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Moda Spira - Divorce
Moda Spira - Divorce

Moda Spira - Divorce


Singer-songwriter Latifah Alattas pours out her heart and soul with the MODA SPIRA track “Divorce.” The song is a slow, smooth ballad that embodies the feelings of coming to terms with the fact a long term, committed relationship is coming to a close. Alattas heartfeltly sings “I want a divorce. This is now our course” and reminisces over the moment she and her former lover came to the conclusion to end things. With a hypnotic and emotional piano playing in the background she vulnerably sings, “You said it was not love but that was not enough” and “Your face was stoic and cold as my face laid in my palms." The track comes to a close with Alattas singing simple and heart-wrenching vocalizations, almost like crying, as the keys slow down and eventually end on a solemn note.

Alessandra Rincon on November 27, 2018
The Undercover Dream Lovers - Right Now

The Undercover Dream Lovers - Right Now


Introspective synth-ballad “Right Now” by The Undercover Dream Lovers comes as their newest single. Notes of disco, pop and rock all meld together for a smooth, summery bop. From the synth solo dance break in the middle of the song to the electric guitar riffs and far-out vocals echoing throughout, you can’t help but sway to the sound of this track. Love almost lost is the central theme of this song framed around a certain 70s-esque psychedelia. The Undercover Dream Lovers' Matt Koenig echoes the persuasion of someone reluctant to let go or be let go of with his unique vocals singing, “You wanna let me go / “I’m right before you now”/ So find your way back / Right now. The lyrics feel less like a plea to a lost lover, and more like permission granted to the listener to dance to the rhythm of the song itself — something that is not hard to do at all.

Jazzmyne Pearson on November 26, 2018
Rookin - If I Didn't Know You By Now

Rookin - If I Didn't Know You By Now


Brooklyn-based, Americana band Rookin blend a generous mixture of folk, rock, and soul into their newest single "If I Didn't Know You By Now." Named after a pseudo-mythical Louisiana shark, Rookin, a group of young musicians making music for old souls, have dug up their Americana roots and planted a modern, twist on southern rock. In this track, Rookin softly sings over acoustic guitars and gentle percussions to create a warm sound reminiscent of Joshua Radin. Their tender, atmospheric twang draws listeners in without pushing away those who typically stray away from the country trademark. "If I Didn't Know You By Now" is about understanding someone on such a deep level that words aren't needed to explain their actions. It's a great introduction to the rest of Rookin's debut album, Unionism, out November 30!

Shayna Chabrow on November 26, 2018
Sister Kit - Someone to Blame

Sister Kit - Someone to Blame


Bringing a new life to reverb-washed indie music, Sister Kit, Nashville's mood rock outfit, has developed a guitar attitude that has a distinct amber warmth. On the song, "Someone to Blame," from their debut EP, Slow Recovery, band catalyst Abby Clark crafts a woozy psychedelia that mixes alternative and western-leaning singer/songwriter styles. Her honeyed vocal croon has a wonderful, light twang that brings with it the folk-nostalgia of young Stevie Nicks singing "Landslide." When paired with the no-fuss instrumentation of Robbie Jackson on guitar, Abraham Fongnaly on drums and Parker Van Der Hyde on bass, the four-piece welcomes you into a minimalistic groove that gently grows. Clark builds a narrative that speaks to whoever she’s talked with on the phone for hours that it’s ok for her to change her mind. She repeats the words, "I owe you nothing,” and the song is anchored in that reminder. Despite this fact, sometimes people just need to find someone to blame.  

Deanna DiLandro on November 26, 2018
Foxwarren - Everything Apart

Foxwarren - Everything Apart


Saskatchewanian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf has returned with new music and a new band, Foxwarren, comprised of Shauf's childhood friends. The first of two new singles, "Everything Apart" is a hot take on the Canadian's signature indie folk-rock sound: a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-esque chorus filled with vocal harmonies surrounded by a mathy yet groovy verse composed of the elements performing in different meters. Like most of Shauf's music, the uniqueness is addictive and Foxwarren's upcoming LP, out 11/30, will likely continue his streak of stunners.

Bobby Lewis on November 26, 2018
Shy Beast - Flowers Grow

Shy Beast - Flowers Grow


Shy Beast's "Flowers Grow" is a saccharine electro-pop flash. The indie group from Austin, Texas has an EP coming on November 30th, and "Flowers Grow" is the last bit of hype they're giving us before they release the real deal. The bouncy, optimistic single could be the score to a montage from your favorite early 2000s movie. You know, the one that occurs at that moment when the protagonists start making healthy life choices and realize how much they have to be grateful for. The song tells the story of two people who resist the pressure to freak about their own insecurities and instead decide to enjoy life and watch the "flowers grow." Frontwoman Mariclaire Glaeser sings with a Jenny Lewis-like precision, "He never seemed to mind / Watching all his friends move away to start new lives." The idea is not to worry about what's going on "out there," and to just enjoy the here and now. If you still think indie-rock is a bunch of moaning sad boys, just look Shy Beast's way.

Jacqueline Zeisloft on November 21, 2018
Wilderado - Sorrow (Acoustic)

Wilderado - Sorrow (Acoustic)


Originally from Oklahoma and Texas, indie-folk-rock band Wilderado carry their roots deep within them. After releasing three EPs in the last three years, the band has garnered well-deserved attention and has since played festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Within their newest EP Favors is an rock gem called "Sorrow" that possesses special musical and lyrical qualities. Nevertheless, this acoustic version shows the bare bones of the song, exposing new levels of vulnerability. Opening up with steady guitar picking and frontman Max Rainer's dynamic voice, the song tells of having a relationship with a deep sadness that then affects other vital relationships. "Let’s talk sweetly like all our love is false / Like we can stick around I’ll say too much/ I’ll let you down with sorrow’s touch," Rainer confesses. While melancholic in nature, the sweetness of this acoustic version uplifts the song as a whole. If this is your first introduction to Wilderado, "Sorrow" is bound to make a lasting first impression.

Dara Bankole on November 21, 2018
Neighbor Lady - Oh Honey

Neighbor Lady - Oh Honey


Calling themselves “the missing link between indie-rock and classic country,” Neighbor Lady released their debut album, Maybe Later this past May. It features the single “Oh Honey," an upbeat and sassy track about a fight between two friends over the same guy. The Atlanta-based band is comprised of Emily Braden, Jack Blauvelt, Meredith Hanscom and Andrew McFarland. Braden is the singer-songwriter of the group and “Oh Honey” is based on a real friendship breakup. “Oh honey, what’s all the fuss about,” asks Braden, slightly condescendingly but mostly playfully. Complete with a catchy opening drum fill and an infectious piano driven chorus, Braden unleashes her true feelings about the futility of friendship feuds. The rest of the record alternates between indie rock infused with moments of bedroom pop to twangy, country inspired numbers that showcase Braden’s powerful vocals and the band’s desire to breakdown genre barriers. Oh, and be sure check out their music video for “Oh Honey,” which was shot entirely by the band on an iPhone 8.

Olivia Clark on November 20, 2018
Jenny Hval - Spells

Jenny Hval - Spells


A Long Sleep, Jenny Hval’s most recent album, was released this past May off of Sacred Bones Records. Off of the record comes a song which questions what we know about the indie/ambient music coming from the Norwegian artist. "Spells," from beginning to end, manages to ebb in and out of itself, both clarifying and mystifying the sonic landscape that the work dwells in. The song manages to cast a spell over its listener, manipulating their emotions with the wide variety of instruments used throughout. Hval’s use of layering creates a piece that is at atmospheric and infused with a sweet pop twinge, allowing the piece to walk the line between the experimental and the mainstream. With an airy mixture of piano, trumpets, saxophones and percussion, the production of the work is a perfectly mixed potion in a deep and overflowing cauldron of sound. The chorus could come off as foreboding, but instead is delivered as a kind promise to the unknown ‘you’ in the song “We will not be a awake for long / We’ll meet in the smallest great unknown.” With "Spells," Hval is transfixing her listeners, while creating an experimental song which allows the listener to dig into the meaning of the work, while also being a spacious and exciting rhythmic bop.

Samantha Weisenthal on November 20, 2018
Bogan Via - Videos

Bogan Via - Videos


California duo Bogan Via craft earwormy soundscapes that evoke the glitz and grit of LA, serving it up up with a healthy dose of irony and realism. Their newest single "Videos" is a thick slice of base driven dream pop, packed with nuanced melodies, bittersweet piano lines and slinky club beats. The breathy vocals of Madeleine Miller convey the innate emptiness hiding under the songs surface level imagery, supporting the pointedly dark production from male counterpoint Bret Bender. As their songwriting has evolved, Bogan Via have proven to have a real knack for playing with the Top 40 format, flipping it on it's head and authenticating it through their conscious approach to songwriting, creating something that is both highly accessible and truly unique to their experience.

Mike Olinger on November 20, 2018
Good Night Gold Dust - In Water

Good Night Gold Dust - In Water


Happy Single Release Day to Good Night Gold Dust! The indie electronic quartet hails from Mankato, Minnesota and consists of members Laura Schultz, Colin Scharf, Zach Arney and Michelle Roche. Across GNGD's repertoire, guitarists Schultz and Scharf switch off on lead vocals, providing dynamic emotional texture from track to track. Prior to the release of their six-song EP, It Could Have Been You, the group gifts us with the gorgeous single, “In Water.”  Schultz takes the reigns on “In Water,” opening the song with the simple yet confrontational line, “You’re someone new / You’re someone different.” “In Water” is about what Schultz describes as "identity formation... How we change and how we keep changing.” She’s both delicate and fierce as she delivers the song’s poetic verses, exuding influences from the queen Björk and indie rock goddess Karen O. The song explodes in the last chorus as syncopated 808s drive the crisp guitars and cosmic electronic sounds home. In a magnificent choir of carefully layered harmonies, Schultz’s sings over and over again “It's changed and still changing.” Lean into the changes and let Good Night Gold Dust take you away with this unique and dreamy soundscape.

Jacqueline Zeisloft on November 19, 2018

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