The Harmaleighs – Don’t Panic
‘Don’t Panic’ part of the album ‘She Won’t Make Sense’. Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson makes this delightful merry-go-round of song and emotions flourish. Haley said: “I was in a constant state of worry. My relationship was falling apart, my friend group was changing, my career path was unclear and my mind was fucked. It felt like every aspect of my life was in complete and utter turmoil all at the same time. ‘Don’t Panic’ was written in my bathroom at 3:30 am about trying to calm myself down but being fearful that panic was actually fueling my creativity. It made me question whether or not I should be seeking help or letting this type of fear run its course because it was allowing me to write these songs that I am so proud of. The last line of the chorus ‘but what if that’s all I’m good at’ comes from me being scared I’ll be unable to write if I am mentally stable.” Love the vocals, as you’re soon enveloped. Just can’t be helped.
Sara Rachele – Allelu (I Found You)
SARA RACHELE sings ‘Allelu (I Found You)’ is another sultry outcrop from the artist whom submerges in 60’s pop, country, folk, Americana and jazz. Her interaction with her words and the notes pertained in her songs, are a wistful dance, with ballerina like effervescence and silent beauty of timelessness. Recorded in Brooklyn, ‘Allelu (I Found you)’ gathers up the souls of the many, and pipes it down to an event horizon of beauty and grace.
Wizard Rose – Forbidden Thing
Brisbane, Queensland based WIZARD ROSE is classic rock to the max. Formed in 2018, and made up of James Elves, Lucas Blackburn, Zaac Thompson, and Isaac Varcoe brings back the back kickin’ goodness of a by-gone decade and kicks it up a notch with their own soulful justifications. Said James Elves: “It’s been but one journey of many & to create all that we have, to do it with souls that I’m grateful to call Brothers is a blessing indeed. This album is many feelings & inner emotions expressed & directed through the instruments & music created.” They pay tribute, with original guitar rock thunder and savvy modern thrust to the rock gods.
The Scrags – Sick of divine
Sweden’s punk extraordiaire, THE SCRAGS, does it with style in ‘Sick Of Divine’. The musky smell of the basement punk dive stages, comes along for the ride in this song that exudes punk, rock, and electro goodness that you have seen through LCD Soundsystem. A genre less, genre specific kind of song, THE SCRAGS are never afraid of stretching the boundaries to what they create. Antonio Fryk, Rasmus Fernström, Joakim Forsgren, Fredrik Berglund, and Rickard Folke make up this perennial favorite, and we ain’t lyin’. From crunched up guitars, exorbitant digital tapestries, and megalithic lyrical complexities – the band with the mostest, keep the screws turning tight. Enjoyment, ensues.
Atlantic Francis – Park Ranger Dream
ATLANTIC FRANCIS is from Sweden. The 80’s is from the 80’s. And the disco era goodness, melts like delicious cheese, when grilled to perfection through the talents of this band. Johan Macdonald, Olof Olterman Arvidsson, Victor Norberg, and Jesper Karlsson, in no uncertain terms, state through their music that they think the world of the world. And hence, they sing with attitude and gumption, in salute, and for the love that they feel for it. Their EP ‘Park Ranger Dream’ has the same name as the title track, and it’s about the romance for the countryside, without having visited once. They think they sound like a “punky Fleetwood Mac without girls”. We can dig that. You should dig their song. They’re so much fun.