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Malena Zavala - Could You Stay
Malena Zavala - Could You Stay

Malena Zavala - Could You Stay


The weather is finally warmer, people are sneaking out of the office a little bit earlier, and Malena Zavala has a new album out. In other words, we’re not quite in summer yet, but we’re damn close. "Could You Stay" is a bittersweet summertime tune, capturing both the warmth of falling in love and the complications that come with that. Fittingly, the aesthetics of the music would be equally comfortable on an evening patio or behind a closed door of a bedroom. Zavala’s vocals tie the whole song together, with melodic lines that hang above a collection of guitars and Latin rhythms. The album is called Aliso and available now.

Matt Megan on May 7, 2018
Pavo Pavo - Statue Is A Man Inside

Pavo Pavo - Statue Is A Man Inside


In the midst of great change, we often find ourselves feeling detached from the rest of the world. Especially after a breakup, a thrust into the spotlight and the constant motion of tour, it is only natural to harden and place boundaries that can leave one in isolation. "Statue Is A Man Inside" explores this by excavating the softness and warmth that is shielded so vehemently after pain, and transmuting it into impenetrable beauty. This is experimental pop band Pavo Pavo's newest single since their critically acclaimed debut album Young Narrator In The Breakers. The song is full of lush textures and layers of vocals by co-founders Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. The two incredibly gifted musicians have taken part in many collaborations at the intersection of classical and pop music since their debut, including Bagg's work in new music with John Zorn and Roomful of Teeth and Hill's work with The Dirty Projectors and Beck. "Statue Is A Man Inside" was written as a conversation between the two, sung to one another while sitting at an organ after a whirlwind of change, revealing their innermost thoughts through the music. The magic of their collaboration comes through in this song, as it captures the softening of human beings to one another, and the blossoming that occurs subsequently. 

Nicole Rodriguez on May 4, 2018
Kadhja Bonet - Delphine

Kadhja Bonet - Delphine


Improvisation and extemporaneous flow are practices that, by definition, shun a blueprint. That Kadhja Bonet is able to emulate that unconstrained sentiment in her newest single while maintaining meticulous control of every note might be her greatest sleight of hand yet. "Delphine" is a song established on the thickest of bass lines while also leaning heavily on Bonet’s hazy, hypnotizing vocals. Weaved in the midst of her retro psychedelia, though, is an amazing ear for the tiniest details: watch for the drum entrance and its corresponding echoes, the careful use of harmony throughout, the atmospheric arpeggios and the slowly building lyrical narrative. Bonet’s sophomore album will be released this spring in conjunction with Anderson .Paak’s OBE.

Matt Megan on May 3, 2018
The Beths - Whatever

The Beths - Whatever


New Zealand band The Beths found each other while studying jazz in school, but their sound is based more on their shared love of 90’s pop-punk. Their technical education and their childhood passions come together to make something catchy and sophisticated. They just recently signed to Carpark Records and re-released their debut EP Warm Blood. Their song “Whatever” off of the EP features playful background vocals and harmonies to bounce off of the melody while guitars add just enough drive to the track. The whole thing is bright and packed with irresistible hooks and nuanced little instrumental moments to keep you on your toes. Each of the songs on this EP has its own flavor, and it’s exciting to see such an eclectic yet consistent set of songs bunched together in one package.

Grace Eire on May 3, 2018
Winter - Zoey

Winter - Zoey


Winter, fronted by songwriter Samira Winter, just released their newest album, Ethereality. “Zoey,” the third track on the record, is an uplifting, dreamy track that repeats “I feel alive where you are” like a gentle mantra. The individual instruments pop their heads up from the bright wave of that shoegaze sound every now and again to add a playful riff or an optimistic line. The band certainly succeeds in their goal of connecting people to their inner children with their music, as this track has that distinct feeling of a carefree spring day spent outside with someone you truly love. It’s like a daydream, or a time warp that takes you back to much simpler times.

Grace Eire on May 2, 2018
Aisha Burns - Must Be A Way

Aisha Burns - Must Be A Way


Overwhelmed by the death of her mother and the start of a new relationship, Aisha Burns sings of ineffable turmoil in “Must Be A Way.” The stunning four-minute track, which takes inspiration from the vast West Texas desert, is anchored by Burns’ powerful yet vulnerable voice. A careful and beautiful violin arrangement blossoms and shifts around her words, providing a rich emotional landscape to an already heartrending song.

Aisha Burns’ second full-length, Argonauta, releases May 25 via Western Vinyl.

James Liance on May 2, 2018
Eliza Shaddad - White Lines

Eliza Shaddad - White Lines


Eliza Shaddad’s long-anticipated debut album is finally on its way — and quite worth the wait. “White Lines,” the stunning first single off of Future, begins as a melodic dream-pop confection and then gradually unfolds into an expansive indie-rock ballad. “If I drive away, far from you, can I get free from this?” Shaddad’s captivating voice meanders like the short white tally marks on the highway. How many must we pass to out-travel the past and the present? The London songstress spends five minutes exploring this sentiment in a lush musical landscape. We couldn’t be more excited about Future.

Kaycie Satterfield on May 1, 2018
Shlomo Franklin - Don't Love Anybody

Shlomo Franklin - Don't Love Anybody


Shlomo Franklin explores the unknown landscape of moving on in his new single. “Don’t Love Anybody” is the title track off of the New York-based singer-songwriter’s debut EP. Franklin’s broken voice cries above a twinkly and marchlike arrangement. “I can take sleeping pills/  I don’t need you to help me sleep at night/ I can even learn to live without you/ But please don’t love anybody else,” he pleads, acknowledging an often unspoken human fear: that someone with whom we have shared the depths and reaches of our experience could share that with someone new. The song, beginning with a sweet guitar part, reaches a musical and emotional high as strings soar, tremolo-heavy electric guitar moans and Franklin meditates on the sentiment of the song. “Please don’t love anybody else,” he repeats time and time again. Don’t Love Anybody comes out May 18. Until then, enjoy this saccharine and sad gem.

Kaycie Satterfield on April 30, 2018
David Urbinati - Overtake Me

David Urbinati - Overtake Me


West Palm Beach, FL native, David Urbinati recently released his first full-length album, WAVE.S, a collection of music that depicts his own emotional waves through song. "Overtake Me" is the first single off the album, with a mixture of buoyant electronic vibes and a message of self-empowerment, David creates a sound that is raw without being heavy. It's both an earnest and refreshing take on a song of self-empowerment and within it lies a steady mantra of overcoming rather than be overtaken. "I feel the fight is getting older/ Still I won't let it overtake me." Be sure to check out this song and the rest of his album on all streaming platforms. 

Dara Bankole on April 30, 2018
Deeper - Pavement

Deeper - Pavement


Chicago-based band Deeper's self-titled debut album reflects on the chaos and anxiety of living in today's world. "Pavement," one of the nine tracks of the album, has a moody yet thoughtful intro that leads into the dreamy vocals of guitarist and lead singer, Nic Gohl. The ethereal yet poignant lyrics carry the track through the driving melody that's sure to evoke all the feels. Check the out the album out May 25 on Fire Talk.

Madison Hetterly on April 27, 2018
Holm - Hope

Holm - Hope


Mikkel Holm-Silkjær of Holm may only be 23 years old, but he’s already had an impressive musical career including collaborations with Brooch, Fright Eye, Happy Hookers For Jesus, Urban Achievers and Yung. However, this is an entirely solo project, with only his hands to touch each and every step of the process. You know that it’s extremely personal to him because he’s used his own name, and has created a sprawling yet concise track that’s difficult to define. He doesn’t exactly follow your “typical” modern song structure. The bones of this song are more along the lines of a classical composition, with themes and motifs placed with delicate intention. Still, it’s got crashing, cymbal-heavy drums, contrasted with catchy melodic phrases. Everything ties together with an undeniable force of energy that breathes through the whole song. This is the first track off of Holms’ debut album Dappled EP for Tough Love Records, which will be released May 4.

Grace Eire on April 27, 2018

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