Luna Shadows arises out of the ashes of Los Angeles with her unique sound of dark indie pop separating herself from the sun-soaked ‘Katy Perry’ type pop singers. The latest track ‘Hallelujah California‘ which comes off her debut is brilliant, and mesmerizes with a couple listens.
The singer-songwriter tells us the backstory behind the love letter to Los Angeles: “My father used to say that “Hallelujah” (Wainwright/Buckley rendition) was the saddest song ever written, mostly because it’s darkness was disguised in a major key; conversely, the sole uplifting praise word “Hallelujah” was paired with the most melancholy of melodies. Playing on this juxtaposition, “Hallelujah California” is my eye-roll love letter to Los Angeles. The song explores how disorienting it can feel at times to live in a paradise, to have an endless summer, but still experience such sadness and doubt.”
Luna Shadows brings forth a lil’ Lana del Rey with endless summers and sadness but she is establishing her own voice. The blog love is mounting too. The track was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday Playlist, blurbed by gossip blogger Just Jared, and clocked 30k+ SoundCloud streams in one month.
Who the heck is Gypsy & The Cat? I had no idea until I had lil’ run-in with the Melbourne duo and my favorite music blogs. The opening guitar chords of their latest ‘Inside Your Mind‘ grabbed me, and I kept listening — an anomaly these days!
The indie-dream pop duo has a story behind them. These two DJ’s stepped on the scene in 2010 quickly made a name for themselves, became an Unearthed J Award nominee and has three hit songs under their belt. They’ve toured the UK and Europe and sold hundreds of thousands copies of their debut release.
Now, Gypsy & The Cat marks the return with the release of ‘Inside Your Mind‘. The track has become a blog favorite having been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, and reaching #2 on the Hype Machine charts.
Their forthcoming album which was mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, The Flaming Lips) will have a June release date. Oh! And… check out the amazingly cool video which features a cat, a really big Cat Head!
Who is Anthony Rankin? He is an up & coming Nashville-based pop singer & songwriter. His latest radio-ready song and video ‘Phoenix In Vegas‘ demonstrate his musical chops. What does Rankin want to say through his music? It was one of the many questions I wanted to explore….
Can you elaborate on your background?
A: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father was a professional drummer for much of his life and my mother a giant music fan for as long as I can remember. They always encouraged my creative pursuits. I grew up performing with my dad in blues bars, school talent shows, summer fairs. After cutting my teeth on many stages as a teenager, I attended college and received a Bachelor’s degree in music and studio recording from Duquesne University. In the years that followed, I self-released a handful of albums and performed throughout Pittsburgh and the northeast before I moved to Nashville in 2011 to broaden my career pursuits. CONTINUE READING
Highs who hail from Toronto are making noise with their upcoming release ‘Dazzle Camouflage‘ via Indica Records.
The bands formation arose out of the bedroom that quickly led to demos which landed online, followed by a string of shows including Canadian festivals such as NXNE and Canadian Music Week.
Their latest track I Do, Do You? comes off their full length and was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode). The full album can be streamed on Ear Milk.
Jonny Stemp, a twenty year old songwriter introduces himself as a promising new artist with the release of ‘Holy Days‘. The track which is along the same line as something from Hozier, was co-written and co-produced by duo Bubba & Oyvind, who have worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Snow Patrol, & will.i.am.
The London performer studied popular music at Newcastle University, and earned his musical chops playing on the university’s pianos and performing Open Mics.
UK music blog The Line Of Best Fit premiered the song which has garnered 10k+ SoundCloud streams since its release.
If you’re fortunate enough, check this boy out at Sofar Sounds [Secret Location] in London on May 24th.