Pop

Salt Cathedral – “Always There When I Need You”

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2017

Salt Cathedral have been a part of the live NYC for some time (we caught them this year and in 2015), with their reputation as an act to watch coming from nearly everyone whose seen the duo of Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada perform.

The band is finally preparing to release their debut album Big Waves / Small Waves and it is looking mighty promising based on lead single “Always There When I Need You.”

Influenced by tropical sounds and channeling the liveliness and dance culture of the pair’s Colombian upbringing, they capture a beautiful energy that sits nicely between the worlds of Slyvan Esso and Hundred Waters. It’s a winner.

Find the track available to stream below and stay tuned for more on their debut album very soon.
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Be The Bear – “Erupt”

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2017

Be The Bear is the project of Swedish musician Christina Wehage. It won’t take long for her debut single “Erupt” (released via her own label Loud Attic Records via Kobalt) to erupt in a big way or win you over.

It does everything that bland American electro pop gets so wrong. Offers some smart production with strings, big vocals, and a smart and effective chorus that proves you don’t have to dumb things down to write a beautiful pop hook. It’s yet another wonderful pop offering from Sweden, who would’ve guessed?

The fact that this is her debut single is downright unfair. This is so fully realized and well made, she’s got a promising career ahead of herself, that’s for sure.

Enjoy a stream of “Erupt” below, along with the official video.
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Alice Mary – “Loving Game”

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2017

Hailing from London, Alice Mary is a classically trained, who has caught my ear with a little pop ear-worm by the name of “Loving Game.”

It’s song with an electronic sound but made from the framework of a true songwriter. There are elements of an easy going folk rock nature as well as a simple knack for writing one hell of a pop song. It doesn’t take long for it to warm your heart but tickle the pop sensibilities that we have inside of us, whether we like to admit it or not. There’s a crisp and airiness to this song that feels like it could’ve come from a Swedish artist, which is indeed a compliment.

“Loving Game” is taken from Alice Mary’s debut EP I Am Here which was released via AM Records and can be heard below. The whole EP is available to stream on her soundcloud page and is available to purchase on iTunes as well.
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courtship. – “Sunroof”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2017

Courtship. is the courtship of partners in crime Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon, who caught bloggers attention earlier this year with their previous single “Stop For Nothing.” They followed it up in strong fashion with two equally memorable offerings with “Love For Everyone” and “Sail Away.” They found a way to one up them all with the totally infectious and hook-filled single “Sunroof.”

From the laid-back vocals, to the ultra confident mix of guitars and electronics, there’s a balance of infectious pop hooks and smart instrumentation that gives it one hell of a summery sound that I will be blasting throughout the year. This is real good stuff fellas.

It only takes the first chorus for you to realize that these guys are definitely talents to keep an eye on, but let the music do the talking for you. Stream “Sunroof” below and find the rest of their tunes posted at their soundcloud page.
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Flaunt – “Something Different”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016

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Together Justin Jennings and Joseph Vitterito form the duo Flaunt, a self-described mysterious a/v collective who turn out some pretty r&b inspired music. Next year they will release their new EP The Antics Of More Youthful Times, and have given us a taste of the new release in the form of the rather smooth “Something Different.”

Over elements of tropical elements, they deliver clear-minded vocals that seems so effortless yet so carefully constructed.

Take a listen to a stream of “Something Different” below.
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Greta Salome – “Row”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016

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Greta Salóme is a singer/songwriter/violinist from Iceland. Trained as a classical violinist, she spices things up with a flair for pop music that creates something that is most certainly unique to her.

Take for instance her most recent track, “Row.” There’s a chilly atmosphere to the sound that is well complimented by her classical mindset. The icy bounce of the synths go along with the pop-minded verses and build, that result in something memorable and fresh.

Take a listen to “Row” below via the stream, and scroll down even further for it’s official music video.
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Ramsey – “See You Bleed”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2016 — with 1 comment

Ramsey

“See You Bleed” is a raw and personal take from upcoming Los Angeles experimental singer-songwriter Ramsey. Her dark and unique vocals push through expected boundaries found on pop songs, creating something uniquely her own. She’s able to tap into a dark and almost haunting atmosphere that sticks wish you, creating an interesting contrast to the vocal performance that she pairs with it.

It’s always good to see an artist producing and writing all the songs in house, creating something that you can identify directly as her own, allowing her music to stand out from the pact.

Stream “See You Bleed” below.
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Vanessa Carlton at City Winery [December 1, 2015]

By Ross Bernhardt, December 3rd 2015

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Ask a random person to name three Vanessa Carlton songs, and many would probably struggle to name more than the song she’s most associated with, “A Thousand Miles.” I would fit into that category, though I can round out the trio with two of her other hits, “Ordinary Day” and “White Houses.” While I love all three of those songs, as a teenage boy with a twin sister, I never specifically sought out her music, but kept myself familiar enough with the basics.

But Vanessa Carlton is so much more than those popular songs. Those are over a decade old, and with five studio albums out (including her latest release, Liberman, from October of this year) she has a rich discography that showcases her evolution from those early days. On Tuesday, December 1, Carlton played the second of two sold-out album release shows at Manhattan’s City Winery, and I got to see firsthand just how deft a musician and performer Carlton really is.

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Halsey at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2015

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Ashley Frangipane seems to have a blossoming career as the rising pop star Halsey. I came into her performance never hearing any of her music before. Her style of pop is hook friendly, with electronic undertones that give her a somewhat different spin on the genre, almost like a radio friendly Purity Ring or Sylvan Esso.

She’ll release her debut album Badlands on August 28 via Astralwerks Records. She’s also booked to open for Imagine Dragons tour later this year, so it’s safe to say that she’s well on her way to much bigger things.
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[new]: POP ETC – Running In Circles

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2015

POP ETC

It’s been a while since we heard from POP ETC. They released their first album as POP ETC in 2012 after changing their name from The Morning Benders. Since then, the trio has kept relatively quiet, aside from releasing a few covers here and there on soundcloud.

Here we are in 2015 and they’re one of the first bands to make a move. They have released a brand new single called “Running In Circles.” It dabbles hard in a 80s synth-led sound, delivering perfect pop hooks with a late night new wave vibe. This would have been a perfect companion while playing GTA Miami Vice.

“Running In Circles” is the first track from a new album that we can hopefully expect later in the year. It just may be the best thing that they boys have released as POP ETC.

I’ve posted the stream below, as well as the music video which stars Wushu master, Sifu Chen Ying. If you like what you hear, go ahead and purchase the track on iTunes.
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