sky blue skin, “mirror mirror”

sky blue skin, “mirror mirror”

“Mirror Mirror” is the latest single by German based band, Sky Blue Skin.  “Mirror Mirror” is creepily powerful and has a femme fatale power vibe to it with sultry vocals.  “Love is mean and cruel, plays it for a fool,” purrs the vocals.  Sky Blue Skin shows no mercy on “Mirror Mirror.”  It is no “falling in love” track.  In fact, the band is just here to remind you that your heart  will be broken.  “And once again you end up all alone,” and “I never want to see your joy,” are lyrics without a happy ending.  I loved the western rock feel that Sky Blue Skin brings to “Mirror Mirror.”  Even more, I love how the band makes love seem dangerous, unattainable, and in the end downright foolish and stupid.  This is definitely a power song, and listening to it made me feel like a heart breaker myself.  Check out Sky Blue Skin’s latest “Mirror Mirror” below.

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ok sweetheart, “far away”

ok sweetheart, “far away”

OK Sweetheart – the absolutely gorgeous musical project by multitalented musician Erin Austin – has seen its fair share of studios, stages, and massive work ethic. Having lived in New York and Oklahoma, and bringing work on the project toSeattle, New York, Denton, San Francisco, Tulsa, Clinton, Oriskany, has allowed it to grow and flourish, its influences expanding along the way. Now, the latest single from OK Sweetheart – a soft, inspiring track called “Far Away” – is ready for the world, and we’ve got it right here.

“Far Away” begs the question: What would you do if you got the chance to start over? in not so many words. As Austin’s delicate, transformative vocals almost float over the instrumentals, she sings of leaving what she knows. At some point, we all feel that way. And this season – the season of spring, which breeds new graduates, warmer weather, travel time – is the perfect time to debut such a relevant and blissful track.

Keep up with OK Sweetheart here.

le days, “inside me”

le days, “inside me”

Le Days – the folk music project by Sweden’s Daniel Hedin – releases the next installment of creation with the premiere of his new music video for “Inside Me”. The video – shot highlighting jewel tones in a beautiful and seductive light – follows a girl’s life of internal conflict, as she clearly despises her mother’s behavior. Emotional abuse is obvious, physical abuse is clearly displayed. It’s alarming, but insanely gratifying to see artists addressing very real and very difficult problems.

Says the artist: “When you dream and silence finds you, everything you ever felt hits you like a flood. Images, voices flashes through your head like an unstoppable force of nature. You are everything that’s been and it is what makes you breathe and all that keeps you breathing is to keep dreaming.”

See the only video that could do this song any justice below.

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the color forty nine, “i will”

the color forty nine, “i will”

Today, San Diego’s the color forty nine – a music group comprised of Phil Beaumont (Vocals & Tiny Guitar), Jason Hooper (Bass and Vocals), John Meeks (Drums and Vocals), and Matt Resovich (Violin, Tenor Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals) – releases a reverb-filled, lush new track titled “I Will”, and we happen to have the exclusive premiere. With the depth in range of Beaumont’s vocals, this track feels as though it has rougher, old country western vibes, sprinkled amidst a subtle modern alternative sound. Its pace and tone feel dark, though it’s certainly in a more robust and beautiful way than is often found with similar soundscapes. “I Will” is void of any coldness we might otherwise feel tempted toward without this particular collection of talent to deliver.

the color forty nine is doing some amazing things with their music, and we can’t wait to see what happens next in the lead up to their new full-length.

Join the band TONIGHT at The Casbah in San Diego with Acid Mothers Temple. It’s going to be absolute insanity. And their upcoming album is due out June 15th, via Darla. Keep your eyes peeled for all of that and more with the color forty nine here.

little monarch, “tangerine”

little monarch, “tangerine”

LA-based indie-pop band, Little Monarch is hitting the music scene with their very first single of the new year, “Tangerine.” This exciting new release is a wonderful display of everything that fans have come to know and adore about this young, thriving group. In many ways, Little Monarch is the life blood of the young music scene and they will continue to be so as they follow up this hit single with an EP loaded with the same fun, energetic vibes that they so beautifully highlighted in, “Tangerine.”

Speaking of their latest single they said:

We are so excited to release new music and start tour! ‘Tangerine’ is the first single off our upcoming EP. The song started with the guitar riff, and we found ourselves building on this feeling of escaping to a magical island off an emerald bay à la Wes Andersons ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.  Leaving your old ways behind in search of the next great adventure.

Although this is a relatively young band, they have talent and musical skill that leaves very little to be desired. Jam packed with lyrical genius and spunky soundscapes, there is a overwhelming sense of organic joy that is relayed through every aspect of their composition. As every beat is coupled with vocal artistry, there is no doubt that this team has the potential to reach all new heights with this exciting new release.

Keep up with Little Monarch here.

hamish hawk & the new outfit, “nomad”

hamish hawk & the new outfit, “nomad”

Edinburgh-based alternative collective Hamish Hawk & The New Outfit – comprised of the indellible Hamish Hawk and his cohorts Alex Duthie, Andrew Pearson, John Cashman, and Barry Carty – is releasing the official music video for their track “Nomad” today, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve got the exclusive premiere. Trudging through a murky, guitar-heavy soundscape, we find Hamish’s charming and quirky vocals to be refreshing, holding onto every one of his theatric, beautiful words. The song itself paints quite a vivid picture of very specific instances, though we somehow feel a kinship to Hawk because of it.

And perhaps that kinship is electrified by the music video, which is largely set in front of a black backdrop with a few key props. A warmth to the frame, coupled with vintage items and Hawk’s lush, textured style make for a delicate and beautiful display for the track. Additionally, Hawk’s theatric vocals go head to head with his dancing and elaborate movements. We’re big fans of the video, and a part of us hopes to see him blossom into – not only a more talented songwriter and musician, but – perhaps the composer or star of a musical.

All that said, we think the video is worth a watch. Check it out below!

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