Gates Of Light, Island, Shakey Graves, Charlotte Spiral, Porter Robinson, Marion Raw, Maggie Andrew, Balmorhea, Stalking Gia, Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris are among the new press releases from February.
Gates Of Light – ‘Walk On’: A slightly nostalgic pop tune with a 60s-inspired organ and Louise Quinn’s strong and sophisticated vocals taking a dark twist. ‘Walk On’ is the lead single off their upcoming LP out March 26th on Shimmy-Disc. Louise Quinn wrote songs that were recorded and produced by her husband Bal Cooke in their bedroom studio in Glasgow on headphones at night whilst their one-year-old boy/girl twins slept. The songs are inspired by the intensity of lockdown; an amplification of memories, grief, lucid dreams, appreciation of nature, and longing. Stylistically the album was influenced by timeless and iconic artists like Nico, Sandy Denny and Vashti Bunyan as well as Andrew Weatherall, Robert Wyatt and Serge Gainsbourg
Island – ‘Octopus’: This is the new single from London four-piece Island that they recorded in semi-locked down London last summer. A sweet and melancholic track with piercing touches sounding like delicate drops falling at the surface of the water, while the band is expanding their sound and introducing new textures, instrumentation, and recording techniques. ‘’Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments,’ the band explains. ‘It’s about the conflict felt as a musician between wanting to grow older and wiser and wanting to stay young, and it asks if we as a world are only interested in stories and whether normality is something to be desired. A world in which you might be persuaded to change yourself to fit in, like an octopus changes color to adapt to its surroundings. The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways and getting back to making trouble.’ The album is out via Frenchkiss Records.
Shakey Graves – ‘Roll the Bones’: A folksy, quite stripped-down tune, with a haunting groove circling around mysterious stuff as the video (directed by front-man Alejandro Rose-Garcia) seems to tell us. This is the single of a reissue, ‘Roll The Bones X,’ celebrating the 10th anniversary of Shakey Graves’ breakout debut album ‘Roll The Bones.’ Shakey Graves; music was discovered by fans on Bandcamp in 2011 without any promotion and little to no information about the band. Over the past decade the record has gone on to sell well over 100,000 units—despite being offered to fans on Bandcamp for ‘name your price’ – and as a result, Shakey Graves has garnered a massive cult following. ‘If you discover something for yourself, it will always hold more water because it’s tied to memory and coincidence,’ Rose-Garcia says of embracing the direct-to-fan platform. ‘It gives you a sense of ownership as a listener.’ ‘Roll The Bone X’ is set for release on April 2 via Dualtone Records.
Charlotte Spiral – ‘New Light’: A melancholic piano ballad with Amy Spencer’s dreamy vocals while the entire thing is reminiscent of Jon Brion’s magical and cinematic arrangements. The London Duo has teamed up with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (Sia, Bat For Lashes, Kae Tempest) for an evocative new EP also titled ‘New Light.’ Confronting and examining loss, escapism, dissatisfaction, and comparing oneself, New Light will be released on April 9th. ‘New Light’ examines the internal conflict between living in the moment and wishing you were elsewhere, and thanks to social media, comparing your own life to others. Speaking about the song, lead singer Amy Spencer explains that it was written in response to a personal battle that will be familiar to many: ‘It’s simply a message to myself to live more in the present and stop imagining how things could be, especially nowadays when it’s so easy to get distracted and compare yourself to other people’.
Porter Robinson – ‘Look at the Sky’: A pumped-up pop anthem with a dancefloor symphonic ambition while the video (directed by Chris Muir and choreographed by Matty Peacock, who has worked with Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez) places the song between dream and ghostland. The track is from ‘Nurture,’ Robinson’s first album in seven years, slated for release on April 23 via Mom+Pop. ‘I wanted to represent the things we all contribute to this world, and how they last even after we’re gone,’ Porter says about the video, ‘When I make music in a room by myself, I’m not truly working alone—someone else invented the piano, the computer, the software, even the ideas of melody, chord, harmony, and scale. We’re always collaborating with a limitless number of people we don’t know, most of whom aren’t around anymore. We’re all contributing something to the world with our every action, for better or for worse. When we’re gone, let’s hope that the things we leave behind will be useful and beautiful.’
Marion Raw – ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’: A quiet guitar growing big with Marion’s booming vocals, while the tune takes a few dark turns as if it were a murder romance. It sounds like a hazy memory or a dream you’re trying to hang onto after waking up in the early hours of the morning … Sweet strums of the guitar along with Raw’s comforting vocals and you would never guess she is covering Cher’s classic. The song, accompanied by a video, comes from her debut solo album ‘Deep Cuts,’ a collection of covers and original recordings, self-recorded during months of isolation. ‘Deep Cuts’ travels on a ghost highway somewhere between the Mexican – U.S. border, traversing a haunting terrain laden with unpolished collections of covers and original recordings — tattered Americana musical postcards — all completed on an old dusty four-track Tascam, after months of isolation. ‘Deep Cuts’ is due out in April 2021. The album unearths Raw’s solo career and will be followed by an already recorded and produced Sophomore release and accompanying visuals.
Maggie Andrew Ft. blackbear – ‘Sleep 4Ever’: A dreamy R&B-ish synth-laden song with a hook on repeat, nonchalant vocals, and visuals by Maggie’s brother, visual artist, and Gucci Ghost creator, Trouble Andrew. Maggie Andrew says: ‘Ash (Riser – Kendrick Lamar, ABSoul, IDK) had written a song forever ago and it felt perfect for me, so we hooked up with Isaiah (Vest) and Rob (Bressler) to help make the vibe fit what we were going for. Meanwhile, blackbear had heard my first single and loved it, and ended up connecting with my brother (artist Trouble Andrew / Gucci Ghost). We ended up coming together and made this song. For the past five years, bear’s been the top of my list on who I wanted to work with, it’s totally surreal to me.’ The new single is out via Blackbox.
Balmorhea – ‘The Myth’: A meditative and skilled guitar, soon bathed in semi-dark and cinematic orchestration with haunting distant vocals, evocative of calming soundscapes or quiet pastoral scenes. This is the new single by Balmorhea, whose experimental acoustic folk features musicians Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller on piano for the first time. ‘The Wind,’ an album recorded in the iconic Saal 3 of Berlin’s Funkhaus, comprises a dozen tracks inspired variously by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale about a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic. ‘The Myth’ was conceived early on in its production: ‘The framework here revolves around two guitars: a nylon and a steel string,’ says Muller. ‘This song is tuned to open C, which is very low for a gentle acoustic instrument. It took many takes to land the live duet of guitars, as one or both would slightly slip out of tuning by the end of the track. The ethereal graces us again with Lisa Morgenstern. Her vocal range is just hard to believe. There were a lot of chills in the room hearing her parts being recorded.’ ‘The Wind’ is out April 9th.
Stalking Gia – ‘Worship’: Confident vocals for a bright and fun electro-pop song, with an undeniable catchiness, exploring multi-levels of the playfulness of self-love. This is the new single by alt-pop songstress Stalking Gia (with a video), co-written by Gia and Zac Barnett of American Authors, integrating her hypnotic vocals into a warm soundscape highlighted by cloudy organ, minimalist percussion, and a shuffling bounce. The message is about self-love inspired by a period of intense self-acceptance for Gia: ‘If I could worship me, like you worship me,’ she sings. ‘Worship’ serves as the first taste of an immersive project, SEASON ONE, that is set to be released this year and will include various episodic installments along the way. ’This is just a period in my life captured in a collection of songs,’ says Gia. ‘That will be every season of art for me. The whole thing is an honest and true reflection of exactly what I was going through at the time.’
Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris – ‘Chasing After You’: a romantic duet with a familiar country vibe and performed by a married couple who seem to harmonize with pleasure. Singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd has garnered more than 382 million career streams worldwide and caught the attention of entertainment tastemakers including Esquire, GQ, Maxim, American Songwriter, Billboard, People, NBC’s ‘TODAY’ and more. With co-pen credits on some of country music’s biggest hits by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, Hurd continues with this first official duet with his wife – whose triple Platinum single ‘The Bones‘ from her 2019 album GIRL is nominated for Best Country Song at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Watch the power couple’s romantic video.
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