Cryalot – the new project from Sarah Bonito of London-trio Kero Kero Bonito – today releases new single “Touch The Sun.”
“Touch The Sun” is taken from Cryalot’s debut Icarus EP out August 26 via AWAL and grounded in the Greek mythology of Icarus, son of the master craftsman Daedalus.
The second single from the enigmatic Sarah Bonito’s new project, “Touch The Sun” is a colorful, ethereal track pinned down by absorbing hyper-pop electronics and delicate vocals. Once again produced by Jennifer Walton, the track crystallizes the intense dichotomy that exists within the Cryalot universe with the trippy self-directed accompanying visuals providing further stark contrast to striking debut single ‘Hell Is Here’.
“Touch The Sun is about the feeling of being invincible and the unshakable belief that you can overcome any difficulties,” shares Sarah on the track’s, “It depicts the beginning of the Icarus story; celebrating the courage when he decides to take flight, the excitement of breaking free and knowing that leap of faith is worth all the risks.”
Cryalot – the new solo project from Sarah Bonito of London-trio Kero Kero Bonito – today releases debut single “Hell Is Here.”
“Hell Is Here” is taken from Cryalot’s debut Icarus EP – out August 26th and grounded in the Greek mythology of Icarus, son of the master craftsman Daedalus.
Produced by Jennifer Walton, debut single “Hell Is Here” draws from certain aesthetics of black metal with synths that evolve into warped guitars and Sarah’s screams echoing powerfully through the track. Sarah wrote the lyrics during a dark period in her life, harnessing the feelings of the remote reality she was stuck in. Sarah and Jennifer’s relationship stems back to Kero Kero Bonito, who Jennifer joined as a live member from 2018-2020. The brooding accompanying visuals were directed by Joshua Homer.
“Hell is Here is about defeat; it depicts the part of the Icarus story after he descends into the sea.” shares Sarah, “It explores this feeling of despair and powerlessness. Our world can twist so suddenly into a place where our reasons to live bring us no joy anymore. Nothing is the same… and it won’t be the same again. Hell is not below us, it’s here.”
Today, mxmtoon returns with her new album rising, which will be released on May 20th on AWAL. The album will be supported by a US tour with more dates already added in many major cities due to demand.
On “sad disco” mxmtoon tells us “i was 17 years old when i wrote my song “prom dress.” four years later, i sat and listened to it, wondering if the lyrics and ideas still resonated with my now 21-year-old self. i decided that it did, and it also didn’t. i’d grown up since i wrote that song and realized I wanted to make something that felt current to my individual. “sad disco” was the resolution to that desire. a song built with the same bones that “prom dress” was made from, but more reflective of the growth i’ve experienced in my own life since. it’s a song meant to make you find joy in the quiet, to emulate that feeling of being alone in your bedroom, blasting music through a pair of headphones in the middle of the night. in a way, it feels like an answer to the girl who wrote “prom dress” in the first place. serving as a reminder that she isn’t stuck on the floor with tears streaming down her face forever, but that she’ll grow up, and the loneliness she sometimes feels won’t define her. she can still choose to dance and have her own “sad disco.”
5/2 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
5/4 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/5 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
5/7 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *SOLD OUT*
5/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
5/10 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic
5/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
5/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
5/14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Market
5/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency *SOLD OUT*
5/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
5/20 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *SOLD OUT*
5/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda *SOLD OUT*
5/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
5/24 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
5/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Studio at The Factory
5/28 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn (Outdoors)
5/29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Downstairs
5/31 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham
6/1 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
6/3 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club *SOLD OUT*
6/4 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rozian Theatre
6/5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *SOLD OUT*
BANKS has officially announced today, details of her forthcoming fourth studio album SERPENTINA. Set for global release on April 8 via AWAL, the 13-track full-length was written and co-produced by BANKS, features previously released-fan favorites such as ‘Skinnydipped’ and ‘The Devil,’ as well as her latest single — released today — the rousing, anthemic ‘Holding Back,’
That sense of playfulness and reinvention is encapsulated in the album’s title. “Serpentine” was a word BANKS remembers doodling in her school journals, while the “a” at the end represents a feminization of that idea—an embodiment of a kind of snake queen, as BANKS describes it. “Snakes represent rebirth and the shedding of one’s skin,” she says. “They just move on, and I think that’s what life is about. Changing and transforming, with a little bit of danger, but also smooth and silky. It just felt like the perfect representation. This album feels regal to me, but also my most human ever. So I think it kind of touches both ends of the spectrum.”
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Girl In Red, Marie Ulven announces her debut album if I could make it go quiet out April 30 on AWAL. The album was written by Girl In Red, and co-produced by Matias Tellez. The album single “Serotonin” was co-produced by FINNEAS.
Of the album, Marie states: “if i could make it go quiet is an attempt to learn what it’s like to be human; to deal with the scariest parts of myself; to live with the pain of knowing i’m only flesh and bones; to be angry, broken and unforgiving yet still able to wear my heart on my sleeve; i’m shedding light on the darkest parts of my mind and i’m letting everyone in; if i could make it go quiet is me simply trying to understand what the fuck is going on.