Dallas-based songstress Emmeline sets the stage for her most recent single “Superheroes” with the sound of rolling thunder and rain, her vocals easing into the track in a very Jessica Rabbit way, if we do say so ourselves. Emmeline’s vocal range makes her perfect for the stage, the song itself incredibly theatric and layered in a fun and powerful way.
If it had been up to us, this would have been the anthem for the Women’s March, but who are we?
Pop artist Ella Vos has created yet another earworm with new track “Temporary”. Coming from her new EP titled Watch & Wait, out January 25th, the song itself is like a shot of adrenaline in a quiet, meaningful, and ethereal way. Ella’s vocals alone could carry your energy for a few days off of one song, but her consistent reminder throughout that “Time is solely temporary” reminds us to take it all in stride as well. You’ll want to keep this one in your back pocket.
KONGOS ‘ groovy appeal is almost enigmatic. Their fun melodies and the band’s chemistry might stem from the fact that the four-piece is comprised of brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny Kongos. Now based in Arizona, the band released their latest full-length – a 10-track project titled 1929, Pt. 1 – on January 18th. “Something New” speaks of things we can all relate to, whether political, music-wise (And if you are, this new album hits that spot!), or in our relationships. With a percussion-led instrumental section, “I Am Not Me” is a self-reflective song, infused with a fun beach feel, despite its melancholic lyrics. While “Stand Up” has more of an ethereal soundscape, “Pay for the Weekend” reeks of rock n’ roll.
“Wild Hearts” slows it all down quite a bit, simplifying the landscape for us and injecting every line with the deepest intention of emotion we’ve yet to be exposed to. Ever. While “Real Life” speeds the pace up a bit, “Keep Your Head” is the obvious party track of them all, working guitar licks in and around a pop-rock vibe we are 100% on board with. “Everything Must Go” goes into a very obvious U2 direction. A ballad, if you will. “When You’re Here” breaks it all down into an easy breezy soundscape – worthy of the warmest of weather – and the album is rounded out nicely with the robust, intense sounds of “4543”. Quirky enough to keep our ears perked, we’re probably going to be spinning this title for the remainder of the day.
Today, singer/songwriter Kiki Halliday released both the track and the accompanying visual for her single “Majesty”. Soulful, raspy vocals electrify the track, simplified acoustic guitar that sets the songstress in center stage from the first notes of the track. The video itself is comprised of varying camera angles highlighting Halliday’s relaxed live performance vibes, as she sings in a seemingly empty room. The dusty colors and soft shading set the tone for the track itself, and we’re certain this is the beginning of a long, beautiful road for Halliday.
St. Petersburg-based trio Polyenso – comprised of Brennan Taulbee, Denny Agosto, and Alexander Schultz – recently released their new EP Year of the Dog, and we’ve got some thoughts. Beginning with a swirling, ethereal energy in “Neon Mirror”, the cacophony of sound these musicians create together is poetic in its existence, only further so with the addition of vocals woven throughout with an electricity that is undeniable. “Bastard” has a bit more of an experimental feel to it, but the percussion makes us want to dance down the street, essentially turning our walk into a musical number. That’s got to say something, doesn’t it?
“Happy” has a bit of a melancholic feel to its soundscape, further perpetuated by the lyrics. While “I Go You Go” definitely has the charm of a late night dance track, to be enjoyed in a sweaty underground somewhere in Manhattan, the instrumental versions of each track take us back through a host of emotions, living through the same pattern twice over the course of one EP. We’re pretty impressed, and know you will be too!