Amsterdam singer-songwriter VanWyck releases her new single “An Average Woman,” the title track off her upcoming moody, indie-folk album due out on January 19 on Maiden Name Records. Check out the song here:
Hauntingly atmospheric and melodious, the songs on “An Average Woman” unravel in a spiral of smoky soulful vocals aching with lyrical precision of stories untold. The album is about women who are visible and hidden, sacrificing and selfish, ordinary and magical, obligated and free. It’s about the mysteries lurking in the everyday and creating your own universe and your own sense of belonging, while stumbling along the way.
The lead single is about being braver, bolder, and sometimes selfish. Written in the past tense, it’s almost like a funeral song, burying the average woman in order for the creative woman to emerge. Accompanied by the award-winning bass player and arranger Reyer Zwart, lyrics and instrumentation intertwine to become a conversational narrative in a gentle dance of ebb and flow.
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“Both my grandmothers were strong women (a nurse and a teacher) who came from very humble backgrounds and had to work hard and take care of children,” VanWyck said. “Being creative was a luxury that was often not allowed to them. Being in the foreground was also not something they were allowed to aspire to. One of my grandmothers was very inspirational in making me reach higher and to put all my talents to work. I keep her picture as a young girl on my desktop to remind me of the chances she never had and the way she pushed me to reach higher.”
Illustrious Brit-pop rock ‘n’ roll trio The Len Price 3 have released their fifth full-length album “Kentish Longtails” on Sept. 22. Check out the video for “Man in the Woods” off the new album here:
The Len Price 3 have been around for 12 years and now have five albums under their belt. Though they have a worldwide following, they remain as the best-kept secret in show business. Along the way, the band has found themselves sharing the stage with a variety of notable acts including The Libertines, The Len Bright Combo, Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 and even Paul McCartney. They went on to be the best selling and most played band on Sirius XM, and have been dubbed “The Best Band You’ve Never Heard of.”
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The new release “Kentish Longtails” delivers on the catchy vintage pop tunes with punk rock shiny pop hooks with rich lyrical content we’ve come to expect. Their combination of memorable songs and unstoppable power draw comparisons from the likes of The Who, The Kinks, and The Clash.
Indie-rock phenomena WYO released an awe-inspiring music video for the song “Down by the River” off his album “Untamed” coming out on Oct. 20. Check out the video here:
WYO is a rock band originating from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The video was shot in the band’s hometown and features the epic mountainsides and landscapes that inspired the forthcoming record, “Untamed.” The full-length album is a search for a place that’s alive and wild. It’s a record that deals with love, loss, and constant exploration. It’s a tale of reconciling city life with the Wild West of Wyoming.
What separates WYO from the rest is singer-songwriter, Andy Sorge’s unique, creative vision. After attending film school in New York, Andy met multi-instrumentalist, Scott McKay Gibson, and the two began composing music for documentaries, commercials, and short films together in Wyoming. Perhaps this explains the reason that WYO’s music has a way of evoking such striking visuals that stir the imagination, as they utilize an organic instrument palette to create the soundscape that is WYO.
Singer-songwriter Louis Schefano released his EP “Wish” featuring three tracks “Wish Something Would Happen,” “Tell Her Everything” and “Watchtower.” Check out the video for the single here:
Schefano is an ex-Remy Zero founder and veteran musician who would join several bands, including Little Red Rocket (featuring Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), Verbena (A.A. Bondy), and eventually releasing his own debut album, “The Art of Navigation,” under the moniker Regia. Earlier this year, he debuted “The Opposite Side of the World” as his first solo release and it left a lasting impression on the indie-rock world.
For “Wish,” Schefano teamed up with Rob Schneider, producer of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” In addition to the steady catalog of material, Louis has performed with various artists over the last two decades including Bright Eyes, The Ladybug Transistor, Maria Taylor, and Sarah Mclaughlin.
YOURFRENDS have recently their first official video for their song “Chicago Kid” from their upcoming project titled “Just Mondays.” Check out the song below:
Directed by K Shack, the video shows off the YOURFREDS members in the city streets bringing to light the hardships that everyday Chicago kids must face growing up. The violence in the urban landscape is an uneasy and dangerous place and the song shows of the group’s ability to raise awareness important issues about their roots. Just as there’s no “I” in team, there’s no “I” in YOURFRENDS, and the group is working together to create art as a holistic team.
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The trio consists of Thee Unique, Franchika and Tyler, they started under Chance the Rapper’s guidance and are clearly capable of combining strong messages mixed with creativity. To stay up to date with YOURFRENDS, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud.