Anybody else ready to see an improvement in climate change law and the way we take advantage of our precious baby Earth? Alt-pop collective Little Dume has taken their environmentally conscious thoughts and placed them in their first 5 track EP, Waking Up. Theatrical and intense, the entirety of the release could be found in the soundtrack to a romance novel-turned modern major motion picture. Perhaps it’s their location in Malibu that brings the message of the environment to us disguised within sticky sweet pop sounds, either way we’re falling in love with their musicianship while “Waking Up” to the beauty to be lost.
A true love song, “As Always” showcases a raspier, slightly grittier soundscape. It utilizes the metaphor of natural disaster alongside descriptions of other gorgeous scenery to play with the meaning of love and the collective, it seems. Don’t be disappointed that Beyonce doesn’t make an appearance on “Halo”, the song itself is more Coldplay than anything else sonically (fight me). It’s gorgeous, and plays with the meaning of “bad” and “good”.
For some reason, we get quick flashbacks to music from The Cab with the opening of “That Could Be Me”, another clear love ballad that is hopeful and emotional, vocals that rip to your very core. “Kings and Saints” wraps up the EP smartly. It can be classified as a leisurely then powerful self-reflective and, once again, hopeful song, reminiscent of the energy of recent Top 40 releases. (Cough cough nudge nudge.)
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on civilization as a whole is no small feat, and celebrating just one day every year is simply not enough. But we will do what we can with what we are given, and today I am proud to share the impactful new track from jazz musician Ben Williams titled “We Shall Overcome.” The pace is slow, the soundscape feels sultry, but there is a sense of pain in the delivery that makes it obvious from the first “We Shall Overcome” that this song is an anthem. The pace stays at a crawl, almost mimicking the dramatic effect of each and every step taken during Memphis’ historic 1968 African American sanitation workers’ strike, for which the title of the song was chosen.
Celebrate your strength and abilities. Take a moment with this song and really feel it, and take on the support and love those who inspired this track showed the world. It’s our turn to raise each other’s voices and to treat each other with the dignity, respect, and love we all deserve. This song will ensure that.
I AM A MAN is out February 7th. Keep up with Ben Williams here.
Queer rap extraordinaire Mykki Blanco‘s late December hit “Lucky” has paved the way for a gorgeous partnership between the storied artist and Dazed & Gucci. A new live-performance take on the track, it is full of warm colors, a feeling of community, and a glimpse into the talent that London holds, as that is where they filmed this version. This video is the first in a series that will be branded #GucciGig.
Directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó, the video includes a 3 piece string section and choreography by Tom Heyes to complete its whimsical and fun atmosphere.
If your eardrums have ever been blessed by the magnetic vocals of Frances Quinlan, you’d best prepare yourself. With her new track “Your Reply”, the listener experiences a palpable energy, each note specifically belonging to its originator, the cadence with which she expresses herself intense and, in this case, fun. While a bed of instruments accompanies her voice, they come as almost an afterthought, not to discredit the talent.
To both understand where we’re coming from and head into your day with a pep in your step sonically, check out “Your Reply” below!
Likewise is out January 31st. Keep up with Frances Quinlan here.
We might have to wait until March 13th to enjoy Magdalena Bay‘s upcoming EP in its entirety, but today we get a sneak peek of what to expect with the music video for their new track “How To Get Physical”. The song is a synth-fueled throwback dream, with a music video absolutely littered with special effects. That’s right, you get a chance to see the electro-pop duo in front of cherries, dancing on handheld video game consoles, dancing with anime around them, flowers falling, and more. You don’t have to pick a specific dream to hold on to with this video, choose them all!