Seven Fresh Songs #36
Vania — Wonder
Today, New York-based singer/songwriter Vania releases her second single “Wonder,” an introspective song about the unexpected side effects of having been ill. Don’t expect her to be quiet, though: “Wonder” is an epic, cinematic piece of electro-pop in the veins of 90s trance bands like Hybrid or Asura. For Vania this is an important part of recovery. She reveals:
It was a few years into my recovery and I was frustrated with my progress. I craved the false sense of power that being ill gave me and all I wanted was to return to the place where I’d had the complete care and attention of the people around me. I was worried that this topic would be triggering for myself and for others, but I take comfort in knowing that, rather than resorting to old behaviors, I chose to mourn through my music.
Listen to “Wonder,” our Song Pick of the Day here:
Temples — Paraphernalia
Big names around the track threat to almost drowning its beauty but this would be a shame because the newest single by psych-rock quartet Temples is infectious — in the best of ways. “Paraphernalia” swoons and swirls in their 60s and psychedelic-infused signature style and will be a sure-fire hit. It is not even necessary to mention that Sean Ono Lennon has produced the song or that Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT) has mixed it because “Paraphernalia” is highly pleasing all on its own but the help of these two most certainly added to the allure.
How did this all come together? Organically? Following their own performance at the Desert Daze festival, Temples caught their labelmates’ The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s set and were afterward hanging out with band’s frontman Sean Ono Lennon, talking about music.
Lennon says about the encounter:
“I’d always been a fan of the band. Had seen them play some pretty great shows over the years. When I first heard the demo for ‘Paraphernalia’ I knew they had a great tune”.
Lennon produced the track and enlisted Fridmann to mix it. Temples’ lead singer and guitarist James Bagshaw wrote the song and explains:
“In an age of constant distraction, we all strive to find focus and a sense of calm. ’Paraphernalia’ questions the depth of ‘real’ connections in a digital world”.
Listen to Paraphernalia, our Song Pick of the Day:
Temme Scott — A Lot To Lose
Pop songs often deal with breakups and loss, but things are actually going pretty well for L.A.-based singer/songwriter Temme Scott. Sure, there is a bit of anxiety in “A Lot To Lose” too — after all it is 2020 and the next bad news may just be around the corner, but until then why not just enjoy the moment. Musically, Temme gives us an upbeat track with just enough grit to keep it grounded in reality.
Temme Scott will release her debut album “Trust You, Trust You” on September 25.
Better Person — Something to Lose
Better Person is the project of Polish, Berlin-based musician Adam Byczkowski, who just dropped the first single “Something to Lose” from his equally titled upcoming album. The single is like heading back to the 80s, when Spandau Ballet, Style Council, and the likes were dominating the pop charts. “Something to Lose” is more delicately framed than an 80s hit would have been, but the feeling of longing and belonging is all the same. Simply put, “Something to Lose” is a romantic and utterly gorgeous ballad.
When asked about the song, Byczkowski offers:
“‘Something to Lose’ is the first happy song I’ve ever written. Initially I wanted to capture the ecstatic feeling of fresh love, the excitement and thrill that comes with it. But as time went by, this simple song gained more and more meaning for me. Falling in love so deeply and strongly woke me up from a lethargic, cynical state, it radically changed my view on the world and my entire life. It is extremely hard to believe in humanity these days. The euphoric feeling that happens between two human beings is a moment of sweet distraction that truly everyone deserves. Something to live for, somewhere to hide. The wind in your hair, the evening summer breeze, the tender touch of another person. Love is the strongest weapon against hate. It is the first step to a positive change and I live for it.”
The joyfulness of “Something to Lose” is infectious, in the best of ways, and here’s to more such ‘happy songs’!
While in Montreal Byczkowski and his friend Geoff Meugens filmed visuals for “Something to Lose”, which were edited by Max Winter and Moritz Freudenberg. The story behind the clip’s feel is sweet and touching. Byczkowski explains:
“We took an evening drive to the other side of the island and filmed me singing the song in one take a couple times. We decided to set up on a little piece of grass by the water, right next to a bike path. The strange looking families of bikers fully dressed up in their bike costumes and helmets were stopping to watch me sing, thinking it was a spontaneous live show. That intimidated me at first but later on gave me confidence and pushed me to sing louder and perform more sincerely.”
The sincerity of the crooning is absolutely convincing, quite touching, and oh-so-welcomed!
Listen to “Something to Lose”, our Song Pick of the Day:
KiNG MALA — sugarblind
Is it a sugar rush? Is it love? For L.A. via El Paso musician Areli Castro aka KiNG MALA these feelings can be similar and are a good base for an upbeat, sing-along pop track. But “sugarblind” plays out differently than you might think: all this sweetness is made truly delicious with a good dose of grit through glitchy vocals, distorted guitars and effects.
Listen to “sugarblind,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Lontalius — Someone Will Be There For You
ope is as essential for us as oxygen. Without hope, our lives become lifeless and empty. We crave the silver lining on the horizon, the light at the end of the tunnel, and a promise like “Someone Will Be There For You”. This is also what New Zealand-based singer, songwriter, and producer Lontalius knows, and that’s why he put it in a bright and beautiful song. Eddie Johnston, the artist behind the moniker Lontalius, says about his new single:
“I’d started writing new songs at the tail end of 2019, and it was bugging me that I kept writing things that felt so insular and ‘diary entry’-like. ‘Someone’ certainly isn’t a step too far away from that, but it was me forcing myself to write something for everyone else. I’ve spent so many weeks of my life feeling like there is nothing and no one out there, feeling like the weight of the world was on my own shoulders. But it’s true, someone will be there for you! Musically this song felt so simple and its message so direct that I couldn’t overload it. I kept the instrumentation as simple as possible. Acoustic instruments recorded in an old 70s studio.”
With its focused production, the highly alluring track serves as a sonic injection of confidence and promise. Listen to “Someone Will Be There For You,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Yodashe — Take Time
Time is precious, but often the needs and distractions of the moment make us give it away with little in return. London-based producer and singer Yodashe invites you to spend three minutes and 37 seconds with her for a special audiovisual experience about time. With an intricate electronic production her debut single “Take Time” shows how something can develop if you just give it time and patience. Like an abstract painting in the beginning the song challenges you to understand its structure, but after an unexpected drop, the sonic layers fall more and more into place and fill the space with glittering brightness. In Yodashe’s own words: “It’s a statement piece. If you stick with it to the end you will be rewarded.”
Yodashe is planning to release more music in the coming months.
Our Song Pick of the Day “Take Time” is best experienced with the accompanying video by Rachel Heavey: