Stuff by: Steven Ward

IDLES
IDLES share a punkish rework of Sharon van Etten’s “Peace Signs” for ‘Epic’ Ten Year Anniversary

Epic Ten the anniversary reissue of Sharon van Etten’s album Epic has been heralded with the arrival of IDLES‘ cover of the song “Peace Signs.” Offering their punkish sentiments and a rollicking vigor to the song’s virulent melancholy, IDLES translate the song loyally into a powerful crescendo of dueling guitars and clamorous percussion without losing […]

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Torii Wolf
Torii Wolf revamps the siren myth in new music video “Lantern Room”

Torii Wolf has shared a new video for their single “Lantern Room,” an eerie ballad that flips the script on the Greek myth of the siren and is their second release with Epidemic Sound. A smoky medley of glowing guitars and haunting instrumentals twinkle in the background of Wolf’s twisted tale of desire and the […]

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Ladyhawke teams-up with Broods on queer love anthem "Guilty Love"
Ladyhawke teams-up with Broods on queer love anthem “Guilty Love”

Ladyhawke has officially returned, marking the occasion with a dreamy collaboration with Broods on her newest single “Guilty Love.” The song, which is the first preview of her new album due out this year, is a soaring and rebelliously emphatic love anthem that is made only that much more riveting by the collision between Ladyhawke’s […]

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Nick Andre brings together a trio-de-force with "Life Is Awesome" feat. Lil B, Zion I, and Casual
Nick Andre brings together a trio-de-force with “Life Is Awesome” feat. Lil B, Zion I, and Casual

San Francisco-based music producer and co-founder of Slept On Records, Nick Andre has brought together a trio-de-force for his newest single “Life Is Awesome.” Pulling the talents of Lil B, Zion I, and Casual who drop their slick lines into Andre’s suave soundscape, all to the tune of a funkily looped piano. A laid-back upper […]

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Remi Wolf teams-up with Dominic Fike for a deliriously catchy rework of “Photo ID”

Teaming up with rising pop artist Dominic Fike on a reimagining of their song “Photo ID,” Remi Wolf has given a breath of new life to the fan favorite off their debut EP I’m Allergic to Dogs! Dazzlingly addictive pop hooks fill the song’s buoyant soundscape, with Wolf eliciting every drop of saturated bliss that […]

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Wallice
Wallice juggles existential dread and draining nostalgia on “23”

“In my childhood bedroom,“ begins Wallice on her debut track “23,” a buoyantly melancholic indie-rock track that perfectly pairs the singer’s tongue-in-cheek existentialism with the generational angst of a generation. Propelled forward on a whimsically uplifting medley that betrays Wallice’s weariness over the rush to “grow-up,” while at the same time lamenting the setbacks that […]

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Mami Sandunga
“Mademoiselle Blonte” is Mami Sandunga’s and Chaboi’s concussive, dance-floor anthem

Mami Sandunga has shared her newest single in the form of “Mademoiselle Blonte,” a heavy reggaeton banger that features the singer’s third collaboration with producer Chaboi. Concussive beats and Sandunga’s biting lyricism embody the fierce, rebellious spirit that Sandunga associates with the track, using it as a means of overcoming any bit of timidness she […]

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Moullineux x Sara Tavares
Moullinex and Sara Tavares join forces on their cosmically electronic new beat “Minina di Céu”

Moullinex & Sara Tavares have teamed up for a cosmically-lush new single off the former’s upcoming album Requiem for Empathy. “Minina di Céu” is a spacey, upbeat mind-bender, one featuring Moullinex’s (Luis Clara Gomes) signature dizzying soundscapes and Tavares lending her invigorating vocals in Cape Verdean Creole to the song. The song, the title of […]

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Twin Oaks
Twin Oaks stumble through pain towards something beautiful on “Lock & Key”

Lock & Key, the new EP from Los Angeles-based Twin Oaks, reveals itself to be an astonishingly beautiful and endlessly haunting collection of atmospheric ballads. The songs, created under the bleak shadow of the pandemic and in the isolation of quarantine, are gentle confessionals delivered via singer Lauren Brown’s piercing vocals — which range from […]

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Gallant
Gallant pines for a “Relapse” in the video for new single

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gallant has shared a new single off his upcoming record Neptune with the release of “Relapse.” Paired with a lo-fi lyric video that scribbles Gallant‘s melancholic songwriting across a shifting, nostalgia-laden backdrop of picturesque views, the single is a slow burn of soulful textures and moody beats. Caught between the ebb and flow […]

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Steady Holiday gives a defense of empathy and human connection on her new album “Take the Corners Gently”

In 2016 Dre Babinski (aka Steady Holiday), coming off her Coachella debut, told Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls that one of the biggest obstacles she’d faced to date was herself; that “allowing [herself] to be vulnerable” had become her “biggest challenge.” Fast-forward four years to the release of her sophomore album Take the Corners Gently and […]

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Body Language
Premiere: Body Language are all futuristic-glam in video for “Start It Up”

Brooklyn avant-garde pop act Body Language have shared a mesmerizing new video for their anthemic song “Start It Up.” Comprised of Angelica Bess, Grant Wheeler, Matt Young and Ian Chang, the band has a penchant for experimenting with futuristic-tinged blends of soul and R&B. The song, off their recent album Travel Guide, takes that futurism […]

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WILD
WILD remind us that compassion and positivity are melodic too on debut LP “Goin’ Back”

On their debut album Goin’ Back, Los Angeles indie-folk trio WILD continues to create for themselves a profoundly moving niche within the genre, intersecting the kind of anthemic alternative and pop hooks that make them such exciting newcomers. Made up of Lauren Luiz (vocals), Tyler Thompson (producer/guitar), and Zach Daegatano (vocals/guitar), WILD emphatically brand their […]

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