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Owel - I Saw Red
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
Lowland Hum - Salzburg Summer

Lowland Hum - Salzburg Summer


Even if you've never been, you've probably seen Salzburg before. It's the beautiful Austrian city where The Sound of Music takes place and it's known for having gorgeous summers. This ethereal song by Lowland Hum has everything, from practical advice like "silencing your phone and but still using it" and letting you know that "rosé goes with everything" to the pretty and intricate echoes that create its full and haunting landscape. But maybe haunting isn't the right word, like most European buildings full of history and artifacts, "Salzburg Summer" carries an overarching reverence to it. You use your quietest voice in the cathedrals and museums and try not to make any loud sounds. That's what you'll hear in this song, you can see the bike riding through the streets and the drinking of lemonade but without the American noise that usually accompanies the season. "Salzburg Summer" beautifully captures the idea of quiet, peaceful enjoyment and makes you long for the next chance to experience it, whether it be this weekend or next summer. Be sure to also catch the beautiful new music video for "Salzburg Summer" and stay tuned for the band's fourth full length album out soon.

Dara Bankole on October 18, 2018
Molly Burch - Candy

Molly Burch - Candy


Look out world, Molly Burch is here. First Flower released by Captured Tracks on October 5 is a comprehensive, exquisitely executed, leave on repeat and never get it sick of it type of record. The first song, “Candy” is the perfect introduction of what is to come. There is an effortlessly dynamic quality about Burch’s voice. “Candy” showcases her ability to reach sultry rich low notes and then swell right back to a crystal clear falsetto. This track encapsulates Burch’s jazz background paired with instrumentation that never overpowers her voice. Her lyrics are clever and introspective. “Why do I like how you look / You look like candy.” The dreamy surf rock guitar tendencies pop just when appropriate and complement her silky intonation. Molly Burch is reinventing the 21st century crooner as she whisks listeners away to another time and a different place. Catch Molly on tour in a city near you this fall! 

Sophia Theofanos on October 18, 2018
Henry Jamison - Gloria

Henry Jamison - Gloria


Using sweeping orchestral brushstrokes, Henry Jamison’s “Gloria” paints pictures of the purest goodness covered in the dust of hatred. The song grows and grows, with each instrument banging down the door through sheer repetition, until it can barely be contained. The most beautiful moments, though, are the most restrained. The vibrant choruses are preceded by bare, matter-of-fact descriptions of daily events, lent credence by undeniably specific descriptions of “the Dairy Queen drive-through down by the highway” and “the progress of our three-letter names” scrolling down arcade machine screens. Tragic but hopeful, the verses describe innocence in the face of ignorance — the natural beauty of a flower resting in one’s hair juxtaposed with the ignorance of homophobia, or childlike wonder tainted by perpetual exposure to violence. In reassuring us that there is worth and there is innocence beneath the vitriol, “Gloria” refuses to surrender its beauty to the way things are. Things don’t have to be this way. We made them this way. We just need to be better.

Daniel Shanker on October 18, 2018
LANSKI - A Moment of Indifference

LANSKI - A Moment of Indifference


"I confess I fall in love with only the coldest ones,” romantically croons Eric Ronick, one half of LANSKI, as ethereal synths slowly vamp in the background in their newest single "A Moment of Indifference." After what can only be called a healthy dose of melancholic self-awakening, Josh Rosenblatt joins full force with a bright drum machine. The electronic duo hails from Brooklyn, where they craft electro-pop ballads and bangers for next-generation romantics. Their intimate sound is both invitingly familiar and a class of its own, merging an 80s nostalgia with futuristic idealism through multilayered melodic texturing. Their debut album Next-Generation Romantic will have you in a world all your own.

Lizzy Jones on October 17, 2018
Florda - Silver Line

Florda - Silver Line


Florda's, "Silver Line," is out today as the first single off of their debut EP out this November. Montreal native Harris Shper is the mastermind behind the psych-pop project and as a producer himself, it's no wonder the tone of "Silver Line" is so well-executed. The song takes a modern and tasteful spin on disco, impressively mixing the sounds of the past and the present. With its groovy intro it doesn't take too long for "Silver Line" to get you off your feet, first to close the blinds and then to dance. As Shper's lo-fi vocals come through they become the perfect contrast to the vintage musical landscape. There is a shimmery element to song that fits perfectly with its title and theme of "Silver lines." In this case, its true that not all that glimmers is gold, but silver is just as precious.

Dara Bankole on October 17, 2018
boy pablo - Feeling Lonely

boy pablo - Feeling Lonely


Norwegian based band boy pablo makes radiant, heartfelt indie-pop in the new track “Feeling Lonely” from their latest EP, Soy Pablo. The 19-year-old frontman Pablo Muñoz sings of heartache over a lost love but it’s hard to feel sad while he croons over buoyant, upbeat guitars and a percussion that gets you moving and heading to the dance floor. With a style that’s reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club, the young band brings the charm of bedroom-pop to a finely produced track that’s sure to shake off a lonely feeling.

Shayna Chabrow on October 17, 2018
Buxton - Hanging On the Coast

Buxton - Hanging On the Coast


The latest single by Houston-based band, Buxton, is eerily calm. “Hanging On the Coast” begins with a line that hums like nursery rhyme, “yellow rose and clementine / can’t keep you off my mind.” The song enters a cyclic rhythm, to and fro, with the support of slowly strumming instruments. It trudges heavy on the ears, the psychedelic sound of the band grounding the song while lead-singer Sergio Trevino’s husky voice keeps the song warm. “Hanging On the Coast” is wistfully poetic, brimming with a mystifying energy. It is this energy that leaves us curious what else to expect from Buxton’s forthcoming album, Stay Out Late, out this October.

Tiffany Hernandez on October 15, 2018
Angie McMahon - Keeping Time

Angie McMahon - Keeping Time


In recent years, there's been a fortunate resurgence of post-blues pop-rock within the singer/songwriter genre. Many artists, such as big names like Leon Bridges or Angel Olsen, have harnessed the genre as a vehicle for raw emotion. Angie McMahon is no exception but her sound is an unique take on modern blues pop. On "Keeping Time" her exceptionally dynamic voice keeps the heartfelt power of the song at a ten from front to back — every section of this song has a driving force to it that keeps the listener's focus. The Australian songstress has yet to announce an upcoming LP but has released three other singles in the last year— all of which are worth a listen.

Bobby Lewis on October 15, 2018
Tasha - New Place

Tasha - New Place


Tasha, a blooming artist off of Father/Daughter Records, has shown herself to be gentle before. This time, with her most recent single, “New Place,” Tasha offers solace in new beginnings. She soothes us, “a new place, a new time / a new sun, new sunlight / a new bed, a new night / a new hand to hold tight.” Tasha's sweetness carries us throughout the song, her confidence in what’s to come shines brightly. “New Place” sways back and forth between spoken word and singing, creating a serenade that feels both like a rally cry and a lullaby. Her anticipated debut album, Alone at Last, creates a world where “there’s plenty of room to forge your own home where you can rejuvenate and heal." And “New Place” offers its listeners just that — a space where we can find strength in our vulnerability, “it’s okay if you feel nervous / look at me, my hands are shaking” but also where we can find joy in the endless possibilities of tomorrow.

Tiffany Hernandez on October 12, 2018
Eliza Shaddad - Just Goes to Show

Eliza Shaddad - Just Goes to Show


Eliza Shaddad has released another single off her album Future, out October 26 via Beatnik Creative. "Just Goes to Show," a song reminiscent of the 90s pop-punk bands many of us grew up on, is about the sinking feeling one has when being broken up with. Yet, for such a melancholic topic, "Just Goes to Show" is light and shimmering, bouncing on a plane much more uplifting than a breakup. Shaddad’s song could be called a dancing-in-your-room type bop, one that you would listen to in the car with friends or while getting dressed on a weekend night. A crispness reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers or Julia Jacklin, Shaddad’s sound has already blossomed into something that sounds obvious to listen to. Pulses of foggy guitars and relaxed drums warm the work, while the singers voice pierces through the upbeat tone of the work. We are incredibly excited about Shaddad’s debut album, and expect similarly wonderful things from her in the future.

Samantha Weisenthal on October 12, 2018

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