SONG PICK: Lauren Lakis – Right Now

“Right Now” is a heavy song. L.A.-based singer/songwriter Lauren Lakis unleashes a wall of sound onto you that makes you feel the gravity of the here and now. There is always the next thing to think about, the next problem to solve. But you are no alone as Lauren explains:[…]

SONG PICK: Jesse Hite – In your Mind

With its hypnotic beats and repetitions, the wistful piano melody and the charismatic vocals “In Your Mind” proves instantly irresistible. When the song closes out with a soulful saxophone solo, “In Your Mind” feels like a timeless classic. This is the second single by Jesse Hite, an American artist living[…]

SONG PICK: Sophia Bel – Time

“Princess of the Dead” is the title of the debut EP by Sophia Bel and the single “Time” has indeed something netherworldly to it. Time does not seem to matter the way the baseline and beat lead the song into an ethereal open space. The Montreal-based artist explains: “Time” really[…]

SONG PICK: Far Caspian – A Dream of You

“A Dream of You”, the new single by Leeds three-piece Far Caspian, could come right from a John Hughes movie. Take a potential montage where she keeps on glancing at a framed picture of him (way pre-digital!) while going through her wardrobe for a possible prom dress, while he is[…]

VIDEO FRIDAY: Archie Faulks – Hung Up

What makes a great video? For starters, a great song of course plus appealing visuals and intelligent story telling. “Hung Up”, the latest single by London-based singer/songwriter Archie Faulks is achingly beautiful, a song so bright and lovely that you can not help but smile and instantly feel good. Wait[…]

SONG PICK: Negative Gemini – Different Color Hair

Somehow I imagine Lindsey French aka Negative Gemini writers her songs in the very early hours of the morning, shortly before sun rises. They have something nocturnal and twisted to it, like an intense dream that leaves you puzzled after you wake up. But then there is also rays of[…]

SONG PICK: Dantevilles – Bloomin’ Flowers

As much as I love beautiful melodies and easy-going arrangements, I am equally drawn to the edgy and maybe more complicated sound, the one that takes a little to unravel itself. “Bloomin’ Flowers”, the new single by British quartet Dantevilles is a song in that latter category: it immediately keeps you[…]

Our Favorite SXSW 2019 Artist Discoveries

The most exciting and memorable SXSW moments happen when you least expect them; when you are blown away by a new act that you didn’t know before, or by arriving a bit too early to see somebody you had on your must-see list and see someone else instead. Or maybe[…]

SONG PICK: Claude Fontaine – Pretending He Was You

Some songs immediately transport you immediately to another place and time. “Pretending He Was You” by L.A. singer/songwriter Claude Fontaine is about a lost love being a constant companion in your life and you can imagine her sing the song on a porch of a tropical residence, while looking out[…]

SONG PICK: LONA – Shangri La

After releasing the superb “She’s With Me” a little over a month ago, London-based alt rock quartet LONA, follow-up with “Shangri La”, an equally stunning new single. The song provokes feelings of unrest and uncertainty yet there is also some almost overwhelming longing and beauty woven within. “Shangri La” is[…]