para lia, “the man who went away”

para lia, “the man who went away”

René Methner has created a gem with latest German musical project Para Lia. Often supported by the vocals of Cindy Methner, his music takes on a throwback 80s vibe, if not only for the common use of synths and the tone of his voice. Today, we have the premiere of his new single “The Man Who Went Away”, and we’re already smothering our day in it.

The track itself is intriguing from the start, a pace and instrumentals that captivate you immediately and guide you through the theatric, robust vocals. Check it out for yourself below, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Para Lia’s forthcoming album.

Soap Bubble Dreams by Para Lia is coming out March 29th.

granite to glass, “with every rainfall”

granite to glass, “with every rainfall”

Jon Kohan’s Granite to Glass is chamber ensemble is much different than others, emphasizing an indie-folk sound that is both vibrant and welcoming. He created an incredible soundscape for track “With Every Rainfall”, and the same can be said for its accompanying visual. While the song takes its time revealing its multiple layers, the video is a vivid masterpiece from the beginning, playing with color and contrast, emphasizing small moments in a relationship. A flurry of scenery changes remind us of our own memory banks. Explains Kohen:

This piece challenges time as an A to B progression, from birth and death, to love and loss. We as human beings experience time linearly. But if time is viewed from the perspective of the universe, life as we know it is one solid chunk of existence, nonlinear and unbroken, each of its moments existing forever.

Everything and everyone has been, is, and always will be. Those we loved who are gone from this world maintain a presence forever in time itself. The rainfall metaphor represents the possibility of time traveling from moment to moment. Hearing literal whispers of past conversations every time it rains.

Keep up with Granite to Glass here.

kleptokrat, “the view at bethlehem”

kleptokrat, “the view at bethlehem”

Brooklyn-based quintet Kleptokrat – comprised of Alex Carter, Walker Esner, Graham Galatro, Danilo Randjic-Coleman, and Teagan Taylor – is ready to slow it down for us all, releasing their brand new anthem “The View at Bethlehem” today. We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the slow, intricately-layered soundscape, which utilizes the lyrics to encourage us all to “make it through.” The song plays a balance between the positive and negative, but with the aid of the magnetic vocals, we are drawn to believe in ourselves throughout the duration. And I don’t know about you, but I’d like a whole lot more of that in my life.


Keep up with Kleptokrat 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.

damsel and distress, “not your type”

damsel and distress, “not your type”

Nashville-based rock collective Damsel and Distress has a flare for the dramatic, and is fronted by Alisha Lynn on powerful lead vocals. A true anthem for people who have been crushed by egos in relationships, their new track “Not Your Type” premieres today. The track is something you’ll want to belt out alone sometimes (a la Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion, but not in the same style), most likely in the shower or while driving. It really provides the necessary edge we’ll be needing for our week.

Explains Alisha Lynn of the single:

There was a time—and there have been several times like it—where a guy was so very sure that I was going to come crawling after him just because of who he was. He had this mentality that every girl seemed to fall right into his hand if he wanted them and he figured that, surely, I would do the same. But oh, no. I don’t quite work that way. I wanted to write a song about how I wasn’t his type—the type to just follow him home or go along with his weird ego mind-game. When I brought the idea to the band, we wrote it as an anthemic and powerful “no.” So I guess now he’ll get the point.

“Not Your Type” officially drops on February 8th. Keep up with Damsel and Distress at www.DAMSELANDDISTRESS.com.

waterfall strainer, “please don’t please me”

waterfall strainer, “please don’t please me”

Brooklyn-based “timid rock” trio Waterfall Strainer really defines that genre, their new single “Please Don’t Please Me” further representation of that truth. Even better news? We’ve got the exclusive premiere right here. With glittering reverb, the song has touches of 80s flare, slow and vulnerable. I can’t imagine not slow dancing to it somehow, and you might agree.

Pre-save the album on Spotify here. Be sure to check out Waterfall Strainer on Instagram, Facebook, and Bandcamp!