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Drinker - Follow

Drinker - Follow


Electronic outfit Drinker have unearthed a new single, "Follow," the first taste of the duo's upcoming LP, Fragments. The bi-coastal project, composed of producer Ariel Loh and vocalist Aaron Mendelsohn, has been hard at work since the release of their debut EP, Happy Accident, last summer. On the newest track, Drinker delves further into the smooth R&B aspect of their sound without abandoning their bread and butter, electronic synth pop. The resulting music is deep yet accessible, in the same wheelhouse as sophisti-pop/downtempo bands like Rhye or Alex SchaafFragments is expected to be out later this year.

Bobby Lewis on June 13, 2018
Alexander Wren - Emily

Alexander Wren - Emily


Singer/songwriter Alexander Wren is back again with his first single off his sophomore EP "Assorted Love Songs." "Emily" is a delicate love song that invokes memories of older folk sounds and simpler times. Alexander sings of the person he would be if he was with his love, Emily. Within each line it becomes more and more obvious just how dear Emily is to him, making each verse sweeter than the one before. A special dimension of depth and heart is added to the song as the music goes back and forth between the quietness of Alexander's velvety voice coupled with his finger-picked acoustic guitar and the more layered instrumentation like piano and strings. "Emily" is the kind of song you wish were written about you and as Alexander wears his heart of his sleeve, it's easier to be swept up in the love he sings of. We'll definitely be looking forward to what's to come with this charmer.

Dara Bankole on June 12, 2018
Maps & Atlases - Fall Apart

Maps & Atlases - Fall Apart


“Fall Apart” by Maps & Atlases gives the atmosphere of a cheerful romp down the sidewalk. The song’s initial bassline is an insistent march, matched by breathy background vocals as the drums orbit in between the punches. Although Dave Davidson sings of the world “fall[ing] apart,” his vocals harken back to the band’s math rock roots by achieving a strict syncopated performance, further shrugging off his fears in favor of sonic affability. The song plays into current trends by capturing sounds of decades past. The choruses are freshly brightened by a bouncy disco-effect, mildly reminiscent of Peter Gabriel’s solo work. “Fall Apart” is the leading single from Maps & Atlases’ first album as a band in six years: Lightlessness is Nothing New, which was released on June 1. 

Talullah Ruff on June 11, 2018
Visuals - Shock By Shock

Visuals - Shock By Shock


As the puppeteer behind Visuals, Andrew Fox has always melded the worlds of singer-songwriter and producer. His newest single continues in that vein, and any aspiring artists should pay special attention to the way he blends form and instrumentation. Amidst a shimmering array of effects and layered vocals, a few key moments weave order into "Shock By Shock." The squashed synth lead at the three-minute mark, for instance, shines as a bolder echo of its cousin in the first pre-chorus. Same goes for the second chorus, which feels more like a sing along because the first chorus so effectively used negative space. Even the '80s-style sax solo that closes the song owes to Fox’s eye for detail, as it would be much more abrasive without the brass section that precedes it. Visuals is careful in how he stiches together strands of a song, and the resulting product is as precise as it is vibrant.

Matt Megan on June 9, 2018
Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater

Maggie Rogers - Fallingwater


Indie-pop queen Maggie Rogers is back again with yet another song that's easy to love. While definitely still on the mellow side of the equation, Maggie Rogers has mastered the art that the great Robyn set a standard for just 8 years ago with her song "Dancing On My Own", which is singing hard truths with an upbeat motion. Whether you're just tapping your hands or nodding your head, "Fallingwater" has the same movement depicted in its title. Riddled with drums and claps "Fallingwater" keeps a steady rhythm that carries the song in its quiet and louder moments.  "Hold on I thought that I was doing so well like everything was under a spell." There is something about being able to listen to a song that resonates with you personally but also lifts your spirits at the same time. As Maggie reflects on the state of her own well-being and a past relationship, there is a fearlessness in her voice as if she is not scared of her realizations but rather just happy to have made them.

Dara Bankole on June 8, 2018
Brooke Annibale - Glow

Brooke Annibale - Glow


Brooke Annibale is transitioning from her usual indie-acoustic vibe to a more pop and electronic sound with her latest album Hold to the Light. With a June 8 release that we are excitedly waiting for, the first track "Glow" is a precursor for the gem to follow. The perfect song for a summer kick off with lyrics, "you’ve got that glow like a summer night / we’re young enough to make it right" the track embodies a dreamy hot day spent with the one you love. Brooke will use her new album to explore different narratives and challenge her listeners in new and compelling ways. Continuing the music store in Pittsburgh that her grandfather founded, Brooke Annibale has a fresh take on indie pop. Listen to her new track "Glow" and be sure to look out for Hold to the Light.

Madison Hetterly on June 6, 2018
Onlyness - Somebody's Son

Onlyness - Somebody's Son


"Somebody’s Son" is a love song from the second act of a relationship, when idealism gives way to decision and routine. Channeling the calm directness of '70s songwriters such as Cat Stevens, it comes as an endearing shopping list of metaphors and pre-disclaimers. “Love me like you would if I was stable as a new fence post / if I were friendly like a good cashier / if I were handsome as a soldier’s ghost.”

New York musician Rick Spataro is best known for his work on folk-pop trio Florist and deadpan country act The Firs. He uses the same familiar musical vocabulary here in his project Onlyness — gentle doubled vocals, acoustic guitar, analog synthesiers, muted bass, pedal steel — but has managed to streamline it into his own voice of woody Americana. Wrapped tightly around an instantly memorable melody, not a sound or second is wasted in this perfect pop artifact. Onlyness releases July 6, 2018. 

James Liance on June 5, 2018
Daisy the Great - Company

Daisy the Great - Company


Brookyln's very own Daisy the Great recently released their latest single "Company." It's a song mixed with melodramatic lightness and harmonies but also full of a lot of heart. These girls sing of the introspection that comes with being young. From trying to be prepared for everyone's questions about your life plans ("They're about to ask you 'who do you want to be? What are you doing here?'") to your own self-judgment ("If I liked being alone maybe I'd have some thoughts on my own"), it's clear that these waters of being a young adult are hard to navigate. Still, in the midst of this, we find people or even just one person that we actually do want spend time with. "Company" speaks to that strange juxtaposition of being in a world where you want to hide from most people, but simultaneously want to be evidently visible to one person. "I want your company." In a sweet and all-too-real way, Daisy the Great gives us yet another song that makes us feel a little more understood. New Yorkers can catch them at the Knitting Factory on June 28!

Dara Bankole on June 4, 2018
Buzzy Lee - Facepaint

Buzzy Lee - Facepaint


Buzzy Lee, aka Sasha Spielberg, has made a seamless transition from the Hollywood big screen to the indie music scene. Her debut EP Facepaint, shows her unique style with soulful vocals and a retro flare. The track "Facepaint" eases into the melancholy and somber vibe with an accompanying music video where Buzzy cries crystal tears to set the mood. Combining electronic '80s synths with a modern vocal entrances listeners into a timeless space. Buzzy Lee describes herself as a chameleon and says that she uses her childhood journal as inspiration while writing. Spielberg uses her craft to create change by channeling raw emotion through every song on her beautiful debut EP. 

Madison Hetterly on June 1, 2018
Ashe - Choirs

Ashe - Choirs


Ashe playfully experiments with sound and vocals in her latest single "Choirs." Part of her newest album The Rabbit Hole, out June 22, she intricately weaves a euphoric pop melody with lyrics that take on a deeper tone. Born and raised in San Diego, Ashe continually pushes boundaries of gender stereotypes and what it means to be a woman in today's society. With the lyric "Don't want to be another blonde doll on the shelf," she uses this track to glimpse into what is complicated about being a female artist. Claiming this song as "the first down the rabbit hole," we look forward to what other truths she will unveil with the rest of the album.

Madison Hetterly on May 31, 2018
Deal Casino - Soft Machine

Deal Casino - Soft Machine


“The elephant is in the room / and he wants to talk to you. Another chance another try / ‘til you learn to get it right.” What strikes us about Deal Casino’s “Soft Machine” is the lyrics, even though on the first couple of listens some of them get lost to our ears (the way lyrics do). We don’t want to quote too many more of them for fear of botching them in print, but what we're hearing has really got us hooked. That and the energy that radiates through the whole song, between the dramatic drums and added percussion, the sustained guitars and the impeccably emoted vocals, “Soft Machine” is a piece of work. We’d love to read a short story version of this song written by the band, because their lyrical details and sensibilities are lovely. Be sure to check out their EP Isadora Duncan available now on all platforms.

Grace Eire on May 30, 2018
Fleurie - Constellate

Fleurie - Constellate


"Constellate" is a song full of wonder and cosmic whimsy. Nashville-based Lauren Strahm has made a name for herself by putting out a great collection of songs that can be found on shows like Queen Sugar and Pretty Little Liars. With a voice that bridges the gap between gentle and brave, she sings the kind of songs that are full of honesty and resilience, showcased so prominently in "Constellate," her first single off of her upcoming LP Portals. With an atmospheric sound and lyrics that capture the essence of finding of the light ("We're spinning cause we know now, we survive/ and now we get to fly"), Fleurie perfectly captures that space that occurs when you finally emerge from rock bottom and get sight of land once again. "Constellate" is bound to make you feel a little lighter, while simultaneously getting you pumped for what's to come from Fleurieland.

Dara Bankole on May 29, 2018
The Happy Fits - Grow Back

The Happy Fits - Grow Back


Just over two and a half minutes into "Grow Back," lead singer Ross Monteith detonates. Where there once as a smooth-talking vocalist is now a dopamine-inducing blast of distortion, fuzz and hysteria. It is a genuinely exciting musical moment — the kind you go searching for in your local rock club, and it is a fantastic introduction to the next round of music from The Happy Fits. Monteith and his coconspirators, Calvin Langman and Luke Davis, make tunes that land somewhere between the pop-punk of the Arctic Monkeys and the clever storytelling of the folk revival movement. "Grow Back" is masqueraded as stripped-to-the-bones rock, but don’t let that distract you from its wily lyricism or careful arrangement. The band is filled to the brim with musical talent. Keep an eye out for their sophomore album.

Matt Megan on May 25, 2018
Richard Edwards - Gene

Richard Edwards - Gene


“Gene’s having a day,” croons former Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s frontman Richard Edwards. Between a divorce and a long battle with a lower intestine infection, Edwards has been having a year. But he’s back and just as lovely as ever with this sweet dream-pop track. “I wrote ‘Gene’ during a period where I was stopping and starting some writing projects based around a few actresses from the 1940s who went through long periods of success followed by intense periods of decline, accompanied by what some would call ‘madness,’” Edwards explains. Life is topsy-turvy, indeed. Listen to “Gene,” out on Joyful Noise Records, here.

Kaycie Satterfield on May 25, 2018
 Super Doppler - Oh Yeah

Super Doppler - Oh Yeah


"Oh Yeah," premiering today, is the 4th single off of Super Doppler’s monthly digital singles series called Super Secret Singles Club, which will run through July of this year. It’s a six-minute journey that cuts and cascades right through so many different styles. There is certainly a certain type of nostalgia in the band’s sound on this track, with dense harmonies and very Ringo-like drum fills that first and foremost harken influence from The Beatles, at least to my ears. This makes sense, because the band has tossed genre classification out of the window in favor of exploring all that encompasses rock n roll at its finest, so what better band to start a song off emulating than The Beatles? You can also catch glimpses of funk in the bass, pop in the vocalizations, some country twang in the guitar riffs, and some folk in the lyrics. It’s an all-encompassing song that’s a real pleasure to float along with through each cohesive yet distinct section of the song. The best thing to do is to stop yourself from over-analyzing the clever songwriting and to just let it happen.

The band, comprised of brothers Michael and Bryan Adkins (guitar and drums, respectively), and fraternal twins, Neal and Cole Friedman (keyboards and bass, respectively), alongside long-time pals Harry Slater (guitar) and Tyler West (percussion), has been perfecting their sound since they went to high school together in Norfolk, VA. They’ve played in empty bars and dark basements countless times, but this summer they’ll be touring the US extensively with songs from their Super Secret Singles Club and more.

Grace Eire on May 24, 2018

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