MYNK, Slow Fiction, Shira Elias, Secret Machines, The Lighthouse And The Whaler, Jenny O., Begonia are the artists among these press releases for December.
MYNK – “Boundaries”: A strange song with a pop soundscape fading among industrial beats, dissonant guitars, and a dark and mysterious ambiance. Speaking on their debut, the band wrote: “The track is about the boundaries we set in order to function in different situations/relationships; the crossing of sacrifice and habit meets somewhere in the middle to maintain a connection. It’s about the relatable internal questioning of ‘do I/don’t I?’ and where that takes you, and how you can lose yourself in it.” MYNK are a London-based band who formed under the shackles of isolation. They quickly discovered their sound through the creation of remote demos before teaming up with frontman and producer Faris Badwan (The Horrors, Cat’s Eyes) and Max Heyes (Primal Scream, Massive Attack) to record their debut single “Boundaries,” out now via all DSPs. As shown via their first track, the band draws influence from a wide range of both audio and visual art, from minimalist pop to David Lynch, resulting in a visceral combination of pop-noir melancholia. Their debut release is out now via KRO Records, but stay tuned for more new music from MYNK, coming soon.
Slow Fiction – “Top 10 Movie Scenes”: Bright pop vocals above anxious guitars and fuzzy melancholic indie rock textures, soaring and exploding mid-song in a triumphant way. Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles this year. The band has also been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin, Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at this year’s New Colossus Festival. Slow Fiction is finally ready to unveil a full-length project, their debut self-titled EP, “Slow Fiction,” due February 16, 2023. Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums, Snail Mail, Mannequin Pussy) mixed and mastered the EP. This is the first single off the EP. The band wrote of the track: “Writing through a false lens allows you to put yourself in the minds of people you don’t know and create storylines that don’t exist. The idea behind this track came about during a paranoid delusion… and a melody followed shortly after.”
Shira Elias – “OK”: An obvious inspiration from ‘90s R&B and ‘80s pop with a sultry and commanding vocal delivery reminiscent of the greatest acts of these past decades. The track explores the complex feelings that come with exiting an unhealthy relationship and the moments of acceptance and relief that follow. Delving into the nuances of love, Shira Elias ultimately finds confidence in leaving the unhealthy relationship behind and proudly recognizes her self worth. “This is an ANTHEM for me. I needed to make this song for myself,” says Elias. “For so long I let myself be in a toxic situation because of fear. OK is the final moment of acceptance and honoring that it’s OK to walk away and it’s OK to acknowledge that you are worth all of it. I think everyone can relate in some way or another to feeling stuck in a situation, and I hope that everyone can chant along at the end, that epiphany, “I NEVER NEEDED YOU.” I really dug deep for the emotion in this one.” This is a track from “SERVICES the EP,” the highly anticipated sophomore from this LA-based futuristic R&B-funk artist. “SERVICES the EP” is a dreamy, six-track collection from Shira Elias that boldly encapsulates the singer’s growth as she further establishes her sound and discovers more of herself–both as an artist and as a person.
Secret Machines – “You Want It Worse”: Unique layers of sounds both strident and throbbing, marching together with ineluctable energy under Brandon Curtis’ staccato vocal delivery.” Brandon Curtis declared the following about the band’s new track and forthcoming LP: “‘You Want It Worse’ was one of the first pieces of music that came together as a ’song’. The fire-alarm guitars, the shit-faced Vince Guaraldi piano, and the stamping-plant drums fell into place with a naturalness that ultimately magnetized the vocal part into this unstable alloy that sort of melts in-between the cracks and craters of the rest of the production. Listening to it today brings up feelings of longing and otherness. Reminds me of the futility of wishing things could be different than they are. Finally getting to share these songs after so many incarnations, after all this time, and after so much has happened, has been a wonderful experience. Listening through has been like connecting to a memory that had begun to recede. I think the improvisational nature of the process and the rawness of the performances allow all this feeling and emotion to bubble up through the wash of sounds and pulses. We are extremely proud of the work that went into making this album and are excited to present this track as another preview of the album.” Their first new release since 2020’s “Awake in the Brain Chamber,” “The Moth, The Lizard, and the Secret Machines” is due on February 17
The Lighthouse and The Whaler – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”: A bright and effervescent pop-folk song on guitar with a heartfelt melody, vocal harmonies, and an authentic Christmas vibe. Cleveland-born rock band The Lighthouse and The Whaler is prepping to celebrate the holidays and in advance, they have shared a brand new Christmas cover single of the classic holiday hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The band’s version of the track — a folky, piano-driven rendition — is available just in time for the quickly approaching holiday season. Speaking on their cover, the band wrote: “‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ is one of those songs that takes me back to Christmas when I was a kid. Sledding, tons of snow, presents under the tree, it has this instant ability to take me straight back to childhood. So it was the perfect song for us to recreate for the holidays.” Stay tuned for more new music from The Lighthouse and The Whaler, out in 2023.
Jenny O. – “Solitary Girl”: An engaging rock song with Jenny O.’s sweet voice, and shades of the Ramones (or other fun punk bands), soon revealing a poppy sound, a catchy hook, and some real distortion. Commenting on “Solitary Girl” Jenny O. says: “I feel a wildfire instinct to rage and shred and I am ecstatic to do so with punk music at last on “Solitary Girl.” At some point, this song became inseparable from “There Is a Club” so I’m releasing them both and hope they live on together.” Los Angeles-based songwriter Jenny O. and Mama Bird Recording Co. have announced the release of “Spectra” on February 24. The album is the follow-up to Jenny O.’s 2020 acclaimed release New Truth. On the forthcoming album, Jenny O. adds: “’Spectra” is my favorite record I have made and my most joyful. Love, connectivity, communication, truth, inquiry, by repetition. Punk, R&B, rock & roll, call-and-response, chant, ballads on my knees. Bass, electric guitar, organ, harmony, drumsss, drone, insects, the sea. I hope you feel it. Originally from New York, Ognibene moved to California in 2007 to join a thriving musical community. Since then, she has released “Automechanic,” “Peace & Information,” “New Truth,” Work, Home, and toured the USA and Europe. Jenny O. has performed with Violent Femmes, Faye Webster, Father John Misty, and Rodriguez, and recently held a weekly residency at Permanent Records Roadhouse in Los Angeles.
Begonia- “Cold Night”: A humming background for Begonia’s superb and soulful voice which shines during this stripped-down track, slowly fleshing up with a bold and audacious sound, beautiful and warm harmonies, and emotive outbursts of full string orchestration. The track is taken from alt-pop Canadian artist Alexa Dirks’s second studio album, “Powder Blue,” set for release on February 24 via Birthday Cake Records. “This song is the breakdown of a horrible life-changing relationship in three parts,” Dirks says. “Like…stages of grief I guess? Verse One is when you’re not ready to let go and just the thought of being ‘left behind’ makes you feel so desperate and detached like you’re not even human anymore. Verse Two is reflecting on the reality of the relationship itself and particular stories that come up only with time to reveal the truth. The last part of the song after the strings hit is all about accepting it for what it is and moving forward.” The album is written and produced by Begonia, Matt Peters, and Matthew Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) with contributions from Jason Agel (Björk, Kelly Clarkson, Prince) and Joe LaPorta (FKA twigs, beabadoobee, Solange). Of the album, Begonia says: “The name of this album needed to be something that encompasses all of the feelings that these songs give me when they are put together. When I listen to them as a unit, they send me back to the words, and the color. To me, this album holds a muted nostalgia, musings on childhood, the complexities of new love, self-love, religion, virginity, and sexuality. There’s an indulgence in emotional depth and pain yet also an indulgence in love and a poppy lightness —two sides I’ve always tried to balance. I feel like I let my guard down even more with this record and decided to not hold back on either end.”
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