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Press Releases For June: Here Are The Artists

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Jacklen Ro among these press releases for June

Among these press releases for June: Damion, Jungle, NO WIN, dayaway, Jacklen Ro, Chayla Hope, and Zoon.

Damion – “Company Man”: A ‘70s radio era feel with influences running from Todd Rundgren to Fleetwood Mac, and a classic guitar solo. The song comes with the announcement of Damion’s forthcoming debut solo LP, “Special Interest,’ out July 20 via Earth Libraries. Speaking on the track, Damion wrote the following: “The song was produced by Ben Lumsdaine and Lewis Rogers. Recording it was fairly smooth. The little synth line coming out of the bridge took like fifty tries to get right. I wanted the guitar solo to sound completely filthy and messed up, so we ended up putting it through Lewis’s reel to reel and totally maxed out the preamps. I knew I wanted the album to start with a song that bursts out of the gate in a big way, like ‘I Feel the Earth Move’ on Tapestry, or ‘I Saw the Light’ on Something/Anything. I came up with the main riff on an acoustic guitar and just played it for hours with no breaks till the chorus came to me. The whole thing just kind of poured out after that. I wanted the song to just be a fun mood-setter about being a social guy. I’m not really too much like that, but occasionally I feel that way. It’s important to me that no one takes the song too seriously, so I tried to have a lot of fun with the lyrics and arrangement.” Watch the music video on Youtube.

Jungle – “GOOD TIMES/ PROBLEMZ”: “GOOD TIMES” is a soulful dance track with disco grooves, electropop textures, executed with exuberance, and a chorus of falsetto voices, nostalgic of another era. Meanwhile, “PROBLEMZ” is more soul disco ball but keeps the same euphoric joy. Recorded at Metropolis Studios in London, “GOOD TIMES” is a spirited soul anthem with disco-meets-hip-hop beats while “PROBLEMZ” drops the tempo but swelters just as intensely. In conjunction, Jungle is debuting an accompanying short film starring Amsterdam’s leading dance crew the Ghetto Funk Collective, alongside some familiar faces from previous music videos. Directed by JFC Worldwide (Charlie Placido and J. Lloyd), the short opens with a dance battle soundtracked by “GOOD TIMES,” leading into a mood change as the action shifts to Alberto’s Jazz Bar for “PROBLEMZ” where the dance moves are more laidback. Jungle has also confirmed an extensive run of worldwide tour dates, including performances at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Austin’s ACL Live, and Columbus’ Newport Music Hall as well as festival appearances at the Life is Beautiful Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and THING. The duo will also embark on a select run of European dates supporting Billie Eilish on her “Happier Than Ever” tour and multiple arena shows stateside supporting Gorillaz.

NO WIN – “Surfing”: An upbeat catchy pop song delivered with sweetness and a certain playfulness as the accompanying video (directed/edited by Ryan Baxley) demonstrates. The song is from NO WIN’s new LP, “Dodger Stadium, “due August 19 via Dangerbird Records. Speaking on the single’s music video, Baxley wrote: “The concept for the video stemmed from the lyric in the chorus, ‘why is it so hard to live in these modern times?’ It got us talking about how it feels like a very current question, but it’s also a question that’s been endlessly asked. Brian Wilson sang about the same thing with The Beach Boys almost 60 years ago, you know? So our idea was to shoot Danny in a variety of settings, including one which had multiple fabricated versions of him. It represents an evolution that culminates in the modern version of himself, still asking the same question.” “Dodger Stadium” came to life early in the pandemic, and themes of political dissatisfaction, confusion, and societal angst peak through on the album. The horror of the Trump Administration and the uncertainty of COVID put Danny Nogueiras in a weird headspace. However, instead of letting that negativity manifest itself as gloom, he inadvertently found himself making art as a way to boost morale. “The studio became a safe haven and it felt really good to express things and explore things here (Balboa) that were, like, ‘fuck yeah! This feels fun, this feels good, this feels happy!’,” Noguerias says when asked about the things going on in his life that shaped his work. It’s this overt sense of optimism that makes the record so exciting and memorable. Unsurprisingly, the California lifestyle had an impact on the album, which takes its name from the baseball stadium where the Los Angeles Dodgers play. “It’s always been this center of culture in Northeast LA for me,” he says of the landmark. “In this past year, while we were making this record, I was there at least once a week for COVID testing. I got vaccinated there. I got to vote against Donald Trump there.” The arena became a symbol of hope for Nogueiras as he yearned for the return of live shows.

dayaway (mem. CLAVVS) – “desert island”: A hazy track with dreamy vocals floating above a twinkling melody with wavy synths. This is the new song announcing NYC-based dayaway’s forthcoming self-titled debut EP, due August 3. Speaking on their brand-new single, the band wrote: “‘desert island’ is a cheeky song about avoiding your problems. I really loved the imagery of swimming to a desert island to get away from your ex. We filmed the video at Coney Island and directed and edited it ourselves, like all of our videos. Capturing the vibe of the music is really important to us, and the visual element is a big reason why we make music in the first place. This one is about escapism and having fun on your own. We were inspired by the mythos of Coney Island, and it’s a playful nod at the title.” Continuing on their forthcoming EP, the band wrote: “This project started as a sort of accident. I was sitting on the beach on a late summer day in 2018 when I felt compelled to start writing these summertime love songs. They came to me so quickly and all at once. These are vignettes of love and loss from my imagination and my life. They’re meant to capture the feelings of summertime, from the hot blue euphoria to the hazy golden sadness. On one level, they’re simple love songs, but there’s also something a little deeper about growing up and saying goodbye.”

Jacklen Ro – “Time Bomb”: With sweet acoustic guitars and sugary vocal harmonies, the song builds up into an anthemic indie rock song, so poignant that it will make you sing along very soon. This is the new single from the debut album of Jacklen Ro, a harmonizing indie rock duo with the energy of young love and angst, due this year via Lolipop Records. Speaking on the track, the band wrote: “‘Time Bomb’ is a song about a self-destructive relationship that just feels so good. It is knowing that the fiery passion you have with someone is going to end, but not dwelling on that and enjoying it while you got it. It’s about accepting your own flaws and the flaws in others and just riding it all out.” Jacklen Ro is indie-songwriting duo Jackie and Caelen, on a best friend’s journey from being a bedroom pop duo to now, most recently in 2021, releasing three singles and an EP on Lolipop Records. Hollered harmonies, punching rhythms, and hurt-so-good lyrics (tell me what we might have had, if I wasn’t so quiet, biting on my jacket) show a nuanced style already their own. Songs made to sing along to while being past-curfew in your best friend’s borrowed mom’s car.

Chayla Hope – “Love in Lo-Fi”: A pop dance floor looking for inspiration in the ‘80s (think Kate Bush, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, and Robyn) served by Chayla Hope’s confident powerhouse. After years spent fronting and singing in alternative rock bands, including Emmy and multiple ADDY award-winning local favorites Seafair, pop is where Chayla was meant to be. “Pop is the music that raised me, the music my mom used to listen to while cleaning the house,” she says on planting her musical flag in the genre. “It’s always been there for me as an anchoring and joyful force. It is me.” Her first single, “Love in Lo-Fi,” is a reminder of everything a pop anthem should be. Mixed by 10-time GRAMMY Award winner Josh Gudwin (Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa), it’s an aspirational earworm anchored in unforgettable artistry. The song’s accompanying music video was directed by JR Strickland with choreography by Nicole Kirkland. “Falling in love will forever remind me of dancing,” says Chayla on the inspiration behind the video. “Whether it’s with a person, yourself, or your dreams, when you’re in it, your pain disappears and you get to enjoy the feeling of being alive.” A proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community who found her performance identity doing drag, it’s no surprise Chayla was selected to sing the theme song for “Care Bears: Unlock The Magic” and has numerous features in the show’s soundtrack and merchandise, embodying its core themes of empowerment, inclusion, and self-understanding through her music.

Zoon – “Astum”: A shoegazing dense track with a certain dynamic and Daniel Monkman’s ethereal voice floating over a delicate rhythm section and washes of aquatic guitar. The song, which features Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, comes from “Big Pharma,” Zoon’s (Daniel Monkman) forthcoming EP, out June 21 via Paper Bag Records. Speaking on the EP’s first single, Daniel wrote: “‘Astum’ was the first Cree word that my late father, Glen Olsen, taught me as a child. It means ‘hurry up’ or ‘quickly.’ He would walk in front of me and at the door say ‘Astum, Daniel! Astum!’ Thinking of it as a game, I’d run towards him as quickly as possible.  I thought about this and what the word means in my now-adult life, especially now in my musical career. Passing down language was something that I prayed for as a kid. I remember wanting to attend the reservation school to learn but our Ojibway teacher disappeared one month earlier and never came back. ‘Astum’ also touches on active addiction and the challenges that it brings to an individual. While in active addiction, it’s extremely difficult to function in the known society and it leaves you feeling even more lost. I reflect on how it’s really sad and you watch a lot of good people leave because it’s impossible to keep a firm grasp on reality. You’re longing for a great relationship but know it could never happen because you’re constantly trying to numb out past traumas.” On his forthcoming EP, he continued: “‘Big Pharma’ is about me trying to bring awareness about the pharmaceutical industry and their lies. I talk about how they destroyed my community of Selkirk Manitoba and many more small towns and cities. A whole generation completely changed in just a matter of five years, Families torn apart and loved ones lost to addiction and overdoses. Our treaty card ensures that our medical insurance is covered but a lot of the time the only medication that’s available for free is the stuff that’s the most addictive. I found this alarming and made me connect the dots linked to an underlying form of genocide happening right under our noses.”

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