Seven Fresh Songs #118
Paula Jivén — Breaking Up With a Friend
The older you get, the more friendships tend to fade away rather than being broken up. But with 18, Swedish singer/songwriter Paula Jivén is at a point in her life where things including childhood friendships change rapidly. There is no melancholia in “Breaking Up With a Friend,” though. The bouncy synth-pop production — The Knife comes to mind — suggests that any scars caused by this separation are healing fast.
Paula says about the song:
“I think it might’ve taken two or three days to finish, something that rarely happens to me. On the surface, the lyrics mirror the title with a clear plot and tearing emotions. But what I don’t say is how, with that friendship, my childhood also came to an end.”
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, “Breaking Up With A Friend” on your favorite streaming service or watch the video, directed by SJD, here:
Marci — Entertainment
Hard to believe that the beautifully lush and alluring “Entertainment” would be a musician’s debut single. While the vibrant track, out via Arbutus Records, marks indeed Marci’s first release as a solo artist, she is no newcomer to the scene. Using Marci as her moniker, Marta Cikojevic plays keyboards in the Montréal band TOPS. Produced and recorded with her TOPS bandmate David Carriere, “Entertainment” is about flirting with fantasy.
“Entertainment” is having fun flirting with life, with lust, or without purpose. Its conception was uncomplicated, we took parts from a song that was proving difficult to finish, added some new ingredients and it came out like cake.
This makes me smile. It’s so charming and the analogy is spot on too because “Entertainment” sounds like the sonic equivalent of eating your favorite dessert. In bed, and not alone.
Listen to “Entertainment,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Rosie Carney — dad
London-based singer/songwriter Rosie Carney takes a turn to heavier rock sounds with her new single “dad” from her upcoming album “i wanna feel happy’. The song describes the vague state of mind that something is not right. Rosie does not hint at the source of her thoughts, but something feels utterly familiar with this track.
Listen to “dad,” our Song Pick of the Day on your favorite streaming service, or watch the video starring John Bell below
Pintandwefall — Mostly Me
Wednesdays, like Saturdays, I like to take the opportunity to look back a month or so and see what I’ve missed. That’s when I deliberately look for new releases that did not land in my inbox but are waiting to be discovered on their own. Despite Seventh Baby being already their seventh (fantastic!) studio album, I have never before heard of Finnish four-piece Pintandwefall but thankfully, this has ended now.
Fun fact: their first album from 2007, was called Wow! What Was That, Baby? and the baby theme got picked up for each of their albums. While Sanna Komi, Ninni Luhtasaari, Ringa Manner, and Iiti Yli-Harja create music together as Pintandwefall, they also all have their own projects going, and it will be exciting to learn what they’re coming up with next.
Seventh Baby ends with the beautifully melancholic and exquisitely produced “Mostly Me,” which made me want to start from the beginning and then some. Another all-female guitar-driven four-piece comes to mind, who also all pursue their own solo projects: Warpaint. So, if you are a fan of the dreamy Los Angeles quartet, checking out Pintandwell is a must.
Listen to “Mostly Me,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with Pintandwefall here.
Companion — Snowbank
Companion is the duo of twin sisters Jo and Sophia Babb who live in Fort Collins, Colorado. As you may expect, they pair gentle guitars with beautiful harmonies, but there is always a little more in their songs that enhances their emotional weight. Take “Snowbank,” a song about the special magic of a winter storm: while it emphasizes the intimacy of the situation, it also explodes as snowflakes whirled around by the wind.
Companion will release their debut album “Second Day of Spring” on May 27. Watch the video animated by Gaia Alari here:
Listen to “Snowbank,” our Song Pick of the Day on your favorite streaming service or below on SoundCloud:
Ponte Pilas — Be Your Girl
British-Ecuadorian indie-rock quartet Ponte Pilas announce their upcoming album with the beautifully vibrant and effortlessly catchy “Be Your Girl.” Alone the combination of South American and British band members who call Berlin, Germany their home, should make for an interesting sound, no? While frontman Calum Bolland is from Scottland, Daniel Rivera (drums), Ismael Rivera (guitar), and Alejandro Iturralde (bass) are from Ecuador and together they formed the band in February 2017. After releasing their debut EP So It Goes in 2021, they’re now gearing up for their full-length via Pianola Records.
When I came across “Be Your Girl,” I liked the song immediately and wanted to know more about it. For starters, the single is produced and mixed by Gordon Raphael, who is maybe mainly known for his work with The Strokes and Regina Spektor but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find many other gems.
We asked frontman Calum whether he could provide us with some insight and he says:
“Be Your Girl” is a tribute to wild Berlin nights, dragged into some spiralling, chaotic situations in which gender norms are flipped on their heads and the descent into depravity happens all too quickly. The video takes a slightly different narrative, reflecting on themes of toxic masculinity in a relationship that seems to be moving into a darker and more obsessive place. All this set to a banging soundtrack that has set Ponte Pilas shows alight and with a guitar riff for the ages.
In essence, “Be Your Girl” is as brilliant and contemporary as it can get and proof that indie rock is definitely not dead! Far from it.
Listen to “Be Your Girl,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Ponte Pilas have a clear vision with “Be Your Girl” and enlisted Leonardo Greco to direct the accompanying music video. Watch it here:
Connect with Ponte Pilas here.
Rose Brokenshire — Better Now
It is the little things that create lasting happiness in life. In her new song “Better Now,” Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Brokenshire shares how she has reached a more joyful place in her life and invites you to follow in her steps. She recalls:
“I wanted to make something that honoured the journey of growth — something that expressed love for both the ups and downs, the light days and dark days, and the tools I found most healing during a more desolate chapter of my life. I made this music to self-soothe; to share a tangible piece of my healing journey that I can listen to and feel proud of, and to serve as a reminder to always be gentle with yourself.”
“With “Better Now,” Rose continues on the musical path she started with “In A Spell” in 2020, enriching her acoustic roots with a subtle, bright electronic production.
Listen to “Better Now,” our Song Pick of the Day, on your favorite streaming service or below on Bandcamp: