bells rang, “tone poem”

bells rang, “tone poem”

San Francisco-based indie rock outfit Bells Rang is ramping up to release their new single “Tone Poem” on November 22nd. But we’re jumping the gun (so to say) to bring you the exclusive premiere first! Smooth, assertive, bluesy. This is a soundscape we can get on board with, and we’re certain you’ll get lost in the whirring guitar and reverb the way we have. Check it out below, and let us know your thoughts on Facebook!

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Keep up with Bells Rang here.

vanwyck, molten rock

vanwyck, molten rock

Breezy, ethereal vocals. Light as a feather instrumentals, a warm and inviting soundscape. All of these factors are involved in VanWyck‘s newest full-length release, out today. The project, titled Molten Rock, is comprised of twelve impossibly beautiful tracks, inspired — in part, at least — undoubtedly by the folk of yesteryear. A slow, steady pace is established with first track “Supermarket Line”, and continues into “Lead Me On”, while “Rock Carver” brings with it more assertive instrumentals and a raspier take on the vocals.

“Make of Me” slows everything down to a crawl, gorgeous and sprawling in its soundscape. It is here that we take pause, to realize how important it is to note the comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Nathalie Merchant that VanWyck’s debut album drew, and to notice the way the music has evolved in the space and time since that album was released in 2018. As we roll into “Carolina’s Anatomy”, we feel an attraction to a new love the way this song seems to convey.

Have you ever been this close to feeling no remorse
and being where you want to be

“High School Gym Wall” is even more delicate than its predecessors, something we never would have guessed by its title. Haunting in a way that impresses, it perfectly introduces “Be It to the End”, which brings with it a darker, more theatric atmosphere. “Breakfast Room Revelation” is layered, a ballad of sorts that holds as one of our favorites from this collection.

“The Boatman Calls” and “Like an Ambush” are both solidly beautiful tracks, leading into “The Rock Steady Creeper” which is also impossibly relaxing in its disposition, despite the title. VanWyck expertly rounds out the album with twelfth and final track, the title track, which has the sonic feel of witnessing molten rock cascade down a landscape. The lyrics are descriptive, painting an intense picture, comparisons we all have the capacity to feel.

This album, if nothing else, urges you to feel. Whether by its intense and relatable lyrical content, or its lavish soundscapes. Experience it in full below, and let us know how you feel on Facebook!

Keep up with VanWyck here.

bravo, “skyfall”

bravo, “skyfall”

Life has dark corners and crevices that aren’t always easy to navigate. But — with a sense of empathy and open-mindedness to the darkness and the people around you — it can be incredibly rewarding. Up-and-coming pop/R&B extraordinaire Bravo effortlessly displays this in the new music video for single “Skyfall”. The song itself is smooth and assuring, while the visual provides an interesting and relatable peek into Bravo’s own escape into music. The video is inspirational, sobering yet beautiful, and exactly what we need in as we venture into these cold, dark months.

After all, “we’ll be alright.”

Keep up with Bravo here.

november rain | best new music releases of november 2019

november rain | best new music releases of november 2019

November has been gorgeous, transitional, and… rainy. The new music being created, recorded, and released has run the gamut in emotional content, and has kept us in our feels. We’ve begun to gather some of our favorites in our “November Rain” playlist, inspired by — of course — some well-known lyrical content. Check out some new tracks below, and make sure to come back and visit all month for more new gems!

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no prayers for november | november 2019

no prayers for november | november 2019

Hey ladies and gents and everything in between! It’s time to unleash the best new music video releases of November 2019, slowly but surely. We wanted to get these out a little earlier than usual because — though this time of year is usually the slow down season in the music industry — people are revving up their game and releasing far more material than we could have ever hoped for at this juncture in time. So we’re cherry picking our favorites and adding them here every single day. Check back throughout the month for more visuals you will absolutely adore!

Any particular favorite new video releases you think we should add to our roundup? Comment on Facebook and we’ll check it out!