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Worn-Tin - Cycles
Worn-Tin - Cycles

Worn-Tin - Cycles


Los Angeles native Worn-Tin is back with his latest single "Cycles." Warner Hiatt's lyrics seem to be indicative of the twenty-somethings way of living in 2018. Our new passions take the place of old ones, though consistently losing the desire to make them work, cycle after cycle. Despite the lackdasical vibes the song gives and even Hiatt's description of himself as a 24 year-old gamer who likes to swim, there's no hiding that the talent that goes behind the music. The beginning starts off sunny and bright and as Hiatt's lo-fi vocals come in they contrast the hopeful music behind it, exposing just how emotionally confusing it is to be in this cycle. The words of the chorus seem like the honest version of what you would say to any grown-up who asks the dreaded "what you're doing with your life." "I'm looking for a new obsession / The spirits gone / Just working on a new idea / Its next to none." It's an honesty that's refreshing, relevant, and jovial all-in-one. While this song belongs in your chill-lofi playlist, maybe its also an anthem of sorts.

Dara Bankole on October 22, 2018
Cumulus - Lighter

Cumulus - Lighter


Twenty-eighteen has been quite a year for Seattle indie-pop band Cumulus. From recently wrapping up tour with indie-rock sensations, Bad Bad Hats, to releasing their critically acclaimed #metoo anthem single, “Retreat” this past June. Frontwoman, Alexandra Niedzialkowski continues to deliver a very strong personal narrative with the latest release on Comfort World. The undeniable stand out from the record is the ninth track, “Lighter.”

“Lighter” takes on a tone different from any other song on the record and that's what we love most. There is precision in the guitar riffs and clarity in Niedzialkowski’s lyrics. The story of constantly being pushed away in a relationship and the strength it takes to finally walk away on your own terms is something that resonates universally. The tune begins with a slide that is inherently Americana and as the song progresses there is consistent nods to the indie-pop structure that Cumulus fans adore.

Sophia Theofanos on October 19, 2018
Floor Cry - I'll Be Around

Floor Cry - I'll Be Around


Winnipeg, Manitoba artist Felicia Sekundiak, also known as FLOOR CRY, pours her heart out in her charming new track “i’ll be around.” The self-proclaimed “#1 sleepiest girl” brings crisp dream pop to life through twinkling synths and delicate guitar riffs. The lyrics begin on a somber note as she sings of her accustomed lonesomeness but they soon turn lighthearted as she expresses a fondness for a new crush. Her sentiments are unambiguously relatable as she sings, “Sleepless nights / I don’t get no time off. Still, I can’t get enough / You fit my heart like a glove.” The ’80s tinged track evokes the sentimentality of teen rom-coms of the same era. Although the song is directed towards a singles, her sincere yearning can be appreciated by everyone who listens.

Shayna Chabrow on October 19, 2018
It Looks Sad. - Bike

It Looks Sad. - Bike


If you concentrate too hard on counting the guitars as they come in and out of “Bike,” you’ll surely lose track. Each one are like the faintest stars that materialize in the periphery but seem to disappear if you try to stare straight at them. The first verse’s E.T. images of “moon-high bike rides” come as no surprise. As It Looks Sad. uses their countless instrumental layers to texture their ultimatum and movie script ending, "Bike" becomes the kind of song that makes a simple question seem like life or death. In asking simply, “Do you want to go for a ride?” singer Jimmy Turner evokes both the melancholy character and vocal style of The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy. Turner pens lines with a cruelly jagged sense of ambivalence, asking, “Do you want to feel the night / Wrap around you?” This line is an almost unfair show of emotional whiplash, first promising the opportunities of the vast expanse of night but then settling for the solitude that the darkness also threatens. But this is a movie after all, and we were promised a happy ending. The song fades out, the credits roll, and we know there are two people on that bicycle.

Daniel Shanker on October 19, 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

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