Kahiem Rivera’s new track “Sing About Me” is the result of a spur-of-the-moment, late night inspiration, and it is complemented with the beat of Kendrick Lamar’s song with the same name. Not only is the beat Kendrick’s – Rivera’s lyrics exude the same brutal honesty and harsh reality of growing up. However, the story that these lyrics tell is entirely his own. It is also extremely relevant to today’s society, even referencing the political discourse we talk about every single day:
“Fall of ’16, stuck inside and not seeing clear, Plus we elected who? Man, I need another beer.”
Rivera tells a very personal story – it is raw and real and quite dark at times. And with a little bit of help from Kendrick Lamar, he delivers an emotional, well-written track.
Kacy Moon, a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, has released a new track in collaboration with Australian producer Szabo. “What Do I Do?” is a far cry from her days as a world champion in martial arts. It’s a catchy dance-pop tune that fits right in with the upbeat nature of America’s top 40. You find yourself singing along to the chorus by the time it rolls around a second time. Also, the lyrics are relatable in the way that pop music tends to be. Moon laments about a past love who she can’t seem to forget despite their differences:
“Baby, then I look right into your eyes and I can’t help but to melt.
I feel it rewind and it takes me to a place I would rather be.
What do I do?”
The song is bubbly and fun, and seems to bring a bit of Moon’s own personality to the music scene.
The four-piece band from North Carolina named Echo Courts has a new single and it is charming in every way. It is catchy, upbeat, and incredibly nostalgic. “Take Away” has this innocent, high-school-teen-romance-movie kind of vibe, which is what makes the song so appealing. It takes me back to the late nights at the local movie theater and bonfire parties in my friend’s backyard. It encapsulates the feeling of summer in the way that only indie pop can. Matching its easygoing tone, the lyrics are simple but poignant: “In the earliest of evenings, I know that you think of me … Well, all I’m asking is will you come take me away?” Echo Courts really delivers with their latest single, and is a testament to my high expectations for their upcoming album Room With A View, which comes out on July 13th.
Keep up with the band here and try to catch them on tour.
English trio Muncie Girls are cooler than ever in their new video for “Picture of Health,” the lead single from their second album Fixed Ideals, which is set to come out on August 31. Lead vocalist/guitarist Lande Hekt, along with guitarist Dean McMullen and drummer Luke Ellis, create an anthem for friendship with a sound that is reminiscent of the early days of Paramore and 90s pop-punk. The video captures the song’s theme in a real and organic way, right down to the silver fidget spinner. This is a modern-day representation of what it’s like to maintain a friendship and how we tend to get in our own heads, worrying about problems that don’t even exist. “Picture of Health” is a song that everyone can relate to, with a poignant video that emphasizes the importance of platonic love that is very refreshing to see.
Keep up with the band here, and don’t forget to preorder their upcoming album.
Mallrat’s new EP, In the Sky, is electrifying and emotional in every way. She seems to take a piece of you and a piece of herself, giving the songs a personal yet nostalgic tone with sweet pop melodies. She also incorporates the beauty of nature in many ways, whether it be in the cover art, the accompanying videos on Spotify, or in the album title itself. It’s clear that she is inspired by everything around her, which is clearly shown in each song.
The EP opens with the cool simplicity of “Groceries.” It has a steady, bouncing beat and acoustic guitar that gives it an upbeat vibe. But the lyrics are surprisingly deep: “I just want to get groceries” shows emotional depth about what you want in a relationship. “Texas” starts off as a ballad with pretty harmonies, but as the song goes on, it becomes a track that makes you want to dance around your room. “Better” is an upbeat song with painfully honest lyrics. Her voice croons about young optimism: “Everyone’s alive so everything’s alright.” At the same time, she reminds us of how fleeting everything is when you’re young and growing up: “Maybe when the summer ends / I’ll drift away from all my friends.” This song was a personal favorite, and it really shows how personal her lyrics can be. UFO sounds like a summer Top 40 hit with its electro-pop vibe and a rap verse from fellow Australian artist Allday. The EP ends with “Make Time,” which is more subdued than the rest. it allows you to daydream and think about someone you miss.
Mallrat’s cool, unique sound is taking over the world. Not only does she sing and write her own songs, but she co-produced every song on this EP. At only 19 years old, she is a powerhouse of talent and passion.