le rug re-releases “gloss”

le rug re-releases “gloss”

It is insane to think that 2007 was literally just eleven years ago! 2007 may now be a thing of the past, however the music that came from that year lives on forever. Get ready for a little nostalgia because one particular song that debuted in 2007 is being re-released to the public. Le Rug’s “Gloss” is from their album Bleenex which was released in 2007.

“Gloss” is a fast-paced rock song that will catch your attention from its beginning tune. The song is catchy down from the vocals laid on the track to the beat that goes along with the song. The song sounds amazing on track so one can only imagine how great it would sound live.

The band is performing Friday, January 26th at 7:30pm in Brooklyn, New York. More details, information about this event and how to purchase tickets is available here.

holy golden shows the otherworld with “arrival”

holy golden shows the otherworld with “arrival”

Musical duo Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti of Holy Golden take you across the coastline in their new music video for their song “Arrival”. The duo met during a lunar eclipse on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. From there, they connected through music, thus forming Holy Golden. “Arrival” is the latest single from Holy Golden following their 2017 release The Licking River EP, which was well received amongst listeners.

Schott’s breathtaking vocals take over the track on “Arrival”. The music video starts out with the couple sailing in a rowboat on the coastline. The duo roams around the beach, reading stores, sharing bread and long gazes between one another. The video is fairly entertaining. They then have a romantic date on the beach that later takes an interesting turn.

The mood goes from being romantic to adventurous as the couple comes across a map with instructions. The video gives off positive vibes from the moment it begins, a mixture of romance and mystery of what the map entails.

“Arrival” is one of the latest songs from Holy Golden’s upcoming album Otherworld, which is available February 16th. Keep up with the act here.

hobbyist, “teeth of the shark”

hobbyist, “teeth of the shark”

This month, Chicago-based duo Hobbyist – comprised of Holly Prindle and Marc Mozga – released a new album titled Sonic Cramps. The album is, admittedly, their take on events that occurred while they took up residence in Barcelona, Spain a year ago, focusing on their vantage point of what was happening politically in the United States at that time. But they didn’t release their gold mine of an album until they shared one last thing… the video for their track “Teeth of The Shark”.

The video itself has a very experimental feel to it, though comprised of what we assume are Holly’s normal, every day visuals. The experience is heightened when it is all thrown into time lapse, clear visuals blurring together and many settings becoming a single experience for the viewer. The song itself also feels very experimental, like beat poetry come to life.

Sonic Cramps is out now. Keep up with Hobbyist here.

the hummingbird sings: tishmal to release solo ep

the hummingbird sings: tishmal to release solo ep

Performing under the name Tishmal (“hummingbird” in Luiseno), San Diego native Rachel Brockbank’s is gearing up to release her debut solo EP, Tishmal, on January 24.

The tracks on the EP masterfully juxtapose electronic pop beats with Brockbank’s natural vocal talent. Beyond the instrumentals, the lyrics are perhaps the most riveting part of the album, lending at times unexpected depth to the tracks. Tishmal wastes no time hiding behind a first release, and carries the whole album with refreshing self confidence.

Tishmal revs up with the already released single, “Underneath”, a tantalizing track that provides a delicious contrast of lyrics dealing with unsureness and questions with confident vocals. There is also a phenomenal music video for “Underneath”, which you can see above. It provides riveting visuals alongside Tishmal’s hauntingly beautiful track. “Underneath” is available now and can be streamed on Soundcloud and Spotify.

While “Underneath” offers a wonderful taste of Tishmal’s music, it is far from all she’s capable of. Up next, “Concrete” provides a great blend of conflict and resolution in love. If you’re needing a song to listen to when you’re torn, look no further. It has just the right amount of ‘standing up for myself’ feels alongside “I have no idea what to do.” Fans of Halsey or Tove Lo could easily find themselves vibing to this track.

Tracks like “Connections” and “River” offer a different sound, while still adhering to the thematic landscape of the EP. “River” provides a mellower sound, perfectly placed after “Concrete”. The track itself sounds like it is cloaked in mist, and provides great natural imagery for the song. “Connections” reminds to keep a bond with one’s past, and childhood in particular. Closing the album, it repeats the question, “are you making connections?”

Be on the lookout for Tishmal, coming January 24. You won’t want to miss it. Keep up with Tishmal here.

wasi, “stranger california”

wasi, “stranger california”

I kicked back and plugged the phones into my ears and suddenly felt the urge to go to roller skating at Skateland. Welcome to WASI‘s “Stranger California.” This self-proclaimed “riot pop” duo from California offers what I would classify as synth pop with ska guitar riffs and a solid beat. The lyric writing is well thought out and can seem like the perspective of an unseen observer on the outside looking in. With descriptors capturing the stereotype, “dirty beaches and hair that’s bleached out,” there is still a humble sense of being a part of the community in the line, “I can still appreciate the neighborhood thrift store.” You don’t have to live in California to rock this song. Just close your eyes and next thing you know imagination will take control allowing you to cruise the shoreline with the convertible top down as WASI provides the soundtrack.

Don’t let the title fool you “Stranger California” is a very fun, uplifting and carefree song. It would fit in well with a game of beer pong just the same as it would playing in the background with a group full of friends laughing as they cram themselves elbow to elbow on an old ratty couch.

This is the kind of originality that should be dominating the radio. While yes, “Stranger California” does remind me of MIA’s “Paper planes” there is a reason that song took off. And given the right audience, WASI could too. Be sure to keep an eye out as they will be on the SXSW bill and touring this spring as a supporting act to Caroline Rose.

Keep up with WASI here.

kevin george, “high like this”

kevin george, “high like this”

While Connecticut-based 20-year-old artist and producer Kevin George prepares to drop his debut release LOVELAND on the world, he’s got some tricks up his sleeve leading up to it. Namely, the release of his new single “High Like This” and its accompanying video. Full of insanely trippy visuals – Seriously, how amazing is the movement in this video?! – the video takes you on a journey with George himself, while he croons some seductive and fun lyrics in different settings, the colors play well to captivate your attention. It’s really a remarkable work of art, an experience of sorts.

WARNING: It will be difficult to accept the fact that Kevin George is this talented out the gate. But he is, and we can’t wait for more.

Keep up with Kevin George here.