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​AURORA - The River
​AURORA - The River

​AURORA - The River


AURORA is back with her chimerical and soothing vibes in “The River,” her third single this year. The 22-year-old Norwegian singer has been introducing the new era of her music in bits ahead of A Different Kind of Human, the second half of her two-part album project. The first part of the project was Infections of a Different Kind, an EP that came out in 2018. “The River” is the second to last single, and it continues the trend of songs directly linked to nature while talking about sensations that are intrinsically human. The track tackles themes of sadness, solitude, and desperation while remembering that our tears are made of the same elements that construct rivers and rains. “The River” reminds us that life comes in flows and calls us to not forget who we are and what our souls are made of—all while maintaining the sonic spirit of a cavernous river, somewhat characteristic of AURORA's sound. A Different Kind of Human comes out Friday, June 7th.

Giulia Santana on June 6, 2019
Brother Son - A Lonely Shoulder to Cry On

Brother Son - A Lonely Shoulder to Cry On


“A Lonely Shoulder to Cry On,” the smooth new single from slack-rock quartet Brother Son, pulls from a variety of classic indie influences to evoke an entirely new genre of easy listening. Two years ago, four very different dudes bonded over the likes of Mac Demarco and Alabama Shakes and then decided to start a band. Since then, they’ve developed their own sound, but their favorite bands will always continue to influence it. Such is the case in “A Lonely Shoulder to Cry On.” The light, pinging keyboard and soft, intricate percussion are reminiscent of Mac Demarco and give the track its gliding feel, while the guitar’s bluesy rock influence is all Alabama Shakes. Vocalist Francis Harrington’s voice is easygoing and pleasant; he holds a subtle but certain command over the lyrics and your attention, even when what he’s singing is just “La di da di da.” More than just a mashup of good sounds, “A Lonely Shoulder to Cry On” is a catchy, genre-bending slow jam, and you’ll want to play it on repeat all summer long.

Britnee Meiser on May 28, 2019
Sorcha Richardson - Don't Talk About It

Sorcha Richardson - Don't Talk About It


Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson downplays her own emotions in her newest single “Don’t Talk About It.” It starts small with just a simple beat, electric guitar, and Richardson’s smooth and mysterious voice. She lilts seamlessly into the refrain where everything builds as she sings, “hey ok we don’t have to talk about it/ it’s only love / I guess we’ll live without it.” Richardson has come a long way from her bedroom-pop days with this certifiable indie-rock track meant for blaring and shouting along to. It’s anthemic in both its composition and central message. Sometimes speaking feels impossible like it will ruin everything. Maybe love is too scary. Maybe the other person isn’t ready. They may never be, but Richardson seems to want to keep them around even if it means the most important things are left unsaid. Maybe it will all be ok if we just don’t talk about it. “Don’t Talk About It” is the latest single from Richardson’s debut album First Prize Bravery out this fall.

Corinne Bates on May 28, 2019
Ra Ra Riot - Flowers

Ra Ra Riot - Flowers


Ra Ra Riot’s recently released “Flowers” is the second single off their upcoming album, Superbloom. The first single, “Bad to Worse,” dropped in March, and the album itself is set to drop in early August. It will be their first LP since 2016’s Need Your Light.

“Flowers” is the perfect teaser for the album and the perfect song for any summer playlist. Produced by Rostam Batanglij, a former member ofVampire Weekend, the song is an upbeat ode to a lost love. The indie rock band sings, “Do I wonder if I should have stayed? / Every night / Every day” a bittersweet sentiment followed by “So don't bring flowers to my grave / Say goodbye from far away”—in an uplifting, pitched chorus paired with a quick-paced, dance-inducing rhythm. The song is quite matter of fact with lyrics like, “I know it ain't good but I'm feeling self-destructive,” in Wes Miles’, the lead vocalist, perfect tone. While the lyrics are raw and rather heart-wrenching, the instrumentals and beat keep the piece light and fun—a great song for reminiscing while keeping in mind the days ahead.

Monica Hand on May 28, 2019
Yoke Lore - Safe and Sound

Yoke Lore - Safe and Sound


Yoke Lore’s newest single “Safe and Sound” is a meditation on the changing functionality of relationships over time. It is gentle and comforting as Adrian Galvin sings of this love being a sanctuary, “All the days of the danger, believer / You’re my safe and sound.” In a world where everything seems to be changing, shifting, or just plain falling apart, the people we hold closest to us become our sanctuary. The New York indie pop act drives this point home not just in the lyrics but in the comforting swell of Galvin’s voice and the peaceful piano melody. It is a sweetly melancholic take on a love song. The harmonies add a sense of community within the track as it builds to the second half. It never reaches too large of a peak, stopping right before it becomes anthemic. It quiets back down for the second verse before the track fills out again with synthesizers and layered vocals, but it never feels forced. It is a natural progression of strength. “Safe and Sound” is the second single from Yoke Lore’s upcoming EP Meditations due out on June 14th.

Corinne Bates on May 23, 2019
CLAY - a million pieces

CLAY - a million pieces


LA-based “singer, writer, artist, activist & everything in between” CLAY, is doing the most—for you guys. And that’s why in “a million pieces” from her new EP Hues, she sings about being a little burnt out. Perhaps it's because she’s a woman and we’re socialized to do the emotional labor for everyone, or maybe because she’s an artist and they are typically the sensitive type—whatever the reason may be, she's done being the “sponge soaking up all of you.” Now it’s her turn, but there is no one there to “ring me out,” CLAY croons in a voice so soulful that you’ll find yourself sliding into her DMs to tell her that you’re very good at wringing out sponges. Or maybe that’s just me. Whatever. Give that record player a spin and decide for yourself.

Bee Davies on May 23, 2019
Saint Sister - Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)

Saint Sister - Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)


In their latest release, "Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)," Irish duo Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty, known as Saint Sister, use unlikely sounds in their just-a-little-unnerving soundscapes, like the hubbub of a party and the plucking of Doherty’s harp. The empty space and floating vocal harmonies point towards Bon Iver influences, and the start-and-stop syncopated percussion could form the backbone of a Chance The Rapper beat. After the 2015 EP Madrid, Saint Sister toured extensively, sharing bills with The National and fellow Irish hitmaker Hozier. In a handwritten note posted to Twitter, Macintyre describes the duality of the touring lifestyle, the vast difference between perception and reality. “I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was supposed to be having the time of my life but all I wanted to do was go home,” she writes, struggling to make peace with the never-ending days “in the back of the van not getting to explore the different places [they] passed through, coping with the stress of a hectic new routine.” The song’s chorus frames this conflict in terms of a social gathering, designed to be fun but in all likelihood equally stressful. “Is it too early / To leave this party?” sing Macintyre and Doherty in harmony, and the takeaway of the song, MacIntyre’s note and the band’s body of work is a reminder of the power of a strong friendship, a statement made bolder in harmony.

Daniel Shanker on May 22, 2019
Harmony Byrne - Smoke Inside

Harmony Byrne - Smoke Inside


Harmony Byrne’s newest single, “Smoke Inside,” is a robust, romantic ballad about celebrating who you are and not settling for anybody who doesn’t let you shine. Produced by Jim Eno of Spoon, the blues-inspired rock track sways to a catchy and gripping pendulum beat. Behind Byrne’s gorgeous, smoky vocal, a hip-swinging sample is played on repeat to hypnotic effect, sucking you into the rhythm of the song immediately. The classic sound of the electric guitar works well with Byrne’s husky vocal, simultaneously energizing the track and giving it edge. Once again, Byrne delivers the lyrics with raw emotion: “Honey if I burn sometimes will you let me smoke inside / If I die tonight will you set my soul on fire.” “Smoke Inside” is a soulful track with a sensual beat, and Harmony Byrne is a powerhouse. Look out for her debut LP, Heavy Doors, this fall.

Britnee Meiser on May 22, 2019
Choker - Lucky

Choker - Lucky


“Lucky,” from Choker’s EP Forever & A Few, the final act from his project Filling Space, brings together the positive energy of childhood and the security of becoming an adult who knows himself. The lyrics in “Lucky” follow the process of growing into who you need to be. The 23-year-old Michigan-based hip-hop artist, ventures into layers of self discovery with this project—allowing three separate EP’s to tell three separate stories during three weeks of 2019. As the final act of this project, Forever & A Few closes up on a high note. “Lucky,” the second track off the 3 track EP, captures the energy and impact of Choker’s bold journey into growing and learning to value the things he made for himself while growing. The single and its visuals, along with the entirely of Filling Space are out now.

Giulia Santana on May 21, 2019
Baby Rose - Borderline

Baby Rose - Borderline


Baby Rose’s distinct and uniquely soulful vocals lend themselves to her equally soulful lyricism. “Borderline”, one of her latest singles to be released explores the push and pull of an undefined relationship in a state of flux. “Heavy stuck in the motions / but we’ll just keep it going / trying to find where we stand." When does it end? Where is the line between something and nothing? The emotions behind such uncertainty are emphasized throughout the song, ultimately ending in, “Maybe if I could just stop / dreaming of him, I’d be fine / I don’t know where to reside / I’m still / on the borderline, “ a feeling many know all too well. The rising Atlanta native’s layered vocals and old jazz-infused instrumentation give this track the exact pensive and somber feeling the lyrics themselves convey. Charismatic and unique, Baby Rose is absolutely one to watch.

Jazzmyne Pearson on May 20, 2019
Bedouine - Echo Park

Bedouine - Echo Park


Dinner Party alum Bedouine croons a lovely ode to the place she lives in “Echo Park.” It’s the third single from her upcoming album Birds of a Killjoy, and it’s just as soft and dreamy as its predecessors. An ephemeral opening synth introduces Bedouine’s soothing vocal, and her signature 60s folk influence is immediately apparent. Complimented by the light flitter of the acoustic guitar and cozy snare drum, the hazy arrangement settles over you like soft morning sunshine. You feel the way Azniv Korkejian, the voice behind Bedouine, feels about Echo Park. “While my love's away at work / I'll bob and weave through the styled streets of Sunset Boulevard / Where everybody's avant-garde.” No stranger to wandering, Bedouine was born in Syria, raised in Saudi Arabia, Boston, and Houston, and finally settled in Los Angeles. “Echo Park” is one of many places she has called home, which makes her decision to write the song that much more meaningful. “Long as my rent don’t climb / I’ll be living in Echo Park.” Beduoine’s sophomore album, Birdsong of a Killjoy, is set to be released June 21 via Spacebomb Records.

Britnee Meiser on May 20, 2019

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