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Press Releases For June: Here Are The Artists

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Guards, one of the artists featured in these press releases for June.

Jude Flannery, HUNJIYA, MØ, Alice Merton, Plastic Harpoons, Secret Machines, and Guards are the artists among these press releases for June.

Jude Flannery – “Quiet by your side”: An engaging folk-pop song with organ, a ‘70s psychedelic vibe, and a warm embrace; it comes with an accompanying vintage video. This is the titled track of a new LP, produced by and featuring Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Quentin Stoltzfus (Light Heat), and featuring Robbie Bennett (War on Drugs). Flannery wrote: “I wanted to write a song about what it means to be comfortable. For me, that is the ability to quiet my mind. The more I thought about this song, it also feels like my relationship with music – it’s always nearby, it moves me and lulls me into a state of listening calm. It’s funny but I think that ended up happening when we recorded the song as well – we immediately felt what the song needed and just played it. I started with the acoustic guitar and vocals and Quentin laid down the bass line from the control room as I was recording it. Matt added drums on top of that in what seemed like a single take and Robbie’s keys filled in the rest quickly.” On its accompanying music video, he continued: “Directed by Philadelphia-based artist Marc Zajack, the video utilizes found footage that collages imagery from 50 years ago. Intimate in nature at times, these home movies are moments lived that emphasize the human experience and the memories and relationships built over time. Exploring the nostalgia around these everyday moments celebrates the timeless feeling of comfort and connection, which is something that’s also celebrated in this song.” “Quiet by your side,” Philadelphia-based artist Jude Flannery’s solo debut album, explores the themes of connection and expectation, it’s out on September 20th.

HUNJIYA – “TALK2ME!”: A R&B-inspired pop song with HUNJIYA’s sweet and warm vocals, featuring pH-1 on the rap verse. The new album of Korean-American Pop and R&B new sensation HUNJIYA will drop on July 13. Combining memorable, yet confessional storytelling with soul-infused guitar performance, HUNJIYA creates a novelty mixture of pop, alternative R&B, and folk. “My new album is brimming with themes: Code-switching- how you change yourself slightly depending on who you’re with and what is happening,” HUNJIYA wrote. “The concept of a chameleon- how the animal changes colors based on what environment they’re in. In this case, I am the chameleon, and my behaviors, feelings, actions, etc. are all changing based on the situation. People give the advice of “being yourself” but they don’t talk about how there’s not just one version of yourself. There’s multiple that add up to who you are. As for the title itself, chameleon comes from the Greek word “khamai” meaning “on the ground, earth” and “leon” meaning “lion” (Hunjiya herself is a leo). For this album, I wrote all the songs, produced the majority, and then received help to solidify the songs from my talented collaborators.. For FAVORITE, producer Millic helped with finding instruments and samples that blended much better, for TALK2ME!, producers Millic, EOH, and IOAH helped with solidifying the instruments and the drum programming, and for last month’s rent, EOH rearranged and re-produced the intimate album finale with the simple demo I gave him. For OUTGROWN and MASQUERADE, singer-songwriter/composer Mingjia helped me compose the orchestral arrangements (with the additional help from EOH on OUTGROWN), and violinist Gabe Miller played the parts beautifully. My mixing engineer, James Fouren also helped immensely as he meticulously mixed all of the songs and made sure that I was involved within the process of it. I’m really grateful for all of these collaborators’ help and willingness to spend long, countless hours working on this album. The songs were truly able to come to life with their contributions.”

MØ – “True Romance”: A mischievous tune carried by MØ’s high-pitched vocals that she uses playfully with communicative energy. This is a new song by Danish superstar MØ, accompanied by a video of her live performance. The new track is a fan favorite that MØ has been performing live for years. She recently reimagined and recorded it with bandmate Rasmus Littauer. “‘True Romance’ was a song that I first started writing back in 2015,” says MØ. “I got too busy during that time so the song never came together, but I’m grateful that some of my sweet fans wouldn’t let it go because I’m so happy with the final version. This song is about finding your way back to some kind of innocence and not allowing life to make you too jaded. Trying to find joy amidst the chaos. That feels very timely.” “Motordrome,” released earlier this year, was MØ’s first body of work since 2018’s much-lauded “Forever Neverland.” Her career was almost instantly launched into the stratosphere from the very start with her monumental 2014 debut album “No Mythologies To Follow “and a very prominent feature on Major Lazer’s “Lean On”—one of the most successful singles of all time—soon after. When touring behind Forever Neverland came to a halt in 2019, MØ, born Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, found herself completely burned out after five years on the road. Making “Motordrome” proved to be MØ’s escape from a deepening spiral—what resulted was a collection of songs that bridged the gap between her years as a teen punk touring anarchist squats across Europe and the bright scandipop she’d come to be known for. MØ, who spent the beginning of this year playing headline shows and arena support slots across the U.S., will continue to tour the world this summer. More music from the Danish superstar is imminent.

Alice Merton – “The Other Side”: Force-of-nature confident vocals over a euphoric and colorful pop song that could become a gleeful anthem for the summer. This is a track taken from Alice’s second album “S.I.D.E.S.” This album campaign has seen Alice raise the bar from what she achieved with her debut album “Mint” (billion+ streams, Top 10 chart positions across Europe, becoming a judge on The Voice of Germany) with some of her biggest moments in fresh territories, including a US tour with Bastille, a career-defining orchestral concert of her biggest songs with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. The singles that have previewed the album — including “Vertigo,” “Same Team,” and “Island” — have seen Alice make a huge leap forward in both her artistic vision and her confidence. The voice and alt-pop addictiveness that first enamored fans remain at the core of her sound, but it’s adventurously doused with touches of indie, electronica, alt-rock, and synth-pop. Ultimately, “S.I.D.E.S.” sees Alice blur the boundaries between ragged rock energy and pop infectiousness. It is also the first album, where Alice has acted as the executive producer throughout the whole album. “There wasn’t one producer this time who made sure everything sounded sonically cohesive, it was a big role to take on, to be in charge of this whole album process, but I enjoyed the challenge and I loved getting to work with so many different talented producers.” The fiery attitude of much of the music is matched by Alice’s desire to explore her vulnerabilities head-on. When lockdown gave her the time to space to reflect, Alice realized that she wanted to use her music to reflect who she really is. As a result, she boldly explores issues of personal and professional conflict, self-doubt, and standing up for your principles. Despite some dark moments, what emerges is hope: what’s painful to deal with in the present is often only a passing experience. Alice says: “The last two years have been challenging for everyone in some way or another. Friends and family were lost, lockdowns were enforced, and our mental strength had been tested to its limit. S.I.D.E.S. tells the story of what I experienced during this time. There’s never one reason, or one solution, or one side of a story. Life is so multifaceted, it’s never black-and-white. Sometimes you feel trapped in a certain mindset and some things seem impossible to overcome, but that’s just one side of it. Once you start seeing the different sides of yourself and of the world around you, you realize that everything becomes a little less daunting.”

Plastic Harpoons – “Diamond Wings”: A laid-back alt-Americana song with a playful Kevin Morby meets Mac DeMarco vibe. This is the single taken off Santa Barbara indie-rock outfit Plastic Harpoons’ forthcoming LP, “Modern World,” out October 21 via Lolipop Records. On their new track, vocalist Taylor Casey wrote: “‘Diamond Wings’ is a story about a modern-day Icarus – a man obsessed with climbing higher, disillusioned by the life that he leads. He separates himself from the masses, via drugs, material possessions, and shows of wealth. Eventually, he loses perspective, ignoring the advice of his own father along the way, leading to dire consequences. I think unintentionally the song is also a metaphor for my thoughts on the current state of modern man. The song, originally just played on acoustic is filled out with snappy slide guitar, jangling piano, a grounding, and pocketed baseline, and no-nonsense drums, paired with a rambling Dylan-esque vocal.” Speaking on the track’s accompanying video, Casey continued: “Leaning on the sounds of the song for inspiration for the video, specifically the slide guitar, we decided to shoot the video at a ‘Dude Ranch’ in exchange for a private show at the ranch. The video follows Taylor, lead vocals & guitar, as he wakes from a drunken stupor and has to find the rest of the band who have fallen asleep in just about all the strangest places one could fall asleep in then culminates in a live performance in front of the dilapidated barn. Shot and Directed by Garret Stotko.”

Secret Machines – “Day 21”: A fuzzy rock song with dark vocals and a gothic mix of guitar, vibrant synths, and energetic drumming. This is one of the singles shared by Secret Machines, and taken from a new double EP featuring a reissue of their “Dreaming of Dreaming” EP and an EP of new content entitled “Day 21.” “Day 21” and “Dreaming of Dreaming (Mavrogeorgis and Sclavunos version)” were recorded/engineered by Jim Sclavunos, drummer/percussionist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Speaking on “Day 21,” the band’s Brandon Curtis wrote: “While Josh and I were finishing up “Awake In The Brain Chamber,” we started to tinker with some new song ideas. ‘Day 21’ is a bit of a departure for us, for sure. If someone were to do a pencil drawing of Nitzer Eb’s ‘Join In the Chant’ and Front 242’s ‘Don’t Crash’ and then smudged it with a damp finger, I guess that’s what we were going for.” On “Dreaming Of Dreaming (Mavrogeorgis and Sclavunos Version),” he continued: “Back in 2008, just after Benjamin left the band, Josh and I were trying to figure out our next steps. Fortunately for us, Peter Mavrogeorgis invited us to Long Island where he was just setting up a recording studio in the basement of his parent’s house. Jim Sclavunos was there and together he and Peter produced the track ‘Dreaming Of Dreaming.’ With Peter playing guitar and Jim adding some percussion it was an amazing experience. And definitely inspired us to move ahead with the next record.” Jim Sclavunos added: “Secret Machines were one of the absolute coolest live bands from this wonderful era of the NY scene. Getting to work with them in the studio was a thrill & a downright pleasure.” Both EPs are out on July 15.

Guards – “Everything I wanted”: The Follin siblings are reimagining the Billie Eilish song in a slightly more dynamic manner and with boy and girl suave harmonies. NYC Indie rock stalwarts Guards are back with the announcement of a brand-new covers album and the first single sees Madeline Follin (of Cults) team up with her brother Richie Follin on a song by another pair of siblings: Billie Eilish and Finneas. It’s been 12 years since Madeline first sang on Guards’ breakthrough EP in 2010, and the siblings were more than happy to reunite for a song they both love. Guards started recording this album of covers at the beginning of the pandemic and found it to be a never-ending task of pure enjoyment during the dark days. “We made a long, long list of songs we would like to try and some proved easier to make our own than others, but in the end, the album ended up consisting of the songs we thought we were able to shape into our sound. The problem with covering songs by bands that really influence us is they end up sounding quite similar to the original haha. This was one of the most fun albums I have ever made because essentially you are celebrating these artists you love and it reinforces the whole reason we love playing music in the first place,” said Follin of the covers album. Recorded partly in LA at Follin’s home studio and partly in NY at Loren’s studio Diamond Mine. The album was mixed by Adam Thein in Austin, Texas. “More Cover Songs” is due August 2 via CGR.

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