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Weyes Blood - Andromeda
Weyes Blood - Andromeda

Weyes Blood - Andromeda


It's not cool to admit you're lonely, sad and looking for something real with someone else in the hellscape of modern dating. But on her new song "Andromeda," Weyes Blood does just this AND makes it sound cool because that's just what she is — cool. Her singular sound is hard to place, with the only fair comparisons being Lana Del Rey meets Karen Carpenter, or Tammy Wynette's backing band meets Mind Games-inspired psych rock. Her lyrics, as always, twinkle with mystic themes, the track's title being inspired by Andromeda Galaxy, the galaxy closest to the Milky Way. The story of her broken heart and the "crazy guy" who she "dares to try" to love her is a tale as old as time, but Weyes Blood asserts the gravity and sincerity of her affections with zeal. Her strong voice croons, "You know that I hate the game/don't wanna waste any more time/you know I been holding out." Tired yet hopeful, "Andromeda" is a song for disheartened romantics holding out for something true "to hold on to."

Jacqueline Zeisloft on February 5, 2019
Donovan Woods - Go To Her

Donovan Woods - Go To Her


With last year's release of his note-worthy album Both Ways, Nashville/Toronto singer-songwriter Donovan Woods continues to put out music with the same intrinsic quality as the hit record. In "Go To Her," Woods sings out his anxious thoughts and attempts to coax himself into reconciliation with another. Questions and feelings are still left unsettled within the ending of this relationship, making it harder to move on. Still, the reminiscing would not be complete without also remembering what went wrong. Her actions that didn't make sense to the him and the "good mistakes" that he's made all led to a something that is now fragile and broken. Wood's voice is warm and comforting even in the midst of an almost lament. Musically the other star of this song are the strings that continually wax through, filling it with even more emotion and longing. "Go To Her" is Donovan Woods at his finest — while unsure of himself and his wants, there is a confidence in his sound, a sense that when it comes to who he is as a musician there is little left to question.

Dara Bankole on February 4, 2019
Girlpool - What Chaos is Imaginary

Girlpool - What Chaos is Imaginary


The title track on Girlpool’s newest album, “What Chaos is Imaginary,” is a moody and sweeping exploration of uncertainty. The indie duo, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, made the song while living apart, forcing them to change the way they write, record and arrange and igniting a maturity in their sound unlike anything we’ve heard before. The song opens with an 80s-style organ synth that hooks you immediately in a kind of sonic nostalgia. Then Tividad’s vocals drift in, simple and beautiful in their waif-like falsetto. Backed by Tucker’s whispery harmonies and layered over drums reminiscent of a heartbeat, it feels like the pair is guiding you through a dark, unexplored fantasy land. It’s fitting, since thematically, that’s what “What Chaos Is Imaginary” is about: navigating uncharted territory, both physical and emotional and doing so independently. This mood is captured perfectly by the arrangement of the strings, particularly in the bridge. They’re equal parts captivating and spine-chilling, and are the reason this song is one of our favorites from this year so far.

Britnee Meiser on February 4, 2019
Lily and Madeleine - Analog Love

Lily and Madeleine - Analog Love


Lily and Madeleine’s single “Analog Love” is angelic and withdrawn, lovesick and calm. Upbeat percussion combines with relaxed strings and clear vocals to convey the duo’s lyrical wish to find a love not fraught within the worries and superficialities of our modern hyper-connected world. Longing to be grounded by their love, the sisters lament “I want an analog love/Something slow and sweet/Give me an analog love/Wanna feel the Earth underneath our feet.” This song combines noises harmoniously to produce an overall sound that is not exceedingly busy or overdone, something that could lull you to sleep or bring you back to life. For those holdouts that wish for relationships not solely defined by text on a screen or like-counters, this ode to old-school love is a beautiful affirmation.

Ben Burke on February 4, 2019
Stella Donnelly - Old Man

Stella Donnelly - Old Man


Aussie Stella Donnelly's single "Old Man" is THE song for the "Me Too" era. This powerful anthem has lyrics as sharp as a knife over a happy sway-back-and-forth easy listening rhythm. Donnelly perfectly captures today's climate in her lyrics, "are you scared of me old man, or are you scared of what I'll do" and our personal favorite, "your personality traits don't count if you put your dick in someone's face." Donnelly is fearlessly taking advantage of her platform to spread a message that is so important. She sings, "you grabbed me with an open hand, the world is grabbing back at you." This song is easy to dance to but can undoubtedly get you ready for a woman's march too. Stella Donnelly's EP is scheduled to release March 8 so keep your eyes peeled!

Kyra Bruce on February 1, 2019
Sure Sure - Warm Animal

Sure Sure - Warm Animal


With a catchy choral hook and a vocal melody you can’t help but sing along to, “Warm Animal” is the perfect indie dance anthem to help you glide through 2019. It’s the first release of the year for LA-based quartet Sure Sure, and it more than lives up to the hype left in the wake of the group’s debut self-titled LP, which they released early last year. The band, who emerged onto the scene in 2016 and drew comparisons to the Talking Heads, records and produces all their music themselves, in their home studio, and are known for favoring experimental synths and unique arrangements. This song is no exception. The bass synth and DIY percussion that open the track make it clear from the start that Sure Sure is back to do what they do best: push the boundaries of indie pop. But “Warm Animal” has an optimism at its core that distinguishes it from anything the group has done before. Listen to the lyrics and you’ll figure out why. Including lines like, “I like the way you say my name babe,” and, “If it feels right, who’s to tell you that it ain’t right,” “Warm Animal” is an unapologetic love song, evoking appropriate warm-and-fuzzy feelings as soon as the chorus hits. This track was pulled from Sure Sure’s upcoming EP, What’s It Like?, expected to drop in May.

Britnee Meiser on February 1, 2019
Shovels & Rope - The Wire

Shovels & Rope - The Wire


Shovels & Rope wobble into “The Wire” with a shaky guitar and a stilted drum beat, a preview of the uncertainty and contrition to come. The song acts as a laundry list of singer Cary Ann Hearst’s mistakes and insecurities — “I’ve been a disappointment from time to time,” “I need everyone to like me,” “I’m no better than I’ll ever be,” etc., etc., etc. When she sings, “There’s nothing I can say but ‘I’m sorry’ now,” her voice faltering ever so slightly off-key, she drops the defense of her guitar-playing as a sign of honesty. But even in this most vulnerable moment, her husband Michael Trent, the other half of Shovels & Rope, is by her side, maintaining that wobbly beat. When she promises that this time will be different, yelling, “I won’t fail you when I walk out on the wire,” Trent’s beat becomes an unstoppable, driving force. Just before the final chorus, we hear the same intro one more time, but this time it’s steadier, more sure of itself and ready to take on the world in a final rallying cry.

Daniel Shanker on February 1, 2019
Cautious Clay - Honest Enough

Cautious Clay - Honest Enough


After a whirlwind year, Cautious Clay hit the ground running in 2019 with the second single from his forthcoming EP, Table of Context. "Honest Enough," produced by Medasin, re-introduces Clay’s unmistakable sound, swirling with new elements like Medasin’s innovative beats and hallmark lo-fi style. Clay’s distinct falsetto takes center stage on this ethereal and pensive track as he echoes the lyrics, “Honest enough/We could play the blame game too/Patience in the words I say” complimented by a heavy R&B backing that drives the feeling home.

Clay remarks, “I feel like it's easy to be 'honest enough' or to not tell the whole truth to someone. You can skate by knowing good and well that things are not stable.” The song focuses on personal relationships and the cycle of drama within them brought about by blaming, avoiding confrontation and staying for too long, — avoiding any more honesty than is necessary to keep things the way they are. With an explosive 2018 behind him, and even more in store for the future, Cautious Clay has a promising year ahead.

Jazzmyne Pearson on January 31, 2019
Sofia Wolfson - Nothing's Real

Sofia Wolfson - Nothing's Real


We're excited to share Sofia Wolfson's new single, "Nothing's Real," the first off of Wolfson's new EP (set to release...soon)! Sofia's candid, down-to-earth songwriting is relatable in a way that resonates. Produced by Marshall Vore, the track also features Harrison Whitford and Jorge Andre with Anna Butterss accompanying Wolfson. "Nothing's Real" paints a candid picture of the mundane, every day moments that we can get caught up in — especially when we're "spinning like a wheel." Sofia talks us through how the writing process mirrors the song's sentiments: "Nothing’s Real" is both about growing pains and feeling unproductive — the feeling that everything is moving really fast around you and it’s impossible to catch up. The irony of it all is by writing the song, I was doing something productive...a lot of the upcoming EP is about learning how to grow up and be independent." If "Nothing's Real" is any indication of what's to come, Sofia Wolfson's new EP will help us feel a little less isolated, a little less stuck and a little bit better.

Natasha Cucullo on January 31, 2019
SASAMI - Jealousy

SASAMI - Jealousy


Sasami Ashworth (aka SASAMI) is a young queen of the modern age. Although she is still in the early stages of her solo career—having released a total of three songs — her latest track, “Jealousy” proves why you should keep the songwriter/multi-instrumentalist on your radar. Ashworth not only wrote and produced the eclectic lead single off her debut album (out March 8), but also wrote, edited, and co-directed the comically disturbing music video that comes with it. The video features Ashworth creepily dancing around with her sidekick in a spooky, low-brow witch’s costume while a set of individuals are released from their self-inflicted obsessions. The song floats elegantly above the images. At first, the arrangement is like a lovely stroll on a sunny day — both smooth and unassuming. Then suddenly, the acid hits and kaleidoscopic colors roll over this once pastel world. Ashworth’s staggered, lo-fi vocals lilt over wavy guitar and cinematic synths as she repeatedly sings, “Jealousy, jealousy, jealousy!” Like  SASAMI's sound, the track is new but timeless, free yet controlled, distinctive but modest, and that is just the beginning…

Andrea de Varona on January 30, 2019
Mini Golf - hold me

Mini Golf - hold me


Britnee Meiser and Eddie Gore, the lead singer of Future Generations, have released their first single as mini golf titled “hold me.” The band’s bedroom pop vibe is simple in its sweetness, the overall tonality being lightened by Meiser’s clear and piercing voice. The song starts with a upbeat synthesizer, and becomes increasingly layered as it draws inspiration from a Mac Demarco-esque tonality and the jovial sounds of ALVVAYS. The indie pop duo from Brooklyn, NY are making music that sounds intentional and welcoming, allowing listeners to follow their work from start to finish.

Samantha Weisenthal on January 30, 2019

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