Seven Fresh Songs #39
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La Poré — Blame
Formerly the drummer of Cleveland-based pop band Captain Kidd, Nick Samson exchanged Ohio with California and now calls Los Angeles his home. With his new psych-pop project La Poré, he blends 80s synths with exquisite drum work and tops it all with his gorgeous falsetto vocals. La Poré’s new single “Blame” delights with a bright and airy production and a slightly wistful yet overall optimistic vibe.
Samson provides the following insight:
‘Blame’ was written several months before my wife and I got married and set out on our permanent move across the country from Columbus, Ohio to Los Angeles, California. I knew that this would be a huge change in our lives. All we had ever known was Ohio. I was going to chase my dreams, but I was also faced with the fact that I was not only responsible for myself, but also the well being of my wife. Thus, the song is about fear of resentment in a relationship. If things go wrong, ‘You can blame it on me.’ The song also includes lyrics inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ after I performed the role of Romeo in Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ production in the Summer of 2019. The song was co-written and co-produced by Kyle Kanzigg.
Listen to “Blame”, our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with La Poré on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Blakkheart — Honey Boy
Eimear O Sullivan is a producer, engineer from Cork, Ireland who records under the name Blakkheart. For her new song “Honey Boy” she sings herself and creates the vibe of a pool-side Sunday afternoon reflection, albeit one with strong melancholic undertones. Eimear says about the song:
Honey Boy is a shimmering, southern influenced Hip-hop beat, with golden era Hollywood strings soaring over Blakkheart’s vocals. Honey Boy deals with missing out on most of life’s experiences as a result of your mental state- and the longing and sadness that comes with watching from afar. Honey Boy is produced, engineered and written by Blakkheart.
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, “Honey Boy” on Spotify:
Connect with Blakkheart on Facebook or Instagram.
Cosmo’s Midnight — Idaho
“Idaho” is the final, and extremely satisfying cut from “Yesteryear”, the second full-length album of Cosmo’s Midnight, out on October 2nd via Sony Music Australia. The electro-pop duo consisting of twin brothers Cosmo and Patrick Liney, calls Sydney their home. Essentially, “Idaho” sounds very Australian in the sense that it is beautifully lush and shimmering bright, yet also sleek and well polished. With its sheer beauty, “Idaho” is able to take the listener by the hand, and lead them somewhere else, where there is no room for sorrow or negative thoughts.
Cosmo’s Midnight says about the single:
‘Idaho’ is a funky and laid back song about the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome. The inability to be content about your current life. Sometimes you need to go explore an alternate perspective so you realize how good you’ve really got it. It’s ok to make mistakes cos we’ve got youth on our side. We also recruited Wollongong’s very own Stevan to help out with backing vocals which really just glued the whole song together.
Listen to the glorious “Idaho”, our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with Cosmo’s Midnight on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and add “Idaho” to your playlist as we are adding it to our glamglarepick playlist on Spotify:
Pre-order the album here.
BYFYN — Ain’t Gonna Be Lonely
Nothing really bad is going on in “Ain’t Gonna Be Lonely,” just the realization that life might go down the wrong path. From a personal experience U.K. artist Ellie Isherwood aka BYFYN created a song keeps a level of discomfort below its otherwise bright pop sensibilities: an ominously pulsing bass line and an eerie synth patch put a weight on the sing-alone chorus, just like Ellie’s concern do on her relationship. She gives us some background:
I had been going through a bit of a crisis of identity and I was struggling with anxiety. I began to realise just how co-dependent I had become on my boyfriend of 6 years. I hate being alone, I always have, but it had kind of reached a crisis point for me, where I was like, I’m in my mid 20s now, I need to examine what’s going on here, so I wrote this song as a start.
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day here:
Connect with BYFYN on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
JWestern — Check In
Following the splash that his debut single “Call You Right Now” made, British alt-pop artist JWestern adds “Check In” to his released work. Soft, pleasing vocals over a bed of glistening guitar sounds and groovy beats that brighten even the darkest places, even a melancholic heart, maybe. John Gooding, who makes music as JWestern, showcases his influences of indie rock, jazz, and hip hop in the most exciting way. About his new track he says:
Check In is all about a breakdown in communication between two people. I often find it really hard to say how I’m actually feeling in the moment and end up saying the wrong things; then in hindsight everything becomes clear in my mind, and I end up regretting everything. But at the same time, even through a rough patch, I still want to check up on the person and make sure that they’re okay, and go back to how things were before.
Listen to “Check In”, our Song Pick of the Day:
Connect with JWestern on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Deanna Devore — Love Again (ft. D’Zhari)
“Love Again” is about feeling hopeful after a breakup and indeed the new track by Chicago/Toronto producer Deanna Devore has a bright elevating feel to it. With chill beats, a funky guitar and shimmering synths the song invites to lean back and listen to the soulful vocals of fellow Chicago musician D’Zhari.
By self-producing and playing all instruments, Deanna is also pointing to an issue which we often notice here at glamglare too. Most female songwriters are still backed by male producers and instrumentalist, so she hopes to tip the scale towards more equality:
I’d love to inspire other songwriters and other female multi-instrumentalist/producers. There aren’t many of us out there it seems, so I’d love to inspire more female musicians to self-produce
Listen to our Song Pick “Love Again” of the Day here:
Connect with Deanna Devore on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and with D’Zahri on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Nicolas Michaux — Enemies
Belgian singer/songwriter Nicolas Michaux dropped his album “Amour Colère” today, and “Enemies” is the last single from the glorious album, which is full of complex and diverse stories like relocating to a new country or the shift in family life up to excruciating topics like death.
“Enemies” is as brooding and intense as it is beautiful, the feeling perhaps best expressed in this lyric line: “You can change your bed sheets but you cannot conquer your dreams”.
The driving beat, the wistful guitar, and Michaux’s vocals create a mood of appealing suspense when suddenly the vibe lightens up thanks to the joyful and bright synths in the chorus.
“Enemies” picks up ideas of French sociologist Bernard Friot, a historian of social security and advocate of the lifetime salary. Micheaux explains:
When you turn 30 and have a child, being broke becomes less and less fun. At the time of writing, we were looking for a place to live and the violence of the housing market took me by the throat. In writing about slavery, Marguerite Yourcenar said that a regime is often most excessive in its cruelty and injustice in its last days. I sometimes get the impression that it’s the same kind of historical scenario we are currently experiencing with the slow agony of capitalism.
Watch the video, directed by Thomas de Hemptinne and Nicolas Michaux, and listen to our Song Pick of the Day: