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Press Releases For February: Here Are The Artists

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Camp Bedford – Photo by Yekaterina Gyadu

Indy, Camp Bedford, Joy Oladokun, Hunter Daily, Graham Nash, Jane. and Occurrence are the artists in these press releases for February.

Indy – “Threads”: Youthful vocals for a slow burn anthemic pop song with widescreen orchestration and an engaging dancefloor. “Threads” is the titled track of the new EP from pop breakout Indy, the solo music project of acclaimed poet Indy Yelich O’Connor. Created with collaborators Casey Smith (Olivia Rodrigo, Jonas Brothers), Andy Seltzer (Maggie Rogers, Del Water Gap), Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, The Neighbourhood), and others, “Threads” was recorded over the course of three years between New York, L.A. and Indy’s native New Zealand. Of releasing the EP, Indy says, “It means everything. I have lived and breathed these songs for years, every song I feel my voice is clear and honest. Being able to showcase songs I wrote and created is the dream!” The EP features previously shared singles “Hometown,” “Killer” and another new track, “Freeloader,” with its accompanying video. Born and raised in the suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand, Indy grew up in a household filled with music, art, and poetry. Surrounded by her author mother’s writing and her father’s extensive record collection—James Taylor, Bon Iver, and Annie Lennox were early favorites—Indy grew up a voracious reader and listener alongside her three siblings, including older sister Ella (a.k.a. Lorde). Indy began writing poetry as a small child and soon after started writing songs, penning her first at age seven. Indy pursued music throughout her school years–joining and forming bands, writing song after song and proudly observing the ascent of her older sister. After graduation she made for the States, landing in L.A. for a brief stint before settling in New York. There, she focused on poetry, publishing two acclaimed volumes—2018’s “Sticky Notes” and 2022’s “Dudette”—before songwriting pulled her back. More from Indy is imminent.

Camp Bedford – “2AM”: Complex musical arrangements with layered instrumentation and multi-voice attack building powerful harmonies for a passionate Americana track. This is a single from Brooklyn-based folk-pop trio Camp Bedford with Roxanne Quilty on guitar and vocals, Mariela Flor Olivo on lead rhythm guitar and vocals, and Tallen Gabriel helming the cello. The queer and femme-led band’s deep friendship shines through in their music, and the song captures Camp Bedford’s essence beautifully. Of the single, the band wrote: “A rousing angsty anthem, ‘2AM’ captures the post-breakup frustration and anger of watching your former partner give someone else the time and energy you wished they would have been able to give you. Even if it’s not logical and both parties grow and expand into new versions of themselves after a breakup, we wanted to honor the gnawing hurt that comes in initially watching an ex be ‘better’ to someone else than they were to you.” Melding their unique voices and styles of instrumentation, Camp Bedford is a folk-pop-rock band spinning tales of adventure, self-discovery, life’s journeys, and the stumbles along the way. Nostalgic forward-thinkers, Camp Bedford’s music is infused with the magic of possibility. Compared to the likes of Joseph, First Aid Kit, and Wye Oak, the group finds inspiration in poetry, nature, and musical genres ranging from bluegrass to hyper-pop. “So Often & So Sweet” is out on March 31.

Joy Oladokun – “Changes”: A breezy pop-folk ballad with finger-picking guitar and Joy Oladokun’s vocals sounding strong and vulnerable at the same time. This is the first single in anticipation of Oladokun’s new album, “Proof of Life,” out on April 28 via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records. “Changes” is a reflection on Oladokun’s own growth as well as the changing world around her; watch the official music video, directed by Whitney Wolanin. With production by Oladokun, Mike Elizondo, Ian Fitchuk, Dan Wilson, and Alysa Vanderheym, “Proof of Life” captures the human experience with profound simplicity. Across these thirteen tracks, Oladokun celebrates the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while also giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can. In addition to “Changes,” the new record features previously released songs “Keeping The Light On” and the instant-classic duet, “Sweet Symphony” feat. Chris Stapleton, as well as collaborations with Manchester Orchestra, Mt. Joy, Maxo Kream, and Noah Kahan. “This album is evidence of how I live,” Oladokun shares. “I hope these are helpful anthems. I started making music because I wasn’t hearing from the ‘everyday human being’ on the radio. I hope this resonates with anybody who feels normal and needs a little musical boost to get through the day. I’m average. I do this job because I love what I do. I put so much care, craft, and intention into it. I’m making music to live to.” Known for her powerful live shows, Oladokun will perform a special headline show at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl on May 12, in addition to joining John Mayer and Noah Kahan on their respective tours this spring and summer,

Hunter Daily – “Don’t Fall Asleep”: A tender and romantic indie pop song with a playful sexy vibe, a gentle tempo, and tons of sweetness. Speaking on the track, Hunter wrote: “It’s funny how the title came to me because my boyfriend playfully said it to me one night when I was falling asleep. It was a joke, but I wrote it down and brought it to my session the next day because I thought it was so cute. It’s the feeling of not wanting to fall asleep because you don’t want to miss a second of being with your person. And even though the morning will come soon, sometimes, it’s not soon enough.” Watch its accompanying music video directed by Connor Brashier. During the fall of 2022, Daily made her official debut with her first single, “Die In LA,” executively produced by Jenna Andrews (the hitmaker behind BTS’ “Butter” and “Dynamite,” in addition to Benee’s “Supalonley”). She also shared another two tracks: “Before It Falls Apart,” a vulnerable and lovelorn admittance of her struggles when it comes to accepting love (featured on Spotify’s New Pop Picks + Apple Music’s New in Pop and Heartache), and “Skeleton Key,” a soft-spoken track in which she describes the emotional damage left in the wake of a hard but necessary breakup (hit 500k+ streams on Spotify and featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Next Gen Singer-Songwriters, sad hour, and Alone Again + Apple Music’s Feeling Blue, New In Pop, and Heartache). Recently, she shared live performances of each track, dubbed the Canyon Sessions video series. Alongside Executive Producer Jenna Andrews, Daily spearheads music that encompasses the romance, heartbreak, and complexity of her hometown. Said Andrews of working with Hunter: “Hunter is one of the most talented and exciting artists I’ve been around in a long time. She is a ‘true artist,’ and completely authentic to herself.” Her debut EP “Die In LA” is due this Spring.

Graham Nash – “Right Now”: A rock track with big guitar solos, wobbling keys, dramatic orchestration, and a storytelling tradition. The song was released in anticipation of Graham Nash’s forthcoming 13-track record “Now.” The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash will return with his first studio album of new material in seven years. “I believe that my new album “Now” is the most personal one I have ever made. At this point in my life, that’s something to say,” notes Nash. Nash will hit the road in support of Now this spring with a run of performances throughout the U.S. The tour—”Sixty Years of Songs and Stories”—marks the sixtieth anniversary of Nash’s first single with the Hollies, one of the leaders of the British Invasion of the 1960s, and includes multiple night residencies in New York; Chicago; Minneapolis; Alexandria, VA; Annapolis, MD and more. Additionally, in June and July Nash will revisit his west coast tour dates recently postponed due to Covid. “Now” is due on May 19 on BMG.

Jane. – “Dreaming”: Emotive vocals for an immersive electro-pop soundscape, haunting at first listening and evoking painful effort. This is a track from LA-based alternative singer-songwriter Jane., shared ahead of his forthcoming dreamy EP “Celeste,” out on March 31 via Good News. “I felt the need to address some real issues that are repeatedly happening in the country I live in and this song felt like it evoked the right emotion to do so.” Jane. said, “I started playing some chorus on the piano and the verse melody just fell out of me. Every record there’s a song that just writes itself and on this project, ‘Dreaming’ was it.” “Dreaming,” the fourth track on the five-track project, is a soothing search for peace and hope as Jane. attempts to hold onto the belief that society will progress positively, despite the deep-rooted issues that plague American life. Unlike previous releases, “Dreaming” carefully tackles more complex, real-life issues and offers a quiet place of refuge, even just for four minutes. With his honesty and desperation for a better world on full display, Jane. adds, “The chorus might be the most poignant part of the song. I repeat, “I don’t understand.” It’s purposely such a simple line. I really don’t understand. No one does. The song starts on an optimistic note as I still have faith change can be made, but as the song progresses that faith is lost. I still don’t understand.” “Dreaming” follows the previously shared, honest, and intimate “Beach Inside” and quietly courageous “Sun In My Eyes.” “Beach Inside” immerses listeners in a peaceful sonic world through the singer’s uniquely captivating vocals that offer one no choice but to be fully present with the music. Over three minutes and thirteen seconds, the singer aims to escape the chaos of everyday life in search of peace and purpose, and ultimately, trusts there could be more to life than what meets the eye. The track opens with a soft, “I still believe there’s something bigger than what we can see / Something inside of you lives inside me.” In pursuit of a place of complete calm and harmony, Jane. explains the track, “is a song about peace. I can’t help but deny the idea that this is it. Or what we see in this reality, is all this life has to offer. This chaos will not define my reality.” The title of the forthcoming five-track EP, “Celeste,” is taken from the Latin word meaning “heavenly,” and holds tracks that led the singer down a path towards further discovering himself, his pain, and his route to healing and subsequently, his spirituality. Jane. explains, “It’s a representation of my journey mentally traveling to the heavens to deal with this pain. To ask questions. To make confessions. To heal. To try and define how my spirituality plays into this pain.” By sharing his own experiences of pain, Jane. hopes to help others better understand their struggles. Jane. continues, “There’s beautiful moments and songs on the project, but overall, it’s something of a cry. It may even be a call for help. I have this recurring message of truth and honesty, and as I keep growing as a person, and growing as an artist, I keep feeling the need to share. To share what I find out as I grow. At this point, I feel a responsibility to it.”

Occurrence – “Universe Moves So Fast”: Pulsing with a buzzing keyboard, the psychedelic track is strange and plaintive, glitchy till the end. Indie electronic trio Occurrence recently announced their fourth album, “Slow Violence,” slated for release on April 7. With the album announcement, the group shared the lead single “Heels Over Head,” a jubilant electro-pop anthem. “Universe Moves So Fast” is their third single and it has an accompanying music video. This song is inspired by a saying in Spanish, “inocente palomita que te dejaste engañar,” which translates to “naive little pigeon, you’ve let yourself be fooled.” It is usually something you say on April Fool’s Day when you ask to borrow something, when, in reality, you’re stealing it. Ken wrote lyrics that took the saying and made it about loss, and the fear of it. This is a song about thinking your hard work is going to pay off and then failure slaps you hard in the face. Actor Peter Mark Kendall plays guitar on this version of the song. In addition to being on the album, Ken included the song in a new play he is working on called “The Tenure Itch,” which takes its name from a The Pains of Being Pure at Heart song. Occurrence is Ken Urban (electronics, synths & beats), Cat Hollyer (vocals, flute), and Johnny Hager (vocals). The band describes their music as “experimental electronic pop with a nostalgic bent.”

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