elise eriksen, “less”

elise eriksen, “less”

The indie pop world welcomes new talent Elise Eriksen with her debut single “Less” featuring Shoffy, a song already proving that new fans will only want more and more from this young and talented soul. Norway born, Manhattan raised and LA based; 17-year-old Elise Eriksen juggles her schoolwork with her passion for writing and recording songs. After devoting years to playing piano, refining her vocal skills, and honing her songwriting craft, the 17-year-old has mined inspiration from artists as eclectic as Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, and Don Toliver to form her own emotionally honest yet feel-good form of pop.

The bass-heavy grooves and subtle 80’s texturing on “Less”  bittersweetly complement the verses Elise and Shoffy trade on feelings around growing apart in a relationship. Elise’s vocal presence is this bright, up-tempo force that stays with the listener throughout the entire song. The harmonious balance of the lyrics delivers the hope still within the relationship with this verse: “’Cause I want less space between us / Less room between our skin and the bed / Less ways to keep us / From drifting apart the way that we did.”

With more music to come, make sure to keep an eye on Elise as she gears up for an exciting 2021! Stream “Less” today and keep up to date with Elise Eriksen on her Instagram page.

heather porcaro, “charleston”

heather porcaro, “charleston”

When Heather Porcaro decided to jump back into music as her form of self-expression, she did so in a way that bends genre lines.  This is reflected in “Charleston”, a heavy tune that addresses the suicide of her cousin’s brother.  What makes it even more personal is that it was co-written by her cousin.  Together, they crafted a story that takes you through various moments of time, stopping along the way at the most crucial and captivating moments to tell their story.  For example, these stops may include heart shattering details about the final conversation that they had with the person who is no longer around.  More than just a journey through time, Porcaro does what she does best, giving a sprinkle of different genres.  This magic touch ties the entire project together, giving listeners jazz, pop, and even rock elements and an opportunity to dissect while listening.

When sitting down to listen to “Charleston” for the first time, you should be prepared for a heavy theme running throughout the track.  While heartbreaking and real, it offers a chance to reflect while also appreciating the musical complexities that Porcaro has to offer.

gillian heidi, “moonlight”

gillian heidi, “moonlight”

With her new single “Moonlight”, Gillian Heidi proves to her audience that she has both the talent to impress vocally and the ability to draw you in with catchy chorus melodies and stunning metaphors.  What starts off as a gentle guitar strum and notes of insecurity turns into mid-tempo ballad about the feeling of security when looking into the eyes of somebody who shines light into your life.  This security is not uninterrupted for Heidi.  The track does not shy away from the fear that can still linger even in the most secure moments of our lives.  It actually does a magnificent job of highlighting that the fear of the unknown with this person can be a fulfilling, promising experience.  

In a stunning display of freedom, Gillian Heidi lets the world know loud and clear that she has the creativity to narrate a story that progresses from those starter nerves to a full-on prance around nature’s most beautiful displays.  All in all, she really is the one taking darkness and turning it into moonlight.

tank & the bangas, “to be real”

tank & the bangas, “to be real”

The critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated band, Tank and The Bangas, have just put out their new EP, Friend Goals.  Within this release sits the track “To Be Real”, a blissful ode to the joy of spending time with the group of people that brings out your favorite side of you.  Created with the help of many fellow New Orleans-based artists, it acts as a bit of a narrative of what a typical weekend night out in the city is like.  One may also speculate that the chorus feels like a longing for the time being described in the verses.  Regardless, “To Be Real” paints the perfect picture of a fulfilling time with people we love.

Frontwoman Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball says of the EP as a whole:

There are hair goals, body goals, but Tank and The Bangas are actual friend goals! This special EP is full of some of our favorite artists from New Orleans and around the globe. The fun, creative, energy is put into every track and each one is sure to have you dancing your quarantine blues away. We made this one just for you.

heather hills, “get dun”

heather hills, “get dun”

While clubs and after hour parties are still unfortunately on hold this year, there are no restrictions on anyone still craving music that channels a good time. New York reigning electro/rap artist Heather Hills is definitely serving up a good time with her new song “Get Dun”. Just over the four minute mark, it’s an infectious dance track blended with Hill’s witty, confident rap verses and a humble beat sprinkled with an 80’s twist. Her verse on getting ready shows off her high intensity and independent charm, “Treat it like a first date / Throw on the paint, brush out the mink / The lashes to blink, lip nude kinda pink”.

Heather Hills is on the artist lineup of Trans Trenderz, a black trans owned organization aiming to help trans artists achieve mainstream success while feeling empowered and respected for who they are. On being signed to this label, Hills was elated at the chance to truly be herself and make the music she wanted to. “Life taught me that everything that I am will hinder my progress. If I wanted to move forward successfully, I would have to mold myself into an ever-changing idea,” she says of her time putting out music before this new endeavor. “This opportunity, to me, presents itself as an award for always refusing to conform. It represents the value in following your OWN path and showing the world that what makes you different, makes you powerful”.

Stream “Get Dun” today, and check out the new music video for a euphoric look into her mood and style.

charlee remitz, “movie theater”

charlee remitz, “movie theater”

Ethereal, delicate, light — these are just some of the words that can be used to describe singer-songwriter Charlee Remitz’s new single, “Movie Theatre”. Within the first 20 seconds, the listener is warmly greeted by Remitz’s gently layered vocals and peaceful instrumentation. 

The 21-year-old from Bozeman, Montana makes it all too easy for us to melt into the pleasantness of this track. Swooned by her Maggie Rogers-like-sound, Remitz’s voice embraces us, and makes us feel at home. This sentiment is contrasted, however, by the message behind her lyrics. While providing us with extreme warmth in her sound, Remitz simultaneously discusses much darker topics – mainly, the doomsday that our current world seems to resemble, and wanting to share such tumultuous times with another human being.
“Movie Theatre” comes from Remitz’s forthcoming album, Heaven’s a Scary Place, arriving on December 18. Her most recent album, Garden, was entirely self-written and produced and came to surface earlier this year.