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Hero Fisher - Lonely
Hero Fisher - Lonely

Hero Fisher - Lonely


Isolation beautifully swallows British singer Hero Fisher whole in her newest single, “Lonely.” And despite such a simple, revealing title, the track is anything but straightforward. Like loneliness itself, it burns slowly like a desert sunrise. An electric organ and frizzy synths haunt the backdrop of Fisher’s fragile vocals akin to something that could score the sci-fi show Westworld. The sparse beat saturates an emotionally barren landscape with dread while also honing on the singer’s very personal story of depression. Similarily, it’s a song that could silence a stadium full of fans as well as orchestrate a night at home alome sulking in the solitude of modern life. Fisher’s sophomore album, Glue Moon, drops later this year and if “Lonely” is just a taste, then the final product will be a haunted house of gloom.

Brett Myers on March 14, 2018
Exitmusic - I'll Never Know

Exitmusic - I'll Never Know


For fans of all-encompassing textures, we have a real heartbreaking treat for you! Exitmusic started out as a shoegaze project between newlyweds Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church to document their romantic journey. Their marriage recently came to an end, but the duo managed to put together one last record called The Recognitions (out April 20) with “I’ll Never Know” as its first grandiose single. Spacey synth pads crash along a minimal electronic beat like ocean waves on top of a blown out bass guitar, but it feels like a slow motion, colorless day on the beach. Her words almost indecipherable, Palladino’s voice cries through extraterrestrial distortion as if drowning in her own sorrow as it all becomes too much by the end of the song. It’s an impeccably produced track that could fuel the same amount of emotions with or without lyrics. What a shame that such beautiful music had to come from such pain.

Brett Myers on March 13, 2018
Fox Academy - Absent

Fox Academy - Absent


"Absent" is the kind of song you'd hope to find in your favorite indie movie. This single by Fox Academy came out last month in preparation for their new album. The band consists of Michael Todd Berland and Christian Novelli and they released an album just last April called Saint Molly that you can find wherever music is sold. "Absent" sits in a beautiful place that is both absent-minded and fully self-aware all at the same time. And while it's full of juxtaposed thoughts ("Possibly live again/ Mad at the wind again.") and ("I'm not here/I'm not there") somehow it makes complete sense, in a way only a song can convey. Opening with gentle guitar picking and layered vocals, the warm texture of the song is felt from the very beginning and carries through the rest of it. While I can't pinpoint exactly where "Absent" takes you to, I do know it's a place you'll want to stay and rest a while.

Dara Bankole on March 13, 2018
Vlad Holiday - Children

Vlad Holiday - Children


“Do you remember the world when we were children?” When life becomes too hard to bear, we all curl up in bed and mourn the loss of the simplicity of being young. And we remember our childhood to be so blissful and carefree that adulthood always feels like a let down. Vlad Holiday, previously of Born Cages, and his new single, “Children,” captures those early memories like a tearful car ride late at night. With a dreamy, electric hook that tugs at your heart like the coziest sunset, Holiday tries his best to repress the pain of adulthood. “Lie to me and say goodnight / It’ll be alright,” he moans as the beat breaks down. It’s a heartbreaking sentiment, one that we all carry with us, but it’s one that we learn to deal with and even find joy in.

Brett Myers on March 12, 2018
Malena Zavala - A Vision That's Changed

Malena Zavala - A Vision That's Changed


Standing out as a singer-songwriter isn’t an easy feat — vocalists with guitars are about as common on the internet as “hey girl” memes. That makes it all the more exciting when you find an artist like Malena Zavala, the free-thinking musician and filmmaker based in London and the voice behind “A Vision That’s Changed,” the clearest demonstration yet of her pop sensibilities. Her newest single is a wistful, longing capture of post-relationship grief, and over five minutes, it moves from an intimate regret to a fuller chorus with perhaps just a tinge of acceptance. Beautiful as it is beguiling, “A Vision That’s Changed” demonstrates that Malena Zavala has the intangibles.

Matt Megan on March 12, 2018
Yoke Lore - Fake You

Yoke Lore - Fake You


Adrian Galvin's brand of indie pop is full of light. Performing under the moniker Yoke Lore and previously of Yellerkinhe has won over the hearts of so many listeners with his bursting melodies and that lonely banjo. His most recent single, "Fake You" plays with the idea that how we perceive people and things may not always be accurate. The song is set right in Brooklyn, where Galvin sings, "you're the broken wall I wail to" and imagines that in hard times, this "you" will be "clouds over slick moss." Though the sentiment of building a "fake you" may seem lighthearted as Galvin belts it out, it's actually weighted with something much deeper. Yoke Lore has a knack for taking these feelings of loneliness and uncertainty and turning them into songs full of energy, somehow always finding a way to lift us up. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 12, 2018
The Dig - Nothing In This Town

The Dig - Nothing In This Town


With acts like Tame Impala blowing up, psychedelic rock has made a totally far out return! And The Dig, a four-piece band from New York, prove they’re one of the sweetest acts with their newest single, “Nothing In This Town.” Like its album cover, the track glows light pink over a beat that bounces along a deep, chill bass line.“Nothing In This Town” also serves as the second entry in The Dig’s yearlong project to release their two new EPs, Moonlight Baby and Afternoon With Caroline, track by track each month. So sit back, chill out and enjoy some smooth songwriting all year. 

Brett Myers on March 12, 2018
Madam West - Strongest Son

Madam West - Strongest Son


New York's neo-soul jazz-funk quintet Madam West have announced a new EP, Warm Bodies. Along with the announcement came the first single, "Strongest Son." The different elements of the arrangement sound like they could be chiptunes from a Super Mario Bros soundtrack but Madam West's performance is so tight that they pull it off without seeming kitsch at all. The juxtaposition of the buoyant bed of music with the apocalyptic lyrics makes "Strongest Son" feel like a unique perspective on current events. Frontwoman Sophie Chernin shrewdly describes the track as "Ralph Wiggum skipping merrily along with a lunchbox while the Springfield Plant explodes in the background." Warm Bodies is out 3/23 via Floordoor Records.

Bobby Lewis on March 8, 2018
Joanna Sternberg - This Is Not Who I Want To Be

Joanna Sternberg - This Is Not Who I Want To Be


There is an honesty that comes through in the music of New York's Joanna Sternberg that cannot be replicated. Joanna's new album Then I Try Some More unfolds like a collections of snapshots, with questions that are raised but never quite answered and emotions that come up and never quite settle. It’s easy to get right the heart of these songs, as they are produced simply, highlighting Sternberg’s endearing vocal timbre, which sits somewhere between Neil Young and Karen Dalton. “This is Not Who I Want To Be” is about the frustration that comes along with not caring for yourself or acting in the way that you wish you could. Along with being an incredible singer-songwriter, Joanna also is an accomplished jazz bassist and visual artist, who describes art as "magical love that helps people heal." This sentiment can be felt in "This Is Not Who I Want To Be" and all throughout the rest of the album. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 8, 2018
pronoun - run

pronoun - run


If you timed your adolescence to coincide with the turn of the millennium, the chances are that you spent at least a few nights behind a jammed bedroom door blasting Blink 182. Eighteen years later, enter pronoun, a Brooklyn-based artist with a Twitter bio that states, “opinions here are AGGRESSIVELY my own” (emphasis very much hers). Her newest single, “run,” streams the gleeful angst of those teenage years through the filter of a maturing musician. Distorted guitar riffs and heavy toms — effective enough tools in her 2016 EP, There’s no one new around you. — blaze just a bit hotter when paired with the singer’s newfound sense of harmony, and like any good breakup song, “run” has verbal jabs aplenty. Close the bedroom door, turn it to 10 and press play.

Matt Megan on March 8, 2018
Ang Low - Let Go

Ang Low - Let Go


Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ang Low came out with his new EP All I Remember in January, after putting himself on the map with electro-soul debut Life Goes Down EP in 2014. What happens in this collection of songs and especially on this single is the tightening of Ang Low's song craft and his revealing of the raw emotion at the center of it all. "Let Go" is stripped down with bare production, leaving open spaces for his voice to bloom and his story to resonate through. With minimal percussion and very subtle synths painting the track, it is as if the song soars through the atmosphere, untouched and unburdened. As Ang Low sings, "should I let go?" we feel him letting go, and falling softly into this landscape. He strikes a beautiful balance between intimacy and experimentation, but most of all, we feel these songs coming straight from the heart, and moving at full force.

Nicole Rodriguez on March 8, 2018

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