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Emika

SONG PICK: Emika – The Anti-Universe

Berlin-based musician Emika is a multifaceted artist, who pushes the boundaries of music from different angles. Her main project started ten years ago with her groundbreaking self-titled debut album at the crossroads of cutting-edge electronic dance music and dark, emotive pop. She celebrates this anniversary with several new releases under[…]

SONG PICK: Stubborn Heart – Talking Gold

The opening of “Talking Gold” evokes the vibe of sitting in an abandoned church, all quiet with a heavy dose of suspense, just the organ playing a few simple, majestic notes. What’s happening next? Well, electro beats, are kicking in and vocals fully with longing and promise. Suddenly, all falls[…]

Jellyfish

SONG PICK: Emma Elisabeth – Jellyfish

Valentine’s Day is in the rearview, and some like it that way. But the excitement of being in love and receiving attention from that special someone never is out of season. Singer/songwriter Emma Elisabeth captures this feeling in her new song “Jellyfish” from her three-song EP “Something Borrowed, Something Blue.”[…]

SONG PICK: Elgin – Cherry Picked

You can not cherry-pick your moments, a sentiment that deeply resonates with me. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Heinrich Böll’s “The Clown”: One should leave moments alone, never repeat them. Repeating a favorite moment is comparable to cherry-picking. These thoughts and more are touched in[…]

VIDEO PICKS OF THE WEEK: Alicia Blue, Luna Shadows, MILLY, Western Column

Alicia Blue – Blackbird Join Alicia Blue on a walk through her sunny hometown L.A. The topic of her new song, “Blackbird,” is far more solemn than the visuals suggest. Alicia says: “Sometimes when you’re pressed so thin, crushed so flat that there’s no ‘You’ left, you can’t speak of[…]

SONG PICK: Mt. Mountain – Second Home

While “Second Home”, the new single by Australian five-piece Mt. Mountain starts already very intriguing but it only gets better and more mesmerizing the further it progresses. The relentlessly driving beat and the swirling guitars, mix and mash and intensify in a guitar lover’s dream. What a fantastic build! “Second[…]

Caoilfhionn Rose

SONG PICK: Caoilfhionn Rose – Flourish

We have already been a few weeks into the new year and Manchester-based singer/songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose (her first name is pronounced Keelin) invites you to continue believing in a bright future. Her new song “Flourish” is contemplative but shimmering with promise, like the first rays of light at sunrise. Caoilfhionn[…]

Middle Kids

SONG PICK: Middle Kids – Cellophane (Brain)

“Cellophane (Brain)” is a stream of consciousness directly from the mind of Hannah Joy, the singer and songwriter of the Australian trio Middle Kids. The music reflects this in many layers: sounds play against each other like twisted thoughts in one’s brain. But in the end, all come together to[…]

SONG PICK: CIEL – Pretty Face

My interest was piqued upon learning that Jack Wolter of Penelope Isles produced “Pretty Face,” the new single by fellow Brighton indie-rockers CIEL. I expected bright and blissful guitar-driven pop with an edge, and “Pretty Face” offers all that and more. My favorite part is when the guitar may get[…]

Sara Bug

SONG PICK: Sara Bug – Rosebank

In “Rosebank” Sara Bug recovers from a breakup by finding peace on her motorbike. The debut single of the Nashville-based singer/songwriter emulates the calming effect with a fuzzy, droney guitar while she repeatedly sings “Slow it down” – a good idea when riding in an emotionally agitated state. Sara says[…]

SONG PICK: Kowloon – Late Last Night

The sleek and sensual “Late Last Night” by Los Angeles-based musician and filmmaker Kowloon is the perfect addition to any feel-good playlist, Valentine’s Day or not. The song’s sexy-relaxed vibe is full of promise and possibilities, hints at what was and what could be. When asked about the track, Kowloon[…]

Paulina Vo

SONG PICK: Paulina Vo – Sweetie

Pop music has a bias towards the big moments of relationships, the good, and even the bad ones. In her new track “Sweetie,” Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Paulina Vo put the focus onto a widely underrated emotion: the warm fuzzy feeling that there is somebody who you trust and who belongs to[…]