“Strange Fruit” was written by Abel Meeropol was recorded by Billie Holiday. It is a haunting song that is rarely covered. The video was recorded in February in observance of Black History Month.
Oceans of Slumber’s Cammie Gilbert has the following to say: “To overcome atrocity we must first acknowledge the crime. We must acknowledge that when actions go wrong they send a jagged line down the seam of history, corrupting our interactions, and marring our hearts. No one’s perspective can change the experience of another. No one’s modern resolve can undo the pain that was caused. History is challenging, history is frustrating, and history can be very depressing. But history provides us lessons for the present, and hopefully guidance for the future. It teaches us to combine our voices in the name of love, to strive against divisiveness becoming our nature, to uphold and help one another, so that never again does strange fruit hang from the poplar tree. Together we strive to perpetuate love by working together to unravel the hurt. Together we are strong, and together we can overcome anything.”
Imogen Clark will be releasing her EP The Making of Me in August. “Found Me” was written with Clare Bowen and her husband Brandon Robert Young. Clark is an artist from New South Wales and has toured the world. The EP was recorded in LA. Clark has a natural bridge of rock and country putting her somewhere between Taylor Swift and Bruce Springstein.
“Found Me” features an all women band. The track is an empowering piece about that place where you find yourself after leaving a relationship. For info visit https://www.imogenclark.com.au/
Alex the Astronaut will be releasing her debut album The Theory of Absolutely Nothing in August. Today she releases the single “Lost.” The lyrics of “Lost” talk about teenage pregnancy is an honest emotional way.
Alex the Astronaut speaks about the song: “Lost” is about trying to find your way and fix everything, and the moment where you’ve exhausted all options and have to accept the fact that there is so much that is completely out of your control: sometimes you will just feel lost. The song is pivoted around a moment of change when someone is walking new ground and they really don’t know what’s to come. For me it’s one of those “one goes out, one comes in” times when you lose what you hoped things would be like but you get to move through a different world that maybe will show you something you didn’t know you would see.”
Alex the Astronaut recently had a GoFundMe Campaign to raise money for PPE for a friend who works as nurse in NYC. The money goes to NYU Langone Hospital. As part of the GoFundMe Alex the Astronaut would shave her head. https://www.gofundme.com/f/masks-for-manhattan
Rachel Lorin started as a model and has evolved a stand out music style. Her career took off with Next Big Thing. She has changed and focuses on issues that young people face daily.
Her video “Crazy House” is a visual metaphor on different sides of a person. While the lyrics say “Lock Me Up In A Crazy House/If You Can’t Handle Me No More” the video playfully has a psychiatrist dealing with all sides of Rachel. For info visit https://www.rachellorinmusic.com/home
NYC band Hennessey will be releasing an EP this Sumer on Velvet Elk Records. Hennessy is Leah Hennessy, E.J. O’Hara & Noah Chevan. It a biting bit of nostalgia Hennessy revives the feel of the 80’s with this video.
Leah Hennessey on “Let’s Pretend (It’s the 80s)”:
“I think every generation feels like they’ve just missed out on the good times, when things were real, when gods walked the earth…This is kind of an ironic love letter to my generation; to those of us who grew up in the shadow of a lost New York, those of us who felt like our underground could only ever be an imitation of the Atlantis our parents were too fucked up to remember, kept alive in coffee table books and party documentaries and mood boards forever more. I’ve always felt like there was something a little wrong with me for not lusting after money (or security), for wanting to opt out and live in a fantasy world of costume jewelry, but more and more I’m realizing that’s a part of my generation’s downwardly mobile heritage. The system is broken, what can I say but “let’s dance?”
Describing Joan As Police Woman is like describing Jack White. She’s played everywhere with everyone. Her first EP came out in 2004 and last year’s Joanthology contained over 30 songs. She has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright to name a small few. Her latest single comes off her new album Cover Two, which is a collection of covers including The Strokes, Prince, Talk Talk and more.
“Under Control” by The Strokes is my favorite song of theirs,” says Joan. “I always heard it as a classic R&B song dressed up as a Strokes song, so I just reframed it the way I heard it naturally and did my best Brian May guitar playing.
Hey, King! Is Natalie London & Taylor Plecity. The duo recently signed to Anti- Records and will have their debut album produced by Ben Harper coming out next year.
“I wanted to call it ‘abandonment issues’ but nobody thought that was a catchy title,” London joked. “This is one of those songs that came out in one fell swoop. I was wandering around alone and just started singing to myself about all the ways I could feel myself fucking up. By the time I got back to my RV I pulled out a piece of paper and wrote it down from beginning to end. This song is about as straightforward as it gets from me. I’d like to think that vulnerability is the backbone of every song on this record but this one especially is hard at times to get through.”
The song may be about relationship issues but the video is anything but. The video is a combination tour diary and love story. For info visit https://heykingofficial.com/