Holander Crashes Car and Sings About it On New Single
Holander, LA’s native glitter grunge princess, is back again with a new era and a new single, Car Crash, produced by TYX and mixed by Ross Newbauer. The 23 year old singer songwriter has garnered a reputation for empowering lyricism and masterfully knitting together brat, brooding, electro, dance and alt pop— and this song is another perfect example of that. Based on a true story, Holander crashes her car, and stops caring about her ex partner.
The February 21st release comes with a new music video: a quirky, sci-fi take on the perfectly pop track, where she lives out everyone’s fantasy of destroying their ex’s house. The date also coincides with the LA kickoff of her first US tour in support of HOLYCHILD.
Car Crash is an empowering “screw you” anthem that exhibits freedom, self love, and realizing what is important in life. Her vocals glide upon the bouncey synths while she paints more gory images lyrically, for a masterful juxtaposition.
Holander describes Car Crash most concisely as: “a celebration of life; what it means to survive & thrive after disaster.”
Hip hop influenced Indie Pop New Single from Journey To The View
Indie-pop project Journey to TheView makes his return with self-produced single All the Same February 7th.
Journey to the View is the project of LA based singer-songwriter, Marcus Jay Allen. Bursting onto the scene back in 2019 with the release of his self-produced debut single Strange Terrain, Marcus finds inspiration in the metaphorical comparison of real uncharted adventures, and ones that take place inward, on the path of self-discovery.
Using his music as a platform to maintain a conversation on mental health, Journey to the View finds solace in song writing and is not afraid to address and share his personal encounters with mental health.
Speaking more on the track, Journey to the View explains:
“All the Same” is a hopeful, hip-hop influenced, heart-felt acoustic love letter to a family member. I was inspired to write the song when news hit my family that a family member was suffering from depression. At 21-years-old, he was at cross-roads, overwhelmed by life decisions. He couldn’t commit to his dreams, from fear of choosing the wrong path. My message is all about finding your own way in life. Rejecting labels and breaking stereotypes.”
Taking his cues from the silky production of acts like Tame Impala and The Japanese House– Journey to the View has crafted his own style of gripping and insightful indie-pop.
All the Same is set to release February 7th and will be available on all streaming platforms.
Sad Twisted Electronic Infused Superb New EP from Ella Fence
People yearn to be different, eager to distinguish themselves. Along with ones fashion sense, music has always been a vital metaphorical soapbox to exalt ones individual tastes and freedoms.
Culturally conditions have never been more fertile for revolutions and rebellions and in spite of having access to a variety of opportunities for experimentation, individuals and groups continue to fall well short of mesmerising and charismatic originality (except in their own social media worlds).
Australian Punk Rock Icons The Saints observed in 1978 “ We’ve Got New Thoughts New Ideas It’s All So Groovy , It’s Just A Shame That We’ve All Seen The Same Old Movie”. This ode to the herd mentality rings truer in 2020 than ever before.
While most are huddled together like shivering ducklings, Ella Fence is an artist exploring and genre shape shifting; she is the embodiment of free will. Ella Fence’s new 3 Track Mini EP ‘ALL I DO IS THINK‘ (available Friday 14 February) is not representative of an artiste in search for a safe harbour. Ella’s new EP is about exploration. Ella’s new musical adventure bravely sails way out to sea, beyond the sight of land. Ella reinvents herself so completely that every new song is a fresh beginning, meanwhile Ella’s previous artistic endeavours disappear into a musical witness protection program.
“Reflecting on the music from ALL I DO IS THINK‘ ,
“it evolved as I was looking to someone else for answers when all along I had work to do on myself, because no one from the outside has the solution or can give us what we need need to give ourselves. I have to trust myself before anyone else. That’s why my music has such an overreaching arc. I have to keep exploring”, tells Ella.
“Pink Mojitos” is the Mini EPs first track. The song is a tip of the hat to excessive behaviour, to fun for fun’s sake, partying and attention seeking. It’s a Summer tune, an anthem to indulgence. “She’s Looking Pretty” is the polar opposite to the EP’s opener. This piece is coy and shy, it’s subtle and pushed along by a quaint 1980’s lightness.The third and final song “Japan” is an introspective, acknowledging one’s self. All 3 songs all tempered by Ella’s sophisticated transcendent voice.
Ella’s been name checked with Billie Ellish to Billie Holiday ( thankfully not Billy Ray Cyrus). Ella embraces variety and outsider status. Her music narrative has real peaks and valleys, legitimate light and shade. Ella’s music poses drama and back beats, love, swirling vocals, sadness mixed with electronica, dance grooves and soul. She writes of desperation and love morphed with melodic pop, her musical centre of gravity is unapologetically a complete fucking mystery.
Ella would be overjoyed for you to embrace her work but in equal parts she simply doesn’t care if you refuse to listen to her music. Ella is content seeking out her own fans while surprising and mesmerising existing ones. With each new portion of work Ella Fence unashamedly ushers in her own renaissance world. A time and a place where there are no limitations or boundaries no arbiters, it’s all carefree and it’s all courageous.
Sad Twisted Electronic Infused Superb New EP from Ella Fence
Addictive Ugly New Single from Mike Dignam Stylish Pop Anthem
Having shared the stage with James Arthur, 5 Seconds of Summer and received support from BBC Radio1, 6 Music and Radio X, pop-rock singer-songwriter-producer Mike Dignam returns with new self-produced single ‘UGLY’ January 31st. Taking his cues from the likes of The Weeknd and John Mayer, Mike’s sound is ever evolving and continues to attract more loyal followers with every release.
Hailing from the Manchester, Mike spent the past 8 years writing, recording and touring
alongside the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, JP Cooper and Scouting for Girls. Off the back of a hugely loyal online following Mike has independently charted No.2 in the I-tunes singer-songwriter charts and sold out UK tours of his own.
Over the years Mike has gathered quite the collection of accolades. The first single taken from his new project quickly caught the attention of 1883 Mag, LA on LOCK, The Most Radicalist, HWING and Wolf in a Suit to name a few. Mike has also had support from Radio 1 Huw Stephens, Radio 6, Radio X Dave Rowntree show, various plays on BBC Merseyside and BBC Lancsintroducing.
UGLY will be available on all streaming platforms today, January 31st. With a new EP in the pipeline, Mike is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Parker’s Vulnerable and Devastatingly Beautiful New Single ‘Become The Fool’
Visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKERhas announced her devastatingly beautiful new single Become The Fool, a heartbreakingly powerful song about an unbalanced relationship in which one person ends up sacrificing too much of themselves and their dreams for another.
PARKERhas also announced a gorgeous Bauhaus-inspired clip to accompany Become The Fool. This affecting new single is the first taste of what is set to be an incredibly exciting 2020 for this innovative artist.
Become The Foolis about as vulnerable as a song can be. Everything from PARKER’s delicate, glassy vocal delivery, to the melancholy synths and deep, arresting percussion, bleeds with heavy emotion, and will speak to anyone who has gone through a complicated heartbreak – one that perhaps they wondered if they would ever recover from. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, PARKER reflects,
“This is the first song that was co-written with my writing and production team, Hans Van Vliet (QLD) and Becki Whitton (VIC), across three states and I’m really excited about it. When a relationship ends it can be devastating. But what happens afterwards can be a beautiful mess of experiences and vivid feelings. When I got to the end of my longest relationship, I realised I had lost so much of myself. I had been living for someone else and their dreams for so long I didn’t know who I was without them. But through this experience, I was set free to find myself again, to pursue my creative practice with all my heart.”
The video for Become The Foolis a stunning journey that explores the depth of emotion behind this extraordinary song. The viewer feels connected to the main character as someone who is left behind in a world built for someone else. The narrative begins in sepia tones, and as the clip progresses and the character reclaims the city for herself through expressive dance, the scene begins to fill with colour as an empowering metaphor for this story. PARKER explains,
“The clip for this song is so incredible! It was made in one month on a super tight budget. It was made by Hans Van Vliet (7 Bit Hero + HUNZ) in just three weeks. We took inspiration from bauhaus design; we wanted to create something that felt nostalgic yet contemporary. Every single element in the clip has a meaning and a reason to be there. Nothing is superfluous.”
This wonderfully considered release is just the beginning of what is set to be a spectacular year for this multi-disciplinary artist, as she gives fans a taste of what is yet to come,
“I’m really excited about all the singles and music videos we have lined up to release this year. I’ve also got a number of live videos in the making! I feel so lucky to be working with so many great film makers, musicians and audio engineers on these projects.”
Quirky and Unique Indie Pop Sounds from Marco DeLiso
Quirky and Unique Indie Pop Sounds from Marco DeLiso
Marco DeLiso is a Cambridge, Massachusetts based multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer who uses his music as a tool for expressing a common language. Stylistically, DeLiso’s music is groovy, flush with vocal harmony and presented with levity, bringing people together where they can be themselves and laugh at his silly presentation.
Urged into music by his parents at the age of five years old, Marco DeLiso took to piano, giving him his first taste of music. At school he sung in choirs where he learned to improvise vocal harmonies and improvisation which serve him to his day. Later he started Congratulatinos and after releasing a couple albums, the duo finally departed ways. It was time for a new chapter.
In his latest work, Marco DeLiso presents Balance, a four-track EP which he believes contains insight that will benefit others. He has pulled threads from his experience over the many different groups and periods to deliver a sound that is truly unique to him. Thematically, Balance focuses on introspection and the ideology of finding a balanced lifestyle.
“For me, it’s such a valuable tool for processing my life and maintaining self-awareness” the songwriter confides, “The music is inspired by my personal belief that a balanced life is the happiest, most fulfilling, healthiest life. This balance is my personal solution to the problem of being a creative individual in a society that makes it difficult for someone to live off of their art”.
Balance showcases Marco’s DeLiso’s love for overdubbing vocals to create sections of cloudy lush harmony and experimental live looping, emitting whimsical melodies. ‘Harmonious Resistance’ features candid lyrics juxtaposing the soft, sweet guitar melodies. Ethereal vocals and subtle, simplistic instrumentation allow the lyrics tell the story. ‘And We Fall’ highlights Marco’s hip hop influences, with quirky pop soundscapes and playful piano melodies. The infectious track emits Marco DeLiso’s diversity and sheer uniqueness. Then there is ‘Round & Round’, with jazz infused guitars, the track is reminiscent of Jack Johnson meets D’Angelo.
Inspired by a wide range of artists over many different eras and genres, Marco DeLiso’s music emanates the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, John Lennon, Eminem, and Radiohead. In addition to these recognizable names, the singer-songwriter also seeks influence from his friends and their music. “On Balance, I feel like I have pulled from all of these threads to make a style that is truly my own”.
Hoping to bring excitement, escapism, empathy and inspiration to listeners around the world, Marco DeLiso unveils the highly anticipated Balance due early 2020.
Quirky and Unique Indie Pop Sounds from Marco DeLiso
Gorran’s New Electro-Pop Single Roses Inspiring you to dream
Gorran’s New Electro-Pop Single Roses Inspiring You To Dream
Gorran is a London based vocalist and songwriter whose music fuses elements of dance, pop, R&B and hip-hop. Bursting with intricate, polished production, the young musician produces contemporary pop with dark undertones, which has been resonating with audiences across the globe.
Gorran’s passion and flair for music was evident from a young age, where during his time at the prestigious BRIT School (alumni including Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Rex Orange County), he developed his distinctive sound and dynamic live show. Since graduating, Gorran has been writing and recording with industry professionals to produce original, bold and gritty pop tracks. Influenced by the likes of Post Malone, Lauv and Billie Eilish, Gorran strives to create music that oozes with real and authentic emotions. He shares, “Whether it’s sadness, joy, anger, nostalgia, fear – I just want them to feel something. I think that is what makes a great song and so that is what I will always aim to achieve”.
Following the release of ‘Easy For You’ and ‘Hush’ which both garnered commercial acclaim, accumulating over 100 thousand Spotify streams in only a few short weeks, Gorran is now unveiling the highly anticipated ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’. The powerful, emotive ballad, supported by effortlessly classy melodies and rich compelling vocals, delivers an emotional and heartfelt anthem. Though truly poignant and agonising at its core, the song also evokes a deep sense of subconscious relief. With such a profoundly personal yet universal message, the track will resonate with everyone who has experienced the pain of heartache.
The self-produced track, which was mixed by Gavin Goldberg (Chrissie Hynde, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne) reminisces the story of a love lost. Gorran admits how the song helped him heal, acting as a form of therapy. “I was finding it incredibly difficult to express exactly what I was trying to say lyrically in those last few weeks of being with her – it was only once we ended the relationship that I found I was able to completely let go and properly finish the song. It really helped me come to terms with how I was feeling, and how I had been feeling for quite a while. It became clear that the verses were a poetic summary of the fundamental weaknesses in the relationship. The middle 8 was the last section I wrote, and were some of the most painful lyrics I’ve ever had to write, as I realised whilst writing it that it was one final parting note to the person I thought I loved. The song honestly means more to me than almost anything”.
Then there is ‘Roses’. Thematically the stunning single narrates the suppression of dreams and aspirations, particularly in young girls. Originally inspired by his little sister and also greatly inspired by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the song spurs this generation to dream, act and shape our future for the better. Gorran confides,
“Young women such as Thunberg are paving the way for a whole generation of people to make positive changes in our society and so it’s time we listen to them and take them seriously. I think having a little sister myself, who at the time of the writing of the song was only 12 years old, made the subject matter even more poignant for me”.
Gorran has seen success opening for KT Tunstall on her UK tour, performing to sold-out audiences across the nation, as well as having graced the stage at the legendary London Roundhouse. With the hope that his music will encourage listeners to be honest with themselves about what makes them happy and to put their mental health first, Gorran continues to produce thought-provoking and powerful music.
Regularly found singing into a tape recorder from the age of three, singer/songwriter Avery Robitaille grew up in the jungles of Indonesia as a missionary kid. Isolated from western and pop culture she spent most of her time writing lyrics and journaling about her dreams of touring the world. At the age of 18, Robitaille made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue that dream. While performing at an open mic night, Robitaille met Sean Baker and the two quickly realized their aligned visions and ability to translate each other’s experiences into music.
Following the release of their successful single ‘Shots’, mastered by Joe LaPorta (Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors), alt pop duo Fever Joy is dropping their highly anticipated five-track EP, Reflections. Inspired by real life events and crafted specifically to focus on experiences that aid in you finding who you truly are, Robitaille shares, “This EP is about empowerment, removing a ‘filter’ and just being open about how certain life experiences made us feel”.
The two set out with the mission to create a space which encourages you to stand up for what you believe in, regardless of what others think.
Baker confides, “Music is one of the only things that allows us to see into other people’s experiences from a distance and connect with them. With that insight, and connection we can learn to be more understanding and helpful with each others circumstances”.
Fever Joy aims to bring that narrative to the forefront of their music, creating honest and authentic releases. The EP was produced by Adam Castilla of The Colourist and mastered by Brian Lucey (Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys).
Fever Joy have seen success selling out shows across Los Angeles, performing at SXSW, as well as receiving airplay on tastemakers KCRW and KROQ. Reflections is currently available worldwide.
annelieElina Releases New Music with Appealing New Sound
annelieElinawas formerly known as Annelie, the promising singer-songwriter now goes by annelieElina!
Back in February of this year, Music Talks ran a global competition through Reverberation and annelieElina was the clear winner. Since this time, she has grown and matured, and so has her sound and her style.
After being surrounded as a young child by all kinds of music from her parents and brother and even learning the piano in Kindergarten, it’s no wonder that music is now such a large of annelieElina’s life.
Interestingly, her music first got online when her mom started a private Youtube channel for her family in Sweden to stay updated on her music. Eventually, a friend of their family sent one of the videos to Thomas Barsoe at OC Hitfactory in Orange County. He contacted just 12-year-old annelieElina and asked her to come into the studio and potentially work with him. She did do and immediately began working with Jessica Cabral, an amazing vocal coach (Muchow now), Robbie Dean, and Thomas Barsoe. OC Hit is in fact where she wrote and recorded her first 5 originals, and sang tons of covers. These are all under the artist name ‘Annelie’ (separate Spotify, Itunes and Vevo channel).
Then in 2017, she was invited to write with Mark Merthe and Nate Evans at a studio in the outskirts of LA called ‘The Drive’. Actually, one of the tracks on her brand new EP was originally produced and written with them and Swedish producer Johan Lindbrandt. The track that is now called “Recover”started out as “No Rain, No Flowers”when she actually wrote about 2 1/2 yrs ago!
Moving forward, at the end of 2018 annelieElina was approached by Ronald Moss from Honua Music. She began writing with Mike Pappasand it was instantly songwriting chemistry! This certainly shows through in her EP, “Purity.”
Along with all of this, the singer was also dealing with a new diagnosis of Chronic Idiopathic Intrinsic Urticaria, which is an auto immune disorder where you unexpectedly get severe allergic reactions involving breathing difficulties as well. It happens at random times and there are no triggers. Thankfully today her symptoms are medically controlled and she can live life very regularly with less outbreaks.
New Indie Pop from Colin Wylie Cant Stop The Havelots
Canadian based and indie pop artist, Colin Wylie announces the new single, Can’t Stop the Havelots from Colins’ self-titled debut album and is a reaction to modern society and late capitalism.
Colin states; “It is a plea for greater understanding of one another regardless of social strata and a reprioritization of what is truly meaningful and fulfilling in life.”
I pushed myself with this record, using both programmed beats and acoustic drums performed live on “Can’t Stop the Havelots” which features 100+ tracks to create a beast that bangs.
Can’t Stop the Havelots is Colins debut and presents substance with a vision. “I believe that music is powerful enough to elevate and influence our society for the greater good. Art can be a harbinger of change.” says Colin.
Powerful and Breathtaking New Single from Solomon Crook; The Day I Thought About Dying
Powerful and Breathtaking New Single from Solomon Crook; The Day I Thought About Dying
The enigmatic Solomon Crook has today announced his new single The Day I Thought About Dying, an immensely powerful track that will prompt the listener to consider the mark they will leave on the world once they’ve left it.
Solomon Crook has also announced a truly stunning clip to accompany The Day I Thought About Dying. Directed by Oscar Keys and created in collaboration with talented choreographer Raquel Abolins-Reid, lighting designer Sebastian Fraser, designers Ruby Malcolm and Charlie Walkley and cinematographer/blocker Solomon Drader, the clip is a precise, divine experience with profound meaning.
The Day I Thought About Dying is a track that will remain with the listener long after it finishes. As steeped in meaning as the title itself, this eclectic song will bouy even the most downtrodden spirit; something about the deep introspection and bravery that emanates from The Day I Thought About Dying is undeniably magnetic and hypnotic. Produced by Devin Abrams (Pacific Heights, ex Shapeshifter and producer for Drax Project, The Adults et al), and for fans of Bon Iver and Matt Corby, this track maintains a bed of electronics that lays the foundation for a breathtaking vocal performance from Solomon Crook. Acoustic elements enmesh themselves amongst sharp production, and the end result is a deep, swelling, mighty piece of music. “
This song explores the uncontrollable feelings of loneliness and isolation that we can all face,” says Solomon. “I wrote this song in a time when I was feeling separated from people I should have felt closest to. I felt this need to escape and break free of this helpless feeling but not knowing how. This song is me internalising these feelings and thoughts, reflecting on them and trying to understand them.”
The clip for The Day I Thought About Dying is appropriately commanding. Set amongst the ornate, story-laden walls of the Greek Orthodox Church Of Transfiguration, Solomon deals with unrest, in the form of shrouded figures contorting around him. These figures overtake him, as they cover him, twisting him around the church. Through a sliver in time, he spies a way out of this turmoil. Once complacent, Solomon finds himself now fighting his demons, managing to break free for an instant – and hurtles himself towards the darkness.
It is impossible to look away, as Solomon sings desperately into the camera, and the viewer is sure to be irrevocably moved by this clip. Describing the creation of the clip, Solomon says,
“The filming of the music video was a such a special experience – the collaboration that was shared throughout the whole process allowed for a common vision of what we all wanted to achieve. Oscar’s original narrative and concept beautifully supports the lyrical content within the song, whilst giving it a hopeful sentiment that you can break through these feelings of darkness, like the figures in the video. I couldn’t be more grateful to work with such creative and expressive friends.”
The Day I Thought About Dying is just a taste of what’s to come from this talented young artist, and plans are in place for a second EP from Solomon Crook in 2020. Already having supported the likes of Amy Shark and The Teskey Brothers, and garnering hundreds of thousands of streams for his debut release Love Juice, it’s quite clear that this is just the beginning for Solomon Crook.
Impressive Debut Single from Folk Pop Band The Pairs