Emerging form Southern California, Knightly could be considered a master of many talents – being a singer, songwriter, producer and engineer.
While in lockdown, she started producing her own tracks which consequently unlocked her creative imagination and resulted in the release of pop gems like ‘Red Tide’.
“This record is about my most recent awakening; an extremely difficult inner exorcism, like a firework, forcing me to wake up from a depthless slumber. Just like Red Tide in the real ocean, I’m upwelling, and learning how to glow in the dark.”
One of the most interesting alt-pop bands to emerge from the US in recent months, North Carolina outfit Weston Estate are back today with the release of ‘Hold On’.
All of Indian descent (with the exception of vocalist Marco Luka who is first generation Cuban-American), the group fuse cultural influences alongside their individual tastes to create a sound that is uniquely of their own.
Riding high from the (well-deserved) success of previous single ‘Davinci‘, Californian jazz-pop outfit Honeyboys are back today with a finessed slice of uplifting soul that will have you longing to experience togetherness again.
‘One Another’ serves as the second (and final) sneak peek into their debut EP, which is out soon.
Hailing out of Dallas, JMES is a 21-year old alt-pop talent who crafts a refreshingly bold sound; one that juxtaposes with a raw sense of vulnerability that comes through on her lyrics and distinctive vocal.
Native Bostonian and longtime New Yorker, Paola Bennet’s music brims with a raw sense of honesty that is not only captivating but deeply moving.
An indie-rock song which on the surface feels deceptively subtle, ‘In This Body’ carries an undertone of intense emotion and acts as a melancholy snapshot of Bennet’s experience with chronic illness.
“When no one can tell you’re in pain by looking at you, you doubt your instincts. I wanted to express that loss of trust in myself, and the isolation I felt when people around me ignored or explained away my very real experience.”
Today’s lesson of ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ is served to us by Danish duo Off Bloom, who have finally released their debut album, ‘In Bloom’.
And it’s a big record; they’ve worked with the likes of CJ Baran (Panic! at the Disco, Carly Rae Jepsen), and George Reid of AlunaGeorge. There’s even a song which was co-produced by the pop legend that is Max Martin.
To celebrate it’s release, the duo have released ‘Hit & Run’ as a taster of what to expect from the record.
“‘Hit & Run’ is a hot vibey track full of attitude! We wanted to reminisce the guitar sound of the 00’s and we even turned up the gain for the first ever Off Bloom guitar solo! The song is very Britney in her way of saying ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ and it’s about when you end up hurting someone because you’re just not into him or her emotionally – and basically, you just wanna have fun.”
Sometimes you press play on a track, and you just know within a few seconds of listening that the talent behind it will see a very swift rise to global domination.
That’s certainly the case with Dublin-based alt-rock outfit Sprints. This female led four piece group bring a refreshingly raw and honest approach to the genre, with hard-hitting lyricism that creates impact almost immediately.
“‘Swimming’ scorns on the increasing lack of opportunity after following prescribed paths to become society’s idea of a ‘success’.”
Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Manifesto’ which is out via Nice Swan Records on 26th March 2021.
Los Angeles alt-rock outfit Rivals are back today with the massive ‘Alkaline’, a cinematic pop-rock banger that commands your immediate attention, and serves as a powerful anthem for finding balance in our lives.
“‘Alkaline’ is a reference to the PH balance of water, and the hope of trying to find that sense of perfect balance between your personal lows and your highs. I also got to finally explain a moment of intense vertigo I have had in real life so that was also a fun one!” – Kalie Wolfe, Rivals
Taken from the upcoming record ‘Sad Looks Pretty on Me’ which is out 19th March 2021 via Smartpunk Records
Laydhawke fans have had to wait five long years since the release of last album ‘Wild Things’.
With an upcoming record planned for later this year, the phenomenally talented Australian artist returns with a powerful song that has a clear message: love will always conquer hate.
“‘Guilty Love’ came from the classic ‘in-studio heart to heart’. We talked about growing up religiously and how we carried a lot of shame around the idea of what a woman (or person) should be. This song is about that but also about finding our own way back to a sense of spirituality through love. The love that once caused so much guilt, ended up being the most healing and spiritual.”
Former high school friends url (pronounced ‘Earl’) and Inadelle collaborate on the deliciously dreamy ‘magic wand’. Bedroom pop at it’s finest, this track explores the emotional ups and downs of prospective love, told from opposite perspectives.
“‘magic wand’ was our first collaboration after not having seen each other for almost a decade. We talked about our current relational statuses and found we were on opposite sides of our situations. I started laying down the instrumentation mid-conversation – after Inadelle put down the hook, the song was pretty much finished by the end of the night.The lyrics touch on both sides of intimacy – scared of hurting or being hurt. Whoever holds the wand has the “magic”. – url
Look out for url’s debut EP, which is due this summer on new label Havêa Records.