Cate Von Csoke “Dream Around”
Cate Von Csoke has very well curated a washed out trip to numb our summer. The psych-pop and desert time sadness cut places the artist in a more sensual space of imagining and creating. It’s a lengthy interlude under the guise of standard single and banks on the ambiance of her own desert travels from her native, Australia, to the US. Taken off the Brooklyn-based artist’s upcoming LP Almoon, due June 5, “Dream Around” is a very angular sensation.
golda “Dear Los Angeles”
Really pissed that this just came into our earholes. The barebones of golda’s “Dear Los Angeles” will continue to echo onto the hearts of all creatives that flock to the City of Angeles for opportunity. It’s a bittersweet truth that is carried with poignant words and a caramelized voice that words seem to not do it justice. Well delivered in its minimal delivery, the impact isn’t felt in volume, but in the weight of silence against an acoustic. It’s one of those tracks that mutes a surrounding and grapples with an artist’s “now.”
Rozelle “Get Out Alive”
Bristol’s Rozelle continue to carve their voice in the base of indie and dream rock and are a promising young act to witness in the current stream. The quartet — Hayley Rozelle, Alex Rowland, Tomos Jarvis, and Hodge — have just reached a new milestone, now sharing their third single. On “Get Out Alive,” a polished-pop introduction greets a dream-rock hook by the chops of vocalist Hayley Rozelle’s pristine tone. Lyrically tuned to a universal grief, the sigh of relief comes in the buoyant production and it acts as yet again another introduction for the Bristol band.
Blind Lucy “Elephant”
Australian alt-rock band Blind Lucy bring to light the moment one addresses the “elephant in the room.” Choppy and muddled in its introduction, aggressively lingering, the hook banks on a more pop-rock and freeing air going through an array of genre shifts. There’s a rumbustious bass line that punches throughout each verse and lead vocals are equally playful, considering the topic at hand. There’s a surge of passion on the track from the band that bubbles with layers to be unveiled as they grow in their own form.
AMA “Hour We On (Big Zuu Remix)”
It’s a great compliment to know an artist hears your song and instantly wants to work with you. Goes the story for AMA’s “Hour We On” when Big Zuu first heard the single on Beats 1. The new collaboration is silky with AMA’s velvety tones, and contemporary ’90s aurora. Swaying with Big Zuu’s matter-of-fact lyricism on top, the track takes on a new skin for alt-r&b.
Japan, Man “Easy Target”
Taken off the artist’s 4-track EP Cautious, “Easy Target” is a insulated dream. There’s a gentle twang of a college airplay ethos and a familiar bedroom-pop splurge embedded in the track before the artist’s gentle croon skids across her self-doubt. Behind the light texture lies an earthy bass line that forges a bond between the listener and makes for a very chilled experience. For the Beruit-based artist, who delivers a thought provoking digestion of oneself at only the age of 15, “Easy Target” acts as an important piece to the artist’s self-discovery in self and sound.
Remember Coachella? We don’t, but we will remember this song. Milwaukee based indie pop sister-duo, REYNA share “Coachella” taken off their forthcoming debut EP and remembers the bliss that came with last year’s festivities. Vic and Gabby Banuelos fuse their electronica bursts with an ethereal pop hook that sways from happiness to a tinge of heartache that comes from the end of a relationship. Echoes of a Mariachi trumpet’s bellow are doused in hollow drum cracks and a steady dance beat. Never one to shy away from their Latin heritage visually, “Coachella” sees the duo implement Spanish, despite feeling hesitation from not feeling “American enough for Americans or Mexican enough for Mexicans.” A sentiment that many can attest to. It’s a glimmering, progressive dance track that pin points a liberating moment of being comfortable with who you are — most notably at a music festival.