Album Reviews

Mold!
Premiere: MOLD! make their rapturous debut on the ecstatic and frenzied debut album “NO SILENCE!”

Miami psych-rock collective MOLD! have dropped their hotly anticipated album NO SILENCE! Like an ecstatic rallying cry, NO SILENCE! erupts with a fervent scream for perseverance. Written about the band’s founding member and lead vocalist, Carlo Barbacci’s move from his home in Lima, Peru to Florida — NO SILENCE! also tracks his emotional journey to start […]

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Monogem celebrates her roots while creating some of her own on new album “Gardenia”

Los Angeles musician Monogem has finally unveiled her newest album Gardenia, a lush collection of Spanish songs imbued with her love of sleek electro-pop that takes its cues from jazz and soul. Written entirely in Spanish, a first for Monogem the moniker under which Mexican-American Jen Hirsch creates music. Done so out of adoration for […]

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Premiere: AKACATS Delivers a Lo-fi Stunner with New EP Cupido

Adding to the breath of lo-fi triphop, but firmly delivered with her own spin on things, Chilean MC and singer-songwriter AKACATS (aka Catalina Rojas) slips quietly into the stream of hip hop consciousness with the drop of her debut EP, Cupido. The four-song release pairs together a distinct lo-fi sound with elements of jazz, soul […]

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Lorelei Marcell
Hot Artist Alert: Lorelei Marcell looks back to look ahead on stellar debut EP

On the opening track of her self-titled debut EP, singer/songwriter Lorelei Marcell makes a difficult affirmation to not hold herself to the impossible expectations of others. “I’ve been a little too naive and a little too loyal, you’ve been like a bullet in the breeze a little too spoiled,” she concedes between the buoyant splash […]

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Junior Mesa
Junior Mesa finds some healing on the vibrant psyche-pop of “Cirque du Freak”

Junior Mesa has unveiled his sophomore project with the release of his new EP Cirque du Freak, an elaborate collision of the artist’s love of the kind of Sgt. Peppers-era psychedelic textures with his own burgeoning struggle with his own existential strife. Created while Mesa was struggling with the aftermath of an epilepsy diagnosis and […]

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The Steoples Create a Cascading Sound of Intrinsic Consciousness Through Their New Album ‘Wide Through The Eyes Of No One’

While many musicians find their footing on the grounds of their identity or by delving deeper into who they are and where they come from, The Steoples blend the pastel colors of their personal backgrounds with universal experiences and philosophy to grow a multi-faceted perspective rich with deeply rooted colors. In their newest release, Wide […]

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appleby ruminates on coming home on new EP “While You Were Sleeping”

On appleby’s newest release, the six-song While You Were Sleeping EP, the L.A. by way of Chicago artist renders an intimate vignette of a homecoming teeming with optimism. Written during a period in which both appleby and the girl he loves were visiting family — her in Jamestown, Rhode Island and he in Elgin, Illinois […]

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Gavin Turek’s Debut Album Drop is a Strong Dose of Inner Confidence Packaged in Luscious Downbeat Grooves
Gavin Turek’s Debut Album Drop is a Strong Dose of Inner Confidence Packaged in Luscious Downbeat Grooves

Blending her disco inspired roots with a smooth R&B sound, musician Gavin Turek creates shimmery, soulful downbeat grooves with her debut album release, Madame Gold. Turek’s new release dances along sonic lines, bouncing between genres and enriched by vivacious vocal harmonies. With an understated elegance and throwback vibes, Madame Gold intersects sonically with past inspirations, […]

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Death Valley Girls
Death Valley Girls share new video for “I’m A Man Too”; release reissues of “Street Venom” and “Glow in the Dark”

Death Valley Girls have released a new video for their song “I’m A Man Too” — along with two new reissues of their debut and sophomore album’s Street Venom and Glow in the Dark via Suicide Squeeze. The new video, directed by Cherry, unfolds as a bizarre makeup tutorial soundtracked by the song’s anthemic statements […]

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Jelani Aryeh cultivates a space to feel connected on "I've Got Some Living To Do"
Jelani Aryeh cultivates a space to feel connected on “I’ve Got Some Living To Do”

At 21-years-old, Filipino/African-American artist Jelani Aryeh‘s debut album, I’ve Got Some Living To Do, belies something of a promise in its title. “For a lot of kids my age,” Aryeh explained. “I see that we numb ourselves in order to carry on with our lives.” Perseverance is a valuable virtue but it’s just as important […]

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