SONG PICK: Jaymes Young – Don’t You Know

In essence, “Don’t You Know, I want you so bad” is a romantic message, but L.A. singer/producer Jaymes Young delivers it quite forcefully, over big beats and distorted synths. It was a hot summer night when he wrote it, so maybe that explains the heat on the song. But one[…]

SONG PICK: JUDAS – Some People

The London-based quartet JUDAS got me with “some people want it all but I don’t want this at all” and the big, anthemic chorus and overall super catchy vibe in “Some People”, their new single. “Some People” is the perfect indie rock song for the summer of 2017 and a[…]

SONG PICK: Hån – The Children

Hån hails from Lago di Garda, Italy, a most beautiful place in Europe where in the 90s we sometimes spent a few days in early spring, like many other people from southern Germany. It is not an area one would easily associate with melancholy, but then, being connected to the[…]

OFFSTAGE: Q & A with Jupiter Deluxe Tube

L. A. musician Darwinn Sato, who records under the name Jupiter Deluxe Tube, is about to release her debut album “Product of Insomnia” with ten dream pop songs where layered synths and guitars evoke the half-wake state of sleepless nights. It will be released not before June 2, but in[…]

SONG PICK: Joey Genetti – Human

“Human” by singer/songwriter and producer Joey Genetti is one big sweeping, melancholic ballad. It evokes mid 90s George Michael, great vocals, beautiful music and passionate story telling. Some background about the debut single: “Written from the viewpoint of Genetti toward his future child, the track is a meditation on conflicts that ignore who[…]

SONG PICK: Violet Youth – Reliable Sources

With their new single “Reliable Sources”, British indie rock quartet Violet Youth released  yet another moody, melancholic gem after their fascinating “Lucid Dreams”. While this new track’s overall vibe is a wistful one, there are also bright rays of optimism thrown in thanks to the shiny synth elements. This is U.K. dark[…]

SONG PICK: Ani Glass – Dal I Droi

There is a good deal of exciting music coming out of Wales, but rarely it is a sung in the Welsh language. Under the stage name of Ani Glass, Cardiff-based singer/producer Ani Saunders wants to connect with her language and culture, but she also seeks a larger audience, who are[…]

VIDEO: Grace Savage – Just For Tonight

“Just For Tonight”, let’s pretend we can make it work. This – kind of self-destructive – move is what the latest song of UK singer/songwriter Grace Savage is about. In the video this translates into a swirl of color and emotion, before it ends with sobering emptiness.

SONG PICK: Apsley – Fear

Exploring new music and featuring what truly sticks is not a sprint and while “Fear” by Idaho-based singer/songwriter Apsley got released a good month ago, it is as fresh and beautiful as it was then. I totally dig Apsley’s bright and pop-tinged vocals and this track’s beautiful flow and irresistible melody. Apsley reveals about[…]

EXCITED ABOUT: Wall – Untitled

After the 30 minutes of music on the debut album “Untitled” by the Brooklyn four-piece Wall, the wild drumming, wild guitar lines and singer Sam’s intense no-nonsense vocals may make you think that the band wants to shove their world view down your throat as efficiently as possible. But beneath[…]

VIDEO: Ekurtis – HumDrum

“HumDrum” immediately captivates with its charming and essentially super catchy melody, the soft vocals and its minimalistic instrumentation. This is a colorful and gorgeous video, with someone in it who can sing AND dance, no wonder because the artist who goes by Ekurtis exchanged his ballet dancing career with making music. If Ekurtis[…]

SONG PICK: Sawyer – Next Time

Just wait for the “Next Time”, the next, better opportunity to let somebody know that you have a crush on him or her. That moment, when your brain decides if you want to keep your dreams open or do the next step is the theme of the debut song of[…]

SONG PICK: HOAR – Venice of the North

Careful, very slowly intensifying, “Venice of the North” grabs you quietly and then doesn’t let go! The debut single by Belgium four-piece HOAR pulls all minor key register and resonates because of its dark melancholy and the rays of optimism that are breaking through and like with many a great songs recently,[…]

VIDEO: Ferris & Sylvester – Save Yourself

Achingly beautiful – melody and visuals! “Save Yourself”, the debut single by London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester, conquered our hearts by storm because there’s something so bitter-sweet and simply breathtakingly gorgeous to “Save Yourself”. The duo is the first signing by legendary producer Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Crowded House) to[…]