I'm not going to lie, I borrowed the idea of a Monday mixtape from friends at Gold Flake Paint, but I was looking for a way to catch up anyway. Gone are the days of struggling for content, these days the email inbox is overflowing with all sorts of press releases and submissions, and all but requires hours of attention each week to manage. And lately, the submissions have gotten better and better. Right now, I have 2 browser windows open with about 50 total tabs open containing submissions I really like. This is a way to close some of those tabs and share some great music.
Happy Hollows - Way Home
I'm pretty much a sucker for 80's synthy guitar driven rock and roll. Toss in Sarah Negahdari's angelic vocals and I'm entirely mesmerized. Los Angeles based Happy Hollows are back with a new single set for a Feb. 23 release date, 'Way Home'. The track was written while spending almost two years on the road, and it's about returning home to enormous change. Going home is never easy. Stream it below.
Malka - Wonder Why
There are so many artists who I really like but haven't featured on Aimless Skylarking. It's timing mostly. London based alt-pop artist Malka is one of those artists. Her fearless creativity with each release keeps me on my toes, 'Wonder Why' is out now on Tantrum Records.
Fraser Jane - Enough
Irish born London based artist Fraser Jane just recently crossed the Aimless Skylarking radar, causing several alarms to go off. We're smitten with her voice, and the gorgeous composition of 'Enough'. We're anxious to hear more. Stream 'Enough' below.
Laura Gibson - The Cause
New starts, while blooming with optimistic dreams, are scary prospects. But it's a leap many of us take in life. Moving across the country to start a new life is one of those precarious leaps, but that's just what Oregonian Laura Gibson did when she landed in New York City. Once there, a fire destroyed all of her possessions, but not her spirit and art. The experience shaped her, resulting in her 4th LP, 'Empire Builder'. Stream the gorgeous lead single, 'The Cause' below.
Sibling - Westside
Sometimes a song just makes you think of a carefree sunny day of cruising down the highway with the windows down. Venice Beach based 3-piece indie pop band Sibling's 'Westside' is just that. Stream it below.
Relick - Offering
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. How do you get spot on indie-rock from a jazz vocalist who also sang back up vocals for an Elvis cover band? Don't ask me, but it came out in the wash and works. Denton, Texas 4-piece Relick's debut EP Twin House is out March 4th. And they'll also be performing at the 35 Denton music fesitval which I will likely be attending. Stream 'Offering' below.
Rose Betts - Changing Days
South Londoner Rose Betts injected some cheer into my morning with her latest track, 'Changing Days'. Despite the upbeat pace, Rose touches on weighty subjects, change and the relationship with her twin. Change is never easy, we are creatures habit, and change feels all wrong. But we need it to grow, to feel alive. Stream 'Changing Days' below.
Wildhart - Fantasy
In the press release for Gothenburg, Sweden trio Wildhart's latest track, 'Fantasy', vocalist Ylva Holmdahl says the song is about fantasizing about a person an unreasonable amount. I'm having the same problem with the song, I find myself thinking about it incessantly, entirely mesmerized by its ethereal charms. Stream 'Fantasy' below.