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Sam and the Sea Shares Epic New Release
Sam and the Sea are a New York based singer, songwriter, record producer, and visual artist. The childhood love-at-first-sight affair with the guitar was only the beginning of their polymath musical education, which eventually extended to drums, bass, piano, percussions, and of course vocals, until inevitably music became inextricably linked with existing. Their songs are immediately personal and dreamlike, arranged with a DIY mix of real and electronic instruments, with a unique breathing vibe and intimacy reminiscent of Elliot Smith’s finest moments. Having beefed up their musical chops in the NY city through gigging and acclaimed producing duties for the likes of Siv Disa, Sam and the Sea eventually released their debut single and accompanying video ‘The Light’ in March 2020 to good international press coverage. While promotional plans were scuppered by the ongoing pandemic, Sam and the Sea pursued continued to write, record and produce – although the two tracks forming this release were borne out of very unique circumstances, only adding to the intimate listening experience. The songs share a similar structure, both starting with a bare guitar pizzicato and vocals, before building up to a catchy groove and more layered instrumentation, almost as if to gently transport the listener to the full flow of the tracks.
Lindsey Stirling Releases Official Music Video For “Masquerade”
Ahead of this weekend’s official launch of her cross-country headlining Artemis U.S. Tour, platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer Lindsey Stirling, known all over the world for her unique, futuristic violin-driven electronic music and exquisite live show, has gifted fans with a new music video for the song “Masquerade,” off her latest chart-topping studio album Artemis. Inspired by early 20th century silent films, the new visual for the instrumental track was filmed at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and co-directed by Stirling and Stephen Mallett (Pentatonix, Logic, CHVRCHES).
In common parlance, the two producers who make up Native Soul would be considered “ma2000″—or, born after the onset of democracy, having never experienced Apartheid—by virtue of their age. Kgothatso Tshabalala is 19 years old and Zakhele Mhlanga is 18. Their 12-track debut electronic music album, Teenage Dreams, comes out September 24 on Awesome Tapes From Africa. Teenage Dreams presents a youthful, experimental sound grounded in the fast-developing musical language of amapiano.
leo. is a singer and songwriter from Portugal. Classically trained from the age of five, the now 18-year-old has cultivated his talents to what they are today. In the summer of 2018, leo. recorded and produced his first single from his own bedroom in Portugal. After releasing 5 other singles and moving to the UK to study, the young artist is now poised to make waves in the scene with his eclectic sound and vulnerable style. Through his catchy melodies and honest lyrics, leo.’s music demonstrates a raw interpretation of life and its experiences.
RESTLESS ROAD PREMIERE “BAR FRIENDS” MUSIC VIDEO
Named a “Best New Country Song for the Summer” by Sounds Like Nashville, “Bar Friends” arrived in early June to critical acclaim, with MusicRow commenting “[‘Bar Friends’] is such a toe-tapper that it’s hard to sit still while it unspools. The trio continue to show promise.” Restless Road made their official debut at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville last Tuesday, June 24, performing “Bar Friends,” as well as their song “It Ain’t Easy.”
Let’s be friends and eat Hawaiian Pizza with Trunky Juno. New EP Tomorrow
Trunky Juno is back with latest buoyant single Hawaiian Pizza. Showcasing his trademark melodic hooks, kaleidoscopic sonic palette and wistful lyrics, the track is the perfect pizza-themed accompaniment to the start of summer, and a high point off the also-released Good Dog EP.
GZA The Genius x Louis Vuitton Release Music Video “Liquid Swords (Amen Break Version)”
GZA The Genius teams up with Louis Vuitton to release “Liquid Swords (Amen Break Version),” premiering on Friday, July 2nd at 9:00AM (EST). This collaboration between Louis Vuitton and GZA features a set partly derived from the artwork and packaging of his seminal and critically acclaimed album Liquid Swords.
Seattle death metal Death overlords Drawn and Quartered offer the advanced stream of their impending album, Congregation Pestilence, via Invisible Oranges –
Today, Italian bedroom pop artist Sacramento (solo project of Steve Fileti) shares a music video for his single “Fooding” (ft. Chickpee) via Under the Radar, who praises it for being “gloriously tongue-in-cheek” and suggests, “If you’ve ever been out at a restaurant with a date who can’t keep their hands away from your food, this song is for you.” In this whimsical new video, Sacramento sings with floating coffee, Chickpee dances on a pizza box, and a single croissant hovers in front of two dogs. All in all, one thing is clear, they do not want to share their food with you.
“July” sees Ryder reunited with his “Tiny Riot” writing partners Amy Wadge (Grammy-award winning writer – Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”) and Max Wolfgang. The stripped-back piano intro perfectly showcases the full range of Sam’s powerful voice, which soars throughout the song.
Soul Artist Dondi Releases New Video “Swim In Your Skin”
postcards from new zealand’s new album ‘city islands’ is streaming now via Legacy, Terra Relicta, NextMosh and Moshville. ‘city islands’ releases on Friday 2nd July 2021 via Mandrone Records.
The band comments:
“”City Islands” is the third chapter of a saga that we started in 2017 with “We Watched Them Devour”. The music follows a group of survivors who experienced that “something” came down from heaven and wiped out all life and all of society. Only ruins remained. It’s no surprise that this whole album was created and recorded now via the lockdown days. ”
TRAP MANNY TEAMS UP WITH LIL REKK FOR NEW TRACK “BIG FLEX”
Rising rapper Trap Manny has returned to unveil his latest, “Big Flex” with Lil Rekk available now. The accompanying visual premiered today on WorldstarHipHop’s official YouTube channel which boasts 25.2M subscribers. This is his first single since the March 2021 release of his EP, IN TRAP WE TRUST. The EP was immediately met with praise as Complex went on to say that “In Trap We Trust is just further proof that Highbridge is here to stay.” IN TRAP WE TRUST which saw appearances from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Don Q, Pop Smoke, Lil Durk and Rubi Rose is available now.
Spacegoat Stream ‘Miasma’
Australian alternative metal band Spacegoat stream their new single ‘Miasma’ via Femme Metal Webzine, ahead of its release on the 2nd July 2021.
The band comments:
“We are dying to let Miasma out of it’s cage. It’s been locked up for long enough now and we guarantee it’s probably gonna kick you in the bollocks… but in a way that you’ll enjoy!”
Curt Ramm is excited to announce his newest album, Rogue Island, due out this July on Rocktorium Records. Born in the throes of 2020’s COVID-19 shutdowns, the new album is a beacon of positivity and uplifting vibes. This instrumental soundscape is set to be the perfect Summer soundtrack, and is available now everywhere you stream music.