Maud – ‘The Love That Remains’
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by Mike Mineo
20h ago
Blending dreamy soundscapes with hooky hyper-pop escalations, The Love That Remains is a captivating new album from Northern Norwegian artist and producer Maud. The artist’s masterful blend of club-friendly electronica melds with hyper-pop and dreamy atmospherics for a stimulating audible presentation, accompanied by self-described themes of “longing, melancholia, nostalgia, transformation and self-love.” The album consistently enthralls with evolving structures and soundscapes, evident right away with the opening “Eternal.” A serene synth pad envelops alongside trickling, aquatic samples; th ..read more
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Jared Bill – ‘Mystery Man’
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by Mike Mineo
20h ago
Mystery Man is the sophomore album from Jared Bill, continuing the gripping narratives and rock/country intertwining of his debut. Spanning from vulnerable look-backs to childhood (“Thompson Speedway”) to the perils of over-consumption (“The Man With No Name”), Mystery Man is a riveting listening experience. “Although exaggerated and fictitious, the tales are based on real events and experiences from my life,” Jared Bill explains. “The inspiration for this album derives from my desire to draw listeners into the stories, which are very much an interconnected labyrinth all existing in the same ..read more
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Super Tuesday – ‘Future Tense’
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by Mike Mineo
20h ago
The third album from Super Tuesday, Future Tense engages with a range of hooky power-pop, Americana, and rock, in addition to efforts in the more contemplative folk vein. The project is the moniker of singer/songwriter Alex Kisch, known for his work in the ’90s as part of Boston-based band Dirt Merchants. Lyrical explorations prove poignant, delving into social isolation within a tech-driven society, in addition to musings on death and mortality. These dark, compelling themes coexist enjoyably within a consistently melodic production throughout the album, releasing on March 8th. “I Know Their ..read more
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Daniel Schamroth – ‘Major Companion’ EP
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by Mike Mineo
20h ago
Devon, UK-born singer/songwriter Daniel Schamroth shows a stirring folk sound on his Major Companion EP, a display in emotional songwriting amidst a powerful acoustic-driven production. Adding to the sound, Manchester composer Joe Duddell provides string arrangements, with mastering from Pete Maher (U2, Noel Gallagher). Lush acoustics complement an ardent vocal layering on the opening “Dying To Feel Alive.” A resonating momentum takes hold as gorgeous string arrangements infuse amidst the title-touting vocals, aspiring to “be right by your side.” Lyrical adorations compel with heightening voc ..read more
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Glass Taxi – “Tell The Truth”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
A sharply melodic synth-pop emotiveness lingers on “Tell The Truth,” a new single from Glass Taxi. The duo of Matt Norris and Melissa Burgess mesh a sturdy ’80s pop nostalgia alongside modern lyrical explorations, regarding “the chasm between promises made and promises broken” within a society driven toward digital-ready instant gratification. A radiant, expressive bursting of synths traverse into a vocal-fronted break, prompting a build-up of electronic sounds from a clanging synth-bass into more illuminated, Lynchian mystique. “You wanted in my head, you wanted in my bed,” the vocals let o ..read more
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Rurie – “idle & idolatry”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
“idle & idolatry” is a consuming track from rurie, hypnotizing with lush synth swells and creeping vocal momentum. A mysterious dream-pop soundscape enamors with its patiently unfolding charm, as bouts of vocal escalation invigorate. “Now that my house is on fire, I’ve made my bed and I’m tired,” rurie lets out during one particularly magnetic rise, accompanied by a more prominent percussive pulse. From this gripping refrain to the hazy guitar strums within the conclusion, “idle & idolatry” maintains a compelling character throughout. — This and other tracks featured this month can b ..read more
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Gregory Ackerman – “Breaking My Heart”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Gregory Ackerman stirs with a meditative blend of lush folk and tender rock on new single “Breaking My Heart.” Featuring on the upcoming Brand New Life EP, out in May, “Breaking My Heart” ventures seamlessly from laid-back folk ruminations into a gripping second half — complete with scorching guitar lines and heart-tugging string arrangements. The captivating structural evolution and dynamic infusions make for a standout track from Ackerman, and has us firmly anticipating the EP’s May release. — This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on ..read more
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Tinsley – “Distract Me”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
“Distract Me” is a dreamily caressing pop success from Seattle-based artist Tinsley, infusing lush vocals, shoegaze-inspired guitar textures, and spacey synth infusions. “I don’t care how you impact me, as long as you distract me,” Tinsley sings during the central hook’s concluding resonance, with heady guitar strums and magnetic synth glistening adding further to the engrossing soundscape. Thematically exploring how one can use romance as a method of self-sabotage — and dating undesirables for the sake of “doing it for the plot,” — “Distract Me” is a compelling success from Tinsley. — This ..read more
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Conflict at Serenity Pools – “rosey dream ii”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
Rosey Dreams EP by conflict at serenity pools Los Angeles-based project Conflict at Serenity Pools impress with a hazily melodic charm on “rosey dream ii,” the second single from the newly released Rosey Dreams EP. A varied assortment of crunchy guitar components and glistening synth reflections complement a dazed vocal feeling. Playful textural synths flicker past 01:40 mark, making for an intriguing pull into the whirring synth effect and galloping bass, as lyrics thematically capture the sigh-inducing feeling of “just one of these days.” “rosey dream ii” is a stellar, stylish showing from ..read more
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Kevin Michael Duggan – “bipolar”
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by Mike Mineo
2d ago
A stirring track that explores the impact of a bipolar diagnosis on personal relationships, “bipolar” comes via singer/songwriter Kevin Michael Duggan. The single, and others upcoming, precede a new album, releasing this coming September. “This song is about my bipolar diagnosis and how it affected my relationship at the time,” Duggan says. “Ultimately, it led to me seeking help for my condition and the decision to do it out of a relationship.” The Abingdon, VA-based artist delivers an apologetic lyrical tone alongside gentle keys and assortments of acoustics and jangly guitars. “I wish I he ..read more
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