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Babeheaven - God Sent the Baby
Babeheaven - God Sent the Baby

Babeheaven - God Sent the Baby


In addition to recent singles like "It Nan" and "Jalisco," UK-based band Babeheaven has dropped their newest release titled "God Sent the Baby." The track opens with delicate strings and quickly fuses into a deep, pulsing rhythm that carries the song from start to finish. Frontwoman Nancy Andersen croons out honeyed vocals with lyrics that are as heavy and as deeply personal as the title suggests. Her voice puts the listener in a trance, readying us to fall deeper and deeper into the universe that Babeheaven creates. Obvious care for the track comes through in the atmospheric production that calls back to a late '90s style trip-hop reminiscent of Air and Massive Attack, all while maintaining the band's rising enigmatic sound. "God Sent the Baby" is a soul-bearing single that displays the range that Babeheaven always brings to the table. You can catch the band consisting of Andersen, Hugo McGuire, Ned Smith, and Luca Mantero on tour in Europe starting on October 23.

Julie Gentile on October 10, 2019
FKA twigs - holy terrain

FKA twigs - holy terrain


"holy terrain" marks FKA twigs' second single leading up to her much anticipated sophomore album, Magdalene. The trap-gospel positions twigs at the center of her own creation story as she attempts to find a man to stand by her in a world marked by the tragedy of sin. "Take me to a deep river / Steal a kiss when I'm lost in the mist" equates the new relationship to a baptismal rebirth. In conversation with her is Future in the role of her lover atoning for his past failures. He needs her to "Pray for my sins, make me stronger where I'm weak." "I love when he gets emo," twigs said of Future. "It’s just so beautiful when he opens up." Production is led by Skrillex's prowess and the ever-ubiquitous Jack Antonoff, who are both credited as co-writers though the story is twigs' own. Having recently experienced heartbreak she described as "all-encompassing," twigs has also been forthcoming about laparoscopic surgery in 2018 that caused her to "doubt if my body would ever feel the same again." "holy terrain" proves that she has found power and respect in her body once again. Magdalene is due out October 25 via Young Turks.

Ysabella Monton on September 24, 2019
ALA.NI - Sha La La

ALA.NI - Sha La La


After releasing her debut album, You & I, in 2017, ALA.NI’s listenership went international, spreading from France to Germany to Turkey to the United States. The genre-defying singer was born in London and is currently based in Paris and after two years, she is releasing her second album. The lead single, “Sha La La,” provides a stunning and delicate example of all of ALA.NI’s signature traits. The track is mainly made up of vocals—typical of the artist, who typically favors a cappella or the slightest hint of instrumentation. Her voice can do anything; it reaches high and clear, drops to low and rumbling, and acts as percussion when needed. The effect is accomplished through an intricate layering of countless vocal tracks, so everything you are hearing is pure ALA.NI. Similarly, her lyrics are earnest, telling exactly what she is feeling: “All you told me really was a lie / It hurt me / Darling, you hurt me.” The song tells us a story of betrayal and walks us through the break-up and the struggle to move on. The melody, however, is upbeat and airy and the few instruments that are introduced are understated, bobbing contently along with the vocals. The juxtaposition leaves a wistful and bittersweet mark, as do her final, lovesick lines: “If I see you at a party / just dance with me / say you’ll still dance with me.” “Sha La La” is the first taste of ALA.NI’s upcoming sophomore album, ACCA.

Brigid Moser on September 24, 2019
Djo - Roddy

Djo - Roddy


For those of you who knew Joe Keery before he became Steve Harrington, his stellar and innovative musicianship will be of no surprise. For those of you who didn't, let me introduce you to Djo (Keery's newest moniker). The first single released off of his debut album Twenty, Twenty was a gem named "Roddy"—a tune that you'll catch yourself grooving to immediately. Keery's voice floats effortlessly over the psychedelic instrumentation. Wanted or unwanted change can have a tumultuous effect, this is the story Keery shares: "We're ending retrograde / I told you mistakes were made / We're in retrograde." The single keeps your attention with often unexpected ornamentation and tasteful use of vocal effects. "Roddy" will surely be stuck in your head for days.

Sophia Theofanos on September 23, 2019
​Kirsten Izer - One Year

​Kirsten Izer - One Year


Brooklyn-based Kirsten Izer’s debut single of 2019, “One Year,” is a raw and evocative exploration of toxic love and lingering loss. The minimal arrangement consists only of a hazy electric guitar and Izer’s cool, smoky vocals, but its intimacy is what makes it powerful. Her sound’s moody, grunge-rock center relies on the emotion in her delivery, and Izer doesn’t disappoint. Dreamy layering effects amplify her impressive vocal range, drifting from dark and angst-ridden to light and ethereal quickly and easily. The lyrics, gripping and relatable, make plain the pain and longing of the instrumentation: “It’s our one year anni / But you don’t love me / You were never one for vulnerability.” The stripped arrangement allows you to focus on the lyrics, honest and heartbreaking, and lose yourself in the song’s lush dreamscape of sounds. “One Year” is hauntingly lovely.

Britnee Meiser on September 23, 2019
Soccer Mommy - Lucy

Soccer Mommy - Lucy


Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison explores her dark side with new single “lucy.” The title nods to the devil himself, but instead of admiring the evil as she has in the past, Allison seems warier this time as she sings “He'll touch you and burn you / And break you down to your core / Succumbing to evil / I thought I was something more.” The guitar on this track is a little sharper and off-kilter than what we have heard from Soccer Mommy in the past, but it still fits within the sound they’ve cultivated. Allison’s slightly disinterested tone pairs well with with the chorus as she somberly begs, “oh lucy please / quit taunting me.” It sounds like she may have already given into lucy albeit reluctantly. “Lucy” is the perfect next step in Soccer Mommy’s constant progression towards a heavier sound.

Corey Bates on September 20, 2019
Jelani Aryeh - The Garden

Jelani Aryeh - The Garden


Hop in the car, roll the windows down, and be transported back to warmer summer days with Jelani Aryeh’s new track “The Garden.” With the perfect blend of R&B and bedroom pop, this dreamy tune will have you hooked and wanting to hear more from the San Diego artist, whose musical influences include BROCKHAMPTON, Frank Ocean, Rex Orange County and Childish Gambino. His heartfelt lyrics, refined electronic production and catchy hooks make it hard to believe Aryeh is not yet 20 years old. Since the release of his debut EP Suburban Destinesia in 2017, Aryeh has dropped multiple singles, all of which have the same alternative suburban-pop vibe that is unique to his sound. If you love his music as much as we do, catch Jelani Aryeh live at Chelsea Music Hall on Thursday, September 26 alongside beabadoobee, Gabriel Black and KennyHoopla.

Dana Schwartz on September 20, 2019
ST.MARTiiNS - My Girl

ST.MARTiiNS - My Girl


“My Girl,” the newest single from Scotland-based indie-pop duo ST.MARTiiNS, is easygoing and smooth. With a catchy melody and a nice, breezy groove, the track is the definition of chill vibes. Muffled percussion helps the song feel comfortable and close, reminiscent of loose dancing in a tight space with somebody you love. A psychedelic bass sets the beat while cool, wavy guitars lower the lights, casting the arrangement in a dreamy, atmospheric glow. Clear production accentuates vocalist Katie Lynch’s unique, velvety vocals as she sings about the ups and downs of female friendships. “My girl” is luscious and fun—the perfect track to help you transition from summer to fall.

Britnee Meiser on September 20, 2019
Charli XCX - Official

Charli XCX - Official


While known for her futuristic production and stories of extravagant parties, British pop aficionado Charli XCX reaches new heights on "Official," a love letter to the person you're with when the party's over. She seems embarrassed to broach the idea of going official, toeing the line of hope and fear. "Look at us, isn't it obvious?" she asks: though she shouldn't have to, for someone as bold and brash as Charli, showing her emotional side is a terrifying concept. "Is it so dangerous? Is it so complicated?" Simple keys and a luminescent synth build in the chorus put her fragile vocals at the forefront, with the touch of autotune acting as a final barrier to protect her from feeling fully exposed. The song's earnest bridge is its highlight, as she insists, "Maybe the sky might not always be blue / All of my wishes will never come true / It doesn't matter 'cause I’m here with you." Long-time collaborator A.G. Cook pushed to have it on her new record—Charli assumed people would hate it and that they'd be like, 'Why is she doing that?'" While it seemed Charli XCX could only shake up pop conventions by getting weirder, stripping things back turned out to be the most gratifying surprise of all.

Ysabella Monton on September 19, 2019
Bad Daughter - I’m Too Much

Bad Daughter - I’m Too Much


Florida native Sierra Kay, known for her previous work in bands like Neaux and VersaEmerge, has spent the last few years on a quest for self-exploration. During her travels from NYC to Tennessee, Sierra has been creating a collection of hyper-personal songs about the inevitable heartaches of being a restless and rowdy woman who won’t settle down. These songs have morphed into Sierra’s new project, Bad Daughter. The band’s first single, the free-spirited and bittersweet “I’m Too Much” offers a glimpse at what this new endeavor will bring. The song toes the line between dreamy Americana and earthy folk with Sierra’s crystalline vocals and earnest, self-deprecating lyrics front and center. With one foot planted in the realm of indie rock and the other in the world of alt-country, Bad Daughter should be on everyone’s radar this coming year.

Alessandra Rincon on September 19, 2019
Frames - House Show

Frames - House Show


“House Show’ by Frames is meant for windows-down, hair-blowing driving. A bubble gum beat perfectly complements her soft, poppy voice. Underneath the lovely vocals, understated but powerful guitar strums lead the song along. Though maintaining the same love-stricken lyrics, Frames’s most recent release has a more upbeat, bubbly vibe than her past songs. Her most recent of just three songs, “House Show” is crazy catchy. Having recently joined Philly independent label Know Hope Records, we can expect—and desperately hope—for more releases.

Caroline Peacock on September 18, 2019

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