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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.

Album Review: Jesse O’Neill – “Talkin’ Paradox Blues”

Jesse O’Neill is a New York-based acoustic blues/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. The very first time that I saw Jesse O’Neill’s name was in Corina Corina‘s first album, The Eargasm, when he played guitar on her song “Dear Amy”. Then, I heard and reviewed the Max Caddy album (a collaborative project between Jesse and Corina Corina), which I loved and still find myself listening to every now-and-then.

Hunny Gale – “Get Back”

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Hunny Gale is a musical theatre-trained singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California, that claims her genre as being “rock n’ soul” (at least, that’s what it says on her Facebook page). Primed to release her debut EP, titled Dream No More, she put out her first single a few days ago. Through warm, midtempo guitars, clapping snare sounds, and an easy-going vibe, produced by Daniel J. W!shington, “Get Back” finds Hunny Gale singing a romantic song about being away from the one she loves and looking forward to returning back into his arms, because their love is kinda magic. There’s a sweet folk-soul sound in this song and, along with the happy, love-induced lyrics, it pulls at me in a comforting way. I can’t help but smile. Stream the song and look out for her EP tomorrow.

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.

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.

BURIERS – “Fool’s Errand” video

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in on the BURIERS (@buriersofficial), and I feel so sorry for that. However, upon seeing what they’ve been up to, I saw that they are releasing a 2-song cassette single on August 24th, over at I Had An Accident Records. They put out a music video for the B-side of that cassette, for a song called “Fool’s Errand”. As to be expected, James P Honey penned a powerful, poetic spoken word rap that seems to be some social commentary on human decay and the world today, over a chanting drum beat.

Miya Folick – “Oceans”

Miya Folick (@miyafolick) is a Los Angeles-based singer that describes her music as being “grunge folk”. “Oceans” is her latest song, and it finds her channeling a delicate sound, as she begins the song by gracefully singing over the gentle plucks of a guitar, while evoking feelings of loneliness and defeat (“I am a loser, already lost“). It wasn’t until the 2-minute mark that my head turned, feeling wholly captivated, when drums and an extra guitar rushed in, and there was vengeful emotion and strength breaking through her passionate vocals. It’s kind of a conversation with herself, reminding her that it’s OK to feel sad and/or afraid.