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The Natvral shares “New Year’s Night” video and announces Fall tour dates
As the frontman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kip Berman wrote songs about the thrills and ills of young adult life with the care and concern of a cool older sibling. The long-standing New York City indiepop group disbanded soon after releasing their final record, The Echo of Pleasure (2017), and Berman found himself at a creative crossroads. He wanted to keep making music, but the themes and sounds he was interested in had shifted; it felt time for a course correction.
HIJABS and HEAVY MUSIC – VOICE OF BACEPROT
Firda Marsya Kurnia (vocals, guitar), Widi Rahmawati (bass), and Euis Siti Aisyah (drums) – the members of Voice of Baceprot – have suffered quite a bit of intolerance – even within their own community in West Java, Indonesia. Wave after wave of backlash and stigmatization came at them from all directions and nearly exhausted them out of the music scene in 2016.
PROTOJE DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR “SELF DEFENSE”
One of today’s most influential reggae artists, Protoje, tells a tale of retribution in his brand new video for “Self Defense,” the single from his latest album In Search of Lost Time (In.Digg.Nation Collective/Six Course Music/RCA Records). The Jamaican lyricist addresses distrust in his country’s government and takes a vigilante approach to control the bad-minded people running the streets. The visual, directed by Rebecca Williams, shows a group of women taking matters into their own hands to expose a man of his horrific crime.
Slush Puppy Releases Indie-Pop Earworm “Barbie Doll”
Co-produced by Evan Gartner and Pink Slip, the catchy earworm follows the rising 20-year-old’s breakout single “Juliette,” which has surpassed a million streams on Spotify alone after earning spots on highly coveted playlists including Spotify’s Global and U.S. New Music Friday, LOREM, and All New Indie as well as Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Alt Pop, and Pop Chill playlists.
Having set the template for forthcoming album Heart-Shaped Scars with the intoxicating singles ‘Long Exposure’ and ‘Can You Hear Nature Sing? , Dot Allison unveils another new song ‘One Love’ out today on SA Recordings.
Featuring minimalistic but powerful drums alongside hazy synths, “Nervous” is a completely new and bold sound for Dasha. She explains “‘Nervous is about my first intimate experience, letting my guard down for the first time and letting someone know me better than I’ve ever let anyone.” The spacious production of “Nervous” is the perfect futurist soundscape to dive into the sea of emotions that Dasha laces her lyrics with.
The Parrots Share New Video & Single “You Work All Day And Then You Die”
The new album Dos is the follow up to the Madrid duo’s (Diego García & Alex de Lucas) acclaimed 2016 debut Los Niños Sin Miedo and shows the band taking an evolutionary step that finds them sounding stronger and more realized than ever before, from their original characteristics of stripped-down melodic garage rock to a fresh sonic perspective. Produced by Tom Furse (The Horrors) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Temples), the Parrots find themselves experimenting with more modern production soundscapes and electronic grooves.
Oscar Lang Releases New Single “Thank You”
On “Thank You,” Lang explains it “is all about growing up, accepting your mistakes, and being thankful for the fact that they allow you to learn about yourself and change.”
VERMONT COLLECTIVE 99 NEIGHBORS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM WITH “LIVE A LITTLE” SONG & VIDEO
The song, a brilliant hip-hop anthem that showcases the members’ abilities to flat-out rap their asses off, premiered this morning on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show. Like all of 99 Neighbors’ best work, the track is an inclusive tag-team effort, with the group’s gallery of vocalists each offering their unique skills and electric deliveries.
Rosemarie “Henny Talk” Fuels Duality in New Video + Signs with Interscope Records
R&B’s newest addition, Rosemarie, is excited to announce her signing to Interscope Records. The Los Angeles based artist aiming to create deep cutting lyrical music and addictive melodies, is a refreshing addition to the re-energized landscape that is rhythm and blues.
Funk Icon George Porter Jr Debuts Video for Social Justice Anthem via Billboard
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner and original member of The Meters George Porter Jr. has released his compelling music video for “Crying For Hope”, the title track of his recent studio album. The video’s dynamic, contemplative visuals evoke the complexities of the song’s call to action. It premiered exclusively via Billboard, who praised the track, calling it, “a powerful anthem that combines the signature sound of Porter’s iconic funk group The Meters with a message of resistance and urgency for 2021.”
NYC indie folk stalwart Elizabeth Wyld has spent the last few years creating a narrative for her career; one that speaks to a deeply personal bond with her music and is influenced by her journey of self determination, overcoming a serious vocal cord illness and embracing her place in the LGBTQIA+ community. Her debut full length album Quiet Year (released in April) garnered her critical accolades and frequent comparisons to artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Kacey Musgraves while laying the framework for exciting things to come.
Chorusing Shares New Single “Midday Sun,” Debut Album ‘Half Mirror’ Out August 13th (Western Vinyl)
Chorusing—the creative moniker of Raleigh, NC-based songwriter/producer Matthew O’Connell—today shared his new song “Midday Sun,” the second single from his forthcoming debut album, Half Mirror. “‘Midday Sun’ is the only song on the record that takes place during the day and not at night. It’s a song about waking up late after a long night—attempting to leave old habits behind and fantasizing about a simpler, more settled life,” explains O’Connell of the cadent, transfixing track. “It’s kind of my ode to Nirvana Unplugged, stripped-down drums and bass providing a bed for the vocals and noisy guitar. I wanted that slide guitar to seem like a mirage, like heat waves coming off hot asphalt, a kind of sonic metaphor for the lyrical themes.” “Midday Sun” follows the hypnotic and ambient, yet pulsating lead single “Watching The Beams,” shared last month; Half Mirror will be released on August 13th, 2021, via Western Vinyl and is now available for preorder.
Hayden Thorpe Announces New Album ‘Moondust For My Diamond’ + Shares Video For New Single “The Universe Is Always Right”
Along with the album news, Hayden has shared lead single, “The Universe Is Always Right,” with a video directed by Tom Haines. The video was shot in Hayden’s homeland, Cumbria’s Lake District—England’s largest national park and a World Heritage Site of timeless landscapes.
EKTOMORF Releases New Video for Thrash Banger “Fear Me”
Since their debut, Hangok (1994), the four-piece around singer/guitarist Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas has regularly delivered new power to their devotees. With their return to form on Reborn,EKTOMORF impressively showcase their undeniable thrash metal power. Today, they’ve released a new video for their single “Fear Me” off Reborn!
LIP TALK Announces New Album ‘Laughing & Eating Cake’ Out 8/4
LIP TALK–the solo moniker of Sarah K. Pedinotti (Kalbells, Hayley Williams, Okkervil River, The Secret Machines)—today, announced her upcoming album Laughing & Eating Cake is releasing August 4, 2021 via Northern Spy. In the lead up to the album’s release, LIP TALK will share a new single every Tuesday, beginning today with the curious and vibrant track “HD” and accompanying music video by Haoyan of America.
LAURA DRE RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO
Co-produced by Robert Harder (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Neneh Cherry, Sohodolls, Babyshambles), ‘Moving Spaces’ is the exquisite, upcoming 10-track album from LGBTQ+ icon Laura Dre. Hitting over 50,000 views on YouTube in a week, this songstress is destined to have her name in lights. Signed to Outland Recordings, aka one of the world’s leading synth and retrowave music brands, Laura Dre is an empowering artist simply because she doesn’t limit herself to one musical style. Influenced by the world of electronic pop, synthwave and even Japanese city pop, Laura’s signature sound is best described as effortless.
OUT NOW: Enticing Electro-pop singer Hanne Mjøen shares ‘Too Tired (Don’t Feel A Thing)’
Celebrated songstress Hanne Mjøen has released her latest single, ‘Too Tired (Don’t Feel A Thing)’ on the 2nd of July via Physical Presents and accompanied by a colourful lyric video. The single follows the release of her highly successful ‘Hell With You’, which was accompanied by an eye-catching video and is currently nearing a million views across streaming platforms.
Masked musician Benedict Sinister unveils video-game style video for ‘Going Away’
Club hit “Going Away” by Benedict Sinister (which has already reached the top ten in the UK MusicWeek Club Charts) is poised to cross over to the pop charts with a new video combining a sexy video game aesthetic with a cold evocation of a relationship break-up.
“This will likely be the #MOOD of the summer!” says Childish Major. “It’s a story of a man who meets a girl and he doesn’t want their time together to end. They’re enjoying each other’s company and vibes as they talk, laugh, run around the town, etc. and he doesn’t care if her job calls 30 times. As the saying goes…it’s heavy on the F Yah Job so the fun can continue.”