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Transit Tapes (for women who move furniture around) by Lucy Kruger
Written by Lucy Kruger and forged in a tiny 34°c rehearsal space in Berlin, ‘Transit Tapes’ melts dreamy indie rock with dark folk and returns 12 pensive tracks exploring restlessness and a yearning to feel alive. This project is the first time Kruger has worked with drummer Martin Perret, guitarist Liú Mottes and bassist Andreas Miranda, who form The Lost Boys.
Hillsburn’s latest album is a portrait of a society fraying at the seams, and it feels alarmingly familiar in the COVID era.
Recorded in Vancouver as the pandemic set in in March 2020, Slipping Away confronts the inane monotony of so much of our collective existence, the struggle to get by, and our reliance on alcohol/television/food/pills/fill-in-the-blank to provide the much needed respite that allows us to keep going. On its face, this might seem like a bleaker vision than songwriter Paul Aarntzen has previously put forward, but the characters that inhabit these songs aren’t hapless victims. They know the score. Their pain is cast not as requiem, but as prelude — there is a sense that they take stock in order to chart a new course. There is, after all, freedom in seeing things as they are.
MARSHMELLO AND CARNAGE SHARE NOSTALGIC RAVE TRACK “BACK IN TIME”
With hits like “Happier” and “Alone” nestled in his boundary-pushing discography, it’s clear that Marshmello has always been interested in the emotional possibilities of dance music—a theme that “Back In Time” furthers. Calling back to the energy of ‘90s rave tracks, the propulsion of classic techno, and the gleaming refractions of Eurodance, the song is energetic and nostalgic, perfect for creating new dancefloor memories while remembering all your favorite nights out.
A very Happy Record Release Day to Honey. The Philadelphia based thrash-metal group, fronted by Jay Laughlin (Turning Point / Godspeed), play it fast and heavy in the vein of early Sepultura and the beloved Powertrip. Forever Fire marks their first album with Trenton indie-label Hellminded Records. Vinyl pre-orders are available at Hellminded Records and include three vinyl variants, a very limited repressing of the bands first EP, and a shirt.
ONE OK ROCK RELEASE NEW SINGLE “BROKEN HEART OF GOLD”
Beloved at home and worldwide, Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK have released a new single “Broken Heart of Gold,” which is available today on all streaming platforms along with an official lyric video streaming on Fueled By Ramen’s YouTube channel. “Broken Heart of Gold” was written exclusively for the film Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning and will feature as the official theme song for final installment of the widely popular film series which is set to arrive on June 4th.
“We suffocate and squeeze too hard,” affirms rising alternative-pop singer-songwriter Theo Kandel in the opening of his latest single, “Anaconda Hearts,” out today. Comparing a broken relationship to the strength of an anaconda in the new song, Kandel’s music video brings the metaphor to life with the help of boa constrictors. Yesterday, Ones To Watch debuted the single and raved, “‘Anaconda Hearts’ begins with a dreamy soundscape featuring horns and sultry guitar picking that sets the scene for listeners…The music video for the single is an equally enthralling yet simplistic piece of art.”
OUT TODAY: Alluring Downtempo Duo ERA C release their ‘DELIRIA’ album!
Downtempo electronic duo ERA C are releasing their latest album DELIRIA on the 28th of May via Future Archive Recordings. Accompanying the album is the outstanding track, ‘don’t call me from Los Angeles’. The single follows the release of ‘0-60 mph’, which was accompanied by a live video shot at home, as well as the Arms and Sleepers edit of their single ‘DELIRIA’, which was mixed by Sun Glitters. The album will also be available to purchase on limited edition milky clear vinyl, with only 250 copies cut. ERA C is the collaborative project of Mirza Ramic from the well-known Arms and Sleepers duo and Sofia Insua of the established band Easy Easy.
JAPAN-BORN ARTIST GRACE AIMI RELEASES “RAINBOW” MUSIC VIDEO OFF DEBUT EP PICNIC
“Rainbow” is a haunting and hypnotic love song. The video directed by Takuto Shimpo is eerie and spellbinding as Grace’s vocals charm a hotel’s naive bellhop. The song is soulful complimented by trap-pop beats. “Rainbow” is a darker take on PICNIC which showcases Grace’s knack for creating airy pop-fused R&B music.
YEИDRY Releases Left of Center Empowering Single + Video “YA”
Trilingual Dominican-Italian songstress YEИDRY releases latest offering, left of center empowering single “YA,” today via RCA Records/Sony Latin. The genre bending Latinx alternative track created by famed producer Federico Vindver, Timbaland’s protégé known for his work with Kanye West, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake, is another display of the songstress’ versality both as an artist and songwriter.
HAYDEN EVERETT REVEALS GORGEOUS NEW EP ‘KENNECOTT”// LISTEN HERE
Emerging as one of the most impressive singer-songwriters to announce themselves over the past few months, San Diego-based newcomer Hayden Everett today reveals his stellar new project, Kennecott. Arriving with a beautiful video for EP cut Still, the project showcases Everett’s intricate craft in full bloom, carefully crafted love letters to the world. Gaining radio play on KCRW and KROQ as well as press support from areas such as CLASH, Wonderland, The Line Of Best Fit, Atwood and more, Hayden weaves beautiful introspective indie, songs written from a perspective of cherishing the planet we live on. S
Grammy® winning singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado signaled a new era in pop music by fusing her multicultural musical heritage and unabashedly honest lyrical style with trip-hop for a bold approach that resonates to this day. Today, “All Good Things (Come To An End),” the fifth single from her third studio album, Loose, which is certified gold or platinum in 26 countries, transitions from an introspectively lush dreamscape to a dance-friendly fusion that retains the feel of its timeless sentiment with a new remix from gold- and platinum-awarding winning German production duo Quarterhead (Ofenbach, Robin Schulz, Sabrina Carpenter, Dan+Shay). Written by Nelly Furtado, Chris Martin, Danja and Timbaland, the song remains a fan favorite with more than 250 million streams globally across digital service providers, according to Universal Music Artists app.
Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter Josh Cumbee and popular Japanese artist Vicke Blanka have united for new single ‘Sound Of Your Name (with Vicke Blanka)’, released worldwide on Friday, May 28.
‘Sound Of Your Name (with Vicke Blanka)’ is an acoustic version of Cumbee’s debut smash ‘Sound Of Your Name’ freshly re-recorded in collaboration with Vicke Blanka, a breaking Japanese musician whose songs have been used as the theme tune to hit anime ‘Black Clover’ and on a TV spot for Spotify Japan. The pair first met when Cumbee mixed ‘Bakashi Hour Night’ by Vicke Blanka VS Taiiku Okazaki, which was released on October 28, 2020. The new collaboration is a natural extension of their friendship, born of mutual respect between two artists.
Colombian artist DYLAN FUENTES joins forces with Nigerian artist and producer DARAMOLA to create the first collaborative project between Africa and Latin America, “ARENA.” This EP is the perfect fusion between Afrobeat and Latin music, bridging two cultures and continents in a single and unique sound. To introduce this one-of-a-kind collaborative EP to the world, they are releasing “FELICIA” today, the first single off of the project, available now on all digital streaming platforms.
PLIZZKEN RELEASES SECOND SINGLE “RUDE & WILD”
After releasing their debut single “Dear All Happy People” to worldwide excitement, Germany’s PLIZZKEN has released its second single and accompanying music video for “Rude & Wild.” This track comes from the band’s upcoming album …And Their Paradise Is Full Of Snakes.
Frontman Sebi Walkenhorst has a penchant for writing with his heart on his sleeve and he displays it in full force for “Rude & Wild.” The song’s inspiration comes from last summer’s conflicts in Germany in which teenagers clashed with police in the city center of Stuttgart.
FOZZY DROP UNPRECEDENTED NEW VIDEO FOR “SANE”
Powerhouse rockers FOZZY drop their breathtaking, unprecedented music video for “SANE”, filmed on the longest wooden rollercoaster on the planet today!! Get a first-hand view of the madness as the band literally defies gravity, by reaching top speeds of 70 mph and terrifying drops of 154 feet! It’s an edgy, heart-stopping thrill ride that represents both the power and physicality of FOZZY’s music, along with the bombastic nature and “who gives a shit” attitude of their live show.
JONAS BLUE & LÉON RELEASE EUPHORIC HOUSE SINGLE “HEAR ME SAY”
“Hear Me Say” is a hands-in-the-air house track, designed to soundtrack reckless abandon. Neon synth programming gilds LÉON’s affecting vocal, magnifying the depths of the emotion. Jonas’ production is detailed but tasteful, nodding both to the fizzy history of rave music and sleek classic house tracks. As LÉON sings of romance lost and found, the track builds to a buoyant climax, underscoring one of dance music’s great promises. No matter how you’re feeling when you get to the club, you can always dance through the pain.
Calva Louise infuse their multicultural identity on new single “Tiranito”
Today, UK-based alternative-indie band Calva Louise shared “Tiranito,” the first single off their upcoming conceptual album EUPHORIC, set for release on August 20th via FRKST / 300 Entertainment. The hypnotic track is a celebration of the band’s multicultural identity and at the same time, it is the core of the multidisciplinary work found throughout the album. Vocalist and guitarist Jess Allanic beautifully combines bilingual lyrics across the band’s songs and “Tiranito” is no exception, sung entirely in Spanish with English blended into the chorus – “Antisocial, with cold blood, You got a petty tyrant and you can barely hold up.”
BEN PLATT UNITES WITH GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING SUPERSTAR DJ/PRODUCER TIËSTO FOR “IMAGINE (TIËSTO REMIX)”
GRAMMY®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artist Ben Platt and GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon Tiësto have joined forces for the new “Imagine (Tiësto Remix).” A mesmerizing rework of Platt’s acclaimed new single, “Imagine (Tiësto Remix)” premieres today via Atlantic Records at all digital platforms.
The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) Share “Counting On” Via FLOOD, Read Amer. Songwriter Feature, ‘Not On The Map’ Out 10/1 On Dangerbird
Today, The Colorist Orchestra featuring Pieta Brown share “Counting On”, the second single off their upcoming LP Not On The Map. FLOOD premiered the track, noting “there’s something sinister about the strings-and-xylophone combo, with Gelb’s near-Cohen-like croon abetting the mood.” American Songwriter featured “Counting On”, praising how “Gelb with The Colorist Orchestra is a prismatic musical experience, a marriage of experimental and experiential elements conjured by both sides.”
Andreas Moe releases new EP ‘All Our Worries Are Poems – Pt.1’
Five-time platinum-certified singer/songwriter Andreas Moe has released his brand new EP All Our Worries Are Poems – Pt. 1 via Cosmos Music. To mark the release Andreas has unveiled a performance lyric video for the new song ‘Wholeheartedly’.
LA-based neo-soul / alt-R&B artist Gabrielle Current has released her spellbinding Virgo EP and lush new single “Serenity”—premiering the track-by-track breakdown via PAPER. A penchant for dreamy synths and soft jazz-infused melodies, the Filipino-Korean-Swedish and American singer-songwriter’s debut collection is littered with metaphors and poetic structure.
Tommy Concrete streams new single “The Blind Man shines Light on The Truth” from his highly anticipated upcoming album “Hexenzirkel” via Ghost Cult Magazine.
‘Magnolia’ – Timid, the Brave Single
Magnolia captures the initial thrill and nervousness of new love. I wrote most of the song on the walk home from my first date with my wife. It was early May, and we had spent all afternoon wandering the botanical gardens together. There was this air of uncertainty that all first dates have, where you seem to be connecting but you can’t help but ask yourself, “Are they feeling what I’m feeling right now? Are we thinking the same things?”
DANIEL DAVIES RELEASES NEW EP SPIES
As he did for his 2020 full-length Signals, Davies teamed up with acclaimed visual artist Jesse Draxler (Daughters, Poppy) for the artwork. The stark, black-and-white piece that Draxler contributed for the cover of Spies perfectly captures the mood of the record. Eyes are cut out, disassociated from faces, their gazes made inscrutable. The artwork and music share a similar effect, akin to the tingle one gets on the back of their neck when they sense they’re under surveillance — a feeling some psychologists have dubbed the “psychic staring effect.”
Riit voices her support for year-round mental health awareness with a new cover of AWOLNATION’s “Sail.” Distilled to sparse strums and whisper synths, Riit’s version peels away the mammoth drops and superhero-sized production of the original to reveal the stark, gutsy vulnerability of the message.