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Acknowledging that first love looks different in the lockdown era, New York-based director Loris Russier (Q, Audrey Nuna) found inspiration in the French saying, “loin des yeux, près du coeur” (far from the eyes, close to the heart). Fueled by the fluid camerawork of frequent collaborator cinematographer Andrea Cavazzi, he juxtaposes isolation and wistful longing with the quiet joy of togetherness. The video was lensed in a suburban Los Angeles home.

IONOPHORE: Treble Premieres “Bedim” Video

With members based in Oakland, New York City, and London, IONOPHORE is the project of multi-instrumentalists Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum, Fyrhtu, Terebellum), Janek Hendrich (Qepe, Not Quite So, Betterthief), and Ryan Honaker (Souls And Cities, Betterthief). Since their 2012 formation, the trio has continued to weave their trademark cinematic dark electronics and organic elements, melding the orchestral strings of Honaker with the horns and voice of Abdul-Rauf, embellished with the electronic flourishes of Hendrich.

Watch ambient trio Ionophore’s haunting video for “Bedim”

THE CORAL’s seaside soul single ‘Lover Undiscovered’ – OUT NOW

Cutting the sweet, major-chord optimism of spring with the frayed pages of might-have-been memory, Lover Undiscovered becomes the second single from The Coral’s upcoming TENTH studio album, Coral Island. The track is the latest to emerge from the band’s first ever double album, painting soulful, sugar-spun pictures of sunnier days after the shadow-cast, ghost train rattle and roll of January’s Faceless Angel.

The Parrots Share New Track “Maldito (feat. C. Tangana)”

While music fans may be counting down the minutes until the primitive transcendence of their boundless (and joyously sweaty) live sets transfix clubs yet again, Madrid duo The Parrots have hardly been idling. In fact, they are poised for a triumphant return with a brilliant new track and playfully-cinematic video. “Maldito” proves an evolutionary step for the band that finds them sounding stronger and more realized than ever and also forging a compelling collaboration with internationally renowned Spanish urbano phenomenon C. Tangana (allegedly, the biggest act to come out from Spain since Rosalia).

New Song Inspired by “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (RIYL blackbear, Post Malone)

“Spotless Mind” serves as the follow up to Coda’s debut album When The World Is Upside Down, which was born from the pandemic and released last year. It was met with fierce traction on socials and garnered over 300,000 plays in the first three months alone.

Diamond Shake premieres video for “Lose Someone” on Ghettoblaster

Diamond Shake, the solo project of LA-based singer/songwriter Matt Hitchens, premiered a new video for “Lose Someone,” the latest in his From Method to Madness video series, this morning with Ghettoblaster.

“[The song] is about me moving from the UK to LA and having to leave behind people that I cared about in order to give myself a chance at the life I wanted,” Hitchens told Ghettoblaster. “When coming up with ideas for the video, the lyrics about loss just seemed to fit around COVID.”

Video Premiere: Diamond Shake, “Lose Someone”

Skope video submission: Paapa-Berchie, “Queen”. DMV rapper dedicates to the ladies

This song offers a light and sense of comfort in finding love and staying true to it and the beauty of the two people to be able to reminisce the strength of their love as they grow together. It’s all about the beauty inside, of staying true to each other through it all, and making it last forever. ”

Lindsay Ellyn’s Debut LP ‘Queen of Nothing’ Celebrates Life’s Imperfections // May 14

On Lindsay Ellyn’s first full-length album, Queen of Nothing, she doesn’t mince words: the 10-song collection is full of strong statements meant to lead listeners to admit their humanity, as well as everyone else’s — no one’s perfect, and we’re all trying to make the best of it. Ellyn works through deep regrets and missed opportunities, her relationships with herself and those around her, and examines life’s inevitable heartbreaks on mostly autobiographical tracks that extol the complex pieces of life and, in a way, reclaim how messy it can be. The first single, “Queen of Nothing,” is out tomorrow, March 19, and the album will be released May 14 on Hail Mary Records/Queue Records.

PREMIERE: Lindsay Ellyn Finds Magic in Low Moments on “Queen of Nothing”

R&B Newcomer Dee Gatti Shares “Clear My Mind” Video

Gearing up for the release of her much anticipated debut EP Just Called To Say due out later this year, impressive Fort Worth native R&B singer and songwriter, Dee Gatti, has delivered a trippy video for the EPs’ lead single “Clear My Mind” available now across all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard.

Hudu Akil’s Zac Crye Streams “Look Out Above” Lyric Video

Now Zac is back, dropping his sophomore release on April 16th, “All The Same” – a five track stoner rock EP with psychedelic elements to accent. Solely composed and recorded by Zac, this recording is a full demonstration of his musical fortitude and songwriting prowess that takes you deep within the realm of Zac Crye! The album will be released on Bandcamp April 9th and all other platforms on April 16th.


“‘Ruin My Make Up’ is a song I wrote about the duality of a person, well me,” explains Lola Young. “I was in a place at the time where I was trying to figure out whether my confidence was hindered by my vulnerability. If I cry about you, it will only ruin my makeup. It’s a sad song at heart but it has elements of strength and power. It touches on my journey through life, struggling with acceptance whether that be through religion or friends or drugs or, most importantly, through love.”

Skope / Ian Janes drops new single “Amnesia,” and turns back time with accompanying video

The song began as Janes scrawled out some lyrical ideas around the theme of ‘trying to forget.’

“I stumbled on the word ‘amnesia,'” said Ian Janes (he/him). “It’s such a smooth, musical word; it speaks and sings so well. I soon realized that the whole song should sound like a conversation between the singer and ‘amnesia’…that it should refer to ‘amnesia’ in the second person as if it was a character in the story; a friend that I was leaning on for help and heartbreak relief.”

PANDO: experimental drone/black metal entity premieres “The Molds Of Men” single

US experimental drone/black metal entity PANDO conspire with Aesthetic Death to release “Rites”, the band’s new album, on March 26th 2021.

The War Inside My Head: Track Premiere and Interview with Black Metal Duo Pando

Canberra alt-rock group Sputnik Sweetheart drop visuals for latest single ‘Rolling’

Sputnik Sweetheart today return, presenting the official music video for their bright single, ‘Rolling’. The track, first released near the end of 2020, proved to be another strong effort from the Canberra four piece.

Passionate vocals meets strong indie rock instrumentation and refined production put Sputnik Sweetheart further on the map as ones to watch in 2021 and here we are, the band is ready and raring to go.

Emily Taylor Hudson Discovers Love Is a Dirty Word with New EP & Single That Inspired it All

Rock/pop singer/songwriter Emily Taylor Hudson picked up all the pieces with this, her latest single — “Hearts We Wanna Break” — available now.

This stand out cut off the LA-based artist’s debut EP, Love Is a Dirty Word, yearns with a grinding sorrow cast amongst velvet vocals and driving rock n’ roll.

Emily Taylor Hudson Learns Love Is A Dirty Word With Hearts We Wanna Break


Cola Boyy, aka Matthew Urango, is a nu-disco artist from Oxnard, California and, according to The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater, “is one of the most talented producers and writers around, as well as riotous good fun … having him on the same record as Mick Jones made so much sense to us.” But the latter is here not so much for his Clash rebel rocker history as Big Audio Dynamite, the first time that a young Chater encountered sampling. “One or two of their songs were big pop records on Australian radio – and it was that feeling, as a kid, of ‘how did they do that? What is that? It was sampling.’”


With a few cymbal hits, “Want It All” – the searing leadoff track from Dree Leer’s debut record, Throw Hands – dives headfirst into a dirge of heavily distorted guitars before increasing to a punk-tinged rocker of breakneck speed featuring hauntingly melodic vocals and lyrics about desiring more and not settling for less.

Dogjoy Premiere Music Video ‘Super Glue’

Florida-based duo DOGJOY have delivered their latest video, “Super Glue” – an exploration of dark sounds being washed over with distortion and robotic frequencies – an appropriate parallel to these times where simply giving into uncertainty and chaos seems the best option for survival. The track comes from their latest EP, Hardcore Fun, available digitally now.

Heads up: new Jeffrey Silverstein song+vid

“A trip sitter is a sober person you trust to keep you safe while under the influence of a psychedelic. The goal is to ‘hold space’ – being physically, mentally and emotionally present without interfering or inserting yourself into someone’s experience.