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Playlist: Charlee Remitz

Charlee Remitz

Los Angeles by way of Nashville singer/songwriter Charlee Remitz has just released her album, ‘Sad Girl Music’. It’s full of 80’s inspired synths and breakaway vocals that tell a story of the first flashes of love.

Charlee has put together a playlist together for Indietronica. Check it out below!

Troye Sivan – SUBURBIA

I’ve always admired Troye Sivan’s work in its entirety. His songs are beautifully structured–the melodies, the lyrics, the swelling synths and sparkling production beneath. I tend to stray from most modern pop. It’s become predictable. There are no dramatic or epic imperfections, which is something I think is so important in music. That subtle messy quality, which reminds you this person is human. This side effect of life is relatable. Love is found and lost. Troye Sivan transmogrifies the mundane–that’s what I most admire about this song. It is, in essence, a love letter to suburbia–the most mundane and simple part of our world. Where things look neat and perfect, but wars and exhausted battles are being fought within. Where transformation is often a thing of myth.

Lorde – Homemade Dynamite

Lorde is an elegant songstress. She draws a parallel between princesses and youth, kings and jesters. She has this incredible ability to string all these different parts of life into one teeming soup of tragic, melancholic celebration. There’s an insane relatability there, but also a disconnect, in that you can never imagine rising to such a prodigious understanding of life and its weary inhabitants. I’ve always imagined her heart is a different color than mine. A different shape even. It seems far more resilient and impervious to societal blue. I love how it observes our changing landscape, how it translates it into written word.

Hayley Kiyoko – Sleepover

This song is a wild clump of Forget-Me-Not. That sudden and intense remembrance of everything you had with a lover in your bed, especially knowing you may not ever have it again, as that love is swept away, downstream. But it isn’t nefarious, it’s sweet, it’s a lullaby. There’s no vengeance. I wanted to touch on that same elegance when I wrote about the end of my relationship.

Ariana Grande – Thinking Bout You

I’m not actually a massive Ariana Grande fan. But she does have BIG moments. Big, random, wonderful, spontaneous songs that pop up on each album. “Why Try,” “Thank U, Next,” and this track are all immediate, flawless favorites of mine. A branch of polished pop I can get behind. They all carry like a movie epic. The way they rise and fall, the way she tells a story, it’s like her vocals are afloat.

Aly and AJ – Take Me

This track is a dream. An ode to the 80s. I’ve largely called upon the 80s for inspiration with this album, right down to the fonts used. The 80s have this disconnected sparkle. Everything seems vivid and colorful and the stories are epic, teenagers riding in their classic cars, falling in love on spindle-wired phones. Unrequited love is in drastic overuse, but this story seems brand new. A blue heart turning remarkably pink by the song’s grand finale.

FLETCHER – You Should Talk

I didn’t fully understand this song until I went through a similar situation. Now, it’s the most relatable song to me in the world. There truly is no terror beyond the person you love finding love, comfort, sharing their self and body with someone new. Lately, I’ve been struggling most with the lack of empathy and warmth. The boy I loved, and will probably love forever, has no warmth left. No compassion. When he addresses me, it’s ice cold, and I’m left in his wake, shivering. I’m tired of the misunderstanding. The desire to find a closure that could exist if only he would open up just a bit and tell me his misses me too. It doesn’t need to be our revival, it just needs to be a final, “It was real, but now we let go.”

Katelyn Tarver – You Don’t Know

Simply put, this is the song I cried to, for so long. It’s being misunderstood. It’s wanting to be blue. It’s wishing people would stop poking at you. It’s being sad and not forcing yourself to wipe your tears. It’s ugly. It’s beautiful. It’s just letting it consume you for one moment because you’re sick of being strong. But there’s a triumph in that. Even if it feels like giving up. You’re not. You’re giving in so you can find the strength in unraveling.

John Mayer – In Your Atmosphere

The truest love of mine: John Mayer. Picking just one song was quite the struggle. I landed here because it falls–somewhat–in line with the rest of these. It has that cosmic feel the others do. Some carry it in their production, some in the story, some in the melodic structure. John Mayer is a wordsmith and “In Your Atmosphere” is the perfect break up song for someone like me–who loves being connected to another heart in the world when I’m traveling, who loves coming home to someone. Who loves that drum in my chest, the butterflies in my belly, the buzzing beneath my skin. That anticipation is a miracle. I’ve lost it. I feel terrified I took it for granted and won’t have it again.

Taylor Swift – Call it What You Want

A delicate love story. I remember listening through Reputation for the first time, and winding up in tears after its redemptive finale, with “Call it What You Want” and “New Year’s Day.” I’m not a crier without reason. How she found such a sweet and sound ending to an album that was otherwise filled with revenge, is beyond me, but she did. I wanted to end Sad Girl Music in a similar manner. I wanted it to come full circle. To feel like a journey. To drive, and then, to drift.

Lord Huron – Lost in Time and Space

I was very inclined to select his other, more popular 13 Reasons Why smash success, “The Night We Met,” but felt this track was one I more often heard in my head when I was in a rare moment of silence. Lost in time and space. Isn’t that what we all are? “Drowning in the seas of stars, lost in a galaxy of cocktail bars.” It’s miserable and uplifting. It’s sadness, it’s the distraction you search for, it’s the acceptance: all you have is you. You have you and the stars, and what else–really–do you need? Getting to that place. That final turning moment where you realize, love, as special and beautiful it is with another, love is best enjoyed when it’s found with yourself. When you become resolute–lost in time and space.

Sounds like: Dominique, CAPPA

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NOURI – Where Do We Go From Here

NOURI

We are super excited to share the stunning debut from artist NOURI called ‘Where Do We Go From Here’.

Born in a Syrian refugee camp following the bombing of her family’s home in Kurdistan, NOURI and her family were granted refugee status in New Zealand when she was aged three. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she has worked with four time Grammy award-winning producer Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Lady Gaga), landed a vocal feature in the Hollywood film Daddy’s Home 2, performed the United States National Anthem at the Staples Center for the Knicks v Clippers game and scored the game’s first touchdown in the First Annual Celebrity Football Game for the John Ross II Foundation. Not much then.

The passionate visuals for ‘Where Do We Go From Here’, a song about “the struggle of wanting to be with someone you care deeply for but at the same time wanting to let them go because the timing isn’t right”, features NOURI and model Bennett Jonas.

NOURI is currently working on an EP set to be released in 2019 – expect big things from this unquestionable star.

Sounds like: Ariane Grande, Rihanna, Lady Gaga

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Evalyn – A Pill To Crush

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The music of Evalyn is not the usual sound you hear from Los Angeles of late. It’s playlist, seductive and all together sinful.

‘A Pill to Crush’ is track three on her ‘Salvation’ EP, which examines the seven deadly sins with each song, and explores the sin of wrath in a grungy and hazy pop pit.

The ‘Salvation’ EP is out next week.

Sounds like: Garbage, Lilies on Mars

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ANNALIA – Dust

ANNALIA - Dust

Los Angeles-based ANNALIA shares ‘Dust’ – a summertime song for rainy day.

‘Dust’ doesn’t normally glisten, but this definitely does, as the nostalgic, 80’s inspired pop synths swirl around the listener in an infectious manner.

Expect a five-track EP later in the year.

Sounds like: HAIM, Wet, MUNA, The 1975, The Japanese House, Pale Waves, Monogem

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BoTalks – Fuck It Feat. Caroline Pennell

BoTalks

We are loving these two – a former X Factor winner who goes by the name of Alex Lee Kinsey, and a Swedish songwriter/producer Johan Lindbrant. They both run the Los Angeles-based project BoTalks, creating catchy and melodic electronic pop through fluid but fun songwriting processes.

Their sophomore release, ‘Fuck It’ featuring the legendary vocals of singer/songwriter Caroline Pennell, is about letting love slip through your fingers, but somehow embracing all the feelings you tried to ignore.

Sounds like: Fickle Friends, Billie Eilish

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BAUM – This Body

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Our one to watch in 2018 is BAUM.

The Los Angeles-based pop angel takes control with her defiant anthem ‘This Body’. A song inspired by personal experiences with cat calling and a struggle with an eating disorder, it sends a hugely empowering message.

“One morning, while I was walking to the USC practice rooms on South Figueroa, I got aggressively cat called about my “fat ass.” I’m a fiery person. I talk back. I’m “sassy” and I’m not shy around strangers. I’m typically not someone who is great at “taking the higher road” or letting things go, but in that situation, I felt like a delicate flower. When a man confronts you without batting an eyelash, verbally scrutinizing your body, you feel like nothing. This man was asserting his dominance over me, letting me know that he was entitled to my body — looking, commenting, maybe even touching. So, I went inside the practice rooms with my face red and hot. I grew up in New York City. This was not the first time I had been cat called on a street corner, but for some reason it particularly bothered me that day. It was kind of a perfect storm because I felt like I wanted to yell or cry or something, and I had literally just stepped into a practice room with a piano. I started saying things that I wanted to hear — “I got my power,” “this body is my home” etc. Looking back on that experience, I guess writing the song was my way of getting my power back in the moment.

I recovered from an eating disorder in the summer of 2016, which is when I wrote this song. My whole life I grew up completely buying into the media’s definition of beauty. I thought that I needed to be rail thin (not my body type) and utterly despised any fat on my stomach. I started my first diet around the age of ten, and my battle with food, guilt, and self loathing continued on throughout the next ten+ years. For me, performing “This Body” is a reminder to myself that I’m sexy and I’m beautiful and I have all of my confidence. That’s why I start every show with it. It’s not just like I’m telling these lyrics to other people, but I’m sort of talking to myself as well.

My sophomore year of college, I was extremely lucky in that so many positive elements aligned themselves in my life. I had a boyfriend who loved my body and reassured me while I put on much needed weight and got increasingly healthier. I moved into an apartment with friends who were like family and were more supportive than I could have ever hoped for. That year, I also found the body positivity movement on social media. I read articles and watched videos of women talking about the stuff I had never been able to articulate and would never have felt comfortable articulating. All of these factors in my life came together and really allowed me to grow and to love myself. That kind of opened a door for me and inspired me to write about being a woman in very literal terms.

Honestly, my hope for this song is just that someone, somewhere can listen to it and feel what I feel hearing powerful women talk about loving themselves. When I see a quote that makes smile or a picture of someone owning their body, I feel companionship, knowing that we’re all in it together, and I feel empowered myself. If I can do that for someone else, then I will know I have accomplished something huge.”

Sounds like: Adele, Austra, YONAKA, MUNA, HAIM, Adele

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Kaerhart – For What It’s Worth

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Hot on the heels of The Women’s March last week, US singer Kaerhart shares her gritty new single ‘For What It’s Worth’, a reimagined version of Buffalo Springfield‘s 1987 protest song.

It is a project in collaboration with Los Angeles-based producer Dead Robot.

When speaking on the single Kaerhart share remarks “I was in a session with my good friend and producer, Dead Robot. We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and everything going on in our political climate. We wanted to convey that feeling into a song and decided that there would be no better way than to cover one of the greatest protest songs of all time – ‘For What Its Worth.'”

Months ago I was in a session with my good friend and producer, @chrisdeadrobot . We were both feeling outraged and upset about the state of the world and decided to channel that angst into covering our favorite protest song: For What It’s Worth. While working on the track, I had this realization that a lot of the issues our culture faced during the 1960s are a lot of the same concerns we are still facing today. This song serves as a reminder that for generations humans have continued to make the same mistakes… But I believe we are living in a critical time, one where we can finally begin choosing LOVE over fear. . The @womensmarch in 2017 had a profound impact on me. It was the first time I  felt that level of unity and hope for our future. I shot this video over the weekend with my partner @luke.vincente to try and capture that same feeling that initially helped inspire this song. We are so much stronger when we stand together than when we are apart. I feel grateful to be living in these times; though they may feel dark, we have the power to come together and change things for a better future. ✊🏻 . Thank you so much for listening + watching. To hear the full version of the song, check the link in my bio and stories. ⛓ Also, for those amazing souls that were in this video with me- please tag yourself in the comments below!! xx

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Sounds like: Harry, CAPPA, Dominique

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Mines Falls – In the Rain

Mines Falls

Mines Falls are a brother duo from Los Angeles. They create piano ballads with the addition of electronic instrumentation.

As the title suggests, ‘In the Rain’ is a moody track full of both strength and sadness.

Listen below before buying tickets to one of their East Coast shows.

Sounds like: The National, James Blake, Solomon Grey

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Le Youth – I Could Always Feat. MNDR

Le Youth

Los Angeles-based producer Le Youth releases a slightly surprising more chilled out track than usual, featuring talented American producer, singer, songwriter MNDR who has worked with the likes of Mark Ronson, RAC and Flume.

Speaking of the track, Le Youth explains,

“…Creatively speaking, ‘I Could Always’ is a bit different from the other songs I’ve put out. It’s not dance and it’s not pop. The music, vocal, and video come together to create a vibe that’s hard to describe, but you just get it… That’s how I knew this needed to come out. I’m so excited to share this one.”

It’s out now via Parametric/Atlantic Records.

Sounds like: RAC, Pink Feathers, Mark Ronson

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Playlist: Chelsea Lankes

Chelsea Lankes

It’s not long until the end of the year, and what better way to see 2017 through with a playlist from Chelsea Lankes. This one goes out to all the ladies, and is probably one of the best playlists we’ve ever had! Lucky you!

“Here are some favorites over the last couple months including songs from favorite albums this year: SZA, Phoebe Bridgers, YOUTH, Lorde and Wolf Alice. Also I put a few singles from female pop artists I love and respect! To be enjoyed while driving at night, at low key parties, showering or anywhere you might sing really loud alone. 🙂”

…And whilst we have you, give Chelsea’s new track a spin too.

Sounds like: MUNA, Wet, Evvy, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Ji Nilsson, Tove Styrke, Carousel, Kitten, Nina, Mikky Ekko, Remmi, Cappa

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