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WILD – “Vagabond”

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WILD‘s second, and most recent, single is a relatable pop song about struggling to figure out who you are and questioning the uncertainty of your future. I love that the band pairs a strong, uptempo melody with poignant lyrics, and that it’s not entirely about wondering where you fit in, but that it’s also a battle cry to break free from self-doubt. I like it, probably more than the first one.

WILD – “Back To You”

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While their faces have been covered with animal masks, WILD is a Los Angeles-based pop band between Kristina Antuna (vocals), Zach DeGaetano (vocals, guitar) and Tyler Thompson (guitar). The trio has a debut album on the horizon, but I heard their feel-good song about a loved one, called “Back To You”, today and I had to share it. Their warm, pure vocals shine over galloping percussion and uptempo country-style guitars, while the lyrics go on about messing up a good thing and fighting to get that love back (“I’m gonna follow my heart back to you // You’re the one thing I can’t stand to lose“). Give it a listen, and look out for another single later today.

Geographer – “Age of Consent” (New Order cover)

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Geographer, a San Francisco-based indie pop / electronic musician (named Mike Deni), covered new wave band New Order’s “Age of Consent” song. Keeping the slinky synths and bouncy strings in the lead, he twists the song with a little more of a laid-back melody, and his soulful pop vocals are so silky smooth, calm and beautiful. This is my first introduction to Geographer, even though they’ve been around for nearly a decade, and I’d say this is a fine starting point (as I find myself listening to more on Youtube).

Upon research, I learned that this cover came out a few years ago, and appeared in the commercial introduction of the iPad Mini. But, this song is included in the band’s Endless Motion Vol. 1 EP, which included 4 other covers, and came out this past December. Give “Age of Consent” a listen.

Astrid S – “Hyde” video

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Astrid Smeplass, known today as Astrid S, is a Norwegian pop singer and songwriter whose musical journey began at an early age when she learned piano at 6-years-old and began writing songs as a young teenager. She got noticed when she was 16-years-old, having auditioned in the Norwegian version of American Idol, in 2013, and then made it through to fifth place (see all of her performances in this 20-minute video). Now at 19-years-old, she has dropped three singles (“Shattered” and “2AM” released in 2013 and 2014, respectively); she won “Best Norwegian Act” in the MTV Europe Music Awards this year; and she has a brand new single (“Hyde”, which I’m sharing today) that released late October and its accompanying video has racked up nearly 90K views since its release on November 5th.

GLASS – “What It Is To Believe” video + Q&A

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GLASS is a pop band from London, England, made up of front-woman Jessica Winter and guitarist Scott Rimington. Although the two started making music together in 2012, “What It Is To Believe” is their first official single… and music video!

Through galloping drums and smooth piano playing, we hear Jessica’s soft, angelic voice lingering through the uptempo, danceable beat, to sing a short, yet poetic song that is about the power of belief. Joined by a thick buzzing bassline and hints of bright keys, the ghostly “ooooohhhhs” of the bridge will almost put you in a trance (if her voice hasn’t already). In the video, Jessica is dressed in an all-white jumpsuit with slicked-back hair, and we see her leading a man into the bar’s bathroom. However, when she comes out, she is drenched in blood, joyously dancing after what seems to be an exhilarating experience, and blissfully unaware of her wrong-doings.

Monogem – “Gone”

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Monogem is the alias of singer-songwriter Jen Hirsh, who creates dreamy, disco-tinged pop music that has minor elements of funk and soul. The California singer released her debut, self-titled EP earlier this year, and is currently working on new music.

In fact, she released a brand new song a couple of days ago, called “Gone”. This is the first time I’ve heard her music, so when I clicked play on this song, it reminded me of 90’s/early 2000’s dance-pop music, and I was drawn into it. Her voice has a low-toned sweetness with a classic soul flare, and her vocals shine over a dance-inducing synth-pop beat, while she sings a girl-power anthem about independence and being single (“I am gone, ’cause I can do it better // All alone, you’re never gonna get it, dear // Good bye, no matter what you do or say // I am gone, ’cause I can do it better on my own“). It also served as a fun pick-me-up song that I sent to my best friend, who is going through a breakup, so that’s great. Give it a listen below!

A Yawn Worth Yelling – “Start Somewhere” video

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After releasing their Play Pretend EP, on September 18th, the San Jose-based pop band A Yawn Worth Yelling dropped a music video for “Start Somewhere”. The song is fun with bright pop vocals over a group of guitars, one of which is the tropical sound of a ukulele, and uptempo drums. The music video’s concept matches that of the lyrics, being about chasing love despite the unknown end result. Watch the video, directed by Maya Hernandez and edited by Matt Maloney.

SOUNDCHECK: Black Honey

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I clicked play on a song by Black Honey today, called “Corrine”, and about 20 seconds in, they had me as an intrigued fan. I clicked “like” and “repost” on Soundcloud, and began my who-are-they search, so I could share them with you! Having formed in mid-2014, Black Honey is an, indie rock band from Brighton, UK, that’s led by front-woman Izzy Bee Phillips, along with 3 cool dudes rocking out on the instruments, named Christ Ostler, Tommy Taylor, and Tom Dewhurst.

A Yawn Worth Yelling – “Start Somewhere” & “Lonely Prisoner”

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I like music that reminds me of my past, and that’s what A Yawn Worth Yelling‘s music does for me. They are an indie pop band from San Jose, California, whose music makes me think back to my teenager years, when I was listening to pop/pop-punk bands like Hellogoodbye, The Starting Line, The Rocket Summer, New Found Glory, and The All-American Rejects (to name a few). So, when I heard the music that I’m sharing today, I felt in familiar, comfortable territory. I like it.

Chic Gamine – “Light A Match” video

With a 5-year gap between studio albums, Chic Gamine (@chicgamine) are releasing their third album on October 23rd, called Light A Match. The last I heard from them was when I interviewed the group in 2013, who have since said goodbye to founding member Ariane Jean, and in came multi-instrumentalist Benoit Morier (pictured in white in the photo above). Pushing an evolved, more pumped-up sound, the group released their title track today and matched it with a music video, too.

Kiiara – “Feels”

Yesterday, I clicked play on Kiiara‘s (@kiiaraonline) “Feels” song over at Soundcloud and I’m feelin’ it! I don’t remember who re-posted it, for it to show up on my SC timeline, but I’m glad that they did. She makes music that could be described as futuristic R&B mixed with dreamy pop. This Illinois-based singer-songwriter is a newcomer to the music scene, with a debut EP, titled Meet Me in the Cornfield, on the way. She currently has 3 singles out: “Gold”, “Tennessee” and, most recently, “Feels”. I like them all so far (go listen to them here), but I’m here to share the song that put me onto her.

SOAK – “Sea Creatures” (Live on 89.3 The Current)

I was new to SOAK (@soakofficial) up until last night, when I watched her live performance of “Sea Creatures” over at The Current Youtube channel. Then, like anyone who gets put onto someone new and fantastic, I went to Youtube to listen to more! SOAK is an 18-year-old Irish singer-songwriter that released her debut album, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, on June 1st (2nd in the USA), over at Rough Trade Records.