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Hovvdy - Cranberry
Hovvdy - Cranberry

Hovvdy - Cranberry


The Austin duo Hovvdy’s new single, “Cranberry,” is an exercise in emotion through minimalism. Doubled vocals sing over hushed guitars, as a bright synth steeps the song in memory. According to Charlie Martin of Hovvdy, “Cranberry” is about becoming a “better listener and, more generally, being willing to make changes in yourself to be a better person, friend, partner.” It’s a rare song that is at once deceptively simple and disarming.

James Liance on January 16, 2018
S. Carey - Fool's Gold

S. Carey - Fool's Gold


Wisconsin’s S. Carey is back with this new single from forthcoming album, Hundred Acres, set to be released February 23. The tune starts with mellow guitars and soft vocals reminiscent of his bandmate Justin Vernon. It grows slowly and subtly as the song progresses and Carey sneaks an atmospheric pedal steel, delicate pianos and a droning bass into the mix. The end result is a warm and dreamy soundscape that perfectly welcomes the image of "sapphire skies" painted throughout the song.

Jack Sasner on January 15, 2018
Frankie Cosmos - Jesse

Frankie Cosmos - Jesse


Frankie Cosmos' first single "Jesse" off of upcoming album Vessels was released this past Friday. Greta Kline does what she does best with this song, taking her dreamy voice and at times obscure lyrics to bring you along in her dreamland. You'll love the building guitars tastefully juxtaposed with the lightness of her voice but there's no getting away from this song's honest and relatable lyrics about failed love, hopes for oneself and what moving on looks like.

Dara Bankole on January 15, 2018
Refs - Boarding It Up

Refs - Boarding It Up


Don't be fooled by REFS' small social followings; this music is the real deal. Brooklyn based Zachary Lipkins' REFS has melded pop with a myriad of textures to create beautiful synth confessionals. He has only released four singles, but a couple have already been featured on HBO's "Girls," The CW's "Riverdale" and MTV's "Scream". This new single builds off of the projects R&B/synth-pop sound with a emotional rawness akin to James Bay. Lipkins' vocal control is not only impressive but incredibly emotive, bubbling all of his feelings into the track so that we too, are filled to the brim. Though we don't know much about REFS, Lipkins' anonymity and short collection makes these releases all the more anticipatory. We can't wait for more.

Natasha Cucullo on January 12, 2018
Lukas Frank - Shame (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Lukas Frank - Shame (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)


This ultra somber and haunting song co-written by Lukas Frank and Phoebe Bridgers and can be found on the fourth episode of the new Netflix show Godless. With the repeated line "Where is God now?" heard various times throughout it under the grimacing Western sounding guitar tones, it's the perfect fit for a show about outlaws in the Wild West or if you just like really sad music.

Dara Bankole on January 12, 2018
Typhoon - Rorschach

Typhoon - Rorschach


Typhoon is back with their fourth album, Offerings (out tomorrow), which will also be their first album since 2013. The main man behind the band, Kyle Morton, has discussed how he's interested in the loss of memory, both on the individual level and collectively as a society. “Rorschach,” the second track on the album, speaks to that theme (“How you gonna hold on to your memories?/ How you gonna hold on when you know that you can’t?”). Based on the track list, this album is sure to be a journey through the emotional phases of loss, with “Rorschach” marking a cathartic moment of frustration about the circumstances that you've been presented with. 

Jenny Gumbert on January 11, 2018
Goodfight - Florida Room

Goodfight - Florida Room


Goodfight’s self-proclaimed genre “is what it is,” and this single, the title track from their recently released album Florida Room captures that feeling perfectly. It is slow and beachy — with a guitar twang reminiscent of Mac Demarco and complementary, dreamy lead vocals mixing so pleasantly as they slowly croon each individual word. Florida rooms are typically filled with windows to let in light, and Goodfight brings that same vein of openness to their work. “Florida Room” lingers on more beautiful moments, like the “warm days in June” — the memories of which keep us warm through the winter. Goodfight has delivered another sweet, earnest and catchy melody with "Florida Room," and these moments are equally as abundant throughout the entire album. 

Hannah Maier-Katkin on January 11, 2018
Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies

Kat Cunning - Wild Poppies


A swaying pop track with Americana hues, “Wild Poppies” is Kat Cunning’s musical contribution to a queer reimagining of The Wizard of Oz. The Broadway star’s take on the pivotal film suggests an alternative ending to Dorothy’s journey, where she abandons her return to the sepia-framed Kansas in favor of a more permanent stay, transfixed within the scarlet, opiate-infused poppy field. With the gaudy glimmer of the emerald city set in her sights and a dizzying new desire to “bloom,” Cunning wistfully frays at the edges of a technicolor dream, sparking a truly promising artistic vision in the process. "Wild Poppies" precedes the release of Cunning's debut EP this year.

Shane Dutta on January 11, 2018
Pale Grey - Seasons

Pale Grey - Seasons


Belgian indie group Pale Grey’s single, “Seasons” off of their new album, Waves is the perfect complement to a quiet fall afternoon. It starts off with a simple beat and some garage-like synths that quickly fill up the track with a feeling of longing. Though it sits at just over two minutes, the song packs an emotional punch with minimal production. It asks the question of whether or not you can go on when the one you love passes away, and in that contemplation is where the song shines.

Nick Arcos on January 10, 2018
Obliques - Instant Pleasure

Obliques - Instant Pleasure


"Instant Pleasure" by Obliques is a true groove, with a funky bass line working hand-in-hand with the simple but crucial drum beat. The song is somehow laid back and driven at the same time, giving off a feeling of, well, instant pleasure. Starting out simple and building to a cohesive big band sound, this song's lyrics lament the tragedy versus blessing dichotomy of instant gratification. In the chorus, Zach Van Hoozer admits, "I can't remember what I used to do," with background vocals echoing, "every night."

Grace Eire on January 9, 2018
Marlon Williams - Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore

Marlon Williams - Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore


Marlon Williams recently released his new single “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore” from upcoming album Make Way For Love set to be released early this year. This single is a duet with fellow New Zealand singer/songwriter Aldous Harding and it feels a lot like we have dipped our ears into their conversation. The two voices blend seamlessly as the title becomes a mantra between them in the chorus. This guitar-driven ballad is timeless and melancholy as it muses over themes of defeat and surrender.

Nicole Rodriguez on January 9, 2018

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