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Neighbor Lady - Oh Honey
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
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
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
Zimmer ft. Panama - Wildflowers

Zimmer ft. Panama - Wildflowers


We all have an imaginary place of escape. A setting that lies somewhere in between make-believe and a place we’ve actually been. It’s nearly impossible to jot down or sketch on paper. This perfect place exists nowhere besides in our own heads. French producer, Zimmer, and Sydney-based singer Panama’s recent collaboration, “Wildflowers” takes a different approach to this very concept. Instead of aiming to tell us exactly what each of their made-up settings might look like, they tell us what it feels like to enter that abstract space. The track seethes with astral textures, layered synths and lavish yet earthy percussion. It cultivates an ideal balance between rich, maximalist production and a stripped-down sound that evolves organically with each passing moment. “Wildflowers” is feeling like you’re walking barefoot on a warm, cloud-like surface only to look down and realize you’ve been walking on cold concrete with heavy boots. It’s racing towards a feeling of deep exhilaration while sitting still. Have a listen and re-enter that place.

Andrea de Varona on November 8, 2018
Ginger Root - Ohio

Ginger Root - Ohio


Ginger Root, aka Cameron Lew, released his third album Mahjong Room this past June. The last track on the work, "Ohio," is a nod to the oldies which initially inspired Lew to begin making music. Although the work can be defined as indie bedroom pop, what largely sets the album apart is the soul influence heard throughout each of the songs. "Ohio" manages to compress all of these songs into two and a half minutes of indie soul pop, with a sound similar to a mix between Vulfpeck and Stevie Wonder. Lew, a film major turned rock star, performs the majority of the instruments on the track, while also doing the engineering, mixing, and mastering. For an artists so clearly dedicated to precision, “Ohio” is a laid back song with a vocal hook that seems to float over the sounds that he is creating.

Samantha Weisenthal on November 7, 2018

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