Well, we’re over the hump of mid-year now, and most of us are probably sweating up a storm in our respective cities and homes. But we’ve been absolutely enamored by an outpouring of new music video material from some really incredible artists over the past month, so we thought we’d share some of our favorites. There’s really no reason or rhyme to it all. Some of these videos even make us yearn for colder weather and ice capped mountains. (But who are we to get ahead of ourselves here on this sweltering day?) So sit back, find a little something to try out, and enjoy!
Eric Hutchinson, “Hands”
Silent Revival, “Just One Voice”
King Princess, “Holy”
Jessie Reyez, “Apple Juice”
The Little Miss, “American Dream”
alt-j, “in cold blood” (ft. pusha t) by twin shadow
My new record releasing everywhere July 27 is called City Living. When I wrote it last April and all through the recording the working title was Summer Somewhere. After putting out a couple of records and a bunch of EPs that were really folky and ridiculously sad I wanted to create something fun and upbeat that felt like summer in New York City. The record turned out really awesome and it has the upbeat summertime party vibe I was chasing. Funny thing though, a lot of the lyrics are still pitch dark and brokenhearted, but you can dance to them! I’ve accepted that life has ups and downs and I like to write about emotions that skew to the bummer side of existence. I think there’s freedom in honesty and reflecting the world and life without trying to sand off the rough parts. I’m happy that the music on this record is more of a party and can draw listeners who aren’t necessarily showing up just for the lyrics. This playlist is a sample of the songs and records I was listening to for the six months leading up to recording City Living as well as the four singles I put out in advance of its release.
I wanted to share a few of the artist and more specifically the songs that shaped my writing style from a very young age. These artists all had something to say with the lyrics of their soulful songs, and by my teens I was singing back these lyrics before I truly knew what they meant. These freedom fighting songs paved the way to speak truths to the masses…and realize the concept of “if one person isn’t free, none of us are free.” Artists are needed at this time to respect the roots of activist music, in all it’s form, and to keep the soul in resistance.
Hip hop artist Mocha Bands is next on our list of incredible artists providing the world with a fun playlist. With this one, we get to peep into her list of influence and see what she enjoys in her free time. With this stunner playlist, it looks like we might have a pretty nostalgic – and super incredible – weekend. So turn it on, turn it up, and let loose!
Biggie Smalls Juicy
Jay Z Izzo (H.O.V.A)
Busta Rhymes Respect my conglomerate
Biggie smalls Who shot ya
Tupac Hit em up
Lauryn Hill Lost ones
Miss Mary J Blige My life
Kendrick Lamar Alright
Jay Z Big pimpin
Nas One mic
Nas The world is yours
Puff Daddy All about the Benjamins
This playlist mixes songs that influenced both Jesse and me in making “gorerunner.” Jesse’s inspirations for this record ranged from bruising electronic noise rockers HEALTH to subdued Philip Glass pieces. He frequently sent me these songs while he was writing the demos that became the record– not for melodic inspiration, but because he wanted me to understand the mood or structure that formed the foundation of the songs. As I worked on vocal ideas, I associated the snippets Jesse would send with songs in my musical vocabulary, which tends to be very different from Jesse’s. Doing so gave me inspiration on how to approach the songs vocally. For example, when Jesse first played me the music that eventually became the title track for the release, the density of the rhythm section brought These New Puritans to mind, and I tried to channel their unique vocal styling.
We’re lucky to be part of the Austin, TX music melting pot. We’ve compiled some of our favorite local bands, many of whom we’ve shared the stage with. Our sound reflects the diversity of the Austin music scene, containing elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, metal, latin, with some psychedelic tinges. it’s our contemporaries that inspire us to level up and we celebrate the influence that the local scene has had on our music and the support we’ve received from the musical community.