Other Side is a new single from Montreal-based artist, Kaylee Patterson. This avant garde indie pop track is beautifully melodic. The afflicted sentimentality and tender charm in her vocals will instantly endear you to Kaylee. She has one of those softly assertive voices that seems built for indie. This music is artistic pop with mainstream appeal, in the spirit of cited influences like Lana Del Rey, Alexandra Savior and Leonard Cohen. It combines organic acoustic guitars with ambient, ethereal synths to create a bright and entrancing sound. Ultimately though, it’s her singing that’s responsible for the emotional magic in this recording, especially where harmonies are employed to enhance the effect of her vocals. Kaylee initially got into making music as an outlet to deal with relationship struggles and heartbreak. The expressive sincerity in this song is off the charts. Other Side just feels so real. Kaylee Patterson manages to achieve what most contemporary pop artists fail to do. She has successfully harnessed the power of high quality production without compromising the sensitivity and poetic substance of her song.
My Castle is a new single from Belo Horizonte-based band, Dodelle. The group describes their sound as “independent authorial rock.” Felipe Fleury and Marcela do Valle are also credited with working on the production of this particular release. My Castle features some excellent guitar work. The tones are warm and crisp, while the playing style is bold and assertive. Vocalist Julie Vasconcelos delivers a charismatic performance. She sings well and delivers her lines with stylish flair. Production quality is top-tier, with a crystal clear mix treating us to maximum sonic quality. This track will really get you amped up, as it feels like you’re listening to it on a cranked up, high end stereo. It’s incredibly catchy and just rocks. My favorite parts of the song are when the backing vocals yell “castle!” I highly recommend the video as well, which is professionally filmed, well choreographed and features some of the coolest settings and visual props you’ll ever see in a music vid. This jam is a hit.
Namaste is a new single from rapper/singer, Tide Tan. A recurring theme in Tide Tan’s music is that “no matter how you feel or think about something, it is okay to do so and that you are never alone.” In the case of Namaste, the inspirational message deals with passion and fulfillment that comes with finding the right person to be with. The music is mellow and has a tropical pop vibe, while a firm beat gives it a healthy pulse. Tide Tan’s vocal delivery takes on a light pace but is loaded with sentimental passion. Namaste is a celebratory track, with lyrical expressions constituting a sort of “emotional victory lap” that comes with discovering true love. The video for this song features a summertime beach setting, emphasizing the aquatic ambiance and carefree romanticism. Namaste is a feel good jam that will lift your spirits, especially if you’re in love.
Safe is a new single from artist, Joseph Nevels. Joseph has previously received millions of streams and had his music featured on Netflix and in films. The latest song, Safe, was produced by some big names, including Noah Barer and Grammy nominated Johan Lenox. What’s impressive about this track is how it manages to establish avant garde and intellectual credibility while retaining its appeal to a wider, pop audience. As the title suggests, Safe is making a statement about safety. To paraphrase the artist, the song is about the , need for safety and security. It addresses the issue specifically within the context of emotional safety as a necessary component to forming healthy, loving relationships.
Musically, the backing music has a an ambient, almost analog quality, with subtle tape noise and organic sounding synths cultivating an aesthetic atmosphere. It’s all very dreamlike and ethereal. Really though, it’s Joseph Nevels’ vocals that carries the song. He has an excellent voice and can hit some impressive high notes. I mean this guy has clearly had some training and is really a phenomenal singer. His performance lives up to the caliber of the names associated with the production of this project. I realize it’s incredibly difficult to stand out and gain traction in a crowded genre like this, but this song has the means to do just that. It’s a very strong release.
Drip Glitch is a new EP from hip hop artist, Visionz2turnt (V2T for short). True to the title, the songs incorporate glitch-hop style beats, while blending elements of trap, rap and pop. The resulting sound is highly creative and spontaneous. Visionz2turnt’s delivery is tight with the beat, and he makes use of dynamic vocal inflection for maximum flavor. He really is a naturally exciting performer and doesn’t merely go through the motions. His technical ability is strong as well, as he is able to change pace abruptly without missing a step. Many rappers would not be imaginative to deliver lyrics with the flair and vibrancy that V2T demonstrates on these recordings. Production quality is solid. Someone did a great job of mastering, as the mix is full, clean and extra loud. My favorite jam on here is probably CLOUT PACK, which features some fresh 8-bit electronic sounds that accentuate the retro-futuristic beat nicely. There’s a lot of action to appreciate on this lively little release.
Pacific Coast Highway is a new single from California-based recording artist, Cali Summers. Brimming with West Coast style, the ambient backing really does capture the oceanic feel of a scenic drive down the PCH. The artists laid back delivery and regionally topical lyrics complete the circle of the song. This a a summertime jam through and through. The beat is mellow but still has a nice kick to it so you can crank up the bass if you’re in the mood. I really like the backing music, which is fluid and synth-driven. In an abstract sense, Cali Summers has constructed a “vibe” here as much as he has a song. It brings back some fond, youthful memories of a place I haven’t been to in a long time.
Flugträume is a new single from 21-year-old Bavaria-based artist, Vincent Krennerich. As hinted by the cover art, the title means “dreams of flying” and is a common German expression. The song itself is a majestic mini-masterpiece. Krennerich’s piano playing is delicate and meticulous, conveying emotion that’s both elevating and sentimental. Sparse, sensitive keystrokes and strategic pauses cultivate an aura of openness and reflective solitude. The chorus-like musical backing energizes the ambiance at climactic points. Clean production and a minimalist mix allow the listener to appreciate the sonic details and subtleties of the recording. Unpretentiously inspirational and thought provoking, Flugträume is an avant garde and melodic song that glides quietly under the radar.
Wreckage of Now is a new album from Colorado-based artist Jay Stott. The sound is basically roots Americana blended with rock’n’roll. As a performer, Jay gives off the vibe of a rugged and well-traveled musical journeyman. He’s obviously a seasoned songwriting professional and knows how to play his instruments. Many of the songs have romantic undertones within the the context of their adventurous, open-road ambiance. One of the best of these is Desert Heat, which features hauntingly ethereal backing music (including some pretty groovy guitar riffs). Lyrically, this album takes on a reflective, almost confessional tone. It’s as if we’re listening to the artist reveal his true feelings about certain meaningful people and events in his life. From sorrow and regret to passion and euphoria, he runs the gambit of emotions. Wreckage of Now is rich with life experience and is quiet satisfying.
Detective Blue is a new single from Grand Rapids-based singer-songwriter, dancer and producer, DRE. Fresh off the presses, this peppy track is brimming with 80′s inspired vibes. Featuring a retro synth-pop backbeat, Detective Blue is a stylish gem that’s sure to stand out in a good way. The vocals are dynamic and expressive, as DRE. belts out the lyrics with stylishly emotive delivery and genuine passion. If this had come out in 1985 there no doubt in my mind it would have been featured on a popular movie soundtrack. Taking inspiration from real icons, this guy is operating at a very high level artistically, and he could run circles over most contemporary pop stars, even just in terms of taste.
Detective Blue is a catchy song, and in a just world this would be in the summertime Top 40 radio rotation. It definitely deserves some recognition. Excellent songwriting combines with quality execution and charismatic energy. The result is top-tier entertainment for your listening pleasure. People will be dancing in their room to this.
If I Were is a new single from artist, Purple Tone Flower (the solo project of Mauricio Flores Sánchez). This reflective track was apparently inspired by the artist’s experience running an errand in the city with his 2 year old son. He noticed his son’s expression of both overwhelming awe and a bit of fear as they maneuvered through the rush hour crowd. So the song basically takes a look at the world through that perspective.
Musically, the song is excellent. Blending elements or rock, funk, pop, and a host of micro-genres, If I Were has a polished and groovy vibe. The guitar work is meticulous and professional, with a sonically pleasing, vintage tone. You can hear every note in its delicate, delightful detail. The ambiance is bright, and the action moves quickly. The emotive and dynamic yet subdued vocals are just the right for this adult contemporary style of music. While the song subtly possesses some melancholic undercurrents, the melody has a nice, bouncy pop to it. Overall, the track cultivates a carefree and inspirational outlook, offering the listener a brief relief from the everyday pressures of city living.