“Like a Painting” by Head Sound
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by H.G.O.
33m ago
Artist: Head Sound Song: Like A Painting Genres: #dreampop #shoegaze Location: New York, United States Influences: Slowdive, Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine Release date: January, 2024 Comment: Memorable songs have a distinctive feature that makes them instantly recognizable. “Like a Painting” is one of such songs, and its distinctive feature is mesmerizing guitar line that hooks you from the first note. The incredible part is that this is the debut single of this fresh-faced band straight out of New York: Head Sound. Just imagine what magic they’ll create with more time playing ..read more
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“One For Me” by Dea Doyle
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by H.G.O.
3w ago
Artist: Dea Doyle Song: One For Me Genres: #indiepop Influences: Katy Perry Location: London, United Kingdom Release date: November, 2023 Comment:  Dea Doyle, a West London native, has been creating quite a buzz in the music scene with her clever lyrics and unforgettable choruses. In her latest single, “One For Me,” she showcases her talent and versatility. “One For Me” is a delightful surprise, much like the unexpected love it narrates. The song encourages listeners to embrace spontaneity and the thrill of the unknown. With its charming blend of light-heartedness and ..read more
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Top 25 songs that soundtracked my 2023
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by H.G.O.
1M ago
Happy Holidays. Fueled by the fantastic year-end charts of Mr. Keith Law and Eclectic Music Lover, I was inspired to craft my own list of the 25 songs that soundtracked my 2023. To streamline things (and maybe sneak in a bit of personal indulgence), I’m focusing solely on releases after October 2022. It’s not strictly a “most played” list, but that undoubtedly cast a long shadow here. You’ll recognize some familiar tunes that were featured here this year, but I’ve sprinkled in some hidden treasures too. So buckle up and dive into my sonic journey through the past year! (scroll down for the Sp ..read more
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“The In-Betweens” by Colin Woltmann
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by H.G.O.
2M ago
Artist: Colin Woltmann Song: The In-Betweens Genres: #indiefolk Influences: Elliot Smith, Bob Dylan, John Prine Location: Alabama, United States Release date: December, 2023 Comment: Colin Woltmann, an emerging singer-songwriter from Alabama, draws inspiration from folk legends like Bob Dylan and John Prine for his latest single, ‘The In-Betweens.’ While often compared to Elliot Smith, the contemporary vibe of the song brings to mind the soothing style of British indie folk artist Passenger. With Colin’s comforting vocals and a pleasant acoustic guitar melody, the rel ..read more
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“Imagine” by J. Zito
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by H.G.O.
2M ago
Artist: J. Zito Song: Imagine Genres: #alternativerock Location: Detroit, United States Release date: November, 2023 Comment: I’m going to be honest. When friend of T.A.M., J. Zito, told me that his new track was a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”, I didn’t think it was a great choice. Sure, it’s a sweet song with beautiful lyrics that are still sadly relevant, but it has been played and covered so many times already that I didn’t think the world needed another version of it. To put it bluntly, I was wrong. Zito, a consistent artisan of emotional expression through hi ..read more
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“Make Me Smile” by The Pulltops
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by H.G.O.
3M ago
Artist: The Pulltops Song: Make Me Smile Genres: #indierock #altrock Location: Milwaukee, United States Release date: November, 2023 Comment: The Pulltops, a duo from Milwaukee, just dropped their latest song, ‘Make Me Smile,’ which reminds me quite a bit of Semisonic — never a bad thing. It captures the simple yet sweet message: “You’ll always be the one to make me smile.” Hopefully, we all have someone like that in our lives. Mark Pierret and Tom Crowell form the core of The Pulltops. With diverse musical tastes but always rooted in classic pop and indie rock, they ..read more
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“girl in a china shop” by Caroline Romano
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by H.G.O.
3M ago
Artist: Caroline Romano Song: girl in a china shop Genres: #AlternativeRock, #Altpop Location: Nashville, United States Release date: November, 2023. Comment: Caroline Romano is back with a new single, “girl in a china shop”, and it’s, as they say in the UK, a ‘banger.’ Having written about her twice before, it’s clear that Romano is not just a passing phase, but a force to be reckoned with in the alt-pop scene. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has once again demonstrated her knack for capturing the essence of young adulthood in her music. “girl in a china shop ..read more
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“Sunlight” by RHODES
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by H.G.O.
3M ago
Artist: RHODES Song: Sunlight Genres: #indiepop Location:  Baldock, United Kingdom Release date: August, 2023 Comment: David Rhodes, known by his stage name RHODES (stylized in all caps), is an English singer and songwriter born in 1988 who embarked on his musical journey in 2013. He had a successful duet with Birdy and was featured on Kygo‘s debut album, “Cloud Nine“, but I don’t think he is that well-known yet. Chances are, this is the first time you’ve heard about him. RHODES has been on my radar for a while, and he recently released a single called “Sunlight” that ..read more
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“DRIVE!” by Lockyer Boys
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by H.G.O.
3M ago
Artist: Lockyer Boys Song: DRIVE! Genres: #altpop Location:  Thunder Bay, Canada Release date: November, 2023 Comment: The Lockyer Boys, a project by brothers Will and Charlie Lockyer, have released their new single, “DRIVE!”, which is now available on all streaming platforms. The song is a vibrant, fast-paced production that brilliantly highlights the duo’s invigorating and uplifting pop style. DRIVE!” revolves around seizing opportunities, conveying themes of confidence, courage, and giving one’s utmost effort. Hailing from Thunder Bay, Canada, the Lockyer Brothers ..read more
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“Future Dead” by Desert Life
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by H.G.O.
3M ago
Artist: Desert Life Song: Future Dead Genres: #indiefolk Influences: R.E.M., Bon Iver, Ryan Adams Location: Tenby, United Kingdom Release date: October, 2023 Comment: Desert Life, a musical duo hailing from Tenby, Wales, has recently captured my attention with their debut album titled “Let It All Pass,” released last month. The album opens with “Future Dead,” a track that sets the tone for the entire album beautifully. It commences with acoustic folk instrumentals that set a tranquil tempo, soon followed by the melodic vocals. The songwriting partnership, composed of ..read more
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