the long ryders, psychedelic country soul

the long ryders, psychedelic country soul

Originally formed in 1981, Los Angeles-based alt-country rock collective The Long Ryders may have been through a few lineup changes over the years, but they’re back and strong as ever with new full length Psychedelic Country Soul. Within this twelve track stunner, Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens, and Greg Sowders have developed a truly enjoyable work of art, beginning with the easygoing sounds of “Greenville” and bouncing all the way through to the title track in slot twelve.

But of course those aren’t the only two songs of note on this work. If you’re into names in songs – we’re still trying to find one for all of our friends – then “Molly Somebody” is perfect for you. You can choose to replace “Molly” with any name, but this story has some specificity to it that wouldn’t otherwise translate, so be aware before you try to declare your love with the grand gesture of song. “If You Want to See Me Cry” is a slow, beautiful track, the soundscape reflecting its melancholic title. Additionally, if you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for that next cross country road trip, “California” is pure perfection. You can imagine it playing in the background while driving on a back road, your hair blowing in the wind. (In slow motion of course.)

If you’re interested in new music with solid lyricism, a band with interesting history, and a little bit of twang, you will truly enjoy Psychedelic Country Soul. Take it for a spin below!

Keep up with The Long Ryders here.

upsahl, “drugs”

upsahl, “drugs”

It’s been a few days since UPSAHL released her music video for “Drugs”, but we figured today was the perfect day to chat about it. As she assures us she’s “not tryin’ to make a friend or fall in love,” we’re giggling at the quirky nature of the song, while simultaneously moving to the smooth instrumentals. The Arizona native possesses a soulfulness to her vocals that is enviable, and we would be lying if we told you this wasn’t going on our new party playlist. Plus the video is shot so beautifully, it makes us feel like going back to our youth and partying more than we allowed ourselves to before.

Keep up with UPSAHL here.

mating ritual, “falling back”

mating ritual, “falling back”

Last week, our favorite SoCal brother duo Mating Ritual recently released their latest single “Falling Back”, an easy going track that . The accompanying music video – which was released at the same time – is this quirky, enjoyable gem of a video. Between shots singing in the dark, surrounded by smoke with colorful backlighting lies the open display of life as a driver (Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or what have you) and all of the monotonous, ridiculous, and entertaining moments that accompany it.

We’re fans. Your turn to convert.

Keep up with Mating Ritual here.

kathleen, “the longest year”

kathleen, “the longest year”

Has anyone else felt a little ruffled throughout the new year so far? 2019 has been pretty thrilling, and pretty unexpected in several ways. Well, we haven’t found a track yet this year that captures that feeling quite as poetically as Kathleen‘s “The Longest Year”. Theatrical in its disposition, the song perfectly displays the artist’s emotion-driving vocals, and we’re hooked.

Keep up with Kathleen here.

kismit, “look no further”

kismit, “look no further”

Los Angeles-based art pop duo KiSMiT have really taken things to a slow, playful, soulful place with new track “Look No Further”. Once again perfectly displaying Barnette’s vocal range and incredible emotional depth, “Look No Further” is truly everything we need to believe in love again.

Expands KiSMiT on the track:

No human escapes desire and its open endlessness. “Look No Further” is about trusting that there is an infinite well of love within one relationship. As we come to our 6 years of loving one another, the subtle has only become more sublime, the depths we’ve experienced together have been beyond what we could have imagined, like a fine wine only getting better with time.

With the state of the world and all of the violence and horror we are constantly reminded of, we just want to put more love out there.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got your exclusive premiere right here.

Keep up with KiSMiT here.

haas, “behind those eyes”

haas, “behind those eyes”

Alt-pop rock artist Haas comes at us today with a visual to complement her beautiful debut single “Behind Those Eyes”. With a tearful intro, the video gives us a glimpse into the live performance tactics we will surely come to expect from Haas, as she introduces her act to the world. The song itself is catchy and incredibly fulfilling, and the listener can tell that a lot of emotion was used to create this masterful piece.

Keep up with Haas here.