Forming in 2008, the Canadian indie pop outfit is closing in on 15 years of being. Still thriving in an era where many artist projects last less than 15 months, that’s quite impressive. “When I chose this job it was literally write music, record it, tour it, and do interviews… That was it,” says frontman Zach Gray, reflecting on how things have changed. Yet, while they find themselves far from their proggy piano rock beginnings, their flame still burns bright, and it shows on their most recent full-length, Come Back To Life.
Savannah Conley is doing the best she can. And with the release of her new EP, the aptly-titled Best I Can, it appears to be working. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has tapped into a side of her folk-rock roots, that is both modern and timeless, ethereal and grounded.
While leaning forward, the duo also reach back, with correlating visuals for each track, dubbed “CUTiE TV” and inspired by vintage MTV. Each offering drips with persona, consummating in a fashion BETWEEN FRIENDS themselves say is akin to 90s Nickelodeon. So if you’re looking to start your summer off with some immaculate vibes, then look no further than this new era of BETWEEN FRIENDS.
A product of the Canadian maritimes, Luke MacDonald has been writing songs since the age of 8. A fairly successful dance music producer, he eventually reached a crossroads,one where his personal identity was feeling amiss amongst his artistic.
Being an artist is about finding your voice. It’s not an easy thing to do, and every creator has a different path in doing so. For LA-based pop artist Nadine, she has finally done just that. Coming in the form of her most recent single “Missed Call”, a three minute entry that recounts reluctantly ignoring a call from an ex lover, she’s honed her craft in to the point she always wanted it to live at. “It feels like the most Nadine song for me to come out with,” says the 22-year-old singer-songwriter, “…it feels like I’ve finally found my sound.”
Just ask Olivia Reid. From songwriting, to production, to visuals, management and so on, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter is not only involved, but a driving force behind all avenues of her artistic pursuit. Fresh off the release of her longly-awaited debut EP Earth Water, Reid shows her ability to connect with the world around her through sound and nature, but also community.
“This album begins after you’ve disagreed,” says Foreman, “You’ve had the fight, and then realize… we’ve got a long trip ahead of us. We both disagree, and there’s no way we’re changing each other’s minds.” Which is a testament to what the band’s mission has been since they formed in the late 1990s – unity. “Maybe unity is not homogeneity,” Foreman muses, “Maybe unity is people that look and think differently.”
On her most recent single, HĒIR, who you may also know as Patricia Manfield, vividly outlines a time when the title rang true. Pulling from the personal experience of a close friend, she paints a gripping and morose nightclub setting, one where you’re on the dancefloor, waiting for your partner to arrive, when you mistakenly find out they’re seeing someone else.
Blending elements of R&B, pop, and alternative, she’s developed a brand as dreamy as the places she pulls inspiration from. Her most recent, “Double Decker”, is a warm glimpse back into her teenage years, when her and her friends would take the double decker bus from Solana Beach to Del Mar and get wasted before entering the famed fairgrounds.
Sometimes you just need some time to keep your head in the clouds. Groovy and melancholy, dreamy and sharp, “sonic96” is distinctly European; top tier indie pop that has many attributes reminiscent of the genre’s greats like Gorillaz, Foster the People, or Metric. And in 2021, a time when dreamy alt pop has been beaten into banality, it’s a gloriously refreshing reminder of just how great it is when a true artist does it the right way.
Philadelphia has a certain swagger to it that you won’t find in any other North American city. There’s a proud yet laid-back underdog mentality that is perhaps derivative of location; just 90 minutes south of New York. There’s also a comfort level you won’t find in a city like New York or LA. You can live in neighborhoods where rent isn’t outrageously expensive, and street parking is a cinch
Mental health is something we all deal with. Even when it’s not the most pressing, it can still be a real issue. That’s what Taska Black and Violet Skies are talking about on their most recent collaboration “When I Come Home”.
Brandon and Savannah Hudson have been making music together for pretty much their entire lives. Still just 23 and 21 years old respectively, the duo is absolutely rolling. Just last week they dropped their newest mixtape, tape 003.
The Panama-born, Texas-based “Disco Maniac” is back with a viber of a new single in “Shaggy Dynamite”. It’s everything you’d expect from the psych-popster; smooth, fresh, and in the pocket. Thematically it’s about convincing yourself when you’re over someone. In his own words, “Faking it ’til you make it.” Furthermore it’s the second in a slew of singles he’ll be releasing of a brand new EP that he’ll be unveiling later this year.
The American indie pop group actually came together in Australia when Noah Taylor followed his heart across the world, and down under. He ended up crashing with the group of guys who unknowingly were about to become his bandmates. With a modern alt pop sound that pays homage to some of the genre’s most prolific artists like The 1975 and Troye Sivan, 19&YOU has already emerged with a compete level just as exciting as the aforementioned greats, and they’re just beginning to strut their stuff.