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Ang Low - Let Go
Ang Low - Let Go

Ang Low - Let Go


Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ang Low came out with his new EP All I Remember in January, after putting himself on the map with electro-soul debut Life Goes Down EP in 2014. What happens in this collection of songs and especially on this single is the tightening of Ang Low's song craft and his revealing of the raw emotion at the center of it all. "Let Go" is stripped down with bare production, leaving open spaces for his voice to bloom and his story to resonate through. With minimal percussion and very subtle synths painting the track, it is as if the song soars through the atmosphere, untouched and unburdened. As Ang Low sings, "should I let go?" we feel him letting go, and falling softly into this landscape. He strikes a beautiful balance between intimacy and experimentation, but most of all, we feel these songs coming straight from the heart, and moving at full force.

Nicole Rodriguez on March 8, 2018
Great News - Told

Great News - Told


Move over 1970s garage rock! It’s time for another era to shine! If you grew up with the oldies radio stations, grinning and dancing to the larger than life rock and roll of the 1980s, then it’s no news that Great News will be your next obsession. The Norwegian trio soar through the clouds in this preview of their upcoming debut LP, Wonderfault, and not just sonically. It’s a track that calls its audience to take control of their life and ignore what others tell them to do. Through a mountain of reverb and angelic background voices, “Told” could transport a full dance floor of lost 20-somethings to heaven for four minutes of bliss. If this is what the 80s revival sounds like, then, hopefully, it’s here to stay. Just leave the mullets and shoulder pads in the past.

Brett Myers on February 21, 2018
Henry Green - Shift

Henry Green - Shift


“Shift” by electronic artist and producer Henry Green is a sonic plunge into the unknown. With his breathy vocals always on top of a light ambient beat, Green pulls us in and out of the track, keeping us on edge one moment while throwing us over the cliff in the next. It is in this action of falling that he sings about throughout the track where the production truly shines; where the music captures us and holds us in a moment of stasis during the lapse of verse. His debut album Shift comes out March 30, and I expect we will be seeing much more of this Bristol-based artist in the months to come.

Nick Arcos on February 21, 2018
Citris  - Driving Me Crazy

Citris - Driving Me Crazy


After hearing the first verse of Citris’ “Driving Me Crazy,” you wouldn’t expect the chorus to be as fantastically grungy as it is. A song that keeps you on your toes, even when you know what’s coming, is the mark of a very talented group of musicians. Written by Angelina Torreano and arranged by Chris Krasnow, both on vocals and guitar, this track will have you digging deeper into Citris’ archives and itching for more new music. They’ve flawlessly combined so many genres and written such relatable lyrics with their newest release, there can only be more good things to come.

Grace Eire on February 21, 2018
DEGA - Mirrors

DEGA - Mirrors


Like a sip of lemonade on a hot California summer day, indie music doesn’t get much more refreshing than DEGA’s “Mirrors” off of Lemonade Records. The airy guitar riffs and background synths paint a picture of a road trip along a glowing, neon sunset in a John Hughes movie. Incidentally, the band described the track as one about “getting lost in the obsessions of chasing love.”  It’s a very specific image for such a simple idea, but that’s how you know they’ve done something right. The husband-and-wife duo has already made a few waves with their moving brand of pop music. “Mirror” serves as another showcase for their warm harmonies and groovy arrangements, one that excites us more so for their upcoming debut album. Get ready, because they’re the next band you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Brett Myers on February 20, 2018
Benjamin Lazar Davis - A Love Song Seven Ways

Benjamin Lazar Davis - A Love Song Seven Ways


A jack of all trades, Benjamin Lazar Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, arranger, composer and producer. In fewer words, Davis is a well-rounded musician. Widely known for being a member of the band Cuddle Magic and for his collaborative albums with other reputable artists, Davis is flying solo with the release of his debut (solo) album, NOTHING MATTERS, set to drop May 4th.

The first single off the album, “A Love Song Seven Ways,” is an indie-pop reverie. A soliloquy of sorts, David paints falling in love as a refuge of hope in a tattered, less-than-ideal world. His voice is soothing and sweet, and makes us feel like all will be okay. 

Natasha Cucullo on February 20, 2018
Ought - Desire

Ought - Desire


You know that scene in the 80s movie when the young hero, overwhelmed by emotion, takes to the prom stage to make one last  passionate plea for his love? Well, “Desire” is that song. The third and most compelling single from Ought’s new album, Room Inside the World, builds itself on revelation. Beginning with an isolated arpeggiated synth, it builds into a pretty lounge song, before culminating with a cathartic call-and-response replete with saxophone and a 70-person choir. Singer Tim Darcy delivers a fine performance with each line passionate and untethered, reminiscent of Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring. The result is a rich and stunning anthem about appreciating love while it’s still here.

James Liance on February 19, 2018
Ardency - Bad Moon

Ardency - Bad Moon


An ethereal indie track that washes over you, “Bad Moon” from Ardency loops gently at the start. It’s a song about meeting someone new and feeling drenched in the image and presence of that person. With the reverb on the riff, that feeling is certainly palpable. “As the weight of your ocean seeps / You still smile from ear to ear,” Daniel Noguera and Christian Gomez poetically write as the lead up to the chorus, which quietly explodes with new energy, punched up with the slightest, most delicate growl on the vocals.

Grace Eire on February 19, 2018
SAMIA - Django

SAMIA - Django


With every lyric that crosses her lips, Brooklyn's SAMIA packs a punch — and right where it hurts. In her new single "Django," her first release with Grand Jury, SAMIA manages to be both vulnerable and humorous, pleading for someone to stay while fantasizing about "pouring pork fat on [their] ladder" and mocking their pretentious nature. The song unravels over a warm piano and electric guitar, at times raging with power and at times light and wistful. But what is most captivating is how raw the performance feels. We could easily be in the room with this artist, steps away from her in the moments of watching Django leave. This follow-up to her previous releases, feminist anthem "Someone Tell The Boys" and Father John Misty-approved "The Night Josh Tillman Listened To My Song," is a striking feat that showcases her ability to get right to the nerve, capturing a range of emotions in a hyper-specific yet universal way. She sings, "My skin feels like your skin / I can't even touch it," a feeling so beautifully pinpointed and all too familiar. SAMIA's boldness and honesty is a breath of fresh air and we cannot wait to see what's next for this budding rockstar. 

Nicole Rodriguez on February 19, 2018
Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs


For a full tense minute in Wye Oak’s newest single, something slowly approaches. Is it a raging army or the dawn of a new day? That first minute releases into something ethereal, haunting and distinctly Wye Oak. Lead singer Jenn Wasner’s vocals could gently caress you to sleep as always, but a manic beat and distorted riffs strap you into that sensation of falling in your dreams. And you wait to wake up with that shot of electricity, but “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs” trails back off into a delicate dream. Wye Oak have always been masters of theatrics and creating an atmosphere that stops your heart and steals your breath away. As they’ve brought in more synthesizers and drum machines, their sound gets bigger, stronger and more jaw-dropping.   

Brett Myers on February 16, 2018
S. Carey - More I See

S. Carey - More I See


S. Carey’s latest single, “More I See” contains driving drums and strummed guitars that lead the listener briskly through an atmospheric landscape. It is refreshing to hear Carey’s raw vocals serve as a centerpiece for a climactic and encouraging chorus. They seem to blend in effortlessly with the acoustic instruments used on the track, offering a lush and warm follow-up to his previous "Fool's Gold" in preparation for next week's release of Hundred Acres.

Jack Sasner on February 16, 2018

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