Black Bordello – Prufrock (Spotify)

“This is a deep forest of loungish grooves and harmonies through a brilliant structure and elegant vibes.”

-Nagamag.com

This song is influenced by the poem 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' by T S Eliot. It's an art rock/ progressive rock journey narrative that juxtaposes modern materialist lifestyles with a more abstract philosophical perspective. Black Bordello has been described by Loud and Quiet as 'genre-defying' and 'world-building', practices that are soundly demonstrated in Prufrock.

Chris Durkin, Lauren Light – Mind (Spotify)

After the success of his latest singles ‘Slow ft. Akacia’ and ‘Forest Eyes x MILA’, Chris Durkin releases another genre blending hit featuring sultry vocals from Lauren Light.

Both members of an international songwriting super team, Chris and Lauren joined forces on the haunting track ‘Mind'.

With heavy brass hits and percussive sound design, Chris Durkin showcases his production talents, complimented by Lauren’s alluring vocal harmonies. ‘Mind’ is about being lost in your own thoughts, finding solace in solitude, but also the dangers of overthinking.

It’s a song of contrasts, depicting how the mind and the soul are often conflicting with each other, which Chris reflects in the differing sections.

Llusion, mxmtoon – walk but in a garden (with mxmtoon) (Spotify)

LLusion is an artist and producer based in Orange, CA. He has teamed up with Bay area artist mxmtoon on the track “walk but in a garden,” streaming everywhere now. The track will be featured on an upcoming mixtape from LLusion. LLusion has recently gained attention for his remixes of artists like 24kGoldn and Selena Gomez.

Underscored by wistful piano, an ethereal hum, and glitchy cymbals, the original instrumental version of "walk but in a garden" impressively gathered 16.5 million Spotify streams. Signing to Republic Records, he reups this fan favorite with an official remix featuring mxmtoon who adds nostalgic vocal bliss to the original.

“It’s always just been a feel-good song,” he smiles. “Every time I hear the first piano chord, it automatically makes me think about last summer and how my life changed forever. ‘walk but in a garden’ has a lot of meaning to me. I love what mxmtoon does. She’s singing a beautiful verse on it. With her on it, it sounds complete, like it was meant to be this way all along.”

Amberlake, KELLA – I Can Be Cool (Spotify)

BBC Introducing 'Artist of the week' Amberlake releases his first major single 'I Can Be Cool‘ featuring LA pop artist KELLA. Co-written with Nina Nesbitt and was previously held by pop artist Zara Larsson for a potential release. This song is a duet about how a person is willing to change who they are in order have a chance with that person.

Picture This – Unconditional (Official Audio) (Video)

Ireland’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Since the band’s formation, they’ve impressively sold over 400K tickets. In 2017 they headlined a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and 3Arena. Summer 2018 marked the band’s first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. During late 2018, they teamed up with super producer Jayson Dezuzio to record the 2019 follow-up, MDRN LV. Since its release, MDRN LV has become the top selling album from an Irish Artist in 2019. Continuing the band’s record-breaking tour achievements, just this year the band sold out a five-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin.

Picture This have quietly generated 200 million-plus global streams and sold out stadium tours. They supported the Jonas Brothers earlier this year and graced the stage of the virtually broadcasted One World: Together At Home, in support of healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

LISTEN HERE: https://PictureThis.lnk.to/UnconditionalPR

Few Words about Picture This
The biggest selling Irish act in both 2017 and 2018, and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it remained in the Top 5 since release. Two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 300K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. During late 2018, they teamed up with super producer Jayson Dezuzio to record the 2019 follow-up, MDRN LV.

catchtwentytwo – wont wait anymore (official video) (Video)

“Won’t Wait Anymore” is the first official music video of CatchTwentyTwo a vibrant pop song with good vibes!

CatchTwentyTwo is a singer, song writer, and producer from Broward County, Florida. CatchTwentyTwo breaks away from the accustomed routine of music of today’s times, and instead chooses to focus on what matters most, the expression of emotion in its authentic form. Often soft-spoken and invariably sullen in his vocal style, the pop artist delves into deeper themes of romance, confusion, and anger.

Each hook, each rhyme is deeply entrenched in conveying the most intimate moments of the human experience. CatchTwentyTwo started getting interest in music after stumbling across Michael Jackson while young, he then started taking choir classes throughout middle school and highscool. There he would take what he could learn from the piano/keys used by instructors to use in his own production. His personal influences range from Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Daft Punk, The Neighbourhood, Toro y Moi, Parcels, Roosevelt, among others.
https://www.instagram.com/catchmerighthere/

Nate Qi – First Love (Video)

Nate Qi said about this beautiful mesmerizing song:
“I wrote ‘First Love’ while crying on a subway car. That day, everything went wrong. I was starting a new degree after giving up on music and felt like I was failing miserably. I thought about how I left my mom in the motherland to pursue my muse. And now, my muse has left me. It all felt like a cycle of regret, betrayal, and heartbreak.

In the video, Bao Ngo, the director (Squirrel Flower, Mitski), and I chose a disembodied mannequin hand to symbolize isolation and severed belonging. The hand represents nurture, care, and labor. It corresponds with the astrological archetype of Cancer the Crab and the Mother Moon. In contrast, the fake hand emits a strangeness and stiffness that can never replace the care of the true mother. We were inspired both by surrealism and Wong Kar Wai films.

As a queer immigrant artist, I often feel like an outsider to my own culture and family. The final scene in the video represents a ritual we must all go through: releasing ourselves from the womb, the comfort zone so we can dance freely into the night.”

Few words about Nate Qi:
Born in Jakarta and based in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter-producer Nate Qi disguises struggles of familial and communal bonds as melancholic dream pop ballads. His tender, vulnerable baritone shimmers through warm analog soundscapes that blend MIDI synths with acoustic instruments.

Despite his extensive conservatory training as a classical pianist, he describes the songwriting process as magical and intuitive. “I nearly gave up on music during my fifth year of classical piano training in conservatory. I thought my well of love for music had run dry. Then, these songs came to visit me as if by magic. All I had to do was to get out of the way.”

Nate considers his debut album, Elementary Love, as a milestone in his self-reclamation journey. “I grew up facing bullies in school under the iron fists of collectivistic, fear-based religious programming. In defiance, I aspired to be a queer, whispery version of Karen Carpenter when I grow up. Her cathartic honesty about struggling to fit in kept me alive. I want to make music that helps people get through their shit – breakups, oppressive self-talk, dull routines. Music that makes you feel a little less alone.”

In his spare time, Nate studies the movements of planetary bodies, crafts his own tarot spreads, and secretly ponders if he is the masculine-leaning non-binary reincarnation of Ms. Carpenter.
https://www.instagram.com/nate_qi/
https://nateqimusic.bandcamp.com/

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Birdmask – Set Me On Fire (Spotify)

Set Me On Fire, the new release of Birdmask, performed with passion and driven by epic emotions and energy without missing the peacefully moments.

Birdmask is the immensely talented Swiss multi-instrumentalist Manuel Gagneux, who first started dabbling in his intoxicating melee of classical, pop music and harsh noise while living in Harlem. Since 2013, Birdmask bubbled away on the hip underground, as he uploaded song after song of melodic chamber pop and what he rightly dubs “pop-rocked-bliss” onto Bandcamp, drawing appreciation from fans and tastemakers along the way.

With a Birdmask tour booked for 2016, a new career-changing project was unexpectedly inspired and took over: Zeal and Ardor, which led to world tours and albums. However, Gagneux is now returning to his nascent musical creation musical project Birdmask – the one with which he identifies most closely – and ‘Set Me On Fire’ is the first of his stadium-beckoning official releases that will allow it to take flight.

Birdmask said:
“I’ve had this song ready for a couple of years now, but being preoccupied with other projects kind of forced me to leave it on the back burner. I feel like it’s about time to let it out,” says Gagneux. “In the time between then and now I was lucky enough to tour the world with a different project, score plays and start a secretive anonymous project as well but Birdmask will always be the name that I identify most with. It sort of feels like coming back home in a sense.

“I’ve tasted a great many fruits and licked my wounds all around the globe and it just might be time to head back home. Greet old faces and maybe even sculpt new ones that might find comfort in this place. My home. Perhaps even yours.”
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4sJOX91P0g9qiEmrFUHTCD
https://www.instagram.com/birdmaskmusic
https://www.facebook.com/birdmask

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