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Aidan Alexander Releases “I Don’t Love You” that Puts You In Your Feels

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Indie-pop singer-songwriter Aidan Alexander is another artist to keep on your radar if you haven’t already heard of him. Alexander recently released his new single “I Don’t Love You,” and it’s a track that will pull at the heart strings and have you in your feels even when you try so hard not to get emotionally attached to the song. You can hear the track above now.

With only one song out, the artist already has 47K + monthly listeners on Spotify which is absolutely insane! So, who is Alexander?

Alexander is mostly known as the 18-year old LA actor (yes, that young), who starred opposite the Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton in the film Red Wing. He was also a part of the Sony production A Cowgirl’s Story and .270, which earned a Grand Jury Prize at the New York International Screenwriter’s Awards.

With success already under his belt, what more could he do? Well, he did more. Not only an actor, he transcended across the media spectrum by delving into content creation where he has one of the most engaged accounts nationwide, according to Twitter, and where he has accumulated over 1.5 million total followers on social media.

As if that wasn’t enough, he then demonstrated his vocal affinity when he released his new single, which plays a character all of its own in Alexander’s life.

“I Don’t Love You” is an atmospheric, serene, sorrowful, and airy song. The lullaby elegance in his voice against the electronic whines and the percussive instrumentation in the back only makes the single feel more airy and dreamy. As you feel complete isolation of the emotions you’re currently feeling, the song intensifies and calms in a matter of seconds. The slow-tempo also makes the song more like a sweet serenade or an indie-electronic ballad.

Aidan mentions that some of his musical influences come from a variety of artists including: Robyn, Fleetwood Mac, and Frank Sinatra. But his first real love in music began when he heard Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache” for the first time.

The artist is excited to show his fans what he’s been preparing all this time, and I’m sure everyone is anxious to hear what Alexander has in store for this EP later this year.

 

Be sure to check out Aidan Alexander on all of his social platforms to stay tuned for the release of his project and more!

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Sleeping Lion Delivers Whimsical New Single “How We Know” Featuring Cass Miller

How you know this song is for you

Sleeping Lion, the well-loved electronic-pop duo, has been on a songwriting rampage all summer long and their hard work is showing. Today, they release their latest single with all of its magic  “How We Know” featuring the vocals of songstress Cass Miller.

Sleeping Lion, including Nate Flaks and Noah Longworth McGuire, was started back in 2015 after they had written songs over Skype together one summer. At that time, Noah was in Rome and Nate was in New York. The pair has been everywhere, and a lot of times, not in the same place at the same time together; however, they have consistently worked together throughout the years producing and creating melodies, tracks, and projects that develop and define their unique sound. Now, they have stationed themselves in LA where in the past year they have collaborated with a record-breaking number over 60 artists.  In addition to that, they’ve produced remixes for acts like Opia and Zealyn and even delivered their spring single “Easy For You”.

The elements of “How We Know” are actually a lot more profound when you really take a listen to it. Blast the song on your headphones or on your speakers and sit back to take it all in. I’ve come to deem this the ultimate getaway song of the summer as it contains all of the roller coaster emotions of a bewildering and consequential relationship.

As you are given reflections and flashbacks throughout the verses of the complications that heartbreak bring, we are brought back to the chorus where the true questions of love and misunderstandings are highlighted. “But we knew what we had when we lost it. Said we need a break, said we need to break it off, now I don’t want the space, you don’t want the space at all, it’d be better, but we never learned to let it go. This is how we know”.

The echo-and-call format that Sleeping Lion is best-known for is highlighted by the clever layers that go between the two vocalists. Back and forth, they converse in each other’s disliking of the situation, fall back into disagreement, and return to the conclusion that they never wanted this trouble at all. While the voices between the two are powerful, silky, and angelic, almost whispering to each other, the instrumentation is just as forceful as it follows their voices like a ghost through out the rhythms, words, and harmonies. The best factor of this song is how it reminds you of the heat and the rush of it all when emotions are swirling and in commotion from mixed reactions–the production of the track is dreamy, mysterious, and enchanting, while also being loud, impactful, and abrasive.

The evolution of Sleeping Lion’s sound has been a fun one to watch as they constantly refine and tune their music. They have really proven their dynamism by the versatility of their vocal collaborations. These masters of whimsical compositions are even making a big break in the live performance scene as they have headlined their own shows and have performed as direct support for other esteemed acts at venues such as The Peppermint Club (LA) and The Satellite (LA), and have opened for artists such as Brasstracks, Opia, Vesperteen, Transviolet and Vancouver Sleep Clinic.

Sleeping Lion continues to shine and mystify with their ever-changing career and their dynamic collaborations. But wait! There is more magic to come from the guys this fall and we’re excited for that, so until then, enjoy the single above, and stay tuned. Follow Sleeping Lion on their socials below to keep up with the band!

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Mazie Catches You in Her Exotic Pop Sound in Debut Project ‘omw’

Newfound sound, rekindled love

Melancholia is the new wave of pop-music, but this unknown artist is just the smoky flavor needed to add to that icing on the cake. Perfectly defined as a left-of-center artist, Mazie releases her debut EP On my way! (produced and released via  MAD Dragon Music Group)The project is a 6-track masterpiece. It is honestly incredible that her first EP release, ever, is such an amazing success in terms of quality and precision.

When you see Mazie, you see nothing but a sweet girl, but behind that comes a voice that’s majestic and infectious to all who hear it. (The EP has been on loop for me all night!) It’s easy to compare this soulful, broken singer to that of a Billie Eilish or Morgan Saint. With a tone like lullabies and whispers, she lulls you to your own wonderland of inner-mind workings.

Her voice is like velvet; it’s strong, but serene, edgy, but elegant. There’s something to be said when an artist who is only a freshman at Drexel University can have a voice like that with such control and confidence. You can tell that she knows her range and her voice well– she has identified it and shares it proudly for all to hear without any sign of pretentiousness. It is so exciting to see where her music is going to continue to grow and what new beginnings the songstress will discover as she produces more music for her library.

She is now pursuing her time in school as a full-time student and signed artist, which definitely makes her more than just your typical girl-next-door. Mazie has so much potential and I for one can not wait to see where this angelic crooner goes with her unique sound.

Check her out on social media too to see what’s new: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Website.

Moontower is the Next Band to Keep on Your Radar – “William”

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Welcoming the sound of edgy electronica comes the emerging band Moontower.  This trio originates from Los Angeles, and have been on the path to creative recognition as they release their first single “William” (which released on April 25th) and have performed for live shows all over Southern California for more than half a year. Before all of the buzz they received though, these guys were doing it all makeshift, redesigning spaces form backyards to living rooms into the musical experiences that people could enjoy and feel connected to. With that all said, Moontower has had exciting opportunities to open for headlining artist like Bad Suns and Yungblud, as well as playing a few festivals!

With Moontower’s first track exposed, they were delighted to find that it has already racked up over 66K streams and has been placed on a Spotify curated playlist “Fresh Finds: Poptronix”.  The band itself boasts over 45K monthly listeners, which is extremely impressive for a band that, only until just recently, released one song on streaming platforms!

Now back to the song! “William” is tale about a young man that the band fabricated of their own imagination. The protagonist, William Hollywood, is from suburban USA, but it seems his life is not as monotonous as the white picket fences seem, as like any love story, he embarks on a journey to rescue the love of his life. The story line will thicken and grow as the band continues to release new music, and with each song, we get another piece of the narrative.

With a peculiar image of an orange juice carton as their cover art and the presence of oranges in their press photos, these guys are undoubtedly going to be something fresh, quirky, and above all else, fascinating to watch as they add to the industry scene of indie-electronic music. The song is both epic and mellow. It has a superhero-esque tone and the softness of an indie vocalist. With beeps and other noises incorporated to build the sound, we get a wonderfully wicked and sweet melange of a song that packs a punch like a glass of OJ. It’s got that tang to it when the tempo changes at just the right moments. Right as it gets soft, you get a sick guitar riff to that reminds listeners of nostalgic classic rock music. The well-constructed song demonstrates the talent boys have, who still have more to come.

This track is certainly not their last, and there is plenty of time to see where these three amigos take their musical endeavors. They have a lot in store  for their listeners, so until then, keep listening to “William” above and follow the guys on socials: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Mr Koo Charms You With New Indie-Jazz Single, “About You”: Listen

Mr Koo is the coolest.

Mr Koo is the formation of talented musicians coming together to create a group that delivers the 50s style rock and roll, indie-jazz vibes you’ll fall in love with all over again. Today, they release their newest single “About You” (produced by Jack Mullin), and it’s sure to capture your heart by the strings and take you way to some island getaway. It’s a song that’s both relatable and dreamy, placing you in a fantasy of love and longing.

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The song itself is a trip on the beach, in the car, in the air, on a boat, strolling through the park–it’s practically everywhere. With a calming energy of its own, you can hear the character in Rodgers’ voice as it is elevated by the bass, drums, and guitar encompassing the track. With hints of twines here and soft beats throughout the composition, you are forced to ~chill~. Though a song about heartaches and memories, it’s the optimistic tone that keeps you in orbit and nodding your head and swaying to the passion in the soft-spoken melody. “About You” is a representation of broken love, with sprinkles of bliss and topped by the perspective of a hopeless romantic still knowing that love exists and that it is just a matter of time before the confusion and melancholia evaporate and love comes back around again.

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The band, Mr Koo, was formed this past year (2017) in the city that never sleeps, New York City. Including musicians:

  • Ollie Rodgers – lead vocals, guitar
  • Matthew Lau – backing vocals, guitar
  • Jake Brickner – bass guitar
  • Drew Shwartz / Nathan Repasz – drums (Nate is the new drummer)

Previously, vocalist Rodgers had produced his very own studio album titled Tropical Weather, and then a single titled “Big Wave Bay”, before becoming a part of this cool band. The group has been creating new songs as they go, preparing themselves for a year hopefully filled with releases so they won’t keep fans waiting.

Rodgers pensively explains the inspiration behind “About You”, saying: “I was in LA last summer doing an internship and was inspired to write this song when I started to doubt that the long distance relationship I was in at the time was going to work out. I remember writing the groovy guitar riff and liked how it prevented the song from being a slow sad one but instead would eventually be really fun to play live.”

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There is much to come for this emerging collective of talented young men, and while we wait, we will play “About You” on repeat until given more of their music.

Be sure to follow the band on Instagramand Facebookto find out more about their live performance dates and what the band is up to!

The next Mr Koo show is at the Delancey in NYC on June 8th! Make sure to check it out!

[Exclusive Interview] with Billy Raffoul an Artist Determined To Grow

Billy Raffoul is an artist determined to share with the world his music that breaks hearts and helps feed the soul. His raspy and melodic voice will carry you away and will have you wanting more of his music.

That’s the only way you can describe the voice of the 23-year old singer/songwriter, Billy Raffoul. I had a chance to chat with him as he is on tour with ZZ Ward. Raffoul has accomplished a lot and is excited to keep continuing this path of creativity with each day that comes. The artist from Ontario, Canada, spent most of his youth with his professional musician father Jody Raffoul and his painter, writer, and teacher mother. With a steady background in the arts, there was no doubt that this young man was destined to find his way into the scene himself.

It was a pleasure to hear what Raffoul had to say. Soft-spoken and kind-hearted, Raffoul gave honest answers with pauses for thought, chuckles, and assertion. With his few releases out, we will be expecting a project out soon.

As young as he is, he has never let that phase him, especially since being surrounded by a musical and artistic family who have always been supportive of Raffoul’s endeavors as well.

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He recently released his acoustic rendition of his single “You Be Love”, which you can watch below. There’s something to be said when a voice can make you feel both safe and protected while also make you feel strong and forceful. His voice is corse, broken, yet strong all at once. It makes a perfect combination of something between a modern-day Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Buckley along with a bit of Hozier.

Raffoul had also released his new single “DarkFourDoor” which you can listen to now below.

The touring artist explains, “I spent all of January in the studio, in Los Angeles, so we really didn’t have any time for rehearsals. So we kinda just jumped into it after having 6 weeks off of each other. This tour started on the 30th, Salt Lake City, and it’s been amazing…it’s all very natural getting back to our first stretch after being away from each other.” He mentions happily how he has been able to get a lot of exploring out of this.

On tour Raffoul’s favorite snack aired towards the healthy side. “I love apples. My grandparents owned a fruit stand that they would sell during the summers in my hometown…so, I love like fuji apples. And for junk food, it would be peanut M&M’s, that’s my go-to. Today, we found a Tim Horton’s. Whenever we find one we always feel pretty happy.”

Of course, I wanted to ask how this mysterious, edgy character would describe himself, or I guess how his friends would describe him, to which he replied, “I guess it depends on the friend”. He then continues “I definitely have some sort of OCD”, chuckling. “Speaking for myself, I’m definitely determined, definitely very determined.”

The popular singer/songwriter of the track “Issues”, Julia Michaels, often writes with Raffoul. “We started writing 3 years ago, we’ve done so many songs together and in January we were writing together again. She’s great to work with, it’s kind of anything goes…I think it’s a really great dynamic…She was one of the first people I co-wrote with” comments the guitarist.

I then asked him of all the songs he has ever written, which would best describe him. “Ummm, I don’t know which one best describes me.” He pauses for a moment, laughs and you can feel how he thinks to himself about some of the songs he has written. “I have a couple favorites off the new album, but there’s one in particular called “1975” that is one of the oldest tracks off the album that I really like”.

The artist tells us that there’s a lot to be excited about including “a lot of new songs, lot of new stories”. He’s looking forward to showing people how he likes to write and the sound he likes to share.

I had to ask about how Raffoul is able to keep that majestic mane of his so in tact, to which he laughed and replied “I need to wash my hair right now.. it’s always ‘where do I buy your music and then followed by what kind of conditioner do you use?’ haha, it’s never really one kind of conditioner, I always say it’s whatever the hotel has.” He laughs again at his honesty.

What was great about this whole conversation was how real and authentic it felt. Raffoul has nothing to hide and is true to himself and his fans, and we can appreciate the authenticity he exudes.

“I’m excited to really grow this thing in music and I can’t wait to explore more of the world and meet more people and play my music. I feel like we started with a very solid base especially at the last show with the songs … and we’re all, me and my crew are very happy. The goal is to do it on a larger scale, so hopefully, maybe in the future, we’re getting to perform in bigger venues and climbing higher and having our own headlining shows” he says with enthusiasm.

There is no doubt that this will happen as the cards have already been placed in Raffoul’s favor. There is never a question of success when there is true talent behind the music.

Be sure to be on the lookout for the upcoming album and check him out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Sub-Radio are the Summer Vibes We Need This Winter

 

Dancing into oblivion

This fun indie-pop rock sextet is just what the doctor ordered. Reminiscent of a younger Walk the Moon, these guys control the microphones and airwaves with their sound of pure dancing joy. Sub-Radio is a band to look out for this year as they are creating some really amazing pop-dance music that will bring any body to the dance floor.  The band is currently finalizing their upcoming EP and released on of their singles off the album today, “What Are We”.

The track is layered with 80’s dance feels, like that of Two Door Cinema Club and include the charisma of a high energy rock band. The band singing in unison together in the background of the lead vocalist’s lines create a beautiful up-tempo, feel-good song. The music itself is enthusiastic and fluid, and the electric guitar constructs beautiful divots within the composition. The song itself is a powerful track that is about understanding love and what a connection between two people really means after all.

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Sub-Radio has already toured the North East, performed for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, and Firefly 2017; there is not intention of stopping now. With a momentum building, the guys cannot wait to release this highly anticipated project, since the circulation of their 2016 album Same Train//Different Station. 

So press play to the single above and dance into oblivion with this worry-free, hypnotic record by Sub-Radio.

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The guys are currently on tour now, so be sure to check out the dates for a show near you!

SUB-RADIO TOUR DATES:
Jan 20 - Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
Jan 27 - 622 North - Blacksburg, VA
Feb 03 - Reston Craft House, Reston, VA
Feb 23 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
Feb 24 - Tellus360 - Lancaster, PA
Mar 10 - Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden -Washington, DC

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And of course, check them out on Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Emerging Indie-Pop Artist Saint Sinner Redesigns 311’s “Amber”

Saint Sinner has blessed us with her sound.

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If you haven’t heard of her yet, she will be popping up on your radar soon. Saint Sinner is a young, indie-pop artist with a lot of soul and a lot of love for her music. She just released her version of 311’s single “Amber”.

In this rendition of the popular track, she brings sweet, dark tones. With an Amy Shark vibe and a reggaeton twist to this track, it almost becomes the ghost of the song’s past, resuscitating it with an amber  hue to posses the “color of its (the song’s) energy”. It’s a swirling lullaby of guitar plucks and seductive vocals caressing you as you drift away into sweet bliss. An interesting fact of the song, making it unique, aside from the fact that it’s sung by the force of the female artist, is that this will be a Soundcloud exclusive because it was recorded on her phone at a Guitar Center!

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What should we expect from this songstress? We should be expecting more music at the end of the year, so we get the chance to experience more of the mysterious sultry voice that is Saint Sinner.

Who is Saint Sinner? Well, let’s take you back a step. Saint Sinner grew up in a extremely conservative Christian family. As she grew up, she was never truly attuned to music, graduated high school early, and checked out of the states to pursue a life in South Africa. In what was a self-reflecting and growing experience, she identified herself, fell in love with a woman, and picked up guitar, slowly building her musical capability.

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The 21-year old intends to grab attention and to continue to be a designer of sound. “This is what feeds me as an artist. Creating calm in chaos”, says the now at peace artist with a mind filled with exotic and eccentric ideas.

The artist is living in Southern California, on the path to paving a new genre of her own with the velvety vocals her talent provides and the impact she plans to create.

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To listen to more of Saint Sinner’s music be on the lookout on her socials! Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud, Spotify and Twitter!