andreas owens – bad4you (Spotify)

“Are you looking for some light sound after a busy, tiring day? Then, we strongly recommend Andreas Owens new single. Alternative style with pleasant touch and expressive singing. The suitable elixir for your ears and mind relaxation is just ready.”

-Nagamag.com

Los Angeles-based producer and singer-songwriter andreas owens releases his 5-track debut EP, aptly titled almost everything i've ever wanted to say, an intimate and vulnerable R&B-infused pop record showcasing his ingenious and versatile songwriting. The EP follows a series of singles – “don’t feel happy”, “falling & falling”, and “not much (better than before)” – all of which received high praise by the likes of publications Banger Of The Day, Before The Data, DUMMY Mag, Fashionably Early, Substream Magazine, and We Found New Music; inevitably landing editorial placements on Spotify (Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds: Pop, and Study Break) and TIDAL (Rising: Pop).

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QUOTE

“‘almost everything i’ve ever wanted to say’ is truthfully that — it is in every way, nearly everything I’ve ever wanted to say musically, lyrically, sonically, experimentally, and emotionally. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to create and complete a work like this; something where I’ve sat in my room and slowly worked from beginning to end without any real goal in mind. Almost like I’m reading a book about my life, piecing together one experience after another but not quite knowing where or how the story ends.”

-andreas owens

'almost everything i've ever wanted to say'

The mentality and overall vision behind andreas owens has been pretty different to that of The Millennial Club. Ironically, the biggest distinction between the two projects lies less in the final product, but more so within the creative process itself.

Adapting an “anything goes” mindset helped facilitate a lack of pressure to fit within a specific genre and andreas owens quickly found himself enjoying the refreshing freedom present in creating without convention. This unadulterated creative energy ultimately led to the birth of almost everything i’ve ever wanted to say: a diverse and genre-blending EP that not only reflects his personal growth as a songwriter and producer, but surely defines his personal footprint as a truly generational artist.

BIOGRAPHY

andreas owens is the solo project of Los Angeles-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Andres Owens, the lead vocalist of indie pop and R&B band The Millennial Club. Delicately blending intimate vocals with unabashedly ‘pop’ backbeats, the So-Cal native has been slowly but steadily building a catalogue of truly unique material. Embracing the ever-evolving notion of bedroom pop, everything is written, recorded, and produced in his (tiny) bedroom-turned-studio.

In his own words, “It’s the only way I’ve found it to feel authentically myself. The safe, familiar space is the catalyst for facilitating something visceral and unapologetically my own. It allows me to release my compulsive ‘perfectionist mindset’ and instead create with the understanding that mistakes are inevitably a unique and beautiful part of the process that makes it my own.”

Track Commentary by andreas owens

“bad4you”

“‘bad4you’ is likely the first song I’ve ever written where I can truly say I understood the significance of every sonic and conceptual decision. I’m not sure why, but with ‘bad4you’ in particular, I felt like something just clicked and suddenly everything made sense to my brain. Writing and arranging the song became less about convention and expectation, and more about what I felt the song needed, throwing caution to the wind, and consciously letting the song finish itself. I think in doing that – in a sense, giving myself to the song and not trying to dictate its final form – I found a place of comfort knowing I wasn’t forcing anything into the track that perhaps didn’t belong. Through the process I think it came into focus that production is, in every sense, a language, and producing ‘bad4you’ really helped widen my vocabulary.”

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Kimpoyr, Obié_ – Better Places (Spotify)

“Soft Lo-fi Hip Hop, brushed cymbal styled ‘Better Places’ has a softly stated yet solid bass and acoustic guitar based background. Centre stage is the captivating, perfectly timed, vocal of Kimpoyr, Obié delivered in her own unique style. A style that will continue to grow on you the more you listen. This lady is Class. ”

-Nagamag.com

This song exhibits the coming to terms and acceptance of being wherever you are...because someone...somewhere...would see your life/place and see it as 'greener.'

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Teulu – Fulgurant (Video)

“There is a real ethereal quality & sense of spaciousness in Teulu’s track “Fulgurant,” Underlined with melancholy, a little darkness & danger, but above all with love & wonder. This is a real lights down, headphones on, Eye’s closed, An audio, sensory delight to be savoured..”

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“Fulgurant,” meaning the flash of lightning, is the debut single from Teulu’s forthcoming 3 track EP, Fulgurant. It follows the rise and fall of emotions around seeing something so spectacular yet frightening and potentially destructive. To truly see the beauty within the chaos.

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Initially based out of Portland, OR, Teulu found an obsession with the rawness of the rich, dense forests of the pacific northwest. In these forests came those extended moments of solitude and solace. It was during these nomadic excursions that Teulu realized he had more to offer than drumming for a variety of different indie rock projects. From this, his vivid thoughts and feelings started to transform into their own compositions.

Not long after Teulu found footing in this laid back electronic genre, he grew restless of routine, and decided to hit the road. The goal : to live minimally, and create through real, routine-less experience. Fulgurant is the beginning of this endeavor.

juno roome – “gardens” [official music video] (Video)

“Few artists have their own personal production and “Juno Roome” proves that he’s one of them. All you have to do is listen to his new Lo-fi Pop single, concentrate on the etherial voice and elusive melodies of this gem. Don’t forget to watch the clip too!”

-Nagamag.com

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Juno Roome is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, filmmaker, good driver, bad stockbroker. My first impression of him was that he is tall and has a low voice because that was his Tinder bio. He lives in a bunker in Sunset Park with a member of the Triads and a diarrhea monster. The last time I tried writing about Juno, he got really depressed. I hope he does not lose too much money in stocks. ~ Julie Chen (2021)

Titi Woo – Where Are You / Hebrew version (Spotify)

“"Titi Woo" knows how to attract our interest and continues to offer some nice songs. This latest release is characterized by its soft Lo-fi Pop style and the variety of acoustic sounds. Shinny guitar strings mixed together with light drums, reveal a new aspect of life.”

-Nagamag.com

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Sofi Gev – Horrors in the Dark (Spotify)

“"Horrors in the Dark" is a song that talks about our bad life incidents. Traumatic experiences deeply burried in the mind, but never forgotten. Even if we cannot erase such negative memories, we should find the strength to become unaffected from their influences. Sofi Gev sings to bring hope and somehow soothe our broken hearts. Priceless work from a real artist.”

-Nagamag.com

Artist shared with Nagamag few words behind this inspiration:

"I wrote “Horrors in the Dark” after my mother lost her brother to suicide, which was and remains unbearably hard. My uncle was a towering figure and a gentle soul, wise and compassionate. The third verse is an homage to him, who we lost far too early, and to the power of his life and legacy. His passing and the grief of all the people who loved him made me think about how we all have some kind of trauma inside of us that never fully heals. The kind of pain that is very difficult to even talk about. “Horrors” uses metaphors to convey how we dance around our deepest fears that we sometimes twist into something else entirely in our minds because they’re too painful to face head on. But these dark things in our lives are still always a part of us.

I wrote this song with my producer, Nate Pyfer (Kaskade, The Moth and the Flame, Sego), and co-writer, Chris Scharman. The strings were arranged by Stuart Maxfield (Fictionist, s2_Cool, Mr. Mental)" - Sofi Gev

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Josephine Philip – Call My Name (Spotify)

“There are no words that can convey the beauty of the melody from -Call My Name-. Sound smooth as the sea surface from a bright, sunny day. Sound aesthetics with their own space. You don't notice how fast are four minutes of composition and you are back to your home port.”

“Нет ни одного слова, которое сможет передать всю красоту мелодии -Call My Name-. Звучание ровное, как морская гладь в яркий, солнечный день. Настоящая эстетика звука, в которой есть свой собственный космос. Не замечаешь, как быстро проходят четыре минуты композиции и ты возвращаешься в свою родную гавань.”

-Nagamag.com

Call My Name is a song about love and longing. The longing to be together, to be important, to be held, to be adored, to be missed and ultimately, the burning longing for somebody ready to make sacrifices to save you. A respite from the ordinary terrors we often face alone. It is also a song about staying strong under unbearable conditions and finding strength in loss. The insisting and mesmerizing vocal - equally strong and fragile, is accompanied by a sparse and dreamy composition with trippy drums. It pushes and pulls with the raw strength of the tide. Immersive and confident, the song engulfs you and carries you away.

Singer, composer and performer Josephine Philip lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Her work is influenced by a multitude of artistic expressions; choir works, contemporary art and performance, jazz standards, experimental music, film, literature and classical music. Call My Name is the first single from Josephine Philip as a solo artist.

Philip began working on her forthcoming album during the winter of 2019 and the process accelerated in the pandemic year of 2020. The mutual isolation that many of us shared, became a catalyst for the process and both compositions and lyrics resonate the personal and communal experiences of this period - cycles of intense being, joy, despair, love, frustration and careful optimism, shattered by pessimism, and then briefly relieved by hope.

The songs are written and produced in collaboration with Copenhagen based producer and musician Lasse Martinussen.

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Abc Dialect – Daydream (Spotify)

“A single made from a variety of musical techniques and tricks. Experimental and yet classic sound, thus creating a significant and of particular flavor characteristic we find in many projects in the genre of indie pop.”

“Сингл -Daydream- наполнен разнообразными музыкальными приёмами и фокусами, экспериментальным и в то же время классическим звучанием, тем самым создавая весомый и особый оттенок свойственный многим проектам в жанре indie pop.”

-Nagamag.com

“Daydream” is the third release from the group’s forthcoming debut LP titled ‘Out Here,’ scheduled for release later in 2021. The single comes on the heels of their previous release “You” which was released in March of 2021.

"Daydream" was originally recorded in 2019 alongside co-producer Daniel Nentwig of The Whitest Boy Alive. The song, along with the entire ‘Out Here’ album, was recorded live alongside a full band at Butterama Recording Studios in Berlin. Melodically, “Daydream” features smooth rhythm, soft keys, warm vocals and uplifting strings. The song feels like a sultry fireside dream pop tune with jazz influenced undertones.

Comprised of Argentinian songwriters Luca Oliva Knight and Tomas Susevich, Abc Dialect have quickly emerged as a promising independent musical project. The young beatmakers draw on their diverse musical influences (including 90s house, 70s funk, soulful jazz, R&B, & more) to craft original thought-provoking melodies that evoke a sense of emotions including nostalgia, euphoria, empathy, sorrow and more.

Towards the end of 2019, Abc Dialect travelled to Berlin to record their debut album “Out Here” co-produced by Daniel Nentwig of The Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience. The LP is slated for release later this year on Casablanca Sunset Records. Prior releases from the duo have received a variety of support online from music outlets like Delicieuse Musique, Indie Shuffle, Sidekick Music, Noon Pacific, Acid Stag, Tensnake, Disco Naïveté, Bristol Funk and more. In December of 2019, the group also shared LEFTI’s nu-disco remix of their single “Magic,” on Casablanca Sunset which climbed to #1 on the Hype Machine popular charts.

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Datcha – Collapse (Spotify)

“Interesting Pop song with Alternative influences recently released in the album of "Datcha". Melodic piano keys, very soft percussion and slow tempo. All accompanied by gentle singing voices that reveal a high level of production.”

-Nagamag.com

DATCHA is a new Boston-based bedroom-pop band from ThatOneEyedKid and Julie Friedman. T1EK and Julie began DATCHA’s debut self-titled record in the first weeks of quarantine of spring 2020 and was recorded at their home studio in Brighton, MA. DATCHA builds off of elements of dream-pop with an experimental bent, exploring themes of obsession, isolation, longing, and devotion.

While T1EK has released several indie-pop EPs and singles, DATCHA sees the veteran producer (Jenna Lotti, Kat Kennedy, Anna Madsen) digging deeper and darker in both narrative and sound. Blending with Julie’s intense, soulful voice, the full length reflects a year of two lovers enduring intense pain and chaos, and emerging with earned strength, unity, and love.

In addition to ThatOneEyedKid’s production and writing and Julie’s voice, the record is fleshed out with remote-session-work from bassist David White (The Illusionist, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), drummer Adam Soucy (Elsewhere, Daniel Costa), and mastering by Bradford Krieger (Big Nice Studio).

T1EK and Julie have performed together for years and have toured internationally performing ThatOneEyedKid material as a duo. They are veterans of the European house-concert circuit and have played extensively around New England. DATCHA shows the two in a collaboration and intimacy like never before. They look forward to bringing DATCHA to live audiences as soon as possible.

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Andrew Poston – Embarrassed (Spotify)

“Acoustic music with cheerful arrangement and emotional solos. This song bring us closer to something very distant and certainly bright. It creates a very warm nostalgic mood and the vocals of -Andrew Poston- worth special praise. Striking timbre with invisible arrows of Cupid that fall in the heart.”

“Акустическая музыка, бодрая аранжировка, душевное соло, под которое вспоминается что-то очень далёкое и непременно светлое. Создаётся очень тёплый ностальгический настрой, а вокал -Andrew Poston- требует отдельной похвалы. Поразительный тембр, чьи невидимые стрелы Купидона попадают точно в сердце.”

-Nagamag.com

Artist shared with Nagamag few words behihd this song inspiration:

"This song is a groovy, fun, and feel-good bop that is sure to put listeners in a great mood. I wrote the song from my own awkward, naive, and unaware perspective. It's all about the feeling you get when you realize that you're in love with someone, but you don't quite know how to tell them. The groove is very Shawn Mendes inspired with a John Mayer guitar flare." - Andrew Poston

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Andrew Poston is an award winning vocalist and songwriter based out of New York City. Originally from a small town in South Carolina, Andrew got his start in the church performing at a very early age. His musical influences include many genres including pop, rock, rnb, gospel, jazz, and soul. Post college, Andrew made the move to NYC, where he quickly booked the national tour of "Kinky Boots." After touring the country, He continued to work regionally in theaters, concert halls, and performance venues across the country. In 2020, he recorded his debut EP and it is expected to release in 2021.

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