Her first release of 2017 is ‘Phase Me Out’, something that we certainly won’t be doing to VÉRITÉ anytime soon.
VÉRITÉ explains about the track,
“The song is about all of the invisible lines I draw in my interactions with others. I wrote ‘Phase Me Out’ on a blind date writing session in London. It was a trip I had taken around a small UK tour, where I decided to completely overbook myself. I had the phrase ‘stand up straighter with my back against the wall’ written in my notes on my phone before the session. I remember feeling exhausted and isolated and confined. I wanted to make a shift into a sound I felt was less trendy and more timeless–a mix of organic and electronic, distorted and pristine, driving and melodic.”
Her debut album is expected later this year.
Sounds like: Banks, La Roux, Noosa, Evvy, Ellie Goulding, ASTR, MS MR
‘My Dreams’ reminds us a little of 90’s pop with its soft guitar riffs and eloquent piano keys.
Of the track, RAINE explains,
“My Dreams is about a dream I had of a woman who came to me and told me exactly who I was going to be. It was the most beautiful feeling – like meeting your ideal self and knowing what life would be like without doubt or fear for the future.”
“I believe dreams come from our subconscious, so it’s almost like I can’t take credit for writing this one. I just tried to capture the incredible feeling of hope this dream gave me.”
Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa
The classically-trained, visual sensation, Elohim, shares her surprisingly upbeat pop track, ‘Hallucinating’.
Moving away from her usual mysterious tones, ‘Hallucinating’ is an example of Elohim feeling more comfortable in her own skin.
It’s out now via B3SCI Records.
Wed, Sept 14 // San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Fri, Sept 16 // Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Tues, Sept 20 // Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
Thurs, Sept 22 // Austin, TX @ The Parish
Fri, Sept 23 // Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
Sun, Sept 25 // Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Bronze Peacock)
Tues, Sept 27 // St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thurs, Sept 29 // Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sat, Oct 1 // Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Tues, Oct 4 // Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre
Wed, Oct 5 // Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Fri, Oct 7 // NYC @ Webster Hall
Mon, Oct 10 // Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
Tues, Oct 11 // Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Thurs, Oct 13 // Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri, Oct 14 // Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
Sat, Oct 15 // Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Mon, Oct 17 // Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Live
Thurs, Oct 20 // Orlando, FL @ The Social
Fri, Oct 21 // Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Sat, Oct 22 // Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Sounds like: Chvrches, OH Wonder, The Big Pink, Passion Pit, VÉRITÉ, Evvy
It’s not surprising that RAINE (aka Jaqui Rae Stewart) creates strong and powerful music, considering that her name has been taken form the word, ‘moraine’, which describes the deposits of rock and soil that are left behind by a glacier as it shifts across the land over time.
Growing up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, Jaqui surrounds herself with nature; a heavy influence in her new EP, ‘My Dreams’.
Taken from her EP, is ‘Age Of Innocence’, a track that gives out a positive and compelling message.
Sounds like: Rae Morris, VÉRITÉ, Laurel, Evvy, Noosa
Satellite Mode is NYC duo, Jess Carvo and Alex Marko.
Following an unfortunate, sudden tragedy in Jess’s family, the duo were forced to really dig deep into their emotional selves and decide whether they wanted to continue creating music. Luckily for us, they did and the result is beautifully haunting vocals with electronic textures and pop inspired melodies
We weren’t sure whether any track this year could top ‘Backbeat’ (which we still play at least once a day!), but it’s a pretty darn good attempt.
Written with TommyEnglish and DeLacey, ‘Fool’s Gold’ is a hugely confident second offering from the Norwegian songstress, with a new dimension from BØRNS.
“The song is about looking back on a relationship and realising that maybe it was not quite what you first thought. And the big question you ask yourself: if you will ever have that feeling again.” explains Dagny.
Her EP will be released on 4 August via Republic Records.
The Fauve is the expressive new project from Hayley Taylor.
Originally an acoustic indie/rock singer, Taylor has taken the leap into electronica. But she hasn’t done it lightly. No, Hayley has started by collaborating with musicians like The Bravery‘s Anthony Burulcich, John Morrical (Santigold, Charli XCX, Mr. Little Jeans), and Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson) to create a audacious electronic sound full of shimmering electronics and fiery drumbeats.
ZAYN has met his match, in Norwegian singer and musician Astrid S.
Following on from the epic ‘Paper Thin,’ is the video for ‘Hurts So Good,’ directed by the acclaimed screenwriter and director, Andreas Öhman at Naïve Studio in Sweden.
About the video, Astrid remarks:
“It was a very cool experience to do this music video. I went to Stockholm for two days, and we filmed it by a beautiful summer house outside of the city, as well as in a studio. It felt so uncomfortable doing the scenes with the actor which depict the aspects of a complicated relationship reflected in the song’s lyrics. But after seeing the final result it was so worth it. I’m very happy with the video, and I think it suits both the song and me.”
It’s the lead single from her upcoming, self-titled EP, and was written by Lindy Robbins (Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato) and Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani, Selena Gomez, Little Mix) and produced by Max Martin Studios and MAG. That would explain the strong pop influence!
Of the EP, Astrid says:
“Until now, my fans have had to wait a long time to hear new music from me, one track a year! But, I’ve been in the studio, working hard, and now I have lots to share with you. This May, my first 5 track EP will be coming to you all to listen to whenever and wherever! I am so excited!”
The EP is set to be released on 20 May via Virgin EMI.