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Had My Back - Kyson

Had My Back - Kyson


A beautifully mastered track, Kyson’s “Had My Back” plays with reverb to create a dreamlike soundscape. Opening with languid arpeggios and introspective vocals, the Berlin-based artist invites us into a melancholic recollection of relationships past. We free-flow into electro-folk as the drum-driven hook arrives. As the song progresses, Kyson’s vocals decay more and more, creating a controlled chaos of cacophony. The structured vocals layered with ricocheting body give way to the lyrical narrative, reflecting a moment of epiphany in a muddled relationship. This single will have you lost in your own head and demands to be repeated over and over again.

Lizzy Jones on September 18, 2018
Lala lala - Destroyer

Lala lala - Destroyer


Lala lala, Chicago artist Lillie West’s band, has released their lead single "Destroyer," an introduction to their upcoming album The Lamb, out in September from Hardly Art records. The album comes out of West’s recent personal chaos: a home break in, a loss of several close friends, the decision to become sober after suffering from addiction. The arrangement of the album, the blending of post punk with dream pop, includes synths, drums, guitars and the saxophone, providing listeners with the sound of learning how to balance. In this way, West has allowed us to peer into how she is creating a new space in her life, balancing the complex sounds throughout the work to create a singular and joyous sound. This, paired with the thought-provoking and poignant lyrics that make up the work, has allowed Lala lala to create an album that is not only healing for the artist, but also for anyone who listens. The narrative of the song is about West going back and forth between dealing and accepting blame for the chaos in her life. Whether our destroyers are addiction, the people around us or at times ourselves, the work leaves us feeling clean and ready to take it all on, headphones in ears and song on repeat.

Samantha Weisenthal on September 18, 2018
Plastic Picnic - Doubt

Plastic Picnic - Doubt


Up and coming Brooklyn-based indie band Plastic Picnic have done it yet again and have released another dark, dance inducing synth pop track with their latest single “Doubt.” The track is fueled by beautiful blend of aggressive and driving guitar riffs, hypnotic synths, optimistic drums and smooth vocals that sound hopeful and keep listeners dancing despite the vulnerable lyrics that detail lovers drifting apart. The narrative voice in the song gives listeners a glimpse into the mind of the modern millennial regarding the anxieties they may feel in their personal relationships and how they combat loneliness. As the song comes to its peak, it breaks into a synth-centric bridge, offering a refreshing moment of relief from the track’s previously expressed “doubt.” It’s this moment and the rest of the song that almost act as a sonic metaphor for the euphoria you may feel when you realize things may be ok, despite how hard the situation at hand may be.

Alessandra Rincon on September 17, 2018
Mac DeMarco - Honey Moon

Mac DeMarco - Honey Moon


With saccharine guitars against a husky vocal timbre, Mac DeMarco gifts us with a cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon.” The iconic Japanese producer released the original back in 1975, and it's no surprise that our Canadian singer/songwriter picked it up following his interest in Yellow Magic Orchestra and Ryuichi Sakamoto. DeMarco’s upbeat twist reinvigorates the track with new life, substituting layered guitars riffs for experimental samples. The love song translates roughly to “my heart sinking in the sunset / honey moon in the sky” and will have you romantically swaying all night long.

Lizzy Jones on September 17, 2018
Hovvdy - Easy

Hovvdy - Easy


Austin duo Hovvdy have release a new song titled “Easy” as an introduction to their upcoming album Easy / Turns Blue, out October 5th. The song was released on Saddle Creek’s Document series, which is meant to, “capture a band and their community in a specific place at a specific time, and share that with the world.” The project has released singles from bands such as Palehound, Hand Habits, Wild Maker and Posse. Like these bands, Hovvdy has formed a distinctly authentic space within the bedroom-rock genre.

Will Taylor and Charlie Martin were both drummers before forming Hovvdy, which may be the reason that the leading guitar on much of their work is so naturally minimalistic. Martin’s kind sounding vocals and endearing lyrics paired with the dreary Sunday tone that has become so sought after in the rock genre has taken Hovvdy's simple sound and added a much needed depth to their work. The band could sound melancholic, or even sadly one dimensional, but instead they maintain a lullaby like sweetness throughout the song. "Easy" suggests that taking it slow may not be so bad, indeed it may be one of the sweet pleasures of the day we often forget to take solace in.

Samantha Weisenthal on September 16, 2018
Emma Bowers - Jonathan

Emma Bowers - Jonathan


East coast folk rock singer/songwriter, Emma Bowers released In The Morning her debut EP on August 17. Off of that album is "Jonathan", a quietly powerful tune that speaks to pain that lingers even when your person does not. Bowers is soft and lyrical. Just as she is grasping at the nothingness that is left of her relationship, the listener grasps to hear more. There is an effortless way that Bowers translates her story through simplistic instrumentation and the sweet twang in her voice. New Yorkers can catch Bowers's EP Release Show on September 21 at Pete's Candy Store!

Sophia Theofanos on September 14, 2018
Bay Ledges - Wherever You Sleep

Bay Ledges - Wherever You Sleep


"Wherever You Sleep" is the newest single from LA band Bay Ledges. With a psychedelic disco feel singer, songwriter and producer Zach Hurd creates a track that will get you moving. Written after a break-up "Wherever You Sleep" tells of the aftermath of trying to get over someone and how consuming it can be. "I think about it when I'm dancing / I'm think about it when I hear your song / I think about it when I'm asking / How did everything go so wrong?" With such strong retro vibes its no surprise that Hurd was raised listening to the greats — The Band, The Beach Boys, and Aretha FranklinWhile Hurd is stuck with thoughts of his former love, he similarly leaves us stuck with this catchy tune in our heads. Catch Bay Ledges on tour with YOKE LORE this fall at these locations!

Dara Bankole on September 14, 2018
Active Bird Community - Unwind With Me

Active Bird Community - Unwind With Me


“What’s the quota this month? How many lives will you disrupt?” Tom D’Agustino opens Active Bird Community's new single “Unwind With Me” with an absolutely scathing lyric, but there’s no fiery rage in its delivery. Instead, D’Agustino’s voice conveys a sense of disappointment, almost sympathy — it’s an attempt to help this person put their life and relationships back together, not to scold them for their past mistakes. “I’m a thousand pounds scared / I’ll fuck this up,” he sings. Musically, “Unwind With Me” is (ironically) a tightly-wound tribute to the likes of The Flys and Manchester Orchestra, with its spiraled guitars and overall emotional crunch. The perspective flips in the song’s second half, as D’Agustino picks up energy singing as the original addressee. “You can’t unwind with me,” he repeats — though, based on the quality of this track, we absolutely want to.

Michael O'Neill on September 14, 2018
Mipso - People Change

Mipso - People Change


It's a topic that's been up for debate for as long as time has been around — do people change? The fine folks that make up the indie-folk group Mipso tend to believe that they do. In this soft and nostalgic song "People Change," frontman Jacob Sharp wistfully sings that "people change when they walk away." Mipso is folk music at its very best. Telling us a story in the format of a song, "People Changes" stays with you the way tales do when they are full of heart and depth. As the song starts we are given a time frame, ten years have passed since he's seen this person he "used to love." Just as time has passed, so have feelings and hopes for the future. It's a confusing sort of emotion, missing someone while also being okay with the way life turned out without them. Chances are this song has a similar framework to a story in your own life and as you listen your mind and emotions will find in the gaps giving you the illusion that it was written just for you. 

Dara Bankole on September 13, 2018
J Mascis - See You at the Movies

J Mascis - See You at the Movies


J Mascis will release his third solo album, Elastic Days, on November 9 via Sub Pop. The Dinosaur Jr. guitarist has released the lead single off the album, "See You at the Movies," his first solo work since the 2014 album, Tied to a Star. Mascis’ new work is far warmer than much of his past work, with acoustic guitars and tenderly constructed rock chords culminating into an endearing folk-rock song for a new era of listeners.

"See You at the Movies" alternates between breezy strumming and piercing electric guitar solos, yet it is in the lyricism that listeners are able to understand the complexity of the work. The narrative examines a love story between two individuals existing on different planes of relationship realities, with the lead character of the work trying to examine his inability to ground himself in the relationship. The last lines of the work, “I kiss the freedom that you made / Still in shock and so it fades / Can't let go, so it just stays,” end in a hopeless yet charming manner. This song leaves us excited to see where this narrative will lead in Mascis’ new work, we can only hope it will remain as engaging and captivating as the single.

Samantha Weisenthal on September 13, 2018
Loyal Lobos - Swim

Loyal Lobos - Swim


As Andrea Silva aka Loyal Lobos would agree, most songs are inspired by intense emotions. In the world of indie-folk the most dominant of those emotions tends to be sadness. In her newest song, “Swim”, Loyal Lobos grabs her sadness by the horns letting us and herself know that she has accepted it for what it is. Lobos crafts a delicate glass blown piece that looks into lost love, isolation, and what it means to move forward when your heart is always trailing behind you. Her words are heartbreaking yet incredibly honest — tastefully paired with shoegaze-inspired guitar and minimal to no instrumental production. In fact, the only sections of “Swim” that employ significant post-production are the vocals and the percussion that comes in more than half way through the song. “Swim” is exhilarating and calming all at once, it explores both happiness and sadness and the humanness of that dichotomy.

Andrea de Varona on September 12, 2018
birch - femme.two

birch - femme.two


Brooklyn synth-pop duo Birch has released a new single entitled "femme.two" from their upcoming debut album. "femme.two" is a hook-filled power ballad front-woman Michelle Birsky describes as inspired by the recent women's marches. The track is a politically-charged call to action in the name of gender equality — the main hook's lyric "they want you" is an ironic take on Uncle Sam's "I Want You" slogan and challenges how specified that "you" actually is. The marginalization of women is an anthemic premise but Birsky has said that sort of sentiment would be anachronistic for these dark times. Instead, the song is an acknowledgement of the uphill battle equality faces and encourages the determination to keep fighting. Birch's debut album is due out early 2019.

Bobby Lewis on September 12, 2018
Dagny - Landslide

Dagny - Landslide


Norwegian pop singer Dagny’s modern pop take on the iconic Fleetwood Mac track “Landslide” provides listeners with an electro ballad they didn’t even know they needed. The song, which was recorded for an episode of the popular tv drama, The Bold Type, turns the classic into something new without erasing its original, subtle beauty that pulls at the heartstrings. Overall the track is a modern yet simplistic cover filled with ethereal vocals, melancholy and nostalgia that takes listeners on a journey down memory lane before time made them bolder and older. It’s safe to say Dagny has done a stellar job covering this timeless classic.

Alessandra Rincon on September 11, 2018
The O'My's feat. Chance the Rapper - Idea

The O'My's feat. Chance the Rapper - Idea


Maceo Haymes and Nick Hennessy — better known as The O’My’s — have just released their newest album Tomorrow. Filled with rich, soulful arrangements and a lengthy roster of longtime collaborators, the project is unmistakably Chicago in both sound and spirit. Like the rest of the album, “Idea” fuses classic Chicago soul with the city's more modern influences. Its first half has Haymes delivering an intimate hymn atop delicate piano keys and marching drums. "There was no light / Nothing but rain.” His lyrics invoke faith — of persevering against life’s many obstacles, the importance of feeling overseeing. Chance the Rapper lends a direct and vivid verse to reinforce these themes, using imagery of a ship in a storm as his sermon. Then, backed by pitched up vocals that resemble a full-blown choir, Haymes lets out one final, powerful refrain to drive the idea home. The cries are impassioned, but the song never sways from its peaceful core and calming sound. "Idea" is yet another showcase of the strong bonds that drive the Chicago music scene, as each artist builds off one another to bring out the best. 

Sam Reynolds on September 11, 2018
Con Davison - Talk

Con Davison - Talk


“Talk,” the song from Saint Paul, MN-based band Con Davison, is an interesting little number. It starts out leisurely with fun guitars panning back and forth and a melody reminiscent of Young The Giant before quickly jumping into a different, more frantic rhythm. On top of the sonic changes, the singer’s voice stays consistently sweet throughout, strangely making the listener feel at ease. Guitars and accompanying synthesizers swirl around until the dynamic changes and the singer talks through a fuzzy effect over party noises, “I don’t know why, but I feel like dying when I’m talking to you.” “Talk” is a somewhat soft tune that’s easy to listen to and simply creates an enjoyable atmosphere.

Kirsten Spruch on September 10, 2018

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