Like a regular Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas music normally makes me cringe. Sorry guys, but Christmas isn’t my thing, if it’s your thing then more power to you, i’m just more of a Halloween guy, (yeah I know, big surprise) however, when an artist puts their own spin on the holiday spirit and offers something much more than “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” I can’t deny the creativity. Poppy, who has had one Hell of a year, releasing music that showcases her ambition and shapeshifting nature will drop a Christmas themed E.P. on December 1st via “Sumerian Records” titled A Very Poppy Christmas. Today, she has released a track off the E.P. titled “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas,” and it’s a soothingly dreamy lullaby of a track. You can listen to “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” below:
Even though this whole year has been a Horror movie, many of us are still celebrating this October as spooky season is here. To commemorate the favorite holiday of us weirdoes, Montreal-based singer/songwriter Maryze has released a brand new single titled “Squelettes,” and it’s her most ambitious track yet. I know I probably sound like a broken record, because every time Maryze drops something I describe it as “her most ambitious yet,” well, that’s because she continues to reinvent herself and experiment with new sounds, some even outside of her comfort zone, and that’s the mark of a true innovator. Meaning “Skeleton” in French, “Squelettes” is her darkest track yet. With hard-hitting production from Margo, and an explosive verse from Backxwash, the track is hauntingly catchy, but instead of delving into the typical “ghouls and goblins” tropes affiliated with Halloween, Maryze speaks on addiction and mental illness, which is far more disturbing than ghosts and zombies. Many of us have been forced to deal with our demons during this pandemic, and a lot of us have used unhealthy coping methods, and Maryze doesn’t sugarcoat this subject. The shouts of “what the fuck are you doing here?!” from Backxwash is all of us as we deal with that inner voice that tries to sabotage us, even when things are going well. It’s a dark yet inspiring track that dives deep into the darkness to trudge through the mud in order to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. “Squelettes” is a taste of what’s yet to come on Maryze’s debut album which is set to be released next year on “Hot Tramp Records.” You can listen to “Squelettes” below:
The Song Machine series continues as “Gorillaz” have released another new installment titled “The Pink Phantom.” This track features Elton John and 6LACK, and yes it is a swoony ballad that makes both Elton John and 6LACK’s presence known. The track will appear on the new “Gorillaz” album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez which drops October 23rd. You can watch the music video for “The Pink Phantom” below:
“Everything is Weird in America” isn’t exactly a new song from Hannah Rogers’ “Pixx” project, the track was featured on her debut album The Age of Anxiety back in 2017, but the sentiment of the song still rings true. After three years, Rogers has finally released a video she had shot for the song, and now seems like the best time to release it, because right now things are incredibly strange here in America. You can watch the music video for “Everything is Weird in America” below:
Today “U.S. Girls” have shared a new music video for their track “And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve,” which is one of the most undeniably infectious tracks off their new album Heavy Light. The video is packed with trippy animated visuals, flashing lights, and optical illusions, and it was created by Evan Gordon. You can watch the music video for “And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve” below:
If her previous single “City Lights” didn’t win you over, then her brand new single “Thriving” surely will. Departing almost entirely from the “Electro-Pop” glamour of “City Lights,” Cenza’s new single “Thriving” is more melancholy on the surface, but never loses its smooth groove brought on by production consisting of electronic soundscapes, strings, bass, infectious synth melodies, and a beat that evokes the spirit of 90’s “Trip Hop.” Despite its moodiness, the track has an inspirational message. About the track, Cenza states “I didn’t write this about a guy. I wrote it about the feeling I often get second guessing myself for making a choice and owning it and about the desire to be unafraid of being perceived as intimidating just because i’m succeeding in something. I hope this song empowers everyone who hears it to own their choices and to stop feeling like they have to dumb themselves down or make themselves smaller to make others more comfortable, and to have fun with it.” “Thriving” was produced by Jay-Elle, Michael Abiuso, and Cenza, and was mastered by J.D. Moon. The track will appear on Cenza’s debut album due later this year. You can listen to “Thriving” below:
U.S. Girls most definitely released one of the year’s best albums back in March, which feels like ages ago considering all that has happened following the release of Heavy Light. Like so many others, the band were set to embark on a lengthy tour but were forced to cancel due to our current pandemic, but at least we have their incredible music to listen to during these moments of isolation. I know i’ve listened to Heavy Light countless times while being locked in my home. Today the band have shared a new music video for one of the album’s standout tracks titled “IOU,” and it is sure to put a smile on your face as you watch numerous clips of the band in the studio. You can watch the music video for “IOU” below:
Song: In My Garden
Label: Virgin UK/Spotify Ltd
Brioni is an artist in every sense of the word. Hailing from London, her approach to music is unprecedented as she utilizes her chromesthesia, a type of synesthesia where sound involuntarily evokes the experience of seeing colors. Being an experienced music producer and painter, Brioni successfully intertwines both worlds in a way that is wholly original. How is this done you ask? Well, the colorful textures she perceives when hearing music are depicted by her in her paintings, and when she performs she performs solo on stage playing her paintings as an electronic drum all connected with a keyboard, controller, and laptop. It’s like her paintings have transcended the visual world and have developed it’s own auditory language. Her music is heavily Electronic with atmospheric sound textures and pulsating drum machines, and it’s all packaged in an infectious Pop style that is accessible yet artistic. Her new single “In My Garden” is no exception, and the theme behind the song is also unsurprisingly unique. After reading a book about the flowers language used to write secret messages, Brioni was inspired to use this in a song. With the two plants “Fox Gloves” which can translate to “lies,” and “Honesty” which translates to “honesty and realness,” she metaphorically guides us though her own garden which represents her life. She uses this to analyze herself. To walk her through her early insecurities and need to please people, only to realize that there was no need to be someone she’s not, and that alludes to the “Fox Glove” theme. As she comes to the realization that being her true self is a lot more liberating and that people will accept her for who she is, she plants her garden of honesty. The fact that she’s able to conceptualize something like that is truly remarkable, and that makes her an artist to keep your eye on. Brioni has also teamed up with an organization called “Treedom Trees.” 50% of her profit will go to them to help plant trees worldwide.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
On this day in 2010 “Gorillaz” released their conceptual masterpiece Plastic Beach. Five years after the release of their groundbreaking album Demon Days, the band released an album even more ambitious with a myriad of features perfectly utilized and an environmentalist theme that doesn’t bombard you with over-serious preachiness. 10 years later this album still holds up, and is a prefect representation of how “Pop” music can be as thoughtful as it is fun. Happy Anniversary.
It’s nice to see “Gorillaz” being as active as they’ve been in recent years. For awhile we grew to expect long gaps in between albums, but hey, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are busy guys. After a 7 year gap following The Fall, everyone’s favorite animated band released Humanz and The Now Now just a year later. It’s looking like the band aren’t going to disappear anytime soon, because so far this year as part of their “Song Machine” series, the band dropped their Punkishly anthemic track “Momentary Bliss” featuring slowthai and “Slaves,” and now following that up the band have released another new track titled “Désolé” featuring Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara. The track is both upbeat and melancholy with bouncy synths and dramatic strings while Albarn and Diawara sing in English, French, and Bambara. No word on whether or not this is a roll-out for an upcoming album, but I truly hope it is, because the band sound rejuvenated and more inspired than they did on The Now Now. You can watch the music video for “Désolé” below: