South Korean singer/songwriter Su Lee announces her forthcoming debut album Messy Sexy, out October 28th, and shares the title track and music video.
Over effervescent synths, subtle horns, and sampled sounds like the crackling noise of a freshly opened bag of Cheetos, Su happily embraces the person she is. Neurotic, chaotic, and a lover of Pepsi, Su might have clothes piled in every corner of her room but she’s steadfastly Su and living her best life.
“I think a lot of people (including myself) struggle with the feeling of needing to meet certain standards in order to be beautiful,” Su imparts about the track. There’s nothing wrong with wanting attractiveness, but sometimes we get distracted by trends, peer pressure, and expectations. And this often leads us to lose sight of what actually makes us beautiful; we get hyper fixated on this idea of establishing our identities and being secure. But that’s not how we’re designed – we change, we evolve, we do things differently based on what life throws at us. And it gets real messy sometimes. So I think true beauty comes from accepting this reality – that we’re all inherently messy and imperfect in our own ways.”
Rising star Precious Pepala today shares her new single ‘Looking For Trouble,’ another example of Precious’ bold, mature lyricism and powerful voice.
At just seventeen, Precious’ lyrics manage to contain universal sentiments that speak to her generation – the latest single, about the fear women feel walking alone a night, is no different: “She’s cold and she’s drunk, A little red riding her luck in the hood, She’s asking for trouble, Oh, that’s what they’ll say if trouble comes heading her way”.
Speaking about the track, Precious explains, “‘Looking for Trouble’ is a song about rape culture and victim blaming. It addresses the unfortunately relatable feeling of fear when walking alone at night as a female. The lyrics also address the way that victims of sexual abuse are all too commonly questioned about things such as their clothing, actions or level of intoxication as if to justify predatory behavior. I feel very passionately about discussing this subject matter through my music and I hope this song acts as a conversation starter, because these issues need to be discussed until we see change.”
Occam’s Rose is the amalgam of the unique music performance experiences, composition styles, and instrumentation of Anastasia Rose and Peter H. Each are professional musicians, educators, and composers whose versatility allows them to write for and perform in virtually all settings from a small coffee shop to large concert halls to private events such as weddings and parties. Their style is alternative with a classical spin.
Occam’s Rose writes music with a story. Today they release “Losing Sleep” a journey that is part fairytale and part horror.
The video was directed by Mark Swan, and here is what he had to say about it: “Losing Sleep was one of the most intense projects I have worked on to date. As the Covid years started to wind down, production for the video went through a series of changes, rewrites, reimaginings, and clever brainstorms to make work through a new era of art creation. Anastasia, Peter, and Occam’s Rose were ever-patient and a delight to work with. I think the final result is something that will mystify, and maybe even terrify viewers.”
Anastasia Rose on “Losing Sleep” : “Losing Sleep, both as a musical work and a visual one, elucidates insomnia and rumination in dream (or nightmare)-like composition. It explores the experience of rumination-induced insomnia in lyrical, musical, and visual form. The duo employs unique instrumentation including djembe, concert French horn, and classical guitar which add to the ethereal dreamlike soundscape that shifts to a more insidious nightmarish aesthetic utilizing clock ticking sounds to emulate the passing of time without the relief of restful slumber.”
Standout vocals and floating production depict those euphoric early moments of falling for someone. The soulful focus track comes as a dreamy moment on the EP, Believe Me When I Cry, offering up a sweet 3.44 mins of escapism.
Explaining more vi0let shares:”I was in the honeymoon stage with someone and one morning we woke up and it was a sunny day in Brighton. I had to go to the studio that morning so I left early, grabbed a coffee on the way and felt like I was on cloud 9. I never wanted this feeling to end, feeling so safe and comfortable.
I got in the studio and wrote Cream and Peaches in about 15 minutes, it just flowed out. It’s one of my favourite songs I’ve ever made especially because vocally I really put myself out of my “safe zone” and it motivated me to continue to push myself with what I’m capable of doing. Cream and Peaches is a flirty and fun love letter to the honeymoon stage.”
Finding solace in songwriting, vi0let has benefited greatly from the emotional outlet. The EP plays out as a coming of age journey, touching on many feelings.
Sharing more behind the Believe Me When I Cry EP vi0let explained: “After many years of chaos I feel like I’m finding my two feet again. I describe the EP as letters to every person in my life and it covers all the relationships in my life – some songs apply to multiple people. There have been times I’ve felt so much anger and frustrations at life and writing songs like Audience and Over and Over really helped me process the journey of becoming an adult. This EP has helped me communicate my thoughts and feelings and I feel it represents my personality so well, covering all aspects from love to hurt to naiveness. Musically I really pushed myself to honor some of my favourite genres, I loved blending the sexiness of R&B with the excitement pop and melancholy of soul. I’m honored to have worked with the tiny little team I have, it made every minute special.”
On Friday, November 18th, 2022, Sub Pop will release the astonishing new Weyes Blood full-length And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow. The album’s ten tracks were written by Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, with album production from Mering along with Jonathan Rado on all songs except for “A Given Thing,” produced by Mering and Rodaidh McDonald. And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow was mixed by Kenny Gilmore at 101 Studio, mastered by Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood at The Lodge, and features guest appearances from Meg Duffy, Daniel Lopatin, and Mary Lattimore.
Watch Weyes Blood get her big break (at the end of the world) in the deranged official music video for “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody,” the acclaimed new single and opening track from And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, her forthcoming album.
The album is her follow-up to the acclaimed Titanic Rising, the first album of three in a special trilogy. Where Titanic was an observation of doom to come, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow is about being in the thick of it: a search for an escape hatch to liberate us from algorithms and ideological chaos (spoiler alert: the next one will be about “hope”). “We’re in a fully functional shit show,” Mering says. “My heart is a glow stick that’s been cracked, lighting up my chest in an explosion of earnestness.”
Weyes Blood has also announced the “In Holy Flux Tour,” a headlining international touring run for the Spring of 2023 in support of And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow.
Thu. Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel [SOLD OUT]
Fri. Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
In Holy Flux Tour 2023
Sat.Jan. 28 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Mon. Jan. 30 – Stockholm, SE – Berns
Tue. Jan. 31- Oslo, NO – Rockefeller
Wed. Feb. 01 – Copenhagen, DK – VEGA
Fri. Feb. 03 – Cologne, DE – Kulturkirche
Sat. Feb. 04 – Paris, FR – Le Trianon
Sun. Feb. 05 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie
Mon. Feb. 06 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Wed. Feb.08 – London, UK – Roundhouse
Thu. Feb. 09 – Bristol, UK – SWX
Fri. Feb. 10 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Sun. Feb. 12- Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
Mon. Feb. 13 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Tue. Feb. 14 – Brighton, UK – CHALK
Wed. Feb. 22 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
Thu. Feb. 23 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Fri. Feb. 24 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Sat. Feb. 25 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mon. Feb. 27 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Tue. Feb. 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Fri. Mar. 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Sun. Mar. 05 – Boston, MA – Royale
Tue. Mar. 07 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Wed. Mar. 08 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Fri. Mar. 10 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Sat. Mar. 11 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Mon. Mar. 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
Tue. Mar. 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Wed. Mar. 15 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Fri. Mar. 17 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Sat. Mar. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Sun. Mar. 19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
Tue. Mar. 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Wed. Mar. 22 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Thu. Mar. 23 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Mar. 25 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Tue. Mar. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Wed. Mar. 29 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Fri. Mar. 31 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Today Persian pop experimentalist Gia Woods shares new single “PCH” (pretty cold heart). Produced by BHAM and Ryan Johnogren (Kim Petras, Coi Leray, Nicki Minaj), the track captures the essence of heartbreak under a California summer backdrop. A hard-bodied, driving beat and glossy ’80s guitar riffs takes listeners through the emotional aftermath after a broken relationship, while Woods’ breathless vocals carry yearning potency when she sings, “maybe I’m dreaming, but she could be mine.”
I wrote this song during the most painful time in my life, my father had just passed away and it was during the intensity of Covid,” Woods shares. “I was also starting to seriously see someone but I felt like I couldn’t give it my all because I wasn’t really there during that time. I was on autopilot and this person couldn’t fully see that. They had this hope that they could help me and love me through it but I knew deep down I wasn’t able to give them what they wanted from me. So I wrote this from their perspective of wanting me – this broken girl in this broken city, whose feeling like she’s lost her whole world and yet another person still wants a piece of me. A piece of my pretty cold heart.”
“PCH” comes off Woods’ forthcoming EP Heartbreak County, Vol. 2, a 6-track collection that finds the LA native achieving a new level of self-possession as she fully embraces her sexuality. Simultaneously, Woods dives deeper into her magnetic reflections on growing up and living in the City of Angels to deliver track after track of sumptuous electropop.
Puppy Angst is a moody quartet from Philadelphia started by Alyssa Milman (guitar and vocals, they/them). Alyssa’s songwriting combines raw, diary-like lyricism colored by the biting introspection of adulthood with shoegaze and dream pop influences, resulting in tracks that tell a noisy and unapologetic coming-of-age story. Dan Leinweber (guitar, he/him), Eric Naroden (drums, he/him), and John Heywood (bass, he/him) round out the rest of the band.
Alyssa previously toured with fellow Philly pop outfit Kississippi, and their past projects include Past Life and Blushed, in which they were a founding member. Dan played lead guitar in Blushed alongside Alyssa, and currently also creates music under his ambient project Greenspace. Eric is also the frontman, singer, and guitarist of In Lieu of Roses, and John plays bass in Alex G.
“The darkest of the three singles (“In Sensitivity, Yellow Paint), ‘Perpetual’ is about swimming through life, stuck in a dream state, barely there, unable to connect to others. The fast paced, heavier verses careen off into dreamy, hazy choruses, a contrast that kind of reflects what it feels like to wake up from a weird dream.” -Alyssa Milman
Danish singer-songwriter Kleo’s new single reinterprets the famous message of seizing the day. “Beautiful Life” is about embracing life and full immersion in the euphoric feeling of falling in love. It’s an invitation to believe in the world as something beautiful, and in the ability to bring love to those around you, even when it seems impossible.
“For me, it’s about being open and holding on to the feeling of happiness I feel in the present moment,” Kleo shares. “For example, the feeling I get when I meditate, or when I’m completely head over heels in love with someone. I woke up one morning and thought: This is the canvas – it’s the backdrop for life itself. And not days of clouds and hurricanes. If I can wake up in the morning and feel bliss, then it must be reality itself.”
The track is accompanied by a music video directed by Stine Emil Thorbøll, which – inspired by pop cultural trends from the 90s – shows Kleo dancing blissfully with actor Ask Berntsen. Here, time seems to stand still, and euphoria oozes out like a Dali melted clock in motion.
Paramore are back with their first new music since 2017. The beloved Nashville-based trio of Zac Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York have returned from their hiatus – and the global pandemic – with “This Is Why”, one of the best songs of their already impressive repertoire. In what’s widely recognized as one of the most exciting musical returns of the year, the band have also announced the release of their long awaited sixth studio album, This is Why, for February 10th 2023 on Atlantic Records. Recorded in Los Angeles, California with long-time collaborator Carlos de la Garza, the album features 10 new Paramore songs with cover art shot by Zachary Gray.
Entering back into a world – and cultural landscape – very different from the one they last participated in, Paramore have returned with a song about exactly that. “This Is Why” is a deliciously infectious Paramore ear-worm for the post-truth world. Of the song, Williams says, “This Is Why was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album. It summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last 3 or 4 years. You’d think after a global pandemic of fucking biblical proportions and the impending doom of a dying planet, that humans would have found it deep within themselves to be kinder or more empathetic or something.”
The video was directed by Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and filmed in Malibu, California last month. Speaking on the video and collaboration, Williams says, “It was so rad working with Brendan. I’ve known the Turnstile guys for a little while and was so psyched to have our worlds collide in this way. There’s a cool kinship between the way our bands do things… Hopefully we will get to play shows with them at some point,”
PARAMORE SHOW DATES
October 2, 2022 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater # SOLD OUT
October 4, 2022 – Magna, UT – The Great SaltAir # SOLD OUT
October 6, 2022 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater Omaha # SOLD OUT
October 8, 2022 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion # SOLD OUT
October 9, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 11, 2022 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory # SOLD OUT
October 14, 2022 – Bonner Springs, KS – Azura Amphitheater* & SOLD OUT
October 16, 2022 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits^
October 20, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern ~ SOLD OUT
October 22, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
October 23, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
October 27, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco % SOLD OUT
October 29, 2022 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival^
November 7, 2022 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY = SOLD OUT
November 9, 2022 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre = SOLD OUT
November 11, 2022 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center = SOLD OUT
November 13, 2022 – New York City, NY – The Beacon Theatre SOLD OUT
November 15, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle = SOLD OUT
November 16, 2022 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre =SOLD OUT
November 19, 2022 – Mexico City, MX – Corona Capital Festival^
Brooklyn-based songstress Enisa has shared an in-studio performance of her latest single “Zoom.”
“The song is about the beginning stages of falling in love with someone, when everything feels wild, fast & exciting. I’m telling this person to give me the feeling of excitement so my heart could feel something that keeps me moving with him. I say, “make my heartbeat go make that sound like zoom, zoom, zoom.”
Softee (the stage name of actress and rising DIY pop creator Nina Grollman, she/they) is ready to get you high with her fittingly titled new track “Molly”. Her first release after signing with City Slang Records earlier this year, “Molly” is an immediately addictive.
“All This Time, Asleep” is the new single from London duo Charlotte Spiral and the title track of their upcoming third EP, produced by Mercury Prize nominated artist and celebrated producer Dave Okumu (Jessie Ware, Nilufer Yanya, Lianne La Havas, Joan As Police Woman).
Despite what the name infers, Charlotte Spiral are a duo formed by the enigmatic Amy Spencer and Avi Barath. Taken from the name of a figure-skating move, the two come together in a wonderful medley of lyrical heritage, and contemporary sentiment.
Lyrically, the single is predominantly self-reflective, as Amy explains: “‘All This Time, Asleep’ is based on an argument between myself and a loved one. I’m being rude and just saying whatever I like, feeling like a failure, spending so much time ‘looking for myself’ or trying to figure things out. Though while I’m doing this, I forget to think how they might be feeling, and to remember that we’re two people. Throughout the track, I wanted to describe the scene we were in: ‘trying on a new shirt’ was a metaphor used to portray that I want to try this new me out, but it might not fit. At the end of the song, I am lying in the shirt, fully ready to commit and be together. It does fit me…”
Today, Elton John and Britney Spears are thrilled to release the video for one of the biggest songs of 2022 and chart-topping smash hit “Hold Me Closer.”
Award-winning director, Tanu Muino, was brought on to bring this to life. Tanu Muino is best known for her impressive repertoire of renowned music videos such as Lil Nas X’s “Montero,” Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” Cardi B’s “Up,” Yungblud’s “Fleabag,” Lizzo’s “Rumors” and more.
Tanu Muino said, “This was an emotional one for me as I grew up with Britney. After seeing “SlaveFor You,” I decided that I wanted to become a video director. Elton John is an icon that I and the world grew up listening to,” On the creative direction, Muino continued, “Going into this video, I knew there would be a lot of emotional expectations the audience and fans would have. With this responsibility, I had to do something different and unexpected. The visuals had to be different. The dance had to be forward-thinking to raise eyebrows and make Elton and Britney proud. To capture this magic, we shot around all my favorite architectural locations in Mexico City and brought on choreographer Jacob Jonas who does the best contemporary choreography today. Getting the best dancers, crew, and access to some of the most private locations in the world was simple as everyone wanted to work with Elton John and be part of his legacy.”
Also announced, three collectible, limited-edition CD single formats of “Hold Me Closer” are available for pre-order today and set for release in November. Each of the three unique discs will feature different artwork; one with the original single sleeve and the remaining two with fan-voted art as the cover. Additionally, each CD will carry a different track list, all with the original “Hold Me Closer” song, with the second track varying between an extended version, a Joel Corry Remix, or a Purple Disco Machine Remix of the single on the remaining two. Link to come later.