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SONG PICK: Keaton Henson – Ambulance (video)

The utterly beautiful, quiet, and artfully arranged “Ambulance” is the lead single of Keaton Henson‘s new album “Monument.” The album’s opener is also characteristical for the eleven tracks as a whole, as Henson explains: “”Ambulance” is an entertainer’s cry for help, mistaken for a pop song, and applauded instead of[…]

Notelle

SONG PICK: Notelle – Diet Change

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Notelle likes her music dark and with unsettling undertones. Her new song “Diet Change” – released yesterday – has still some of that, but in form of rather subtle electronics beneath a melancholic piano line. “My new reality,” Notelle sings about the moment she realizes that a relationship[…]

SONG PICK: Matu – Out of the Mist

Soft guitar strumming contrasts with alluring, powerful vocals until the wistful lead guitar glues it all together. These elements are the signature details of “Out of the Mist,” the new single by Matu, a singer/songwriter from Argentina. Born in the South of Argentina, Patagonia, and now living in Buenos Aires,[…]

Abbie Ozard

SONG PICK: Abbie Ozard – True Romance

“True Romance” refers to the 1993 movie and while you probably don’t want to be stuck in a Quentin Tarantino movie, there are always characters with an undeniable appeal. For Manchester-based musician Abbie Ozard this is Alabama, the lead character in “True Romance”. But this 90s-vibes, power pop, sing-along anthem works for everybody who needs a quick escape, even if it is only in your head. “Step on the gas, riding into the sunset, not coming back,” Abbie sings and we are probably all ready for that.

SONG PICK: The Beths – Mars, The God of War

A lot is going on in The Beths‘ new music video and no surprise, with a title like “Mars, The God Of War.” Elizabeth Stokes personifies the planet when she sings: “Mars, the god of war, is watching over me // So passively // From the twinkling scenery // Mars,[…]

TSHA

SONG PICK: TSHA – Change (ft. Gabrielle Aplin)

We are way into the 21st century and female producers are still few and far between, in particularly those who focus mostly on the music. One of them is Ninja Tune signee TSHA from London who is about to release her new EP “Flowers” on November 13. For the second single “Change” she enlisted singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin on vocals for a bright, elevating song that works perfectly both as a pop tune and energetic dance floor banger.

SONG PICK: Johnny Lloyd – Suze

We became fans of British singer/songwriter Johnny Lloyd thanks to his last year’s released album “Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds.” Now, the prolific artist announces his new album “Cheap Medication”, out on October 30th via Xtra Mile Recordings. “Suze” marks the last offer before the album drops and Lloyd[…]

Cherry Blaster

SONG PICK: Cherry Blaster – Licorice

Iulia Ciobanu, singer and songwriter of the band Cherry Blaster from Toronto, Canada lets us witness the process of finding an important decision: is she engaging into a relationship for the right reasons? You can imagine Iulia laying on a sofa in a sunlit room while she lets all those thoughts cross her mind. The music gently carries her stream of consciousness: there may be a heartbreak lurking in the future, but at this very moment, things are pretty much okay.

SONG PICK: The Drives – OCD

Californian three-piece The Drives could as well have met in early 2000 and not only in 2017 because of the cool and catchy indie-rock they create. It was 2017 when singer and songwriter Andrew Levin and guitarist Casey Chen met over their bedroom recordings and formed The Drives. Later that[…]

VIDEO PICKS OF THE WEEK: Aaron Frazer, Mamalrky, Niki Darling, Violent Vicky

Aaron Frazer – Over You Aaron Frazer announces his debut album “Introducing…,” out January 8th, 2021 on Dead Oceans/Easy Eye Sound with the charismatic single and video “Over You”. The single is a collaboration between Frazer and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). Frazer says about the song: “‘Over You’ is[…]

SONG PICK: GLDED – Paine

Indiana-born, Chicago-based musician Ben Harper, makes gorgeous indie-electronic folk-pop under the moniker GLDED  and just released his new single “Paine”. The track combines vital electronics with tender finger-picked guitars, all held together by Harper’s mellow and utterly beautiful vocals. After the previous single “Waiting Up”, “Paine” is yet another delicious[…]

Ian Sweet

SONG PICK: Ian Sweet – Power

“I wanna feel the power of holding no-one every again.” Where is L.A. singer/songwriter Jilian Medford aka Ian Sweet going with her latest track “Power?” Not depending on anybody can be an advantage. She says: “’Power’ is a manifestation of strength; something I was looking up and looking towards. I wrote this song to try to get closer to trusting the magnitude of myself as a solitary being.” The song brings her point home with a an alternating pattern of a melancholic guitar line and crunchy riffs. After all, everything has its ups and downs.