8mm, heart-shaped hell

8mm, heart-shaped hell

Following in our nostalgic-tinged soundscape-leaning pattern, noir pop duo 8MM – Juliette Beavan and Sean Beavan – we hear a little 90s pop woven in with their quintessential sound in “Self-Inflicted Heartache”, the first track off their new released Heart-Shaped Hell. As you may have guessed, the soundscape twists and turns after that, a bit more edge to “Supercrush” before leading into a true pop single with the title track, somehow delivered with an eery twist. “Bring It On” is the most moody of them all, the second half growing powerful with the added male vocals. The pair round it out nicely with “Move With Me” and its accompanying radio edit, slower paced, but filled with emotional range to keep you on a sort of edge regardless.

Stay on edge with Heart-Shaped Hell. It’s a wonderful experience.

Keep up with 8MM here.

host, adolescent content

host, adolescent content

Electro-pop stunner Host released her debut EP this week, and you’re in for a real party with Adolescent Content. And – though the lyrics sometimes take a turn for the more serious, like third track “Taste of Your Love” and the way it highlights a breakup – the entire EP is something that will get your heart pumping and leave that glittery, enticing feeling of nostalgia in your veins.

“Goodbye” is sugar sweet 80’s pop, something you immediately feel like you need to bop your head to while wearing a pastel windbreaker. Host’s vocals dim the electric energy slightly, but only to give it a moody, ethereal feel. Second track “B4me” of course follows suit, but is led by ints interesting percussive aspects. It’s one of those songs that, for half of it, you’re not really sure how to dance to it. But it’s intriguing and beautiful as well, not unlike chaotic predecessor “Taste of Your Love”. By the time we get to “Forgetting Me”, we are ready for the slight pace change, luring us into a hypnotic spell with its drawn out notes and swirling soundscape.

Keep up with Host here.

ships have sailed, “escape”

ships have sailed, “escape”

Alt-pop artist Ships Have Sailed have a new single “Escape”, and it will make you feel what the title suggests.  The LA based duo has been diligently working since their debut EP in 2013, releasing a slew of projects over the years.  Indie rock, pop, and alternative sounds ring out in all of their works, and those genres are put on full display in their new single “Escape”.

“Escape” kicks off a series of singles coming from Ships Have sailed that “promise to express a deeper level of sentiment than ever before”.  The single is accompanied by a video that is all about escaping ones problems, doubts, and struggles.  Sometimes all you can do is scream out and try to escape your reality through other activities, and even this new single from Ships Have Sailed can help one do this.

You can keep up with Ships Have Sailed through their socials listed below.  Don’t be surprised when this alt-pop collective has a massive 2019.

Socials:
https://www.facebook.com/shipshavesailed/
http://twitter.com/shipshavesailed
http://instagram.com/shipshavesailed

donskoy, “cry by the river”

donskoy, “cry by the river”

Fashion-conscious artist Daniel Donskoy’s debut single “Cry by the River” is here and it is making waves. With the release of the accompanying music video, the singer/songwriter and TV star has broke through the music industry with a chart topping alternative hit.

Daniel Donskoy, artist name DONSKOY, infuses the feeling of alternative-pop with experimental sounds.  He utilizes a very interesting auto-tune in portions of the track that are reminiscent of Kanye West from the “808s and Heartbreak” era, or that of Justin Vernon from Bon Iver.  The song makes you want to cry and dance at the same time.  Pair those feelings with a very profound and artistic music video, and you have “Cry by the River”.

You can stream or purchase the song here. Keep up with DONSKOY here.

granite to glass, “with every rainfall”

granite to glass, “with every rainfall”

Jon Kohan’s Granite to Glass is chamber ensemble is much different than others, emphasizing an indie-folk sound that is both vibrant and welcoming. He created an incredible soundscape for track “With Every Rainfall”, and the same can be said for its accompanying visual. While the song takes its time revealing its multiple layers, the video is a vivid masterpiece from the beginning, playing with color and contrast, emphasizing small moments in a relationship. A flurry of scenery changes remind us of our own memory banks. Explains Kohen:

This piece challenges time as an A to B progression, from birth and death, to love and loss. We as human beings experience time linearly. But if time is viewed from the perspective of the universe, life as we know it is one solid chunk of existence, nonlinear and unbroken, each of its moments existing forever.

Everything and everyone has been, is, and always will be. Those we loved who are gone from this world maintain a presence forever in time itself. The rainfall metaphor represents the possibility of time traveling from moment to moment. Hearing literal whispers of past conversations every time it rains.

Keep up with Granite to Glass here.

kleptokrat, “the view at bethlehem”

kleptokrat, “the view at bethlehem”

Brooklyn-based quintet Kleptokrat – comprised of Alex Carter, Walker Esner, Graham Galatro, Danilo Randjic-Coleman, and Teagan Taylor – is ready to slow it down for us all, releasing their brand new anthem “The View at Bethlehem” today. We’ve got the exclusive premiere of the slow, intricately-layered soundscape, which utilizes the lyrics to encourage us all to “make it through.” The song plays a balance between the positive and negative, but with the aid of the magnetic vocals, we are drawn to believe in ourselves throughout the duration. And I don’t know about you, but I’d like a whole lot more of that in my life.


Keep up with Kleptokrat here.