I Used to Be Sam – Grateful

“This track can be compared with a research mission on the subconscious of the author. Deeply personal and very fragile, like our hearts of a song, the mood in which is shrouded in as if fog after cold, autumn rain. Chic arthouse with the taste of alt pop sound, with an outstanding vocal.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Этот трек можно сравнить с исследовательской миссией по подсознанию автора. Глубоко личная и очень хрупкая, как наши сердца песня, настроение в которой окутано словно туманом после холодного, осеннего дождя. Шикарный артхаус со вкусом alt pop звучания, с выдающимся вокалом.”

-Nagamag.com

Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and musical artist I Used To Be Sam (aka Annie Goodchild) announces their self-titled EP, set for release on 16 September. I Used To Be Sam also shares their last single, ‘Grateful’, before the release of the EP out on 16 June.

With their latest single ‘Seamstress’ championed by COLORSxSTUDIOS and Notion, and their track ‘Gentle,’ landing a premiere on Wonderland, I Used To Be Sam steps into a complex journey of transracial adoption and self-discovery on their new EP ‘I Used to Be Sam’ – an explorative new collection of deeply personal, cinematic, left-field pop, all wrapped up in the singer’s distinctively illustrious voice.

Originally written on piano, I Used To Be Sam continued work on the track with producer Novaa, adding further layers and movement. Something about it’s droney playfulness just felt right – “This whole experience of coming into my adoptee identity, DNA tests, and heartbreaking rejections have been a real journey and I wanted the song to have a fairytale wandering through the woods kind of vibe.”

An apt final single before the release of the full record, ‘Grateful’ is a song of reflection; for the work that she has done to get here, and also a thank you to the people in her life who have helped her get to this point.

They continue, “my chosen family has really stood by me throughout this process, both artistically and personally. So I needed to have a song that was a ‘thank you’ to them and that part of myself. The other aspect of this song is about being ready to walk away from my own damaging cycles, and other’s toxicity. I feel like I have enough perspective now to start seeing how some of my trauma responses attract toxic and manipulative people and thought patterns. And that’s something I not only want to change, but also need to change to keep evolving.”

Previously known for her work as Annie Goodchild and as a featured singer in the musical collective Postmodern Jukebox, the new project sees a shift in musical direction for the multi-faceted artist, as well as a deeply personal exploration of their identity and adoption journey. The devastation and passion pours out of every track on this complex and enchanting record.

On a gruelling songwriting trip to Berlin in 2020, I Used To Be Sam had a life changing experience working with a queer, female, POC producer. Up until this point, they had primarily only worked with white men, given the lack of diversity within the music industry. However, after meeting this new producer, who they more closely identified with, I Used To Be Sam felt comfortable enough to open up about their adoption story, speaking candidly about meeting her birth father for the first time, and the agony of trying to reconnect with her biological mother which was met with hostility and rejection. As the artist recounted their experiences, she confirmed her birth name had been Samantha, “After telling my story, I looked up at the producer and she was crying. In that moment, the name I Used to Be Sam came to me. I decided I couldn’t make Annie Goodchild music anymore, because Annie was who I had to be to get to this point. This new project was something I needed to create so I can continue to grow and evolve.”

Following this life-altering moment, I Used To Be Sam became impassioned to use their music as a vessel to bring people with shared experiences together, and to open up the narrative around transracial adoption from the perspective of the adoptee, which is very rarely heard and explored. She has created a community with other transracial adoptees (TRAs), many of whom she has interviewed for this project. Fragments of their stories can be heard throughout this new record.

I Used To Be Sam’s self-titled debut EP is set for release this Autumn, and marks a pivotal moment for the artist making the bravest, freest and most confronting music of their career.

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DRAMAS – Fame

“The immersion effect is achieved by a beautiful and melodic sound of synthesizers and a hypnotic voice. Very positive music echoes the dramatic text, but between the lines you can catch the light intonation of self -irony. It's nice to listen, the melodic wib is just great!” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Эффект погружения достигается красивым и мелодичным звучанием синтезаторов и гипнотическим голосом. Очень позитивная музыка перекликается с драматическим текстом, но между строк можно уловить лёгкую интонацию самоиронии. Приятно слушать, мелодический вайб просто великолепен! ”

-Nagamag.com

Already the previous single successes are impressive and DRAMAS reinvent themselves once again, surprising with a great throw and hypnotic melodies. Reduced to the essentials, DRAMAS again indulge in the matter close to their heart on their new single "Fame" – the fascination with opposites.

This time, the focus is on a bipolar personality and the associated oscillation between the extremes. It’s also the opening single of the artpop duo’s new album, due out in spring 2023.

"Fame" is about a bipolar personality: the melancholic "dreamer in the school yard" and the exalted "unborn star". Even though the two can’t live with or without each other, they are lost without each other. For us, the song is also a love song to our own selves."

www.dramasmusic.com/

Nick Kandler – Kill You Slowly

“A romantic song from the owner of an incredible vocals -nick kandler-. Such a smooth, gentle and calm, real ballad of a lover who did not wait for reciprocity. Sunny, light motives Pop Rock, soft arrangement and calm atmosphere.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Романтичная песня от обладателя невероятного вокала -Nick Kandler-. Такой плавный, нежный и спокойный, настоящая баллада влюблённого, который не дождался взаимности. Солнечные, светлые мотивы pop rock, мягкая аранжировка и спокойная атмосфера.”

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www.instagram.com/nickkandler

Kazi Jay – Lucid Lullabies

“Each has its own lullaby, and in -kazi jay is in the melodic rhythms of Indie pop and with a rich atmosphere, as if if you plunged into the warm waters of the blue ocean. This track as a living organism is a reasonable, breathing and created as a result of true love.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“У каждого своя колыбельная, а у -Kazi Jay- она в мелодичных ритмах indie pop и с насыщенной атмосферой, словно бы если вы окунулись в тёплые воды голубого океана. Этот трек как живой организм – разумный, дышащий и созданный в результате настоящей любви.”

-Nagamag.com

Artist said about this song?:

"Its as if in one moment, we know exactly who we are, and the next, utter confusion floods our entire projection of the story we believe we are living. I wrote Lucid Lullabies cooped up in my fathers attic where I had to live just after the world shut down in 2020, amid grieving the loss of my mother months before, and while Id love to say those feelings of wondering and the unknown are behind me, its 2022, and "Holding it together just for everybody else," are still the lyrics that find their way into theme of my life when the pressure of being who others perceive me to be bares its weight. I wrote this song to soothe my mind, not putting to much thought into the words, it was always about how the sound of the riffs and sounds flowed out of me that brought me the most comfort. As time as passed, the parables and hidden meaning within the once “thoughtless lyrics” now make more sense to me than ever before. For every listener this song means something very different to them, as there is no definitive way to map out the process of confusion to revelation, but my hope is that it can be a lullaby for them as they navigate through it. ** Written fully by me, as well as I helped co produce this record with Joshua Catalan (Wainona Oak, Caroline Polacheck,) and mixed by Bryan Cooke (Cold Play, One republic) "

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Tors – Garden On The Kitchen Floor

“A very catchy and inspiring melody, listening to which you just need to close your eyes and leave for a few minutes in Nirvana. The pleasant Melody Indie Folk, for which I want to make the sound a little louder, so as not to miss a word and enjoy the vocalist's voice.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Очень цепляющая и вдохновляющая мелодия, слушая которую нужно просто закрыть глаза и уйти на несколько минут в нирвану. Приятная мелодия indie folk, ради которой хочется сделать звук немного громче, чтобы не пропустить ни слова и насладиться голосом вокалиста.”

-Nagamag.com

‘Garden on the Kitchen Floor’ is the first single of many, it is a bitter-sweet song about being young, in love, and penniless and how, often, the most difficult moments in life create the greatest memories.

Once the UK came out of its final lockdown Tors rebuilt their entire studio space and threw themselves back into being a band full time. Armed with their recently honed songwriting and production skills they’ve been creating the most diverse and exciting music of their careers to date. With a hard drive bursting with over 200 new demos and a brand new sound it felt like time to finally start releasing music again.

With an upcoming UK tour supporting X-Ambassadors Tors are set to take 2022 by storm. Watch this space.

www.instagram.com/thetorsband/

Natalie Lane – Hey Girl

“The new song -Natalie Lane- I want to listen again and again, delving into the text and enjoying her in a gentle voice. From the Alt Pop melody you will receive incredible pleasure, it is so harmoniously built into the general thread of the narrative.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Новую песню -Natalie Lane- хочется слушать снова и снова, вникая в текст и наслаждаясь её нежным голосом. От мелодии alt pop вы получите неимоверное удовольствие, настолько она гармонично встроена в общую нить повествования.”

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www.instagram.com/swerveitslane

Arlissa – Take

“Taken from "Arlissa's" forthcoming album, this single is made for all who usually give more than they take back. Love that's not equal in both sides, may become destructive. Expressive vocals and cool melodies mixed in the most artistic way.”

-Nagamag.com

JUNE 17, 2022 – Arlissa has today unveiled “TAKE”, the lead single to her hugely anticipated debut album The OPEN-HEARTED” to be released end 2022

Produced by Ebenezer (Stefflon Don, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign), “TAKE” is the super cool, sexy and empowering pop/rnb outing by Arlissa. Written by her, it depicts getting out of a relationship where she’s realized: the more she loved, the more she lost herself. LA based British singer Arlissa wrote, “TAKE” in the anger stage of grief and it was a great way to process emotions and regain her power. “I felt like this person had taken so much of me, but I had compromised my own boundaries, given too much and lost myself in the process”. “TAKE” is a very relatable and empowering anthem for anyone who gives more than he/she receives.

The accompanying official video is shot by the amazing Alex "Grizz" Loucas and beautifully styled by Hugo Boss. A metaphysical journey, which follows Arlissa through various stages of acceptance of past relationship – experiencing remnants of this person in her day-to-day life, in the form of a transparent shape.

“TAKE” is the first of an incredible string of singles, which Arlissa will be sharing with the world throughout 2022 – culminating in the release of her long anticipated album “The OPEN-HEARTED” at the end of 2022. About the extraordinary journey she has found herself on, Arlissa says: “The project was created by using art to alchemize my heartbreak. It was the best way to keep moving through life with my heart wide open.” The album has taken shape from a profound period of personal and creative growth - a turning point she describes, as “the first time I’ve ever felt completely free to make whatever I wanted.”

As well as the long awaited album, with the announcement of The OPEN-HEARTED Sessions, we will finally be able to experience Arlissa - LIVE IN CONCERT. Throughout 2022, the announcement will see her take most of the new album (and a few of the recognizable hits) and perform them live with full band at a venue near you. First dates already posted, please stay tuned for many more - NOT TO BE MISSED.

Born in Germany but raised in London, Arlissa first discovered her passion for songwriting as a small child. By age 14, she had taken up piano and guitar and begun to craft songs inspired by a diverse range of artists - Jeff Buckley, Elton John, Nina Simone - From there, Arlissa put out a series of stripped-back D.I.Y. singles, which led to such successes as selling out shows in London, New York City, and L.A. and scoring a viral hit with “Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie”: a self-released smash later reimagined by multi-platinum producer Jonas Blue. Among may other noteworthy achievements, Arlissa has also written and performed on BTS’s diamond breakthrough hit “Spring Day”, written Zayn Malik’s platinum hit “Flames” and her own “We Won’t Move" from the critically acclaimed movie The Hate You Give was shortlisted for Best Original Song at the Oscars.

With all of the above and what is clearly only the beginning for Arlissa, there are no limits to what the future can bring, to truly establish her as the powerhouse singer/songwriter and artist she was always placed here to be.

www.arlissa.com/

Gavin Fox – If I Could Survive This

“Each new song -Gavin Fox is a harmonious and very saturated journey into the world of melodic Folk Rock sound and this track is no exception! The cheerful, bright and very bright composition, whose atmosphere will dissipate any bad weather and decorate the heavens with white clouds!” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Каждая новая песня -Gavin Fox- это гармоничное и очень насыщенное действием путешествие в мир мелодичного folk rock звучания и этот трек не исключение! Жизнерадостная, яркая и очень светлая композиция, чья атмосфера рассеет любую плохую погоду и разукрасит небеса белыми облаками!”

-Nagamag.com

Gavin Fox has been quietly building up a following as one of the songwriters to watch in Ireland in 2022. ‘If I Could Survive This’ will be his third single from the upcoming album, ‘Awakened’ – named after his experience of ‘waking up to himself’, as he describes it.

Incredibly, the artist only began writing music two years ago.

“I never allowed time for myself to explore things. And when I eventually gave myself permission to, I was drawn to exploring something I always had a love for, music.”

“In April 2020, I decided to try my hand at songwriting. In 20 minutes or so, I wrote my first finished song. The words and music just flowed. I looked at the page and thought ‘What the hell!’.”

“I asked my wife Caroline to take a listen. She’s an honest, west-of-Ireland girl. After playing it for her, she just looked at me, and said, ‘Where did that come from?’ She couldn’t believe it either.”

www.instagram.com/gavinfoxmusic

To meet Fox is to experience his excitement for life, and his conviction that the freedom he has experienced in his life is possible for others. That it’s necessary to share it. It’s nothing short of inspiring to meet an artist so genuinely concerned about this.

“This musical journey I’m on is not just about me – even though I think my story is incredible. I’m not saying I’m incredible. I’m just saying - what if I never discovered this freedom, this acceptance, this awakening? I could never have found contentment. And I may have never discovered this form of creativity that I had hidden inside me. How many others are out there struggling through life, living up to an image they have created, not really knowing or being their true self? What might they discover if they too looked inside and experienced an awakening? I want to help that person. That’s it. That’s all.”

Thankfully, however, he is the one to share his message – and he is awfully good at it. His attention to detail, and his dedication and joy in each thing he does, are overwhelmingly evident in every note and beat of his work. His latest offering, the explosive single ‘If I Could Survive This’, sees him deliver a gorgeous vocal performance alongside up-tempo drums and sweetly summery electric guitar riffs.

His message is inspiring and timely. It appears the journey towards literacy around mental health, particularly amongst men in Ireland, is just beginning. But knowing there are people like Gavin Fox, who know that asking for help is a sign of courage, not weakness, is a powerful thing. Time will tell the difference he may yet make on his musical journey. Speaking with Fox, one is reminded that beautiful things are possible. Sometimes, life truly can be changed in an instant.

‘If I Could Survive This’ is the latest piece of evidence leaving one with the distinct impression that you are watching a humble star in the making.

Grayson Ty – Fit

“A positive mood with a deep bat and a very rich arrangement makes this track a real hypnotizing journey according to your imagination. Voice -grayson type is one of the most warm and sincere, to listen to it is a pleasure.” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Позитивное настроение с глубоким битом и очень насыщенной аранжировкой делают этот трек настоящим гипнотизирующим путешествием по вашему воображению. Голос -Grayson Ty- один из самых тёплых и душевных, слушать его одно удовольствие.”

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www.graysonty.com/

Rose Ranger – Power

“Harmony and balance in a combination of words, vocals -Rose ranger and music are found optimal and affect their listener with positive energy. Music, which is worthy of becoming part of your music collection!” (Automatically Translated with Google Translate)

“Гармония и баланс в сочетании слов, вокала -Rose Ranger- и музыки найдены оптимальные и воздействуют на своего слушателя положительной энергией. Музыка, которая достойного того, чтобы стать частью вашей музыкальной коллекции!”

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Hailing from Vancouver’s North Shore, Rose Ranger’s creative process is inextricably linked with the ocean and mountains that are just a stone’s throw away from her front door. Combined with her love of all musical genres and her utmost appreciation for all the creative arts – the blend creates a dynamic vibrancy in her songwriting process. Now with six albums under her belt, the multi-talented and seasoned songwriter is thrilled to be releasing new music into the world.

Her new song, “Power,” is about speaking truth to those who are abusing their power. From the personal to the collective – it’s about justice and to finally stand up for oneself and to speak your own truth. It's about how pain can be transformed into power and empowerment from the oppressive forces that want to keep us down and dim our light. It's about finding strength in vulnerability and how they are connected even when it doesn't seem like it.

Power can be used for good over evil as they say. It can be used for positive change or misused and abused. This song illustrates both.

Rose Ranger’s new 8-song album, Confessions, is produced by Juno-award winner Ryan Stewart and Rose Ranger herself.

“This album is about finding your inner hero and holding on to that metaphorical hero inside of us all,” says Rose. “Hang out with your allies in life. Don't waste your life on the people, situations, or environments that try to take you down or drain your life force. Don't let anyone make you feel like you don't deserve to go for what you want in your life. It’s worth it.”

Thanks for listening! Click here to grab more info on Rose Ranger, photos + socials.

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