Aloud “Son of the Dharma”
A deep rooted love of classic rock led Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa to craft the early musings of Aloud. Several relocations later — from Miami, Boston, and now Los Angeles — have wrangled Charles Murphy (bass) and Chris Jago (drums) for the final four. Their recent single “Son of the Dharma” could easily be a testament to the holy grail of rock with powerful vocals by de la Osa, who takes crunchy guitar strums and manipulates their potency with a soulful harmony. Traces of popularization that emerged from 60s-70s rock consumes the track and navigates through a rough charisma, filled with charm and the aroma of the proverb, “a rolling stone gathers no moss.” Paired with fragmented but deeply sentimentalized lyrics, which swarm around the ideals of a “Dharma,” the track begs one to figure out what they’re looking for through a rolling lick of sounds.
Monica Martin “Cruel”
Accidentally Monica Martin’s “Cruel” crept this way and no regrets were made. Martin’s hoarse vocals, filled with a sense of remorse, instantly become a cool drink of water for the parched as early stages of a vivid scene are built. Trickling around heartache and moving on, “Cruel” circulates around a very minimal, yet crisp production. “You’re my lover or my obligation,” are a bit of the conscious penned lines that Martin emotively exhausts, blurring the line of honesty and being cruel, perceived by the recipient. A nostalgic turn appears by the way of symphonic strings, lush melodies, and delicate fades, focusing on Martin’s words and tone.
Earhart “An Incubator To Grow My Head In”
London ensemble, Earhart — Joe Tennant (vocals, guitar), Daniel Green (guitar), Aaron Dolby (bass) and Harry Lane (drums) — scurry as a happy-go-lucky quartet on their latest track. Pushed through a kazoo-colored filter, the track’s switches and scuzzy, alternative rock influences see a climatic rush from verse to chorus. Sustained organs prowl and manipulate the track’s certainty and sanity, mirroring lyrics. Tennant’s vocals quiver and bend to each note, rising and falling, equalizing its entirety, at times, aggressive poise. Tennant discusses the track further stating, “It had been growing in the back of my mind for about a year before it really surfaced. Like persistent theme music it was always there. So getting it out was a hugely cathartic process. Putting those thoughts and ideas into song form was the only way to confess them.”
Rosie Carney “Orchid”
Because we suck, by the time this came onto GUM’s radar, Carney released another track…because she is amazing. The 20-yr old — originally hailing from Hampshire and now residing in Downings co Donegal, Ireland — captures destructive and ailing beauty that is haunting. “Orchid” and its potency emerges through the track’s layers that are placed above delicate strings and Carney’s melodic gentleness and poetic verses. Her latest track “Zoey” comes in equally delicate, focusing less on a layered production heard on “Orchid” and more so on warm guitar plucks circling a contemplative mind. Towards the final minute, bright and drop-like chimes bleed towards the end. Carney’s debut album Bare is set to be released January 25th via Akira Records.
Jenna Lotti “Better in the Morning”
Dreamy pop charades are sprinkled on Jenna Lotti’s latest track “Better in the Morning.” A creamy disposition and an ambient production guides Lotti’s reassuring message and hopeful inflection. It falls in line with a more commercial sounding anthem, which isn’t negative, as it satisfies the relaxation gear within us all. Lotti possess a very clean and serene tone that aids the tranquility on the track. Explaining the message, Lotti states, “”Better in the Morning” is about my journey from Boston to Los Angeles. Last year, my husband and I packed up everything and drove across the country to Los Angeles. It’s about the different stages of self doubt that you inevitably go through when taking big risks. The title is a self soothing mantra that we use to get through the tough days.”
Cover photo: Aloud / Photo: Tammie Valer (tamidesigns) / L to R: Charles Murphy, Henry Beguiristain, Jen de la Osa, Chris Jago