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Press Releases For January, Here Are The Artists

 press releases for January
Hunter Daily is among these press releases for January

Atsuko Chiba, SYML, The New Pornographers, Malik Baptiste, Ber, Hunter Daily, and Tearing Up are the artists among these press releases for January.

Atsuko Chiba – “Link”: An aggressive, hard-hitting piece of psychedelic rock with bold half-spoken vocals and wild guitar and keys solos pushing the track into math/post/prog rock spheres. The genre-blender track is a single off Montreal-based Atsuko Chiba’s upcoming album, “Water, It Feels Like It’s Growing,” out on January 20 via Mothland. Groovy, psychedelic, droney, and hypnotic, Atsuko Chiba’s latest offering leads listeners down a path of epic sprawling soundscapes. The album is as stylistically diverse as it is thematically anchored, as oddly catchy as it is thoroughly challenging. Asymmetric, yet seamless time signatures, otherworldly synthetic frequencies, patented harmonies, raga-inspired melodies, cryptic lyrics, and orchestral arrangements co-exist within this surreal musical tale recounting one’s relation to their environment. Archived at Room 11 – Atsuko Chiba’s studio – alongside the band’s sixth member, engineer Matthew Cerantola, this collection of musical moments stems from months of experimentation taken on by the musicians, as well as from conceptual dichotomies born in strange times. Roaming free along a multitude of genres, akin to a flagless ship cutting through beautiful, yet troubled waters, this third full-length from the Montrealers should please fans of The Mars Volta, Beak>, or Spirit of the Beehive. On the album, the band shares: “We wanted the record to take the listener on a journey, each song being a moment. Because of that, we were less focused on traditional song structures… Instead, we gravitated towards creating musical experiences with a trajectory, equally comfortable with repeating an idea for 5 minutes as we were reacting to a past moment by forcing a sudden change. We were far more concerned with the evolution of a single part, rather than thinking of our songs as sections, parts or modules that needed to fit a certain mold or structure. Songs could simply be their own musical worlds. We were also influenced by musical genres that tend to be more repetitive such as electronic or drone music. We discussed topics such as drones, ragas, hypnotic rhythms, minimalism, spatial awareness, musicality through overall patience, trying a less-is-more approach, etcetera. This led to us five playing as an ensemble rather than as musicians with defined roles; we were all responsible for pushing forward the main idea.” The song comes with an animated video.

SYML – “Believer”: An ethereal pop ballad with upbeat falsetto harmonies and a light tempo above a sensitive orchestration. “To be a believer in something is as pure as it gets,” says singer, songwriter, and producer Brian Fennell who is behind the project. “For me, it’s when I realized it was never a god or magical ghost, but my lover and how I fell at her feet.” The track is taken from SYML’s forthcoming album, “The Day My Father Died,” set for release on February 3 on Nettwerk. In addition to “Believer,” The Day My Father Died features “Better Part of Me” featuring Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, I’m With Her), “Howling” featuring Lucius, “Lost Myself” featuring Elbow’s Guy Garvey, “You and I” featuring Charlotte Lawrence and “Sweet Home.” Recorded and produced in Fennell’s hometown with fellow Seattle native Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), the new LP is his first album to feature a full band. In addition, SYML will feature on Lana Del Rey’s forthcoming “Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Boulevard.” “The Day My Father Died” finds Fennell telling a story of interpersonal connection and chosen kinship following the death of his adoptive father in 2021. More a document of growth and healing than of loss, the album charts Fennell’s journey to figure out how to move forward after a fundamental and intractable shift in his life. “The ever-expanding universe will always frighten and delight me, but the truly unbelievable shit happens down here at our human level,” Fennell says. “Losing my dad felt like running out of air. I still feel it in my gut. But this record is not about losing him, it’s about what happens after we have lost.”

The New Pornographers – “Really Really Light”: A layered song with multi-harmonies and confusing hooks, and a refashioning of a cutting-room-floor track from the band’s acclaimed 2014 album “Brill Bruisers,” co-written with Dan Bejar (Destroyer). “Part of my process throughout the years has been messing with things I never finished. I really liked Dan’s chorus, and for a while, I was just trying to write something that I felt like belonged with it,” A.C. Newman shares. “I was thinking of the Aloe Blacc song ‘The Man’ which interpolated the chorus from Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and thought it would be fun to interpolate a song that no one knows. Not trying to sound like Aloe Blacc, just doing some interpolating of my own. It became a game of writing a verse that felt like a part of the same song. In my mind, I was striving for a little Jeff Lynne–era Tom Petty, a classic go-to.” This is the first single of “Continue as a Guest,” the new album from The New Pornographers, set for release on March 31 via Merge Records—their first for the label. The 10-track record is produced by Newman and features compatriots Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, and Joe Seiders as well as contributions from saxophonist Zach Djanikian and in addition to the Bejar co-write, the glimmering track “Firework in the Falling Snow” was co-penned by Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz, Sad13). The album tackles themes of isolation and collapse, following the ambivalence of day-to-day life during the pandemic and the endless pitfalls of living online. But Newman says that Continue as a Guest’s title track also addresses the continually rolling concerns that come with being in a band for so long. “The idea of continuing as a guest felt very apropos to the times,” he explains. “Feeling out of place in culture, in society—not feeling like a part of any zeitgeist, but happy to be separate and living your simple life, your long fade-out.  Find your own little nowhere, find some space to fall apart, and continue as a guest.” “Really Really Light” comes with an accompanying video directed by Christian Cerezo.

Malik Baptiste – “All You Need To Know”: A symphonic genre-bending track blending everything from hip hop, gospel, and R&B, but also a beautiful homage to Baptiste’s humble beginnings and the singular experiences that shaped him into the genre-defying talent he is today. The spoken intro echoes, “Home is where the heart is…Austin, Texas will always love you.” The song is the new single of GRAMMY award-winning producer and artist Malik Baptiste and it also features GRAMMY-nominated, Iranian Swedish-born singer Snoh Aalegra. Of the single, Malik shared, “When I left home, I did so quietly and without many updates on why or what I’ve been up to. Relaying this message of love through Snoh, I’ve set out to reconnect with my loved ones and propel myself forward into goals I’ve set for myself.” “All You Need To Know” follows the multi-hyphenate’s 2020 collection of demos Spectrum, which first debuted his talents as a soloist following extensive credits as a producer. In 2019, Baptiste was honored with a GRAMMY award for his work on Ariana Grande’s Sweetener, with production credits on “Better Off.”  He also lent a hand to several Dreamville artists, including J.I.D. and Earthgang. As he continues to create varying sonic playgrounds under the guidance of the legendary producer No I.D., Baptiste has plenty more to offer in 2023. Citing Queen, The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Julie Andrews, OutKast, Elton John, and Steely Dan as some of the biggest influences, he creates what he dubs as futuristic Southern rap music that layers a bombastic energy with a boundless, genre-bending sound. Often writing, recording, mixing, and even mastering his own work, Baptiste hones in on his craft through the support and official cosign from the highly decorated producer No I.D. 2023 marks a new chapter for the 26-year-old multi-hyphenate as he prepares to unveil his new mixtape.

Ber – “Your Internet Sucks”: A sort of Caroline Polachek inspiration for a light and fluid pop track that surprises with its sudden fierce velocity. “Your Internet Sucks” is the latest track to be revealed from Ber’s upcoming EP, “Halfway,” which is set for release on February 17. Of the track, the rising singer/songwriter states, “‘Your Internet Sucks’ is an ode to the boy who broke my heart. I don’t wish him the worst, but I do wish him minor inconveniences. For example, when he’s playing Fortnite, I hope his internet sucks.” The EP showcases her lofty range as a songwriter, artist, and creator while growing her already fiercely passionate fanbase. “I wrote this 6-song EP about not being over a boy that ghosted me (but really trying to be),” Ber recalls. “They all come from that funny and uncomfortable place in between heartbreak/happy and paint a picture of how I felt when I finally felt like I was Halfway through my breakup.” Ber’s previously released songs “Halfway,” “Boys Who Kiss You In Their Car” and “Superspreader” have already begun to receive early praise. Having been praised for her heartfelt songwriting and angelic vocals, Ber has garnered support from Zane Lowe as well as Travis Mills and received early support on BBC Radio 1 and Triple A Radio. Ber made her debut performance at SXSW this year as well as Wisconsin’s Summerfest and played alongside Sigrid, Tom Odell, JP Saxe, Holly Humberstone, and Maisie Peters. The new song was released alongside an accompanying lyric video.

Hunter Daily – “Die In LA”: Delicate and emotional vocals softly soaring above a key-driven melancholic ballad for the best and boldest effects. Hunter Daily has shared a video of an outdoor performance with views over the LA canyons, the first of three videos in a series entitled the Canyon Sessions. Speaking on the new video, Daily wrote: “This ‘Die In LA’ live performance video was so fun to shoot! We were looking for the perfect LA location for this, and when I spotted a lookout at the top of Mulholland Drive, I knew it was the perfect place. I loved getting to do a more raw, stripped-down version of the song. ” The song was produced by Jenna Andrews (the hitmaker behind BTS’ “Butter” and “Dynamite,” in addition to Benee’s “Supalonley”). In addition to “Die In LA,” Daily recently 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 (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). 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.” Stay tuned for more from Hunter Daily, coming soon via Flush Records.

Tearing Up – “Moonbeams”: A rocking song with alt-rock vibes, inspired by the ‘90s, or by the Shins if they had decided to use more reverb rocking guitars to produce vibrant and scorching riffs. On the new track, musician Graham Caldwell wrote: “I was at Hillside festival in like 2012 and I remember watching Richard Reed Perry (Arcade Fire) play a solo set where he introduced a song saying it was about ‘a woman who lives on a farm and is waiting for the aliens who gave birth to her to come and take her away… if you know what I mean.’ So, I suppose I stole that from him. I think I also saw Grimes play that year which is still funny for me to think about. Some random Montreal art-kid in a gigantic Slayer T-shirt would end up carrying the spawn of one of the richest dickheads on the planet. ‘Moonbeams’ are what my Dad called his radiation treatments, which he’d always come home tired from, then act surprised as to why. The thing about a person mentally declining (he also had Parkinson’s) is that others like to say how their personality was changed by their condition. Sometimes, people will say things like: ‘they became a different person.’ While that can be true, sometimes, that person you always knew to be there starts becoming more and more difficult to hide. Recording the song, it took some time to get the harmonies working, although we did end up scrapping a few in order to make the vocals sound a little more raw. I was really happy that we had Josh Korody in the studio on this one, who helped give the song a bit of sci-fi edge with the synths at the end. Aliens, man; they scare the shit out of me.” Following the release of his debut EP “Billy Is Dead” earlier this fall, Tearing Up returns with the announcement of his debut LP, “Heavy,” out January 27. The forthcoming record is not “easy listening” — “I wanted this record to hurt,” as Graham wrote, and that motivation was largely inspired by a series of personal struggles that he experienced from late 2017 to early 2020, including the loss of his father. In those hard times, the people around him helped push him forward, and writing this record, in all honesty, gave him something to do aside from grieving. “October of 2017 to January of 2020 basically felt like one very, very, long year. But even before that, the record was always going to be called Heavy,” he wrote. In addition to finding solace in human connection, Graham also found himself turning to music in less of a “this album saved my life”-sense, but more so in recognition of the way music can heal, but can also hurt. Heavy came from his personal place of pain and loss, and it became his version of hard, but necessary truth-telling via making art.

 

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