It is hard not to fall in love with the sounds of Albert Kass. This L.A. native possesses a serenity that is hard to grasp but does so in his grabbing single "Same Lie," from his forthcoming Young Old Man Album.
The 405 says, "It's an alluring endeavor, infused with gentle warmth neighboring its sonic edges...A self-described "late bloomer" who has shifted career paths to find his way here, Kass' music strikes listeners to their cores. On 'Same Lie' Kass embraces fleeting youth with spirited tenacity and unequivocal desire."
We are so obsessed - the mesmerizing and undeniable talent CLARA-NOVA is back with her newest banger, "Free," and if you weren't already in love, you will be after giving this song a listen.
Consequence of Sound says it's an "airy alt-pop track designed for (and partially during!) top-down drives along coastal highways. It's building layers are the aural embodiment of a weight being lifted, while the beating rhythm provides the driving force to press on to whatever comes next."
We <3 Zaia. The 20-year-old Atlanta native sits somewhere between artists like Kid Cudi & Childish Gambino with his style, multi-genred sound, and youthful but commanding energy. His new single "BLUE," embodies all that and more.
"BLUE" has garnered the attention of notable tastemakers and fans. Hillydilly says "his mature writing and versatile vocals allow him to venture into whichever genre he chooses..."
"BLUE" is a cruise track with a subtle energy and simple lyrics that relay his sentiments perfectly. The ear-worming line, "Well these days I'm just blue," will continue to play in your head after one listen.
J. Laser's new song "Waves & Blades," is out now! J. Laser (formerly of M83), fuses modern electronic production with classic song craft to create his inimitable sound.
We Found New Music says, "Pulsing with a gritty dark electronic energy and moving with a smooth groove, J. Laser builds an intense atmosphere around his airy vocals. It's a song that exists in a state of constant motion, highlighting a vocalist that can soar above captivating sound design."
Hitting the ground running is funk-extraordinaire Highschool Jacob! HSJ is here with his newest single, "Can't Get Enough," which takes a page out of Daft Punk's book with its retro synth soundscape.
Atwood Magazine says, "Through its heavy funk influences and infectious guitar, the track embeds itself into your mind... HighSchool Jacob's retro synth soundscape is a breath of fresh air amongst the sea of hip hop and grunge that flooded radio waves towards the end of 2018."
BlahBlahBlahScience calls it, "A spare acoustic-driven track that reminds melodically a bit of Neil Young...'Hurricane' is described by Kass as 'my coming of age-you know, that feeling of loss, of coming to terms with the harsh realization that life isn't handed to you.' That narrative of realization is neatly juxtaposed on the track to a subtly sweet main melody."
The electrifying duo Nightseason are here with their Coasts EP, a stunning collection of tracks touching on themes of love written exclusively via email. Cut from the same cloth as artists like Yoke Lore, Sir Sly, and Alt-J, Nightseason mixes alt-rock instrumentation with ambient pop elements, resulting in their moody, get-down jams.
Their new track "Wear The Treads Off" from the EP is a slow-burner, wrought with emotion and sincerity. Nightseason tells the story of someone who has given up on love as you hear the heavy-hitting line, "I don't believe in love anymore."
The 405 writes, "the track is a balmy effort, floating through the canal of downtempo alt-rock while overlooking an ambient pop landscape that one wouldn't want to dare pass up...the pair dig deep here with great empathy and strong conviction. The end result is heady and may have listeners feeling a sense of palpable desolation if their mindset is thinking 'I don't believe in love anymore' as well."
The electrifying trio Sports bring their hypnotic, funky, and charming sound to life in their album, Everyone's Invited, which was released earlier this year.
"Don't Tell Me," a funky, get-down jam off the album, is a head-turner from start to finish. Bringing back the warm sounds of the 70's with soulful guitar riffs, dreamy soundscapes, retro synths, and hushed vocals, Sports deliver a glitzy tune perfect for ringing in the new year. Give it a listen here!
Indie trio Vern Matz are back with their follow-up single "Tiny Nuclear Reactor." The Music Ninja says "It's not hard to hear nods to Ben Folds or Deathcab for Cutie, what with the casual vocal cadence and soft guitar strums. It should be noted that while this feat is often emulated, it's rarely effective. That's not the case with Vern Matz.”
With a voice that defies genres and transcends time, Baby FuzZ grabs your attention with honeyed vocals in the anthemic ballad, “I’m Still Holding Out For You”.
Consequence of Sound says "His vocals, soaked in a somber potion, hang over warm piano and the occasional glam-rock shriek of an electric guitar. Think of a cross between Tobias Jesso Jr. and The Struts."
Highschool Jacob brings his epic sound to new heights in his newest single "Nobody But You.”
The Music Ninja says "It's not hard to understand the magnetism to this curious alt-pop act. His style is truly unique, which is getting increasingly more difficult to say anymore. "Nobody But You" is a testament to his talents."
mxmtoon, the stunning project of Oakland-based Maia, brings her ukulele playing, folk-enriched style, and personal story to life in her new single "i feel like chet."
All Things Go says, "Armed with just a ukelele and her voice, mxmtoon is turning a lot of heads. The 18-year-old Oakland artist has been creating enchanting bedroom-folk singles since 2017. Today she keeps things going with "i feel like chet," an ode to legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker."
Indie trio Vern Matz are here with their new single "Systematically Gone!" Vern Matz toes the line between indie rock, folk, and alternative rock, successfully making indie tunes for your autumn blues.
Imperfect Fifth says "It's meandering, mellifluous soundscape will keep you feeling safe and warm in the autumn months, as you seek to clear up whatever road blocks you may be experiencing."
The Line of Best Fit says "Honest and intimate like a spoken diary entry, 'SOS' combines GRAACE's layered angelic vocals over a luminous piano melody that develops into an endearing pop ballad."
It's the kind of song you actually can't get out of your head - it's catchy, it's dancey, but it's also real and relatable. GRAACE continues to get very real and very raw in her SELF SABOTAGE EP and "SOS" brings a powerful story to life. "I'm calling SOS, waiting for your rescue, the only problem is I'm good at hiding all my issues," she cries. It's the pop-anthem for those love blues.