Stuff by: Steven Ward

Big Black Delta
Video Premiere: Big Black Delta share hypnotic video for new single “Vessel”

Big Black Delta—the project under which Venezuelan singer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bates since 2013–has revealed a hypnotizing music video for new single “Vessel.” The film, directed by Warren Kommers, follows the deteriorating emotional state of man whose relationship has just ended. Framing it quite literally in claustrophobic terms, the walls around the man begin to close in […]

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Samia heralds her debut album “The Baby” with new single / video “Fit N Full”

Samia has finally heralded her debut album The Baby with her new music video for single “Fit N Full.” Directed by Martin MacPherson, the video follows the singer as she navigates the ever-thorny and oppressive notion of a person’s happiness being tied to their physical fitness. Amidst bright pop-hooks and shimmering guitars—along with the video’s […]

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Premiere: Sloane seeks solace in the loneliest of places on new single “In My Head”

Sloane—the moniker of self-described gutter-punk turned jazz herald Nick Rosen—has released a new single in the form of “In My Head.” An atmospheric and deeply pensive track that digs at the scabs of depression, loneliness, and unrequited love, Sloane thrives in the song’s bleak but dulcet melody. Blending his love of jazz compositions with an […]

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Joy Downer
Joy Downer’s stunning full-length debut “Paper Moon” revels in a retro-dreaminess

From the moment those bass lines start bumbling their way through the evaporating, disco-shimmer that opens “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear,” it’s clear that the brilliance of Joy Downer‘s debut album Paper Moon coalesces around her lush soundscapes. Inspired and textured by all the retro-dreaminess of 80s rock and electronica, Joy has found […]

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wargirl
Wargirl find bliss and power on defiant second album ‘Dancing Gold’

Long Beach sextet Wargirl have long straddled an array of genres rooted in 70s rock and soul, gliding effortlessly between War, Blondie, Chaka Khan, and more with fierce grace. But with the release of their second album, the aptly named Dancing Gold, the six-headed commune of musical crossroads that is Wargirl have successfully taken the […]

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Teamarrr
TeaMarrr digs her teeth into the mess of relationships in an outpouring of wit and honesty on new EP

At the heart of TeaMarrr’s music, there’s a deep desire and urgency for healing that flows from her blending of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. For TeaMarrr, there’s an imperative for people to “heal themselves with [her] sound,” with hopes that listeners walking away thinking: “TeaMarrr is my new pharmacist.” That altruism takes shape and is […]

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Rita Indiana
Rita Indiana digs her teeth into Jorge Luis Borges, capitalism, paper mâché in new DIY video for “El Zahir”

Rita Indiana has shared a new single from her first album in a decade, Mandinga Times, in the form of “El Zahir.” Accompanying the single is a film directed by Indiana’s partner Noelia Quintero and was shot entirely under quarantine, using only an iPhone11 and “lots of paper mâché.” Inspired by the 1949 Jorge Luis […]

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UTK
UTK shares a new song/video “NH” dedicated to his mentor Nipsey Hussle

Born and raised in Leimert Park, CA where he found himself a mentee of Nipsey Hussle — lyricist, producer, and actor UTK has shared a new single “NH” dedicated to the man whom he shared a neighborhood with. UTK (an acronym for the “Universe, The King”) first met Hussle after winning the Craft Syndicate / […]

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Ian Sweet imagines her body as both a weapon and means of defense on new single “Sword”

Ian Sweet—the cathartic creation of Jilian Medford—has unveiled her latest single: “Sword,” a dreamy, pop manifesto of self-sustaining strength. Imagining her body as both a source of power and defense, Sweet wades into the anxiousness that comes out of feeling like you’re constantly being rendered helpless. Elusive and deceptively catchy, “Sword” molds Sweet’s fears and […]

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the naked and famous
The Naked and Famous return with life-affirming lyric video for new single “Death”

Los Angeles indie-darlings The Naked and Famous have shared a somber, affecting new song titled “Death,” off their forthcoming new record Recover. The new track is a slow-burning, synth-structured ballad that sees duo Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers swapping their heart-wrenching croons against a backdrop of cascading electronics. Squeezed between all the big questions of […]

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