adrian younge, “revolutionize”

adrian younge, “revolutionize”

Gorgeous, free-flowing, poetry. Beautiful, layered, scattered instrumentals. An audible form of art that feels both nostalgic and somehow modern and brand-new. The enigma that is soul artist Adrain Younge’s incredibly artful brain is on display in his latest track “Revolutionize.” This track will carry you into the coming months with a sense of purpose and pride.

Keep up with Adrian Younge here.

sir sly, “thx.”

sir sly, “thx.”

Sir Sly has started 2021 off with a bang, coming at us left and right with new material and the promise of a brand new album release this spring. And while we wait (not-so-patiently) for The Rise & Fall of Loverboy, we are falling in love quickly and poetically with each new single.

Sidenote: Is it possible to so completely love an entire collection of music without ever hearing it in its entirety yet?

While Landon asks introspective questions we can all relate to, there’s a vulnerability to it all that is so obviously palpable in the tender, soft vocals. At 1 minute, 54 seconds, this song packs a punch and is such a simple way to say “I love you” in a time when it can otherwise feel so difficult.

jack tracy, “prince”

jack tracy, “prince”

Insightful lyrics lead dance-pop artist – and actor, writer, dancer, director, producer, and filmmaker – Jack Tracy‘s new single “Prince.” Glittering synths dance along while he sings of developing despite distractions and drawbacks. The song itself serves as an anthem for Tracy, and the audience can find relatable moments throughout.

While we have your exclusive first listen to the new track here, Tracy’s new EP LOVE YAH will be out in April. So keep your eyes peeled!

eighty ninety, “forever”

eighty ninety, “forever”

Welp, indie (dream) pop duo Eighty Ninety just released such a gorgeous track heading into Valentine’s Day weekend. We apologize for not sharing before the holiday, but there’s only so much time in a day. BUT WOW.

You know those moments when you consider different outcomes to your life? Contemplating your puppy love, celebrating your forever love, reminiscing on old love. Well, “Forever” is one of those moments. “Forever is about reconciling the desire to be with the person you love with the understanding that they don’t feel the same way anymore,” admits the duo. “It’s like a daydream in a song — what if we were in love again?”

Vocals smooth like butter (as always), gorgeous lyrics, and a rhythm that is easy to move to make this song just like a sugary dream. What a beautiful dichotomy and a wonderful song to deep breathe to.

ruby fruit, “ivory tower”

ruby fruit, “ivory tower”

“Ivory Tower” is the first single/video from the debut EP Half Moon of Rubyfruit.  The Indie duo. Jenny Posnak and Kate Hamilton, currently based in Denver, have voices that complement each other completely.  They are able to create harmonies and use their instruments in the most interesting ways.  Their video for “Ivory Tower” is a gem.Support Independent Music! Give Us A Follow:

Directed and photographed by Mia Cioffi Henry, the film uses modern dancers (Clarrisa Dyas, Sarah G Chenoweth, Rose Huey) to tell the story.  Henry had this to say about the effort: 

“Ivory Tower” is about the interior lives of women.  It takes interior spaces where women are present, clears them of all clutter and fills them with the thoughts and emotions as dance. We as women are always reevaluating our places in the world. We are in conversation with ourselves constantly. We are living interior lives.

Keep up with Rubyfruit here.

originally published elsewhere, july 2017

alonzo, “respect”

alonzo, “respect”

Los Angele’s latest blessing to the music world is a noteworthy new artist named Alonzo. Last week, he released his new single “Respect” and we couldn’t help but put this one in the mix for new shares. The song’s pace is like a slow walk through a scenic park – a romantic movie montage, perhaps, in its speed – making the words that much more healing in their overlay.

Once Alonzo’s breathy, sensual vocals hit the track, the Prince comparisons are boundless. And his admirable way with words makes this release that more striking. It’s no coincidence that a song that demands African American worth is being released during Black History Month, but the way it hits will undoubtedly keep it in heavy rotation for months to come. Says Alonzo of the track: “I wanted to release this song to kick off Black History Month as an affirmation. A new anthem that Black people can sing from the rooftops with pride & confidence.”