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Winona Forever - Gazing
Winona Forever - Gazing

Winona Forever - Gazing


Montreal-based indie rockers Winona Forever deliver their brightest, funkiest songwriting yet on their new single, “Gazing.” A celebration of dancing alone in your room to your favorite song, “Gazing” is filled with playful melodies that don’t subscribe to the conventions of traditional indie-pop but still hook you with the tenacity of a radio hit. A groovy guitar line and a tight, cool percussive rhythm open the song with a head-bopping beat that blends 70s psychedelia and contemporary bedroom pop. The vocals glide in, pleasing and easygoing, and the lyrics set a simple scene we can all relate to: “Dancing all alone / I am in my room / spinning and twirling.” What unfolds is a colorful and unpretentious arrangement of lively but nostalgic sounds at the place where jazzy rock meets synth pop. Complete with a collection of horns and a surprising bridge, this is a song for fans of Rex Orange County and catchy melodies. The groove is contagious; before you know it, you’ll be dancing in your room, too. “Gazing” is a single from the band’s self-produced debut LP, FeelGood, set to be released on June 7. In the meantime, check out the official music video for “Gazing” to learn the choreographed dance.

Britnee Meiser on April 12, 2019
Xoller - Loom

Xoller - Loom


Los Angeles dream-pop artist Xoller premieres her latest single "Loom" with us today at The Wild Honey Pie. With a childhood full of moving and starting over again, Ella Zoller found solace in the familiarity of music. She began her songwriting career at an early age, and took on various projects with different collaborators throughout the years until she arrived at her current solo project, Xoller. In "Loom" she sings of her love being the "home" to a significant other. Inspired by the award-winning movie Call Me By Your Name, Zoller tells us, "You’ve finally tasted love, and you’ll never be the same. But then real life happens; you move to different places, meet new people and collect experiences that open you up to new possibilities, and just like that the summer of your love grows cold. The heart calls out, don't leave me; I should be enough for you. I should be the thing that makes you feel like home."

The desire to be her love's constant is wrapped up into every lyric, but mostly in the repeated line, "I should be the willow in the wind that makes you feel like home," which seems to sing with more emotion each and every time. Xoller's debut EP Diamond In My Head, is out next month. It is described as "incisive longing and cyclical heartache through melancholic vocals and soaring, ear-catching choruses." Fans of Lana Del ReyMARINA, and Sky Ferreira will not be disappointed.

Dara Bankole on April 11, 2019
Mosa Wild - Night

Mosa Wild - Night


British indie-alternative quartet, Mosa Wild launches back onto the scene with their newest single “Night.” The familiarity of a guitar-driven summer anthem is made fresh by the fullness of Jim Rubaduka’s smooth and lilting vocals. His jazz influence adds a complexity that elevates the track to be something special. The entire song has an immersive quality aided by Jim Abbiss' rich production, which leaves no dead space within the track. The anthemic youthfulness of "Night" would feel at home in a festival setting or a blockbuster movie soundtrack as Rubaduka repeats, “This night is long and this fire is burning out / help me be strong / help me be strong.” It's a rallying cry that is meant to be blasted in the car with the windows down. "Night" is a strong follow-up to the band’s 2016 debut single "Smoke, "and is the perfect first taste of their debut EP Talking Circles due out this summer.

Corinne Bates on April 11, 2019
River Whyless - The Pool

River Whyless - The Pool


River Whyless is an American Folk band from Asheville, North Carolina—a hippie haven in the South Eastern part of the States. In their latest single “The Pool,” the band of four brings us a melancholy song fitting of the tender-hearted genre. The chorus, “Here I am and how I want you / If it could only stay the same / As it once was, as it once was” evokes an unavoidable amount of nostalgia and self-reflection that I found myself mirroring. The verse, in particular, made me look upon my own failed relationships that I thought I could have saved by doing something different—“I wish I had more strength, Love / I wish we had more time.” However, this song is not judging anybody who does this. Instead, it creates a safe space for indulging in one's delusions of love. So if you’re into that, then you’ll dig this bop for sure.

Bee Davies on April 11, 2019
MorMor - Outside

MorMor - Outside


Everything that MorMor touches turns to gold. "Outside" is another example of how this indie newcomer puts the kind of heart and soul into his work that make his songs noteworthy. Hailing from Toronto, Seth Nyquist has been releasing music since last year—including his debut EP Heaven's Only Wish. MorMor has a keen sense of crafting melodies that sonically waft through his songs. In "Outside," Nyquist sings of dark times that seem not to have any light. Instead of finding hope on the outside, it just begets more distress—there, the sky is dark and the sun seems to have hidden itself. The bleating vocals sit on top of a bed of synths and a heavy-hitting drum, showing us even though things are dark they are not stagnant. There is movement towards the sun, whatever it may be.

Dara Bankole on April 10, 2019
Hatchie - Stay With Me

Hatchie - Stay With Me


Hatchie trades in shoegaze guitar for upbeat dream-pop synth in her newest single “Stay With Me.” The Australian singer-songwriter explores the contradictory nature of moving on as she sings, “It’s all better now you’re gone / It’s all better on my own” then switches to “why won’t you stay with me / why don’t you stay with me / ‘cause I’m not done.” This back-and-forth perfectly encapsulates the feeling of wanting to hold onto a relationship even if it’s bad for you. The sentiment works well with the almost overwhelmingly lush production. It’s like she is trying to convince herself she is ok by putting on a brave face, but sometimes the mask slips off. It follows in the footsteps of other dance-while-you-cry anthems like Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” There is a tinge of hopefulness in the production and the verses even if it is forced, but hey, fake it ‘til you make it is a mantra for a reason. “Stay With Me” is the second single from Hatchie’s debut album, which comes out on June 21.

Corinne Bates on April 9, 2019
Meg Myers - Running Up That Hill

Meg Myers - Running Up That Hill


Meg Myers’ rendition of the Kate Bush classic “Running Up That Hill” is invigorating—Myers’ hints of electronica lend new power to the message that the song has pondered in many covers over the past three decades. This version sets itself apart with firm vocals and a busy but not overbearing blend of instrumentals. Myers' arrangement reinforces and pays homage to the best aspects of the original, while still remaining distinctly contemporary and drenched in her distinctive sound.

Ben Burke on April 9, 2019
Adam Melchor - Plan On You

Adam Melchor - Plan On You


Singer-songwriter Adam Melchor meanders through memory and nostalgia in his single “Plan On You.” The song is about Melchor’s father reconnecting with his own ailing father after 40 years of distance. With all the emotional tension that likely permeated this experience, it could easily have just been sad and angry. Instead, it hangs onto a level of hope as he sings, “But if you make a plan to love and let me in / My only promise is to not let go again / I won’t need a plan I’ll just plan on you / I'll just plan on you.” This hopefulness is aided by the gentle and sweet timber of Melchor’s voice, which allows the song to experience melancholy without reveling in it. The production also lends a hand as his vocals are doubled, which creates a sense of detachment that comes with time. The song itself resembling a memory as the buzzy guitar, ambient noise, and well-placed piano come together to fill in the track. “Plan On You” is the first single and title track of Melchor’s sophomore EP, which came out on March 22. He will be playing a string of headlining shows this May in support of the release.

Corinne Bates on April 8, 2019
Rosie Carney - What You’ve Been Looking For

Rosie Carney - What You’ve Been Looking For


Earlier this year, Irish singer-songwriter Rosie Carney released 11 hauntingly beautiful songs on her debut album, Bare. The opening track, “What You’ve Been Looking For,” immediately sets the mood; a gorgeous acoustic melody and Carney’s soothing, reverberating vocal consistently bathe your ears in bliss. As the song builds and Carney’s affinity for piano becomes apparent, so does her talent in front of a baby grand. The instrumental arrangement, which carves out its own genre of indie folk, has a lush, full sound, making for a heavily atmospheric listening experience. You could close your eyes and imagine yourself in a field filled with wildflowers, or sipping cocoa by the fireplace while a snow storm rages outside—there’s no clear imagery, and that was an intentional part of the production. When describing her sound, Carney says, “it’s anything you want it to be.” Even though at its core, it's evident that “What You’ve Been Looking For” is made up of raw, honest songwriting and Carney’s mesmerizing voice. Don’t miss the chance to see her live next month at Mominette for The Wild Honey Pie’s first ever French dinner party! Buy tickets here.

Britnee Meiser on April 8, 2019
ALASKALASKA - Bees

ALASKALASKA - Bees


ALASKALASKA’s newest single “Bees” comes in fast and strong in the first few seconds then mellows into a groove that extends throughout the four-minute song. With a seamless layering of instrumentation, the South Londoners build an ethereal and futuristic track without losing touch of reality. This is due in part to the grounding nature of Lucinda John Duarte’s vocals. Their sound is malleable. It ebbs and flows without constraint mixing more electronic elements with a surprisingly sexy saxophone that peaks in and out. Though it is lush with sound, each element is balanced perfectly. No one part overwhelms or even tries to compete with the others. Their experimentation extends past just the sound as there is no defined chorus for the song. This fits with the message of constantly questioning and progressing as it ends with Duarte repeating, “Buy another face, pretend.” “Bees” is the second single from ALASKALASKA’s debut album The Dots out on May 3rd.

Corinne Bates on April 8, 2019
TOLEDO - Some Samurai

TOLEDO - Some Samurai


Brooklyn residents and lifelong friends, Daniel Alvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz have been hard at work on TOLEDO’s new EP, Hotstuff, due out today, April 5th. “Some Samurai” is a dreamy track from the forthcoming EP that showcases the duo’s penchant for tight harmonies, soaring production and storytelling through run-on sentences. The song ties these elements together at every turn, like the feeling of time grinding to a halt and zooming in behind the line, “It’s hard to watch you want to understand,” before jumping into a shimmering chorus, hiding the duo’s doubts behind a veneer of dream-pop. It’s unclear whether or not leaving your “shoes lying in the hall” really qualifies you as “such a mess,” but if you feel that way, is there really a difference? Constant battles with inner demons can lead to constant battles with others. “Some Samurai” reminds us of the ways in which this kind of isolation can be so paralyzing — “Still I can’t stand to be alone / No, I can’t seem to stand at all.” There’s so much to unpack in TOLEDO’s vivid writing style, but it’s easier to get lost in the joyous choruses.

Daniel Shanker on April 5, 2019

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