royal teeth, “rivalry”

royal teeth, “rivalry”

New Orleans-based indie pop band Royal Teeth manages to meld vulnerability and a catchy beat together in their latest single “Rivalry.” The track highlights the ever-present rivalry between change and constancy — the inner turmoil of deciding whether to move on or not to move on. The lead vocals of Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson, paired with guitarist Thomas Onebane and drummer Josh Hefner, creates a  sound that allows the music to take hold of their listeners in an emotional way. The chorus stands out as the perfect example of how Royal Teeth can show off their own musical style— deeply honest lyrics to a toe-tapping beat so that it gets  stuck in your head:
Baby I’m not wasting no more time,
Drag my heart down one too many times,
Hold me steady give me one more try,
I made up my mind, I’m wasting no more time.

Be sure to check out Royal Teeth’s upcoming album Hard Luck, and keep up with them here.

gina été, “im rhy”

gina été, “im rhy”

Gina Été’s latest single “Im Rhy” comes with a music video that perfectly encapsulates the bittersweet feelings that come with change. The song, which is sung in Swiss German, is highlighted by the shadow puppet artistry of Barbara Steinitz and Peter Bräunig.. The puppets seem to tell the story of Été herself – a paper girl alone in a big city finds herself standing on a bridge, wanting to jump back into her past. The use of the unique, beautiful art of puppetry manages to make this particular video stand out among the sea of over-produced pop music videos. “Im Rhy” is heartbreakingly honest, and the poignant ambiance of both the song and video create an experience that most of us can relate to.

Be sure to check out the video, and keep up with Gina Été 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.

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.

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.