Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan will release her debut solo album Likewise on January 31st, 2020 via Saddle Creek.

She previously shared the first single “Rare Thing,” and she’s recently returned with her second single, “Now That I’m Back.” It features Quinlan’s signature vocals but given a new sonic dimension full of space and electronics that surely separates her solo effort from her work with Hop Along.
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Peter Bjorn and John – “Reason To Be Reasonable”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

The always reliable Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John will return with their new album Endless Dream on March 13th via Ingrid. Last month they shared first single “Rusty Nail” and they have since returned with second single “Reason To Be Reasonable.”

The track instantly hits you with that vintage melancholic Peter Bjorn and John feeling that feels instantly warm and familiar with that sweet pop groove buried beneath the glorious feeling of melancholy. When asked about the track, Peter went on the explain:

Enjoy a stream of “Reason To Be Reasonable” below and stay tuned for more on the new album very soon.
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Safer – “Countercultural Savior”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019 — with 1 comment

Safer, the project of Mattie Safer (formerly of The Rapture), has returned with his new single “Countercultural Savior” following the previously released “Leave Me Alone,” which we shared earlier this year and was taken from his debut EP Sleepless Nights.

The atmospheric offering has an old school post-punk spirit to its production and sound, one that he wrote about “the rock ā€˜nā€™ roll mystique and the ways our heroes pimp that image to lead their fans toward self-destructive behavior and empty consumerism, all in the name of profit.”

It’s a groovy number that perfectly balances on the line of dance-rock and NYC punk, creating something that feels like a mix between LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes.

Enjoy a listen to “Countercultural Savior” below.
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Chloe Foy – “Never Be the Same Again”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

UK based singer-songwriter Chloe Foy will return with a brand new EP next year and has returned with a brand new single entitled “Never Be the Same Again.” Armed with her strong and passionate vocals and some well-placed strings, the track has that sweeping melancholic feeling that has shined through on all her previous offerings.

With “Never Be the Same Again,” Chloe explains:
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Andy Shauf – “Try Again”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

Andy Shauf will return with his new album The Neon Skyline on January 31 via ANTI- Records. Following the lovely first single “Try Again,” the narrator, his friends, and his ex find themselves at a new bar. On the second single “Try Again,” follows the awkwardly funny and sweets reunion of these former lovers.

The track shines through with Shauf’s signature raconteur-style storytelling painting a vivid picture that feels all too real and true. It’s one of his more upbeat songs too, which captures the happy-sad spirit of the track.

Based on the first two offerings from the album, 2020 is going to get off to a fantastic start with The Neon Skyline.

For now, enjoy a listen to “Try Again” below.
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Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners – “Bins”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners are an independent group based in Colorado, consisting of longtime friends Mitch Cutts, Nic Haughn, Jakob Ervin, and Ryan Lavalle.

They’ve recently let go of their new album Subliming, of which we the track “Bins” that we are sharing with you is taken from. It’s a smooth slow jam that has the tempo and passion of early Local Natives, guided by some chill guitars work that reminds of Mac DeMarco. The track is a big moon, one that hits all the right spots in an authentic emotional manner.

Find “Bins” streaming below and the whole album available to stream and purchase now at Bandcamp.

Caroline Lazar – “Roller Rink”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

New York singer-songwriter Caroline Lazar is an artist we featured twice earlier this year and she has since returned with her brand new single “Roller Rink.”

The track is about Lazer’s story of “putting my own needs aside in order to fit the mold someone has set for me.” A tender and personal offering, she connects with the listener with an authentic approach that sees her expand her sound with some high-end production value and well-placed horns that work magically.

You can find “Roller Rink” streaming below.
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Melissa Mary Ahern – “How Will I Know”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

This summer we featured the lovely track “Maria, Maria” from Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Melissa Mary Ahern. Today we return with her follow-up release, the equally lovely “How Will I Know.”

A sparse and personal folk track, “How Will I Know” taps into a heartfelt space, one that gives a good hard look at romance in a personal manner that feels raw, vulnerable and totally convincing.

Enjoy a listen to “How Will I Know” below.
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