5 Chill (and Eclectic) Indie Singles

by Carly Schorman

Bobby Baritone

“Shaving Private Ryan”

Bobby Baritone has a low-key indie style that makes me think he’d mesh well with in Phoenix. Maybe we’ll get a chance to find out this summer when the Seattle performer sets off on tour. Matthew Fildey is the songwriter behind the Bobby Baritone moniker, in a sorta Diners/Tyler Blue Broderick situation. And, truth be told, “Shaving Private Ryan” reminds me a bit of that hometown favorite [Diners] in its innocent and unabashed feel, both in the songwriting and in the delivery.  The single comes to us from Bobby Baritone’s new EP, Scum Rock, which is due out later this month. Pre-Order is available through Bandcamp!

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Foresteater

“Pretend Land”

Phoenix-based songwriter Mikey Pro launched Foresteater in 2015 as the vehicle for his trippy brand of buoyant indie rock “after a dream he had about a band playing on an island in outer-space surrounded by electric rainbows.” That’s actually the perfect way to describe the Foresteater sound. Blurring that rock/pop line, Foresteater’s “Pretend Land” takes some of the grounding of grunge to help tether that candy-coated sound and we love it.

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River Whyless

“Born in the Right Country”‘

The indie-folk-rock act known as River Whyless is gearing up for the launch of their new album, Kindness, A Rebel, which is due out through Roll Call Records this coming June. Annnd releasing “Born in the Right Country” as the first single from that record is definitely a bold step in putting your message where your music is as the N.C. questions the random luck of birthright and concept of the American Dream. Of course, River Whyless does this all in a Baroque Folk / Indie Pop style that has counting down days until the June 8th release date of Kindness, A Rebel. Pre-order the new album through Bandcamp today!

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Erin Rae

“Can’t Cut Loose”

Truth be told, I’ve only glimpsed windswept plains of North America, but I imagine that if they could sing, they would sound a lot like Erin Rae. Riding along that sometimes indetermintate line between indie-folk and Americana, Erin Rae’s latest single, “Can’t Cut Loose”, showcases the artist’s talent for translating the heaviness of earthly sorrows through her ethereal voice. “Can’t Cut Loose” is the first single from Erin Rae’s forthcoming LP, Putting on Airs, which is due out in June through Single Locke Records.

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Laura Jean Anderson

“Silence Won’t Help Me Now”

Laura Jean Anderson also comes to us from the great state of Washington, but this time from Olympia. After moving to California to study classical voice at CalArts, Anderson spent some time picking up farm work in South America, and back in Washington, before returning to her newfound home in Los Angeles. Some of you might remember she passed through Phoenix last year while working on new material. “Silence Won’t Help Me Now” is the first single from that new collection from the songwriter.

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5 Smooth NeoSoul Jams

by Carly Schorman

Truvonne

“Crazy Love”

“Crazy Love” started out as a simple freestyle before Truvonne decided to flesh it out into a fully-formed single. That’s rad because last year it was Truvonne’s “Alright” that had us enthralled (and made our Best of 2017 list). “Crazy Love” has that tranced-out vibe that locked us down in Truvonne’s camp way back when. This fresh single captures that chill Truvonne musicality while the lyrics make the jealous type thing seem, well, kinda hot.

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 Robotaki

“Butterscotch”

Toronto’s Preston Chin might be better known by his onstage moniker, Robotaki. Bringing together electronica elements with R&B on his new single, “Butterscotch”, Robotaki achieves something hip and totally fresh. And that’s really saying something for a dude whose fan group is called “Science Lab Group” and publicly lists his personal email address for all things Harry Potter-related. “Butterscotch” is sultry in a way I don’t first think of when I think “Potterhead”. Obviously, that’s my limitation. “Butterscotch” also features the talents of Jamie Fine and Falcxne and can be found on Robotaki’s latest EP, Science, which came out this week.

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Kaprii

“Insecure”

Man, this new song from Kaprii is really resonating with me right now, as I’m sure it will with anyone who’s been forced to deal with a personal relationship that starts to compromise your sense of self-worth, whether romantic or otherwise. Kaprii moves into a chillax space before unfurling her lyrical knots. Zone out to this song and think about who you need to sing (or scream) these lyrics to. Consider it your act of self-care for the day.

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Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez

“Unarmed”

This new track from Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez starts off with a jazzy sound, but these elements will remain fixed as the groundwork upon which “Unarmed” is constructed. Personally, I can’t decide what I like more: the poetical approach to the lyrics or the vocals that deliver them. There is definitely an experimental element to this track that goes beyond the blurring of genres. Something akin to Alt-R&B or Americana-Jazz. Whatever it is, New York’s Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez creates a compelling soundscape on “Unarmed”.

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Rainbow Dog

“Pleasure”

Maia Quin joins Rainbow Dog’s lead singer, Agnes Azria, to address pleasure and its potential price on the new single from this L.A.-based Future Soul Jazz-Fusion band. “Pleasure” actually marks Rainbow Dog’s debut on the recorded music front and I’m super digging the modern lounge style for a chill evening at home with friends… or, I guess, just one friend. Just don’t have too much fun unless you’ve properly considered the “price for pleasure” or Rainbow Dog won’t be impressed. After all, they issued fair warning. As mentioned, this is just the first single from the band so follow Rainbow Dog to stay current on future releases.

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5 Eclectic Indie Singles

by Carly Schorman

Mt. Joy

“Mt. Joy”

In the year(+) since Mt. Joy hit the music scene, they’ve certainly cultivated a fanbase for their buoyant indie sound and have more than 18 million Spotify streams to prove it. The L.A. (by way of Philadelphia) act dropped this s/t single just in time for a slew of scheduled performances at this year’s SXSW. Talk about an introduction to the Mt. Joy sound. “Mt. Joy” combines raw emotional charge with a carefully crafted down-home sound. If you don’t know Mt. Joy, you’re going to want to get on that.

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Follies & Vices

“Statuesque”

This duo from Seattle fuses indie pop and hip hop for something a little different and that makes us like them all the more. This chill number mixes up contemplative lyrics with a lush, genre-blurring soundscape for a fresh and harmonious feel. Rob Auerbach and Tanner Houghton, the musical partners behind Follies & Vices, relocated to Echo Park so they can regularly be found playing the L.A. haunts. Maybe we’ll get them to cross the desert for some PHX gigs. Until then, check out “Statuesque” from Follies & Vices.

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Castelle ft. Nic Hanson

“We Don’t Need to Dance”

Castelle gives shape to some slick indie-electro tracks and “We Don’t Need to Dance” is just one such example. The artist combines indie pop and R&B with an array of influences from House to Bossa Nova that all merge and mesh on his debut EP, Polychromatic, due out later this month. “We Don’t Need to Dance” is catchy with its kickback energy and sexy hook featuring Nic Hanson. Yes, I said sexy. The rest of the EP drops on 4/20 so mark your calendar.

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Westrin & Mowry

“Cold Rain”

There’s an old-timey feel to this new track from Westrin & Mowry that makes me feel like slow-dancing through my living room in the slight chill of this dwindling desert winter. “Cold Rain” puts a bluesy spin on indie-folk that will have you feeling the same. Brian Westrin and Peter Mowry, the Americana songwriting duo from Michigan behind the act, have been playing together for 15 years, but they’ve got something big planned for 2018. If “Cold Rain” is any indication of what’s to come, you’re going to want to make sure Westrin & Mowry are on your radar.

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Ailey

“It Goes”

This experimental indie track will draw you into its meditative soundscape of richly layered vocals supported by minimal instrumentation. “It Goes” is simple yet entrancing. The Arizona-based artist is currently traveling/living in Mexico where rumor has it she’s also working on new recordings. If you get drawn into the Ailey sound with “It Goes” you’ll end up joining us in the wait for new songs upon her return, but there might be a Justin Bieber cover lurking on her Soundcloud page if you want to hear another side of Ailey.

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Castle Bravo by Kill Your TV [album review]

by Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

On March 31st, Kill Your TV took the stage along with Aerico and The Linecutters to release their electrifying new record, Castle Bravo.

For an Arizona punk band based out of Gilbert, the contemporarily formatted frustration highlights the genre’s local growth and unique suburban angst. While many of us who’ve lived in Gilbert attempt to escape our connections to the LDS-based gentrification of what was once a small farming town, Kill Your TV uses that anger and rejection to fuel the flames of their emotional symphony.

The foursome made up of Aaron Rizo, Jake Meland, Alex Moree, and Jackson Obregon skirt through the well-mastered 30 minute album with theatrics and panache. With vocals that slightly resemble the caustic style of Slipknot, songs like “Condemn” and “Til You’re Dead” give respect to melodic instrumentation while pairing itself in a constant battle with the vocals of protest. Punk wouldn’t be truly punk without a little bit of adversity; and the adversity of sounds featured on the album will no-doubt get fists pumping.

What makes further entries in the album, like “Convulsions”, so addicting is the supernatural battle of music as the vocals almost seem eager to challenge the chord progressions, while projecting their angst in extended screams. While this album is undeniably punk in genre and spirit, small analog synths and distortion break up the monotony found in other acts. Staying faithful to a genre can sometimes reveal certain production mainstays, but Kill Your TV successfully challenges the status quo by stacking the album like a delicious homemade cake with sprinkles on top.

Aside from my own favorite tracks, what truly makes Castle Bravo special is the aural clarity and production value found on each track. For recording and mixing Castle Bravo, Jirix Mie Paz should be given a Grammy because each entry is given the artistic respect local albums deserve, but don’t always receive. While some local bands suffer from poor mastering and muffled sound (be it on purpose or not), Castle Bravo by KYTV shows you can display intense grit while not compromising the quality of your album.

Castle Bravo should be added to anyone’s collection looking to see where the genre will take itself in the near-future.

Favorite Tracks:
Bleed
Convulsions
Untitled
Euphoria

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3 Rad New Local Releases

by Carly Schorman

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

Laugh to Keep from Crying

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is more than a band; it’s a social force for good that started right here in Arizona… in case you didn’t glean that from the name. PAO brought down the house at The Van Buren a little more than a week back with the release of their sophomore recording, Laugh to Keep from Crying. The four-track vinyl clocks in at more than 30 minutes of music to really gather up fans in the flurry of their cross-continental sound.

In addition to carrying on the tradition of Afrobeat in the AZ desert, the 16-piece really lives up to the orchestral implications of their names as well. A rich field of percussion is layered with vibrant horns while lead vocalist Camille Sledge stands at the helm, ready to usher in a creative revolution and a new era for all of humanity (not just Phoenix) with the band’s powerful message.

I, for one, definitely hope that when the revolution comes, we’re all shouting, “PAO! PAO! PAO!” In fact, Imma’ start practicing right now while listening to Laugh to Keep from Crying. You should do the same. It will revive your weary soul.

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Harrison Fjord

Polychrome

Harrison Fjord combines indie rock and smooth jazz for a fresh new sound that makes me feel like I should definitely have an artisanal cocktail in my hand before I proceed along the sonic journey that is Polychrome.

The seven musicians from Chandler who make up Harrison Fjord are more than proficient players, there is a fluidity to the band’s sound that feels completely natural, as easy to maintain as breath. This allows them to create such vibrant and dynamic soundscapes on their songs.

Just listen to “Ace’s Wounds” which tops out at almost seven minutes. Totally seamless through every harmony and change in time signature. But, really, you should listen to the entire album from start to finish because it is an encompassing experience.

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Captain Squeegee

Harmony Cure

The Phoenix ensemble known as Captain Squeegee is back with more jazzy future funk. Harmony Cure, their latest EP, brings fans spaceships and time terrorists and more wild (but totally plausible) musings from the mind of Squeegee ringleader, Danny Torgersen.

There’s definitely a theatrical sensibility that shines through  Captain Squeegee’s music (and not just their music videos). Each song is complex and, while the album does all fit together, each track feels like a complete thought rather than just a piece of some looming whole. Unless, of course, the WHOLE in this circumstance is the ongoing Captain Squeegee message. And, that message is an optimistic one… well, sorta. Harmony Cure seems optimistic about the future, but maybe not so much about the present.

There are some rumors circulating about a Captain Squeegee flash mob and maybe a music video to come so I expect more fun is in the works from this act. They’re usually brewing up something unusual to help keep PHX weird.

Catch Captain Squeegee live at Last Exit Live in April with The Funky Knuckles (more info here).

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5 Mellow Singles to Help You Unfurl

by Carly Schorman

Sabiyha

“Bird”

Get ready for a voice that will haunt you. “Bird”, the debut single from London-based artist, Sabiyha, provides the perfect introduction to the combined power of her lyricism and vocals. Brooding, orchestral indie-folk sets the backdrop for the heart-wrenching performance on “Bird” as the songwriter explores the cultural displacement she experienced as an individual of Indo-Caribbean descent “trying to assimilate into a world where I didn’t truly fit in.”  The single comes to us from Sabiyha’s debut EP, Hollow Bones, which is due out later this month. Not to be missed.

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 The Hails

“Younger”

Fusing together a modern indie sound with a 70s style pop groove, The Hails from Gainesville [FL] crafted this slinky new single. Vocalist Robbie Kingsley lays out a lounge vibe while the slowly building instrumental gains more focus as the track progresses; always fluidly interwoven with the vocal layers. “Younger” by The Hails is perfect for long afternoons and early cocktail hours.

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Sarah Chapman

“Distraction”

Some of you might best know Sarah Chapman as the frontwoman of Phoenix’s Ghost Cat Attack, but the songwriter has another side… something a little more stripped-down and sultry. Chapman frequently performs around the Valley in this solo-mode, but fans can now take home the intimacy of those acoustic performances with Let Love Shine  – the brand-new EP slated for release this weekend. “Distraction” offers us the first taste of what’s to come and, at the same time, a small glimpse into the songwriter’s inner workings as she looks to balance that #artlyfe and her love life.

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Delafaye

“Anyway”

Delafaye (aka Andrew Shockley) first captured our attention last year with the release of three new EPs (yep, THREE). Looks like the Louisville songwriter has no plans of slowing down in 2018. “Anyway” came out earlier this month through Street Mission Records and marks Delafaye’s first single since last September. My guess is that the prolific Delafaye cooked up some stellar new songs during that six-month hiatus in releases and “Anyway” is only our first sampling of what’s to come. If so, this is looking like a promising year for Delafaye fans.

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 Vintage Clothes

“See Her Fantasies”

Phoenix’s Vintage Clothes released their jazzy debut s/t EP back in January and on that release you can find this funky track, “See Her Fantasies”. Vintage Clothes combines the talents of Michael Oden and Matt Oliverio for a retro-styled sound for a chill vibe that could easily fit in at any hip downtown piano bar. “See Her Fantasies” is about more than looking beyond the woman to see the fantasies that lurk beneath; it’s about breaking down those gender barriers that seek to cage us all.

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5 Fresh HipHop Singles for Your Weekend Playlist

by Carly Schorman

Mouse Powell

“Coffee”

Picking just one single to feature from Mouse Powell’s latest album is a challenge in of itself. The album features some choice guest spots from PHX musicians, like Jason Devore of Authority Zero and Andy Chaves of Katastro. “Coffee” mixes musings on love and sobriety with a funky beat while Sarah Robinson lends her pipes to the backing vocals to add some sass to this single. If you missed the release show for First Love, you missed out. Don’t make the same mistake on this album.

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Balkan Bump

“Aymo”

Talib Kweli just passed through Phoenix to play a show with some super cool locals (see also: Wolfzie, Tru Vonne, and Futuristic), but if you missed that one, you can enjoy his collaborative appearance on this new single from Balkan Bump. For those not currently in the know, Balkan Bump is the new musical undertaking from trumpet player, producer, Oakland resident, and ethnomusicologist Will Magid. “Aymo” was released through the artist’s on imprint, Lowtemp Music, in anticipation of his s/t debut. I’m definitely digging the Eastern European folk infusion with some Oaktown hiphop so I’m keeping watch Balkan Bump by Balkan Bump.

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Black One

“Breaking Infinity”

Arizona’s own Black One dropped his latest LP just in time for Xmas, but if you didn’t find a copy under your tree, you can still snag the release through Bandcamp. Breaking Infinity comes in at 13 tracks (intro included) and even features a guest spot from Random aka Mega Ran, but the title track was an early stand out for me. The production on the underlying soundscape is sharp and rich in innovative elements that break away from all those other boring beats out that get sent to us every week by way of submission. Check out “Breaking Infinity”, the single, and then score the full album over on Bandcamp to throw some support to the artist.

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Optimystical

“Heaven”

This experimental hiphop act brings you “Heaven” right from the PHX. Optimystical combines elements of soul and jazz with hiphop and then sends that sound on the Stream of Consciousness for a free-flowing vibe. I’m definitely digging this new act on the rise. You should take “Heaven” for a spin and then all you locals should make plans to catch the Optimystical experience live ASAP.

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Jpaulished

“Top Down”

If you’re looking for that weekend kickback song, this might be it. You can spin “Top Down” from Jpaulished while driving around (definitely with the top down if that’s an option) and the music on blast. You can feel the stress from the week – bad workdays and bad dates – melt away  until you’re left feeling as mellow as the beat that drives the single.

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Kid Mango Premieres “threes” [track + interview]

The D.C.-based artist known as Kid Mango has a sweet new single to share today. There’s a conversational framework to the music that lends the hiphop track a jazzy, spoken-word vibe as we move through this triptych aptly titled, “threes”.

We gave radio listeners a sneak peek of the track a couple weeks ago, but we’re super excited to share the official premiere of “threes” from Kid Mango. Smash that play button so the song can set a chill vibe while you peruse our Q&A with the man, Kid Mango, himself…

YabYum: What first led you to music-making?

Kid Mango: My Grandmother ran a Western classical music school in Bangalore, and until I was like seven or eight, it operated out of the house I grew up in. So I was constantly surrounded by kids butchering, like, baroque composers. She decided the violin was the way for me and that I was going to be the next Paganini or something.

I wasn’t bad, honestly, but it never took. While I do have love and respect for Western classical music, hip-hop (which was also from the other side of the world) always resonated more with my reality. I ended up moving to the States at eleven and from there I was hooked.

I tried to make some music with friends in high school, but we got nothing recorded. Robert [Don] is a roommate of one of my best friends from college and he’s a really talented musician. I was at his house one day and was saying if some of these dudes I ran into at parties could call themselves rappers, I should too. He was like, “aight,” and next thing we were in his room making beats. I think neither of us was taking it too seriously, but then we started making something interesting.

Kid Mango is an interesting moniker. Is there a story behind the name?

I really wish there was something. Here’s where I could throw down the Indian shit heavy. A perfectly ripe mango is a symbol of perfection. I’ve had to literally chase monkeys out of my grandmother’s living room who had come in feast on the mangoes that were bought for me. Also, I’m always telling people in the Western Hemisphere they’ve never really had a mango and I’m trying to get back to that childhood bliss of passing out from gorging myself on mangoes.

I feel like that is all in play, but I just had pick something. We were sitting on music, unable to move forward, because I lacked a name. I suggested it as joke, and really laughed myself out the room.

Who helped you create “threes”?

This was probably the most collaborative track on the tape. Robert Don produced, mixed and mastered. You can find his other stuff at http://www.robertgdon.com/. Katie Solomon sings the chorus and is the frontman of jakals (http://jakalsmusic.com/). Oluwaseun Odubiro slays the bass on the track. The underlying image accompanying the track is some street art in Spain by Daniel Shkolnik.

Did you record all the instrumentation yourself or did you draw from samples or both?

I had flu when the beat was made, so I got there and slept through the session, waking up at random points to throw in an inane suggestion. One being we needed a non 4/4 time signature, so Robert met me in the middle with 9/4 for the chorus. It was a mix of samples and live instruments. Robert played the organ and Olu played the bass, then their parts were sliced and laid back in.

I see the album was recorded in Brooklyn. Are you from the area or did you matriculate to BK?

I’ve actually never lived there, couch surfed for minute, mostly just leeching off the rep. Honestly, I have stopped saying “recorded in a bedroom in Brooklyn” because, while true, makes me seem like the ill poser.

Robert lives there though. We produced and recorded it in his bedroom. It’s funny, he was working at a studio at the time too, so he got free actual studio time, but I never liked the vibe. Plus, it felt ridiculous making someone who has won a Grammy listen to my songs and be like “not bad, dude.” My friend Olu plays bass on “threes” and he’s actually from BK tho.

Oh, and I worked at a bagel shop in Crown Heights for, like, six months.

Can you tell us a little about your songwriting process?

Yeah,  so I’d go in on Tuesdays. I’d like get wasted in the corner and make unhelpful suggestions as Robert made the beats. It was really important to me to be there for this part of the process. The beats were an attempt to try to capture emotions. I had the idea that the tape would be the emotional roller coaster of some random night out so we tried to fit into a mind state following that progression.

Then I just listened to the beat over and over again, like over a week, until I felt I was in it and just rap over it where ever I went. I write down what was good and then just sit in my room and see what hit.

What was the inspiration behind this single?

This is the stage of the night where you are getting into some faux/real deep shit, as the people start to dwindle. The beat was initially split, so I thought it would be cool if we could come in on a story and then break into the rap. We tried out a couple of ways and this one really seemed to build well with the beat. The train really fit with the forward momentum of tracks.

The “three pieces” were the most interesting part of the story and, culturally, we also put a high value on that number. Things like the holy trinity; story structure; the comedic rule of three; primary colors; the colonially split of India. People are about the number, it feels significant, just like this event did to me.

Robert came up with the chorus and we thought Katie (from the Jakals) would be ideal or it. The middle was crazy so I just wanted to have fun with it and then bring it in for the end. That heartbeat shit at the end was low key giving me panic attacks as I listened to it, so I wanted to say something grounding over it.

What do you do when you’re not making music?

I do a little sculpture, act a little. I’m trying to drink more tea. Mostly shoot the shit with my friends and toil away at something.

What’s next for Kid Mango? Mixtape in the days/weeks to come?

Big things I hope. Dropping the mixtape/EP ‘Same Outfit’ March 22nd wherever one get’s their music, so get hype for that. Looking to make more cool shit, so feel free to hit me up.

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5 Stellar Singer-Songwriters

by Carly Schorman

Avi Jacob

“Pickup Truck”

Ask anyone down at #YabYumHQ and they tell you I have a propensity for sad  bastard music. It’s my thing. Avi Jacob dives deep into that well of emotions we all harbor inside to offer compassion and clarity, but it might break your heart in the process. As someone who lost a parent young, “Pickup Truck” just kills me every time. But it’s more than the resonating lyrics, it’s Jacob’s heart-wrenching delivery that really hits home. “Pickup Truck” was recorded in the dead of a New England winter with some help from James and Simone Felice. The single is more than a promising start for forthcoming EP which will be coming out through Skate Mountain Records later this year.

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Veronica Bianqui

“Sunday Cups”

Veronica Bianqui made our list of 2017 favorites with her single, “Victim”, and she’s back to charm us with this mellow, harmony-rich number. “Sunday Cups” kicks off with a simple drumbeat and there isn’t much additional instrumentation on the track. That’s because the vocal layers fill in the blanks in this lush soundscape. Bianqui’s L.A. garage-pop style takes on a bluesy slink for this new song and I’m digging it.

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John Errol

“Dead Man Walking”

I love the dreamy layers of alt-country “mumble-core” one encounters on John Errol’s new single, “Dead Man Walking”, but know going in, that where you begin this journey is not where you’ll end up. The single simultaneously makes me think folk music of the future; starting like a grainy photograph you find in a secondhand store and slowly building then dissolving in ominous waves. John Errol is a find for the real music lovers out there; the ones who still buy the album.

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Matt Dorrien

“Baby I’m So Lost”

If you’re looking for a piano ballad to win back the one that got away, I suggest you give “Baby I’m So Lost” by Matt Dorrien a spin. This single comes to us from Dorrien’s upcoming release, In the Key of Grey, which is due out from Mama Bird Recording on April 27th. “Baby I’m So Lost” is as much a song as it is an expression of loss that is all too familiar. Like having a stiff drink in a smokey bar at three o’clock in the afternoon on a dismal day. Even if you haven’t been in that exact situation, it’s all too human and easy to imagine the hurt. The Portland songwriter’s somber expression of heartbreak is both restrained and overwhelming. I can’t wait for the rest of the album.

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Bryde

“To Be Brave”

Everyone should have a copy of this single from Bryde for those rough moments that leave you doubting yourself. London-based singer-songwriter released “To Be Brave” in prelude to her debut LP, Like An Island, which is due out next month. Bryde delivers her introspective lyrics in a voice that carries an emotional edge that borders on desperation against a post-grunge backdrop. You can’t help being swept up into the music despite the minimal instrumentation. All you need is Bryde’s words and voice. Check out “To Be Brave” and don’t forget to check out the complete LP once it drops on April 13th!

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5 Radio-Ready Jams to Add to Your Playlist

Magdalena Bay

“Waking Up”

The synth-centered sounds of Magdalena Bay will have you feeling like your floating in a neon dream on a cool, coastal night with their new single, “Waking Up”. The pop duo of Mica Tenenbaum (Singer/Songwriter) and Matthew Lewin (Songwriter/Producer) create retro-styled electro-pop with a completely modern aesthetic. You’ll want to put on your sunglasses, even after the sun has set, and chill out to the sounds of Magdalena Bay.

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W.A.S.H.

“Take It Slow”

The duck-masked duo known as W.A.S.H. just dropped a fresh new single just in time for Valentine’s Day (even if we might be a week late). “Take It Slow”, which features the vocal talents of Cody Ballentine, sets the mood for a romantic connection on the dance floor. Whether at the club or angling for the “private show”, this new banger from W.A.S.H. can help get you there.

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Always Never

“Millions”

Always Never’s debut EP (which was released last September) caught the attention of such notables as Fader and garnered more than a million streams online and now the Toronto-based artist is back with this super slick single. Always Never crafts super smooth, ultra-hip R&B singles ready to take over airwaves. The laid-back atmosphere on “Millions” and catchy lyrics will have you hitting the repeat button on this one.

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Sam Woolf and the Como Brothers

“On it”

Boston singer-songwriter Sam Woolf teamed up with two musical brothers from New York, Andrew and Matt Como, for this catchy new single. “On it” has all the bounce you need from a drive-to-work jam and Woolf’s polished vocals are American Idol worthy (true story).  “On it” is just one track to emerge from this  trifecta of singer-songwriters. Sam Woolf and the Como Brothers plan to release an EP together so keep watch for Backbeat in the Morning. You can check out the music video for “On It” here.

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Manila Killa

“Everyday Everyday”

The producer known as Manila Killa teamed up with vocalist Nevve for his new single, “Everyday Everyday”, which came out on Moving Castle earlier this month. Manila Killa has been busy making a name for himself on the L.A. club scene and you can hear why in the sharp production on “Everyday Everyday”. And the mere fact that Manila Killa isn’t immediately upstaged by the stellar vocal stylings of Nevve is definitely saying something about the board skills here.

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