luna shadows, “youth {quiet}”

luna shadows, “youth {quiet}”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Luna Shadows puts twist on her latest single “Youth (Quiet)”,  bringing a modern feel to her song. The song itself is exactly reflective of the title, as it’s about remembering who we are and where we come from. “Youth” helps the listener recognize the darkness that comes with love. Thought it is an alternate version of the original single, this version captures her raw vocals. “Youth (Quiet)” shows off Luna Shadows creativity as a songwriter and a vocalist.

Keep up with Luna Shadows here.

xiuhtezcatl, “blu ink” {ft. isa}

xiuhtezcatl, “blu ink” {ft. isa}

Xiuhtezcatl is an explosion of talent. The 17 year old rapper and activist is an indigenous artist who is using his voice to do big things – even leading a lawsuit against the Federal Government (Youth vs Gov). He’s been creating music since age 7, and ten years later, he’s dropping his debut LP Break Free this spring, led by his single “Blu Ink”, featuring his sister Isa. “Blu Ink” is just a sampling of one aspect of his talent, and displays not only his rapping skills but also his passion, complemented by his sister’s vocals. It’s everything you’d expect from an exceptional young artist and yet so much more. Xiuhtezcatl elaborates:

I’m telling my own story as a young artist, a young 17-year-old growing up in this world, and what the hell it’s like to process all that. I’m beyond stoked to release this record, simply because it’s a massive step for me in the world of music…The record is going to change the way the world sees me, and it’s going to change the way that I’ve told my story to the world.

And we cannot wait to hear more of his story.

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gena perala, “good girl”

gena perala, “good girl”

Based in Vancouver, BC, Gena Perala has just released her newest visual single “Good Girl,” which embodies several emotions and topics that have been combined with tactful artistry that is notable for an artist at such an early stage. This new single is the first since her independent album Exactly, Nowhere which was well received by critics and fans alike. “Good Girl,” has been scheduled to be part one of a three part EP that is going to be released one song at a time as part of a larger concept album. Not only will this have all of her fans on the edges of their seats, but it will also give listeners a chance to enjoy all of the work that she has put into her new releases.

Not only is her music easy to listen to, but it also has the unique ability to create an atmosphere for the listener. In her new release, the single opens with a series of “ooh’s” and “ahhs” which sets the stage for the rest of the “haunting” lyrics, beats and rhythms that seems to be one of Perala’s signature sounds. Not only does her music create an atmosphere, but it also exudes a kind of delicate power that also adds to the nuance of the music. As time goes on, those who know her are excited to hear more of what this artist has to offer.

Keep up with Perala here.

kira may, “muscle memory”

kira may, “muscle memory”

Toronto native Kira May found her love for music when she released her EP Health in 2014.  Her album Sense, which releases this spring, takes us through the journey of her struggle with anxiety and depression. I had a first look into her video “Muscle Memory,” her latest single from Sense. 

The video opens with a woman clothed in white sitting in a room, dimly lit.  I didn’t notice it until about the minute mark, but she is also wearing decorative rainbow eyes.  “Muscle Memory” really starts to heat up about the three minute mark when different colored paints bleed out of the woman’s body and mouth.  Not in the creepy way though, as it is mesmerizing and almost cathartic.  I took away from this video is that letting your colors bleed, showing that you are human is easier when you just drop the veil.  

Keep up with Kira May here.

jess nolan embraces her “mistakes”

jess nolan embraces her “mistakes”

Moving forward from a difficult situation is sometimes hard, but Nashville-based, New Jersey born artist Jess Nolan makes the situation easier in her song.  In her new song “Mistakes”, Nolan uses her soulful voice to keep her head up and move forward, embracing life as it comes and continuing on.

“Mistakes” is full of a soulful guitar tune and brass tones. The song encourages the listener to continue to walk through life despite what has been thrown their way. Jess Nolan’s song is exactly what the title says it is: “learning to embrace your mistakes.” The song encourages the listener to use his or her trials and tribulations as a platform to move forward. “Mistakes” is the right song to encourage the listener  to grow and learn from what they have been through in life.

Keep up with Jess Nolan here.

bronze whale, “exposure”

bronze whale, “exposure”

Austin based duo, Bronze Whale, who have gained popularity through a variety of originals and remixes, just released their first track of 2018 called “Exposure.” The duo, comprised of Aaron Jaques and Benny Alley, has been feature in Entertainment Weekly and have even had numerous number ones on Hype Machine. Not only does the duo write their own music, they also manage their own label, handle their own artwork, and mix and master each track.

At the end of 2017, Bronze Whale decided to head jack to Colorado with their team to crest a new, fresh sound which focuses less on lyrics and vocals and more on instrumentation. This concept is very apparent in “Exposure” which features a multi-faceted electronic blend, synthesized rhythms, and a looped vocal chop.

The song features Bronze Whale’s signature energetic vibes and variety of electronic pop elements. There’s a growing anticipation throughout “Exposure” as the song continuously build, adding small variations. Once it leaks, the instrumentation dies down a little bit showcasing a flawless transition between dynamics. Fans are bound to be impressed with “Exposure” and Bronze Whale’s versatility and creativity.

Keep up with Bronze Whale here.