This Monday has been brimming with charming, ear-grabbing, attention-getting, and impressive tunes, and this premiere is no different.
We’ve been hip to DIY artist Madison for a few months now after writing up a tune she did with The Twelves. Now looking ahead to her upcoming EP, Wonderland, she’s dropping “That Fever,” which glows with a mix of new pop styling and a classic vibe that could be easily imagined with the most gorgeous of Bond girls.
Something about the echoing percussion, wavering guitar notes, and attitude-rich staccato vocal styling combine to make a cinematic experience, seemingly perfect for a musical breakdown or montage in a film. It’s engaging, memorable, and encompassing, demanding your attention for the full three-minute duration.
Aside from the notable musical abilities, this impressive woman is also doing her part to help shelter animals. Half of the proceeds from her upcoming EP release (coming July 21), will go to the rescue where she adopted her pup, Alabama.
Make sure to follow her on Facebook for updates on that EP.
Woebegone Wanderers II
Contrary to what their name evokes, Wild Beasts continue to be some of the smoothest and softest songsmiths around with unreleased track ‘Woebegone Wanderers II,’ which was premiered on Jon Hopkins Radio 1 this week.
Recorded around the time of their last release, Present Tense, which was quietly one of the best albums of 2014, the song is a continuation of ‘Woebegone Wanderers’ which appeared on the British group’s debut Limbo, Panto way back in 2008.
After gently swirling around the space in your head in that signature brooding Wild Beasts style for around two minutes, ‘Woebegone Wanderers II’ dissolves into echoing glitter for the final third, floating off until you inevitably drag it back down for yet another listen.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone
If you’re reading this on a mobile device we apologize for the irony.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have revealed ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ to be their second single ahead of their third LP Multi-Love which is due out May 26th, and it’s a hand-clapping psych-soul groove.
In a newsletter sent to fans, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson explains it’s about “missing somebody and that point where you refuse to accept online ‘connectivity’ as a substitute for being with someone IRL.”
Opening with a bit of meandering horns and classical guitar, ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’ bounces around lyrical topics that include eating crickets, the aurora borealis, and wondering if the universe is really a hologram, all before putting the phone down and regrettably picking it up once again.
“Do you fall in love with the idea of someone? Or the chemicals they give off in person? Either way, I’ve got to get off my phone,” Nielson concludes.
Los Angeles-based producer Lincoln Jesser is fighting global diseases with his widely popular hit, “Tops.” Released last year, this song garnered the adoration of the blogosphere, racking up over 300 thousand plays on Soundcloud.
Today, he’s re-releasing this song and donating it to Cadence & Cause to help raise money. In addition to being able to purchase this song, fans will also have the chance to buy a private Skype call with him, with proceeds going directly to the cause. When asked why Jesser chose this cause to support, he said:
There are millions of people, young and old, dying every year because they don’t have access to effective vaccines. Some of these kids would otherwise grow up to have amazing impacts on our world. The change in your pocket could change that reality.
You can purchase the mentioned items by clicking here. Head over and do your part to help eradicate global disease.
There’s something about Kent’s 17-year-old Will Joseph Cook that we find rather remarkable. It could be his spectacular vocals that seem far more mature than his young years would indicate. It also could be his great potential to write credible pop songs, which we came to appreciate with his last track, “Message.” Whatever it is, we’re fully on board with this up-and-coming artist.
His new track, “Daisy Chains,”comes off his upcoming You Jump I Run EP, and it’s every bit as catchy as we’d hoped. The light and playful guitar arrangements serve as a warm welcome, pairing perfectly with Cook’s vocals, providing the listener with a laid-back, highly-enjoayable experience.
Get ready to hit the replay button a few times on this one.
We can almost feel it now. The warm, sunny months are slowly peeking their glorious heads over the horizon. What’s one of the best parts of those summer months? Road trips. What’s the most important part of a good road trip? Some might say sunflower seeds, but they’d be wrong. It’s a solid collection of proper road trippin’ tunes, and Southern just added in one that will get a regular spot in the rotation.
This brother/sister duo hails from Belfast, but they definitely have a certain essence of Americana to their sound. Catchy? Yes. Upbeat? Totally. It’s as engaging of a tune as we’ve heard as of late, combining driving guitar chords, gorgeous vocal hums, and a “nod your head up and down” bassline.
With summer right around the corner, this is a band you should probably keep on your radar for upcoming tunes.