Nashville indie act Birdtalker appears to be an artist on the rise. Their track Heavy that came off their first full length clocked over 22 millions streams without any major music label support. Now, they just released a new track Outside The Lines that has timeless melancholic melodies reminiscent to Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence, but lyrically more thought provoking. I think the ‘The Sound Of Silence’ appealed to the masses because of the hooky melody coupled with simplicity of words. With Birdtalker, you may need to pick up college reading material. I do think this band could achieve wider appeal, but the preachy-sophisticated topics could keep them in the same circle of songwriters. The band just wrapped up performances in Brooklyn, NY at Rough Trade and Nashville’s The Basement East.
Christian Navarro known for his acting in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why teams up with NJ based singer-songwriter Evangelia. Together they wrote a contemporary pop folk song Hello Again inspired by the series itself. Evangelia notes, “I grabbed my guitar while we were on FaceTime and started playing some chords. I wanted to create something with Christian to help him get into his character’s headspace before filming. We talked about the core emotions of his character and then started writing lines that reflected that. Before we knew it we had a melody too”. Check out the music video that already has 10k YouTube views. It would be interesting to see if this duo releases more tracks in the future because they may have found chemistry.
We first featured Grace Ackerman when she released her debut single “Feels Like Home” in 2017. Now, the upcoming pop artist just released a music video for the track new track Faith. It’s not your typical pop track. Think indie pop meets art rock, reminiscent of Florence + The Machine. Ackerman has already garnered support from tastemakers at BBC introducing, BBC R1 and R1Xtra. Moreover, she was the former lead singer of UK popular 4 piece Chasing Grace.
Up and coming pop singer Cammi Summer releases the video for her debut track Stranger which is about love gone cold. Originally from Argentina, but now based in Atlanta, she lists Demi, Avril, and Ariana as influences. Breaking in the pop market has challenges, but after talking with Cammi, she is determined. In her Instagram bio she quotes “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” With a growing presence on Instagram, she also has several covers on YouTube with hundreds of thousands of views and a cheesy vocal-only video covering Selena Gomez ‘Wolves’ with 19 million views. Cammi tells us that a new single will drop shortly.
Blake Banks releases the new single, “No Chaser”. Over the last couple years the Rockford, Illinois native has caught the attention of Post Malone and Famous Dex, creating his underground buzz in Los Angeles. The dark melodic trap-style banger follows suit with the rest of Banks’ catalog produced by his in house production team, The Ambulance Factory. Banks will release the EP Risky Business at the end of the Summer.