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Whitney - Forever Turned Around

Whitney - Forever Turned Around


“Forever Turned Around,” the closing track on Whitney’s sophomore album of the same name, is the worthy culmination of three years and ten soft, shimmering rock songs. Vivid sounds are weaved through a vast, emotional arrangement; listening with your eyes closed is like watching the sunset eke out the last of its golden rays before it disappears over the horizon. A little psych-rock, a little bit of jazz, and Whitney’s impressive orchestral arrangements create an unmatched, genre-defying listening experience bathed in warmth. Muffled percussion and uplifting classical piano evoke a swaying beat as familiar as a cozy, lo-fi campfire croon. Horns with bellows as soft as sunbeams and gorgeous, surprising strings give the song its golden hour glow. The true emotional girth of “Forever Turned Around” however, lies not in the grandeur of its arrangement, but the places where it strategically stays soft. This is reflected in the lyrics, which are grippingly introspective: “Has your heart grown heavy by now? / Cause mine's already on the ground / Spent a long cold winter thinking about / The way forever turned around.” The wispy, lovelorn vocal sweeps over the instrumentation as a reflection on growth and the inevitable impermanence of forever, and it never builds. As reliably pleasing as the band itself, “Forever Turned Around” is a swoon-worthy track you can listen to again and again.

Britnee Meiser on September 16, 2019
SASAMI - Take Care

SASAMI - Take Care


Sasami Ashworth is a self-proclaimed "all-around musical badass" and we agree. A well-worn veteran (playing with the likes of Cherry Glazerr, Japanese Breakfast and Blondie) with mad music knowledge and education to boot, SASAMI is a tour de force with a resume so stacked you'll want to shut up and listen. Her aesthetic bolsters a brand consistent to her musical style: hip and colorful with a splash of grunge. SASAMI’s most recent single, "Take Care" seems to reverberate this attitude: the song's voice is honest and extremely alt-rock. The synth echo in the intro and the guitar chords feel reminiscent of Soccer Mommy and an earlier Tame Impala. However, the airy yet poignant background vocals are what truly make the track stand out—generating the emotionalism of the song against an otherwise choreographed and steady melody. SASAMI recently teamed up with other indie-rock doyennes including Snail Mail and Slut Island, so if you need me I'll be stalking all of them on social media for the next few days and binge-listening to SASAMI's debut full-length LP.

Hannah Lupas on September 16, 2019
Simen Mitlid - Football

Simen Mitlid - Football


Folk and electronic: it sounds like a bizarre mix, but Simen Mitlid somehow pulls it off in his newest song, “Football.” He combines dainty guitar plucks with a softly pulsing beat, mingling the two disparate sounds in a cohesive way. Layering his gentle voice over the mellow instrumentals, Mitlid creates something almost whimsical in his sound. It's truly a modern indie fairytale.

Caroline Peacock on September 13, 2019
MADDEE - Dry

MADDEE - Dry


MADDEE's newest single “Dry” is a soft downtempo R&B track about the inescapable nature of loneliness. The Toronto-based electronic-soul artist experiments with a purposeful combination of silky brass sections, sparse piano and precise percussion with the help of percussionist and producer Gray Rowan. Her soulful jazz vocals are the highlight as she sings about the necessity of maintaining self-worth within relationships. It’s soft and winding—never really leaving a meditative state on what went wrong as she sings, “I don’t know how to feel / something feels like it is missing / and I can’t tell what it is” before repeating “I can’t run from it.” MADDEE has come to the realization that she must address her loneliness instead of attempting to escape it. Maybe there is even some importance in experiencing the full breadth of emotion that can accompany the loss of a relationship. “Dry” is a taste of what is to come on MADDEE’s upcoming six-track EP Red Mind out October 17.

Corinne Bates on September 12, 2019
wwoman - Chuchi

wwoman - Chuchi


If you’ve been searching for a groovier yet still mellow Connan Mockasin, look no further. Following the release of his first full-length album Let Us Sleep Together in 2016, Pittsburgh synth-pop star wwoman has just dropped the latest of three new singles, “Chuchi.” Your ears will be treated to a catchy hook the moment the opening notes are played, setting the tone for a true bedroom pop jam. Throughout the song, dreamy melodies are paired with a strong bassline and psychedelic vocals reminiscent of Gus Dappertoncreating the signature retro vibes that are intertwined throughout all of wwoman’s music.

Dana Schwartz on September 12, 2019
EVA - Truthfully

EVA - Truthfully


Last week, chic pop artist EVA released her new EP, Truthfully. Full of shimmering synths, honest songwriting and heady dance arrangements, the 8-track release is the perfect music for a night on the town with your friends. The opening track, “Truthfully,” is bright and playful, and sets the tone for the rest of the EP. Crisp and clear production emphasizes the vibrant instrumentation, notably the sharp, pulsing percussion and electric, 80s-inspired keys. The arrangement throbs behind EVA’s dreamy vocal. Light and euphoric, her gorgeous soprano is a guiding force throughout the song. Her blunt, straightforward lyrics reflect the theme of the song: “Truthfully and honestly, I’ll always be there.” “Truthfully" is the first in a collection of freeing, accessible pop songs from a captivatingly fun artist. Don't miss your chance to see her perform live while enjoying a three-course meal and complimentary cocktails at Guadalupe Inn in celebration of our 10 year anniversary. Buy your tickets here.

Britnee Meiser on September 11, 2019
Daisy the Great - I'm Fine

Daisy the Great - I'm Fine


“I’m Fine” by Daisy the Great starts off with attitude—groovy bass quickly blends with percussion to lay an instrumental mosaic under Kelley Nicole Dugan and Mina Walker's softly magnetic vocals. Masterfully harmonizing together, the pair bemoan the fact that “You wanna dress me up in yellow / Wipe my mouth and feed me jello, caramello,” all the while paradoxically insisting “I’m fine." This song feels wonderfully simple and clearly well-produced and performed. Advancing like a story of sorts, the track concludes with a quick little whistle, wordlessly surmising everything that’s been (excellently) sung and said.

Ben Burke on September 11, 2019
Remi Wolf - Rufufus

Remi Wolf - Rufufus


“Rufufus” by Remi Wolf is all groove. Seamlessly marrying R&B and funk, Wolf’s newest release demonstrates her unique command of the mechanics of sound. With layered vocals and a flowing beat, Wolf creates a sound that revives funk of the past in a fresh, impressive way. Combining melodic groove with lovestruck lyrics, “Rufufus” sets a vibe-heavy precedent for Wolf’s debut album, You’re a Dog!—slated to release September 20.

Caroline Peacock on September 10, 2019
Julien Chang - Butterflies from Monaco

Julien Chang - Butterflies from Monaco


If you’re not completely ready to say goodbye to summer, allow Julien Chang’s latest single “Butterflies from Monaco” to make the transition just a little bit smoother. Channeling a beachy groove like a lost Wilson brother, Chang carries the song into a warm atmosphere with his angelic vocal harmonies and psychedelic arrangement. "Butterflies from Monaco" draws from breezy hits from the past like “The Warmth Of The Sun” and “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) by The Beach Boys. That being said, Chang always manages to set himself apart from his influences, treating the listener to reverb drowned vocal harmonies, light acoustic guitar sounds and smooth synths. The slower first part of the song eventually gives way to an unexpected wailing, distorted guitar lead before returning to a more soul-infused coda, reminiscent of The Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter.” Go ahead and hold on to those last few weeks of warm weather with this track.

Thomas Paparella on September 10, 2019
Girl Ray - Show Me More

Girl Ray - Show Me More


London trio Girl Ray have dropped a new single to set a groovy tone for their upcoming sophomore LP. "Show Me More" tells the story of a classic back and forth, when things feel right but "your boo is playing savage games." Lines like "Don't give me these highs then leave" capture the will they/won't they energy of an unhurried summer fling that simply needs a nudge to evolve into something more. The chic tune gravitates towards a mainstream hook and poppy bassline, aided by the springy production of Ash Workman, whose credits include Christine and the Queens and Metronomy, for whom Girl Ray will be opening this fall. "Show Me More" is polished and sleek without losing the handcrafted haze at the heart of Girl Ray. Girl is due out on November 8 through Moshi Moshi Records.

Ysabella Monton on September 9, 2019
Common Holly - Joshua Snakes

Common Holly - Joshua Snakes


Common Holly delivers another take on human growth and restlessness with the second single, “Joshua Snakes,” from her forthcoming sophomore album When I say to you Black Lightning. Montreal singer-songwriter, Brigitte Naggar doesn’t shy away from the self-delusion and pain that manifests in her own head. "Joshua Snakes" embodies the search for a calm and peaceful place amongst constant chaos and self-doubt. Naggar’s airy, smooth vocals coast along as she lets out her poignant lyrics, “I’m tied against the tracks / But I can’t figure out the ending.” Things step further into disarray as the instrumentation becomes more brash and bold toward the latter half of the track. Punchy guitar kicks in and uncertainty seems to be circling as Naggar leads us to the end, asking “Can’t get enough, can we?” In the end, we’re left wondering who really wins in this back-and-forth, an inner fight with ourselves that we've all experienced in one form or another. When I say to you Black Lightning is out on October 11 via Barsuk/Solitaire.

Meredith Vance on September 9, 2019
Worn-Tin - Something’s Coming

Worn-Tin - Something’s Coming


LA lo-fi rocker Worn-Tin’s breezy new single, “Something’s Coming,” is a daydreamy slow jam with a catchy, swaying beat. The warm and pleasing melody is nicely complemented by the arrangement’s raw, intimate production style, where every instrument sounds crisp and close. The guitars, classic and lush, give the track its easy cadence and are reminiscent of a more psychedelic Modest Mouse. A faint but gorgeous reverberating classical piano line follows the melody in the chorus, emphasizing Worn-Tin’s talent with and preference for analog recording techniques. His vocal, nice and crooning, has a nostalgic doubled effect that works well with his straightforward lyricism: “Watch me as I find a quiet place to hide / Ropes beside my bed will keep me tied.” Spacey synths add an element of displacement to the instrumentation, which by the end, culminates into a sort of chaotic, anticipatory mashup of sounds, like whatever’s coming is almost here. “Something’s Coming” is atmospheric and loose, and it’s Worn-Tin’s best work yet.

Britnee Meiser on September 6, 2019
Tall Heights - Depths

Tall Heights - Depths


Just a year after the release of this duo’s third studio album comes a new single, “Depths.” Full of their signature vocal harmonies, Tall Heights strips back the layers of production they experimented with on their last record to create this sparse yet beautiful track. Comprised of members, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright—longtime friends and now musical partners—exist in the space of a new era of folk carved out by Bon Iver, Aquilo, and Beirut. “Depths" was written for the wedding of Paul’s brother as an expression of a love so strong and real, but not easy to say out loud for someone not great at expressing emotions. In this way, everything becomes grander and more intense, and when paired with the band singing in these haunting falsettos you get a really special track. Tall Heights is currently touring with Ben Folds and then The Paper Kites so make sure to catch them in a city near you.

Nick Arcos on September 6, 2019
slenderbodies - arrival

slenderbodies - arrival


Breezy indie-pop duo slenderbodies’ new single, “arrival,” is as lush and atmospheric as a drive through the Redwoods. Awash in warm soundscapes and soaked in reverb, the arrangement is vibrant and tranquilizing; you’ll happily lose yourself in its calm, swaying beat. The opening notes are a sun-soaked rush of autumn air to your senses. Surreal, spacey synths set the mood, followed by slenderbodies’ signature silky vocals and lyrics that perfectly fit the bigger picture: “Bend around the road / I give away my silhouette / Nothing holds you like the sun / I'm youthful in the morning light.” Breathy and distinct, the harmonies are hypnotic. The clear, thoughtful production creates accessible clarity and allows you to hang onto their every word—even if you can’t always understand the lyrics. Relaxing and smooth, “arrival” is the definition of “chill vibes,” and is the perfect song to ease you into fall.

Britnee Meiser on September 5, 2019
Brittany Howard - He Loves Me

Brittany Howard - He Loves Me


Leading up to the release of her first-ever solo album Jaime, Brittany Howard’s newest single “He Loves Me,” delves deep into Howard’s psyche through her relationship with religion. With her signature smooth musical stylings, Howard combines powerful preaching with her compelling vocals as she examines her positive relationship with God. With lyrics like “He still loves me when I’m smoking blunts,” Howard casts God in an all-loving, all-accepting light. Partnering sermon excerpts and thoughtful lyrics, “He Loves Me” provides a deeply personal outlook on religion—one that stands in contrast to how religion is so often portrayed today—and does so in an enchanting way.

Caroline Peacock on September 5, 2019

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