Growing pains. We all experience them and in Madisyn Gifford’s latest project, ’Sleeping On The Ceiling’ she dives deep into her experience and bares all emotion. The twelve-track indie-pop record is full of vulnerability and introspection as Madisyn tackles topics like mental health but also serves as a love letter to her female friendships. It tells the story of growing up and out of some of the darkest places I’ve ever been in with the“slow and steady wins the race” mentality I had while living through it. It’s about grieving the experiences that my younger self had to go through in relationships and navigating how to move on into new ones while doing that. Vancouver native Madisyn Gifford has quickly grown her following just over the past two years after releasing her debut EP, ‘Learning To Exist’ on 604 Records. The indie-folk singer-songwriter has garnered millions of plays and praise […]
If you’re hiding out indoors to escape the brutal summer heat, Päter’s latest single “Four Walls” will keep you company. Tacked piano, wacky background vocals and a strong driving beat a la Arcade Fire gives this song all the energy you need to keep yourself bouncing around your air conditioned bedroom. My reference for this track was the part in Willy Wonka where all the creepy dolls do a song and dance and then blow up. It’s about this age of bedroom content making that’s dressed up with so much promise but can in fact become quite isolating and maddening. Packaged in high octane indie rock delight. Who would have thought a music career could begin from the sale of a childhood puppy? After being forced to sell their family dog after the birth of a sibling, Päter traded in a pet for a guitar. Over the years and through […]
Just in time for the summer, Fionn returns with their latest album ‘I Might Start Smoking’. Inspired by the unpredictable transition into adulthood and quoted as their “second coming of age”, the twin sister duo delivers a super catchy indie-pop record in the vein of artists like Haim, boygenius and MUNA. The Celtic-Canadian duo first came onto the music scene in 2018 with their self-titled debut album and began building an incredible catalog with the label 604 Records. Known for their catchy hooks and creative songwriting abilities, the sisters have refined their craft and never fail to deliver a well-polished sound. This time around they’ve opted to try and weave their Celtic accents into the music in a subtle, yet tasteful way. We dig it.
Moving on from the 60’s style Psych-Pop of their last few singles, in their newest single “Hiding From” the mysterious duo King Complex leans into a dreamy 80’s inspired synth driven sound a-la Tame Impala and Empire Of The Sun. In their own words: I think it speaks to both our personalities heavily, in terms of wanting to withdraw from the world in some ways, while also being heavily emotionally tied to others. This masked Florida duo gained significant success from their single, “Dark Disco” which garnered over a million streams on Spotify. Always changing up their sound but exploring retro vibes from the past, this band’s ambiguous style continues to evolve. Although you might have no idea what they look like, you’ll never forget their sound!
Known for their effortless swag, the latest single by L.A. trio No Suits takes on a different feel with a laid back house beat. Drawing inspiration from artists like Jamiroquai & Toro Y Moi, “Tall Man” features punchy horns, an immaculately funky drum beat and frontman Max Carstens-Pierro’s signature laid back flow. Since forming in 2016, No Suits have steadily developed their diverse sound through experimentation and collaboration with fellow up-and-comers Kota the Friend, DLG., Abhi The Nomad and Danny Dwyer. Striking a delicate balance between unadulterated confidence and cheeky self-depreciation, the band often adopts a sexy swagger while never taking themselves too seriously. No Suits is also a big favorite in the sync community with placements on Grand Crew, 4400, FBoy Island and spots with major brands like Mini Cooper and Gold Bond. Check out the video for “Tall Man”:
Self-described “independent electro bedroom pop rapping rockstar” Blayne B. is making waves blending together pop and hip hop with a punk/emo sensibility. His new single “Carousel” is a quintessential young adult relationship song full of heartache and disappointment. Produced and co-written by Nashville producer Austin Bianco, this song cuts straight into the heart. Blayne B. makes music exploring his identity and intimacies with the world and the things inside of it. He makes songs for those who can’t express their feelings correctly. Growing up with anxiety he felt he could never express his emotions without being limited by his own brain, so making music allowed him to express his emotions and be vulnerable. His unique sound is inspired by influences like Daniel Johnston and Elton John as well as more contemporary artists like Post Malone and Tyler The Creator. Blayne’s music has been placed on ESPN and most recently the hit CW series “All American”, the first […]
DLG.’s new single “Crystallized” just dropped and we have it on permanent repeat! Blending his deadpan soulful vocals with production style a la Toro y Moi and KAYTRANADA, DLG. achieves an infectious groove that’s sure to get you boppin’ your head. Uncharacteristically upbeat and dancey, “Crystallized” is a bit of a departure from the laid back Alt R&B soundscapes that have defined his signature sound. Under the moniker DLG., David de la Garza is true one man operation as he writes, records and engineers his own music. A gifted designer, he also creates his own beautifully vivid cover art. His 2020 single “Inside of My Eyelids” has over 14 millions streams to date and his songs have been featured on various Spotify playlists: Chill Tracks, Alt R&B, Viral Hits Mexico, and Viral 50 playlists in 11 Latin American countries. He’s become a quick favorite with supervisors as well, with recent placements on the new reboots […]
The eponymous album ‘Navah Sea’ by British producer/songwriter Phil Simmonds discusses themes of love and the evolution of relationships, self-reflection and personal growth. The album is pleasantly eclectic with a bit of a chamber pop throwback vibe a la Sgt. Pepper’s and Pet Sounds. Phil’s soulful, melancholic vocals create a dreamy vibe throughout the album. This vocal aesthetic is most potently expressed in the song “Maybe You Could Change the World”, a beautifully poignant ballad about a father’s mixed feelings of hope and concern at the birth of his child. The moniker, Navah Sea was originally created by Phil Simmonds to highlight his skills as a singer and artist after being widely known for his production and songwriting. As a producer/songwriter, he worked on Eryn Allen Kane’s critically acclaimed “A Tree Planted By Water”, and with artists like Kareem Lomax, Masego, Snoh Allegra, Nao and Lucky Daye. Starting off as a touring musician in his teenage years, Simmonds later transitioned into a musical director for Jessie J, Conrad […]
The mysterious Florida duo known as King Complex have built a reputation for their masked stage performances (not for hygienic reasons) and their ability to effortlessly morph into a completely different band from song to song. In recent years their sound has evolved into what is now a very lush and somewhat psychedelic sound, with a bit of a Pet Sounds on mushrooms feel to it. Their new single “If There’s Beauty” perfectly alludes to the vibe of the record, filled with angelic vocals, retro reverb and lush strings. Coming off the success of their (very different) record “Dark Disco”, which racked up over a million streams on Spotify, the duo decided to pivot in a different direction to showcase their songwriting and production chops. In the efforts to explore the acoustic side of music, the duo cranked out the keys and vocals for this track in just thirty minutes before committing to a final […]
Based on the fantasy novel A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Mass, which follows two characters and their complicated relationship as they battle monsters and find love amongst deception, singer-songwriter Beth Crowley’s new single “I Didn’t Ask For This” is absolutely enchanting. The dark and melancholy tone of the track is simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant, a signature style for Crowley: I’m sinking downIf you only knew how hard it isFor me to climb outI’m kicking and screamingBut no one can hear meSo what happens nowThe shadows are creeping inI didn’t ask forI didn’t ask for this The prodigious Nashville-based artist is known for her eclectic indie-pop songwriting, most of which is dark, ethereal and cinematic. With over 159k followers and 30 million views on her YouTube channel and 378k monthly listeners on Spotify, she’s solidified a loyal fanbase through her unique songwriting approach. Crowley’s music is primarily inspired by young adult serial fantasy novels like Dark Artifices, Divergent, The Lunar […]