@skopemag HQ – http://smarturl.it/skope
New York’s Brandy are back with their sophomore LP and first for TOTAL PUNK! “The Gift of Repetition” is an eight track study in just that; loud, plodding and rhythmic. It will have you bobbing your head till it breaks clean off your neck! The band share vocal duties, often chanting over each other, with lyrics that are singular in vision; bleak with a grin. There’s synth on a few tracks, with mind-melting results! When the only other bands that come to mind are A-Frames, Lamps and Mayyors, you are obviously doing something right. Pulsing, throbbing, and 100% TOTAL PUNK!!!
Bad Religion Share “Lose Your Head (Demo Version)”
“Lose Your Head” is a fan favorite from Bad Religion’s critically acclaimed 2019 album Age of Unreason. Today, the band is releasing a demo version of the song, with a faster tempo and alternate lyrics, that provides a unique glimpse into the band’s creative process.
Co-songwriters Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin developed this version of the song at Gurewitz’ home studio in Pasadena California. When producer Carlos de la Garza was brought on board, he suggested trying a slower version. The band liked both versions equally so, when they entered Sunset Sound to record Age of Unreason, they decided to work on basic tracks for both and choose later. It was a close call but ultimately the band chose the slow version which is the one they completed.
Kaylee Elizabeth Shares Debut Single/Video “Passing Through”
“‘Passing Through’ was inspired by looking out a car window on a long drive—the glimpses of the physical structures that are being built, lived in, or are slowly falling down, and wondering who the people are that have come and gone in those places. It is realizing that our time here is a breath, but that there are many things which can be passed down from generation to generation that are beautiful,” explains Kaylee Elizabeth. “This video was filmed in Washington with my dear friend Celia at her farm. Having lost my mother at the age of 17, there have been many moments since where I have desired motherly wisdom. I’m beyond grateful for a tribe of women that I call my ‘surrogate mothers,’ and Celia is one of them. I wanted there to be a generational representation in the video, and I wanted it to be personal and display an actual meaningful relationship that spoke to the theme of the song.”
FLETCHER LEAKS ‘THE S(EX) TAPES’ EP A WEEK EARLY
Executive produced by her frequent collaborator Malay (Lorde, Frank Ocean), THE S(EX) TAPES finds FLETCHER working with her “babe gang” of A-list female songwriters like Caroline Ailin and Emily Warren (Dua Lipa), Mozella (Miley Cyrus, Rihanna), Jennifer Decilveo (Melanie Martinez) and more. In creating the EP’s magnetic and moody tracks, FLETCHER intimately documented her personal journey over the last few years, including the tension between being in love and learning to stand on her own for the first time.
On the heels of the massive success of current song “Jangueo,” rising Latin Urban star Alex Rose releases his newest single “Swaggy” featuring his musical idol and Latin music legend, Arcángel. The track is also accompanied by a video, directed by Fernando Lugo.
The Struts & Robbie Williams release video for ‘Strange Days’
The Struts and Robbie Williams have released the video for their stunning new single ‘Strange Days’. Shot by Chris Applebaum, the clip was filmed in multiple locations around Southern California. ‘Strange Days’ premiered globally on Radio 2 and is the second song to be released from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which is set for release October 16th via Interscope Records/Polydor. Watch the video for ‘Strange Days’ HERE.
SETH BOGART ALBUM OUT SEPT 25
Earlier this year, Los Angeles-based musician, artist and DIY / queer icon Seth Bogart announced his new project Seth Bogart Presents….Men On The Verge Of Nothing. And then 2020 happened…. Out of respect for world events, the much anticipated new album was postponed. Today Bogart shares the great news of a new release date of September 25th on label imprint Wacky Wacko Recordings, along with the exciting double release of new tracks “Dawn’s Lips” and “Lavender Heights”.
DAVE EAST RELEASES VIDEO FOR “SAID WHAT I SAID” FEAT. DOE BOY
Praised for his lyricism and raw storytelling, and blessed with a loyal New York following, Dave East is one of the most promising rappers on the scene today. Born and raised in Harlem, he was inspired by older generation East Coast rappers ranging from Notorious B.I.G. to Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, and Big Pun.
KATLA announce sophomore album and release first single
KATLA comment on the single: “When I wrote ‘Villuljós’, which means ‘false light’, I was in a depressive period of my life”, tells multi-instrumentalist Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson. “Everything happend in such a dark haze that I cannot even remember the actual process of creating the demo. When we finally recorded the album, it was done with a more more positive energy. Actually caring about what I was doing helped a lot to get it right. Although the track has not lost its original sonic darkness, I feel very good about the final outcome. Guðmundur Óli has perfectly translated this musical feeling into lyrical darkness. This is the light that represents a false hope.”
Tim McGraw’s singles and albums routinely top the charts, making him one of music’s biggest superstars. Marking the country icon’s 17th chart topper, Tim McGraw’s Here On Earth set landed a number one debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart last week. The acquisition deal with Spirit encompasses masters for three of McGraw’s albums: Two Lanes of Freedom (2013), Sundown Heaven Town (2014) and Damn Country Music (2015). The albums were released by Big Machine Records and feature some of McGraw’s top hits, including his #1 GRAMMYÒ-winning hit “Highway Don’t Care” and his #1 single “Humble & Kind” which were also certified triple platinum last week, moving McGraw’s total career RIAA certifications to 75 million. “Highway Don’t Care” hit #1 Country Airplay, CMA and ACM “Video of the Year” and American Country Awards Song of the Year and Collaborative Single of the Year while “Humble & Kind” garnered him a “Best Country Song” GRAMMY, CMT Video of the Year, CMA Song of the Year, and AMA Favorite Country Song. The deal with Spirit also includes hits “Shotgun Rider” (#1 Country Airplay, #1 Hot Country Songs and Platinum certified) and “Truck Yeah” (Platinum certified).
STORMZY UNVEILS POWERFUL ANIMATION VIDEO FOR “SUPERHEROES,”
Stormzy is one of UK’s most inspiring and influential cultural figures. His two albums to date; ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ and ‘Heavy Is The Head’ both reached #1 on the UK album chart and were subsequently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. His remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character – a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, he has consistently stood up for people from all areas of life; encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights.
TOMMY MARZ Releases New Single “Summer Bummer”
“This song started off as me wanting a John Mayer-type love song (or anti-love song) of my own,” shares Marz. “But the song started to take on a new meaning during this quarantine summer. I started wondering how people were spending their summers. So, I asked fans and followers on the socials to send in video clips and photos of how they spent their time during all of this. As I went through the submissions, I was amazed and intrigued by everyone’s experiences. It was such a pleasure to put this video together. Even though the summer of 2020 may not be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, I will fondly remember watching the footage of people around the world sharing a piece of their lives with me. Now I get to share those moments with all of you!”
Attic Salt “Undiscovered” Video Premiere + Interview
Attic Salt (Springfield, IL) is back with another single from their upcoming album, Get Wise. While Alyssa Currie took the reigns on “Mud”, Andy Harmon steps up front on “Undiscovered.” The song finds the sweet spot between pop-punk and alt-rock and is all about hiding out from the rest of the world. While the character in this song might want to go undiscovered, this song should certainly not. Head over to TheBadCopy.com to check out the lyric video (by Sean Quilty) for “Undiscovered” as well as an interview with the band. Get Wise will release on Jump Start Records (MXPX, A Wilhelm Scream, Plow United) on September 25th, 2020.
New GUNSHIP video featuring Kat Von D – “BLACK BLOOD RED KISS”
Taken from their second full-length Dark All Day, GUNSHIP’s latest single, “Black Blood Red Kiss” takes the “cyberpunk noir” (Xpress Mag) band into a seductive and sensual dreamlike realm, exploring the intriguing relationship between pain and pleasure. The song features musician, tattoo artist and entrepreneur KAT VON D who brings a warm and atmospheric vocal performance to the chorus as well as a hair-raising build up on the song’s central breakdown. Coupled with GUNSHIP’s cold, ethereal synthesizers and Alex’s intimate vocals on the verses, this dynamic combination creates a steady mood that is inevitably corrupted by industrial timbres, building pressure until the song breaks into its warm symphonic chorus. The song reaches its end with a pair of emotional and ominous vocal builds which, in turn, culminate in a pile-driver-heavy conclusion.
Love songs are a staple – though every time we’d go to write a love song it would always have a melancholic edge; what that says about us – take from that what you will. When we made this particular number we decided to write a proper love song with little to no sad undertones. We made use of quaint and slightly clichéd lyricism to reflect this. Here we have You & I Get Along – a song about longing, lust and affection with the narrator putting into words their idyllic view of their lover. Though realising there’s no obvious way to express their affection they come to a realisation – why over explain it?
A simple plea, sung from the heart, Hull’s finest five-piece, FEVER, release their soul-nourishing single: HONESTY
Finding the soul’s ‘on’ switch with words to both quicken and soothe the heart, FEVER step forward to be counted with their heavyweight, summer-closing single, Honesty, OUT NOW on Very Clever Records. Resplendent in glorious and recognisable, indie-pop colours, yet burying itself deep into listeners’ emotional bedrock with doe-eyed tenderness, the five-piece’s deft, emotive, ‘boy-next-door’ songwriting reaches a new, air-punching peak.
K-POP SOLO ARTIST, WONHO, ANNOUNCES DEBUT LIVESTREAM CONCERT
Singer-Songwriter-Producer, Wonho, announced today, via Rolling Stone, that he will be partnering with LiveXLive for a global pay-per-view concert. This will mark his first ever live solo act and debut performance for his first solo album ‘Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me’, the concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th at 8PM EST / 11PM EST / Sunday, September 27th at 12PM KST. Tickets will be open for sale on Friday, September 11th at 11AM EST / 8AM PST at LivexLive.com.
Artist: Zion I – Track: WLCM (future)
Based in Oakland, CA, Zion I has risen through the ranks of independent hip-hop as one of the most prolific conscious rap artists of the past 2 decades. With more than two-dozen releases under his belt, Zion I uniquely bends the musical genres swinging between a range of influences including rap, rock, reggae, and other styles. This fluidity within his music has led him to create inspired music influenced by social & political woes, personal challenges & triumphs, family, spirituality, and his own raw perspective on the world at large. His high energy performances have become fan favorites at notable festivals such as Coachella, Rock the Bells, Outside Lands, and international festivals as well. Zion I has also collaborated with some of the greatest in the industry including Rebelution, Bassnectar, Too Short, Devin The Dude, The Roots MC, Black Thought, Linkin Park, and Matisyahu, to name a few.
Dinosaur Pile-Up release video for ‘It’s Tricky Amazon Original’
Dinosaur Pile-Up have released a video for their Amazon Original cover of Run DMC’s ‘It’s Tricky’. The video finds the band caught in the middle of an alien invasion as UFOs whiz through the sky and the effects of the infectious song quickly take hold on the world.
Regarding the video frontman Matt Bigland says, “We basically wanted a chance to make our own Beastie Boys/Busta Rhymes esque video, but for a Run DMC song. So when Amazon Music kindly agreed to put a video into production we were like OK LET’S GOOOO!!
WALLOWS ANNOUNCE ‘REMOTE’ EP- RELEASE NEW SINGLE + MUSIC VIDEO
Following the success of their debut album, Nothing Happens, and summer smash “Are You Bored Yet? (feat. Clairo)”, Wallows announce their new quarantine-made EP titled Remote (out October 23), as well as release the first EP single “Nobody Gets Me (Like You)” with an accompanying music video. All songs on Remote were produced by Sachi DiSerafino, John DeBold, and Wallows, except for “Nobody Gets Me (Like You)” which was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Adele). Remote is available to pre-save and pre-order now here (see track list below). Head to wallowsmusic.store to pick up the vinyl version which is pressed on pink vinyl and features the ‘Remote’ logo etched on the b-side, as well new t-shirts, CD, and more.
Wesson Desir Surfs Celestial Waves in “Let’s Ride Our Heelies to the Cosmos”
Wesson Desir digs deep into his psyche to craft intricate and philosophical rhymes. Comparing his rise in the music world to a cosmic journey through time and space, Wesson shares “Let’s Ride Our Heelies To The Cosmos,” his latest video single, premiered by ELEVATOR. Slicing through a spacey, jazz-influenced instrumental with his signature mix of rapid flows and easy melodies, Wesson flexes his pen game in the new single, the tongue-twisting lyrics occupying an area in-between far-out mysticism and ordinary life: “Aleve us, the mental is full/Ideas turn demons and damage the skull/Leaders delete us, forget where they from/Put the iron to the fire, they just branding a bull,” delivers Wesson.
CEO Trayle “OK Cool” Video Out Now
Born in the Bronx, New York, CEO Trayle spent most of his childhood in foster care as his mother faced significant challenges in her life. In 10th grade, he officially dropped out of school to be a full-time hustler, studying the streets and having his cousin Andre and his mother’s boyfriends to look up to.
Today, Los Angeles-based power disco duo Cobra Man share their new track “Heatwave,” a colorful, shimmering pop ballad that cranks up the thermostat and blows out the stereo. On “Heatwave,” Cobra Man deliver a timeless and groovy anthem to close out the summer season.
The song, aptly titled and released with perfect timing, was written about the experience of being locked in an apartment during a heatwave and trying to find someone with air conditioning. On the track, Cobra Man say, “‘Heatwave’ is about cabin fever and summertime madness…It’s about being desperate for comfort and safety.”
Grand Nathaniel Announces New LP + Shares “Nightbird” Single
“Collaborating with Sara Crochet and Clair Burton on the video, he offers a suitably ethereal romp through darkened streets and some wonderfully surreal animated flourishes that create a dreamlike atmosphere in which his words and music linger for hours. We’re also privy to an incredibly intimate performance in a barely lit room as he intones these mournful melodies, as he continues to elaborate on the intensely personal sense of emotional accountability threaded throughout the song.” – Beats Per Minute
Dixie releases the remix after the overwhelming success of her single “Be Happy”. The track quickly reached #1 on TikTok with over 1 billion views and has garnered over 130 million global streams. The single has seen incredible support across all DSPs (Spotify: Pop Rising; Apple: Breaking Pop; YouTube: Pop Before it Breaks; Amazon: Hot Singles.) Having one of the fastest growing YouTube channels with over 5 million subscribers in just a few months, Dixie’s official music video for “Be Happy” is on its way to 100 million views and shows no signs of stopping.
Multilingual Creative Visionary Jarina De Marco
Jarina De Marco is a Dominican-Brazilian recording artist whose work transcends beyond categories or borders as she sings in four languages; English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Her sound and messaging are unique as she is fully involved in every aspect of her project, including songwriting, production, visual design, and video direction.
Jarina’s music has been featured in TV shows such as the STARZ hit series “VIDA,” “Broad City” and “Euphoria” and on commercials for American Express, Toyota, Rakuten’s 2019 Superbowl spot and in Target’s back to school ad. Her work has been covered by media including Billboard, Fader, HIGHSNOBIETY, Noisey/Vice, Paper and Pitchfork.
DREAMER BOY RELEASES NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO “KNOW YOU”
The track ebbs and flows between a flutter of synths and ghostly guitars as he exhales a breathy hook, “I don’t know you…but I want to.” With its grainy home video footage, featuring clips submitted from fans and friends, the accompanying visual emanates warmth between nostalgic vignettes of youth, live gigs, lots of dancing, and carefree euphoria.