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Cherry Glazerr - Daddi
Cherry Glazerr - Daddi

Cherry Glazerr - Daddi


Los Angeles’ garage-punk hero Clementine Creevy is back with a single from Stuffed and Ready, the fourth album from her band Cherry Glazerr. The full-length record be released February 1 and if the whole album is anything like the single “Daddi” this will be another great album from this astonishing band. Cherry Glazerr has obviously grown from the punk sound of Apocalipstick into a more experimental, but still very grungy sound. Creevy’s voice is as powerful as always but in this song it seems to be pleading. Breathily begging to be released from “Daddi’s” grip and allowed to make her own choices. The angsty lyrics are met with equally angry drums coming in at the bridge and acting as an engine steadily pushing the song through Creevy’s questions and angry protests.

 “Daddi” is a progression through a young woman’s unsure mind, to an authoritative strong woman demanding to be treated with the respect that she knows she has earned. Cherry Glazerr is obviously growing as a band and Creevy is clearly growing as an artist. The band’s growth means that you should be on the edge of your seat waiting for Stuffed and Ready if you are a fan of Cherry Glazerr or not because they are obviously evolving and maybe they will evolve into something you love. 

Kyra Bruce on November 28, 2018
Ladada - Float Away

Ladada - Float Away


Virginia based surf-rock/new-psych band LADADA premieres their rapturous new song "Float Away" with us today. While the excitement in the song is explicitly heard there is a containment it to that makes it more intentional and less wildly. It's obvious that it's a joy that is tied to a memory or feeling of europhia. Frontman Josiah Schlater tells us, "I wrote this song a while ago when I lived near an inlet that had an old canoe that was begging me to take out with someone. I had this grand idea of bringing a bottle of wine and floating away forever. Eventually this state of bliss was achieved with my now fiancé, in that very inlet, along with plenty of other magical moments when traveling with her overseas." The sound of chimes coupled with the entrancing vocalizations that mark the beginning of the song succeed in mentally taking you to the place where Schlater was when he wrote this song or at least your very own version of it. We're pumped to hear more from  LADADA  andlook forward to the release of their debut record Heaven on the Rocks out Feb. 15 on Gold Robot Record.

Dara Bankole on November 27, 2018
Arima Ederra - Free Again

Arima Ederra - Free Again


The lulling sweetness that ripples throughout Arima Ederra’s newest track, “Free Again” feels like waking up on a beautiful, sunny Sunday after a restless night of bad dreams. The LA-based, Ethiopian singer and multifaceted artist is an expert at re-working tired concepts like fearing the monsters underneath your bed and drawing out new meanings and deeper truths to the most human of struggles. “Free Again” is a triumph in every sense of the word. Instrumentally, the track is cheery and unrestrained while still remaining relatively minimal — never upstaging the focal point, Ederra’s phenomenally uplifting voice. The strength of the song’s production lies in the effectively soft contrast between the deep bass, skirring drums, and glowy, tender vocals. “Free Again” is an homage to imagination, freedom, and growing up only to figure out the value of carrying that childlike wonder with you wherever you go. 

Andrea de Varona on November 27, 2018
Moda Spira - Divorce

Moda Spira - Divorce


Singer-songwriter Latifah Alattas pours out her heart and soul with the MODA SPIRA track “Divorce.” The song is a slow, smooth ballad that embodies the feelings of coming to terms with the fact a long term, committed relationship is coming to a close. Alattas heartfeltly sings “I want a divorce. This is now our course” and reminisces over the moment she and her former lover came to the conclusion to end things. With a hypnotic and emotional piano playing in the background she vulnerably sings, “You said it was not love but that was not enough” and “Your face was stoic and cold as my face laid in my palms." The track comes to a close with Alattas singing simple and heart-wrenching vocalizations, almost like crying, as the keys slow down and eventually end on a solemn note.

Alessandra Rincon on November 27, 2018
The Undercover Dream Lovers - Right Now

The Undercover Dream Lovers - Right Now


Introspective synth-ballad “Right Now” by The Undercover Dream Lovers comes as their newest single. Notes of disco, pop and rock all meld together for a smooth, summery bop. From the synth solo dance break in the middle of the song to the electric guitar riffs and far-out vocals echoing throughout, you can’t help but sway to the sound of this track. Love almost lost is the central theme of this song framed around a certain 70s-esque psychedelia. The Undercover Dream Lovers' Matt Koenig echoes the persuasion of someone reluctant to let go or be let go of with his unique vocals singing, “You wanna let me go / “I’m right before you now”/ So find your way back / Right now. The lyrics feel less like a plea to a lost lover, and more like permission granted to the listener to dance to the rhythm of the song itself — something that is not hard to do at all.

Jazzmyne Pearson on November 26, 2018
Sister Kit - Someone to Blame

Sister Kit - Someone to Blame


Bringing a new life to reverb-washed indie music, Sister Kit, Nashville's mood rock outfit, has developed a guitar attitude that has a distinct amber warmth. On the song, "Someone to Blame," from their debut EP, Slow Recovery, band catalyst Abby Clark crafts a woozy psychedelia that mixes alternative and western-leaning singer/songwriter styles. Her honeyed vocal croon has a wonderful, light twang that brings with it the folk-nostalgia of young Stevie Nicks singing "Landslide." When paired with the no-fuss instrumentation of Robbie Jackson on guitar, Abraham Fongnaly on drums and Parker Van Der Hyde on bass, the four-piece welcomes you into a minimalistic groove that gently grows. Clark builds a narrative that speaks to whoever she’s talked with on the phone for hours that it’s ok for her to change her mind. She repeats the words, "I owe you nothing,” and the song is anchored in that reminder. Despite this fact, sometimes people just need to find someone to blame.  

Deanna DiLandro on November 26, 2018
Shy Beast - Flowers Grow

Shy Beast - Flowers Grow


Shy Beast's "Flowers Grow" is a saccharine electro-pop flash. The indie group from Austin, Texas has an EP coming on November 30th, and "Flowers Grow" is the last bit of hype they're giving us before they release the real deal. The bouncy, optimistic single could be the score to a montage from your favorite early 2000s movie. You know, the one that occurs at that moment when the protagonists start making healthy life choices and realize how much they have to be grateful for. The song tells the story of two people who resist the pressure to freak about their own insecurities and instead decide to enjoy life and watch the "flowers grow." Frontwoman Mariclaire Glaeser sings with a Jenny Lewis-like precision, "He never seemed to mind / Watching all his friends move away to start new lives." The idea is not to worry about what's going on "out there," and to just enjoy the here and now. If you still think indie-rock is a bunch of moaning sad boys, just look Shy Beast's way.

Jacqueline Zeisloft on November 21, 2018
Wilderado - Sorrow (Acoustic)

Wilderado - Sorrow (Acoustic)


Originally from Oklahoma and Texas, indie-folk-rock band Wilderado carry their roots deep within them. After releasing three EPs in the last three years, the band has garnered well-deserved attention and has since played festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Within their newest EP Favors is an rock gem called "Sorrow" that possesses special musical and lyrical qualities. Nevertheless, this acoustic version shows the bare bones of the song, exposing new levels of vulnerability. Opening up with steady guitar picking and frontman Max Rainer's dynamic voice, the song tells of having a relationship with a deep sadness that then affects other vital relationships. "Let’s talk sweetly like all our love is false / Like we can stick around I’ll say too much/ I’ll let you down with sorrow’s touch," Rainer confesses. While melancholic in nature, the sweetness of this acoustic version uplifts the song as a whole. If this is your first introduction to Wilderado, "Sorrow" is bound to make a lasting first impression.

Dara Bankole on November 21, 2018
Neighbor Lady - Oh Honey

Neighbor Lady - Oh Honey


Calling themselves “the missing link between indie-rock and classic country,” Neighbor Lady released their debut album, Maybe Later this past May. It features the single “Oh Honey," an upbeat and sassy track about a fight between two friends over the same guy. The Atlanta-based band is comprised of Emily Braden, Jack Blauvelt, Meredith Hanscom and Andrew McFarland. Braden is the singer-songwriter of the group and “Oh Honey” is based on a real friendship breakup. “Oh honey, what’s all the fuss about,” asks Braden, slightly condescendingly but mostly playfully. Complete with a catchy opening drum fill and an infectious piano driven chorus, Braden unleashes her true feelings about the futility of friendship feuds. The rest of the record alternates between indie rock infused with moments of bedroom pop to twangy, country inspired numbers that showcase Braden’s powerful vocals and the band’s desire to breakdown genre barriers. Oh, and be sure check out their music video for “Oh Honey,” which was shot entirely by the band on an iPhone 8.

Olivia Clark on November 20, 2018
Jenny Hval - Spells

Jenny Hval - Spells


A Long Sleep, Jenny Hval’s most recent album, was released this past May off of Sacred Bones Records. Off of the record comes a song which questions what we know about the indie/ambient music coming from the Norwegian artist. "Spells," from beginning to end, manages to ebb in and out of itself, both clarifying and mystifying the sonic landscape that the work dwells in. The song manages to cast a spell over its listener, manipulating their emotions with the wide variety of instruments used throughout. Hval’s use of layering creates a piece that is at atmospheric and infused with a sweet pop twinge, allowing the piece to walk the line between the experimental and the mainstream. With an airy mixture of piano, trumpets, saxophones and percussion, the production of the work is a perfectly mixed potion in a deep and overflowing cauldron of sound. The chorus could come off as foreboding, but instead is delivered as a kind promise to the unknown ‘you’ in the song “We will not be a awake for long / We’ll meet in the smallest great unknown.” With "Spells," Hval is transfixing her listeners, while creating an experimental song which allows the listener to dig into the meaning of the work, while also being a spacious and exciting rhythmic bop.

Samantha Weisenthal on November 20, 2018
Bogan Via - Videos

Bogan Via - Videos


California duo Bogan Via craft earwormy soundscapes that evoke the glitz and grit of LA, serving it up up with a healthy dose of irony and realism. Their newest single "Videos" is a thick slice of base driven dream pop, packed with nuanced melodies, bittersweet piano lines and slinky club beats. The breathy vocals of Madeleine Miller convey the innate emptiness hiding under the songs surface level imagery, supporting the pointedly dark production from male counterpoint Bret Bender. As their songwriting has evolved, Bogan Via have proven to have a real knack for playing with the Top 40 format, flipping it on it's head and authenticating it through their conscious approach to songwriting, creating something that is both highly accessible and truly unique to their experience.

Mike Olinger on November 20, 2018

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