Although it was their first time in Bean town, the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets couldn’t have looked more at home. With a sold out show at the Great Scott under their belt and some new fans no doubt, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them come back in a years time.
Mayer Hawthorne – “The Great Divide” [single] – indie pop
Mayer Hawthorne’s single “The Great Divide” is the catchy and retro track that the world needs right now. With a relaxed beat and 80’s-style synths, “The Great Divide” is an easy listen that’s easy to love. Hawthorne’s vocals are timeless and smooth, and they’ll easily pull you into the world of the song. The track features wandering melodies, catchy bass lines, and a guitar solo that perfectly fits Hawthorne’s style. Also, as an added bonus, “The Great Divide” has a fun video! Be sure to check out both the video and “The Great Divide” below!
Bootstraps -“Evergreen” [single] – indie folk
Jordan Beckett of Bootstraps has such a wonderful voice that is unlike any other, and his latest single “Evergreen” showcases it perfectly. Beckett’s voice is the perfect blend of raw emotion and rasp, and it will draw you into the world of “Evergreen”. Combining traditional singer-songwriter techniques with modern production, his latest single is magnificent and creative. Bootstraps definitely has something special in “Evergreen”, and it’s a great listen for fans of any genre. Check it out below!
Arsun – “Dead Sixty-Six” [single] – rock
Arsun’s new single “Dead Sixty-Six” is wonderfully reminiscent of the early days of rock. Clean guitars and a simple drum beat come together perfectly to create a 1960’s-style track, while Arsun’s modern vocals are showcased over the instruments. Set at a medium tempo and featuring such relaxing and familiar tones, “Dead Sixty-Six” is easy listening that anyone can enjoy. The single is not without surprises, though! “Dead Sixty-Six” treats listeners to a harmonica solo in an exciting twist. Don’t miss out on Arsun’s artistry – give “Dead Sixty-Six” a listen!
St.Arnaud – “A Sweet Song” [single] – indie pop
St.Arnaud’s single “A Sweet Song” sounds unlike any other song I’ve heard in a while. The track is quite eclectic, weaving together multiple influences and sounds to create something entirely new and refreshing. “A Sweet Song” features tambourine and harmonies that seem to have walked straight out of the 1950’s and 60’s, and seamlessly combines them with modern drum beats and timeless bass lines. St.Arnaud’s creativity is evident and inspiring. They have the unique ability to effortlessly connect generations, as illustrated in this nostalgic yet contemporary tune. No matter your age, you will love this track. Check out “A Sweet Song” below!
This Summer has given us some of 2019’s freshest tunes from artists like Crumb, Devendra Banhart, and Mannequin Pussy to name a few. We hate to narrow it down but the ten artists below have put out some great music and it would be criminal for you not to check them all out.
So without further ado, here’s my top 10 albums for the summer of 2019!
Will Johnson – “Cornelius” [single] – indie folk
Will Johnson’s “Cornelius” is unlike any song. The track proudly shows off folk roots with group vocals and tambourine, but also ventures into rock with a lead guitar that balances out a mellow acoustic guitar and vocal melodies. Johnson’s use of a wide instrumentation gives “Cornelius” a welcoming sound that will make you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire with your friends. It definitely creates a musical journey for listeners that stands out from a lot of today’s music. Experience Johnson’s incredible songwriting and give “Cornelius” a listen!
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – “Love Forever” [single] – indie rock
“Love Forever” is the perfect song to welcome the end of summer; Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s latest single creates a feel-good mood that’s best enjoyed in the August heat. A catchy chorus and background vocals will have you singing along within moments, while guitar melodies will have you nodding along within seconds. “Love Forever” is a triumph of the indie rock genre, but it’s a great song for fans of any style of music. Don’t miss out on the fun – check out Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s “Love Forever” below!
Ben Harper – “Uneven Days” [single] – singer-songwriter
On his latest single, Ben Harper’s skill as a singer-songwriter is undeniable. “Uneven Days” is a masterpiece that shows Harper’s artistry through his ability to open up and be vulnerable with his audience. It begins with ethereal ambient noise, but quickly grows into a more tangible and real sound when Harper comes in with piano. Harper shines with this simple instrumentation as his melodies in the chorus work to highlight the word “uneven” in a way that makes listeners feel, well, uneven. Adding new layers each section, “Uneven Days” tells a musical story that gives listeners something new at every turn. Give it a listen below!
Palace – “Running Wild” [single] – indie rock
Palace’s new single “Running Wild” has everything a fan of indie rock could want in a song and more. Ambient electric guitars, the bright tones of a snare drum, and vivd lyrics create an introspective and thoughtful atmosphere. The best part of the song, however, isn’t any individual part – it’s the combination of all of the parts. It’s easy to hear the musicians playing off of one another, and it’s easy to tell they’re all having a great time while doing so. You feel like you’re a member of the band listening to it, and their musicianship creates such a fun listening experience. There’s so much to be said about Palace’s artistry and “Running Wild,” but there’s nothing like hearing it for yourself. Check it out below!