Brandon Hoogenboom – “Feelin'”

Brandon Hoogenboom's "Feelin'" is a welcome flourish of auditory sunshine from the Golden State. An understated joy radiates from the even-keeled rhythm section and guitar riffs brimming with fluidity. Sweetness shines through mellow-moving melodies  though never gets lost into a saccharine abyss. Take a break from the winter blues and get lost in a better … Continue reading Brandon Hoogenboom – “Feelin'”

Jo Marches – “Move”

Jo Marches, "Move" is a subdued electro pop anthem. The track's smoothness doesn't compromise texture. Resilient vocals hover between an even-keeled delivery in the verses to a soaring ascension at the onset of the hook, but are always unwavering. The “move faster / step closer / jump higher / come closer,” hook is one of those … Continue reading Jo Marches – “Move”

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”

Oxen – “Postpone”

Sweden's Oxen delivers a perky and poppy electro-infused rock sound on new track "Postpone." Swiftly drifting vocals combine with a strong rhythmic flow and forcefully upbeat guitar progressions. The vocals come down at the 2:18 transition and offer some melodic depth before returning to the track's bustling pace. Reluctantly-aware lyrics paired with a bubbly beat create … Continue reading Oxen – “Postpone”

Generational Gap – “The Plaza”

I can't get the crooning guitar melody from Generational Gap's "The Plaza" out of my head. It's suave, smooth, and it's got a touch of loving psychedelia. The track subtly evolves with elongated vocal deliveries and sultry synth use. The guitar work glides effortlessly throughout creating a tranquil atmosphere that you'll wish went on for … Continue reading Generational Gap – “The Plaza”

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”

Syringa – “Naked”

Syringa delivers an intoxicating psych rock dose on new track "Naked". Loosely flowing guitar flourishes gently evolve alongside an ever-present, though never overwhelming rhythm section. The track's hypnotic vocal presence reminds fondly of Tame Impala's best work. I'll happily hitch a ride on this blues-infused psych express. Listen if you like: Tame Impala

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”

Scuba Dvala – “Soy Boy”

  Glistening keys and relaxed guitar progressions help you float through Scuba Dvala's lush soundscape on new track "Soy Boy". Effortlessly melodic vocals hover weightlessly. The soothing synth atmosphere accompanies self-aware, melancholic lyrics that are heavy on herbivore imagery. You don't have to give up meat to enjoy the fluid suaveness of "Soy Boy".   … Continue reading Scuba Dvala – “Soy Boy”