pauline andrès, “til the end of the world”

pauline andrès, “til the end of the world”

When the world went into lockdown back in March, Pauline Andrès found herself isolating in a friend’s recording studio.  This is where she began and finished work on her newest release, “Til the End of the World”, from her upcoming EP “Tornado Season”, which is due out this Winter.

While Andrès started writing the song on an acoustic guitar, the final product is dominated by the sounds of 80s synth-pop.  A step towards electronic music that seems effortless, it is hard to believe that she hasn’t always made music like this.  The track is appropriate for the current state of the world, too.  Passionately, Andrès sings about wanting to love someone despite the fact that the world seems to be ending.  There is a feeling of urgency in her voice as she sings about being unsure of whether loving someone is a necessity during such trying times.  This is amplified by the sounds of sirens crying in the background.  Some may see this as a pessimistic point of view, but in many ways, it creatively highlights the reality the world is living in.  Andrès says:

I never thought the world was ending. I know a world is ending, which is the very definition of an apocalypse. That process started years ago. It’s gonna take a few more but we are obviously in the middle of it. I don’t know how exactly this will continue to manifest. But I’ve decided to be cool with it, to keep making art, and believing in the absolute, almost absurd power of love and music.

francisco martin, “swollen”

francisco martin, “swollen”

Singer-songwriter Francisco Martin releases his first single “Swollen” under 19 Recordings. A multi-instrumentalist and producer, Martin’s love for music sparked at a young age. He was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and grew up amongst his musically passionate family who supported his growth every step of the way. By age nine Martin was playing drums and singing, and by freshman year of highschool he picked up guitar and piano; leading him to discover his love for producing.

This raw, heart-tugging single was created in his bedroom studio in Nevada. Artists who can write and produce their own music allow listeners to hear more than just a song. Martin allows listeners to hear his story about embracing both sides of what being in love can lead to. The emphasis on pulled guitar strings opens the way for his beautiful vocal talent to take you on a journey of vulnerable heartbreak. “I  love the way you say you’re scared to hold me / I hate the way you came and left me crawling” are just the starting point of where lyrically, Martin proves he’s not leaving out any details of his feelings. It’s exciting to know what’s ahead for Martin, as “Swollen” is an incredible way to start the narrative of what’s next.

michael garmany, “still missing”

michael garmany, “still missing”

Michael Garmany grew up in the Bay Area where he was surrounded with a versatile range of artists including 2Pac, The Clash, and Social Distortion.  Now, his own music is a reflection of the music he grew up with.  This is evident upon listening to his new track, “Still Missing”.  

Layered with elements of funk, R&B and psychedelic pop, the track starts off mild with a simple piano and bass as he sings about wanting something that he isn’t sure he is worthy of having.  As the verse progresses, the melodies continue to get catchier.  Once the chorus hits, the music speeds up and you’ll find yourself dancing along.  The catchiness of the melodies is enhanced by various sonic choices throughout the song.  These ear-catching additions, such as bells and hand claps, take the song to new heights.  Drawing on personal experiences, Garmany is clear that he has been unable to find a love that works for him.  During the more up-tempo portions, it might be easy to forget that he is singing about missing something from his life.  With various influences present, it doesn’t sound like “Still Missing” is missing anything.

humilitarian, “she said”

humilitarian, “she said”

Constant criticism about the way you live your life suck, and Philadelphia-based rock group Humilitarian want listeners to know that they understand the feeling on their new track, “She Said”.  It happens to be one of the first songs the band completed together.  As a band, Humilitarian are influenced by indie rock, which is clear from the moment you press play on their latest release.

“She Said” paints the picture of someone who struggles with letting go of any negative feelings that come with opinions that were not even asked for in the first place.  It makes it clear how it feels to be fed up with being told everything you are doing is somehow a misstep.  Throughout the emo-rock track, we learn that this person struggles with defending herself against unwanted commentary and that she knows she deserves to live her life unapologetically.  Nearing the end, the song becomes an anthem for those who feel the same way as the listener is encouraged to reject these criticisms and just live.  With clever lyrics and catchy melodies, it is easy to put on replay.  It empowers and comforts while also getting out some frustration in the process.

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