Turn These 10 New Releases up to 11

  • Austin-based, indie rock/electric soul artist and NFL player, Joe Barksdale announces his video  “BLACK MAJIK”, from his upcoming release, Sincerely, due out Fall  2020. A former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers,  Barksdale has been featured in articles for sites, such as ESPN,  ““Black Majik”—a funky, bluesy track carried by smooth guitar licks and Barksdale’s powerful voice. The song’s an ode to overcoming our deepest temptations.” (Austin Monthly) The Los Angeles Times, Fender,  San Diego Tribune, and CBS Sports, among others. Barksdale describes “Black Majik:” “The song is about temptation. It’s about fighting temptations, and the struggle of realizing that something is not good for you, but also acknowledging that it feels/tastes/sounds/etc so good to you. It’s a struggle that people are familiar with and something that people go through on a daily basis.” “Black Majik” provides a heavy dose of gritty blues with a traditional call-and-response interplay between the straightforward lyrics and the infectious, wah-heavy guitar riff. The song is a steering-wheel-palm-slapper for anyone driving around at night trying to resist the tornado of temptation that’s sometimes just a phone call away.” (American SongwriterWATCH  “BLACK MAJIK”
  • Portland-based, Sci-Fi-influenced, experimental indie rock project, Baron Minker, has laid out something even deeper to cater to the somnolence of robots. The alias for the songwriter, Dane Erik Forst, announces his video, “Anthem of the Rich and the Bored,” from his forthcoming self-titled album, due out June 5, 2020. Commenting on the track/video,  Forst states, “This feels like my only real politically-leaning song that is directly aimed at those who subjugate the weak and use them for their own means. The chorus is meant to be from the perspective of those abusing power and seeing humans as less than cogs in the machine. Religious figures misleading people with the help of the government to trounce on those less fortunate and making outrageous amounts of money doing so.” “A complex song, “Anthem of The Rich and The Bored” is rather hard to describe, except to say that it is about as experimental as it gets. It has a trippy sound and vibe to it, which is reinforced by the colorful new music video. The sole purpose; however, is not to just make you feel like you’ve gone to a club and you’ve had way too much to drink. Thematically, it’s the only political-type song that you’ll find on Minker’s new record, directly targeting society’s elites who abuse power and view certain classes of people as only a means to an end or of lesser importance.” (V13.net)  Watch “Anthem of the Rich and the Bored”  
  • Brooklyn-based, Seattle-born indie folk/rock outfit, Charlie and the Rays announce their new single, “For No One” via American Songwriter. The band states, “‘For No One’ catches the listener from the first drum hit, catapulting the tune off into a driving beat, paired like two best friends with the intro guitar lick that also reappears later in the song, beckoning familiarity and nostalgia. The bridge section steps back from that road-tripping, driving vibe for a moment, presenting a more intimate, delicate melody to the lister that portrays a different intimacy from the rest of the song. For No One was written about someone who was very close to me (Jordan) in my life who passed away. It was birthed from a feeling of longing to hear that familiar voice or touch of someone who is gone. This person in my life who passed also had a very unique voice and accent that will always be a part of me, so I wrote the song around the importance and uniqueness of our voices, and how people in our lives who we are close to have such an indescribable impact on us, even long after they’re gone.”  “Journeying deeper into their lives, the sisters continue to release a translucent honesty cloaked in classic folk rock harmonies that are, at moments, reminiscent of another time.” (American SongwriterLISTEN TO “FOR NO ONE”
  • Indie-Americana, folk-rock artists, Luke Dowler, announces his stripped-down, emotive rendition of Prince’s “1999.” “Dowler’s version of the track–premiering below with an accompanying video–is more folk than funk. It’s a stripped-down, guitar-driven homage to Prince’s original that feels more well-suited for the campfire than the dance floor. Dowler sings of “partying like it’s 1999,” but he’s not quite endorsing that. For him, the song is about staying grounded during a difficult time.” (American Songwriter) The Montana-based, vocalist/guitarist was named  “an artist you should be listening to” by Paste Magazine, and featured on HGTV, Without A Trace, Heartland, and used in several independent films. Beyond touring and recording, Dowler has also composed for film and documentaries (Finding Faeries, 2016; The Forlorned, 2017; Afterlight, 2018).On the strength of his original songwriting, Dowler represented Montana as the state winner of the Colgate Country music showdown. Now, Dowler is planning release throughout 2020, starting with “1999,” a timeless song that applies to today’s trying times.  Dowler will be be doing several live streams in the coming months .His schedule is HERE!  Watch “1999″
  • Soul/indie rock vocalist and guitarist Jo James announces his new single “Love Right Now,” via American Songwriter,  from his forthcoming album Back Home, due out June 19, 2020. The song is currently #9  on the iTunes/Apple Music Blues Top 200 Chart.  The album Back Home, itself, is an homage to his wife, Chelsea, who in September 2019 was impacted in a very serious way by Ulcerative Colitis. . The Austin-based songwriter delivers smooth grooves and soulful vocal expressions with a touch of blues guitar. From heavy-hitting stages to intimate heartfelt performances, Jo James continues to captivate audiences in a powerful way. His new single is no exception.  Incorporating Blues, Neo Soul, R&B, and Funk into a neo-retro sound, he has performed at festivals with greats like Leon Russell, Dr John, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Robert Randolph. He was also a featured performer on Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice, on which judge John Legend raved, “Great raw talent and voice is lovely to listen to.”   James will be performing Every Saturday 8pm CST on Facebook and  doing a livestream called “Saturday Night Soul Singin’ with JoJames” LISTEN TO “LOVE RIGHT NOW” 
  • New  York-based (via LA), Alt grunge/singer-songwriter, Vanessa Silberman, dubbed the “DIY queen” and “ nothing less than a super human,”‘ by Audiofemme, announces her single,  “All the Kids”, the second in a series of monthly singles to come out in 2020. Drawing inspiration from anthemic rock, grunge, and raw punk, and exploring mixed elements of pop and hip hop production, All the Kids’ (A Diamond Heart Production / Success Records via Symphonic) draws lyrical inspiration from how honest kids truly are. Musically its hooky punk that throws in grunge and explores the fun side of mixing small elements of disco, pop and hip hop production. Following her DIY roots, ’All the Kids’ along with the other new material is all self-produced, engineered, programmed, performed, mixed and mastered by Vanessa. Some of the new material and singles will also include special guests and features by other various musicians / artists.”Vanessa Silberman is Full of Punky Energy on Her New Song “All The Kids.” (V13.net) “With jangly guitars and vocals that can be described as punky sweet….Chock full of encouraging lyrics, the truly endearing element of the single is its unabashed be-true-to-yourself vibe that Silberman delivers in spades.” Check out Slberman’s live streams HERE! (PARADE MAGAZINELISTEN TO “ALL THE KIDS”
  • NPR-featured, Brazil/NYC-based electro/indie-pop duo, B.A.D.A, announce their new single, “Chemical Odysseys” from their upcoming album, after the relevant opener “Exile” released in early March, right before the world started to shut down. “The electronic music duo pairs its cinematic music with a stylish video.” (NPR on “Exile”) “Dream and rage pervade the present. “Chemical Odysseys” worships escapism and the pain of the biggest anxieties of today’s times – the fear of being and dying alone. Brazilian Pedro Cesario stated.  “Pulling together warm electronics, emotive vocals and psychedelic, melodic flourishes, ‘Chemical Odysseys’ has a lovely, blissful feel to it. The sounds washes over you gently, creating a sense of acceptance and easiness in the listener. As it builds, the bass picks up the pace a little and the production conjures up a feeling of speed, of lightness, the audible equivalent of letting go and finding peace.” (Blackplastic.co.uk)The self-produced, trilingual album was recorded internationally throughout 2019, first in a cabin in Woodstock NY, then at the Abbey Road Studios in London, and finally in Clayton’s bedroom in Greenpoint Brooklyn. B.A.D.A. worked with the house-hold engineer of Abbey Road, John Barret (George Ezra, James Bay),  several guest musicians, and mastering engineers, Luke Moellman (Great Good Fine OK) and Chris Gehringer (Janelle Monae, Harry Styles) along the way to create an auditory and visual experience through their music. ”   LISTEN TO “CHEMICAL ODYSSEYS”
  • Washington DC-based, soul/funk project, Summer Dennis & Rhymes announce the dynamic and sultry video “Indelible” from their new album, Second Summer.  “In the case of Summer Dennis & Rhymes and their new song “Indelible”, the feelings were a mixture of power, confidence, dance, and unexplainable energy.” (Popular TV) “The single is an unforgettable funk record that sees singer Dennis give thanks for the simplest things in life with a passionate vocal performance over a smooth groovy backdrop.” (Broken 8 Records)    Rhymes have acquired media accolades, including appearances on EARMILK, Soulbounce, Celebmix, Great Day Washington, and Blog Talk Radio. “The classically trained artist displays the full range of her power with her gripping melody which enhances the uplifting vibe of the track as she gives thanks for all the simple things in life.” (The Word is Bond) WATCH “INDELIBLE” 
  • Washington DC-based, Experimental-Pop architects, The North Country, and their single, ”Freaks,” from their forthcoming album America and Afterwords, out this Summer.  “Freaks” is The North Country’s latest release that explores a wide array of emotion and independence. The track is something pop and electronic enthusiasts look to for a unique blend of both worlds.  Their music is eclectic, and each track contains a story that transports you into a different point of view. America and Afterwards is an honest look at the present and a hopeful look to the future. If the album can be summed up in one lyric, it is: “We gotta give up on the past and the ghosts that haunt this place. To make good on the future we gotta look the present in the face”. We never expected this to be our present, a global pandemic and economic recession. If our current situation tells us anything it is that there’s no going back to the way things were, the future we build must be radically different from the present and the past.  The focus of this funky-electro track came to life through the idea of being yourself in spite of social pressures. Being defiant of those who would categorize you without your consent, put you in a box, to be as unabashedly weird as you actually are on the inside. LISTEN TO “FREAKS” 

  • Electronic-Pop/Experimental producer, Stefan T., stage name for Stefan Tisminezky, announces his new single, “All Night,” from his upcoming album, Night Shift, due out April 24, 2020. An accomplished guitarist and student of classical guitar performance, Tisminezky graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design.Night Shift represents the journey of creating music and playing guitar from 10 years old on. It follows his rise to a reputable engineer and producer and features an array of soundscapes, ranging from modern to retro flavorings.    “Stefan T’s craftsmanship when it comes to production is utterly spellbinding particularly since you can hear the influence from a range of genres such as hip hop and electronica. Meshed together with gentle guitar strums and pulsating pads, this creates quite a fascinating downtempo vibe that provides the perfect canvas for B. Rose’s soulful vocals.” (Stereofox  All Night” is a departure from the album’s previously-released alt-R&B-tinged singles, “Keep Me Guessing” and “One” (featuirng B. Rose) with their sensual lyrics and electronic, glitchy background sounds. “All Night” takes the party out of the bedroom and onto the dance floor.” (AudiofemmeLISTEN TO “ALL NIGHT”  
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