Glaive & Ericdoa, Mel Incarnate, Destroy Boys, Charlie Parr, The Rare Occasions, D’Arcy, Radiant Baby are among these press releases for July.
Glaive & Ericdoa – ‘Fuck this Town’: Hyperpop for the new generation: it’s buoyant, hyper-saturated, and electro-robotic. This is a collaboration between emerging singer, songwriter, and producer glaive and fellow internet-grown artist ericdoa. ‘‘fuck this town’ was made the second time I met Eric in person,’ says glaive. ‘This song was the first one we made… we freaked that.’ ericdoa adds: ‘This song is special to me cause it’s the first hook me and ash ever wrote together #wholesome.’ The track and the video arrive ahead of glaive’s second solo EP ‘all dogs go to heaven, ‘out in August. Singles ‘i wanna slam my head against the wall’ and ‘detest me’ were included in The New York Times’ Friday playlist as a work of ‘charming, slurry electro-pop,’ while Rolling Stone called it a ‘good example of everything there is to like about glaive.’ glaive began making music at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he released his first song on Soundcloud in April. His rise in the year since has been meteoric, supported by a steady stream of new music that has quickly earned him acclaim and a devoted following. He now has over 13 million streams across all platforms to date and 307,000 monthly listeners on Spotify – a 30,700,000% increase after starting 2020 with just one.
Mel Incarnate – ‘Big Tits (whoopsie)’: A hard-hitting and chaotic collage of electronica-dance-distorted pop about the exploration of body dysphoria, suicidal ideation, mental dissociation, and then finally a release of emotion and celebration. This is the lead single off the tranny popstar’s debut EP ‘Tranic Attack’ out in September. Throughout her life, Mel has struggled with alcoholism, drug addiction, OCD, and gender dysphoria. Her mind has been a playground for depression, anxiety, and dissociation. Through sobriety and transitioning, Mel has found a light source, one that takes her from darkness and pain to happiness and celebration. On ‘Tranic Attack,’ Mel comes to terms with her mental illness, illustrated through popular themes and synths to create a fantasy of herself as being evil, unliked, unhappy with her body, or just plain horny. Focusing on dance music and hyper pop sounds, she wishes to create a place where the listener can celebrate through relating to her struggles, while also feeling like a bad bitch. Mel wrote all of the lyrics, while co-writer Tor Miller would take to the piano to create a melody and edit the original hook.
Destroy Boys – ‘Drink’: With a distinctive opening riff and a catchy chorus, this is another fuzzy punk song from Destroy Boys, accompanied by a video filmed at my local venue, the Silverlake Lounge. In the lyrics, the ‘group give a voice to the underrepresented with a fresh perspective on love, loss and everything in between.’ The song was produced and mixed by Will Yip (Mannequin Pussy, The Menzingers, Quicksand, Code Orange, etc.) at Hopeless Records last month. ‘‘Drink’ [the song] is about being in a cycle of addiction that you can’t seem to escape,’ says front person Alexia Roditis. ‘The video is about having visions that you’re afraid of becoming real life, becoming something you can’t control anymore. You’re not sure if you like this place you’ve been to before. But when you are deep enough to realize what’s going on, and that you want to change, sometimes it feels like it’s too late.‘ The video takes the viewer through a hazy day in the life of the protagonist whose reality is someone between dreaming and reality. ‘When dealing with alcoholism, days can often run together,’ says director Katie Neuhof. ‘ Janet [our lead] is trapped in a never-ending cycle of work and drinking at the bar. Each time she enters the bar, things escalate, but she never notices. Finally, the other bar patrons take her to the dark side with them, trapping her in the bar forever.’
Charlie Parr – ‘817 Oakland Ave:’ A folk song, executed in a traditional way, with emotional vocals and excellent plucked guitar. The track comes from Charlie Parr’s forthcoming album, ‘Last of the Better Days Ahead, ‘out on July 30 on ‘Smithsonian Folkways’. The song is a meditation on gratitude, with Parr’s worn and wise voice urging the listener to pursue joy. ‘I’m so grateful for the fortune of friendship and for my parents, who always told me to value those relationships above all else,’ says Parr. ‘This is a song about gratitude, inspired by and dedicated to my friends.’ In the last month, Parr also released the title track for the album and accompanying music video, as well as the album track, ‘Everyday Opus.’ The album is a collection of powerful songs about how one looks back on a life lived, as well as forward on what’s still to come. Its spare production foregrounds Parr’s poetic lyricism, his expressive, gritty voice ringing clear over deft acoustic guitar playing that references folk and blues motifs in Parr’s own exploratory, idiosyncratic style. ‘Last of the Better Days Ahead is a way for me to refer to the times I’m living in,’ says Parr. ‘I’m getting on in years, experiencing a shift in perspective that was once described by my mom as ‘a time when we turn from gazing into the future to gazing back at the past, as if we’re adrift in the current, slowly turning around.’ Some songs came from meditations on the fact that the portion of our brain devoted to memory is also the portion responsible for imagination, and what that entails for the collected experiences that we refer to as our lives. Other songs are cultivated primarily from the imagination, but also contain memories of what may be a real landscape or at least one inspired by vivid dreaming.’
The Rare Occasions – ‘Origami’: Another vintage pop-rock song, sounding immediately familiar and packed with infectious melodic hooks and catchy vocal harmonies, a bit reminiscent of The Strokes. The band has also shared a music video for the single, and in the video, the characters wear origami-style paper animal masks while playing instruments and throwing punches. It isn’t until the fighting resolves that the masks can come off and all can dance to the ‘beat rock, surf, and ’60s squonk’ sound that is ‘Origami.’ On working with the director of the video, the band says, ‘With many possible interpretations of the song, Chelsea’s take was unique in that it incorporated scenes of clouded consciousness and an overcoming of toxic masculinity. It is a journey, both lyrically and sonically, so naturally, we built origami-style paper animal masks to visually reflect the character’s growth from start to finish. Our previous experience of working with Chelsea on the music video for ‘Stay’ made the making of this video really fun and experimental, and it was great having her on board for another project.’ The Rare Occasions have recently released their much-anticipated sophomore album, ‘Big Whoop,’ defined by the intensely DIY nature of the recording process. Almost every aspect of the production was done by the band. On the album, the band says, ‘So much of this album was born out of struggle which forced us out of our comfort zones and to think beyond our own barriers. After the departure of our guitarist, Peter, we knew we had more to give to the world. This process pushed us to broaden our approach to songwriting, arranging, and production. We had released a couple of preliminary singles and then the pandemic hit which halted everything for months. This forced us to step back again, refine what we had created, and expand our new sound even further.’
D’Arcy – ‘Crush’: An upbeat teenager-crush song over pounding beats, with a power-pop chorus. This is accompanied by a lyric video of Bubblegum’s remix of the song. D’Arcy is a new alternative act based out of NYC. Her first single ‘Crush’ was released in October 2020 followed by ‘Bad Girls’ in December and ‘Bad Girls’ remix by Morgothbeatz (Juice WRLD, Lil Xan). D’Arcy is the first musical act launched from DRØME, a media company that previously published a multi-issue print magazine featuring Billie Eilish, Sofi Tukker, LPX, OSHUN, Girlpool, Nakaya, and more. D’Arcy’s influences range from Fiona Apple to Nine Inch Nails. She previously shared ‘Bad Habit’ that she described: ‘Bad Habit centers on a struggle with addiction and the road to recovery. The song is imbued with self-awareness about the reality of addiction – ‘cards on the table I’m unstable, this is fatal, I won’t hate you if you decide to leave.’ D’Arcy is making her presence known and is offering a unique take on the genre that’s setting her apart.
Radiant Baby – ‘This Dream’: A driving pop song with an ‘80s revival sound, taking cues from new wave, synth-pop, and powerful vocals. The guitar sets a frantic pace with a crescendo hooky tempo while the keyboards fuel the dramatic melody. ‘’This Dream’ evokes an intense state of euphoria. The night seems perfect. Wishing to never face reality, the protagonist prays for this ephemeral moment to be the last. The lyrics ‘I wish we could turn the clock’ illustrate the dream of reliving an ideal moment over and over again,’ explains Radiant Baby. The music is covered with a subtle veil of reverb, as the energetic bassline and drum performance drive the bridge and propel the song until the end. The song is accompanied by a video and on his second and upcoming LP ‘Pantomime,’ Radiant Baby combines contemporary electronic sounds with 70s vintage influences, reminiscent of such artists as Bowie, Blondie, Suicide, Pulp, and Serge Gainsbourg. The album will be released on September 24 via Lisbon Lux Records.
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