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Adam Melchor – “Joyride”

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2019

Singer-songwriter Adam Melchor has caught our attention in recent months with amazing single after amazing single, most recently with “Plan On You” back in March.

Melchor has now returned with his brand new song “Joyride,” a smart and tender offering that has proven why Melchor has emerged as one of our favorite new songwriters. With a distinct and passionate sound that is utterly and completely his own, Melchor shows off some nice production flourishes with some well-placed horns and one of his catchiest numbers to date.

Enjoy a listen to “Joyride” below.
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Vraell – “Expanse”

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2019

Vraell is a singer-songwriter from the UK who has caught our attention with his astonishing new single “Expanse.”

It’s an expansive folk take that puts equal emphasis on his breathtaking vocals as it does with the delicate and atmospheric soundscapes that give in both a larger-than-life and intimate feel, the sort of thing that we got from Bon Iver’s earlier work.

Enjoy a listen to the lovely “Expanse” below, along with a little insight into what the song is about, directly from his mouth:

The song encompasses that feeling of helplessness we sometimes get in the wake of life. How we all suffer under this weight, but when we just push ourselves to seek the new, we always come out of it with clarity and a feeling of rejuvenation and purpose. We aren’t so alone in our pain and when we realise our truth, our path, we can finally begin to start finding it and not feel so lonely and helpless, even if it is really hard for most of the time. This song is the echo of our collective pain, but also the hope that we can find peace and quiet in the daily noise within ourselves and come out of it better people.

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Chloe Foy – “Without You”

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2019

Photo by Dan Wiebe

British singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is an artist who has been releasing a steady slate of singles and covers that have caught our attention every bit as much as the last.

The talented songwriter has returned with her brand new single “Without You,” a track that she says is “about loss and grief but with a little bit of hope in there too.” With some lovely accompanying strings and her typical warm familiar folk-inspired sound, “Without You” is a song that hits all the right notes.

Enjoy a listen to the new single below.
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Melissa Mary Ahern – “Maria, Maria”

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2019

Melissa Mary Ahern is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter who you may remember from her feature on Sufjan Steven’s 2007-based rarity “Lonely Man of Winter” which was released last December via Asthmatic Kitty.

She is gearing up for the release of her self-produced EP which she worked with Doveman (best known for his work with St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens) with the release of her beautiful and delicate single “Maria, Maria,” a song that is described as a “love ballad about a true heart connection with a woman named Maria.”

Get swept off your feet by the lovely single below.
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Boy Scouts – “Get Well Soon”

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2019

Boy Scouts is the moniker of Oakland-based singer-songwriter Taylor Vick, who will release her brand new album Free Company on August 30 via ANTI- Records.

Her music is described as the sort that is like “good advice from a beloved friend.” This is proven to be immediately true on the album’s opening track and single “Get Well Soon,” a track that hits you hard in the core with her lovely vocals and warm and familiar arrangements that take new form under her guidance.
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Giant in the Lighthouse – “Frame”

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2019

Giant in the Lighthouse is the Allston, Massachusetts duo of Peggy O’Sullivan and Adrian Sympson who have shared their new single “Frame,” the second one taken from their debut EP Waving, which will be released on June 28.

The track, led by the gentle fingerpicking of an acoustic guitar and the lovely vocals of O’Sullivan, paints a nostalgic picture that is as melancholic as it is equal parts hopeful as new things lay ahead.
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Haley Heynderickx & Max Garcia Conover – “The Park”

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2019 — with 1 comment

Last year Haley Heynderickx wowed us with her beautiful debut album I Need to Start a Garden, one of our favorites of the year. While many people were giving that album the rightful praise it deserves, you may have missed that she released another project along with Max García Conover.

The two were enlisted by Son Canciones to come together at an organic farm in the middle of nowhere in Spain where they had 7 days to get to know each other and write an EP together and record it. The result was the mini album Among Horses III and “The Park,” is one of the many standout offerings from the release, which is available to listen to below.

Saudade for Daisies – “hands like petals”

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2019

Photo by Morgan Miles

Saudade for Daisies is the project of Rockland County’s Linda Garzia, who has just released her brand new single “hands like petals.”

Recorded in the attic of Anthony and Alex Ebron (full disclosure, they are my good friends), the track is a gorgeous and haunting listen that doesn’t take long to stick with you. It’s not often that music stands out to us around these parts, which makes this song an even bigger triumph.

Enjoy a listen to “hands like petals” below and find the song available to purchase for whatever price you want at her Bandcamp.
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“Someone New” is the second single from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Mara Connor, as well as the debut release from Side Hustle Records (the new record label of PR company Big Hassle).

The track the encounter of seeing her ex-boyfriend with his new lover, her former best friend. The song is a duet with Langhorne Slim, who takes the perspective of the boyfriend. Personal and true, the song connects with the shared perspectives taken by both of these songwriting talents.

Enjoy a listen to “Someone New” below.
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