Metal Injection is now streaming “Miniature Jimmon,” the new single by Camden, New Jersey-based UNDERER – the solo project of Nick Shellenberger of Cleric and Shardik. The song is a precursor to the outfit’s debut album, The Code, nearing release through Nefarious Industries at the end of the month.

UNDERER (CLERIC) Debuts Chaotic New Song “Miniature Jimmon”

Evangeline Gentle’s debut album coming August 21

Gentle began writing their self-titled album, produced by Jim Bryson, at the age of 19. Written during several important coming-of-age moments in Gentle’s life, the record focuses on openheartedness, finding the strength to be vulnerable and uplifting marginalized voices.

Born in Scotland and raised in both Scotland and Canada, Gentle began writing music and performing at 14 years old. Recognizing their own queerness and gender fluidity, Gentle has long been passionate about both music and social justice.

Karen Jonas explores the struggle between ambition and inaction in new album

Karen Jonas has announced the release date for her fifth album, The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams – out August 28. The record is a flashback-fueled fever dream of Americana songcraft and storytelling. Taking the vast desert expanses of the American Southwest as her backdrop, Jonas embroiders small-town snapshots into vivid explorations of our inner struggle between ambition and inaction.

The Virginia singer-songwriter’s most accomplished and evocative expression to date, The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams captures that aching space between romantic dream state and numb reality like few before.

Jagwar Twin’s single “Shine”

Jagwar Twin has always shared the uplifting messages of equality, inclusivity, and unity through his music. “Shine” illuminates the importance of inclusion and how everyone must come together for change and to love and support one another as we fight injustice. Additionally, the song’s lyrics comment on systemic oppression the country is facing and that things aren’t okay, but they can be if we rise together.

Ron Gallo Shares “You Are Enough” Video Via XPN

Genre-bending artist Ron Gallo is back with a whole new unique mashup of influences creating his version of “pop music” with latest video, “YOU ARE ENOUGH”. A song of affirmation and feeling good about yourself. “You Are Enough” brings an empowering message and bright instrumentation to build everyone up during these turbulent times. The video premiered exclusively with XPN.

Seattle-based Society of the Silver Cross Release Video for The Eerie, Dark Goth-Rock Anthem “Dissolve and Merge,”

“Dissolve and Merge” comes in the midst of the pandemic to remind us that there is a ray of hope beyond the adverse landscape; it is a call to become one with the world and to look optimistically at what the future holds, which must be better than our present. It is a “song about the wave and how it belongs to the ocean and isn’t separate from it. It soon returns to where it came from. It’s a metaphor for how we are all connected, the chords and sections of the song celebrate this. The intro descending notes/chords; the main body of the song is about life’s choices and possibilities while the outro is ascending notes and chords,” says the band.

Marchelle Bradanini feminist anthem/video – Watch “Only A Woman”

LA-based singer/songwriter Marchelle Bradanini will release her debut solo full length effort Only A Woman on July 3. The collection cleverly evokes highly relatable imagery of troubling, contemporary subject matter such as the emptiness of consumer culture and breaking down gender archetypes. Today, she releases new single and album title track “Only A Woman” video. The song’s punk rock ethos is wrapped up in a warm, welcoming melody and playful 60s girl group back-up vocals.

Apple Music Launches Africa Now Radio Hosted By Nigerian-Born DJ and Curator Cuppy

Apple Music today announced its new show Africa Now Radio with Cuppy, host of the show and Nigerian-born DJ and curator. Africa Now Radio with Cuppy, based on the recently launched Africa Now playlist will showcase the latest African sounds, be it amapiano, afrobeats, highlife, alte, house, hip-hop, afrobongo, or kuduro. Listeners will hear the latest and greatest African artists and new forms of African popular music which fuse traditional and contemporary sensibilities, morphing into hybridized sonic fragments connecting all corners of Africa.

The Grahams present their “One More Heartbreak”

Captivating vocalist Alyssa Graham dives deep into heartache and torment, focusing all the power from these emotions into her performance of “One More Heartbreak”. Doug Graham’s backup vocals float into the mix, offering strength and security during the chorus, elevating the desolation expressed in this song.

Jack The Radio Releases “We’re Alright”

“We’re Alright” (featuring Tamisha Waden) was written about the increasingly polarized state of our country and the desire to reconnect and support each other regardless of our cultural or geographic differences. This particularly hits home with Hage who grew up in the south as the son of Puerto Rican and Lebanese parents. “I was exposed to a lot at a young age with my family speaking a combination of English, Spanish, Arabic, and Armenian,” says Hage. “I knew I was different to the other kids I went to school with and because of this I experienced the good and the bad, the love and the hate in people. My hope now is the same as it was then that our country’s differences must be what brings us together.”