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Paul Cherry - Your Letter
Paul Cherry - Your Letter

Paul Cherry - Your Letter


Paul Cherry has always brought a very specific interpretation to the melancholies of life. Imagine new age funk accompanied by 1980s space synths and recorded with fuzzy 1960s technologies. Despite such a sound, his new single, “Your Letter,” stands as one of Cherry’s most revealing and painful songs yet. The track illustrates the feeling of “finding out information that you never wanted to know, and wishing to un-know it,” as Cherry described to us. In particular, the song has served as an outlet to deal with his parents’ divorce over the past year. But when told through the Paul Cherry prism, it turns into a funky bedroom tune that could gently perfume the air around an at-home smoke session. His debut album, Flavour, will grace us in March and we can only hope for more lo-fi jams such as “Your Letter.” Flavour is available for pre-order here.

Brett Myers on February 13, 2018
Haley Heynderickx - Worth It

Haley Heynderickx - Worth It


“Worth it” is the third single from Haley Heynderickx’s upcoming debut, I Need To Start a Garden. Over the sprawling ballad’s eight minutes Heynderickx discerns her own life, asking stark questions about self-doubt, selfishness and direction. She flips perspectives constantly — offering herself grace, other times grief — before ending in a resounding assertion of self-worth. To mirror this internal conflict, the arrangement skilfully weaves between soft 70s folk and spirited garage rock with a wonderful gracefulness. Among all of this, it’s Heynderickx’s stunning vocals that take the show. When she sings of worthlessness, her voice strains and cracks. But when Heynderickx sings that she’s worth it, her voice is all you need to believe her. 

James Liance on February 12, 2018
Sure Sure - Giants

Sure Sure - Giants


As the snow builds up around much of the country and winter seems to be never-ending, “Giants” from Sure Sure’s debut self-titled LP, brings us right into the perfect summer day. This infectious single starts off with an inviting guitar and drum riff that leads into this think piece on not taking your time for granted. Though Sure Sure has been around since 2014, this pure L.A. pop group didn’t hit the indie consciousness until the last few years as they received praise from acts like Grizzly Bear and Rostam. The ensemble is currently on their first national tour supporting Hippo Campus and with an album full of indie-pop gems and fun dance tracks, this is one opener you won’t want to miss.

Nick Arcos on February 9, 2018
Mt. Joy - Jenny Jenkins

Mt. Joy - Jenny Jenkins


Philadelphia folk-rockers Mt. Joy count their vices in their new single, “Jenny Jenkins.”

Love and Los Angeles are the main characters in this us-against-the-empty-promises-and-imported-palm-trees tale. The band’s emotional blend of roots and rock accompany the youthful lyric. “Jenny Jenkins" is only a taste of what Mt. Joy has in store for us on their self-titled album set to be released March 2.

Kaycie Satterfield on February 9, 2018
Lissie - Best Days

Lissie - Best Days


“Best Days,” off of Lissie’s soon-to-be released album Castles is that aromatic concoction of youth and success-fed ambition wrapped up in her quintessential pop storytelling. Lissie’s burgeoning career is impressive. She has several international dates and a release date on the docket for the next few months. However, we all occasionally arrive at a place where we just want to upgrade; from one job or phone model to the next, or in Lissie’s case, from “pickup trucks” to “diamond rings.” Lissie’s transparency is refreshing; why not unabashedly want more? Why fear how it might sound to say so?

Kaycie Satterfield on February 8, 2018
REFS - Bound To Lose

REFS - Bound To Lose


REFS is back at it again with another single, "Bound to Lose." We've come to expect a solo drop from Zachary Lipkins, but we're never sure when, where, or how it will drop; which, (again), makes these releases all the more anticipatory. With "Bound to Lose", REFS dives into the passiveness that's a consequence of our fast-paced, day-to-day lifestyles. The lyrics, "So I would rather feel numb / than think about what we've done / stuck in a broken rocket," capture the detachment present in many of our own interactions — not because we want to be like this, but because it's easier in the moment. And yet, this song still makes us want to get up off the couch and groove. REFS has an artful way of juxtaposing electric beats with down-to-earth lyrics, sneaking in some serious nuggets of knowledge and giving us more than we expected (in just over three minutes).  

Natasha Cucullo on February 8, 2018
Girlyboi - Stevie Knicks

Girlyboi - Stevie Knicks


The playful and spirited relationship between LA-based duo, Carly Russ and Joseph Matick, presents itself through the energy of their psychedelic, folk rock gems. The chemistry is clear on their latest track, “Stevie Knicks,” a tune that has the lackadaisical swing of two lovers holding hands. Transcending the artist-made tropes of writing music with your partner, the couple sings about how “business and pleasure rarely mix,” but they’ll do it together, like Fleetwood Mac.

Opening with breezy guitar strums and piano accompanied by light whistling, the listener is led into a catchy anthem for lovers making music together. Matick’s raspy vocal works in tandem with Russ’s gentle croon and comes together with the catchy chorus line, “Yeah let’s do it, me and you / everything we’re told not to / break the rules, top the charts / baby break my heart, and call it art.” Stringing together their roots in music and fashion, the two paint a protean picture of the struggles young relationships face, ending the song with a soaring trumpet solo as a sonic symbol of how together they can overcome the hiccups of love.

Deanna DiLandro on February 8, 2018
Wild Child - Sinking Ship

Wild Child - Sinking Ship


Seven-piece indie-pop band Wild Child has put out a handful of singles in preparations for their fourth studio album Expectations set to release this Friday. Known for their skillful harmonies, heart-warming melodies and genre-bending tunes, "Sinking Ships" shows us a more intimate side of the group. The lyrics of this gorgeous song sound like they were taken off the page of a journal entry, and the combination of the gentle guitar picking along with the tender harmonies make it seem like you're listening in on the private and introspective thoughts that roam in all of our heads from time to time about doubt, fear and hardships. 

Dara Bankole on February 7, 2018
High Tropics - You Never Made It Easy

High Tropics - You Never Made It Easy


If Australia isn’t already on your music radar yet, you’re missing out! One of the many talents to come out of the Aussie indie music scene has been Josh Stewart of The Ninjas. His side project, High Tropics, has been dedicated to capturing the kind of fuzzy, guitar-driven rock music that dominated the 2000s. And it may be easy to compare his music to The Strokes, but that would dismiss just how uniquely catchy and joyous his tunes can be. On “You Never Made It Easy,” Stewart wants his ex-partner to know he’s not the one to blame for their problems. Between the lamenting lyrics and the uplifting melody, it’s a hard story to figure out. Is Stewart truly innocent in this breakup or is he too heartbroken to accept his end of the responsibility? Until we figure it out and his heart mends, we might as well dance.

Brett Myers on February 7, 2018
Olden Yolk - Vital Sign

Olden Yolk - Vital Sign


New York-based Olden Yolk (Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer) share "Vital Sign," the second single off of their self-titled debut album. Collaborating with drummer Dan Drohan and guitarist Jesse DeFrancesco, Olden Yolk creates a dreamy "dystopian folk" (Trouble in Mind) soundscape that's brought to life on their latest track. In the band's own words, "'Vital Sign' represents two sides of a coin. It references feelings of isolation and paranoia during periods of illness and confinement, as well as the emergence from such an experience, in recognition of the trials that bind us ('it could have been you too')." Communicating the good and the bad, Olden Yolk shares a genuine experience that we can all relate to.

Natasha Cucullo on February 6, 2018
Julia Holter - So Humble The Afternoon

Julia Holter - So Humble The Afternoon


"So Humble The Afternoon" is Julia Holter’s first original release since her 2015 chamber-pop masterpiece, Have You In My Wilderness. Electronic, sedate and atmospheric, it eschews the percussion and harpsichords of her most recent album and instead harkens back to 2012’s dreamy “Ekstasis.”

"So Humble the Afternoon" is blissfully submerged in warm waves of 80s analogue synth, reminiscent of an afternoon nap on a rainy day. A meticulous arranger, Holter unexpectedly shifts the song halfway to deliver its listeners to another, almost liminal, space. Released as part of the Adult Swim Singles series, one can hope that this is the start of a new era in Holter’s already prolific career.

James Liance on February 6, 2018

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