Huron John follows up his single and music video release of “Arthur,” with hot off the press track, “Trapped In A Lava Lamp.” The brand new jammy single is reminiscent of the mid-2000's displaying essences of Pop-Rap and follows Indie themes. Huron's music video for the track executes the perfect vibe, alongside bright visuals and nostalgic VHS graphics [directed by Chase Denton and executive producer John Wallace Conradi]. “TIALL” is the 2nd track released off of his sophomore LP, Cartoon Therapy. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on Huron John this year for more.
Images by Chase Denton
The New York City-based Bedroom Soul artist Tymie Tuesday releases the beautiful and completely refreshing single, "Golden". Encapsulating and stunning vocals from Tymie, the song features Indie musical outfit Surfliner providing the smooth instrumentals. The song completely sets the tone of your day, and gets us excited for the warmth of Spring on a Sunday morning.
Tymie has been making music since before she can remember. She started sharing her music at the age of 17. Tymie explains, "Music has always been at the forefront of my life- I'm currently studying Music Business at NYU because of it. I attended an arts magnet before NYU, and grew up in the Dallas art scene, but upon moving to NYC have been heavily inspired by the city and it's creators."
Her musical influences include artists all over the genre spectrum ranging from Alabama Shakes to Lorde. Right now, Tymie describes her music as a Bedroom/Indie Soul artist, but ultimately, just wants to create music that speaks to people, regardless of genre.
IG & Twitter: @tymietuesday
Lindsay Reamer is a Singer and Songwriter from Massachusetts, currently living in Philadelphia. Although Lindsay was raised by two musicians, she didn’t start writing her own music regularly until this past year. Equipped with the skills she taught herself on guitar at age 13 and childhood voice lessons from her grandmother, she steadily began recording the songs that would make up her first EP.
Lindsay Reamer's second single "Today" from her debut EP "Lucky" is out...today on Philadelphia-based Dear Life Records. Lucky is a fascinating document of a young musician finding her voice while drawing on the idiosyncratic approaches to pop found in Arthur Russell and R. Stevie Moore.
During April 2020 Lindsay began recording the EP. Recording was as new to her as songwriting, but she studied the production of her favorite records and learned as much as she could from Youtube and other musician friends. When the songs started taking shape, she enlisted the help of members of one her favorite bands, STIG. Artie Sadtler (bass), Ryan Stigmon (pedal steel), and Thomson Knoles (keys) helped complete the songs with their intuitive contributions.
West Coast Indie Pop meets Gen-Z existential dread in the second output from newcomer Wallice. In a world of highlight reels, hustle culture, and collective burnout, the LA Singer-Songwriter's new single "23" emerges as a tongue-in-cheek contemplation on the urgency to come of age. “23” follows Wallice's debut track "Punching Bag" released in 2020, an instantly relatable Lo-Fi anthem on unrequited friendship. The track gained immediate support from the likes of Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 and Steve Lamacq on BBC6Music and top placement on Spotify’s ‘Lorem’ playlist, with the Sunday Times Culture calling it “An organ-drenched, Lo-fi Indie-Pop delight."
Through a series of witty, self-effacing refrains, "23" oversees Wallice lament her life’s choices. She’s trapped somewhere between a premature nostalgic mourning for her youth - “tell me what is wrong with me, I miss my Ohio fake ID” - and delusions that turning a year older will bring her stability - “Maybe I’ll get married soon, and buy a house with three bedrooms, and settle down, and get a dog, and make my partner get a job.” The tracks video encapsulates and reflects this feeling perfectly.
Streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music!
Headshot by Taryn Segal
Indie Artist Manley Releases Brand New 4-Track EP, "I Picked My Scab and Now There's a Scar”
Nat Lee (she/they) is a queer, gender non-conforming, Asian-American solo artist that goes by the title of Manley. In true DIY nature, the project is entirely self-recorded and self-produced. Manley says, "My music is defined by soothing vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and heart-wrenching lyrics. I Picked My Scab and Now There’s a Scar is a confession of genuine ruminations and evocative of a friend crying on your shoulder. The somber, emotional Indie Rock sound is inspired by other modern-day queer/female Indie artists,"
For fans of artists such as Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, and Clairo.
Images from @jondelreal
Huron John is a self-taught songwriter, producer, and visual artist hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Born John Wallace Conradi–the young 21-year-old strives for a direct and personal connection to his audience. This output is accomplished by having hands on every step of the creative process: from all parts of song creation, to being the executive producer on all creative. Fusing a wide range of influence from artists he idolized growing up such as Daft Punk, Mac Miller and The Smashing Pumpkins John’s mix of sonic flavors is definitely something new for the internet age of music listeners. From the constraints of his basement studio John has amassed over 12 million streams worldwide. His last album was a major success -earning him the cover of Spotify’s coveted playlist Lorem, and placements on New Music Friday, Bedroom Pop, and POLLEN to name just a few. Apocalypse Wow also captured the likes of tastemakers such Lyrical Lemonade, EARMILK, Coup De Maine and also a feature on the Spotify For Artists Homepage.
Image by Chase Denton
London four-piece ISLAND return with their new single, Octopus out via Frenchkiss Records. Recorded in semi-locked down London last summer, ISLAND's new single sees the band relinquish their traditional self-production duties to collaborate with producer Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke). The result is a single that sees the band experimenting with more complex production and introducing new textures, instrumentation and recording techniques to expand and further hone in on a sound that has been theirs since their inception.
Speaking about the single the band says, "'Octopus’ describes the feeling of looking back on rebellious teenage years from a time where an impulse to cause trouble has been replaced with new sentiments. It’s about the conflict felt as a musician between wanting to grow older and wiser and wanting to stay young, and it asks if we as a world are only interested in stories, and whether normality is something to be desired. A world in which you might be persuaded to change yourself to fit in, like an octopus changes color to adapt to its surroundings. The song ends by flirting with the idea of reverting back to old ways, and getting back to making trouble."
Photo by Christian Cargill
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