Folk-influenced male/female indie pop band The National Parks has released their new single “UFO” and announced a new album, A Mix For The End Of The World – Part 1, will be released on Friday, October 8th.
“We are so excited to be sharing ‘UFO’ and announcing part 1 of our new album A Mix for the End of the World,” shares lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks. “We hope this song and all the songs we’ll be releasing can help people feel like they aren’t alone in the crazy times we are living in. Even in heavy times, there is so much beauty to be found in the simple moments with the people we love most.”
At 21, singer-songwriter mxmtoon stands tall as one of the brightest and most engaging voices of her generation. Known for her dreamy folk-pop and introspective lyricism, the Oakland-raised, Brooklyn-based artist is also a gamer, podcaster, and activist, who has built a deep, symbiotic connection with millions of fans through a steady stream of content on TikTok, Twitch, Instagram, YouTube, and Discord. Last week mxmtoon – a.k.a. Maia – released her True Colors EP in tandem with the highly anticipated Life Is Strange: True Colors game, and today she shares the music video for the EP’s latest single “in the darkness.”
Maia says, “Making this music video was so much fun, and working with Mika and his team was also a pleasure. The “in the darkness” video is very much meant to highlight the emotional energy of the game it was written for, Life is Strange: True Colors. Incorporating game footage with the background panels in the video really lent itself to trying to create an immersive experience of both live performance and electronic graphics. In the times we’re in right now, sometimes our most wondrous experiences happen through a screen, and the lines between real life experience and online ones are becoming increasingly blurred. My hope with this music video is to show how fantastical video games, computer generated graphics, and more can be their own visually stimulating adventure that’s fun for viewers and people to spectate. Also it meant I got to play around with a lot of fun light panels!”
Adia Victoria will release her new album, A Southern Gothic. Today she reveals a new single off the LP, her take on Ernest B McTell’s “You Was Born To Die.” The track and accompanying video feature guest appearances by Jason Isbell, Margo Price, and Kyshona Armstrong. Adia shares:
“Last year the lessons I have learned on my walk in the blues—the business of love, lies, loss and spectacular death—surrounded my every waking though like armor. In a society that attempts so suppress death into the unspoken, the blues has allowed me to death in dance’s face and sing her entire name.
“You Was Born To Die” is a celebration of the impermanence of any imprint we hope in vain to leave on this world. Like any blues worth the name, it is an invitation to stand apart and stare askew back on a world become ridiculous.
I asked Kyshona and Margo Price to join me in the Blueswomen work of singing herself beyond the regard of their men.
I invited Jason Isbell to join us in these blues because he make a guitar talk like it can speak to the devil.”
Los Angeles-based electro indie-pop duo Magdalena Bay—a.k.a. Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin—will release their long-awaited debut album next month, and today they share another taste of the forthcoming record. The band says the dramatic “You Lose!” is about trying to be a musician and feeling like time for success is always running out. It’s definitely melodramatic, describing ourselves as aging and nearing death, but sometimes it really feels that way.”
Entirely written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Magdalena Bay, Mercurial World will be released on October 8 via Luminelle.
Hatchie, the project of Brisbane, Australia’s Harriette Pilbeam, has signed to Secretly Canadian and shared a video for her new single “This Enchanted.”
Of the song, Pilbeam says, “‘This Enchanted’ encapsulates everything I wanted to do moving forward from my first album. I started writing it with Jorge and Joe in February 2020 and completed it from afar in lockdown later in the year. We had been talking about making something dancey but shoegaze.”
“It’s one of the more lighthearted, lyrically vague songs of my new recordings about falling in love; it’s not a perfect relationship, but you’re enthralled by one another and it’s an easy love,” she continues. “It’s one of the most fun songs I’ve written, so it was a no-brainer to pick it as my first solo release in almost two years. It feels so right to be working with a label as exciting as Secretly as I step into new territory with Hatchie. I’ve been counting down the days until its release for a long time.”