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Misty Mtn - Guess Who's Back
Misty Mtn - Guess Who's Back

Misty Mtn - Guess Who's Back


Imagine the combination of Western style, Icelandic aesthetic, and Brooklyn beats and you’d be spot on describing the music of Brooklyn based indie pop duo Misty Mtn. With their dark synths and soft folk stylings, the band, consisting of Montana native Morissa Trunzo and L.A. native Luas Segall, have been consistently creating tracks with their signature “dark mountain pop” sound, including their latest track “Guess Who’s Back.” The is track comprised of dark and synthy beats, catchy guitar riffs and keys, and smooth and smoky vocals that touch on feelings of nostalgia and the memories that get triggered by those feelings. The duo have successfully weaved together their influences from their Western roots, Trunzo having grown up singing at rodeos in Montana and Segall in indie bands in his hometown of Los Angeles, to create a unique modern electro pop sound that fans love.

Alessandra Rincon on October 29, 2018
Casey Dubie - Silver

Casey Dubie - Silver


Indie newcomer Casey Dubie officially released her debut album Into the Moon today and starts off the record with the dreamy and lovelorn track "Silver." With the panning of the guitar, vocals, and piano there is an intricacy in the music that perfectly allows Dubie's lyrics to shine. A quiet bravery fills her voice as she admits her faults and validates the she has made mistakes. Still, as the song progress there is a confidence gained that tells of a love that is stronger than past grievances. The shimmer of chimes and synths, comes in at just the right places and while most of the song is filled with the emotions that come with apologies and nostalgia, we do get to also hear the silver lining she sees her love to be. With a track thats gorgeous production parallels its artistry and lyrics, it's clear that Casey Dubie is on the right path. Be sure to listen to the rest of her debut record Into the Moon out today on all platforms!

Dara Bankole on October 26, 2018
Anna Tivel - Fenceline

Anna Tivel - Fenceline


Anna Tivel waxes poetic in today's release entitled “Fenceline.” A simple, raw and emotional intro of vocals and keys breaks into tension-building strings, only to cathartically resolve with Tivel’s unparalleled story telling. With nostalgia-laced visions of the border, The Portland singer/songwriter’s specificity is quintessential to the visceral melancholy she emanates. While looking for our place as listeners within her story, we find it deeply seated in familiar characters, snapshots of daily life, and most importantly, a shared emotion. Her poetry comes alive as shared through music, with thoughtfully crafted melodies. We can’t wait to see what comes next with her album release in April 2019. 

Lizzy Jones on October 26, 2018
Twain - Young God (gotta lotta feeling)

Twain - Young God (gotta lotta feeling)


The static buzz from a tape deck signals endless possibility. Pressing play, it could be any number of your favorite songs as the white noise gives way to a more intentional, more meaningful sound. With all of the charming quirk of the opening credits of a Michael Cera movie and the familiarity of a record that has collected decades worth of dust, Mat Davidson sits on the floor examining the state of his life at the end of a relationship in “Young God (gotta lotta feeling),” the first single from Twain’s upcoming 2019 release. He doesn’t take the opportunity to pity himself, as those opportunities come far too frequently in life, admitting that he “was a loser.” Instead, on that fateful Thanksgiving Day, he is grateful for the life that he lives, the connection he made (however impermanent it was) and the boundless future that lies before him. Rather than brood in the silence of a now-empty house, he presses play on the tape-deck-static-soundtrack to the rest of his life. He’s still figuring things out — the guitar and piano never quite line up (in the most endearing way) and he tests the uncertain waters of a time signature change to 11/8 in the (smoothly executed) outro — but the song ends with the same static, the same wide open door. “I know there’s nothing more from life that I could ask.”

Daniel Shanker on October 26, 2018
Pronoun - You Didn’t Even Make the Bed

Pronoun - You Didn’t Even Make the Bed


Brooklyn-based artist pronoun has been hard at work on her upcoming debut album and today she’s sharing her latest synth-pop single, “you didn’t even make the bed.” The track opens with a pulsating drumbeat and infectious guitar chords that make for an instant foot-tapper. She sings with a distinctive, raspy voice about an exhaustive break up that left her feeling overwhelmed and indignant. "I wrote this when I got home after an ex had just moved out and left it kind of a mess, when I just wanted to scream at the sky, when it was the final straw.” Her frustrations can be heard through her lyrics and fervent vocals as pronoun describes the transition of feelings she felt from sad, to defeated, to downright angry. She uses her songwriting as her own form of healing, exercising the mantra “take your broken heart, make it into art.”

Shayna Chabrow on October 26, 2018
Ritual Talk - Plans

Ritual Talk - Plans


Brooklyn-based trio Ritual Talk wastes no time getting into their lush style of indie rock on the fourth single and title-track, “Plans,” off their debut album out November 9. “Get up out your head and get some working done,” songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Desimine, opens the song, immediately hitting you with his absolutely sultry vocal and setting the space for a pleasant groove that’s anchored by the pulse of an arpeggiated synth. Tom Criblez supplies a drum beat that has a triplet feel and it is strengthened by the psychedelic guitar supplied by fellow multi-instrumentalist, Dylan Gleit. “Plans,” is a work to inspire you to get out and go do good in the world, but you won’t be able to help getting distracted by the swagger of this song. New Yorkers can find them tonight at their homecoming show at C'mon Everybody in Brooklyn! 

Deanna DiLandro on October 25, 2018
Chase McBride - Pink Lemonade

Chase McBride - Pink Lemonade


Singer-songwriter Chase McBride combines his gentle and optimistic vocals with sweet and folky instrumentation in his latest single “Pink Lemonade.” The San Francisco native’s track is an easy-going and vulnerable tune making it a perfect listen for those lazy Sunday mornings. At first “Pink Lemonade” begins focusing on McBride’s signature soft vocals and then gradually swells into a blanket of sound that wraps listeners up with lyrics touching on love and memories of a relationship involving feelings of safety and a love for pink lemonade. In the song’s final swell, listeners hear a slight break with the addition of an almost inaudible voicemail left by the singer’s lover, mixed with uplifting guitar riffs, and the gentle fading away of McBride’s voice. This song is sun-drenched in positivity and reminds fans to have faith in love because like McBride sings in its final moments, “It’ll be ok.”

Alessandra Rincon on October 25, 2018
Owel - I Saw Red

Owel - I Saw Red


For such a pretty song, OWEL’s “I Saw Red” is as tense as they come. The choruses soar with an orchestral beauty not often paired with the suspense of the quietly haunting verses, showing off the New Jersey band’s versatility and mastery of emotional expression. Singer Jay Sakong uses colors to represent clearly delineated absolutes — the blue of sadness, the color draining altogether from a horrified face or the stark black-and-white contrast of finality and hope, how a goodbye can be loaded with the context of either “Nice to know you” or “Hope to see you soon.” “It’s the most honest and straight forward song I've ever written, and I think there's a real honesty and innocence in that simplicity,” says Sakong. But it is still full of surprises, as he worries that things are not so cut and dry after all. “I found / That this certain shade / I used to see as grey would fade,” he sings, and this realization is a jarring one. The gorgeous orchestration enters the uncanny valley of digital sound, not quite real as the instruments are pulled menacingly out of key. Even through the sepia-toned lens and rose-colored shades, those tans and reds are all just shades of grey.

Daniel Shanker on October 25, 2018
Fenne Lily - Bud

Fenne Lily - Bud


It's been a big year for England's indie-folk songwriter Fenne Lily. After a handful of releases on Spotify, she released her first full-length album On Hold and is already singing to sold out crowdsAlthough the album came out in April, it's one we still find ourselves going back to and "Bud" is the perfect of why. Both delicate and universal, Fenne Lily captures us in this gorgeous three minute song and makes us feel everything she's singing. "You're on my mind / And I'd like to talk things through / You're on my mind and I know I'll never do." The waters of words unsaid are often murky and treading through them means having to decipher between what is necessary, risky, or both. With just an acoustic guitar and a voice that is at times so soft it seems angelic, Fenne Lily sings bravely into the face of uncertainty with her armor down. Be sure to catch her on tour with Lucy Dacus and also Andy Shauf this fall!

Dara Bankole on October 24, 2018
Kadhja Bonet - The Watch

Kadhja Bonet - The Watch


Nearly five months after the initial release of her second album, Kadhja Bonet has put out into the world a collection of outtakes from the making of Childqueen. “The Watch” — a soft spoken ballad of questions — is apart of the Childqueen Outtakes EP, a set of songs that the California-based singer/songwriter believed “deserved to have a life of their own.” Bonet’s voice sails along a subtle, but undeniably psychedelic-pop undercurrent, “Bring on the sun / bring on the sun.” And as the temperature shifts, fall progressing into winter, “The Watch” has a timing that could not be better. But, we have a feeling that the song is speaking to more than a change in weather, but to the way life passes us by season to season, year to year. Bonet asks us, “Does anybody know what happened to yesterday? / It was gone before I noticed” and we relate, we understand exactly what she is asking — even if we don’t know the answer ourselves. A song that carries itself with grace through a sea of existential uncertainty, “The Watch” exists in a space of its own, ringing with emotional resonance.

Tiffany Hernandez on October 24, 2018
SASAMI - Not the Time

SASAMI - Not the Time


Los Angeles singer-songwriter SASAMI recently released her second single ever, “Not The Time.” Filled with distorted guitars, she wistfully sings about a difficult breakup that she can’t seem to shake off. She croons through the song like an open diary, confessing that the relationship ended because it occurred at the wrong time and place. Within the midst of the track, she breaks into a piercing guitar solo that fazes out and reveals emotive synths. Thunderous percussions bring out her angst and the noise level becomes louder as she tries to drown out her sense of malaise. At the end, her voice breaks as she sings the last line filled with hope, “But you said that you would save some space for us.” SASAMI's openness is an endearing quality of her musicianship and it’s something we hope she continues to use across her releases.

Shayna Chabrow on October 23, 2018

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