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Press Releases For December: Here Are The Artists

 press releases for December
Niki is among these press releases for December

The Colorist Orchestra, Field Guide, Niki, Tamtam, Saya, Blonde Diamond, Alewya are among these press releases for December

The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb ft Pieta Brown – “Gold Shining”: A lo-fi Christmas-y song with melancholic strings and contrasting male-female vocals that take unexpected melodic directions… but wait for a complete change of mood with a Mexican fiesta at the end. Speaking on the single, Pieta Brown said: “I wrote ‘Gold Shining’ on a cold winter afternoon in Iowa looking out at my neighbor’s yard…decorations…snow and lights…and it was my sweet friend Iris Dement that told me I ‘better record that song’ after she heard me sing it at a show one night.  I think it was a couple of years later that Howe texted me one day out of the blue and asked me if by some chance I had ever written a Christmas song? I sent him a little demo of Gold Shining…and away we went! Howe made an organ version demo and we sang back and forth and sent it over the ocean to The Colorist Orchestra…and they put the gold right in it!” Howe Gelb wrote: “All of a sudden, Christmas was upon us in a blink.  But the pandemic was still making it all so hard to think. I turned to my sonic co-pilot and gave her a wink: ‘Maybe you have a Christmas song we can do up .. what do ya think?’ She turned with that smile:  ‘Ooh yeah, The Colorist Orchestra could fill it quickly with what they do, and throw in the kitchen sink!’  I mean .. this has been the meantime, and we all could do with a drink… Instead, we gave it a go, (with the Lowrey organ in tow), and a cluster of love bundled in, in hopes the old spirit would regardlessly kick in, and fill the song up with joy to the brink.  Then the magnificent video should follow it up while we all applied the smilingly lip-sync.” The Colorist Orchestra is a pop/chamber music collective led by Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans that uses classical and bespoke instruments in unorthodox ways to remix the repertoire of an invited singer/songwriter. Earlier this year, The Colorist Orchestra, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), and Pieta Brown released a new LP entitled “Not On The Map, “via Dangerbird Records. “Gold Shining” is the single and it comes alongside an accompanying music video, made by Brandise Danesewich and Pieta Brown.

Field Guide – “Parachutes” (ft. Begonia): Coldplay’s short piece is reinterpreted with tender instrumentals, beautiful and intimate male-female harmonies. “It was such a treat to get to sing this short little lullaby with Begonia,” said Field Guide. “This song is a beautiful example of not trying to make something more than it is. It’s 50 seconds and that’s all it needs to be.” He continued regarding the video, “The album version of this song was recorded remotely so it was so nice to have the opportunity to play this version together live in the same room. Plus, we accidentally matched.” This is taken from Winnipeg-based artist Field Guide’s reimagining of Coldplay’s seminal record, Parachutes. Speaking on the record, Field Guide said: “Coldplay was one of the first bands that I discovered on my own as a kid. Their early records have played an important role in my development as a songwriter. Originally, I had planned to perform Parachutes in its entirety with my band in Toronto, when live playing disappeared from the realm of possibility I shifted gears and decided to take the idea into studio land. My pal and co-producer Kris Ulrich and I began the project in January 2021 just outside of Riding Mountain National Park where my family has a little cabin. The frigid outside temperature and roaring wood stove set the tone for a cozy and intimate take on a classic album. With the help of friends and collaborators in Winnipeg, the record quickly took shape. It’s tricky trying to re-produce an album that is so well done and well-loved but I’m really proud of where the album ended up living. The addition of some wonderful guest vocalists (Begonia, Lizzy McAlpine, and Dizzy’s Katie Munshaw) gave us further opportunity to explore new territory and present these songs in an interesting new light.”

Niki – “Split”: A star in the making and a glamourous delivery for a retro slow burn tune reminiscent of the Holiday’s homesick-theme greatest tunes. The Jakarta-born, LA-based singer-songwriter and producer said of the track: “I wrote it about having to split myself between Indo and LA and feeling like I have to constantly “split the difference”/ adapt/ assimilate all the time. It’s a song about home and identity or maybe the struggle to find either. It’s very very personal and I hope you guys love it as much as I do!” “Split” sees the 22-year-old artistic force chronicling the ache of feeling split between two worlds and two homes. Written by NIKI herself and produced with frequent collaborators Jacob Ray and Bekon & The Donuts, “Split” depicts the emotional pull and turmoil the pressure to continually adapt brings. Like all her well-loved songs – NIKI has over one billion Spotify streams to date – “Split” leaves a mark.   The music video, directed by Sean Matsuyama, is the third installment of music videos powered by Samsung from 88rising’s upcoming album, Head In The Clouds 3. Shot entirely on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the cinematic video features a wistful NIKI in the backseat of a vintage blue Chevy Nova Wagon. NIKI longs for home while shots of her living in LA are juxtaposed with dreamy cuts of her pouring her heart out as a lounge singer. “Split” is the newest single off the upcoming “Head In The Clouds III” due out in early 2022.

Tamtam – “Ismak”: A cinematic beginning for an anthemic Arabic song with traces of R&B and exotic locations. “‘Ismak’ is about the power that comes with loving every part of myself, including my strengths and my flaws,” says Tamtam. “‘Ismak’ means ‘your name’ in the masculine form in Arabic. Our name is a huge part of our identity, and in this song, I am speaking to the feminine and masculine parts of myself. I am proud to be Saudi and proud to have Syrian roots. I wanted this song to represent those parts of me. The intro is chanted in a Saudi accent, and the chorus of the song is in a Syrian accent. I am also embracing the Western parts of myself in this song since I’ve always been inspired by English music growing up, and I’ve been living in California since high school. I hope ‘Ismak’ inspires you to honor every part of your identity and your roots, as far and wide as they may go.” “Ismak,” the title track off the new EP from this emerging Saudi-born and Los Angeles-based artist, is set for release in January 2022. Directed by Belgian collective Bleu Nuit, the video uses the music to accompany a group of women dancing the Ardah, a traditional Saudi sword dance. “Traditionally, men hold swords and do this chant as they dance,” furthers Tamtam. “It’s usually done before a battle, or to celebrate a victory. We used that melody, but on ‘Ismak’ we have women chanting it instead of men. And the lyrics are more about love—and the war that comes with love, or with loving something.” Over Ismak’s five songs, Tamtam explores the full spectrum of her identity as she creates a cohesive statement on modern womanhood. Singing in both English and Arabic, Tamtam draws influences from Western pop artists like Lana Del Rey and Banks as well as Arabic vocalists like Warda Al-Jazairia. With “Ismak,” Tamtam channels her modern pop influences in tandem with a worldwide group of collaborators, including Moroccan A&R and creative director Mohamed Sqalli, producer Malca, Belgian video production collective Bleu Nuit and Milan-based photographer Szilveszter Mako.

Saya – “Death of Me”: Icy-cool vocals over a slow burn pop song with modern twists and a Latino flavor. This is a new song by Toronto’s resident alternative popstar Saya and the second single off her upcoming EP “Ready to Burn,” due out next year. The song has been called “an intoxicating Billie Eilish-Esque sultry dark dancefloor anthem with a simmering alt-pop flow,” but it is about unresolved attraction and lingering tension after a breakup, resulting in a powerful, sultry, pulsing dark pop banger that showcases Saya’s knack for writing infectious hooks. The samples and beats come together to create this sensation of spiraling, which perfectly complements the lyrics about a breakup. Layered over pulsing beats and pristine electro-pop production, Saya’s addictive lyrics explore the emotions of frustration, vulnerability, pain, and desire. Her EP sees Saya’s triumphantly returning to music and more confident than ever, as it continues the themes of Saya reclaiming her power, pushing the boundaries of genre, and breaking out of the projections previously placed upon her. After everything she’s been through, one thing remains clear: Saya is here to stay.

Blonde Diamond – “Red Flags”: A vibrant pop song with electronic swirls, pulsating tempos, sensual textures, a sense of urgency, and Alexis Young’s passionate vocals. On the single, the band said, “Red Flags is a retrospective of moments leading up to the realization that a seemingly fairytale romance has slowly evolved into a dark, twisted, and manipulative stronghold,” said lead singer Alexis Young. “It’s the moment of clarity: realizing that walking away is stronger than trying to tough it out. And more importantly, understanding that you cannot try to fix someone else at the expense of your own well-being.” The Vancouver-based dream-pop band of Alexis Young (lead vocals/keys), Malcolm Holt (drums), Louis Hearn (guitar), and Bruce Ledingham (keys) have graced stages across Canada, Europe, Australia, the US, and India, sharing bills along the way with stalwarts such as Portugal. The Man, Broken Social Scene, Bishop Briggs, Chromeo, Mother Mother, Dear Rouge, and more. Since their inception in 2016, Blonde Diamond has made waves in musical realms across the world. The group’s eagerly awaited full-length debut record is expected in 2022.

Alewya – “Ethiopia”: Raw hypnotic vocals over a soundscape blending modern hip hop rhythms, flickering nightclub sounds, Jamaican dub, and traditional African tempos. “‘Ethiopia’ is a song that represents what Ethiopia is as a land and at its core: a quiet power that is extremely loud,” says Alewya. “Mixed with the dub element, the Jamaican connection is deeper than the surface usually portrayed. We bond on seeing each other, truly.” Alewya has released her debut EP “Panther in Mode,” a stunning six-track exploration that provides a glimpse into the world of one of the most exceptional new artists. Across its six tracks, “Panther in Mode” finds the critically-praised London-based Ethiopian-Egyptian musician, producer, illustrator, and sculptor blurring the line between African indebted rhythms and the cutting edge electronic sounds of London. Alongside the release of the EP & track, Alewya has also performed a powerful COLORS session of “Ethiopia.” Alewya is a multifaceted creative who, when not making music, can be found illustrating and sculpting. The translation of Alewya’s name from Arabic means “most high” or “the highest,” so it’s fitting that her music centers around the idea of transcendence. After spending four years in New York, she returned to west London where she was raised. Alewya, of Egyptian and Ethiopian descent, grew up nestled in a community rich with diaspora from around the globe. It was here that she received a nourishing musical education that can be heard throughout her music. Both her music and art are deep broodings through euphoria, heartache, melancholy, and back again. Alewya is challenging you to remember the last time you really felt connected. And as she finds the connections between disparate worlds, Alewya wants to make you feel, and make you dance. “Panther in Mode” is another milestone for Alewya in 2021, and is set to be a moment of true connection, a release that is set to solidify Alewya’s position as a captivating new talent.

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