Cash Langdon, Devon Gilfillian, UPSAHL, Brook Pridemore, Paper Idol, Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) & Daniele Luppi, and Eva Rose are among these press releases for October.
Cash Langdon – “Hearts Feel Wild”: Indie rock with a familiar melody, jangling guitar, and breezy vocals, the song has a twist of modernity mixed with a ‘60s vibe. Birmingham musician Cash Langdon (who, most recently, collaborated with Nora Button on a long-distance project, Caution) is returning with a brand-new solo effort, a record entitled Sinister Feeling, just released via Earth Libraries. The record’s second single, “Hearts Feel Wild,” comes along with an accompanying self-directed music video. Cash shared this about the single: “‘Hearts Feel Wild’ is about feelings of dissociation when in love. When you entwine your life with someone else, your most loving and also critical emotions can be hard to analyze, almost feeling as though you’re looking at the relationship from the outside.”
Devon Gilfillian – “Brown Sugar Queen”: A soulful, R&B-infused, catchy song with a very seductive appeal and some retro accents. Devon Gilfillian had this to say on “Brown Sugar Queen”: “This song is very personal to me. “Brown Sugar Queen” is about my girlfriend – and an appreciation for all the beautiful, thick, black & brown women in the world. I want to celebrate black and brown joy, and connection and love–how beautiful it is to be brown, to be big, or small, or whatever size you are, and to feel sexy in that skin.” The song features vocalist Janice (full name Janice Kamya Kavander), who is quickly becoming a major presence on the Scandinavian music scene, with her high-profile starring role in Netflix’s upcoming mini-series The Playlist, based on the rise of Spotify. Devon Gilfillian pays it forward, conjuring the raw, sexy emotions of his predecessors and the next-level production grooves of his R&B and hip-hop contemporaries, taking soul music into an exciting and restorative new future. Watch the video for the song.
UPSAHL – “Antsy”: A vulnerable tune with emotional vocals, suddenly exploding to a powerful and punchy level of punk electro-pop. This is the latest single from, pop trailblazer UPSAHL (announcing an upcoming EP) which promises to provide an introspective glimpse into her fiery persona and pay homage to her star sign Sagittarius. The smooth, acoustic track encapsulates serious fire sign energy and offers listeners an unusual look at the frenzied thoughts, worries, and fears hidden beneath the surface. “The world is on fire I’m so fucking tired and equally wired,” she sings, setting all preconceived notions of herself ablaze. “Antsy is a song for anyone who feels like they want to make a change in their life, but don’t know how to,” UPSAHL says of the single, “It’s that moment when you realize you’ve had enough of whatever bad shit has been going on and you need to switch it up and start fresh. It could literally be anything from relationships to health to the internet to school to work, etc. Whatever it is that makes you antsy, we’ve all been there.”
Brook Pridemore – “Hunt Sales”: A low-fi ballad with the storytelling of folk, mixed with pop hooks, layering head-nodding rhythms, and catchy melodies around often pensive, introspective, or humorous lyrics. The album “Glad To Be Alive” is out now, and the song is accompanied by a video. Fresh home from a US tour to a Brooklyn that was silenced by the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployed, and unable to play live, Brook Pridemore was overcome with a flurry of middle-of-the-night songwriting. More intimate and unflinchingly honest than anything they’d written before, this batch of nascent songs painted snapshots of the most trying moments of the songwriter’s life: an altercation with a teacher (“The Man Who Tried to Kill Me”), the suicide of a childhood friend (“Learned to Play the Drums”), etc. Pridemore imagined this songbook to be a humble demo, a la Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. Ben Hozie, leader of Brooklyn art-punk band Bodega, was fresh home from a long tour of his own. The idea to record an album together sprung out of an unexpected wealth of new Brook Pridemore songs. Out of a climate of fear and uncertainty, inspiration led to perspiration, which led to “Glad to be Alive,” the 7th album from Brook Pridemore.
Paper Idol – “Hey You”: An infectious and groovy bass with emotional vocals, the song builds up a smooth dancefloor that layers up little by little, with even the perfect use of the xylophone. This year, electro-pop artist Paper Idol (Matan KG) is set to release his most ambitious project to date, “The Playground,” due November 18. The LP will chronicle eight stages of childhood in eight tracks, from the days of sidewalk hopscotch to teenage nihilism and everything in between. The music was produced in both the United States and Israel, the two countries in which Matan spent his formative years. In an attempt to keep the tracks raw and authentic, Matan wrote, produced, and mixed all the tracks himself in collaboration with his bandmate Adam Rochelle. The album artwork was created by Matan as well, which pulls inspiration from minimalism and analog collage to create surreal playgrounds out of notebook paper. “The songs are definitely based on my own upbringing,” he says, “but I’m telling stories anyone will be able to relate to.” Speaking on the track, Matan wrote: “Most of the songs on The Playground are carefree and upbeat, whereas ‘Hey You’ is about the dark side of growing up. I spent most of the pandemic isolated in my music studio, and this song just flowed out of me one night. It started with that bassline and two simple drum sounds on a loop… there was something so dark and hypnotic about it, I knew I had to finish the song. I wrote it for anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or loneliness. The song is about the cures society sells for our problems – medication, television, social media – and how they usually just make things worse.”
Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) & Daniele Luppi – “Silent Dream”: A calming, soothing dream pop piece with ethereal vocals and pure cinematic quality. Greg Gonzalez (Cigarettes After Sex) and Los Angeles-based composer/song-writer Daniele Luppi have partnered up to present a brand-new collaborative EP entitled “Charm of Pleasure” released via Verve Records + Slowplay), marking the first time Gonzalez is releasing material under his own name. The 5-track EP is the platonic ideal of two separate artistic sensibilities melding to create something totally new. Across its five tracks, Gonzalez and Luppi fuse their compositional elegance and dream-pop sensibilities to craft music that sounds like nothing either of them has accomplished before — while also making perfect sense within their own catalogs. The duo took inspiration from film music from the late 1970s and early ‘80s, around the time when composers started incorporating synths into their work to expand the possibilities of what film scoring could be. “I thought it could be dangerous to get into a specific style from the beginning, so we did it old school,” Luppi explains their process. “We wrote melodies and harmonies.” “Everything was created in a very spontaneous way,” he continues while discussing the duo’s creative process. “All the music was written down, but Greg’s vocals were almost improvised, in a way.” While creating, Luppi and Gonzalez drew inspiration from a variety of sources — from the futuristic decay of the classic film Blade Runner and filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s 1961 masterpiece Viridiana to night drives to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House and early-1900s Italian painters like Cagnaccio di San Pietro (the latter’s work adorns the EP’s cover art). The result is thoughtful, deliberate music that nonetheless sounds like a curlicue of smoke wafting in front of your eyes: inviting, beautiful, and with vanishing impermanence that lingers long after the needle runs off the grooves.
Eva Rose – “Happy Belated”: A dynamic upbeat track executed with fervor and playfulness, while effortlessly blending indie pop whimsy and melancholic lyricism. Eva brings a modern and refreshing shimmer to nostalgic Y2K-era alt-rock. Her sonic palette encompasses current and classic while effortlessly finding a home amongst newcomers Holly Humberstone and Charli Adams as well as veteran Paramore. Eva Rose is an LA-born, NYC-based alt-pop singer-songwriter, model, and trending TikTok-viral astrologer, and her sophomore EP, “Everything You Wish For,” is out on Thursday, November 3rd on Guilty Moon Records. Everything You Wish For is a collection of vignettes threading together moments where one finds themselves wishing for something that feels unattainable. Whether it be a chance to change the past, see karma run its course, or receive answers from the universe; Eva Rose leads us on our journey of unfulfilled longing and open-ended closure. The 7-track project melds together the classic and current with a sonic palette ranging from ethereal, indie pop shimmer to boisterous, alternative grit reminiscent of the early aughts. A must-listen for fans of Olivia Rodrigo, Holly Humberstone, or Alix Page.
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A horrorcore anthemic track with creepy vocals and abrasive guitars
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