MELÓ — Castle
A castle is the culmination of dreams, the place you would like to be once you have made it, in particular, if it comes with a prince or princess. The new song “Castle” by London-based singer/songwriter Melanie Percy aka MELÓ blurs dreams and reality and she tempts you to not preferring one over the other. Melanie supports her story with minimalistic, left-field synth-pop that leaves it open how much tongue-in-cheek her message is.
Listen to “Castle” our Song Pick of the Day here:
Scoobert Doobert — Don’t Worry
Who can resist an invitation like “Don’t Worry?” Luckily, the song doesn’t continue with “be happy” but takes a different, unexpected route. The melody itself is upbeat, with a sunny, Californian surfer vibe which comes as no surprise since Scoobert Doobert grew up in San Diego. And the artist makes use of his surroundings as best he can. While I immediately liked the song’s feel-good vibe, it was the lyrics that made me embrace the track in full. I am sure I am not the only one who can easily relate to the feeling of “never enough,” and how little all our apps and gadgets help us at times, and can even have the opposite effect.
When asked about his new single, Scoobert Doobert says:
“Don’t Worry” is about the stress of adding “meditate” to my daily to-do list. The stress of a commitment to not be stressed. A meta-worry. A feeling compounded in a New Year ripe with resolution but without much resoluteness. I guess a goal that intimates is the one most worth following. It be scary doe.
Listen to “Don’t Worry,” out via Beformer and our Song Pick of the Day:
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feeo — End Song
“End Song” is literally that: closing out the tab that humanity had been running over the centuries and let everything come to an end. But for U.K. singer/producer feeo, the apocalypse is not particularly gloomy — it is rather a natural event, and you have to make the best out of it. Like celebrating by playing a last future pop song elegantly blended out of several unlikely genres.
feeo reveals about “End Song:”
“End Song is about the stretch of time just before the apocalypse. The calm before the storm. Like a waiting room. Everyone sitting around reading magazines, checking their watches. “Shouldn’t this have ended by now?” Looking around the room waiting for God to put his big sandalled foot down and blow as all up.
Sonically, I wanted things to feel really wonky and broken. I was imagining going into a half-collapsed pub during World War 3, the air thick with dust and radiation. In the back corner is this band drunkenly playing Dub. The drummer keeps falling off his stool. The bassist is missing a couple of strings. The nuclear fallout has gone to everyone’s heads. I played bass myself in order to get the jarring metallic twanging that could only be achieved by a total novice.”
Watch the video for our Song Pick of the Day here:
Listen to “End Song” on your favorite streaming service or below on Bandcamp:
Joywave — After Coffee
The word “coffee” might very well trigger different responses in most of us. Some can not start their day without it; others prefer it a little later while already awake, and then some loathe coffee or gave it up altogether because of its effects. So when I listened to “After Coffee,” I was already intrigued, and the laid-back feel-good vibe does the rest. “After Coffee” is the new single by Rochester, New York-based fourpiece Joywave and it is gorgeous!
Like so many other artists, Joywave had big plans for 2020. They were releasing their third album titled “Possession” for starters. However, the album’s release date, March 13th, marks one week before the “New York State on PAUSE” mandate, and since then, none of us has experienced any live music in a live venue, with live audiences, etc.
When asked whether “After Coffee” would be a “pandemic song”, Joywave’s frontman Daniel Armbruster offers:
Some listeners will undoubtedly hear their own 2020 experiences in the lyrics but to me it’s just waking up, pouring the coffee, petting the cat, and enjoying the silence.
Question answered, and I get myself a cup of coffee now, while I hit the play button for “After Coffee” one more time. Enjoy our Song Pick of the Day now:
Teja Palace — Listen
“Listen” has a mediative, spiritual message, but it probably won’t make it into your typical spa relaxation playlist. Instead singer/producer Teja Palace from Brisbane, Australia uses hard-hitting, repetitive electronics and ghostly vocals to get your attention and make you listen.
Teja gives us some background about the song:
“Listen was written during a period when I was deeply healing and learning about the traditional ways of Australia with Aboriginal elder Grandmother Mulara. It opened my mind to a new reality. It was the teachings of deep listening that really came through for me and the power of that while relating with the world and those around us; healing our connection to ourselves, to nature and to one another. I am asking the audience to walk past their fears that are holding them back from the ability to be heard so we can listen and heal.”
Teja comes originally from DJing, but then wanted to have full control about her music. Listen to Teja Palace’s debut single “Listen” below:
Field Music — Not When You’re In Love
When I listened to “Not When You’re In Love” for the first time, roughly a week ago, my initial response was that I didn’t even know that I was exactly missing something like that. Craving it even. I dig the urgency and the holding on to the momentum, trying to make things work. Field Music’s new single sits in this sweet spot of the 70s and 80s experimental synths sounds I grew up with and still love, mixed and swirled with what came along. The result is even better than such a mix has any right to be, because Field Music absolutely know what they’re doing. Glorious!
Field Music, composed of North-East England-born brothers Peter and David Brewis, announce their latest album Flat White Moon, scheduled for April 23rd via Memphis Industries. David Brewis says about the single and the album as a whole:
We want to make people feel good about things that we feel terrible about.
Which to me sounds utterly British yet so worthwhile! I take a little bit of brainy music that sounds so perfect any day. David continues:
We don’t usually record a song thinking about how we’re going to play it live. We’re not that kind of band. But there was a sense that it would be fun to do new songs which didn’t have those complications.
Peter Brewis adds:
We say it all the time: You make music with your ears and your brain first. But I trust my ears and my brain, so let’s make something which just feels good and feels physical.
Can’t wait for the album then. For now, let’s enjoy the Andy Martin video to “Not When You’re In Love,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Dafna — Sweeter
Finding your place in the world is an often overwhelming burden at a young age. Even more so today, where life in all its facets is readily available at your fingertips 24/7. In “Sweeter” Colorado-based singer, songwriter, and producer Dafna reflects about this state of mind, which she can only escape for brief moments. The swirling production is saccharine only on the surface: Dafna puts enough edge in it to let you feel the fundamental struggle she is in.
She says about the song:
“I wrote ‘Sweeter’ my senior year of high school, and the overarching theme was about the guilt I felt over things that were out of my control. I struggle a lot with feeling like I have to constantly be perfect, and anytime I wrong anyone or make a mistake I’m really hard on myself and feel like a failure. But I also hate taking myself or my feelings too seriously, so I usually try to hide and ignore any of those negative emotions. I tried to portray this in ‘Sweeter’ by juxtaposing the darker lyrics surrounding my claustrophobia in my own skin with a groovy and vibe-y production that makes me want to bop my head.”
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, “Sweeter” below: