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Lucy Dacus - In the Air Tonight

Lucy Dacus - In the Air Tonight


One of our resident spooky queens strikes again with a Phil Collins cover that kills. Lucy Dacus recently put out a gorgeous cover of "In the Air Tonight” and it's equally as nostalgic as it is original. Dacus' take on the legendary pop hit is sultry (her vocals taking the reins) and still heavily '80s influenced. This single release is part of a series of releases Dacus has put out in the last few months in preparation for an EP dropping November 8.

Hannah Lupas on October 30, 2019
Mount Eerie - Love Without Possession feat. Julie Doiron

Mount Eerie - Love Without Possession feat. Julie Doiron


Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron have reunited to deliver their second record together entitled Lost Wisdom Pt. 2, which arrives next Friday. The project is the follow-up to their 2008 release Lost Wisdom. The duo reintroduces themselves with the first single “Love Without Possession," offering up a broadened standpoint about what it means to love. Phil Elverum and Doiron gently explore what can lie beneath pain and loss with poignant words that ride along soft acoustic strumming. While there may be moments that consist of a small amount of helplessness, there is also hope and the sense that a new beginning might not be something that’s completely unattainable. Their calm, clear voices float along as they reflect on what a good next move might be, “Watch me while I churn / Still holding this love for you / Without a thing to do / But try to live / In this uninvited liberation / Without a home in your life or heart.” The question of where you go when you feel lost is a persistent one, but also not one that anyone truly faces alone. Lost Project Pt. 2 is officially out on November 8 via P.W. Elverum & Sun.

Meredith Vance on October 30, 2019
Porches - rangerover

Porches - rangerover


In Porches’ newest track, “rangerover,” Aaron Maine creates a portrait of astonishing clarity from pieces of blurry photographs. Each verse begins confused, and even syntactically out of order, (“Julie, rangerover, she’s riding it…") but then manages, with a slow jog, to catch up with itself by the ending image of solitary stillness (“When you close your eyes, all you see is her face”). As the chord progression gradually ascends throughout the song, every aspect of the instrumentation feels equally likely to energetically burst or slowly collapse, from the terse echo of the 80’s snare to the lethargic tension in the synth parts. Meanwhile, the insatiable tone of Maine’s vocals is beautifully complemented and grounded by the hazy backing croon of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. At just over two minutes long, “rangerover” is a quick trip that leaves a lot unresolved. Even though you are airlifted from the dream as abruptly as you were dropped into it, the chorus leaves one thing clear: sometimes it’s the people who drive you, figuratively and literally, who provide the best reminders of why you “wanna live, wanna live, wanna live.”

Karl Snyder on October 29, 2019
Samia - Never Said

Samia - Never Said


“Never Said” is the dreamy new track from indie artist and New York native Samia. The song is a slowed down, mellowed out cover of Liz Phair’s original, which came out 25 years ago on her debut album Exile In Guyville. Samia’s rendition is gorgeous, breezy and completely unique, swapping the classic rock guitars for slow, sultry strums and adding uplifting keys and spacey, atmospheric synths. The lush arrangement evokes the comfort of early 2000s-style sunshine rock, adding an element of nostalgia to the otherwise bright and gentle instrumentation. Samia’s voice, reminiscent of Sarah Mclachlan mixed with Phoebe Bridgers, is as clear and inviting as a lullaby. She repeats the memorable line “I never said nothing” like she’s casting a spell, and you’ll fall prey whether you like it or not. Gentle and gripping, “Never Said” is a thoughtful cover that Samia has made all her own.

Britnee Meiser on October 29, 2019
​dielines - Chasing Rabbits

​dielines - Chasing Rabbits


dielines, the California-based indie-folk duo consisting of Daniel Berkman and Trevor O’Neill, prepare us for their upcoming album with their newest track "Chasing Rabbits." Though self-described as curators of "psych folk," this single lends itself to a softer, warmer acoustic sound that most people do not associate with the genre. Reminiscent of early Fleet Foxes, this track has the lyrical implication of an anxiety attack, but harmonically makes you feel like taking a drive on a winding mountain road. True to that analogy, "Chasing Rabbits" is full of twists and turns—Berkman's eccentric vocalization providing the majority of the intrigue and emotional gravitas.

Hannah Lupas on October 29, 2019
Garçons - Ladybug

Garçons - Ladybug


Playful and fresh, “Ladybug” by Ottawa duo Deelo Avery and Julian Strangelove, otherwise known as Garçons, is a breezy, genre-busting jam. The leading track on their sophomore EP, Be Human, features a psychedelic rock guitar blending seamlessly with a funky, r&b-inspired beat, while muffled percussion offers a fluid, lazy groove. The instrumentation feels nostalgic and effortlessly untouchable, like that mixtape your cool older sister listened to in the 90s that you always coveted—though notes of soul, particularly in the vocal, make it more accessible. Avery’s voice, reminiscent of a more laid-back Moses Sumney, is bright and dynamic, and adds dimension to the cozy, chill vibe conjured up by the production. Catchy and cool, “Ladybug” is the perfect mid-tempo bop for your commute.

Britnee Meiser on October 28, 2019
Bombay Bicycle Club - Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)

Bombay Bicycle Club - Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)


At the beginning of 2016, English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club announced their hiatus after nearly a decade of making music together. Cue side projects, soul searching, and a lot of wishing from fans and now five years after their last album release they've returned with their newest song together. "Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)" maintains their trademark sound with lyrics that evoke a sense of yearning. The opening fades in like the title sequence of a movie—buzzing with energy on the brink of being unleashed. Over the even bassline and bright, repeating guitar riff, Jack Steadman croons to us once again with a voice that speaks like a friend you haven't seen in a long time. The band is currently on tour in the UK and will finally release their long-awaited fifth studio album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, on January 17.

Julie Gentile on October 28, 2019
Maria Kelly - i leave early

Maria Kelly - i leave early


“i leave early” by Maria Kelly is soft, tender, and a little bit heartbreaking. Backed by gentle strings, Kelly’s voice begs to be listened to. Her lyrics are full of self-doubt and worry, yet still, maintain a certain beauty and gentle acceptance. The song begins with Kelly’s delicate singing of “I am drowning at a party,” voicing the sentiments that so many of us can commiserate with. Through her thoughtful and honest lyrics, velvety vocals, and poignant instrumentals, Kelly’s “i leave early” creates a sense of intimacy with the listener. Though her vibe is reminiscent of Daughter, she maintains a uniquely captivating sound that stands on its own. Kelly communicates a tenderness that heightens the sense of isolation and yearning that so closely defines the track. Everything about "i leave early" is subtle and graceful. Having created a lullaby of insecurities and anxieties, Maria Kelly brings to light the many difficulties of self-doubt and does so in a stunningly beautiful way.

Caroline Peacock on October 25, 2019
Future Generations - Just Pretend

Future Generations - Just Pretend


Remember going through a funhouse as a kid? The endless rows of disorienting mirrors—making you shorter or taller, fatter or thinner, appear dozens of times or disappear all at once? As we grow up we tend to forget the sense of wonder we felt the first time we looked at ourselves through funhouse mirrors—but it’s never truly gone. BK-based, indie-pop quartet, Future Generations embody that childlike sentiment of wonder and escapism we often leave behind in their new single, “Just Pretend.” The group has long since possessed a keen ability to lift listeners’ moods with their vibrant, breezy production, engaging vocal melodies and inventive lyricism. With “Just Pretend,” they take these elements a step further, becoming the medicine for the doubt they are trying to overcome. The track is a carefree hodgepodge of different sounds and influences, uninhibited by what it thinks it’s supposed to be as it shifts from one sound to another. Frontman Eddie Gore sings, “Life is easy if you just pretend,” reminding us of the importance of not taking ourselves too seriously. As we get older and life gets a little harder, we have to try to retain the sense of childlike wonder we felt the very first time we walked through the funhouse mirrors.

Andrea de Varona on October 25, 2019
The Marías - Loverboy (Live)

The Marías - Loverboy (Live)


Earlier this October, The Marías put out an extended version of their song "Loverboy" (alongside a live performance video) from their album Superclean, Vol. II. Now instead of having the same one minute track on loop, you can get caught up in four minutes of lead singer María's flittering murmurs of adoration. "Loverboy" is flushed with wistful production and sway-worthy vocals that are as dangerously sweet as they are hypnotic. The band founded by María and Josh Conway woo their listeners with a plush fusion of hazy jazz and bedroom pop—perfectly starry-eyed and trance-inducing. The song transports the listener to a long summer night that they wish would never end. You can transcend with them at one of their three residency shows in the Bay Area, all culminating with a New Years' Eve performance at the Swedish American Hall.

Julie Gentile on October 24, 2019
Big Thief - Forgotten Eyes

Big Thief - Forgotten Eyes


On Two Hands, their second album of 2019, Big Thief crank up the heat and welcome high entropy disorder, presenting songs that are simultaneously vulnerable and confident in composition and affect. The result is something special. On the track “Forgotten Eyes," the Brooklyn-based group holds down their individual responsibilities with efficiency and character. Every member, whether it’s Adrianne Lenker’s uninhibited vocals, Buck Meek’s harmonic guitar phrasings, Max Oleartchik’s guiding bass or James Krivchenia’s straight to the point drums, compliments one another’s groove. The band does away with frills or excess production and rely on their natural chemistry, easily discernible from the fact that it feels like you’re right there in the studio with them—this is particularly the case with “Forgotten Eyes." From the instrumentation to the lyrics, everything is presented to the listener with candid, stripped-down execution. Lenker’s penmanship mirrors this sonic achievement, as she sings out in her instantly recognizable, edgy croon, “Everybody needs a home and deserves protection.” As with entropy, higher energy means disorder, but doubly means a more stable entity. In Big Thief’s case, "Forgotten Eyes" bursts with energy but asserts the group's ability to remain in-sync as a whole.

Thomas Paparella on October 24, 2019
Paper Fairy - We Laugh

Paper Fairy - We Laugh


The Wild Honey Pie is proud to premiere “We Laugh,” the first single from Paper Fairy’s upcoming Tautology EP. Following up the 2018 full-length horror concept album Haunter Haunted is a lofty goal, but “We Laugh” skillfully highlights singer Chris Gaskell’s dedication to the unexpected at every turn. It takes only seconds for a song reminiscent of Seu Jorge’s Bowie covers to something much more haunting. Gaskell’s voice soars like Michael Angelakos' but, like the rest of the arrangement, is unsettling in ways the pristine electronic indie-pop of Passion Pit would never be. Aiming to “redraw the line between what is and what appears to be,” the track “poses an inner dialogue in which the internal self and the mediated self struggle to find coherence in a single identity,” says Gaskell. The entity that is Paper Fairy often speaks in such lofty language, ruminating on the concept of the self, but the lyrics meander more simply through “just another day I won’t remember.”

Daniel Shanker on October 23, 2019
Berhana - I Been (feat. Crush)

Berhana - I Been (feat. Crush)


Berhana, aka Amain Berhane, teams up with South Korean artist Crush, on "I Been," a smooth-sailing track off Berhane's debut album HAN. The track bumps along easily as Berhane's voice paints a picture of someone that's been improving themselves to try and make things work with an estranged partner. He sings, "Give me a little time / And you can see that / That I been / Working on me / For you." Even though the terms of the end of the relationship are never stated directly, the universal desire for reconnection and starting fresh is apparent. An optimistic tone floods the sunny production of the track as both Berhana and Crush try to convince their ex-lover that they've changed for the better. "I Been" is an exciting multi-genre taste of what the Atlanta-born artist is capable of and can be experienced first-hand when the artist begins his US tour this November.

Julie Gentile on October 23, 2019
maye​ - Tú

maye​ - Tú


Maye delivers effortlessly gorgeous vocals and combines them with silky Bossa nova styled production on her new single "Tú." This is the Venezuelan-born artist's second single release following the drop of "My Love" earlier this year. "Tú" explores someone entirely wrapped up in the object of their affection—wanting only to be encompassed in the other person's universe and the timelessness they radiate. And while many love songs share similar sentiments, maye and producers, Pat Howard and Fernando Belisario, create a world that feels both nostalgic and experimentally enticing. Soft guitar plucks and gentle, slow drum hits materialize the perfect backdrop for the singer's leisurely, fluid vocals as sweet romance comes to fruition. "Tú" is a must-listen track that you'll have on repeat in anticipation of the rising star's debut LP.

Julie Gentile on October 22, 2019
 SYML - Symmetry

SYML - Symmetry


Indie folk artist SYML, otherwise known as Washington-based Brian Fennell, has released the hauntingly atmospheric single “Symmetry.” Intricate guitar and lovely strings beckon you into the arrangement’s dark, dreamy soundscape, while Fennell’s gentle voice croons a hypnotic and lovely melody. His honest, poetic lyrics speak of comfort and acceptance: “Come now child, the day is long / Hide not yourself from me.” What begins as a mellow, simple arrangement builds into something grand and gripping—evocative brass, emotional strings, and thrashing percussion let you lose yourself in the surprising and rewarding instrumentation. “Symmetry” bends genres and defies expectations. It’s a nice follow-up to Fennell’s debut album, SYML, which came out earlier this year via Nettwork.

Britnee Meiser on October 22, 2019

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