Cara Louise

Now Spinning: Cara Louise ‘Wholesome Dread’

Check your list for Album of the Year and add Wholesome Dread by Cara Louise to the queue. Soul Step Records drops two exclusive vinyl variants of the folk-inspired indie rock LP this weekend. Subscribe now and don’t miss the chance to check out the Orange Sunburst vinyl, a sweet Wax Mage variant, and a free 45 of “Fragile Heart” by Cara Louise.

St. Louis to Nashville singer-songwriter Cara Louise is the missing piece to your emerging artist vinyl collection. Cara Louise’s vocal style often reminds music fans of Brandi Carlile or Sharon Van Etten. Her indie rock disposition blended with folk roots also draws parallels to folk sisters, Joseph and Larkin Poe. Wholesome Dread, released September 30th, pivots on the themes of existential dread and self-discovery. Take a deep dive into the 9-track LP and you’ll be captivated by Cara’s lyricism and affinity for a genre bending album.

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// Favorite Tracks //

“Wholesome Dread” encapsulates the ever-present theme of the album with relatable lyrics, “can’t deny we’re all the same, afraid of dying.” Something about this intro track makes you feel like you are experiencing the live version in the same room with Cara Louise.

“Must Be Nice” is a lyrically relatable track for twenty and thirty-somethings trying to navigate adulthood and mental health struggles. Cara’s vocal range on the chorus easily lands “Must Be Nice” as a standout track on the 9-song LP.

“Empty Me” has an upbeat danceworthy backtrack, yet is starkly contrasted by deeper lyrics of uncertainty. The single has the right amount of push and pull for a well-crafted melancholic hit.

“Julia” has more of a country folk feel with twangy guitars and vivid picturesque lyrics. Cara’s voice remains serene as the instrumentals amplify to a height.

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New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

Things have never been hotter in the music industry, and we are here to keep you in the loop! New Music Friday is back with a collaborative playlist for October. POETRY DANS LA RUE curates Flames of Fall; highly anticipated tracks from The 1975, Noah Kahan, and Blink-182 mixed with undiscovered tracks from around the world to spice up your music taste.

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New Music Friday: Flames of Fall

// “Harlot” by FABER //-Rock

FABER brings the heat and the vengeance on her latest single, “Harlot.” The single is bold and full of fury, yet comes out on top with the ‘take that’ type of comeback. The London rocker spices up her game with crystal-clear lyrics detailing an awry relationship. “Harlot” showcases FABER’s ability to draw her audience in and make them genuinely feel her story.

// “Central London” by Jodie Mellor //-Pop

Self-proclaimed “professional bedroom singer” Jodie Mellor gushes about love on her latest single, “Central London.” The Bristol-based singer-songwriter conveys her message of overcoming personal anxieties to show her love for her partner. Mellor sings, “I would drive through central London for you,” in a reassuring proclamation of her feelings. “Central London” may expose Mellor’s anxieties, but it also highlights her vocal and lyrical talents. The song paints the perfect picture of a selfless type of love.

// “All My Love” by Noah Kahan //-Folk

New England folk singer-songwriter Noah Kahan releases his third studio album today. “All My Love” is the third track on Stick Season, following his two lyrically flawless singles. Keeping the folky, fall feeling of longing and isolation, Kahan writes better than ever: “I’m sayin’ too much, but you know how it gets out here. No winter coat could keep out all the cold of your atmosphere.” “All My Love” is a respectful, mature break-up song for the season of change.

// “Necromancing” by Justin Kerecz //-Rock

We are very much here for Justin Kerecz’s latest chilling single, “Necromancing,” a Tom Petty-inspired track for the spooky season. Petty-esque guitars and a chorus of “oooo oooo” add just enough heartland sounds to this autumn tune. Also drawing influences from Butch Walker, Ghost, and Warren Zevon, “Necromancing” is the perfect eerie addition to your Halloween playlist.

// “At the Pool” by Lioba //-Pop

Germany-native artist Lioba released her latest single, “At the Pool,” defining her new alternative pop sound. “At the Pool” explores a melancholic Lorde-type concept of transforming bubblegum pop into intoxicating synthy waves. Lioba demonstrates magnetic allure on this track, weaving through airy vocals to a deeper range on the outro.


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Modern Nomad

Now Spinning: Modern Nomad ‘There It Is, There You Are’

Indie pop record There It Is, There You Are by Modern Nomad sounds flawless on white vinyl from Soul Step Records. Soul Step denotes the 2021 album as “psychedelic indie pop for fans of Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, and Toro Y Moi.” Furthermore, There It Is, There You Are is a surprising nod to The Beach Boys and The Beatles. This week, we chat with Tom McLean, solo artist under the moniker Modern Nomad, about his most recent album.

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Q&A with Modern Nomad //

PDLR: Soul Step Records mentions similarities to Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, and Toro Y Moi, as well as influences from The Beatles and The Beach Boys. 

Do you have other influences or anecdotes to share about what inspired There It Is, There You Are?

Modern Nomad: “Harry Nilsson is one of my biggest influences, he is at the top of my list! As for the overall inspiration, I wrote and recorded this record at a time when I entered a long-term relationship. I spent two months with my partner, hanging out and getting to know each other basically every day. It went from that to long distance. Navigating the newness of distance inspired a lot of these songs. Specifically, the song “Feel This Way Forever” has a lot of lyrics about our relationship.”

PDLR: “Baby, I Love You,” “Electrify,” and “I Want You to Stay” have an evident influence from The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

What specific elements in your music draw inspiration from these iconic bands?

Modern Nomad: “I love the harmonies in The Beatles and The Beach Boys’ music. Harmony is something that I spend a lot of time on, so I’ll obsess over stacking vocals. The balance of simplicity and complexity is an element I admire in The Beatles’ music. They’ll have weird chord changes that don’t seem to fit, yet they work out smoothly. I will undeniably be searching for a McCartney-quality melody my entire life.”

PDLR: Can you discuss the songwriting process for There It Is, There You Are?

Modern Nomad: “I write, record, and produce everything myself, so the process changes from song to song. Several songs, like “All in My Dreams,” were recorded and worked on for over a year, whereas I finished “Get a Little Closer” in one night. Usually, I’ll start with an idea for a chord progression and part of a melody; then, I produce a track around it. Once I arrange and map out the idea, then I’ll finish writing the verses, choruses, and bridges. Writing like this also allows me to revisit songs if something else I did in a newer song inspires me. I love having that freedom.”

PDLR: How would you describe the album’s sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Modern Nomad: “Maybe something like if The Beatles in 1967 had access to Ableton, 80’s synths, and were listening to the Spotify playlist ‘Modern Psychedelia’ a lot.”

Our Favorite Tracks //

“Reflection” -A captivating intro track to the 10-song LP. “Reflection” oozes psychedelic indie rock à la Tame Impala.

“Get a Little Closer” -On this second track, Modern Nomad brings a sultry, mellow vibe that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Get a Little Closer” is our favorite tune, based solely on the smooth instrumentals.

“Baby, I Love You” -This track that draws clear inspiration from The Beatles and The Beach Boys. We go back and forth between connections of the two iconic bands in “Baby, I Love You.” Catchy, cute, timeless, and undoubtedly nostalgic.

“Electrify” -Infectious and quite literally electrifying. It’s as if The Beatles and Tame Impala came together right now over this song.

“Feel This Way Forever” -A psychedelic, dreamy track with jazzy undertones. “Feel This Way Forever” has a perfect fade-out on vinyl into the album’s last two tracks.

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Women of September

New Music: Women of September

It’s mid-September and 2022 is quickly fading away. Within the last few weeks, artists and record labels have seemingly rained down with new music releases. This week, we focus on brand new tracks from some powerful female artists in our New Music: Women of September playlist. New to the blog artists Wyldest, Yazmin Lacey, and merci, mercy bring a fresh sound, while fan favorites Bella Rose and Bonnie Kemplay continue to drop hit after hit.

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New Music: Women of September

// “Drinks and Dreams” by Bella Rose //-Pop

Bella Rose releases heavenly new single, “Drinks and Dreams,” her third solo track of the year. The Nashville pop artist is formerly known from indie pop band, The Young Something. Recently, Bella Rose and former band member, Alex Bonyata continue to write and produce songs together for Bella’s solo career. “Drinks and Dreams” is pure pop, strikingly flawless vocals and fresh production. Bella’s vocal style, songwriting, and charm form the perfect combination of a rising female pop star.

// “Pieces” by Yazmin Lacey //-Contemporary R&B

Singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacey of Nottingham, UK shares stunning single “Pieces” this month. “Pieces” is the first single from the artist since 2020. Soft, sultry, jazzy, and vulnerable, “Pieces” showcases Yazmin’s artistry and songwriting expertise. Smooth brass instrumentals compliment the simplicity of the concentrated vocals, leaving an ominous outro. We can picture this track spinning sweetly on a 7″ vinyl, soundtracking colder evenings to come.

// “Inky Road” by Wyldest //-Indie rock

“Inky Road” is the final track from Feed the Flowers Nightmares, the latest album from British indie artist Wyldest. The closing song reflects on twists and turns like a winding road leading to the relief of being home. “Rolling, I can’t believe, we’re free, I’m home,” Wyldest muses on “Inky Road” as the song seems weightless and optimistic. Check out Feed the Flowers Nightmares in full for the complete journey of her latest project.

// “Into You” by merci, mercy //-Alternative

Australian alternative artist merci, mercy amps up our Women of September playlist with latest single “Into You.” Surrounded in bright colored florals on the cover art, “Into You,” is a poppy, break-up track with a catchy, yet bitter chorus. “Into You” is the opening track of merci, mercy’s new EP is it me, or is it you? which debuts September 30th. Upbeat pop synths play contrast to heartbreak and self-reflective lyrics on this colorful track.

// “Static” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Singer-songwriter

Dirty Hit artist of Edinburgh, UK is building her debut EP with a chain of recent singles, the latest “Static,” out this week. On Kemplay’s third single, the alternative singer coins her songwriting style with soft tones and heavier guitars. It is impossible not to draw the comparison between her label mate, beabadoobee, on “Static.” Although similar, major credit goes to Kemplay for her guitar skills and songwriting. “Static” reflects on a feeling of hopelessness and uncertainty at a difficult moment during her career. Running out of things to say, running out of things to do, the 6-song EP will debut November 14th.


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Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022: Lineup Playlist & Artist Spotlight

Hopscotch 2022 is knee-deep in talented artists from the emerging music scene. Headliners Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and Kim Gordon take the stage at City Plaza Thursday-Saturday this weekend in downtown Raleigh. Undercard must-see artists include Tomberlin, Amythyst Kiah, Hand Habits, Nation of Language, Yaya Bey, and so many more. Today, we let you in on some of the best kept secrets of Hopscotch 2022.

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Hopscotch 2022 Lineup Playlist

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Artist Spotlight

// Amythyst Kiah //

Tennessee singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah brings her unique style to Moore Square on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Kiah’s songwriting blends her inspiration of American roots music and alternative rock with critically acclaimed single, “Black Myself.” Her latest EP Pensive Pop is a collection of cover songs that shaped Kiah’s musical repertoire. Her country ballad spin on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” lands Amythyst Kiah at the top of our watch list.

// Charley Crockett //

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett will headline Moore Square on Thursday at 8:45 pm. Rooted in busking the streets of New Orleans and Dallas, TX, Crockett’s discography spans eleven albums in the past seven years. His second album of 2022, The Man From Waco, will release this Friday. Fans of blues, country, and Americana gawk over his vast resume of songwriting and collaboration. Must-hear tunes include “I’m Just a Clown,” “Jamestown Ferry,” and “Welcome to Hard Times.”

// Hand Habits //

Hand Habits is a solo indie-rock act founded by musician and guitarist Meg Duffy. Now a local L.A. artist, Hand Habits is known for their contributions on albums for Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler. Among other highly recognizable achievements, Hand Habits is currently playing guitar for Perfume Genius! The style of their solo work is a lovely fuse of soft vocals and hushed instrumentals. “No reply” and “placeholder” are our top picks for easy listening. Catch Hand Habits this Friday at 6:45 pm at City Plaza.

// Late Bloomer //

Indie punk band Late Bloomer is a hidden gem out of Charlotte, NC. Late Bloomer’s top song “Heaven” is a fan favorite right from the first few seconds. Vocals bring nostalgia from ’90s bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. The trio recently announced new EP, Where Are The Bones, available now on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere Friday. Stream “Restless Nights” for a chill-out fall tune about changing your outlook on life. Late Bloomer plays a late-night gig at Slims on Saturday at 1:00 am.

// Nation of Language //

New York indie pop band Nation of Language adds some synth spice to this year’s Hopscotch lineup. Similar to the likes of Dry Cleaning and Ela Minus, Nation of Language combines synth-pop with a bit of melancholy. “Across That Fine Line,” is the obvious festival-type track you may hear on Saturday evening at City Plaza (6:00 pm). Our other song recommendations include “This Fractured Mind” and “September Again” for dance-inducing music yet, thought-provoking lyrics.

// Tomberlin //

Tomberlin is back for her second Hopscotch music festival appearance and this year is a big one. Solo folk singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin released her sophomore album this April. Must-hear tracks from Tomberlin’s discography include “tap,” “Wasted,” and “Any Other Way.” Tomberlin is scheduled for double performances this weekend. Catch her at The Pour House on Friday at 10:30 pm and Moore Square on Saturday at 5:10 pm.

// Yaya Bey //

Brooklyn R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is coming in hot for Hopscotch with her new album Remember Your North Star (June 2022). Bey experiments with crossing genre lines on tracks “keisha,” “reprise,” and “alright.” Pitchfork deemed Remember Your North Star as Best New Music of June 2022. Don’t miss Bey performing at City Plaza on Friday at 5:30 pm.


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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall

Ba-dee-ya dancin’ in September! New Music Friday rolls into September with a Glimpse of Fall playlist for cooler cozy nights. Songwriters Dermot Kennedy, Billy Raffoul, and Dean Lewis round out the sweeter sides, while The Wonder Years, Dwain Brown, and Nina Nesbitt bring the spice. This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for breaking out the fall decor.

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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall Highlights

// “Kiss Me” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter/Pop

Dermot Kennedy’s fourth single from upcoming album Sonder, “Kiss Me,” resonates a similar poppy sound to hit “Something to Someone.” “So, I let this night in my lungs, you’re all that I want to breathe,” revels Kennedy in eloquent artistry. In true Dermot fashion, the songwriter captures the feeling of fleeting memories flashing by like billboards on a highway. Sonder has a new release date of November 4th, pre-order the album here.

// “Better” by Billy Raffoul //-Singer-songwriter/Alternative

Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul drops “Better,” his first solo single in the last two years, this week. Raffoul has one of the most identifiable voices, one you may recognize from music featured on This Is Us. “Better” follows his debut album International Hotel in 2020. The single is an acoustic charmer with endearing lyrics, “I wanna make you smile, wanna put you back together, you’ve been hurt before, I wanna love you better.”

// “I Should Be a Bird” by Nina Nesbitt //-Pop

Scottish pop singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt released her long-awaited third album, Älskar (“love” in Swedish), today. Nesbitt’s vocals shine on soothing downside track, “I Should Be a Bird.” At 28, Nina embraces vulnerability and carrying the weight of a relationship on “I Should Be a Bird.” Her more mature sound and writing defines the back-and-forth battle between giving it all and letting it go. Check out the rest of Älskar and listen to the album here.

// “Fatherhood” by Dwain Brown //-Hip-hop/Rap

Londoner Dwain Brown is a poet and spoken word rap artist. Brown’s newest single, “Fatherhood,” delves into the struggles of parenthood with a positive hopeful spin. His words reverb alluringly and draw the listener in closely to reveal his story. Dwain Brown paints a picture of his childhood to growing into his role of a father in a beautifully written, insatiably catchy single.

// “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth” by The Wonder Years //-Rock

Pennsylvania pop-punk band The Wonder Years are set to release their SEVENTH album, The Hum Goes On Forever September 22nd. TWY bring the heat on single “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” combining trademark pop-punk guitars and angsty lyrics. The chorus rings high, “But oh, I wanna build, wanna build you back from memory, something that can stay, that can stay here when you go.” The title line, “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” gets heavier then fades to a hushed vocal on the final pre-chorus.

// “How Do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis //-Singer-songwriter

Dean Lewis always has the recipe for a good cry. “How Do I Say Goodbye” is a heartfelt tearjerker written about Lewis’s father being diagnosed with cancer. The artist’s story has a happy ending as his father is now in remission, but the song resonates with fans that may be facing the same journey. “How Do I Say Goodbye” puts words to a situation that often feels too emotional to vocalize.


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Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh

As Raleigh, NC steadily grows, so does the Raleigh music scene. We’ve zoomed in on local upcoming music artists to create an Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh guide and playlist. Local residents of Raleigh can easily catch these artists playing events while exploring the Triangle. Check out our song picks and playlists below featuring Christian James, Paige King Johnson, Heather Sarona, Stray Local, and more!

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Best of Raleigh Top Songs

// “Lately” by Christian James ft. Laith, and Chico //-Alternative/Hip-hop

Christian James, local Hip-hop/Rap artist, released a more Alternative style single “Lately” this May. “Lately” is an infectious earworm that takes us back to the days of streaming “Waves” by Mr. Probz while enjoying a summer cocktail. The single incorporates clever lyrics, “Baby, baby grab the phone seven digits, seven minutes till I land, Amy Winehouse records spinning like a ceiling fan.” The verses hit with just the right amount of diction and flow leading to an undeniably catchy pre-hook and chorus. “Lately” is one of those songs you listen to once and can easily sing along by the last chorus. Follow Christian James for more new music coming next week!

// “Window to Break” by Heather Sarona //-Americana Singer-songwriter

Holly Springs native Singer-songwriter, Heather Sarona, debuted her first album Head Above Water this past January. “Window to Break” is a standout coda to the Alternative-folk style LP. Haunting lyrics like “My treasure and my pride, there for you to take, my window’s yours to break,” showcase the vulnerability of being unguarded in a relationship. Her folky vocals and southern charm will win you over in this soothing single. You can catch Heather in the Triangle over the next few months with her next appearance on September 17th at Mason Jar in Fuquay.

// “Maybe We’re All” by John Sierra //-Singer-songwriter

“Maybe We’re All” is a pensive, thought-provoking track by Raleigh Singer-songwriter John Sierra. The beautifully written, coffeehouse playlist type song, embodies longing and commonality. Sierra recounts several stories of lonely passersby and links a common ground by singing “Maybe we’re all looking for love, maybe we’re all looking for home.” Check out John Sierra live around Durham and Raleigh from now until December!

// “Holding Hope” by Jon Ward Beyle //-Folk-rock

Jon Ward Beyle has an Avett Brothers-esque style of vocals and storytelling on single “Holding Hope,” from debut album Worth Stopping For (2021). “Holding Hope” is reflective and wistful, a perfect Folk-rock ballad that starts soft and amps to close. The track is a true homage to songwriting in the sense of being able to connect with listeners and send a powerful message through music. Jon Ward Beyle frequents one of our favorite venues in Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle, and is set to play at The Evening Muse in Charlotte this Friday with Courtney Lynn & Quinn.

// “American Beauty” by Paige King Johnson //-Country singer-songwriter

If you’re looking for an America’s sweetheart country singer in the Triangle, Paige King Johnson is your girl. Her single “American Beauty” off of her debut album Honky Tonk Heart (released June 2022), could easily land her a few gigs opening for some of your favorite country artists. In fact, Paige has already been an opening act for the likes of Kane Brown, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, and Gabby Barrett! “American Beauty” is a ‘tale as old as time’ classic country song with mature flawless vocals. The story of “American Beauty” is a reminder to young women, as well as a personal anthem to the artist, that you can chase your dreams, and everything will work out. Paige has several upcoming tour dates in the area. She’ll be playing with local The Voice star, Britton Buchanan, in Sanford this Thursday!

// “Shiver” by Stray Local //-Indie-pop

Stray Local is an upbeat Indie-pop band that you may stumble upon while out in the Raleigh area. The husband-and-wife duo, Hannah and Jamie Rowen, have several catchy singles including “Shiver,” an easy listening pop track. Stray Local are also avid runners, and “Shiver” is a great soundtrack for a scenic jog in the triangle. Catch them live as they hop from breweries to coffeeshops in the area.

// “Worthless” by Tiger Beach //-Indie-rock

Raleigh’s own Tiger Beach is on a roll of releasing new music. “Worthless” is our favorite track of their recent releases over the past year. Reminiscent of Wallows Tell Me That It’s Over vocally and The Cure’s Disintegration sonically, “Worthless” defines Tiger Beach’s Indie-rock sound. The key change on the bridge draws you in closer to the melancholic chorus, “Tell me that it’s always just so worthless, tell that I’m wasting all of my time, tell me that I’m never gonna make it.” The defining repetitive bassline continues through the end in a culmination of power surging sounds. Follow Tiger Beach for updates on upcoming shows!


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New Music Friday: Emerging Now

New Music Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Don’t worry, we’ve got the cure to get that god awful song out of your head. We are rounding out July with some hot new tracks from The Lucky, Bonnie Kemplay, and a brand-new album from Beach Bunny. Put in those earbuds, pour yourself a drink of choice, and crank up the tunes. Happy listening!

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TRACKS

// “19” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Alternative pop

Dirty Hit’s newest sign-on, Bonnie Kemplay, debuts her record deal with single “19” this week. “19” enthralls the listener with pure vocals and concentrated instrumentals, leading to a heavier surround-sound from the second verse. When the young singer reassures “this feeling’s gonna pass,” the track comes to a dramatic sonic height until the end realigns with the start. “19” is the perfect depiction of a song that goes through a wave of emotions.

// “Better Days” by The Lucky //-Pop rock

Recently rebranded pop rock trio of L.A., The Lucky, drop their third single “Better Days” today. The Lucky paired promotion for the song with throwback pictures from their childhood days. “Better Days” is described as the juxtaposition between the happiest moments of your childhood and the struggle of wondering if you will ever feel that happiness again. The single has just the right amount of self-deprecation contrasted by the recollection of better times to make it resonate with just about everyone.

// “Guts” by Andorra //-Rock

Philly-native rock band Andorra delivered unexpected rock bop, “Guts,” this past month. “Guts,” the second single from their forthcoming album Boogie Night Blues has a cute little ‘shoobie doobie bop, bop’ chorus. Andorra cites having fun and letting the songwriting come naturally as inspiration for the track. Backtracked by contagiously upbeat music and mostly positive cheerleader-type lyrics, “Guts” has the perfect contrast of rock vocals paired with dance-inducing instrumentals. The band describes “Guts” as “rock n roll, boogie music for footloose line dances and John Travolta’s twist from Pulp Fiction.”

// “Loving on Hope” by Hertha Elama ft. The Facade & Slaper’King //-R&B/Singer-songwriter

Hertha Elama is an emerging artist from Namibia, Africa. She premiers her new single “Loving on Hope,” today along with a beautiful music video. Hertha is breaking the scene and perfecting her contemporary indie-pop style music, hoping to reach fans from all over the world. “Loving on Hope” showcases Hertha’s mesmerizing voice, similar to the likes of R&B artist, H.E.R. We think this song would fit in perfectly among R&B playlists worldwide.

// “Weeds” by Beach Bunny //-Indie-rock

Chicago’s Indie-rock band Beach Bunny, drop their sophomore album Emotional Creature today. “Weeds” debuted on Wednesday alongside its music video counterpart. An internal monologue pep talk feminine anthem, “Weeds” encourages amour-propre. “You can’t blossom if you keep growing gardens out of weeds,” reminds listeners to love themselves before placing their problems on someone else. We are eager to spin the rest of Emotional Creature and discover more intricacies inside the mind of Lili Trifilio.

// “Panic Attacks” by Yellow Days //-Alternative

Solo Manchester, UK artist Yellow Days drops a new EP entitled Apple Pie today. The artist leaves a rather heavy caption alongside the EP announcement, “A STORY OF PLEASURE & INDULGENCE TALKING OF SEX, EMOTIONAL DEPENDANCE, MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE.” “Panic Attacks” catches our eye from the title and does not fall short in capturing the paralyzing feeling of overwhelming anxiety. Alongside mind-bending, yet Zenlike instrumentals and production, Yellow Days digs deep on the feeling of mental health spiraling in an uncontrollable way.


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New Music PDLR: Emerging Now

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 playlists for more curated content!

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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 uncertainly 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 on 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 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 search for over the recent years. The Ground Beneath Me includes guest vocals from Taking Back Sunday (John Nolan), All Get Out (Nathan Hussey), and Emery.

Start to finish, the album includes nods to all your favorite emo bands of the early 2000’s. 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 hushed vocals, a slow build to 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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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 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 a hottest record on BBCR1. Matty Healy had been teasing hints to 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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Image by Samuel Bradley Studio

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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Album Cover by Samuel Bradley Studio

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 beginning of the next? We shall see.

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Image @trumanblack Instagram

Easter Egg #5: “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’.