UK artist Gracey released her EP The Art of Closure earlier this year. Today she releases the video for the single “99%.”
‘99%’ is extra special as it was actually one of the first song’s I wrote for myself. I instantly knew it had to stay with me and it’s acted as a pillar to build my sound around ever since. It marks the end of one chapter and a little nod to the next! I hope you enjoy.”
YDE is a 17 year old Los Angeles artist. She’s known more for being an actress than a musician with roles on NETFLIX and Nickelodeon. She has worked with her mentor Justin Tranter on “Stopped Buying Diamonds”, and today’s single, “Blindlife.”
“‘BlindLife’ is my end of the world anthem,” YDE says
“Every year I write some sort of holiday song, and this year I sat down to write and was like WTF just happened in 2020. Looking back at the year we’ve all had, I felt silly trying to write something cheerful. Then I realized no matter what, we’re still allowed to celebrate. I hope this song can bring some joy to those who can’t be with the ones they love, who’ve lost someone they love, or who just need a little holiday cheer.”
You’ve heard Exes on shows including Quantico, DeGrassi and Made in Chelsea. This Los Angeles duo is Allie McDonald and Mike Derenzo. Today they release a cover of Dashboard Confessional’s “Don’t Wait” featuring Chris Carrabba.
Says Carrabba, “I have always enjoyed covering songs I love, by bands I love, and even better when it’s a song by friends I love. I have made a habit of doing this for my whole career. So you can imagine how moved I was when a band I love, EXES, decided to cover my song Don’t Wait. I heard their delicate and sweeping rendition of Don’t Wait through a friend, and I remarked to him at the time “I only wish my version was this beautiful”. Then EXES invited me to be on their version and I was thrilled. They were patient. I had broken my shoulders and ribs and probably other things…too many to list anyway. And so my friends in EXES waited until I was well enough to prop myself up to a mic and be a guest on what in many ways I now consider their song. It was an honor. It is an honor. I know people will fall in love with this song and for some it will be their introduction to the band EXES. For those that do discover EXES from Don’t Wait I ask only one thing. Please listen to more of their music. You will love it, as I do. I promise.”
Saleka is haunting for many reasons which is evident in her video “Mr Incredible.” With an evocative and emotional video directed by her sister, Ishana Night Shyamalan, Saleka’s “Mr. Incredible” tells the story of a couple whose love is stifled by their inability to communicate.
The video mixes passionate R & B with a misfit duplicate theme that Jordan Peele would appreciate.
Saleka is 24. Her prior single was “Clarity.” Saleka is M Night Shyamalan’s daughter and hopes to achieve the same heights in music he has in film.
Isla Den is releasing their EP Virtual Garden on December 11. This EP completes a trilogy both as a band project and a utopian destination “when the world broke apart… this is where we came.”
Isla Den is Ellie Manning and Michael Reale. This Montreal duo blends pop, rave into dream fireworks. Today they release the 2nd single off Virtual Garden, “Halcyon Run.” The previous release was “Sad Age.”
Diet Cig are back with a band directed video mixing children’s theater and a wildly addictive song.
Diet Cig share “We had such a fun time getting to wiggle around on a stage again!! We built the whole set ourselves in a park down the street from our apartment, we loved getting to play with the goofy DIY aesthetic of children’s theater paired with the silly seriousness of an improvised, costumed dance.
“Who Are You?” is from Diet Cig’s sophomore album Do You Wonder About Me? Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman continue to have youthful energy and whipsmart lyrics that have every music lover salivating at every note.
In January Ices is releasing her album Family Album on her label Natural Music. Today she releases the third single “Earthly.” This follows “Young On the Mountain” and “Hymn.” Family Album’s producer JR White recently passed away.
Lia says, “experiencing JR’s creative genius so intimately is a gift I will always cherish and I’m so grateful my songs were touched by his magic. This album means something different to me now that the person I made it with is gone — it is a symbolic reminder that music is eternal, he lives forever in this album.”
Mothica releases a powerful song and statement about sobriety. She says about the song “After we shot the VICES stripped video, I set up my little camera (with face tracking for movement!) and shot this. I wanted to have a single take of me looking into the mirror, talking to myself. This song was written in about 10 minutes, a stream of consciousness about the raw feeling of being sober with myself for the first time. I relapsed several times after I wrote this song, and now it’s incredible to release it with over 500 days sober. If you’re struggling with addiction, I have been there too. Recovery is possible and it’s the most incredible blessing in my life. I promise. One day at a time.”
Katie Melua recently released Album No 8. No she is having her first ever worldwide livestream concert. It will be broadcast live from London’s Rivoli Ballroom. Melua has worked with Drift to arrange this special show.
“I could not be more delighted to perform ‘Album No. 8’ and some favourites from my back catalogue with my dear band and crew next month,” says Katie. “Since seeing the very first Driift show, Laura Marling at Union Chapel, I’ve been hell-bent on finding a way to bring our team together in a gorgeous setting to play live for our fans.
“Our choice of venue is the beautiful Rivoli Ballroom in the heart of London. Opened in 1913 and a famous dancehall in the 1950s, the building was the setting for the video for our recent single A Love Like That. I had the pleasure of performing on its spectacular stage for the shoot and I can’t wait to return to finally play for an audience.
“This very special live performance will be directed by Charlie Lightening, who also directed that video, and joining me on stage will be Tim Harries on bass, Mark Edwards on keys, Zurab Melua on guitars, Joe Yoshida on drums and Nina Harries on double bass and backing vocals. See you there!”
Total Brutal and Emily Moore are back with a throwback 80’s style song.
Moore says about the song, “I constantly need to remind myself to play more and lighten up. It’s easy to get lost in the seriousness of life but I want to go through life having fun and viewing everything with curiosity.”