Delanova is a Los Angeles-based, solo exhibition of sounds. Rayla Delanova is the sole writer and performer. After several years of on-and-off piano lessons, Rayla picked the bass at age 14. She was self-taught for a year and half. After seeing one of her favorite bassists perform at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Rayla enrolled in the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. For two and a half years, Rayla studied bass. She also participated in the Conservatory’s choir.
Disinterested in engaging in the 60's nostalgia-kick Echo Park experienced in the 2010's, Rayla realized she’d have to make her own soundtrack for the city. At seventeen, she began playing around Los Angeles. At twenty-one, she went on her first national tour as a session bassist.
Inspired by her own love story with her current partner, Sizzy chronicles the giddy yet terrifying experience of falling in love on Rollerskating. Guided by sun-soaked Indie-Pop production, Sizzy’s vocals shine; she is raw and untempered, finding power in her own vulnerability. “I’ve never even heard my own voice sound like it does on this record,” Sizzy remarks. “I’m proud of myself for going there. It’s a new, softer, lighter side of me that I’ve gained access to through writing my new album, and I'm excited to share it with the world." Sizzy Rocket is the cool best friend you wish you had growing up. In 2016, Sizzy released her debut album, THRILLS, and the album's lead single, “Bestie,” became a viral sensation, receiving praise from the likes of New York Magazine, PAPER, and BUSTLE. Since her initial breakout, Sizzy has continued to build a rabid fanbase with the release of a 2017 mixtape, Hot Summer, and 2019 sophomore album, GRRRL. Outside of her solo work, Sizzy has also written for all the cool girls of Pop, from Noah Cyrus to Bea Miller.
IG & Twitter: @sizzyrocket
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Lionel Boy is a new signing for LA tastemakers Innovative Leisure. Native to Hawaii and now living in Long Beach, his sound mixes spacey synthesizers, impromptu breakbeats & bedroom pop. Lionel Boy newest release is his debut EP, Who is Dovey? out now.
The EP was recorded at Jazzcats Studio in Long Beach with Jonny Bell. Lionel Boy says “Lost” is essentially a love song: “I’ve been in a relationship for 10 years and from the moment we met till right now, getting lost is a simple way to describe the decade. Love can be romantic, intoxicating and destructive, but whatever shape it takes, it’s always sincere. I know we’re all still trying to figure it out.” - Via Grandstand Media
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Vancouver-based breakout artist Haley Blais expertly puts into song so much of what humans are feeling. For years now, Haley has turned out song after song of defiant scream-into-your-pillow bedroom pop anthems, recorded in her actual bedroom. She’s organically earned a significant following and online reputation for her self-deprecating, self-loving balladry sung out in operatic crescendos. This summer finally sees the release of her debut full-length album, Below the Salt on August 25 via Tiny Kingdom Music. Today you can hear her brand new single, “On a Weekend” and “Too Good” which was released last month with an accompanying video.
Below the Salt is a coming of age story that recognizes that there is no real ‘coming of age.’ There are hundreds of instances of recognition and of learning. What do we do when we find them? Well according to Haley, we take them with us.
Raised in Nashville by a background singer mother and session guitarist father, Savannah Conley’s musical education was deeply ingrained from a young age. She started performing at the age of seven and by nineteen she was taking home the John Lennon Songwriting award. Her debut EP, Twenty Twenty, was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, John Prine) and released in 2018 to critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, Ones To Watch, and Refinery29. Rolling Stone praised the EP as an “emotionally rich collection of tracks full of moody instrumentation and whip-smart lines” and named Conley as one of their ‘Artists You Need To Know.’
It’s hard to pinpoint Savannah’s sound, but that’s what makes it so special. Combining a nostalgic guitar-driven musicality, unavoidable Southern charm, and a healthy dose of cross-genre inspiration, she has carved out a sound that feels both fresh yet timeless. Her lyricism is enchanting and goose-bump inducing, teeming with raw vulnerability that demonstrates a wisdom beyond her years, and her storytelling is only enhanced by her distinctive, rich, crystalline vocals and dynamic, full-bodied instrumentation.
Just like any twenty-three year old, Savannah has spent the past few years navigating the tender passage from adolescence to adulthood. It’s a time wrought with emotions, first loves and heartbreaks, and drastic ups and downs. In her upcoming releases, she has taken the intensity of young adulthood and bottled it up into a selection of universally relatable songs, ranging from angst-driven anthems like “Being Around You” to giddy love songs like “Dream Boy.” The new singles, which were created with an array of fellow Nashvillians like Dave Cobb, Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, COIN), and Trent Dabbs (Kacey Musgraves, Ingrid Michaelson), are a sincere and honest extension of the genre-transcendent sound that was introduced on Twenty Twenty Savannah Conley is truly coming into her own, in both her life and music.
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Lovers and listeners of precisely penned Indie-Rock are in for a sonic experience with the release of The Juniper Berries latest self-titled record. What began as Josh Strim’s solo project in Ashland, Oregon has snowballed into an indie-rock four-piece listeners have come to know as The Juniper Berries. This quartet has been making a name for themselves in the Pacific NorthWest since the release of their first album Don’t Breathe in Through Your Mouth in 2017 and recently have shifted their new home scene to land in West Texas. With a rotating lineup of Myles Simpson of bass, Nina Myers on keys and John Kealiinohomoku holding down the beat on drums, the sound of The Juniper Berries is tied together with constant member Josh Strim providing vocals and guitar to close out the band. The evolution of the band’s sound since their debut album on one hand is astronomical in theme and detail, but on the other holds true to the familiarity listeners love about The Berries. “The first record was kind of like this make believe and dreamy place that was not necessarily about people but about ideas whereas this one is a little more personal and a lot more people focused,” frontman Strim states. He continues to explain his emphasis on songwriting and clear lyricism in this album by revealing the inner workings of his songwriting process. “A lot of times, I know people don't necessarily listen to the lyrics right away so I try to put stuff on every level of the song for people to find,” Strim states. “The first time you hear it, it might just be catchy and a cool vibe but then if you come back to it the lyrics are saying something too and you pick up maybe a new instrument in the background or something that you didn’t notice the first time.” This layered process is a labor of love, but it sure pays off with the killer arrangements the band delivers within The Juniper Berries. A shift in influence in the bands everyday listening also contributes to a totally fresh sound on the new release. “During the first record, we were all really into 90's indie like The Apples in Stereo, Built to Spill, Of Montreal and those kinds of bands,” Strim explains. “We were really into this old, more innocent style of indie rock, but since that record came out, I got more into my songwriting and that's what the second record reflects,” he continues to say. Hot off the press as of July 10th, The Juniper Berries reflects the growth and experience this band has gained over the years and acts as a perfectly relatable, coming of age soundtrack that allows each listener room for their own introspection as well.
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Born and raised into a musical family, Misao McGregor is an Indie Pop singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been trained as a classical singer and pianist from an early age and is currently writing, recording, and producing her own work in the back bedroom of her parent's house. An openly gay, mixed race, second generation Japanese American womxn, Misao is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and gender & racial parity in mainstream media.
Cruel Reflections began in Los Angeles in 2017, project of brothers Julio Garcia-Solares and Satchel Solis. Their freshman album, One Year quickly found a niche in the Post-Punk and Goth scenes worldwide, receiving positive feedback on Indie platforms through word of mouth. The record was featured on mix tapes in Germany, reviewed a far as Italy and Japan, and played on radio stations in LA, Portland, France and Spain.
Without losing momentum, Cruel Reflections released a three-track follow-up EP, Bonus Tracks and began working on their second album, Through Motions scheduled for release in 2020. They continue to play extensive shows in the greater Los Angeles area, always pushing their unique sound into new territory.
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