kazyak, “contravertical”

kazyak, “contravertical”

Alt folk collective Kazyak – comprised of Peter Frey (guitar), Andy Wolfe (guitar), Pat Hayes (synth, piano), Lana Bolin (bass), and Nick Grewe (drums) –  is coming at us hard this Tuesday with a single premiere for their new track “Contravertical”. A swirling, psychedelic sound brings us gradually into a beautiful, soothing soundscape. Eventually, reverb-filled vocals are added in, giving it a slight otherworldly sound. When one takes into account the lyrics, it truly is stunning how well they go with that sound, as the song is about exploring the unknown and the universe around us. Enjoy the track below, and let us know what you think on Facebook!

Keep up with Kazyak here!

kensington moore, “slow”

kensington moore, “slow”

With an easy instrumental opening and a soft voice, the new song “Slow” by Kensington Moore will be released today, just in time for those summer-is-ending emotions, we’ll all soon be experiencing.

Originally hailing from Nashville, TN, Kensington Moore moved out to Los Angeles two years ago to pursue her career creating soulful and lyrically honest music. Dedicated to her career, she has been able to produce tracks providing evidence that her wisdom far surpasses her 21 years on this Earth, and her new track “Slow” is no exception to this rule. A pleasingly mellow guitar riff will lead you right into her smooth voice allowing the listener to fully experience the weight of the lyrics themselves. This song will validate your feelings, remind you of a first love, and make you think of the one that got away, all at the same time. A track like this allows the listener to feel normal and safe within the space of a song, something I believe Kensington was shooting for with “Slow”. Finally, with her choice to end the song on the biggest gut-punch of a line, “But you’ll forever be a piece of me regardless” this song will have your attention all the way through.

It appears Kensington will have a bright future in the music world so be sure to give her a follow on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

common hours, “looking for anyone”

common hours, “looking for anyone”

Rolling, bright and temperate: “Looking for Anyone” is the newest single from self-described “easy listening” group Common Hours, and it’s perfect for a back porch at twilight.

This track invites us in with warm shoegazey strums met by a texturizing, Southern-esque guitar leads from guitarist Dillon VanBuren. A steady kick drum and ride cymbal, via August George, effectively secure infectious head-nodding throughout. Backed by sugary harmonies from Ariel Roxanne Cook, lead vocalist Adam Black’s croons hazily illustrate the smooth, mono-mood of “Looking For Anyone”. Cook’s bass parts are pleasantly present in the mix, supplying a satisfying foundation for the floatiness that is a marker for this track; as lead guitar mimics the chorus melody, providing a predictability that is comforting but not cliché. The lyrics are distant enough to allow for objective interpretation, but personal enough to relay Black’s qualms about rushing into love to quickly, weighed down by lingering anxieties from previous relationships. “Looking For Anyone” is about anything but, as Black wonders aloud: “I’m not just looking for anyone. Can I get you to know that I need your love?”

This single is Common Hour’s newest release since a 2018 EP titled A Life Worth Living.

Keep up with Common Hours here.

lulise, “taken”

lulise, “taken”

Recently, we had the wonderful pleasure of sitting down with Lulise to chat for season 2 of our podcast. We have to wait until August to experience that gem, but for now we thought we’d bide some time and premiere her new single, if you’re into it. (Frankly, we don’t care what you think. But we’re pretty sure you’ll be keen on it too.) Get a dose of gorgeous vocals, a little bit of attitude, and a whole lot of relatability as Lulise croons about a love interest that she cannot pursue!

Keep up with Lulise here.

slenderbodies, “away from you”

slenderbodies, “away from you”

Alternative indie band Slenderbodies made up of Max and Benji have done it again with their new hit single, “Away From You”. This smooth and dreamy tune will have you texting the person you love in a matter of minutes due to silky vocals and crisp background beats. If you could imagine a Glass Animals and LANY song child, you’d be left with this Slenderbodies masterpiece. Having caught the attention of millions on youtube, as well as major corporate support from Billboard, Notion, and Complex, it’s only a matter of time before they’re one of the major names in the indie-pop world. Who knows, maybe “Away From You” will be the track to launch them into the hearts of everyone.

Be sure to listen for yourself and keep up with the band and what they’re doing here!

petra, “into the sun”

petra, “into the sun”

For those looking to escape the monotony of the corporate world and lose themselves in a universe of bouncing bubbly beats PETRA’s new single, “Into the Sun” is the perfect track. With honest vocals exclaiming the need to break free of corporate chains and pursue a life of creativity and freedom this song will have you nodding along to the beat in no time. A catchy tune with easily learned lyrics you’ll want to have this song on your playlist for the rest of summer. Plus, as the debut single from the upcoming album, Dancing Without You, listeners are able to get their first taste for what magic PETRA will bring in the future. Available for streaming on July 15, “Into the Sun” reminds us to take the leap of faith into our creative dreams and not let fear hold us back from doing what it is we love the most in the world.

For more on PETRA click here.