Alternative, Chill | Cristina Soto Revisits Seven Lions’s Remix of Her + Tritonal’s Breakout Hit “Still With Me”

Posted by on June 30, 2020

Cristina Soto was the original vocalist for power-duo Tritonal. Outside of her killer joint discography with Tritonal, Cristina has collaborated with artists such as CloZee, Illenium, Said The Sky, and Psymbionic. Her “One Thing” collab with Psymbionic went big on Bassnectar‘s “Into The Sun” mixtape, where Bassnectar remixed the track. This acoustic mix pulls from the driving remix vibes of the original Seven Lions while taking on its very own shape through the open and epic guitars played by Cristina’s brother, Rob Soto. Strings from Haydn Vitera and bass from Omar Vallejo (two Austin music legends) breathe new life into a classic approaching its 10-year release anniversary. This one had the perfect vibe for me today, tune in above now and if you have not already be sure to check out the original!

Alternative, Pop | HOOFA – “Water Balloons”

Posted by on June 24, 2020

The summer soaked new single “Water Balloons” by HOOFA is an absolute indie pop jam that is filled with fun. Not only is the song title and artist work a play on warm weather and Summer, the song describes a specific water balloon fight:

‘Water Balloons’ depicts a big Water Balloon fight James was involved in when a kid. James lived at the bottom of a hill next to a park and the street he lived on had between 15-20 families of 2 kids each, and there was one summer when everyone was involved “even the parents sometimes. The fight was the top of the hill vs bottom of the hill, and lasted hours. It was a rare fight where no one used the super soakers but was more about strategy, jumping over fences and catching people off guard. As some kids couldn’t get permission to use their parents water tap, the common shout was “I’ll bring the water balloons” if you let someone use your tap to fill up.”

The second release of six new self-produced and self-released singles out this year, ‘Water Balloons’ follows on from their prior single “Alone”, and proves yet again that these up and comers are a group to keep an eye on. Listen to the new single by HOOFA above now! Watch the music video below.

Alternative, Chill | Hank Compton Smoothly Blends Genres on his Loser EP

Posted by on June 17, 2020

Nashville native, Hank Compton, goes for the gut with his rich storytelling, creating music that dives beyond the surface level exposing his greatest highs and lows. Compton’s music blends his influences of classic rock and 80’s pop devising a modern sound with a nostalgic feel. At 20, he has toured and opened for country legend Loretta Lynn, played at historic venues such as the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the Ryman in Nashville and signed with Warner Chappell Music in March of 2019. His sound is versatile and comes from many different influences. After releasing “Judge Me”, “Call It What It Is” and “Can’t Be Loved” he is back with the fourth and final track off of his new EP via “Loser”. The title track, like his prior releases, is a calming blend of various sub-genres. Check it out above now.

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Alternative | Reagan’s Nostalgic 90’s inspired “Do U Notice Me” is blissful gold

Posted by on May 19, 2020

“Do U Notice Me?” by rising DMV based Reagan is an indie-pop record that discusses the pitfalls of relationships, made up with guitar and grooving percussion with sporadic synth lines. The track has a major 1990’s feel to it that I frankly need more of in my life. I cannot get this one out of my head, now I just wish it was written about me!

Alternative, Pop | Chaz Cardigan Gets Real on “S.O.S.”

Posted by on May 16, 2020

Nashville based singer/songwriter Chaz Cardigan immediately gives nostalgic, anthem-like feelings in his new single “S.O.S.” Resembling The Killers, Walk The Moon, Coin and Bad Suns, he chants his song in a way that sounds so positive and powerful while talking about a pretty deep subject, overcoming what seems like the impossible. “You gotta do better, that’s what you said to me, we just can’t keep on pretending that everythings alright.” We all have a way that we deal with something that we don’t want to deal with, and in “S.O.S” Chaz makes it clear that he wants to try to do better. He wants to prevail over life’s hardships and move on forward. Throughout the whole song, simple but danceable electric guitar power chords are played “over and over again,” further emphasizing what Chaz really wants to convey in the chorus. “I want to get over it, and not pull the same old shit. I’ve got a way of getting in my way, I want to get over it.” With the craziness of COVID-19 and the beginning of summer just around the corner, this is the perfect song for those who want to make a change in this new year, regardless of the challenges yet to come. When Chaz chants “I want to get over it” over and over, he encourages himself and his listeners to power through and conquer their fears, whatever that may be. Addiction, mental health, and everyday struggles can all apply to the feelings conveyed in Chaz’s voice while singing “S.O.S”. There is possibility and positivity in the near future.

Alternative, Chill | Bishop – LIMBO EP

Posted by on May 12, 2020

Bishop Ivy brings all the alt-pop feelings in his new EP, “Limbo.” Starting off with “Ivy Dreams,” Bishop Ivy uses futuristic synth sounds and electronic textures to convey the hardships of growing up and moving on to a new chapter in life. Resembling LANY and HONNE with the sad bedroom pop sounds, many young kids going through the same transition of figuring out what to do after highschool can be felt in this song. His next song “Drag Racing” brings a whole other side of Bishop Ivy to the table. Using similar vocal effects like the greats, Frank Ocean and Bon Iver, he really breaks the boundaries of singing/rapping in this song. Using ambient sound affects and eerie background voices, this song really pushes the limits of defining genres and makes it truly his own. You hear his influence of Hip Hop and Rap in his use of different vocal affects and the hard hitting beat. “Bleeding Too” brings a sadder tone to this EP, where his main instrumental focus is using minor piano chords to convey that “heart broken” sound. He sings about summer ending and wanting to tell someone he loves how he feels. This whole EP really wraps up all the emotions of not knowing what the future holds for someone whose life is just starting, the loved ones you might have to leave behind in that process, and the harsh reality of feeling lonely in this process. “In Spring” really reminds me of a nostalgic love story being recalled by someone who lost someone who was important to them. Bringing in a light, but fun beat to follow along with his memories being sung really makes me think of The Japanese House. Reminiscing on the good memories he has with someone he loves, “In Spring.” Ending with “Clockwork,” Bishop adds acoustic guitars, keyboard pads, and layered vocals making it sound beautiful and sad all at the same time. Towards the end of the song, he uses an artistic amount of autotune and reverb to give the song that “Frank Ocean” sound.

Alternative | Hoofa Mold Genres via “Alone”

Posted by on May 10, 2020

Bridging the gap between indie, electronica and pop without any hassle, up and coming duo Hoofa (great name) really championed their new single “Alone” and got some help from an indie master and engineer, Barry Grint (Everything Everything, Foals) The cloudy swirling vibe really grew on me for this one and is well worth checking out above now. Get familiar with Hoofa!