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New Music Emerging Now July 2022

New Music Friday is jam-packed with album drops, new singles, and endless playlists. Finding it difficult to keep up with your favorite artists? This week, we play catch-up for you, sifting through noteworthy LPs and emerging tracks over the past few months. Scroll through to discover new artists and check out our weekly New Music Emerging Now July 2022 playlists for more curated content!

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform for ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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New Music Emerging Now July 2022: ALBUMS

// Leap by James Bay //-Singer-songwriter

British singer-songwriter James Bay dropped his third album, Leap, and is soaring to the top of the UK charts (competing for #1 with Monsieur Styles). For those unfamiliar with Bay, he brings intricate and poetic lyrics together with big guitar sounds and powerful raspy vocals. An artist who simply lights the place on fire when performing live, Bay’s third album is flawlessly laced with all of his signature songwriting melodies and lyrics. Leap brings massive tunes such as “Brilliant Still,” “Silent Love,” “One Life,” “Right Now,” and “Give Me the Reason.”

Fans of Springsteen, Petty, Dylan, Clapton, and Marvin Gaye keep your ears peeled for hints of the most influential songs of their time. “Give Me the Reason” focuses on Bay’s dramatic vocal range, drawing you in from the first track of the album. “One Life” is a tear-inducing ‘pour your heart out’ wedding song, while “Silent Love” embraces vulnerability in moments of uncertainty in a new relationship. Bay uses a lustrous falsetto in “Right Now” to induce longing romantic glances, and “Brilliant Still” is a charming reminder of everlasting admiration.

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// Beatopia by beabadoobee //-Alternative

Alternative indie artist beabadoobee drops her dreamlike sophomore album Beatopia today. Standout contrasting singles “Talk” and “See You Soon” eerily creep into your mind and leave lasting earworms. “Talk” sings sweet guitars alongside 90’s-esque pop punk lyrics, while “See You Soon” echos cosmic sounds and purified vocal wonders.

Deeper cuts include “Perfect Pair” and “You’re Here That’s the Thing,” both tunes evoking sounds of a Parisian-style jazz café. “Ripples” is more downtempo, accompanied by peaceful strings, paired with sincere lyrics and pure vocals.

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// TALK TALK by The Faim //-Alternative

Aussie natives The Faim dropped their sophomore album TALK TALK last Friday, and we are head over heels! While the entirety of the album is meshed with soaring rhythms and vocals, standout tracks include “Life in a Cinema,” “Flowers,” “Me Because of You,” and “Jealous Love.”

“Flowers” whispers of ‘listen to me’ vocals in the intro, leading to a massive build-up bridge and jump-inducing anthemic chorus. “Me Because of You” merges retro pop with funky guitars and a soaring chorus with a full vocal range on display. “Jealous Love” builds quintessential Young the Giant-type drums in an outpour of heartfelt lyrics. To round off the album, “ERA” feels like a wistful yet hopeful coda to a cohesive soundtrack for The Faim.

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// The Ground Beneath Me by Out of Service //-Indie Rock

Indie rock band Out of Service of Philly put out emo blended, guitar-heavy, The Ground Beneath Me this June. Out of Service combines the qualities of emo, rock, indie, and grudge, developing a sound that music fans have searched for over recent years. The Ground Beneath Me includes guest vocals from Taking Back Sunday (John Nolan), All Get Out (Nathan Hussey), and Emery.

From start to finish, the album includes nods to all your favorite emo bands of the early 2000s. Hawthorne Heights-style guitar tones resound in “A Moment Trapped in Time” ft. Emery, followed by a Brand New reminiscent “Offshore” vocal. “Offshore” starts off with hushed vocals, a slow build to the bridge, and a full-on rock-out chorus. “What You See” ft. John Nolan gives the album depth, culminating in a thundering outro of classic TBS vocals.

Out of Service generates emo music in a realm where *new* bands of this caliber are few and far between.

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New Music Emerging Now July 2022: TRACKS

// “California” by Justin Kerecz //-Folk/Singer-songwriter

Philly area singer-songwriter Justin Kerecz launched an ‘easy feelin’ track entitled “California” this past week. “California” paints a perfect Western escape with a blend of folky vocals, bluesy guitars, and nods to timeless Gram Parsons tunes. Kerecz creates the right amount of twang, nostalgia, and endearment to wind you down a back road on summer nights.

// “17” by Cartel //-Alternative

After nearly a decade hiatus, Georgia pop-punk band Cartel is back with a new nostalgic single, “17.” “17” possesses distinctive elements of fan-favorite tracks “Honestly” and “Say Anything (Else),” staying true to the early 2000’s draw of the band. Moreover, the single is polished and reflective, with mature vocals, signature guitars, and pensive lyrics. Will Pugh’s voice echoes the likes of Jimmy Eat World in soft songs like “555.” Cartel joins Dashboard Confessional and Andrew McMahon on their Hello Gone Days tour August 16-27.

// “Dolly” by Fiona McHugh //-Singer-songwriter

Poetic Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Fiona McHugh debuted Just Passing Through (EP) this past May. “Dolly” showcases elegant lyricism sprinkled with the vocal angst and conviction of an Alanis Morissette or Fiona Apple song. McHugh’s voice is undeniably unique. We will keep an eye on her upcoming endeavors.

// “Saturday Morning Cartoons” by Wilmah //-Pop

New York’s duo of Matt Conolly and William O’Connor, Wilmah, released the hopeful pop track “Saturday Morning Cartoons” this week. “Saturday Morning” combines dance-inducing instrumentation and production with eager lyrics and a captivatingly catchy chorus. Wilmah continues to have an effortless ability to produce and generate invigorating pop songs for the times.


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The 1975 “Part Of The Band” Easter Eggs

The boys are back! The 1975 FINALLY released a new single, “Part Of The Band,” as the hottest record on BBCR1. Matty Healy had been teasing hints about some of the lyrics of the single on his Instagram stories over the past month. The Easter eggs ultimately led to the title of their fifth studio album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’, out October 14th! We are 1000% HERE for this concept of embracing language, art, poetry, culture, and music into a full-length album. While the single is only the tip of the iceberg, we are here to answer the common question, “What in the world is Matty on about?”

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“Part Of The Band” Easter Egg #1: Rimbaud & Verlaine

“And I fell in love with a boy, it was kinda lame. I was Rimbaud and he was Paul Verlaine.”

Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine were 19th-century French poets. Matty first posted an image of the two on his Instagram story a few weeks before the announcement of the single. Many fans easily googled the image to discover the names of the poets, as well as articles of their secret love affair ending in turmoil. We will provide the TLDR version of their relationship.

A significantly older Verlaine left his wife for Arthur Rimbaud. It appears their two-year relationship was passionate yet messy and often included alcohol and drug use. After a heated quarrel, Verlaine drunkenly fired two shots at Rimbaud, injuring him in the wrist, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Read more about Rimbaud & Verlaine here and here.

We want more details, Matthew.

Easter Egg #2: “She said”

“A Xanax and a Newport, ‘I take care of my kids,’ she said.”

Ah, the stereotypical “she said” line in a The 1975 song. There’s not much to add here other than a list of some of the best “she said” lines throughout their discography. She said…

“Use your hands and my spare time, we’ve got one thing in common it’s this tongue of mine.”-Sex

“Babe, you look sooo cool.”-Robbers

“I gave you four years of my life.”-I Couldn’t Be More in Love

“Maybe I would like you better if you took off your clothes.”-If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)

“They should take this pain and give it a name.”-Tonight I Wish I Was Your Boy

Here’s a compilation video of everything ‘she said’ in The 1975 songs. IN. OUR. FEELS.

Easter Egg #3: The Car

Alright, so this one is purely speculation from fans and long-time followers of the boys. We *think* the car in the promo for “Part of the Band” *could* be the car from the “Chocolate” music video/self-titled era. The promo for “Part of the Band” is back to their signature black-and-white aesthetic. Further speculation from fans leads to the symbol of the end of the Music for Cars era; hence the car being vandalized and in destruction. Lastly, the car is covered in graffiti-style chalk art, including “La poésie est dans la rue,” “Dirty Hit,” and “Is it my car?” It’s a word search on here…good luck.

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Easter Egg #4: MFC

Music for Cars was *supposed* to include the two-album combo of ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ and ‘Notes On A Conditional Form‘. Does Music for Cars continue for ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’ (see symbol below)? Or does the car symbolize the end of one era and the beginning of the next? We shall see.

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Easter Egg #5: The 1975 “Part Of The Band” Video

We’ve made a short-list of some potential references in the new The 1975 video for “Part of the Band”

*The kid with the paint on his face reminds us of the kid from the “Settle Down” music video. In fact, the whole video gives off major “Settle Down” vibes.

*The whole video seems to recreate scenes from the 1957 (flip of numbers there) Swedish fantasy film, The Seventh Seal.

*The priests and Matty carrying the giant balloon are reminiscent of the short French film Le Ballon Rouge.

*“FUN” written with chalk on the top of Matty’s collar while the kids are drawing on his coat.

*The baggage Matty is carrying could be his signature quote, “emotional baggage” he receives from fans and feedback on social media. The baggage topples him over in the video.

*All signs point to Mayhem being the dog at the end of the video.

Feel free to let us know what else you find! Check out “Part Of The Band” and keep your eyes peeled for what’s up next for The 1975 and ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’.

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New Music Weekend Playlist Summer 2022

This week PDLR is bringing new music from previously featured fan-favorite artists as well as some brand-new names to us and many of you. We have a short list of stand-out tracks from Dermot Kennedy, FABER, Pale Waves, The Lucky, & more. Our New Music Weekend Playlist is short and sweet, give it a listen, and we bet you’ll save at least one song! Cheers to the weekend, and happy New Music Friday!

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// “Too Little Too Late” by The Lucky //-Pop rock

You may recognize the smooth catchy sound of The Lucky (formerly known as Handmade House) if you followed along with our IGTV music festival a few years back. The trio, composed of Tucker Click (vocals), Maison Thomas (as in, Rob Thomas’s son)-Eudy (guitar), and Josh Nardine (drums), dropped “Too Little Too Late,” the second single under their new moniker last Friday. The Lucky liken themselves to a pop rock band similar to The Band CAMINO or VALLEY; however, we have always found their songs to be more effortlessly captivating. We love how “Too Little Too Late” starts out soft, focuses on the vocals, and builds through the bridge to chorus to more of an alternative rock anthem. Check it out, and be sure to add them to your ‘bands-to-watch’ list.

// “Jealousy” by Pale Waves //-Indie-rock

Indie-rock band Pale Waves (Dirty Hit) released track three of album three, Unwanted, earlier this week. “Jealousy” stays true to Pale Waves’ signature sound of pop-punk style and angsty vocals. In our opinion, they are one of the few female-led bands that never disappoint their genre track-for-track (see also MUNA & Wolf Alice), while also evolving for long-time fans. However, there is something unapologetic about the honesty that “Jealousy” adds to their discography. Heather Baron-Gracie’s easily recognizable voice fits perfectly into this emo-inspired track about wanting your partner all to yourself. Avril Lavigne fans…don’t sleep on this band!

// “Dreamer” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter

WOW!! Dermot stays true to his goosebump-inducing, troubadour style, clear-cut raspy vocals. “Ain’t got a song to sing without your loving, yeah, isn’t that worth something?” Um, okay, hello, Dermot, King of writing the most heartfelt lyrics alongside the most beautiful melodies. Swoooon!! For fans that were worried Dermot’s sophomore album would be more on the side of pop radio, “Dreamer” can be likened to his infamous crowd-silencing ballads such as “An Evening I Will Not Forget” and “After Rain.” If you haven’t caught on yet, those tend to be fan favorites. Sidenote, Dermot is ALSO currently on tour in the US with…SHAWN MENDES!

// “I Just Want You Around” by Marc Scibilia //-Singer-songwriter

Long-time Buffalo singer-songwriter Marc Scibilia always has the perfect tracks to enjoy a sunset or romantic dinner for two. “I Just Want You Around” reminds us of a cool bluesy track with a John Mayer guitar solo. We must give credit where credit is due, though; that’s Marc on guitar, vocals, lyrics, production, and, well, everything on this track. You can check out behind-the-scenes of his songwriting on Instagram.

// “Keep On” by Michael Sanderson //-Rock

Germany-based singer-songwriter Michael Sanderson reflects on life in quarantine in new track “Keep On.” Sanderson pays an ode to friends and family who get each other through difficult times. If we could pinpoint a similar sounding vocal, we would probably lean toward Ben Folds. “Keep On” is Sanderson’s first song he ever composed on the piano. It’s a feel-good early Friday evening kind of tune.

// “Rage” by FABER //-Rock

Our London queen FABER! FABER is another artist that we were lucky to have on our IGTV festival lineup in 2020. “Rage” is the perfect song title for her newest release this past May. The song is just the right combination of capturing the feeling of rage and showcasing FABER’s soft vocals contrasted with amplified screams. She’s been out and about doing amazing things, including features for BBC introducing…and playing live shows. Keep an eye on her!

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New Music Summer 2022: Seven Songs Seven Genres

We are interrupting your Friday Eve with new music from a diverse group of upcoming artists. Luckily, we didn’t have to go further than our inbox to find a variety of tunes to soundtrack your workweek blues and get an early start to the weekend. Scroll through to your favorite genre or check out all seven tracks and more on our weekly new music summer 2022 playlist.

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// “Lost Sheep” by Onyi Moss //-Singer-Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Onyi Moss takes you on a dreamy journey in her new release “Lost Sheep.” The Manchester-based British/Nigerian artist’s soothing voice will be the perfect addition to your meditation or relaxation playlist to cure those Sunday Scaries.

// “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk” by J. Antonette //-Country

Our Nashville country queen J. Antonette has the cure for your achy breaky heart. Drown out your tears with a few tequila shots and some Coyote Ugly style bar dancing to “Heartbroken in a Honkey Tonk.”

// “You Said” by Misa //-Trip-hop

London-based trip-hop singer Misa released the airy break-up single “You Said” last Friday. Her unique style of combining dance music with smooth ambient sounds and elements of hip-hop introduces a genre that is entirely new to us as listeners. The track sounds as if a cool evening sea breeze is whispering her feelings.

// “DIS MOI” by Omran //-French Rap/Hip-Hop

Maintenant pour un peu de musique française. “DIS MOI” est un nouveau morceau par rappeur et chanteur français, Omran. Sa voix douce peint une image de couples dansant sous le coucher de soleil à la fin d’été. On veut vraiment danser !

// “TALK RICH” by HeyStax //-Rap/Hip-Hop

Upcoming Atlanta, GA artist Heystax released his third studio album entitled “A Beautiful Way to Let Go” last Friday. The ATL rapper brings the heat with the single “Talk Rich,” which could easily be played on repeat with windows down all summer long. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well! Some of our other favorite tracks are “Break the Rules,” “Believe,” and “Right Hand Man.”

// “Kick It Up” by Michelle Fabre //-Pop

New York-based pop singer-songwriter Michelle Fabre blessed us with an all-out dance anthem, “Kick It Up.” The new track exudes elements of 80s dance music alongside upbeat pop vocals to serve as a great addition to your summer playlist. Michelle is certainly an artist to watch as she has been breaking the scene in NYC.

// “10:36” by beabadoobee //-Alternative

Indie-alternative artist beabadoobee (bee-uh-buh-doo-bee) is no stranger to the new music scene. Beatrice Laus of Dirty Hit Records will release her second studio album, Beatopia, on July 15th. “10:36” is the third single from her highly anticipated sophomore album. “10:36” sounds like a background track to a 90s movie, filled with lines of angsty spoken voice. We are fully prepared for this album to take us on a nostalgic 90s flashback of luscious female vocals.

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Friends At The Falls Mirrors Message to “Be the Change”

Friends At The Falls Be the Change

Press play on “Be the Change” by the New York alternative band Friends At The Falls, and you will picture yourself dancing in an open field at a music festival. Friends At The Falls cites this idea as part of the story behind the new single. Band members Jake and Matt recall, “At the time, we were both looking to write an upbeat anthemic song, with a chorus that a crowd of fans could scream back at us.” We can’t praise them enough for capturing the feeling of endless summer and a carefree atmosphere in a song.

Best Friends and Band Mates

Jake Stam and Matt Montgomery are lifelong best friends turned band members out of Croton Falls, NY. Jake went to school for audio production and began taking music and songwriting seriously after high school. Upon asking Matt to join him as a collaborator, Friends At The Falls was born in 2016.

Friends At The Falls began releasing Alternative Rock/Indie Pop music as a duo in 2018. Since their debut, the band feels they have improved their production and songwriting. After drawing inspiration from artists such as The Killers, Coldplay, and Springsteen, they now pride themselves on their original sound.

Quick Q&A On “Be the Change”

POETYDANSLARUE: Can you discuss the story and writing process behind “Be the Change?”

Friends At The Falls: “At the time, Jake took inspiration from M83 and the idea that you can use your voice as an instrument. Jake made the “yell” sample in the intro and wrote the chord sequence on a synth. We were both looking to write an upbeat anthemic song, with a chorus that a crowd of fans could scream back at us.”

PDLR: Is there anything special about this song you want to share with fans?

FATF: “We wrote the song two years ago and waited until it felt right to release it. We ended every show with it, and we always received an overwhelming reaction from the crowd whenever we performed it. It’s the song we’re most proud of and the one we want people to know us by.”

PDLR: How do you see this song fitting in with your current and future  
discography?

FATF: “Our musical genre drifts somewhere between alternative rock and indie pop. This is the most “alternative rock” song we have, but we hope to have more songs in this direction with future releases.”

PDLR: Do you have plans for a visual or another campaign for “Be the Change?”

FATF: “The music video came out on July 12th (watch below). As far as other visuals go, it’s a lot of desert vibes and mirrors, focusing on one’s self-desire to “be the change they’ve never been.”

Uncertainty may be a defining quality of 2020, but the reflection proposed by Friends At The Falls is timeless. The message sits in an awe-inspiring upbeat track echoing in your head to “Be the Change.”

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“Heroine” by Jotsey will Haunt your Headphones

"Heroine" by Jotsey
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Do you ever try to gauge whether a song speaks to you within the first seconds? If it doesn’t, you may skip it and move on. If it does, however, it’s the best feeling in the world. Music fans and record labels often search for songs that check all the right boxes. “Heroine” by Jotsey flawlessly hits every mark while eerily leaving you wanting more.

// First Impressions on “Heroine” by Jotsey

Manchester, U.K. singer/songwriter Jotsey released his third single, “Heroine,” on April 17th. The addictive track radiates inspiration from the likes of Billie Eilish and Bon Iver. Within seconds, listeners enthrall in bouts of mystery, hushed vocals, and blunt lyrics. Furthermore, “Heroine” delivers a remarkable first impression for the critically trained ear.

As we dig deeper into “Heroine,” we encompass ourselves in several emotions. A haunting introduction builds suspense while piquing curiosity. Soft vocals convey a sense of urgency. Lyrics like, “And you can keep saying that your pride’s intact // I overdosed, overdosed on you,” paint an image of love turned tragedy.

// The Perfect Prescription

A listener’s reaction to something new often relates to their prior connections to music. In the case of “Heroine,” be prepared to go down a nostalgic rabbit hole. Trust us when we say that one of these comparisons is bound to spark your attention.

  • The style of “Heroine” echoes Troye Sivan’s vulnerable tracks, “The Good Side” and “Talk You Down.”
  • Jotsey’s succinct vocal is reminiscent of an acoustic Luke Hemmings cover (see ukelele version of “Heroine).
  • Some argue that the eerie production of the song reflects Billie Eilish’s “When The Party’s Over.”
  • Fans of The Spill Canvas and Manchester Orchestra may hear hints of “Connect the Dots” or “Colly Strings.”

While these references may not be deliberate, “Heroine” undeniably fuses emotion-evoking qualities into the ideal blend. The seductive production, whisper-like vocal, and unfiltered lyrics make it the perfect prescription for today’s music industry.

Stream “Heroine,” available on all platforms, and keep up with Jotsey below!

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“Petals” by Phavors: A Pensive, Breathtaking Debut Single

"Petals" by Phavors

Have you ever heard a song that made you feel like it spoke directly to you? It could be the emotion it gives off, the nostalgia it might bring about, or the lyrics that pertain to something you are facing at that moment. The debut single “Petals” by Phavors, a New Jersey ambient indie-rock and folk duo, is a call about coming to terms with yourself in the most beautiful way.

Phavors consists of songwriter, producer, and recording artist Phil Marflak alongside the vocals of Kayla DeRosa. The two recently formed to give life to songs that Marflak wrote for his final project at Berklee. Today we have the opportunity to speak with Phil about the new single during this exciting time for the group.

“Love Can Stain Like Flowers Stain an Open Field”-Phavors

“Petals” quickly draws listeners into a calming and self-reflecting journey. The song has remnants of Sigur Ros and Bon Iver, both mentioned by Phavors as inspiration for the track. Soothing vocals from Kayla DeRosa cut through with a bit of raspiness à la Billie Eilish. The eerie acoustic genre also sets the tone for the song’s mood.

Marflak recalls the beginning of the songwriting process, “The assignment was to produce a three-song EP of another artist or yourself. I wanted to use it as an opportunity to release my music. “Petals” took about four months to write, record, and mix and was mastered during the fifth month.”

When it came to recording the songs, DeRosa stepped in, and some revamping occurred. Marflak explains, “Petals” didn’t always have an acoustic guitar intro. It started as a different genre altogether.”

“Petals Fall, One by One”-Phavors

While the meaning of “Petals” is up for interpretation, the theme of the EP relates to honesty and facing hard truths. Marflak admits, “It’s about learning to process what is happening, recognizing the ambiguous nature of life and our emotions. Particularly, it is about accepting what may be challenging to accept.”

He adds, “Petals” is fitting as the lead single because I feel it is the best of the three songs. This song means a lot to me, and I think that it is an excellent vessel for the message behind introducing Phavors. We want to welcome honesty and vulnerability, even when things are challenging.”

Going along the lines of the theme of the EP, Marflak gives us some insight, “Petals” is about self-reflection and admitting something that may be difficult to accept about yourself. It’s about the process of self-improvement and understanding your flaws. These things are natural and okay, and there’s always a way to improve.”

“Oh, I Wish the Wind Would Blow These Petals Away

Oh, I’ll Keep Just One and Look at it Some Days”

“Petals” by Phavors combines sonic ingredients, alluring vocals, and thought-provoking lyrics. The debut single suggests that life is full of ups and downs, but there is always a way to move forward.

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“January Fire” by Black Tiger Bay Is Here to Soothe Your November Blues

January Fire by Black Tiger Bay

Alternative rock artist, Black Tiger Bay out of Minneapolis, is known for his nostalgic, guitar-heavy singles. His music emulates the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Manchester Orchestra, and Weezer all wrapped in one. Take one listen to”January Fire” by Black Tiger Bay, and you will instantly recall those moody tunes from your younger years. The new single combines a signature, magnetic intro with emotional lyrics as it builds to a dramatic yet soothing outro. “January Fire” will undoubtedly have you hanging on to every second.

“January Fire,

Wading through the mire,

Oh, you turned out a fearsome creature…”

Black Tiger Bay Finds “Clarity”

Singer, songwriter, and producer Cole Hooey started in the music industry quite some time ago with the pop-rock band The Season. Nine years after The Season parted ways, he began a new solo project. Now, as Black Tiger Bay, Hooey has more of an alternative-rock feel that suits his unique approach. Hooey, who is now married and a father of one, implements his expertise in writing music to further his career as a vocalist and artist. He is a self-taught singer, lyricist, producer, and mixer of his work. While creating his upcoming album, he collaborated with drummer Erik Bear and mastering engineer Seth Munson.

Under the new moniker, Black Tiger Bay, his debut single, “Clarity,” is the perfect title for a new dad turned solo artist. “Clarity” is a song that will pull you in with just one listen. Hooey breaks down the significance of the leading track in our interview, “Clarity” is one of the higher energy tracks of the upcoming album. It captures the overall spirit of the project and sets the tone for the rest of the songs.”

“And I think I love it more than I should…”

Emotions Run High In “January Fire”

It is easy to see the influence that “Clarity” had on Black Tiger Bay’s most recent single, “January Fire.” The two singles make the perfect pair as an introduction to his newly evolved sound. Hooey’s musicality and instrumental background play a crucial part in his songwriting. He explains that his songs will start by humming guitar melodies and then building the instrumentals. Hooey recalls, “I start with a guitar part and end up fleshing that into a full instrumental. Vocals and lyrics usually don’t come easy for me. They tend to come a little later in the game.”

Oddly enough, one lyric that stands out in “January Fire” came from an Instagram post. The lyric “I think I love it more than I should” resonated with Hooey. The line became the foundation on which the song’s story unfolded. Upon writing and rewriting other lyrics around it, he realized that his newborn son, who battled health complications early on, was his inspiration and “January Fire.”

“January Fire” keeps listeners enthralled and eager for more while conveying that life is fragile. The song intimately addresses the feeling of uncertainty and worry. While soothing and intriguing, it also echos a haunting reverberation in your mind.

“A tail is worth chasing only half of the time…”

“Clarity” and “January Fire” will surely drive Black Tiger Bay into the new year as he continues to build momentum for future releases. Stay tuned for more from Black Tiger Bay by following him on social media and stream “January Fire” below.

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MONACO Premieres Vulnerable Single “Voilà”

MONACO premieres "Voila"

On first listen to the band MONACO, you would never guess they are newcomers to the indie-pop scene. Having only two other tracks released, the group has already sparked interest and buzz worldwide. Today MONACO premieres their new bittersweet single, “Voilà,” exclusively on PoetryDansLaRue. We delve deeper into the personal backstory of how the song came together and experience the rollercoaster of “Voilà.”

“But babe, I’m already baskin’, now I’m askin’ to spend with you eternity…”

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“So go ahead and let love in…”

MONACO: A State of Mind

When singer/songwriter Daniel Davis of MONACO began releasing music, he quickly realized that he would need to recruit some of his friends to help make his vision come to life. One of those friends, Chase Lawrence of the buzz-worthy group COIN, encouraged him to release a previously written track “Such a Vibe,” in December 2018. Almost immediately after release, Davis saw an influx of positive feedback. The song was featured in The Daily Listening, and he received requests for live shows all over the world.

Davis soon went on to add members and friends Josh and Christian to the band. The songs that the group has released since, “Blondes” and currently “Voilà,” are original songs all produced by Davis as well. The Los Angeles based indie-pop trio now encompasses the idea of MONACO. The concept of MONACO, once a college dream getaway and goal to pursue a music career. Today this idea is not only a popular destination but a state of mind, a more personal one for the band in regards to religion. MONACO is now a state of mind in which everyone can experience while listening to their music.

“You take me to the place where my soul is saved…”

Intergenerational Inspiration

One of the most intriguing things to talk about in the music industry today is the overlap of genres and generations that artists incorporate into their music. The band MONACO does an outstanding job of combining generations and crossing genres to achieve their timeless soundtrack anthem sound. Taking inspiration from a wide variety of ’80s artists such as The Cure, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, and Motley Crue, MONACO has developed a knack for nostalgic tunes. The influences don’t stop there as MONACO cites indie-rock bands The Killers, Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, and Kings of Leon as crucial players as well. You can check out a playlist curated by the band of the songs that inspired the making of “Voilà” here!

“All I know is that with you I’m safe…”

MONACO Premieres Voilà!

While the new single “Voilà” may lead fans to believe the band is shifting in sound, the song, and the original chorus date back to late 2014. MONACO recounts, “The early days of “Voilà” sounded A LOT like “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, but later on, after revisiting the song and going through some significant life changes more of the ’80s and ’90s sounds took over.” The band also compares the track to a rollercoaster. “The song starts slow, builds, and takes you on a ride, much like your emotions throughout a relationship,” Davis elaborates.

The song itself encapsulates an emotional and spiritual journey over four years. Singer Daniel explains, “You learn not only to be the best person for someone else but the best person for yourself as well.” “Voilà” is very near and dear to the singer and his wife as it tells their story of learning to trust each other through the ups and downs of their relationship. The “Voilà” moment that they experienced in meeting each other led Davis to revisit the song and finally put a title to it. The song came together at the perfect time, similar to the picture-perfect love story he paints in the lyrics.

Listen to “Voilà” by MONACO as an exclusive early premiere, and be sure to stream it on Spotify tomorrow!

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Looking Ahead

The band MONACO has a few more singles up their sleeves for future release. Some of these songs they describe as fresh and brand new material. MONACO is also looking ahead and brainstorming ideas for an album release show. From the sounds of it, some lucky family, friends, and fans may be getting some special treatment in thanks for their continuous support! You can follow the band on Instagram to stay updated and share your thoughts on the new single.

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Wilmah Releases Emotional, Risk-Taking Single “It Will Always Be You”

Wilmah release It Will Always Be You
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“Chin on wrist adoration from the start” is not only a beautifully written song lyric but the perfect way to describe listening to the band Wilmah for the first time. The pop duo from NYC creates tracks that evoke infinite heart-eye emoji reactions from their fans. In their newest release, “It Will Always Be You,” Wilmah bottles up those feelings and delivers them in a jazz-heavy, R&B-inspired tune.

“Someone translate what I’m feeling…”

Matt Connolly and William O’Connor (hence Wil+mah) have known each other since grade school and played in the middle school band together. They are the definition of a ‘do-it-yourself’ group when it comes to songwriting, instrumentation, and production. Their songs can either have you dancing like no one’s watching or sobbing on the floor, reminiscing on old scars. Wilmah draws their fans in with poppy feel-good tunes such as “Dancing With a Mixed Drink” and “Forever” while also incorporating teenage angst soundtrack cuts such as “Nothing to Say” and “Secretly Sad.”

The band’s release of “It Will Always Be You” combines the best of both worlds for Wilmah fans. The song will have you spinning around the room one minute and crying happy tears the next. Either way, it is one that you will want to spin endlessly into fall.

“It Will Always Be You” // Unlike Any Wilmah Track You’ve Heard Before

My chat with Wilmah was full of laughs and gushing over similar interests in the music industry. It certainly did not take long to realize that these two have what it takes to conquer their bucket list goals as a band. Citing inspiration from The 1975, LANY, and MGMT, they embrace a genreless music era in the creation of their sounds.

“It Will Always Be You” is a surprising and risk-taking track for Wilmah and their fanbase. It is not often that you hear the type of production and instrumentation that the song incorporates. On first listen, you may be wondering who is playing the saxophone and how the sounds all came together. Matt and Will explain that this is their first collaborative-type track where they feature another musician. Upon receiving a relatively well-laid-out demo of the track online, the saxophonist added his original flare to the sections they had chosen for the feature.

The saxophone collaboration is not the only surprise on “It Will Always Be You.” Fans will undoubtedly be drooling over the key changes at the end of the song as well. The band mentions that they enjoy playing around with different formats and crazy ideas when putting songs together. They recount that “It Will Always Be You” is a product of that experimentation.

“And my sweet brain plays tricks on me every day…”

Lyrical Life Lessons

Wilmah is a band of emotion-evoking lyrics. They tend to encapsulate the perfect picture of nostalgia, all-in first love, and naiveté in their songwriting. “It Will Always Be You” features on-brand lines such as “Backwards marathons and pleading payphone calls” and “I apologize for not being sorry.” They elaborate on the lyrical meaning during our interview, “It’s about when you’re young, and you are trying to navigate how you are feeling. You are fearful of losing someone and struggle to see a future without them.” “The song portrays the conflict of learning about yourself while you are simultaneously learning about your partner,” Matt Connolly recounts.

A Taste of What’s to Come

“It Will Always Be You” will also bring a new EP with the same title. EP Two will feature six songs that will include two more singles to follow this release. From the sounds of it, the second EP will follow their signature style along with more differentiation between the tracks. Fans should expect dance anthems, a ballad, jazz influences, and some 2010s throwback-style vibes.

“It Will Always Be You” will surely open up doors for the band to accomplish their long list of future goals. They recently played their first Manhattan show alongside the band Drive!Drive! and have hopes of adding more tour dates in the future. As they continue to take inspiration from the artists they come in contact with and collaborate with on tour, they hope to develop an organic live show for fans as well.

“It’s the you, that nothing and no one can ever compare to…”

Wilmah will cross off another bucket list item when they play on October 29th in Brooklyn with the band MILKK. Tickets are available here.

Stream the new release “It Will Always Be You” by Wilmah, available now on all music platforms. Follow them on social media to share your thoughts on the new single!

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