Metric, Regina Spektor, Man a Monster, D’Arcy, Tayla Parx, Eric Hilton, Miya Folick are the artists among these press releases for May.
Metric – “All Comes Crashing”: A dark atmosphere with buzzing noises, dance beats, pulsating synth lines, and Emily Haines’ sweet voice. “All Comes Crashing” is the first offering from Metric’s upcoming eighth studio album, “Formentera,” set to release on July 8th. “Not everyone has a conventional life with conventional relationships,” says frontwoman Emily Haines. “‘All Comes Crashing’” is a love song that goes beyond romantic love, it’s an expression of solidarity with whoever it is you would want to have beside you in the event of a catastrophe. It might be your best friend, it might be your blood brother or your dog. The song is dedicated to those you consider your family, whatever that looks like for you.” The words “This Is What Happened” flash across the screen in the video and have come to serve as the band’s motto as they reckon with the events of the last few years—a band at its peak of creative power attempting to decipher the turbulent world around us, with Haines positioned like a lightning rod in the midst of it, emerging with a fresh new album that sounds like essential Metric. The band will be hitting 39-cities on “The Doomscroller Tour,” set to kick off this August with stops across the U.S. and Canada. “We’re crafting a setlist based on fan favorites including deep cuts from “Live It Out and Old World,” and it’s been wild to see how the new songs from “Formentera” flow with the classics from “Fantasies” and “Synthetica,” says Haines. “…I want Metric fans to have the best concert experience possible and feel like they got to escape into another reality with us for the evening.”
Regina Spektor – “Up The Mountain”: A dramatic and cinematic track haunted by Regina Spektor’s vocal prowess as well as anxiety backed up by a symphony of strings and horns. “Up The Mountain” follows the release of another single, “Becoming All Alone,” and comes from Spektor’s highly anticipated eighth studio LP “Home, before and after” set for release June 24 on Warner Records. Watch the video for the song here. On July 19, Spektor will be playing a special Carnegie Hall show in New York City. She’s playing a host of dates this summer with Norah Jones, as well as solo dates in Salt Lake City, Beaver Creek, and Denver, CO, and Northampton, MA. “Home, before and after” is Regina Spektor’s eighth studio album and most quintessentially “New York” in years. Recorded in upstate New York, produced by John Congleton and coproduced by Spektor, the album is Spektor at her most inspired, heralded by “Becoming All Alone,” a surrealist ballad that swells with arrangements and comes alive in your head. During the summer of 2019, Spektor completed a successful five-night Broadway residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, marking her debut on the Great White Way. The Daily Beast called the run “both whimsical and thunderous,” with Gothamist saying Spektor “delights on Broadway with a fun, zany show.”
Man a Monster – “Warm Blooded Creatures”: A violent stomping track with dirty vocals, starting like swampy blues but evolving into something unexpected and poignant. This is the brand new musical project formed in lockdown this past year in the UK between vocalist Robbie Grey of the iconic band Modern English (“I Melt With You”) and young composer Alex Cook. There is a vast difference in age between the two artists, but the marriage of Grey’s post-punk and indie sensibilities with Cook’s original compositions forms a unique sound that incorporates electronic tones with biting noise-rock in their first offering. Creating an atmosphere both fragile in mood and tension with a cinematic quality of depth and scope, “Warm Blooded Creatures” shows an instant understanding between the two musicians as they strive for an original and emotionally moving sound. Grey had the following to share about the single: “We wanted to marry a warm, human lyric with a more edgy, noisy song. Then add an orchestration, hoping this would create an original sound. And I think we did that.“ Watch the animated music video created by Nick Savy (Batman Begins, Gorillaz) here.
D’Arcy – “Crazy”: An atmospheric production with sparse and slow beats and D’Arcy’s haunting vocals building a nocturnal alt-pop with a hip hop flair in the vein of Billie Eilish. Speaking on the track, D’Arcy wrote: “‘Crazy’ is about falling in love with someone and being transported into a different world where just the two of you exist. It is about wanting to feel that intense emotion no matter the cost, which sometimes can result in darkness. I really wanted the lyrics to capture what it feels like to really fall in love for the first time, where your whole world becomes this other person and you would do anything to keep that feeling alive.” In the accompanying music video, she continued: “We spent a whole night and day shooting this video in and around Los Angeles. Is it a dream? Is it real? The character in the video is based on the female lead of a movie script I’m currently developing. Collaborating with director Mynxii White, she really helped me capture the fantasy elements that show the intensity of emotion the character is experiencing.” D’Arcy’s debut EP, “Hard to Kill, came out last year. The EP consists of six tracks, including three that are new: “Forever Numb,” “Dangerous,” and title track “Hard to Kill.” Thematically, the EP focuses on self-empowerment, young love, addiction, and heartbreak. At times dark and moody, and at times strong and powerful, Hard to Kill is imbued with honesty, attitude, and confidence, taking the listener through a range of emotions, sounds, and narratives.”
Tayla Parx – “Rich”: A R&B vibe for a pop song delivered with swagger, emotion, and sex appeal. “Rich,” the new song from Grammy-nominated songwriter, singer, actress, and businesswoman Tayla Parx. Of the song, Parx says, “Being rich could mean so many different things. This song is about holding on to the most valuable thing I own, and that’s my heart.”
Tayla Parx has established herself as a history-making behind-the-scenes force with a discography streamed over 1 billion times and counting. Winner of Billboard’s 2019 “Hitmaker” Award, Parx was the first female songwriter to have three simultaneous Top 10 songs—Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” and “thank u, next” and Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes”—in the Hot 100 since 2014. Last year, Parx released her album Coping Mechanisms via TaylaMade / Atlantic Records, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 debut album We Need To Talk.
Parx notably penned a total of six tracks on Grande’s blockbuster album Positions, including “34+35” and “pov,” not to mention co-writing the double-platinum track “Love Lies” for Khalid and Normani, Anderson.Paak’s “Tints (featuring Kendrick Lamar)” and Dua Lipa’s “It Ain’t Me.” Most recently, Dan and Shay’s “Glad You Exist” peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart while For King & Country’s “Relate” debuted on the Hot Christian Songs chart, marking the first chart appearance for the group. In addition, her Grammy Award-nominated catalog consists of songwriting contributions on Justin Bieber’s Justice (Triple Chucks Deluxe), HAIM’s Women In Music Pt. III, John Legend’s Bigger Love, Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, Christina Aguilera’s “Like I Do (featuring GoldLink),” The Internet’s “Ego Death” and the film Hairspray. Earlier this year, Parx launched TaylaMade, Inc., a new umbrella company housing Parx’s ventures: Parx Publishing, Parx Studios, 3020 Management and lifestyle brand Trailer Parx. “Rich” marks a creative rebirth for Parx, starting anew as she releases new music independently. Stay tuned for more to come soon, as she is currently working on a new project
Eric Hilton – “Lost Dialect”: An ambient relaxing smooth instrumental built around synth grooves and drum loops. “I went back to a comfort zone for a minute, an old-school simple approach,” says Hilton. “The techniques of making trip-hop music are like lost dialects I can pull out and revisit. I find a groove that I can’t stop listening to and go from there, dress up that experience, add atmosphere and effects to expand the audio landscape. I keep it simple and don’t overdo it with plug-ins. It’s all about the conversation between the elements, and how things progress.” Montserrat House Music and Eric Hilton, one-half of the legendary downtempo electronic act Thievery Corporation, are announcing the release of “Lost Dialect,” on July 1. Hilton’s forthcoming album is described as “a classic, experimental trip-hop record.” Hilton speaks in his mother tongue, the 12-bit vernacular of trip-hop, a genre he helped bring to life as a co-founder of Thievery. Across ten expansive tracks, the artist/producer uses old-school skills to craft new school chill in a genre that is currently enjoying a resurgence — but for Hilton at least, trip-hop never really went away. “Making this record took me back to the early days of trip-hop, combining sample collages with grooves — very fun to do. I played bass, keys, and synths myself, and didn’t fix all the mistakes!” Hilton laughs. “I wanted a more ‘analog sounding’ record this time, quieter like it was recorded in 1976. I pulled out old tricks and used mostly basic gear, like the E-mu SP1200 drum machine/sampler from the ‘80s, which has a crunchy sound and technical limitations of gear that’s almost 40-years-old,” says the producer. “It feels and sounds more ‘human’ that way — if you listen to an old Thievery Record, ‘Lost Dialect’ will sound sonically similar.”
Miya Folick – “Oh God”: A high-pitched emotional song with Miya’s acrobatic and vulnerable vocals. Equally surprising and rewarding, the track will make you fall in love with Miya’s original and very personal songwriting. “Oh God” is her first new music in three years and the first song to debut from a forthcoming new EP on Nettwerk. The track was co-produced and co-written with Mike Malchicoff (King Princess, Yellow Days, Del Water Gap), and the accompanying video was directed by Lucy Sandler with creative direction by sportscar. “‘Oh God’ is that moment of sudden remorse/panic/fear: when you put your palm to your forehead and wonder what you have done with your life,” says Folick. “You know that something needs to change, and for the first time, you’re willing to try anything.” Raised in Santa Ana, CA, and now living in Los Angeles, Folick first attracted acclaim with two EPs, 2015’s “Strange Darling” and 2017’s “Give It To Me” EP. Folick’s 2018 Terrible Records/Interscope debut album “Premonitions” drew critical praise, landed her a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, and saw her sell out headline shows and play festivals the world over.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!