On The Stereo: August 2022

Alice D

Check out some brand new music from Alice D, SAINT PHNX, girlpuppy, The Murder Capital, NNAMDÏ, Indigo Sparke and more

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FAST CAR BY PHIL THORNALLEY
With its inventive production and melodies bursting out of every bar, Phil Thornalley’s Fast Car has echoes of peak ELO. The kind of intelligent pop music that always grabs our attention, it’s a delight from start to finish.

I WANT TO BE THERE BY GIRLPUPPY
Written about a time when girlpuppy was jobless and alone in Atlanta, she describes I Want To Be There as a “self-hate anthem.” A skiffly acoustic guitar skips the song along as if in search for the friends who have left her behind.

MINDS & DRUMS BY BENOIT & SERGIO
It’s been a long time coming but the debut album from Benoit & Sergio is almost here. Minds & Drums provides a little glimpse of what to expect. With beclouded vocals emboldening piano and drum loops, you’re completely drawn in.

ANTI BY NNAMDÏ
Chicago multi-instrumentalist/songwriter NNAMDÏ is back with new song Anti. Twinkling keys set a tone that is at once both relaxing and slightly unsettling. It’s then over to the vocals, whether sung or rapped, to weave their layered magic.

OWL AND THE CROW BY KRAMIES
Taken from Kramies’ forthcoming self-titled LP, Owl And The Crow is eerie old-timey alt-country. There’s optimism to be found within though – not least the subtle lyrical nods to Kermit the Frog.

ONLY GOOD THINGS BY THE MURDER CAPITAL
On Only Good Things, The Murder Capital’s James McGovern takes his vocals down interesting avenues. Though occasionally jarring, the compelling dissonance is clearly intended and makes you wonder where you’re headed next.

BLUE BY INDIGO SPARKE
Blue is a song that poured from Indigo Sparke in one emotional exorcism. Rather than sonically ranging over its running time, this lulling indie track finds its strength from staying in the same place; a safe house for this lyrical emission.

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NERVOUS BY ALICE D
By engulfing its poppy topline with twitchy rhythms and reflective harmonies, Nervous by Alice D manages to find an intriguing path all of its own. Soulful and sensual, it’s the ideal setting for this ode to being who you are instead of who people expect.

DEEP DOWN BY JOSELYN & DON
Western gothic duo Joselyn & Don give voice to Mother Nature on Deep Down. “You may think that I’m long gone but it’s time for my rebirth,” sings Joselyn as a crisp Santana-like guitar entices the natural world to reclaim the concrete jungle.

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FRIENDS BY SAINT PHNX
“Raise you glass to the past / Raise your bottles to regret,” sing Glasgow brothers SAINT PHNX on Friends. A last orders anthem that will have you hugging your mates as you sing along together, the bagpipes only raise the emotional stakes.

SOMETHING SPECIAL BY MINOA
With its beguiling bassline and mid-tempo groove, Something Special by Minoa is the kind of song you can sink into. More than that, with verses telling of happier times in a relationship before the chorus updates the bittersweet end, it’s masterful storytelling.

PULL ME UP BY DUMB
Slouchy indie-rock that stutters along, Pull Me Up threatens to run out of steam but has just enough energy to make it to the finish line. It’s the latest offering from Dumb, a band who continue to subvert the limits of their genre.

LATE TO THE PARTY BY SUNSETTO
With a vocal that sounds like it’s been wired through a Stylophone, Late To The Party is the new single from sunsetto. Co-written with Michael Lantz, its sentiment will be familiar to anyone who’s given everything in pursuit of their dreams late to the party.

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