anna shoemaker, “someone”

anna shoemaker, “someone”

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Anna Shoemaker has just released the music video for “Someone”, the next focus track on her recently dropped album Everything is Embarrassing.

The 25-year-old artist became a SoundCloud sensation with her viral mashup of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” which she recorded on her bedroom floor. The song now has over 869,000+ streams and caught the attention of key tastemakers. Shoemaker then signed to 5Towns Records in late 2017 when she was chosen as Steve Madden’s Emerging Artist of the Year. In September of 2018, Shoemaker released her debut EP, East Side, produced by GRAMMY- nominated producer JT Daly. While still catchy and pop, the new songs feel more vulnerable and personal than ever. She finds putting pen to paper is often the best way to process her emotions, thus creating raw and honest lyricism that will certainly define Shoemaker’s releases.

Shoemaker filmed the charming video for her new release herself on her iphone, which follows the young artist and her “Someone” through a night at their apartment. Full of wine, pizza, and face masks, it shows a budding romance through rose-colored glasses, tinted with hope and adoration for her love. The track itself is full of bright, head-bobbing synth beats and gently plucked guitar with Shoemaker’s unique voice painting it with her own style. The intimate video pairs perfectly with the equally intimate song, giving listeners and viewers a firm grasp on Shoemaker’s artistic vision, which is full of songs bursting with relatable emotional and life experiences.

The music video for “Someone” and Everything is Embarrassing is out now via BMG for your streaming consumption. Keep up with Anna Shoemaker here.

stevie wolf, “paper maché doll”

stevie wolf, “paper maché doll”

Indie-pop singer/songwriter Stevie Wolf has released new single and music video for “Paper Maché Doll”. Wolf has a propensity for crafting intricate and intimate songs that make you feel not so alone, and this brilliant track is no exception.

The Colorado native was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and major anxiety disorder at a young age and found relief in channeling his impulses and angst into music and songwriting. After attending college, Wolf found his way back to music and is finally ready to share his work with the world. “Paper Maché Doll” is the second release from Wolf’s upcoming EP.

The video features Wolf among a jungle of red strings as he sings the soaring ballad. He becomes entangled in the strings as his passionate vocals soar while he tackles relatable issues such as social anxiety and self-esteem issues. Wolf scrutinizes societal expectations and powerfully and passionately sings that he “want(s) to be so much more than my body, than my acne scars..” Wolf skillfully builds the song and navigates the impressive arrangement and is a relatable and inspirational figure for all to look up to.

“Paper Maché Doll” is out now on all streaming platforms.

shasta, “roaming hearts”

shasta, “roaming hearts”

Indie all-star group Shasta – comprised of Micayla Grace (Albert Hammon Jr., Bleached), Jennifer Duardo, Jon Sortland (The Sins) and Cecilia Della Perruti (Gothic Tropic, Beck) – recently introduced listeners to their track “Roaming Hearts”. With dreamlike harmonies, and intensely personal lyrics, Shasta takes listeners out of the gloom of winter into the vibrance of spring. Shasta gives off a feeling of timelessness, a sensation of dreaming, and the overall state of feeling alive.

The music video is entrancing, a sense of nostalgia to the way it was shot that makes it feel unique when paired with gorgeous geometric animation. We are big fans of the song, and it’s actually keeping some pep in our step this week!

by meredith schneider + kendal chandler

sxsw 2017: a look back in time

sxsw 2017: a look back in time

In March of 2017, we were in a different place. Financially, emotionally, career-wise… but the biggest difference? We were covering SXSW as official press (for a different publication). Imperfect Fifth has thrived on what we learned within that community, learning tenfold about the industry in one week over what we had in the previous five years combined working within it. Because we are all feeling a sense of lack of community right now — and almost none of us are out enjoying ourselves in the streets of Austin — I wanted to share some video interviews from that first, fated SXSW. You know, when social distancing didn’t exist and we all did yoga in bars together.

For official SXSW coverage and takeovers all week, head to our Instagram!

aj mitchell, “spring break” ft. rich the kid

aj mitchell, “spring break” ft. rich the kid

AJ Mitchell releases his newest track “Spring Break” featuring Rich the Kid. Off his upcoming debut album Skyview, the track showcases everything that works in a pop/R&B song, with a catchy chorus and verses listeners can’t help but move to.

A music video was released alongside the single, featuring both artists. Bright colors, incredible video quality, and warm weather scenes make us all crave a spring break adventure. Hopefully recent world events haven’t completely derailed your person spring break plans, but if they have, this video will breathe some fresh air into your staycation!

Mitchell is already among the top 500 Spotify artists with 8 million monthly listeners. His upcoming album release is sure to make him one of 2020’s breakout pop/R&B artists.

by: meredith schneider + kendal chandler

march can be fun too | our favorite music videos to escape with this month

march can be fun too | our favorite music videos to escape with this month

This month’s music videos are coming in in droves, an especially endearing thought during all of this quarantine talk. We won’t have to mention that again today, however, because if you spend some time escaping into some of these new visual gems, you’ll understand why we love our jobs so much. Here are a few of our favorite new music videos, with more to come all night long!

Click the icon at the top of the window with 3 lines for the list of music videos on the playlist to pop up!

Keep up with this playlist all month long to continue to see our favorite new videos as they’re released!