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Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88
Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88

Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88


Speedy Ortiz just announced their third album, Twerp Verse, and, with it, they’ve unleashed a sleek anthem by the name of “Lucky 88.” For the new track, the indie four-piece have embraced haunting melodies and an old-fashioned synthesizer to pair with their garage-rock roots. The final product feels like a lament, mourning or, perhaps, even celebrating the end of an era. “I don’t care anymore,” Dupuis sighs continually throughout.  She’s tired of “the sick pup who created [her]” and it’s time to move on. It’s a bit cryptic and, yet, surprisingly topical as more and more of the people we used to idolize reveal their true colors in the media. Her heart is broken. But it had to happen.

Brett Myers on March 1, 2018
Sarah Klang - Mind

Sarah Klang - Mind


Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah Klang let out a chillingly beautiful single called "Mind" last month. With its slow-tempo and simplicity, the listener is able to enter the dark and lonely world that she creates within her soothingly sultry voice and her melancholy lyrics. "Mind" speaks to the difficulty of constantly having that special someone on your mind and how much harder that becomes when you're loving them from far away. The repetition of the words "He's on mind / He's on mind / All of the time / All of time," create the personal and introspective effect of feeling as if you hear the constant loop of the thoughts of him that play in Sarah's head. Take a listen and see how in the most effortless and humble way, "Mind" bears the make-up of a classic.

Dara Bankole on February 22, 2018
SPINN - After Dark

SPINN - After Dark


SPINN, a group of young men from Liverpool, embodies guitar-pop through and through. You almost forget that you’re listening to pop music at moments throughout the song, even though it very much ticks all the boxes of the genre. Their style is so cohesive, from Andy Power’s lead guitar filling the song with catchy riffs, to Sean McLachlan’s jaunty bass line, to Louis O'Reilly’s energetic drumming, to Jonny Quinn’s vocals proudly accentuating the distinctly Scouse accent, it’s much more than just another indie-pop / dream-pop / jangle-pop / whatever-pop tune.

Grace Eire on February 21, 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

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