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Eliza Shaddad - White Lines

Eliza Shaddad - White Lines


Eliza Shaddad’s long-anticipated debut album is finally on its way — and quite worth the wait. “White Lines,” the stunning first single off of Future, begins as a melodic dream-pop confection and then gradually unfolds into an expansive indie-rock ballad. “If I drive away, far from you, can I get free from this?” Shaddad’s captivating voice meanders like the short white tally marks on the highway. How many must we pass to out-travel the past and the present? The London songstress spends five minutes exploring this sentiment in a lush musical landscape. We couldn’t be more excited about Future.

Kaycie Satterfield on May 1, 2018
Shlomo Franklin - Don't Love Anybody

Shlomo Franklin - Don't Love Anybody


Shlomo Franklin explores the unknown landscape of moving on in his new single. “Don’t Love Anybody” is the title track off of the New York-based singer-songwriter’s debut EP. Franklin’s broken voice cries above a twinkly and marchlike arrangement. “I can take sleeping pills/  I don’t need you to help me sleep at night/ I can even learn to live without you/ But please don’t love anybody else,” he pleads, acknowledging an often unspoken human fear: that someone with whom we have shared the depths and reaches of our experience could share that with someone new. The song, beginning with a sweet guitar part, reaches a musical and emotional high as strings soar, tremolo-heavy electric guitar moans and Franklin meditates on the sentiment of the song. “Please don’t love anybody else,” he repeats time and time again. Don’t Love Anybody comes out May 18. Until then, enjoy this saccharine and sad gem.

Kaycie Satterfield on April 30, 2018
David Urbinati - Overtake Me

David Urbinati - Overtake Me


West Palm Beach, FL native, David Urbinati recently released his first full-length album, WAVE.S, a collection of music that depicts his own emotional waves through song. "Overtake Me" is the first single off the album, with a mixture of buoyant electronic vibes and a message of self-empowerment, David creates a sound that is raw without being heavy. It's both an earnest and refreshing take on a song of self-empowerment and within it lies a steady mantra of overcoming rather than be overtaken. "I feel the fight is getting older/ Still I won't let it overtake me." Be sure to check out this song and the rest of his album on all streaming platforms. 

Dara Bankole on April 30, 2018
Deeper - Pavement

Deeper - Pavement


Chicago-based band Deeper's self-titled debut album reflects on the chaos and anxiety of living in today's world. "Pavement," one of the nine tracks of the album, has a moody yet thoughtful intro that leads into the dreamy vocals of guitarist and lead singer, Nic Gohl. The ethereal yet poignant lyrics carry the track through the driving melody that's sure to evoke all the feels. Check the out the album out May 25 on Fire Talk.

Madison Hetterly on April 27, 2018
Holm - Hope

Holm - Hope


Mikkel Holm-Silkjær of Holm may only be 23 years old, but he’s already had an impressive musical career including collaborations with Brooch, Fright Eye, Happy Hookers For Jesus, Urban Achievers and Yung. However, this is an entirely solo project, with only his hands to touch each and every step of the process. You know that it’s extremely personal to him because he’s used his own name, and has created a sprawling yet concise track that’s difficult to define. He doesn’t exactly follow your “typical” modern song structure. The bones of this song are more along the lines of a classical composition, with themes and motifs placed with delicate intention. Still, it’s got crashing, cymbal-heavy drums, contrasted with catchy melodic phrases. Everything ties together with an undeniable force of energy that breathes through the whole song. This is the first track off of Holms’ debut album Dappled EP for Tough Love Records, which will be released May 4.

Grace Eire on April 27, 2018
Juan Solorzano - Should've Been You

Juan Solorzano - Should've Been You


Nashville's Juan Solorzano is a jack of all trades. While he's usually producing or playing on tracks for artists such as Molly Parden and Becca Mancari, the release of his new song "Should've Been You" makes him the one who's front and center. "Should've Been You" organically exists in a world full of rhythmic precision, instrumental experimentations and layered harmonies that can only be created by a true song-crafter. With the common theme of a faulty romance coupled with talk of "taking trips to the nebula" one could say that there are elements of magical realism within this song making it seem multi-dimensional but yet still intrinsic. Grab your headphones for this one and see just why it's the kind of hidden treasure we love to discover around here.

Dara Bankole on April 26, 2018
morgxn - carry the weight

morgxn - carry the weight


Morgxn's "Carry the Weight" is an uplifting and hopeful anthem for anyone that needs a pick-me-up. The track, released a few weeks ago via wxnderlost records, makes a strong case for pushing through, sticking with your gut and making your own way in the world. A simple, but powerful message. Similarly, Morgxn's Soundcloud bio gets straight to the point: "no struggle = no process"; a powerful reminder that experiencing adversity may help us learn, grow and prosper.  

Natasha Cucullo on April 25, 2018
Father John Misty - Mr. Tillman

Father John Misty - Mr. Tillman


Everyone's favorite outspoken folk-rocker, Father John Misty, has returned from a brief stint out of the limelight with a new album, God's Favorite Customer, his first release since 2017's highly political Pure Comedy. The full album was erroneously released by Apple Music the day after the announcement, a fuck-up that FJM took in stride by acknowledging it via meme on his official Facebook page, but three new tracks still remain available to the public. One of the three, the eponymous "Mr. Tillman," is a slight departure from the typical Father John sound, which frequently includes verbose storytelling unencumbered by a song's meter. "Mr. Tillman" still tells a story, one of an interaction between Tillman and a hotel front desk clerk, but Father John Misty turns a corner here by submitting to song structure and the results are quite savory. That, paired with his perfect smoky voice, brings us the makings of a modern folk-rock classic. 

Bobby Lewis on April 24, 2018
Haux - Arrows

Haux - Arrows


“Arrows” is the standout track from Haux's sophomore EP Something to Remember. With the synth-folk tendencies of Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Novo Amor, Woodson Black of Haux sets himself apart with his reflective songwriting and minimal production. This sub-three minute track is Black’s meditation on the permanence of death and living without regret best summed up in the closing lines of, “If you leave, don’t forget/ If you love, don’t regret/ If you leave don’t forget, all of the love that you left.” A bit of warning — this is a tearjerker and I may have cried in public writing this review. ‍‍Haux is going on tour for the EP this summer starting in Europe in May and then to the US in June.

Nick Arcos on April 24, 2018
Kadhja Bonet - Mother Maybe

Kadhja Bonet - Mother Maybe


Kadhja Bonet is a musician’s musician who writes wonderfully, mystically, thrillingly unusual songs. Her newest single, "Mother Maybe," lies somewhere on the funk-soul plane, and it very well may inspire you to find the nearest thrift shop and buy some bellbottoms. Bonet’s inspiration feels almost endless: the production alone has hints of Curtis Mayfield rhythm, 60’s era-of-love orchestration, and Herbie Hancock synths. The songwriting is similarly unique, with melodies that twist in delightfully curious ways. This is her first single since 2015’s EP The Visitor, and while it’s a small sample size, it suggests that Bonet is one of the most creative individuals in the industry. Childqueen, her next album, is due out on June 8.

Matt Megan on April 23, 2018
Makeness - Who Am I To Follow Love

Makeness - Who Am I To Follow Love


When you think of a pop ballad you generally don’t expect a techno kick track underscoring it, but that is exactly what we get on “Who Am I to Follow Love” by Scottish producer and artist, Makeness. Though the song starts with the very industrial style dancehall beat, Makeness quickly introduces some ethereal synth elements reminiscent of the 80’s before introducing the vocals of Nancy Anderson of Babeheaven. She floats above the track effortlessly before being joined by Makeness on backup vocals and in that pairing they create a seamless wall of emotion as they ruminate on the question of following their heart. Though disparate from the rest of Makeness’ debut album, Loud Patterns which came out earlier this month, this collaboration is easily a standout track.

Nick Arcos on April 23, 2018
Dear Nora - White Fur

Dear Nora - White Fur


"White Fur" kicks off Skulls Example, Dear Nora’s first album in 12 years. Tense and exhilarating, this wistful track propels us into the colorful landscape of deserts, philosophical armchairs, false utopias and Mexican cities that underpin the album. Backed by a driving bassline by Iji’s Zach Burba, California-based singer-songwriter Katy Davidson sings of letting go and finding something more true and beautiful in the ancient wilderness around them. At the track’s apex, Davidson calls back to their 2004 lo-fi classic, Mountain Rock, declaring: ““Skulls Example is my name/ And there is the mountain.” "White Fur" presents a welcome return from a seminal and much-missed artist.

James Liance on April 20, 2018
Sam Valdez - Farther Away

Sam Valdez - Farther Away


Los Angeles songwriter Sam Valdez croons of “all those golden nights back home,” in her new single “Farther Away.” The sultry lilt to Valdez’ sound is implicative of her warm Nevada upbringing. A driving, rhythmic underbelly contrasts saccharine, reverb-drenched slide guitars a slightly more bitter-than-sweet lyric. From the hours spent alone sitting in an endless rush hour to the unfamiliar faces on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles can seem awfully cold for such a warm place. “Farther Away” is the second single off of her debut EP.

Kaycie Satterfield on April 20, 2018
 Somme - Ordinary Fools

Somme - Ordinary Fools


Jordan Cantor of Somme has written a dreamy alternative pop song to which everyone can relate. “Ordinary Fools” outlines a relationship that’s more harmful than stabilizing, more stressful than fulfilling, and more isolating than loving. This isn’t a new subject matter for pretty much any songwriter, but it’s one that is endlessly malleable and recurring, offering plenty of specific twists and turns in the writer’s specific plot. This song encapsulates that. With a bright, easy voice singing “You got me where you want me and I’m trying not to show it,” an electronic beat claps sharply along, creating a sturdy foundation for a wandering guitar. Harmonies fill out the sound, layering and accentuating the emotions Cantor’s relaying.

Grace Eire on April 19, 2018
Yuno - No Going Back

Yuno - No Going Back


Yuno, an entirely self-taught artist from Jacksonville, Florida, has given us his first single since signing to Sub Pop, and it’s incredibly fresh. The melody is light and just south of what you’d expect; it’s unpredictable and seems to have a mind of its own. While his voice is the star, Yuno has also created an incredibly sunny beat and has shown impressive prowess on many different instruments. There’s really no point in debating what kind of song this is in terms of genre, because all you need to know is that it’s catchy, it’s smart and it makes you feel really good.

Grace Eire on April 18, 2018

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