joshua barnhart, “blue eyes”

joshua barnhart, “blue eyes”

Imperfect Fifth is here to give you an exclusive first listen of Joshua Barnhart’s brand new single, “Blue Eyes”, a folk-rock track that will blow you away with its gentle yet fulfilling sound. The Oakland, CA based artist has been a member of several bands, including Port O’Brien, Release the Sunbird, Two Sheds, and Sparrows Gate, but since 2016, has been a solo artist. Following his 2016 debut solo record, Turn Out The Light, Barnhart dropped “Dance With Me” last fall, and is back at it again today with “Blue Eyes”.

Barnhart brings vocals, acoustic/electric guitar and drums to the track himself, accompanied by Paul Dutton on vocals, electric guitar and bass, Taylor Belmore’s vocals, Joel Tolbert on piano, Robe Barnhart on cello and string arrangements, and Terry Glenny playing violin. Says Barnhart:

Perhaps most significantly, is that my dad, Robe Barnhart (who has arranged strings for Crosby Stills and Nash, and The Beach Boys, among many others), wrote the string arrangements and played cello on the song. The last time we worked together in this serious of a manner was when he arranged the string parts and played cello for Port O’Brien’s album, All We Could Do Was Sing, which came out almost exactly ten years ago. 

A nostalgic track, “Blue Eyes” brings the listener into a carefree, 70’s-esque soundscape, filled with carefully composed instrumentals. Barnhart has an obvious grasp on capturing an idea within a track and using a song as the canvas for a musical landscape. Give “Blue Eyes” a listen today!

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tayls, “change your mind”

tayls, “change your mind”

Tayls self-titled debut EP is set to release May 18th, and is all about learning to trust yourself, portrayed by many coming of age anthems. The EP is filled with a lot of punk rock sounds and heartfelt tunes. Tayls is comprised of members of  Nashville-based acts Creature Comfort, Molly Rocket, Roots of a Rebellion and The Subnovas. “Change Your Mind” is the lead single from the EP, and is a track that tells the story of heartbreak. The song expresses what it is like to have a human connection from different perspectives.


This group is an absolute riot, so keep up with Tayls here.

matthew young, “fix me up”

matthew young, “fix me up”

Since his debut in his home country, New Zealand, budding artist Matthew Young has been on the rise and has continued to produce music that captivates and entertains his fans throughout the world. Most recently, he released a smooth new addition to his rather extensive musical lexicon entitled, “Fix Me Up”.  Not only does this single have everything that fans have come to expect from such a young talent, but he supersedes expectations with his infections rhythm and repetition. Adding to his credibility, Young has come to be marked as “Lorde-approved.” This is a huge indicator that Young has a place for himself in the music community.

“Fix Me Up” is a radically innovative use of synth loops and warm toned vocals that seem to ebb and flow with the rhythm of the music. With all of this skill and talent, fans have come to look forward to any new releases from this artist and, judging from the news that Young’s team has recently released, they are not going to be disappointed. In fact, this last single is precursor to an EP that is scheduled to drop later this year. Young has proven himself over and over again with his talent and skill that speak for themselves–it is clear that there is no stopping this artist from achieving exactly what he set out to reach.


Keep an eye out for Matthew’s forthcoming EP Fruit and more news here.

dusted, “dead eyes”

dusted, “dead eyes”

Looking for something a little off-kilter, yet still pleasing? We’ve got just the song for you. Dusted has just dropped his new track, “Dead Eyes”, appearing on his sophomore album, Blackout Summer, which was just released on April 6. Dusted is the musical moniker of Toronto’s Brian Borcherdt, who was a founding quarter of 2000’s four-piece Holy Fuck and has operated his solo project under Dusted since 2012. Accompanied by his wife, Anna Edwards, and Loel Campbell, among others, for live shows, Borcherdt brings an entirely different sound than his previous projects with Dusted.

With a hazy and quirky pop sound, Dusted creates a mellow soundscape reminiscent of Wilderado. Don’t be fooled by the easy-going exterior of this song; Borcherdt still manages to back a punch in this gentle tune. Pairing skillful guitar solos with consistent percussion makes for a solid track. Give “Dead Eyes” a listen today!

Blackout Summer is out now via Polyvinyl Record Co. – check it out today! Stay connected with Dusted:
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china roses, “piedaterres”

china roses, “piedaterres”

The musical duo from Australia China Roses have released their new single “Piedaterres”. From the title, the term ‘piedaterres’ is a French term that translates into the phrase “from a small highway that is past city limits.” The song is about having no limits in life. “Piedaterres” is all about surrounding yourself with people and energies that believe in you and your dreams. The song also talks about dealing with success in the most humble way and accepting who got you to where you are.

“Piedaterres” is a creative song about appreciating who got you to where you are. The song is a great electronic pop beat mixed with astounding vocals.

Keep up with China Roses here.

phillip-michael scales, “lover, let me be”

phillip-michael scales, “lover, let me be”

Chicago based singer/songwriter Phillip-Michael Scales is breaking out of the old and mundane and into the beautiful, lush lime light of success with the release of his track, “Lover, Let Me Be.” This incredible demonstration of skill and talent is the first single to be released from his forthcoming EP and perfect showcase for all of his fans relish in his bluesy soundscapes. As he sings, the beat and rhythm seem to almost roll and flow with his voice which has a rich, clear tone that is evidence of pure, undiluted talent. Although this young new artist hails from the rich vocal talent of B.B King, he brings a fresh new perspective on soul and blues that has never been yet seen in the music industry. Despite the fact that his success can not be attributed to his predecessors, his inspiration has a direct tie to his familial roots in Detroit.

As Scales continues to make his mark on what he calls, “Dive-Bar Soul,” fans continue to soak up all of his lyrical genius and luscious bluesy tones. Looking forward, listeners around the world are looking forward to the release of his next EP–which, after listening to this single, is sure to be a complete success.


Keep up with Phillip-Michael Scales here.