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Loyal Lobos - Burn
Loyal Lobos - Burn

Loyal Lobos - Burn


Loyal Lobos' debut EP releases today with soft-rock song "Burn" as its stand-out. It’s a song you can’t help to sway to and her youthful vocals drive the somber lyrics home. The LA native’s voice carries a relatable longing felt by her words and heard in her voice. The lines "You hold me just like my mother does, it hurts like hell / You broke, so watch me burn again" evoke a particular and familiar sadness. The simple percussion and guitar push her echo-y vocals to the forefront of the track with a slightly haunting aura as they intensify into the chorus — a feeling almost like finding something you thought you’d lost. Loyal Lobos' “Burn” is a sad song well-done. 

Jazzmyne Pearson on November 14, 2018
Nana Adjoa - Simmer Down

Nana Adjoa - Simmer Down


Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa recently released new EP A Tale so Familiar, a gorgeous collection of songs, with "Simmer Down" being the closing track. As an electric guitar and a piano usher in a calming and almost lullaby-like tone the themes of stories and nostalgia flood the song. The first verse gives us the setting of a comfortable house where records are spinning while the inhabitants eat "sweet bread" and drink "ageless wine." Adjoa refers to it all as "A tale so familiar," giving us the notion that something that once good and comfortable has now ceased to exist. There is a sadness to the song that is undeniable but it's coupled with a feeling of idllyic peace, as if living in past memories somehow makes them alive again. With her enwrapping voice and well-crafted lyrics, Nana Adjoa is the exactly kind of artist that we love to shine light on. Take a listen to "Simmer Down" to see for yourself.

Dara Bankole on November 13, 2018
Taylor Janzen - Better Now

Taylor Janzen - Better Now


Canadian singer-songwriter Taylor Janzen is a self-proclaimed “sad song enthusiast” and a fiercely honest lyricist. If you haven’t already gathered from the title “Better Now” this song is a personal and introspective tour through Taylor Janzen’s past and present battle with mental illness. The song deals with depression and the human condition in a refreshingly original way. While it’s a sad ballad dedicated to depression, it doesn't give the listener a dismal or lost feeling. Janzen is only 19 years old but she has mastered the art of channeling her feelings into beautiful lyrics. She has also clearly conquered fingerpicking her guitar. Her steady picking underscores the entire song and is met with another cavernously deep guitar picking notes to make her words not only underlined, but bold too. Fans of Phoebe Bridgers, Jade Bird and even a Speak Now-era Taylor Swift will appreciate Taylor Janzen's smooth voice and honest lyrics. “Better Now” is a perfect song for walking in the cold with your hands in your pockets watching snow quietly fall as you think back on your own struggles.

Kyra Bruce on November 13, 2018
Valley Maker - Light On The Ground

Valley Maker - Light On The Ground


This track — incredibly reflective and self-aware in its lyrics — is dreamy and driven in the arrangement. The consistent and simple drum beat keeps it alert and alive, while the plucking of the guitar adds the kind of foggy, misty feeling that comes along with nostalgia. “The weight on my mind it starts with you / I’m gone two weeks and I lost my tune,” he sings with a tinge of sadness. Austin Crane, the man behind Valley Maker, has a soothing tone while remaining bright, and he compliments it with careful instrumentation. On “Light On The Ground” in particular, a crooning sax floats through the other components, a yearning answer to his human voice.

Grace Eire on November 12, 2018
The Evening Attraction - Out On A Trip

The Evening Attraction - Out On A Trip


"Out On A Trip" is the latest single by Chicago rock & roll band, The Evening Attraction. This tune was recorded straight to analog and produced by Twin Peaks', Colin Croom. As a listener you feel the pulse and the progression of the well-crafted lyrics. "Awake in a dream / But the night's not ending / You think you're asleep / But your eyes wide open / You know who you are / But now you're forgetting." Each verse paints an abstract picture, an out of body experience. But the chorus is repetitious and clever in a way that brings you back realizing it was just a trip, and it's all in your head. The Evening Attraction is creating music lyrically that is contemporary enough to stand amongst its peers but melodically respectful of the classics. The Farfisa Organ is reminiscent of the late 60s with vocal harmonies to match. These boys are the ones to watch. Stay tuned for more new music coming in early 2019.

Sophia Theofanos on November 12, 2018
Tallies - Beat the Heart

Tallies - Beat the Heart


With every corner of its soundscape filled to the brim with dreampop’s characteristic delay effects, it’s tough to make out every word of every line of Tallies’ new single, “Beat the Heart.” But that’s not really the point. Singer Sarah Cogan’s voice proudly shows the influence of The Smiths on the whole band, echoing Morrissey’s emotive depth and long syllables. The band describes this song as a rallying cry against “the lack of empathy that exists so strongly today” and hides that message in an airy earworm, hoping that it will carry listeners through difficult elections cycles and long nights post-Daylight Savings Time. Tallies announced their arrival into the world with their first single “Mother,” another entry from their new album due in January, more surf-pop than shoegaze in both sound and imagery, Tallies show that they are able to blend and contort their many influences into modern sounds.

Daniel Shanker on November 12, 2018
Ackerman - Loverboy

Ackerman - Loverboy


Ackerman’s “Loverboy” is the heartwarming single you need as the days get shorter. Bringing us back to summertime memories via Beach Boys-esque harmonies and vibrations, the dream-pop trio recalls an awkward first date. The airy falsetto takes the forefront over ambient guitars and a funky drum loop that will have you bopping along. Ackerman effortlessly fuses sounds that could easily stand on their own into a unique, complete track. The attention to detail from the muffled intro to the subtle vocal backings allows you to explore something new with every listen. With the band's debut EP releasing on Nov 16, we're sure there's a lot in store for these Brooklyn new-comers!

Lizzy Jones on November 9, 2018
Kuinka - Wet Cement

Kuinka - Wet Cement


Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, says Kuinka singer Miranda Zickler, albeit with a far more vibrant energy. “Wet Cement” is a bouncy tune punctuated by Rick Astley-inspired drum fills and quick guitar trills, while low-end synths blend with Jillian Walker’s growling cello. Lucius fans will appreciate the song’s subdued dance vibe and the vocal harmonies panned out wide, but the lyrics paint a darker picture of “landmines and concrete clearing out the town.” 

“Wet Cement” calls to mind things that are never finished, never good enough or always improving, worry not if those improvements are for better or for worse. “Every wall here says the phrase / ‘Heaven wants to hold me down,’” sings Zickler, with some abstract ideal of perfection preventing others from being content with anything. Based out of Seattle, the imagery most obviously alludes to the rapid growth and gentrification of the city, but Kuinka praises the good, rather than the perfect, in all its forms. The second half of the song is a wordless celebration of the present, honoring what we have now and slowly building upon itself rather than tearing down the groundwork to create something potentially shinier.

Daniel Shanker on November 9, 2018
Major Murphy - Come By Sunday

Major Murphy - Come By Sunday


Before you even hit play, the title of "Come By Sunday" will accurately give away the essence of this song. Easy like a Sunday morning and twinged with the nostalgic sound Major Murphy has come to master, this love song bares semblance to the folk classics. "Come By Sunday" shows us a side of a slow, down-beat song that's more picturesque and loving than sad, much like Simon & Garfunkel's legendary tunes. "I think we can go a whole long way together / Remember where we've been," frontman Jacob Bullard sings. After their debut album released this year, the band decided to pay homage to their past by releasing an EP of bedroom recordings from a time where Bullard was still honing his sound and songwriting craft. Named after the house the EP was written and recorded at, the Lafayette EP holds warmth and history within it, which is beautifully seen in its first single.

Dara Bankole on November 9, 2018
Birch - Labor Fruit

Birch - Labor Fruit


"Labor Fruit" by NYC-based indie-pop duo, Birch is out today! Listening to "Labor Fruit" feels like one insanely gratifying deep breath. The etherial quality to the music production and to singer-songwriter Michelle Birsky's voice creates a very calm inquisitive approach to a very noteworthy subject matter. We've stood here once before / It didn't go so well / We stood at the door / Knocked down the door/ Let's push down the door. / The song looks back on the feminist movement of the past and reflects on where we are today. It's about coming up against adversity and questioning whether or not you can keep on fighting. Be on the look out for Birch's debut LP femme.one coming early 2019. In the meantime see Birch live with Eyal Hai & Friend Roulette at Elsewhere on 11/17!

Sophia Theofanos on November 8, 2018
Frances Cone - Wide Awake

Frances Cone - Wide Awake


Nashville's Frances Cone recently released their new and noteworthy single, "Wide Awake" off of their upcoming album Late Riser. The song mixes different elements from soft-pop to electro and infuses it into one synth-filled emotional track. As Christina Cone sings the chorus the breathy echos and harmonies fill up the airwaves and resemble a mosaic, each separate piece beautifully fitting together to make a work of art. It's no doubt that her vast musical background expanding from classical music to popular music has helped her create a clear vision for her own music. Together Christina Cone and Andrew Doherty create Frances Cone's enchanting and innovative soul pop sound. Be sure to check out our Buzzsession with them from back in March and stay tuned for their new album Late Riser out early next year!

Dara Bankole on November 8, 2018

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