swimsuit issue, “look now”

swimsuit issue, “look now”

Los Angeles based duo Swimsuit Issue has released the video for their first single “Look Now”. Swimsuit Issue consists of Miles Garber and Dave Gagliardi. Garber started off as a model in mens fashion while Gagliardi is in a band called Trash Talk.

“Look Now” is about addiction. The video starts off with a news case. In the video, you see Miles Garber as an FBI agent and Dave Gagliardi as a stock market conman. “Look Now” music video looks like it is from a FBI show based out of the 80s. The video displays creative clips and shows what it would be like as an actual FBI agent.  The song for the video is really good, but the video for the track is even better.

Keep up with Swimsuit Issue here.

luna shadows, “youth {quiet}”

luna shadows, “youth {quiet}”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Luna Shadows puts twist on her latest single “Youth (Quiet)”,  bringing a modern feel to her song. The song itself is exactly reflective of the title, as it’s about remembering who we are and where we come from. “Youth” helps the listener recognize the darkness that comes with love. Thought it is an alternate version of the original single, this version captures her raw vocals. “Youth (Quiet)” shows off Luna Shadows creativity as a songwriter and a vocalist.

Keep up with Luna Shadows here.

xiuhtezcatl, “blu ink” {ft. isa}

xiuhtezcatl, “blu ink” {ft. isa}

Xiuhtezcatl is an explosion of talent. The 17 year old rapper and activist is an indigenous artist who is using his voice to do big things – even leading a lawsuit against the Federal Government (Youth vs Gov). He’s been creating music since age 7, and ten years later, he’s dropping his debut LP Break Free this spring, led by his single “Blu Ink”, featuring his sister Isa. “Blu Ink” is just a sampling of one aspect of his talent, and displays not only his rapping skills but also his passion, complemented by his sister’s vocals. It’s everything you’d expect from an exceptional young artist and yet so much more. Xiuhtezcatl elaborates:

I’m telling my own story as a young artist, a young 17-year-old growing up in this world, and what the hell it’s like to process all that. I’m beyond stoked to release this record, simply because it’s a massive step for me in the world of music…The record is going to change the way the world sees me, and it’s going to change the way that I’ve told my story to the world.

And we cannot wait to hear more of his story.

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gena perala, “good girl”

gena perala, “good girl”

Based in Vancouver, BC, Gena Perala has just released her newest visual single “Good Girl,” which embodies several emotions and topics that have been combined with tactful artistry that is notable for an artist at such an early stage. This new single is the first since her independent album Exactly, Nowhere which was well received by critics and fans alike. “Good Girl,” has been scheduled to be part one of a three part EP that is going to be released one song at a time as part of a larger concept album. Not only will this have all of her fans on the edges of their seats, but it will also give listeners a chance to enjoy all of the work that she has put into her new releases.

Not only is her music easy to listen to, but it also has the unique ability to create an atmosphere for the listener. In her new release, the single opens with a series of “ooh’s” and “ahhs” which sets the stage for the rest of the “haunting” lyrics, beats and rhythms that seems to be one of Perala’s signature sounds. Not only does her music create an atmosphere, but it also exudes a kind of delicate power that also adds to the nuance of the music. As time goes on, those who know her are excited to hear more of what this artist has to offer.

Keep up with Perala here.

kira may, “muscle memory”

kira may, “muscle memory”

Toronto native Kira May found her love for music when she released her EP Health in 2014.  Her album Sense, which releases this spring, takes us through the journey of her struggle with anxiety and depression. I had a first look into her video “Muscle Memory,” her latest single from Sense. 

The video opens with a woman clothed in white sitting in a room, dimly lit.  I didn’t notice it until about the minute mark, but she is also wearing decorative rainbow eyes.  “Muscle Memory” really starts to heat up about the three minute mark when different colored paints bleed out of the woman’s body and mouth.  Not in the creepy way though, as it is mesmerizing and almost cathartic.  I took away from this video is that letting your colors bleed, showing that you are human is easier when you just drop the veil.  

Keep up with Kira May here.

the great sadness, weep

the great sadness, weep

Los Angeles based band The Great Sadness – consisting of members Stephen McNeely (drums) and Cathy Cooper (guitar/vocals) – say they are “upset all the time and they put it in their music.”
When looking into The Great Sadness I started by getting acquainted with the video for “Underground” from their album Weep that was released in April of 2017. Maybe I just have a sick sense of humor, but I found nothing sad about this song while watching as the pair rode bicycles through a cemetery, stopped at the ice cream truck, the laundry mat, and hit up the massage chairs. As I was mid-laugh at the comical occasional middle finger, things got creepy and in their skull masks it felt as if death was out for a walk.
With lyrics boasting, “In this place, underground, there is no God,” one could embrace the sadness behind that realization. The further I descend into this album, the tonal quality and the words themselves do capture all that is wrong in the world. It is a sad place that we have created and The Great Sadness doesn’t sugar coat a bit of it. Cathy has an un-dusted gritty rasp to her voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin, Stevie Knicks, and early Melissa Etheridge. The music has a murky humidity that generates a grass rooted southern swamp rock feel as well as that D-tuned sludge grunge feel (don’t think Nirvana’s Nevermind album, think Nirvana’s Bleach album).
Being a D.I.Y. band and paying for your recording, production, pressing, touring can leave you financially depleted. The Great Sadness truly has a love for creating music no matter the cost and their hard work has paid off as they reached out to all of you to help release Weep on vinyl. Given the style of music, you want this on vinyl.
The shining moment for me was the song “Tonight.”  A droning sometimes psychadelic darkness seems so fitting as she sings loudly, borderline a scream while maintaining great vocal control, “this dance through hell has done us in, hold me love, my breath is thin.” The Great Sadness is best described by this scenerio, if only Linda Blair (the original Exorsist movie, the possessed girl) had a band.

Grab the vinyl release of Weep and sludge through the mucky darkness with The Great Sadness.