nathaniel rateliff, “redemption”

nathaniel rateliff, “redemption”

In his new song “Redemption”, Nathaniel Rateliff sings of wanting to escape the ghosts of his past that continue to haunt him.  You would be forgiven for thinking that he was actually writing the song about his own life instead of an upcoming movie.  The track, which was written for the Apple Original Film, Palmer, takes the listener on an emotional journey, one that is the perfect look into the trials and tribulations of the film’s main character.  The movie is a story about trying to live a normal and trouble-free life amidst feeling like everyone around you is working to tear you down, and Rateliff’s yearnful track highlights this perfectly.  After watching the recently released trailer, it is clear to see that Rateliff managed to successfully put himself into the shoes of the main character in order to create a compelling addition to an already gripping story.  

Rateliff says of how he became motivated to write the track:

When I was first asked to write a song for Palmer I was told what the film was about and where the song was going to be used. The melody and the opening line came to me immediately. But it wasn’t until I had a conversation with Justin [Timberlake] that helped me to put the song together. He said the film was about redemption. I saw that in the characters and did my best to add to the scene in the film.

them jones, “here comes the dark”

them jones, “here comes the dark”

When it comes time to give the 60s music scene a run for its money, you can look no further than the band straight out of Philadelphia known as Them Jones.  Their newest track, “Here Comes the Dark”, off of their recently released album, The Dark, is sprinkled with all the bells and whistles one could need for a spiced-up track.  It might be one of the most sonically intriguing songs I have heard recently, with something new to look forward to while turning every corner.  

But beyond the sound itself, the lyrics capture a seemingly rare glimpse into the mind of the writer.  The story being told here is the struggle between feeling on top of the world, but with the threat of the dark always looming.  The specificity we encounter with this track feels too good to be true.  While being so specific may often lead people to not connect, Them Jones are here to provide the opposite effect.  In the end, they are successful at putting a mirror to the person listening, asking them to also dive deep into their inner self, just as they have done themselves.

daemes, “riptide”

daemes, “riptide”

Upcoming singer-songwriter and Brooklyn-bred talent Daemes released her debut single back in November, but not to worry, there is still more to look forward to.  The video for the track is here and is every bit poetic and emotional as the song itself.  Cleverly, the video features old clips put together of Daemes’ grandparents, an illustration of their own love story and the one being sung about.  While doing so might have been a bit of a risk, it was a risk that resulted in a new life for the clips, one that hears the fullness of a synthesizer and darkness of a fall evening.  What all of this goes to show is that a love story doesn’t have to be confined to only one decade. 

While an initial listen to “Riptide” sounds like the present day, one watch of the visual reminds you that love and music can very much transcend time and go beyond when it was created, and what an ethereal experience that is.

this coast bias, “poison candy”

this coast bias, “poison candy”

Coming out of Oklahoma and deciding to work as a solo artist post-rock band world, This Coast Bias is giving fans a sweet taste of what he’s been working on lately with his newest smooth pop track “Poison Candy”.  With a plethora of musical influences to look to when creating a track, it’s no wonder that he is gifting us with such dynamic, multi-layered creations.  This latest addition to his discography cleverly uses sugary metaphors and pop synths to craft an understanding of how something can feel so great while potentially causing our lives to slowly crumble.  Of course, he makes the case for why we choose to keep these things around, it simply makes us feel good.  It is important to point out that This Coast Bias seems to have found a sound that makes us feel good without creating turmoil, so maybe we should stick with that.  

He says of how he got a taste for the track:

“Poison Candy” is about habits.  Whatever it is, we all have things that taste sweet but cause ‘cavities’ in our lives. Whether it’s a girl or boy, our spending, or iced coffee, we can cause problems by sticking with something we probably shouldn’t. In this case, it’s about a girl I was dating.

khai dreams, “good advice”

khai dreams, “good advice”

Eugene, Oregon singer, songwriter and producer khai dreams debuts an acoustic version of their latest track, “Good Advice”. Half Vietnamese and 21 years of age, khai dreams has been releasing music since 2017. Their sound is an eclectic blend of influences ranging from contemporary hip-hop and R&B to modern indie, surf rock, and neo-soul. This dreamy brand of intimate pop has helped them amass more than 490 million career streams and a dedicated online following. With such an impressive background and fan base, there’s still something so humbling about “Good Advice”. With just vocals and strings, khai dreams sets a tone for the listener to just breathe. This acoustic version and accompanying video is such a comforting, feel good vibe that seems to give you a hug as you take it all in. Bittersweet and honest lyrics catch up to you quickly though with this verse,

 “And you seem to think that we got time / But we never seem to get it right / Everyday I’m wishing there was more.”

Take our advice and listen to this song today, and listen to even more sweet melodies and indie masterpieces by khai dreams from their spotify.

elder island, “small plastic heart”

elder island, “small plastic heart”

Following the release of their first single off of their untitled 2021 album, Elder Island are allowing us to dive deeper into this upcoming world with their newest single “Small Plastic Heart”.  With a sound that stands out amongst the many different things we music lovers hear every day; the track proves to be the perfect teaser for anything this trio out of Bristol, England have to offer in the future.

Yes, this is a pop record.  However, the trio do well for their “electronic-pop” title.  With echoes of electronic synths, it is easy to say how simply fascinating all of the layers are.  At certain points in the song, these layers work together to create the feeling of anticipation for what might happen next in the story.  Of course, there may be some room for nuance, but the story being told has personal touches that linger throughout.  Regardless, Elder Island know how to not only capture attention, but they know how to keep us drawn in and ready for what is to come.