Pleasure Coma – Waiting
You’d been scolded many time. Your neglect for daily chores was consistent and properly irresponsible. But you had a plan – a plan to which you were ready to dominate the world. The tool was at your guitar’s frets. And those frets, eroded by umpteen amounts of practice and finger bleeding sacrifice, knew who you were – what you represented – what you wanted to become. PLEASURE COMA wants you to take hark and remember that dreams do come true. And in their debut single ‘Waiting’, they want you to know that you’re on your path. And whether success or not, it’s imperative to take that shot at the moon. For it’s your heart that is at stake – your growth – your ambitions for being part of this grandest of stages. ‘Waiting’ is included in the upcoming debut EP ‘Naked’, February 6th.
Shore Drive – Lazy
From the depths of NYC, SHORE DRIVE rocks your indie/alt sentiments to kingdom-come, as the single ‘Lazy’ slowly but becomingly grinds you to the truth. The truth of a palpable iridescence of personal gripes, hinderances, rationalism, and a way of life-procrastination. And yes, that includes interactions with society. The beautifully rock guitar riffs, help get your inner Kurt Cobain, to stew in the marinara sauce of your sweated dreams, then picked and tasted by the on-looker – salivating, and hungry. The distortion is where it’s at with SHORE DRIVE, and when the quartet drives you to the edge where sanity meets reality, you thrive with joy. “I wrote this song after a bad breakup,” stated Anthony Terlizzi. “And it kind of came from a rebellious state of mind where I didn’t want to put any time or effort into dating or finding anyone new.” So relatable ain’t it? Word.
Dear Boy – Semester
With the indelible expertise in combining new-wave aromatics and pop-tune lyrical sunshines, DEAR BOY is popular for a reason. They make the hard decisions of balancing rock and pop, into a hermetic exercise of daunting talent and irrepressible dexterity. ‘Semester’ is a fine example of such progressive construction, for it lacks any un-needed pretense. For it is a description of the kind of ‘purity’ that we all deem as a cornerstone of how we exist and live our lives. It is the ‘purity’ of being straight forward with the demons and maybe, shameful deviations towards our wants, and desires. The heavy weight of conversations are put delicately in ‘Semester’. It’s a gorgeous dictate, worthy of your personal and inner thoughts. Their new EP “The Strawberry” drops March 1st.
Kid Koala – “Hera’s Song” feat. Trixie Whitley
We first became fans of KID KOALA from his single ‘Five Spot Stomp’ (a classic homage to the hip-hop philosophy with full funk and jazz influences (real upright bass notes, we presume). We first became fans of Trixie Whitley from her ‘Breathe You In My Dreams’ single (a primal r&b/soul interpretation of motions in love, doubt, and triumph). And now, here we are with two multi-diverse artists combining forces to create ‘Hera’s Song’. Off of KID KOALA’s ‘Music To Draw To: Io’ is the second volume ambient-vocal collaboration series. “This is my favorite track on the album. Trixie really channeled something here. She sounds like she’s sharpening her knives the whole performance.” Whitley added: “Hera is a malevolent and vengeful character. I had a lot of fun imagining what her spirit could sound like when performing this tune.” Is it a song, in the traditional sense? No. But KID KOALA’s never been about the beaten path. And in his series, he showcases artists of the same ilk, and each and every poetic word, the fires burn with cinematic exasperation. KID KOALA’s ‘Music To Draw To: Io’ is out now.
Raymond Joseph – Novella
Nashville based artist RAYMOND JOSEPH develops lush vapors of sounds in ‘Novella’. And in that realm of possibilities and anointments, questions for the Universe of authorities, fly out into the ether, often without a reply. “It’s a funny thing isn’t it? Feeling happy about sad songs,” Raymond says. “It’s because the singer feels sad, too. I’m not alone in that sense. I can have that connection. I think it can be pretty uplifting to listen to a sad song.” Sadness comes in different packages, and when memories of heart are stamped to bloodied perfection, we come at a cross roads – split to accept, or deviate. It’s a cruel world of unfairness and treachery. Raymond sprinkles some stoic happiness into that mix. Kudos.