Jesse Jo Stark – “Mystery”

  Jesse Jo Stark's "Mystery" is a slow-burner that evolves lethargically, but with a big payoff. Smooth and sultry vocals wander along an introspective melody that leaves you intoxicated. Steady, yet gentle guitar builds lend the atmosphere extra layers of calming texture. A soothing listen where you can bury all of your Monday Blues.   … Continue reading Jesse Jo Stark – “Mystery”

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claws ai – “time & energy”

L.A. based producer claws ai combines elements of electronic, psychedelic, pop, and rock music into one deliciously angsty package on new track "time & energy". I love tracks that play with a mix of a subdued aesthetic and an unwavering guitar-driven pacing. The result is a new wave type of 90s alternative that engulfs you in … Continue reading claws ai – “time & energy”

Stray Fossa – “Bear the Waves”

Stray Fossa's shimmering layers of guitars and washed out vocals blend smoothly together on new track "Bear the Waves". Nonchalant vocal melodies are more interested in hypnotizing rather than surprising. The late, but great gently gliding guitar-driven transition at the 2:40 mark reminds fondly of The War on Drugs. The track unfolds in a measured … Continue reading Stray Fossa – “Bear the Waves”

Kelsy Karter – “Sad Sad Summer”

Fans of Lana Del Rey's crooning ballad "Summertime Sadness" will feel at home in Kelsy Karter's "Sad Sad Summer". Stirringly soulful vocals remind fondly of Amy Winehouse. Stay for the transition at 2:10, where the guitar work reads more psychedelic and builds dramatically against a rising vocal melody. "Sad Sad Summer" is the perfect companion … Continue reading Kelsy Karter – “Sad Sad Summer”

Carter Vail – “Melatonin”

"Melatonin" opens with a lushly calming build that evokes euphoria throughout the 5 minute track. Listening through layers of guitar, low-humming synths, twinkling keys, and subdued vocals is the auditory embodiment of walking through a lively garden on a sunny June afternoon. Carter Vail's melody fills up the soundscape's vast space while not obscuring it's … Continue reading Carter Vail – “Melatonin”

My Ultra Violet – “Islands”

  "Islands" rocks in like a steady and welcome summer breeze. Lead singer, Dexy Valentine's vocals remind fondly of Stevie Nicks': unwavering and warmingly pleasant. Jangly guitar chords and lush vocal layering combine for a dreamy atmosphere invocative of a sharply memorable summer night. The melody is an instantly nostalgic summer anthem that begs you … Continue reading My Ultra Violet – “Islands”

Pelicat – “Tell Me I’m Wrong”

Jangly guitars set the stage for suave and effervescent vocals that remind fondly of Little Joy's delightful pop melodies. Pelicat's "Tell Me I'm Wrong" follows a continuous progression that makes way for a lovable fuzz transition at the 2 minute mark. The track is the perfect pick-me-up for a Monday stuck in monotony. Listen if … Continue reading Pelicat – “Tell Me I’m Wrong”