phantom wave, “billows”

phantom wave, “billows”

Captivating alt duo Phantom Wave released the new music video for their single “Billows” today, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere for your eyes only. Drenched in vivid colors and drastic, psychedelic movement, this visual is a trippy testament to the impact of the audible art that is flooding our consciousness. There is something magical about the way the lyrics dance along the gorgeous, building instrumental composition that – coupled with the abstract visuals – makes this experience feel very personal, and yet somehow universal.

dark side of the light, “moist”

dark side of the light, “moist”

Jewel tones, simple, gorgeous performance visuals that dance along the fine line between simplistic and artful masterpiece. This is how we would describe the new visual for Los Angeles-based alt-indie duo Dark Side of The Light’s (Nik Frost and Grant Conway) momentum-driving single “Moist”. Expands Frost:

First of all, everything for us emanates from beats and rhythm ideas for the most part. The groove is a really important part of what we do. We took two drummers, Grant and a friend and put them into a room together and had them jam to the sick base loop, recording it live with a stereo mic. What we got sounded almost like samba or something which opened up the song to a whole new world. The actual audio at the beginning of the track is us playing live in the rehearsal space. From there I took the drums and started programming them like they would’ve done back in the day when they were using Akai samplers to do this kind of thing.

I kind of chopped the audio up into different parts and as melodies came to me, I filled the lyrics in. It was one of those songs that while it sounds complex, it actually came pretty easily and I think we created one of the best tracks on the record.

The percussion in this particular track is its own brand of cool, incorporating a soulful and somehow almost hardcore feel to it while we melt into painstakingly well-crafted melodies and a trance-like state of free fall.

oscar delaughter, “just woke up”

oscar delaughter, “just woke up”

The start of every new year often brings new resolutions, aspirations, and sometimes an overwhelming emphasis on the need to be “positive”. While there’s no doubt such efforts are commendable, there is something refreshing about a voice that speaks out against the crowd.

With upbeat production and catchy bop after the next, Oscar DeLaughter and his newest single provide listeners with an oddly-cheerful acceptance of life’s duller moments. If your 2021 hasn’t started off the way you might’ve hoped for, DeLaughter’s track, “Just Woke Up”, will assure you that you aren’t the only one. Playing on the ordinary routine of waking up to yet another underwhelming day, DeLaughter manages to turn a depressing theme into an enjoyable one. 

As opposed to shying away from the daunting topics of uncertainty and confusion, the young musician provides lightheartedness when we need it most– creating something we can even sing along to.

ane brun, “crumbs”

ane brun, “crumbs”

The video for Ane Brun’s track “Crumbs”, from one of her two newly released albums “After The Great Storm” (the other is How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow), is a brilliant showcase of emotions.  Each scene is a carefully woven story of pain and love and the lessons that come along with both.  While some scenes show us the seemingly picture-perfect life of a happy family enjoying the company of one another, the heartbreaking truths are revealed beyond the smiles and the laughs.  Various cuts to the picture of unhappiness and yearning create a sobering reminder that there is more than meets the eye.  The very last shot offers a glimpse of hope that we can still find our way to feeling content and filled with joy somewhere down the line.

Brun says of the new albums:

Even though I wrote most of them before this whole pandemic started, I feel they all have a message that fits the situation we’re in: frustration over the state of the world, how to grieve for a loved one, existentialism, love, relationships, loneliness, inner struggles, sleepless nights…I guess they’re just about being human.

sarah frick, “i’m on fire”

sarah frick, “i’m on fire”

When Dwight Twilley wrote and released “I’m on Fire” back in 1975, he probably wasn’t expecting it to be covered decades later, complete with a fresh video.  Well, maybe he was!  Who’s to say?  Either way, the cover, featuring vocals from Sarah Frick for Back to Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music, is stunning, and the video is a perfect visual that beautifully highlights the rock n’ roll essence of the track. 

The video itself is a bit like a montage, with some shots showing Frick trying on different outfits before cutting to a scene of her rocking out, drink in hand.  Of course, we also get to see Frick prancing around in the quiet nightlife, still being the rock star she knows she is.  Not only do we get to see the fun nature of the track played out visually, we also get to watch an empowered badass female take on the night in true “empowered woman” fashion.  I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to Twilley and the music of Oklahoma.

The album is available now.

lonr., “world”

lonr., “world”

Lonr., “WORLD”

Sadie Battle

Lonr. is changing the landscape of hip-hop and rap, with his latest music video for “WORLD” being the perfect example of his fresh take on musical expression. The California-born, North Carolina residing songwriter, and rapper creates music as a therapeutic release of his own thoughts and feelings, allowing listeners a chance to escape their own minds. With the impressive start and promising future, “WORLD” builds the anticipation of Lonr.’s second project, due out next year.

The cinematic video sets a dystopian desert background for Lonr.’s isolating, gut-wrenching performance. Strong strings wash over a glitchy beat as his voice echoes with unrestrained emotion. The pain inside of him is on full visual and audible blast as he tells his story lyrically with strong flow and immense body language. Verse two really captures his struggle with “Gut-wrenching feeling, I can’t kill it / Inner peace, never caught a glimpse / Always questioning what’s within.” This beautiful mix of raw emotion, all unrestrained details, and a modern rap beat really give Lonr. his own lane to change the wayartists evoke emotion through established genres such as rap and hip-hop.

Watch the music video today and see for yourself what Lonr. has to offer musically and emotionally.