Lucy Rose – No Words Left – (singer-songwriter)
This enchanting and truthful collection of songs by Lucy Rose, called No Words Left, is one for the books. It is rare to find a new and upcoming singer-songwriter who writes songs that you feel are coming straight from the heart, not trying to be something they’re not, and not trying to put off a facade. Rose truly captures the beauty of simplicity, with each lyric and melody she shines through her charming voice, accompanied by her piano and guitar playing. This album is a refreshing splash in the face of realization that there still are great songwriters in 2019. I had never heard of Lucy Rose until recently, but now I find myself listening to her song “Solo(w)” in the mornings when I wake up or before I go to bed, repeating the line “But I can’t help it, when I’m solo.” With a beautiful walk down melody, you can’t help but sing along every time. Lucy Rose is most definitely now on my list of favorite songwriters, and I’m looking forward to see how she changes others lives with the music she creates and the growth of her fan base.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “Cyboogie” – (psych rock)
After a year of silence from this Australian psych rock garage band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard has released their single “Cyboogie” and it truly captures the art of patience with music releases. A great piece of art with the brilliant use of synths through the bass for the groove of the song, and through the keys for a rocking melody. You can trust King Gizzard to put you on a ride that you don’t ever wish to get off. “Cyboogie” not only captures the sound of the ages, infusing an ageless organ sound with an 80’s disco feel, but also captures the vision, with a music video that seems almost like it was filmed in the 70’s, and a futuristic set that is beyond our years. You can truly recognize that the only thing on this band’s mind is writing great music and delivering it visually and sonically to their fans. I have been listening to King Gizzard for over a year now and they never fail to surprise me with each release, and each time I become an even bigger fan.
The Coathangers – The Devil You Know – (punk rock)
This punk rocking girl trio has just released their album The Devil You Know with much emphasis on not giving a f**k and bringing the music to the people. There is something really fascinating about this trio, with the simplicity of just a guitar, bass, and drums, but also with them showing the world just how awesome a girl band can be. My favorite song on this album is “Crimson Telephone,” which captures a haunting tone of guitar, topped with the repeated words of the title. You feel as though you want to be a part of this grungey band, if you’re even cool enough that is.