amy guess, “sorry”

amy guess, “sorry”

Amy Guess is no stranger to music, as she started her career at the age of 12 by moving to Las Vegas. She’s worked with producer Rusty Varenkamp which led  “Moonlight” to grab over 500,000 views. But “Moonlight” was just the start as Guess is a sought after collaborator in the EDM scene.

I love EDM, and what I love about Amy is that she not only has the beats in her music to qualify her as “EDM”, but she also has the vocals to carry herself into other genres making herself flexible as an artist. “Sorry” confirms this as it’s clearly personal with lyrics like “but how could I have been so blind” and “wish I could say I feel your pain”.  “We write our stories, we define our breaking point, no one can destroy in us what we refuse to allow them to. Only we hold those keys. Know your strength, know your worth, always keep your head high,” Amy says on her latest single.
 

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arlo, “homecoming”

arlo, “homecoming”

At first listen, ARLO‘s new track “Homecoming”, one may be confused if this is a potential electronic dance song, or a pop ballad. ARLO manages to find the distinct balance in “Homecoming” making sure that his soft voice perfectly matches the beats backing him. “Homecoming” is an honest and raw plea to his lover begging them to come home. As the song progressives, his pleas get louder with lyrics such as “they don’t know you like I do.”  ARLO is nothing but persistent on “Homecoming” which is sure to catalyst success into his future singles. 

i “wonder” where sharaya summers has been all my life?

i “wonder” where sharaya summers has been all my life?

With a name like Sharaya Summers, you’re either A) bound to success, B) bound to a pretty voice, or C) both.  Sharaya gets a C in my opinion.  The Portland native just released her new single “Wonder” and it could not be sweeter.  I hate to compare Stevie Nicks to anyone but Sharaya Summers is the Stevie for the generation below me, slightly infused with a hint of Lana Del Rey’s sultriness.  Summers’ voice is syrupy sweet with lyrics such as “…hush now don’t you go”, “if we go the right way”, and my favorite “do you still wonder…do you still wonder?’ 

The song touches me, which means she did excellent job, and even reminded me of someone I used to be super close with.  It’s awesome when music has that effect, and “Wonder” will have you head in a circle of thoughts. 

For all things Sharaya, go to www.sharayasummers.com

alice boman {video}

alice boman {video}

Alice Boman is no Alison Wonderland,  but her new single “End of Time” will leave you at the bottom of the rabbit hole.  The track is chilling and Alice’s gentle voice grabs you as she proclaims in the opening lyric  “I would take your pain…if I could, I would take it all, I swear I would.”  The chorus is equally as chilling with an old timey feel backed by a guitar and Boman stating, “Let me love you and I will love you, until the end of time.” 

I liked the song when I first heard it, but you have to watch the video.  In fact, I recommend listening to the song first, then watching the video for the full effect.  Directed by Jeanne Lula Chauveau, the video loyally backs the 70’s vibe the song deserves while making you contemplate if you can afford flying to Europe and saying good bye to a lover you’ll never see again.  For me, listening to end of time felt as if I needed to be in a lavender field while wearing a yellow dress as I proclaimed my eternal youth.  Alice’s “End of Time” is good all on it’s own, but an even better way to enjoy it would be with your journal and a glass of red wine. 

To hear more of this beautiful soul visit https://aliceboman.bandcamp.com

local natives, “colombia” (demo)

local natives, “colombia” (demo)

Local Natives sound familiar? They should as they just celebrated the fifth anniversary of their LP Hummingbird.  Hummingbird was released in 2013, and definitely allowed the band to make a name for themselves since then.  You may know, them their top singles including “Wide Eyes” and “Dark Days” have reeled in over 30,000,000 streams on Spotify.  The band recently commemorated their success and retention as one of the leading names in alternative by giving us a melodic demo of “Colombia”, co-produced by Aaron Dessner and performed at Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.    

If getting a listen to that wasn’t generous, a behind the scenes look at the making of their new album can be found on their Tumblr.  For all things Local Natives and to keep up with their new album visit them on Twitter.