Seven Fresh Songs #67
Del Water Gap — Sorry I Am
Del Water Gap, aka S. Holden Jaffe, kicks off the Spring season with a bright and beautiful song that could not come at a better time. Now that nature is in full bloom, and things are looking more hopeful again, “Sorry I Am” offers the perfect backdrop. The track swirls and dances and lifts even the darkest mood for four minutes at least. “Sorry I Am” is out via Mom + Pop Music and marks Del Water Gap’s debut release on the label. The accompanying music video makes us want to pack our bags and head out West, but we’ll stay put for now and keep on enjoying Del Water Gap’s super gorgeous new track.
Check ou “Sorry I Am,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Amelie Patterson — Everything, Nothing
Take your headphones and maybe turn up the volume a bit more than usual. Because Canadian singer/songwriter Amelie Patterson is about to carry you away to cosmic dimensions in her new song “Everything, Nothing.” The track slowly builds with an intricate, restrained production and leads you into an ever-expanding sonic space.
Amelie recalls the songwriting process:
“I wrote this song while reflecting on what an all encompassing force Love is. I was exploring ideas of how the microcosm reflects the macrocosm. The lyrics reference the Earth’s gravitational pull on the moon and vice versa. The moon’s gravitational pull is the primary reason for tides. Each of us are giving love in our own unique way, but we are all doing so on a global scale.”
Listen to “Everything, Nothing” below:
ZOLA — Nosebleed
With a title like “Nosebleed,” one might associate a punk or heavy metal song, but not necessarily the beautiful pop pearl that this new single by Californian singer/songwriter ZOLA is. While the song’s melody and production are light, shimmering, and super catchy, the subject matter itself is a serious and important one, as ZOLA explains:
To put it simply, “Nosebleed” was written when I needed the hug and support I didn’t feel like I was getting. I was traveling to Los Angeles every month for week-long stays from San Francisco and working with my first label and with all these added members to my musical journey, I had never felt so alone. In parallel, California was experiencing its most devastating natural fires today and I felt like my home was now literally burning to the ground. So, on one of my write-cations in LA, I wrote “Nosebleed” with my two friends Wes & Taylor. Walking into the session they said “write something that sounds like a millennial pop Joni Mitchell’’. I don’t know if I quite achieved that but I do feel like I gave myself the support I needed and I was reminded that I always have myself to fall back on no matter the circumstances. We can be the ceilings to our skin and the ones to hold our own when nobody else will. I hope that message comes across.
Listen to “Nosebleed,” our Song Pick of the Day:
Claire George — Pink Elephants
Los Angeles-based artist Claire George does not disguise what her new song “Pink Elephants” is about: the pain and helplessness of losing somebody to drug abuse, something she herself has experienced with a person close to her. Claire, who has carved out her very own niche in synth-pop with her past releases, goes all out with a hammering dance beat that reflects the careless state of mind that motivates substance abuse.
Claire reveals about the video:
“The ‘Pink Elephants’ video is an expression of my desperation to save someone who I loved and lost to addiction. The storyline is meant to depict the lengths to which one will go when they see a loved one losing a battle with substance abuse, but how ultimately, it can be heartbreakingly impossible to catch someone who is already so far gone.”
“Pink Elephants” will be on “The Land Beyond The Light,” Claire George’s debut album out May 21 on on Cascine.
The Ella Sisters — Sugarcoat and Q&A
Norwegian sibling-duo The Ella Sisters gear up for the release of their sophomore EP Sugarcoat out later this year. Maren and Charlotte envision Sugarcoat as the second volume of their delightful debut EP Queens. The new album will expand on the themes already laid out in the first installment and widens it to underestimation and confidence as well as the exploration and understanding of bad behavior. Essentially, it will be grounded in the restlessness of being young at heart.
Today, we are excited to premiere the video to the beautifully sparkling title song “Sugarcoat,” which offers the perfect glimpse of what to expect come summer. The album’s title track brims with the sisters’ signature feel-good vibe and an irresistible sing-along chorus. Perfect!
Naturally, we wanted to know a bit more and reached out to the twin sisters, who were luckily game to answer our questions.
Q: In your press release, I read that “you tried to be as honest as possible in your songwriting process, which was therapeutic.” Can you give us some insight into how your songwriting process looks like? How do you inspire each other?
Charlotte: Songwriting is such an interesting and dynamic process because each individual song has its own way of evolving. One of the main things we always seem to do though is that one of us has an idea for example for a verse or a chorus, or maybe just a phrase, and shows it to the other. Then we try to work out what we want to say in the song, and what sort of overall expression we are seeking. I most often come from a lyrical perspective, and Maren from a melodic perspective, but the combination of lyrics and melody is embedded in the process for both of us.
Q: Watching the music video for “Sugarcoat” it feels indeed refreshingly down to earth and honest. What prompted the idea for the visuals?
Maren: We really wanted to express what the song actually means to us. It was written out of a feeling of witnessing someone who is good at sugarcoating what they feel. The video plays around with me being this “overdramatic character” that another person sees you as, while Charlotte is the other version of that person and calls out how to sugarcoat something just makes it worse. And of course, as usual, we had to dance and have fun with expressing the song.
Q: Would you have done something different were we not still in the middle of a pandemic?
Maren: I think the two main parts that has drastically changed for us, is not being able to work with our producer in London (and hence starting to work over skype), and not being able to play live shows to grow the audience and showcase our music. I guess the live shows is the answer from almost every artist, because for most artists it is such a huge part of working with music. However, we did not have a huge tour planned the past year, so we have been lucky that way. We did question last year though, whether we should start releasing the music as a new act, or if we should wait. I’m really glad we did start releasing songs, because we are constantly evolving and writing- and the pandemic turned out not to be a quick fix.
Q: How do you cope with not being able to play live, tour, and experience the live energy?
Charlotte: The live shows are a huge part of how we stay motivated and feel the response from the listeners. However, I don’t think we knew how much it also inspires our writing. We have tried different ways to get inspired in other ways the past year, for example through movies and podcasts, conversations, and maybe most importantly we have used our imagination on another level.
Q: In your video for “Queens,” towards the end, we spot a few familiar places. Not in Queens, actually where glamglare is currently located at but in Manhattan. You’ve been to New York? What’s your fondest memory of that trip?
Maren: How incredible that you have watched it in such detail! We were on tour in 2018, and New York was one of the places we went to. It was in the summertime, and so freaking hot (we are redheads, so yeah, humidity is not our natural habitat) so we drank more lemonade than most humans do in a lifetime. It was so much fun, and we had this walk by the Brooklyn Bridge which was amazing. Also, the shows were lots of fun because people in New York go to concerts with bands they don’t know- and they have a great time. Ah, we had a blast.
Q: You are from Norway, so we are naturally curious about your favorite music growing up? Who influenced you the most so far?
Charlotte: We listened to lots of different music. Both Norwegian artists like Ane Brun and international artists like Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Eva Cassidy, and Katie Melua. I think our love for songwriting started in the car when driving up to our cabin in the mountains. We had so many wonderful conversations with our parents about what the songs meant and how they were written. I remember we were very fascinated when realizing that Elton John worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin and that they created such huge amounts of songs together. It was really inspiring.
Q: One of our favorite questions, and with a song like “James Dean” from your previous album, we have to ask: If you could choose to live in a decade (music, style, etc.), which one would it be?
Maren: Ah, such a good question! I have to say both the 60s and 70s. Thank you. xo
Thank you very much, Charlotte and Maren. We loved listening through your already impressive catalog of songs, and dig your music visuals. We are love premiering your video today!
Only a truly grumpy person who flat out refuses to smile, won’t be charmed by The Ella Sisters’ joyful video, directed by South Coast Creative. The song itself is co-written and produced by Matt Ingram. Join in on the cheerful fun, and watch our video premiere, our Song Pick of the Day, now:
Varley — Bubble Up
“What a waste of energy, what a weight to carry,” sings Claire-Ann about the insecurities that she would rather get rid of. Together with her two band members Joschka Bender and Matthias Heising of Berlin-based band Varley she seems to be on a good track: their new song “Bubble up” brims with resolve and confidence.
Claire-Ann remembers the origins of “Bubble Up”:
“The bones of ‘Bubble Up’ was written on the first day of my new job. Totally overwhelmed and embarrassed after being given out to. Public humiliation = my worst nightmare. I’m quite happy to fade into the background (ironic, I know!) I told my new work colleagues that I was going for a break but in reality I sat in the bathroom, upset and started to hum a melody. Sometimes I find it hard to slow down my thoughts or turn off the inner dialogue. I guess ‘Bubble Up’ is that feeling of the pressure rising and not knowing how to keep it together and wishing you weren’t like this.“
Varley are working on an album planned for release later this year. Listen to our Song Pick of the Day “Bubble Up” on your favorite streaming service or below on SoundCloud:
Josin — The Darkness
“The Darkness,” the new single and video by German singer, songwriter, and producer Josin is a sonic and visual masterpiece. The juxtaposition of understanding and accepting with sadness and despair are hypnotizing in its push-and-pull dynamic. When asked about her newest work, which also announces an upcoming EP, Arbella Rauch, the artist behind the moniker, says:
I’m a really happy and funny person, but not in music. I don’t feel inspired when things are too good.
Having met Arabella on two occasions, as remote as Iceland and closer to our home in Austin, TX we can confirm her positive, amiable and inspiring disposition, and cannot wait to see her live again!
Listen to our Song Pick of the Day, and watch the mesmerizing video, directed by Stefan Zinsbacher, now: