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Press Releases For January, Here Are The Artists

press releases for January.
Chris Garneau is among these press releases for January.

Indy, M(h)aol, Jessy Greene and Rami Jaffee, Groupthink, Ella Vos, Slow Fiction, and Chris Garneau are the artists among these press releases for January.

 Indy – “Hometown”: Emotive vocals above keys and electronica soon soar into a pop radio-ready anthem. This is a new track (with its accompanying video) from the solo music project of acclaimed poet Indy Yelich O’Connor and co-written with Casey Smith (Olivia Rodrigo, Jonas Brothers, Ashe). Indy’s debut EP, “Threads,” is set for release on February 17 on TMWRK Records. “‘Hometown’ is about the memories from my teen years in suburbia that I’ll never forget,” says Indy. “I wrote this song with Casey Smith at Ryan Tedder’s house, sitting on the floor playing notes on the piano while the light streamed in. This song took me four years to finish because I felt like the song was so important and I wanted to get it right. I finished it with Miro Mackie and Daniel Chae, and they really brought it back to life. This song is very nostalgic for me, as it makes me think of driving through the suburbs, taking the long way to go past an ex’s house, returning from the big city, and staying at your parent’s. Everybody has somebody from their past they hold close. Knowing you’ve outgrown this person, the first inklings of real love, innocence, the sadness of having to let them go.” In addition to “Hometown,” Threads will feature previously-shared tracks “Killer”—named “a sad, sexy, poppy-bop emblematic of Scorpio season” by W Magazine—and her debut single “Threads,” released to critical acclaim from NYLON, who praises, “the glowing and strobing pop song, anchored by her robust voice, is built on vivid imagery that reflects her poetry roots.”

M(h)aol – “Asking For It”: A dry bass line launches this mayhem-filled track, soon turning into fuzz and statics, completed with aggressive and detached vocals. M(h)aol (pronounced male), which consists of Róisín Nic Ghearailt (She/Her), Constance Keane (She/Her), Jamie Hyland (She/Her), Zoë Greenway (She/Her), and Sean Nolan (He/Him), have announced their debut album Attachment Styles out February, 3 via TULLE Collective. The band has also shared a video for the single, ” an intensely raw and personal song that has developed over the years. It was the first thing singer Róisín ever wrote to try and process some of her experiences and feelings around r*pe culture. On the track, she said, “I wrote it initially in 2016 then revisited it in 2020. I was shocked by how much-internalized victim-blaming there was in the lyrics. I rewrote it, then we recorded it and it was released to raise money for Women’s Aid in 2021. The album version is a lot angrier than the 2021 one and almost satirical insofar as it’s highlighting how ludicrous the notion of anyone ‘asking for it’ is.” Zoë says, “This has been the most difficult video I’ve made for M(h)aol to date. There’s so much power and emotion in Róisín’s lyrics and performance, so we worked really hard to create a responsible and sensitive portrayal of this experience she’s conveying, do it justice, and make people care.” Róisín adds on the video, “I think lots of media and cultural depictions of r*pe can be retraumatizing. We wanted the video to be cathartic rather than traumatizing. We both wanted to offer resources and highlight services that are available to survivors. The quotes in the video highlight the change in the song too, over the years it became a much more hopeful one.” Zoë finishes by saying, “I hope watching the video inspires compassion and empathy in people. I think it’s important to open channels of communication around sexual assault in a way that validates a victim’s traumatic experience and shows a path toward a more hopeful and supportive healing journey. I think empathy is paramount in trying to build a better world.”

Jessy Greene and Rami Jaffee – “Magenta”: An immersive, calming soundscape of ambient music with strings aiming to heal and relax. This is one of the tracks off “Chakras Lumina”, the new album by Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers) and Jessy Greene (P!nk, Wallflowers, Wilco). All the tracks have this same peaceful oriental vibe and offer an opportunity for meditation and contemplation. “Music lifts our spirits, opens our hearts, and harmonizes our body’s systems. The right music and sounds can completely revitalize us, helping us to relax, heal and rejuvenate” says Jessy Greene. As musicians touring with the biggest acts in the world for many years Rami and Jessy have long recognized the healing powers of music. “While both Rami and I have been extremely blessed with our musical careers, we have also had a lot of difficulties and challenges on and off the road. “We began to create music to help us relax and sleep, in lieu of drug and alcohol alternatives. We found it also helps to escape the constant chatter of the mind and with general well-being. This led to the development of a unique approach to sound healing using traditional string instruments with specially tuned machines, synthesizers, and effects, combined with powerful intentions to create a variety of flow states and assistance for healing and recovery” adds Jessy Greene. “We are now donating all proceeds from our upcoming release “Chakras Lumina” to benefit the mental health support that is being offered by MusiCares. We are also performing small ambient sound bath concerts locally. We both find deep joy in creating space for healing, turning down the volume and tuning into the sound waves of energy that eternally connect us.”

Groupthink – “Miss Carolina”: A R&B vibe for a dynamic song blending genres and shaking up the pop sphere by combining garage rock motifs with sweet, sultry R&B structures and melodies, while featuring L.A. Based singer/songwriter, Carlie Hanson. Groupthink is a boundary-pushing, multimedia artist and an award-winning poet who earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin. His first EP, “Guilty Pleasure,” is a testament to a writer who knows how to take his innermost thoughts and turn them into songs that resonate on a wide scale. Some of his collaborators include Ekkstacy, Polo, Perks, and Kennyhoopla. Last summer, Groupthink released “Guilty Pleasure,” a project full of colorful, vulnerable songs he’s been releasing over the last few years. The vibrant alt-pop project includes singles “Guilty Pleasure” and “Me and Your Boyfriend” — featuring Groupthink-directed videos — as well as the yearning, emotional track “Sex is a Sport.”

Ella Vos – “Mindreader”: Fluid synth-pop with ethereal vocals and dance beats soon transforming the song into an infectious dancefloor. This is a song from “SUPERGLUE,” Ella Vos’ new album, set for release on March 3. This new single was produced with Max Hershenow (Carly Rae Jepsen, MS MR) and Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, Noah Cyrus), and the accompanying video was directed by Kate Rentz and was created with an all-women team in the Angeles National Forest. “‘Mindreader’ is about being done with ‘the game,’” Vos says. “Songwriter Emma Rosen (Saweetie, Blu DeTiger) and I were chatting one afternoon, passing a guitar casually back and forth in my kitchen. I was playing a weird ascending major chord progression as we talked about how we pour ourselves fully into everything we love and our desire for healthy communication. I had a visceral image of ripping my bleeding heart out, as I’ve been feeling so deeply in love it feels like it could burst.” Created with English, her husband, in their home studios in Highland Park, Los Angeles, “SUPERGLUE” is Vos’ first full-length record since 2020. In addition to “Mindreader,” Vos previously shared the official videos for two album tracks – “Mountain” and “Glitter and Tears” – the latter of which was later reworked by Thai-American singer and actress Myra Molloy.

Slow Fiction -“In the distance, where it doesn’t matter”: An energetic garage rock song with dancing rhythms and a catchy groove carried by sweet to strong vocals à la Karen O, while the guitars and drums soar into cathartic mode. Speaking on the single, vocalist Julia Vassallo wrote: “There’s an old saying ‘there are three sides to every story: your side, their side, and the truth.’ The goal was to have this song embody a three-edged sword. Sometimes, the lines of reality and perception become distorted. The title is a line from a poem ‘Imagining Defeat’ by David Berman, who is a great inspiration.” Brooklyn’s Slow Fiction have gradually gained acclaim and local notoriety after releasing a slew of stellar singles in 2022 (including a double A-side, “The Cut” / “Niagara,” and standalone tracks, “Nameless Harm” and “International Cherry”). In turn, the band has been found on bills all over the city, performing alongside acts such as Sports Team, Girl Skin (with whom they toured last spring), Native Sun, The Wants (mem. Bodega), Thus Love, Dead Tooth, and more, in addition to making an appearance at last year’s New Colossus Festival. Now, Slow Fiction is finally ready to unveil a full-length project, their debut self-titled EP, “Slow Fiction,” due February 16. Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums, Snail Mail, Mannequin Pussy) mixed and mastered the project, helping the band carve out a sound that calls upon the garage rock greatness of the early aughts.

Chris Garneau – “Overexposure”: Eerie and vibrating vocals for a delicate and haunting composition, a layered sonic landscape slowly moving to a poignant ballad and a more complex and empowering anthem à la Perfume Genius. This is the new single from Brooklyn-based enigmatic singer-songwriter Chris Garneau, a story of love and loss, fueled by a dense swarm of crackling synthesizers, crystalline piano, and a blooming gospel chorale. The gradual, build-up explodes with soulful swells throughout this penetrating new track. Speaking on the track, Garneau wrote: “This song is about the absence of a lover, the pain of separation, and how a break-up can haunt the heart over the years. I wanted to capture a narrator who longs for a past that glimmered with hope and affection. His desire to ‘go back to that feeling’ is a wish to return to his faith in love and to abandon the regret and despair that now washes over him. Like a haunting spell, the repetitive, circular motion of the melody reflects a sense of overexposing yourself to loss. These thoughts can inundate and torture a person’s mind and take over. This state of entrapment makes me think of someone who continues to press down on a bruise and prevent it from healing. I started writing the lyric over a year ago; it has required months of reflection and distillation. I wanted to expand the emotional scope and draw a narrator who is caught in a false dialogue with the ghost of his lover; it’s an imagined conversation, a hazy dream blurred by longing and obsession, and a picture of a person who, in the end, lands on an admission of turbulent loss and defeat. Songwriting for me right now has been about combing through old notes, finding links between different experiences, and using that to tell an original story. When I worked on the song in a residency this past fall, it was by talking it through with my boyfriend and writing lines together that I realized the narrator’s main struggle was his loss of faith, the motivation you lose after the person you love walks away.” Garneau formed “Overexposure” over the course of a year and polished it during a residency this past October at Ateliers Grands Cèdres, an isolated château in the provincial Rhône Valley of France. He then brought the track to Benoît Bel, who co-produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered the piece at his studio in Biarritz. Bel, who also produced Garneau’s 2018 LP “Yours,” started out in Iceland alongside Valgeir Sigurdsson and Mio Thorisson, and has worked alongside artists like Kate Nash, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Björk, and the creative bedroom community at Greenhouse Studios, before opening his own studio, Mikrokosm, in 2010.

 

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