Los Angeles, CA’s Zella Day is thrilled to release a brand new song called “Golden” today via Concord Records. “Golden” is full of luminous harmonies, a shimmery, skirt-twirling disco beat, and one of the best choruses Day has ever written. A video for the song, directed by Corey “Titanic” Sinclair, and concepted by Day and Titanic, can also be seen today as well.
Says Day about the song, “The Genesis of ‘Golden’ happened as a tornado was tearing through Nashville and whispers of a global pandemic were evolving past a rumor. I was in Alabama writing with John Paul White as my phone was lighting up with messages from friends and family back home. I was supposed to drive back to Nashville that evening, but plans changed like the weather. In the stillness of the studio, ‘Golden’ was written communicating with powers beyond my control, expressing and coping with the magnitude of the situation by creating art; singing a melody into the moment to address its fragility and infinite beauty.“
“Golden” is a taste of Zella Day’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this fall. Recorded with producer Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), the album features guest turns by Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn, Day’s longtime collaborator John Velasquez, drums by Autolux’s Carla Azar, and bass by Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor.
“Golden” follows the release of the songs “Dance For Love” and “Girls,” and all of them will be featured on Day’s sophomore album. Day’s forthcoming sophomore album follows 2020’s EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach, and released by Concord Records.
Day is a recently-announced addition to this year’s ACL lineup for both weekends, in addition to playing this year’s Beachlife Festival, taking place in Redondo Beach, CA the weekend of September 10th, 2021. The singer is also set to open for the acclaimed band Silversun Pickups on select dates this fall.
2021 TOUR DATES:
Date City Venue
Wed Sept 8 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
Fri Sept 10 – Mon Sept 13 Redondo Beach, CA Beachlife Festival
Sun Sept 12 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
Tues Sept14 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Wed Sept 15 Reno, NV Virginia Street Brewhouse
Thurs Sept 16 Napa, CA JaM Cellars Ballroom
Fri Oct 1 – Sun Oct 3 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
Bailey Callahan is releasing her album The A & B Sides on June 4, 2021. Today she releases the music video of the single “City Lights.” Produced and directed by Logen Christopher for Storm Light Pictures, the clip was shot on the streets of downtown Nashville with the illusion of being in New York City.
“‘City Lights’ is the deepest song I’ve ever written,” said Bailey. “In the moment of writing it, I didn’t realize how much it matched up to what I was going through until after the fact. It’s not only the deepest song I’ve recorded, but also the most vulnerable. I think admitting you’re not okay is a really strong thing to do. This song was about me being lost and looking for a way to ease my mind/heart.”
Bailey wrote four of the songs on The A & B Sides solo and partnered with Jared Anderson, Johnny Clawson, Davis Branch and Kyle Sturrock on the remaining five. The album was produced by Robbie Artress (Priscilla Block).
Texas singer-songwriter Alex McArtor is releasing her EP Welcome to the Wasteland on June 25. The album was recorded in Nashville with Owen Lewis. McArtor’s style is a mix of country and dream pop that lingers after the song. She previously released the single “Wasteland.” Today she releases the single “Baby Don’t Cut Your Hair for Anyone.”
Nashville-based Madi Diaz marks a full restart of her artistic career with “Man In Me,” her poignant debut single/video for ANTI-. It’s a first taste of how Diaz has worked at perfecting the craft of delivering a full spectrum of emotions via songs stripped to their most confrontational and raw form. This song was produced by Diaz with additional production by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver). Across reverberating guitar strums and light piano, Diaz’s voice is evocative as she makes frank observations about a past relationship: “Do you imagine me differently // Cause when I met you swore that you saw me // When you think I might be someone else // Does it turn you on.” As the track continues, Diaz’s vocals swell exponentially, only to be drawn back to a fading note.
“‘Man In Me’ was the first song I sat down to record for myself in about six years, which is the reason I thought it was so important to release first. It’s a very intimately visceral moment, a sort of play-by-play inner monologue, taking my first steps through a really hard time.” The accompanying video, directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos, “emphasizes the intensity of a moment held and held and held. For me, this video is like holding a stare for so long that it hurts. It’s like knowing you should let go, but you keep holding on cause you can’t say ‘when,’ and playing with that tension lying right beneath the surface. You know something’s up, but you just can’t put your finger on it.”
Lydia Luce came from a strict musical family. She has a master’s in viola from UCLA.
Luce says, “I am grateful for my classical upbringing and that I’ve gotten to absorb a diverse education in music. Ultimately it all brought me to this space of getting to create from experiences that are only mine.”
Luce is getting ready to release her sophomore album Dark River.