nick murphy, “dangerous”

nick murphy, “dangerous”

Australian artist Nick Murphy is reminiscing on lost love in “Dangerous.” His latest single is from the upcoming album Run Fast Sleep Naked. “Dangerous” is a poignant song with deeply cutting lyrics about the pain of breaking up and the what-if’s that come with it. The chorus questions that inner turmoil, partnered with a groovy, syncopated beat:

Now what do I do,
maybe I’m dangerous.
According to you,
it could’ve been love with us,
was it all a lie?

Murphy’s voice is quite soulful, and paired with his lyrics, “Dangerous” is a lovely little track to behold – one that has you singing along after a while, as well as thinking back to all the past loves of your own life. 

Be sure to check out Run Fast Sleep Naked, due out April 26th. Keep up with Mick Murphy here.

talker, “wolf like me”

talker, “wolf like me”

Self-proclaimed grunge pop baby talker’s latest venture is a cover of an iconic mid-2000s rock track – TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me.” It’s a high energy, lyrically passionate song that talker manages to make her own. The music video is quite simple, showing talker and the band recording in a studio, which allows for the music to be the focal point. talker’s voice brings a unique, edgy femininity to the song. Her cover is cool and effortless, and it makes you want to dance around until its time to press replay again.

For more talker, check out her latest EP Horror Films, and keep up with her on Facebook or Instagram.

mrs. greenbird, dark waters

mrs. greenbird, dark waters

The musical duo Mrs. Greenbird have created a deeply soulful sound with lyrics to match in their latest album Dark Waters. The folksy harmonies of Steffen Brückner paired with Sarah Nücken’s unique voice are what makes this a truly beautiful record. It’s reminiscent of another duo’s sound — Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová of The Swell Season and Once fame. While Mrs. Greenbird has a similar aesthetic, they manage to create something that is entirely their own. Their voices, along with the gentle guitar and melancholic lyrics, result in the kind of music that is brutally honest as well as poetic.

The album is quite well-rounded in terms of theme. The darker, more cynical sides of life and love are highlighted in songs such as “Careless Heart,” “1965,” and title track “Dark Waters,” while others like “One Day in June” and “Learn How To Love You” are more idealistic and romantic. One of the stand out songs is called “The Simple Things.” While every song is hauntingly beautiful, something about this particular one struck a chord in me. It’s about experiencing loss and trying to find yourself afterwards, how we tend to forget the pleasure of simple things in life.

Dark Waters is a feat of folk indie pop with a hint of country and a splash of blues, yet it works to form a great record. It’s perfect for almost any mood — a scenic walk, a long drive, a rainy day, a time to let out a much-needed cry.  

Be sure to check out their latest album on April 12th, and keep up with the latest on Mrs. Greenbird here.

between friends, we just need some time together

between friends, we just need some time together

BETWEEN FRIENDS’ latest EP is, to put it simply, good pop music. we just need some time together is the product of brother/sister duo Savannah and Brandon Hudson, along with drummer Brennan Benko. Together, they capture the essence of LA youth and the ability to view their art through the lens of dreamy, carefree pop songs.

The EP is a slice of the colorful contemporary fantasy, and everything about it, from the song titles to the floral album art to the absence of capital letters, screams cool. Tracks like “iloveyou” and “better friends” are dangerously catchy would fit seamlessly in the world of today’s top 40, with its distinct synthesized production. Each song comes with its own electric beat and memorable hooks, but there are also more emotionally compelling, relatable moments. One of the things that stood out to me was a lyric that is repeated throughout “affection:”

“I’m laying on the floor, we’re drinking ‘cause we’re bored.”

These words, paired with quiet harmonies and a tripped out guitar riff, created such an atmospheric sound that made this my favorite track. Ultimately, the EP ends with “blushing!” and the presence of a reassurance in the form of romantic lyrics:

“I see you, we watch stars on the pavement,
I kinda like your face.”

we just need some time together is the perfect summer record, capturing the feeling of being young, in love, and completely and utterly carefree.

Listen to the EP here, and keep up with the band here.

saltwater sun, the great deceiver

saltwater sun, the great deceiver

UK-based band Saltwater Sun’s newly released EP may only have three songs, but each one is unique and provides a truly electric listening experience. “Trying” is the funky opening track with some really great guitar riffs paired with a showcase of lead singer Jen Stearnes’ strong vocals – especially towards the end of the song as she belts out a disclaimer about somebody she can’t seem to forget about:

“It goes to show that’s the way I go on, still thinking about you.”

“The Great Deceiver” serves as the title track and has a more subdued vibe compared to the rest of the EP, but that doesn’t mean the lyrics are any less biting. As the title suggests, the song is all about how we are our own great deceiver. And amidst the indie pop sound, the lyrics explore the ideas of self-worth and confidence.

The final song, “Blood,” was my favorite of the three tracks. It opens up with an atmospheric ten seconds before bursting through with an alternative rock song that fills you up with a catchy guitar jam and deeply existential lyrics. It’s energetic in the way an uplifting pop song is, but deals with the angst of personal loss. Stearnes’ voice sings out for those we’ve lost, but her lyrics also bring about an important message – that those who die never really leave us:

“Every thought, every time, this is how you never die.”

The Great Deceiver is a truly beautiful collection of songs with an undeniable vigor, approaching things like self-worth, love, and grief in an unconventionally upbeat way that allows their listeners to feel a sense of hope by the end of it.Be sure to check out their music, and keep up with Saltwater Sun here.