Cassidy King – “Polaroid”

By Will Oliver, November 19th 2019

Hailing from Chardon, Ohio, singer-songwriter Cassidy King has returned with her new single “Polaroid,” following her previous release “Professional Smiler.” The track features a free-floating pop sensation that reminds a lot of some of the work of recent rising pop stars such as Maggie Rogers.

Of the track, Cassidy notes:

“Polaroid” is about realizing you have every right to let go. That it’s ok to separate yourself from toxic relationships, whether that be familial or romantic. You’re under no obligation to maintain a relationship for the needs of someone else, if it’s breaking you in the process.”

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Kirrah Amosa – “Undefeated”

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2019

Kirrah Amosa is an r&b singer who splits time between Sydney, Australia, and Los Angeles and who has just caught some well-deserved attention for the release of her brand new single “Undefeated.”

“Undefeated” was “inspired by the strength it takes to keep going when it’s getting too hard. It is spoken from the perspective of someone in a relationship but can relate to anyone overcoming any struggle.” The track features a heartfelt and emotional vocal performance with some sharp production that helps guide her thoughtful message forward in a most confident fashion.
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Winona Oak – “Let Me Know”

By Will Oliver, October 15th 2019

Photo by Andreas Öhman

Rising Swedish pop singer Winona Oak has returned with her lovestruck new single “Let Me Know,” a track that she released on her birthday via Neon Gold Records / Atlantic Records.

The track soars to life in a grand fashion that feels like a bit of the emotional vocal range of Imogen Heap with the big grand nature of Florence and the Machine or Marina (and the Diamonds). A lot of today’s pop falls shy of expectations for me but this is the sort of soaring pop magic that is simply irresistible in every way.

Find the music video for the track, which was directed by Andreas Öhman. It’s cler that Oak is someone to keep a firm eye on as her star is so clearly on the rise.
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Sara Ontaneda – “Hey Maria”

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2019

Sara Ontaneda is an Ecuadorian-American (whose based out of New York City) singer, who carefully blends elements of folk, r&B and South American sounds to create something of her own.

She recently returned with her new single “Hey Maria,” a smart and well-built track that showcases her smooth as all hell vocals bu also some lovely instrumentation that plays with r&b and even light elements of pop and jazz.

Here’s what Ontaneda about the inspiration of the single:

The inspiration behind “Hey Maria” came when the singer was visiting her family in Ecuador and the TV was on. The news channel she was watching was talking about the shocking statistics of Femicide and Violence Against Women in Latin America and the world. The singer realized how a lot of times women are judged unfairly when getting into these situations.

You can find “Hey Maria” available to stream right now below.
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Aza Nabuko – “Fade Away”

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2019

This summer saw Vancouver, BC-based 16-year-old multi-instrumentalist Aza Nabuko release her self-titled debut album via JumpAttack! Records.

Nabukowas raised on a “healthy dose of mountain air and eclectic music” and puts that to good use with her music, which finds a powerful balance between pop ballads and chilled out indie. Take her big sweeping single “Fade Away,” a track that showcases her larger than life vocals over some tender and well-built pop ballad orchestration. At just 16, it’s pretty clear that she has quite a promising future ahead of her.

Find the music video for “Fade Away” posted below.
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Your Smith – “In Between Plans”

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2019

Your Smith, the project of Los Angeles’ Caroline Smith, has returned with her sunny and infectious new single “In Between Plans,” which was recently released via Neon Gold Records.

The track finds a groovy mix between smart indie-pop that is full of infectious energy and an undeniable hook that seems to grow and grow further as the song goes along.

Enjoy a listen to “In Between Plans” below via an official lyric music video, which was directed by Gemma Warren.
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Be The Bear – “Mermaid”

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2019

Emerging Swedish pop star Be The Bear has returned with her new single “Mermaid, which was released on May 31st via her own Loud Attic Records.

Be The Bear’s Christina Wehage originally wrote the song for a friend who was going through a dark time but it’s really a love song to anyone who struggles with mental illness. It’s a sonic representation of a loving hug and a friendly offering of support.By releasing during Mental Health Awareness month, Christina hopes that her new single will help to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Enjoy a listen to the lovely pop offering below.
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Baby Bulldog – “In The Morning”

By Will Oliver, January 6th 2019 — with 1 comment

Baby Bulldog is the solo project of Steph Barker, a drummer out of LA whose played behind the kit for the likes of Kate Nash, Your Smith, and Coast Modern. This summer she made her debut with her infectious debut single “I Rly Rly Like U,” the first song released from her debut EP. She started of the new year off by dropping the EP, along with the fun synth-led single “In The Morning.”

Enjoy a stream of “In The Morning” below and find the whole EP available to purchase now via iTunes.

RO – “F**ked Up Over You”

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2018

RO is a Melbourne-based songwriter who earlier this year released her debut single “Diary” and has recently returned with it’s follow up, “F**cked Up Over You,” a track “about playing the player, and deflating the ego of an ex-lover.”

Theitsfessional and honest offering finds a nice line between an emotional framework and a pop-minded vocal and melody that works magnificently under the control of RO’s strong performance.

Enjoy a listen to “F**ked Up Over You” below with it’s official music video which was directed by Peter Hume.
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Jesse Jo Stark – “Mystery”

By Will Oliver, November 4th 2018

Los Angeles singer Jesse Jo Stark, who we just caught opening for The Vaccines at Music Hall of Williamsburg, is back with new single “Mystery,” a follow-up to her debut EP Dandelion, released just this summer.

“Mystery” is a retro-fitted single that showcases her strong vocals that recall a bit of that rearview mirror focused vocals that Lana Del Rey broke out with. It has a pretty big chorus that takes it all home in a nice fashion.

Check out “Mystery” below and if you dig it, you can purchase a copy here.