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New Noise: 5 Tracks to Keep You Dreaming

Monday blues are real and for everyone that continues their 9-5 while dreaming, the blues might carry onto the week. Here are 5 tracks that not only kick off the week to a great start but have an underlying depth to their construction, it’s obsessively reassuring in all aspects: work, love, and life.


John Dylan(I Can Feel Myself) Getting Over It

San Francisco dream-pop artist, John Dylan, swims through the outer ring of his depression’s Saturn while pushing through with his latest track. The psychedelic-rock and distorted array of sound allows for a heavier emotive pull as Dylan’s ethereal sounds become weightless through this cosmic world he creates, led by sparkling synths and airy twangs. Dylan’s retrospective take and crunchy chords overall make the melancholy inspired track hopeful at the end of the listen. Also stemmed as a homage to The Smashing Pumpkins (Dylan’s comfort music), the technological references, such as ‘playing harmonizing octave riffs that is referred as a Corganism’ — “Cherub Rock,” “Zero,” “Porcelina” — is impressive to simply state.

Michael JablonkaPeacefully

Michael Jablonka is simply an artist that any music lover needs to be aware of and keep on their radar. Hailing from London, Jablonka’s sound and delivery is a triumphant mastery. On his latest single “Peacefully,” via Lost in the Manor Records, there’s a sense of incompletion that crumbles at the hand of Jablonka’s threaded guitar, raspy voice, and haunting soul-inspired core. “Peacefully” overall becomes that track that reaches deep into a listener and extracts something not yet discovered. “‘Peacefully’ is about separating yourself from a rough situation,” says Jablonka of the track produced by Ben ‘BJ’ Jackson at NXNE Studios in London. “Everyone is constantly in need of escapism.”

Silver LizHim

Chicago-based shoegaze duo, Silver Liz, texture love and glorify the simple acts on their first single since completion of their debut album (set to be released this fall), and capture love at first sight with”Him.” The track’s short stanza is enough to engulf you to the moment where logic ceases to exist while Carrie Wagner’s angelic vocals linger: “I saw him smoke and tie his shoe / He called my name / I am so in love with him.” As the dream-pop and celestial sounds extract you to another dimension, the tunnel vision and weight explodes into a scutter of flourishing guitar chords; each layered with delicate chaos. Self-inflicting of unexpected love, “Him” is not only a beautiful introduction to the duo, but a reminder in the love of surprises.

Scenic Route to AlaskaSlow Down

Fittingly titled with their latest release, Scenic Route to Alaska touch on trying to find this “balance” while always on the move with their ear pleasingly tuned single “Slow Down.” The alternative-rock track lists the typical notion of growing older as the opening lines demand, “Give it up, get a job / find a girl, steady love / I don’t think it’s enough”, which is ultimately faced with the track’s fearful truth:”I don’t think I’m ready for it.” Unsteadily sliding from these thoughts, delivered with a persistent melody, the Edmonton artists craft an anthem of reassurance to all on a similar path.

Wild YearThe Economics Of Emotional Labor

Los Angeles synth-pop ensemble, Wild Year, release their latest single “The Economics of Emotional Labor” via Normandie Records, and manage to add a layer of conceptual depth to their glistening synth pop sound.  Playfully sparkling from beginning to end, the track’s shine hails from their new-wave roots that gently softens the origin of “not giving up on what you want out life” and the love and loss that comes from the dream.

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